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Ladies, Be Sure to Wax Before You Wear A Bikini And Pumps in New York City

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We've written about the European Wax Center before. And you've probably seen their ads on busses in and around New York City. They're easily recognizable since it's hard to miss gigantic ass cheeks protruding out from under the shortest short shorts you have likely ever seen.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-13-13    
Topic: Outdoor, Racy



4 Tips For Dealing With Difficult Clients

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In my years as an agency media director and account director, I worked with many different personality types - including one long-term client who, for many years, wouldn't respect me or my work. One day he angered me so much I screamed at him for five minutes straight, telling him I knew exactly what the hell I was doing and he should shut up and listen to what I have to say.

While I certainly don't recommend letting your anger get the best of you or screaming at your clients, in this particular case my years of attempting to placate, coddle and generally bend over for this particular client never worked. It wasn't until I stood up to him with the same forceful authority he always commanded that he respected me. And from that point on, our relationship was wonderful.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-13-13    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Opinion



Romania's Famous Shipwreck, Evangelia, Gets Paint Job

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For its client, Romanian telecom brand Indygen, Propoganda digital agency, V8, came up with an interesting idea that made use of the country's famous shipwreck, the Evangelia, a ship owned by Aristotle Onassis which went aground in the 60's when it got caught between two rocks in bad weather.

The agency teamed with artist Boeme, an underground graffiti artist, to add some color to the shipwreck all while not talking about Indygen. You can see it all come to life in the video below.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-13-13    
Topic: Guerilla



One Agency's Advice For Friday the 13th

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Dallas-based Dieste has put together an infographic advices agencies what they should not do this Friday the 13th. Among the advice, pick a different day to backup your work, be careful who you choose to cut your spot, beware of focus group mirrors and several others. Check out the infographic for them all.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-13-13    
Topic: Agencies



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Cute Redhead Births Creamy Behemoth From Her Cavernous Bowels

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When a refined young lady with a British accent sits on a toilet and lets you know she just "birthed a creamy behemoth from her cavernous bowels," you know you're in for a treat. And this Harmon Brothers-created video for Poo-Pourri, a spray you apply to the toilet bowl before you lay a brick, delivers on all fronts. The copywriting is superb. The timing and delivery excellent. And the selection of Bethany Woodruff as spokesperson brilliant.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-13-13    
Topic: Best, Video



ESPN SportsCenter Ad Reduces Women to Candy-Loving Bimbos

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Wieden + Kennedy is out with another ESPN SportsCenter spot. This one features U.S. Open winner Rafael Nadal as a lady magnet while ESPN personalities John Anderson and Bram Weinstein attempt to figure out Nadal's secret. Alas, it has nothing to do with Nadal's sexual prowess and everything to do with a tired stereotype that hot office bimbos can be motivated to do anything if you just give them a piece of candy.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-12-13    
Topic: Commercials



Agency Spoofs iPhone 5c With iCrocs Video

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Here's a bit of distraction for your rainy (at least where we are) Thursday afternoon. Vienna-based agency PKP BBDO decided to have a little bit of fun at the expense of Apple's just-announced iPhone 5c which comes in five colors. Perhaps attempting to align the new iPhone with the much-maligned Crocs brand, the agency took a lunch break to shoot this shoe-tastic spoof.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-12-13    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Spoofs



Honda Aims to Save Drive-Ins With Vine Auction

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Well this is certainly sad. In less than three months, many of the 368 remaining drive-ins across the U.S. will go dark forever if they can't afford to convert to digital projection, estimated at $75,000+ per screen. Honda aims to change that. In support of Project Drive-In, Honda's effort to save as many drive-ins as possible, the automaker is hosting a one-day live Twitter Vine auction today with film critic Leonard Maltin as auctioneer. Proceeds will go directly to Project Drive-In: Save the Drive-In Fund.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-12-13    
Topic: Brands, Social



Hamster Steers Dump Truck in Death-Defying Volvo Stunt

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On the Heels of its Steve Wynn-style stunt, The Hook, in which Volvo Truck President Claes Nilsson stood atop a truck held high in the air by a crane, the brand is out with another stunt in which a hamster steers a big Volvo dump truck out of quarry in Spain to illustrate the simplicity of the truck's power steering system.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-12-13    
Topic: Brands, Guerilla



Chipotle Hits Home Run Again With Darkly Dystopian Processed Food Statement

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Darkly dystopian yet magically hopeful, this CAA Marketing/Moonbot Studious-created three minute animated film, "The Scarecrow," flips things on its head and tells the story of an out-of-work, disintermediated scarecrow who goes to work for a bunch of crows running a processed foods factory called Crow Foods.

In this bleak, barren new world, our scarecrow gets a peek inside the Crow factory at chickens pumped with hormones and cows kept in boxes. The experience, for both the scarecrow and the viewer, is depressing and hits all too close to home. It's no secret much of what we eat can barely be called food any longer but Chipotle, which two years ago delighted us with it award-winning "Back to the Start," aims to change all that.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-12-13    
Topic: Brands, Cause, Video



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