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To distract from the UK's buzzkill of a climate, VisitBritain highlights the quirky Brits. (Think The Office, Spamalot and fried fish with mushy peas. They have much to teach us.)
Be a Brit Different (get it? GET IT?!!!!!) avails users to British bloggers and preferred music and movies, in addition to must-see destinations. It's a culture extravaganza.
Bloggers, which are heavily promoted, were recruited for their "Britishness." Content won't be filtered; then again, I haven't seen anything super-racy -- although Henry from London sorta reminds me of Bruce Campbell for Old Spice.
TBWA's TEQUILA\ built the site and conducted online outreach. The site targets East and West Coast Boomers that did the touristy travel stuff and want Real Culture.
OK, this is definitely NSFW but it's really, really funny -- if you're into watching a playful, lingerie-clad hottie have sex with a puppet, filmed in Paris Hilton Sex Tape lighting. There's moaning. There's groaning. There's writhing. There's slapping. There's penetration. And, of course, there's "completion."
All for UK MTV One's Fur TV.
If your thing is perfect bodied hotties in tiny black bikinis, frolicking in the tropics (and come on, whose isn't?), you'll love this promotional site for Vegas Hard Rock Hotel's weekend pool party Rehab. The site's got all the usual goodies including a girl-on-girl fight game, a widget to bring the goodness to your own site, poolside concert info and a dose of celebrity.
Hey, it's raining in New York City today so a trip to this site just might put you in a better mood.
Here's a series of videos from Planned Parenthood that advocate the need to "take care down there." With comical videos that debate the whether or not one must spew in order to pass on a STD, the benefits of masturbation, the importance of communication or how to apply a squirt skirt, Planned Parenthood gets its message across without seeming too heavy handed or overly creepy. OK, well the teacher dude is pretty creepy but he seems to have all the answers.
This...is American Idol...oops...This...is a freaky commercial. It has nothing to do with American Idol but Ryan Seacrest's famed tonal delivery of the show' introduction is exactly the reaction this creepy spot for Norway's Tele2 mobile phone services causes though decidedly less upbeat than Seacrest's over dramatic delivery.
The Akron Children's Hospital , with help from Cleveland's Marcus Thomas, is running a new campaign made up of video portraits highlighting the lives of two patients staying in the hospital. Nick and Roxanne, both 15, are seen in two commercials (1, 2) as well as several other videos hosted on the hospital's site. Along with videos from many other patients, the dour aspects childhood cancer are left behind in favor of the upside: the fact life goes on, one can live with cancer and one cab even beat cancer.
We've seen weird shit sell razors before, but we've never seen an angle like this one.
For its Satinelle ice epilator, Philips explores the life of a transvestite. The premise is simple: he has feminine hair removal concerns AND a man's intolerance for pain.
I loved the spot's "tender journey" narrative. But that "Like all men he's not great with pain" jab? It's so wink-wink-nudge-nudge.
Jesus, Philips. You did a cool thing crossing the gender divide, but you screwed it all up with that last ra-ra for the Girls Team. We don't need to be coddled.
UPDATE, 5/19/08: Boinkology scored an interview with Karis, the dancer in the ad. The boobs were fake, and he thinks of himself as less of a "tranny" than a sexually evolved person. Neato.
Well, it's better than Cue Cat. Rolling Stone and Men's Health are testing a program whereby readers take pictured of ads and txt them to a number which returns offer information from the advertiser. Technology from SnapTell enables image recognition so snapped images are matched with the correct offers.
Not a bad idea. After all, it's definitely easier to simply take a picture than text a URL for more info. Nice way to track ad viewership as well.
Cue Cat attempted this years ago with a clumsy device that would plug into one computer and be used to scan a bar code in the ad. A web page with product information was returned. With near everyone owning a cell phone these days, there's no need for a separate device such as the Cue Cat.
Abusing those who make a living commenting on advertising, the Leo Burnett Brazil campaign that gave us that cockroach on the bottom of a pizza box has been extended to further abuse. By highlighting comments made on a set of fake print ads, the agency extended the campaign adding the tagline, "Advertising needs more doers than talkers." Nice. Kick the shit out of the people you are trying to woo.
It doesn't really matter though because the whole thing is for some shitty ass awards shows called Cannes Young Lions:-)
This is awesome. Jobsintown.de used the "people on display" gimmick (other examples: 1, 2, 3) to drive this point home: "Life's too short for the wrong job!"
Cog-in-the-wheel miserati are trapped inside self-service machines. Catch them toiling away in ATMs, vending machines, photo booths and coin-op washers.
No real people were actually encased; otherwise, this might have been kinda risky.
Part of what I liked about this campaign was the sheer variety in the implementation. It's like somebody saw human hands behind every device we take for granted.
Thanks to the people at influencia for sending it over.