Agencies Pinterest'd, Latino Ads Awarded, Spies Recruited

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- Michael Glass is out with a Pinterest collection of advertising agency office space. Very cool.

Cultural Strategies is launching "The Social Revolución", the first official SXSWi Latino Awards, Lounge & After Party in 2012. They are actively seeking sponsors and nominees.

- Really, really love the new Volkswagen Golf R? Well, there's an iPad app for that. From AKQA.

- Top Gear is celebrating there approach to 10 million fans on Facebook...by blowing up a caravan when they do.

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by Steve Hall    Jan-19-12    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Guerilla, Industry Events, Mobile/Wireless, Outdoor



Germany Invades France With...Lingerie

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In what Illegal Advertising properly dubs a guerrilla catwalk, German lingerie label Blush takes on the French with a bit of guerrilla warfare in Paris. The brand sent a model clad in underwear to roam the famous landmarks and streets of Paris. Heads do turn but this being Paris, not so much as you would think. We especially like the well planted group of camera-wielding Asians as the model struts her way to the Eiffel Tower.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-15-11    
Topic: Guerilla, Racy



Sushi Restaurant Gives Helping Hand to Drunk Drivers

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Well this is pretty ingenious. To aid potential drunk drivers in determining just how drunk they might be before they drive off into a potentially disastrous situation, TDA_Boulder - for client Hapa Sushi - created and distributed 5,000 hand-shaped cards to the windshield wipers of parked cars.

The card's message read, ""WHEN TO CALL A CAB. 1. Turn wipers on low. 2. If you have any difficulty following the finger with your eyes, we suggest you call a taxi at 1.800.829.4222." The 800 number was directed to one of several cab companies.

And no sushi sales message. How high-minded of the restaurant.

by Steve Hall    Nov-17-11    
Topic: Guerilla, Outdoor, Specialty



Giant Hand Calls Attention to Disease

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To call attention to Dupuytren's disease, an ailment that affects the use of one's hands, 200 people dressed in skin-colored body suits formed a giant hand in Covent Garden to visually illustrate the contracting effects of the disease. Observers are directed to a website for more information

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by Steve Hall    Nov-16-11    
Topic: Guerilla, Human, Promotions



Let's Do This!

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Taking car marketing to...ahem...new heights, Chevrolet has launched Let's Do This, a quirky promotion that, along with dropping a Sonic from a plane and attaching one to a bungee cord and rolling it off a 100 foot high pile of shipping containers, asks people to send in pictures and videos of goofy accomplishments.

A contest awards points to the person who earned the most badges (for particular submitted stunts) and the most votes (by visitors). The person accumulating the most votes overall will win a Chevy sonic.

Goodby, Silverstein & Partners is behind the work.

by Steve Hall    Oct-20-11    
Topic: Guerilla, Social



VW Canada Promotes New Jetta With 'Stolen' Paintings

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We love this new VW Canada work from Red Urban and Untitled Films. Beginning in October, pop-up "Performance Art" galleries began to appear in major cities across Canada. The outdoor exhibits featured limited edition, hand-numbered, framed, long-exposure light painting photographs created by the new Jetta GLI. While the frames have been hung for all to admire, they weren't secured allowing some passeresby to claim the artwork for themselves. The "thieves" are being asked to share their steals on Volkswagen Canada's Facebook page which has already received numerous photos from fans decorating homes and offices with their stolen goods.

Whether or not you feel this campaign promoted thievery is your prerogative. We, however, think it's a wonderful way for a brand to give and get all at the same time. give a little art to the general public and get some free publicity in return. Win win.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-13-11    
Topic: Guerilla



Motor Oil Fragrance, Bathroom Skidmarks Get Pro Golfers in New BMW

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We like this one. A new campaign for BMW aims to encourage PGA Tour golfers behind the wheel of a race-ready M model used "aroma advertising" and in-hotel floor graphics. The campaign comes from Baldwin&, Raleigh, for BMW Golf, the sports marketing arm of BMW of North America, Inc.

One hundred bottles of "15w-50" motor oil-scented men's cologne were given to PGA players finishing the Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton, Massachusetts over Labor Day weekend. The fragrance was selected to suggest the auto racing experience. Hang tags read: "Do you know what driving 195mph feels like? Well, this is how it smells. Get to the BMW Championship a little bit early to take one of our M cars out for a spin at the Autobahn Country Club."

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by Steve Hall    Sep-15-11    
Topic: Campaigns, Celebrity, Guerilla, Point of Purchase, Promotions



Mens' Crotch, Biceps Most Attractive to Women

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Remember the woman with the iPad head? It was all about helping guys get inside the minds of women. And it was a promotion for the launch of Cosmo For Guys. Well, the team behind the iPad head, Thinkmodo is at it again. To determine just what interests a girl about a guy, Thinkmodo mounted four cameras on a guy and set him lose in New York City

The cameras were mounted on his glasses, his bicep, his crotch and his butt. The video below shows us what happens and what truly interests women. They're eyes wander just like guys' eyes wander.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-14-11    
Topic: Guerilla, Video



Food Bloggers Bitch About Getting Free Food

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Oh it's been a while since the "blogosphere" - to coin a humorous and long-dead term - got their panties in a twist over some stunt a brand pulled. But these "kerfuffles" - to coin yet another humorous term - are always great fodder for a good 'ol internet bitch-fest.

So what's all the hubbub about? In August, ConAgra Foods, parent to the Marie Callender's brand of frozen foods, invited food bloggers to a New York restaurant they were told was owned by TLC Ultimate Cake Off Host George Duran and where they would receive a special, four course meal.

But instead of a meal cooked by George Duran, the bloggers were served frozen lasagna from Marie Callender's. Hidden cameras were in place to record diner's reactions. As it turned out, about 62 percent of the food bloggers actually liked the dish. But they were miffed and claimed they had been misled.

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 8-11    
Topic: Guerilla, Opinion, Promotions, Social, Weblogs



That Fanny Pack Will Not Get You Laid

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Now here's an interesting way to sell condoms. Attached to lime green fanny packs which were distributed on bikes left in parks in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boulder, Austin and San Diego are 2" square hang tag/booklets which read, in part, "This is a complimentary fanny pack. When worn as a fashion accessory by a man, it makes for excellent birth control. No man has ever been seduced while wearing a fanny pack in the history of the fanny pack. In the event you prefer your birth control to involve actual intercourse, may we suggest Sir Richard's Condoms."

The campaign comes from TDA_Boulder.

by Steve Hall    Aug-30-11    
Topic: Guerilla










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