Nominees For Worst Ads in America Unveiled

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Yesterday, Consumerist announced the nominees for its second annual Worst Ad in America Awards. This year, more than 40 ads garnered nods including references to poop and the vagina. The online voting period ends on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 5 p.m. The winners will be announced on Monday, Oct. 17.

Of the awards, Consumerist Editor Meghann Marco said, "For the second year in a row, our readers have spoken and have nominated even more Worst Ads than last year. There are even a few repeat offenders like Progressive Insurance with their "Flo the insurance adjuster" commercials and Dannon Activia with their Jamie Lee Curtis ads. Both were previous Worst Ad nominees." Flo? Flo? Seriously? Voted worst? This is like a USA Today Super Bowl Ad Meter ranking.

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by Steve Hall    Oct- 6-11    
Topic: Events



Playboy Lends Playmates' Breasts to Breast Cancer Cause

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Well this should be fun. Playboy is pledging to donate ten cents to Susan G. Komen for every new Twitter follower it receives during the month of October. Each time a person follows Playboy at @playboy, the company will make a ten cent donation to the Bunnies for the Cure Team - a group of more than 15 Playmates that will participate in the Race for the Cure in Los Angeles on March 24, 2012. The team includes several Playboy Playmates, including 2008 Playmate of the Year Jayde Nicole, Miss November 2010 Shera Bechard, Miss January 2010 Jaime Edmondson, Miss February 2009 Jessica Burciaga, Miss August 2004 Pilar Lastra and Miss November 2011 Ciara Price.

In addition, select new Twitter followers will be chosen at random in October to win free subscriptions, signed photos, Playboy apparel, Playmate shout outs and other goodies.

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by Steve Hall    Oct- 5-11    
Topic: Cause, Events, Promotions, Racy



Virgin Mobile Music Festival Attendees Become Musicians

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Mother New York and MPC partnered to create the Kyocera Echo Temple for the Virgin Mobile FreeFest music festival. The Echo Temple was an installation which allowed the movements of people to become music.

The Echo Temple consisted of six large speaker towers with motion tracking cameras around a central tower with subwoofers. People who stood in front of the towers were able to manipulate an instrument's volume, pitch and audio effect by moving their body and waving fans branded with special symbols. The central tower produced the core of the mix: drums, bass, drones and the main harmonic progressions. The tower also had architectural bamboo that could be tapped to trigger percussive sounds within the mix.

Now that's fun, engaging marketing. Check out the video of the installation below.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-30-11    
Topic: Events



Club Seat Girls Return With More Gyrating Bootyliciousness

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The Club Seat girls are back! Just as they did last year, the bikini-clad girls offer up tantalizing, slow-motion gyrations as the camera zooms in upon the wiggling bootyliciousness all to pimp Club Seat, a promotional entity of Volkswagen Group UK which hosts special events around the globe. This year, the girls begin their gyrations atop a snow-covered peak but end up on the usual sand-filled beach volleyball court.

And no, the lyrics "Come on, boys. Let's get it straightened out now" did not go unnoticed.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-24-11    
Topic: Events, Racy



Ford Launches Action Sports Camp

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Ford has launched Octane Academy, a consumer-focused program aimed at a younger, the brand says "more diverse generation of action sports and race enthusiasts."

The Octane Academy will connect fans with their favorite Ford action sports driver from
Ken Block to Brian Deegan to Tanner Foust to Vaughn Gittin Jr. for the opportunity to
get behind the wheel and race a car.

Of the program, Ford Group VP said,"Today's Millennial generation is extremely influential so our job is finding new and inventive ways of communicating and connecting with them, which includes building our presence in the multibillion-dollar world of extreme sports. With an all-star lineup of drivers and vehicles, Ford is bringing fans directly into the excitement of action sports in a way only Ford can with the first-ever dedicated consumer experience for this energetic and expressive audience."

