When we received this press release about the Halo Vaccuum, we at fist thought it was some twisted new multi-tasking version of the game. Alas, it's just a regular vacuum but a very special one. One that kills germs with ultraviolet light. Created by BooneOakley, the campaign initially had the headline, "It doesn't just suck. It Kills." But, apparently, that was a bit too harsh and the ads ended up carrying a tamer headline like, "Is it a vacuum cleaner that kills germs? Or a germ-killer that vacuums." We think they should have gone with their initial thinking.
The campaign consists of print, TV and a Times Square billboard. We have no idea what Consumer Reports will think when they get their hands on this thing but to us it at least looks pretty cool. And we'd love knowing all those nasty critters living in the bowels of our carpet were meeting their maker rather than disgusting us.
People like to over-care about stuff. That's why we have the PC police monitoring everything movie stars say, and Arianna Huffington.
But if saving toast seems like too futile a mission for you, try your hand at saving tile.
Save the Tile is a Delta Faucet campaign by Young & Laramore. The idea is to promote quality tile that's aesthetically friendly (so you don't hammer it all away at your first opportunity).
The campaign includes print ads narrated by disgruntled bathroom items. See Scent Stick (who owns these?), Loofah and Toothbrush.
Or, you know, go out and try saving something you actually care about. (Like puppies or hungry kids.) But who actually does that?
- You know a magazine is having a tough time when it hosts a promotion allowing potential subscribers to name their own subscription price.
- Here's a video explaining the launch of Ad Air, the company that recently placed a gigantic board on the ground next to the Dubai airport.
- If you're a fan of widgets, you might like Gydget. You can use it in you marketing programs to spread your brand throughout the world of social media.
- Survivor's got a lunch lady but Wieden + Kennedy's got a lunch lady blog!
- To promote its service from Sao Paulo, Emirates Airlines created a commercial the length of the flight, 14 hours and 40 minutes.
- If you like NBC's Bionic Woman - which seems to waffle between decent TV and crap not worthy of air time - you can visit NBCs Bionic site to see how...uh...bionic you are? Huh?
- Teen makes commercial for Apple iPod Touch.
Unlike Oldsmobile which tried to distance itself from its aging audience with the "It's Not Your Father's Oldsmobile" campaign, Beam Global Spirits is embracing the older generation for its Canadian Club whiskey by exclaiming, "Damn Right YOur Dad Drank It." Created by Energy BBDO, the campaign will launch in November with radio, out-of-home, POS and print. Ads will appear in Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated and Sporting News, with additional placements in Playboy, Men's Journal, Esquire, Outside and Men's Fitness in December and into 2008.
Hauling out imagery 60's and 70's imagery from actual Beam Global employees and positioning Dad as a once cool manly man, ads state "Your Mom Wasn't Your Dad's First," "Your Dad Was Not a Metrosexual" and "Your Dad Never Got a Pedicure."
Are we seeing a full-on return to the glory days of the hard liquor cocktail when beer was for factory workers and wine was for sissies? Can we now go back to the three martini lunch, pinch asses in the afternoon and have three more martinis at night while watching Mad Men? We might not get any work done but it sure sounds like fun.
In a new campaign, jeweler Clara Williams thinks it has clarified the difference between New York's East Side and West Side. Euro RSCG crated the campaign to highlight the jeweler's selection of customized jewelery. No doubt Gossip Girl will have something to say about this.
- As Time did earlier this year, Newsweek, today, has unveiled it's redesign which includes (shocker) longer stories with fewer but bigger pictures. A rate base reduction is under consideration as well.
- Saatchi & Saatchi ECDs Jan Jacobs and Leo Premutico, creators of the Wendy's Hot Juicy Burgers campaign have left the agency.
- This is kinda dumb but if you want to see the faces of Alex Bogusky, David Droga, Erik Vervroegen affixed to the bodies of models on the cover of Playboy, you can see it all here.
- Obama Girl creator gives us tips on what makes for a successful viral video. And it's not just big boobs and a nice ass. Although that helps quite a bit.
Nothing rings in the holidays like the thought of wearing a new Chloe while unwrapping a golden box of truffles. Even if those truffles came from grandma, and even if you gave her the exact box two years ago.
This set of prints by Sugartown Creative is Godiva's attempt to position itself as a luxury item a la 10,000 water bottles or LV bags.
Here's a semi-witty use of a coupon in an ad for an issue that usually doesn't align itself with wit: pre-planned funerals. Even the creative brief is witty, reading, "The truth is, at some point it becomes too late to pre-plan. Why? Because you're dead." Hey, why be coy when you can get right to the point. After all, that's what all good advertising should do.
ACLC Toronto created the campaign for Mount Pleasant Cemetary.
This spread is part of a campaign by THE REPUBLIK, Durham for the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.
If you squint your eyes long enough to read it, the text describes the two occasions where Fayetteville failed to bring a warm welcome to America's major men of war. A little bit of southern spunk comes out with fists at the ready. It's wholly unapologetic. We like it.
The tagline reads, "History, Heroes, a Home Town Feeling!" -- just kitschy enough to warrant a sportsmanlike grimace after a kick in the pants.
- Even fashion models can sound intelligent. Especially when they steal their lines from an MIT professor.
- Paddington Bear creator Michael Bond and fans are angered because Karen Jankel, Bond's daughter gave the go ahead for the character to be used in a Marmite ad when it's well known Paddington likes marmalade.
- As more and more nudity becomes readily and freely available online, Playboy has decided to cut back paid circulation 13 percent to 2.6 million as well as offer more free content online.