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by Steve Hall    Jul-15-11    
Topic: Brands, Events, Social



T-Mobile Takes Angry Birds Offline, Expands Its Size By 1000

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T-Mobile makes another cultural coup with its ongoing and highly social "Life is for sharing" campaign. On May 11 in Barcelona, the firm set up a huge live Angry Birds installment inviting people to play.

A few curious stragglers were drawn to a booth, where they found a smartphone with Angry Birds loaded. They'd casually draw the slingshot back (the birth of an addiction) -- and find to their surprise that the result was replicated in real life. It goes without saying that a crowd formed fast.

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by Angela Natividad    Jun-10-11    
Topic: Best, Brands, Campaigns, Events, Games, Guerilla, Mobile/Wireless



You Mean Flashmobs Still Happen...?

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I know. You're thinking, "Why haven't all the perpetrators of this kicked-to-death gimmick been banned to an island yet...?" The easy answer is, brands still pay for them.

We give you Dodge's Rock N' Roll Marathon Flashmob. The brand was a title sponsor for the event this year.

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by Angela Natividad    Jun- 9-11    
Topic: Brands, Events, Guerilla



Hit MoMA for Your Fix of 20 Years in Advertising

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Ooh! This looks like it'll be fun. On Monday, the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP) premiered The Art & Technique of the American Commercial show at MoMA New York.

The show explores the last 20 years of American advertising, a nostalgia-heavy treat fit to dilate the pupils of any ad geek, but it'll also be very "present"-oriented -- that is, you'll be seeing how the work has evolved to produce the aesthetics used in great advertising (think Apple) today.

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by Angela Natividad    Jun- 8-11    
Topic: Events, Industry Events, Trends and Culture



National Cleavage Day Unleashed Advertising-Style

Depending upon the source, today is National Cleavage Day. Or maybe it was March 26. It really doesn't matter. Thanks to Wonderbra, we now have this annual celebration of the female breast. So in celebration of such in important event, let's take a look back at some of the bra busting ads we've covered here on Adrants over the years.

Most recently, the Chinese, increasingly fixated on big boobs, came out with an ad for what can only be described as boob clamp lingerie. A woman adorns herself with the slinky satin and then pulls a few string and BAM, her boobs are suddenly twice as big.

Right in line with Asia's general fixation with boobs, comes this extremely weird commercial for ice cream in which a deliciously endowed Asian girl whose breasts are far too big for her tiny bikini top frolics with a pair of ice cream cones.

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Jacques Magazine hooked up with Jonathan Leder and the stunningly endowed Lauren Young for a couple of videos to hype the magazine. In the first, Young plays Squash. Or tries to as her bulbous breasts bounce inside the confines of her cute, pink outfit. In the second, Young dons some very tight blue pants and a bra that's two sizes to small for her globes of glory. She then illustrates just how exciting bowling can be. That or how impossible it is for her to keep herself from caressing her curves until, well, until she reaches the inevitable completion.

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Let's be clear about something here. It's not just men who "leverage" boobs for their own personal gain. Miss Fit, a UK-based lingerie specializing in clothing, lingerie and swimwear for women lucky (or unlucky depending upon viewpoint) enough to possess DD cup or larger breasts, signed a deal with the very curvaceous X Factor star Maria lawson.

Lawson is a perfect fit for Miss Fit. More than twice the size of a DD, Lawson straps herself into a 36JJ bra when she gets dressed in the morning. Miss Fit is owned by a woman.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-31-11    
Topic: Events, Opinion, Racy



Denny's Celebrates Bacon With Baconfest Sweepstakes

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Denny's and Gotham teamed to launch a Facebook promotion in honor of Bacon. The restaurant chain recently launched a new "Baconalia" menu, and to hype it, the brand has decided to invite fans to participate in a Facebook sweepstakes to win tickets to Chicago's BaconFest 2011. Yes, there is actually a festivcal that celebrates bacon. Who knew.

Fans can also win $100 Denny's gift cards, and other prizes. To enter, fans visit the Denny's Facebook page, click on the BaconFest Sweepstakes tab, and enter their info.

by Steve Hall    Mar-30-11    
Topic: Events, Promotions, Social










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