Models Sought For Spec Lingerie Commercial


An ad on Craig's List seeks additional models for a commercial that's being shot for a Chicago area lingerie brand. The ad promises no nudity or provocative photography will be taken. Say what? This is a lingerie shoot isn't it? How do you shoot a lingerie commercial without being at least a tint bit provocative?

The only thing we can come up with is that Sears is coming out with a line of lingerie for women who don't want to feel sexy while wearing it. Maybe targeted towards the over 75 set?

And on top of all of this, the gig is unpaid. But no worries, ladies. The ad promises the "material will be seen by ad execs and is a great way to be seen." The question is, seen by ad execs for what purpose? We're not going to ponder the answer to that question because it can only go south from here.

by Steve Hall    Nov-30-10    
Topic: Online, Racy

Sony's Bloggie Touch Video Contest Offers Free Ride to SXSW Music


180LA is out with new work for Sony's new Bloggie Touch. Launching this week, the campaign is going after 18-25 year olds. The campaign will include a contest and Facebook application, with webcam upload and video editor built in, that lets consumers create their own "You had to be there" video.

Running until January 10, participants will have a chance to win Sony Bloggie Touch cameras with the Grand Prize Winner getting a VIP package for two to SXSW Music in March 2011.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-24-10    
Topic: Online, Social, Video

Bruce Willis to Front Russian Bank's Ad Campaign


Bruce Willis has signed a year-long deal with Trust Bank and will front the financial institution's ad campaign for the next year. Messaging will include the headline, "Trust is just like me, but a bank." How did Willis get the gig? Well, the previous frontman for the bank, weight-lifter Vladimir Turchinsky, unexpectedly died at the young age of 46. ANd the bank called WIllis.

Billboards carrying Willis' image will be placed in 170 cities across the country. Promotional and online efforts will be part of the campaign as well.

by Steve Hall    Nov-24-10    
Topic: Campaigns, Celebrity, Online, Outdoor, Point of Purchase

Mitsubishi Live Drive A Stupid Marketing Stunt


Well this is pretty stupid. 180LA and B-Reel created a "technological first." Dubbed the Mitsubishi Live Drive, the companies created a way for people to test drive an Outlander Sport online. Or, "Live over the internet" as they like to say.

So let's just ponder this for a second. While it might be nice to play with a vehicle online like it was a motorized toy, what idiot would buy a car without physically touching the car and giving it a real world test drive?

This is the sort of work that makes headlines but does nothing for the car buying experience. Apparently the real reason they did it was to get into the Guinness Book of World records. Nice. But again, will this sell any cars?

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by Steve Hall    Nov-10-10    
Topic: Bad, Online

Happy Hunters Digital Flashmob Brings Happiness to Internet


Bloggers are a lonely bunch. People don't comment enough. The internet isn't happy enough. Well, at least that's how Desigual sees it. And they've set out to make a change. A new campaign called Happy Hunters asks people to leave "happy" comments on selected blogs which are then picked up by the campaign and turned into...wait for it...a digital flashmob.

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by Steve Hall    Nov- 2-10    
Topic: Online

New York City Re-Launches 'You the Man' Campaign for Halloween


With Halloween right around the corner, New York City is preparing for the usual deluge of idiots who can't figure out how to have fun without becoming assholes. Aimed at eliminating drunk driving among the males 21-39, the You the Man campaign includes online and radio with the copy, "You, who explained that the cop wasn't wearing a costume..." and "You, who convinced me that my costume didn't mean I was Superman..."

It's pretty basic but, hey, so is making sure you have a designated driver on hand before you head out on the town for some costume-fueled foolery.

by Steve Hall    Oct-28-10    
Topic: Campaigns, Online, Radio

Pepsi Takes Over AOL


No, Pepsi didn't buy AOL. They just purchased a page takeover unit that's got the Coke delivery guy doing a Tom Cruise/Mission Impossible stealth stunt to check out Pepsi Max. Apparently, he doesn't realize millions of people have access to on a daily basis. So much for stealth.

by Steve Hall    Oct-19-10    
Topic: Online

Hot Seductress Raises Interest in 4G Mobile WiFi


Wearing high heels, a very short miniskirt and a low cut, cleavage-bearing mini-lab coat, a brunette seductress sells Clearwire's Rover Puck, a 4G device that shares internet with up to eight people. The Taxi NYC-created promotion employs the standard hottie-for-hire approach but, despite the distraction, the presentation does convey product information quite well. And for the adventurous who like to experience the full effect of the presentation, allow the presentaion to pause at the predetermined points for some extra sexy fun.

"Ha! 4G is fast!"

Oh and don't forget to watch the creepy emoticon baby video that teases you into the whole thing.

by Steve Hall    Oct- 7-10    
Topic: Online, Racy

IAB Announces Competition to Create New Ad Formats


Hoping to "fuel online creativity and move brand marketing dollars to interactive" and spitting in the face of the notion the banner is dead, the Interactive Advertising Bureau, standards body for interactive advertising formats, is, for the first time, hosting a competition to develop new online advertising units.

IAB president and CEO Randall Rothenberg said, "We are launching a formal call to action today for creatives, technologists, publishers, marketers - the entire advertising and marketing ecosystem - to bring us their best ideas for ad formats. The Internet has opened a floodgate of creativity, and it is critical that we fashion an environment where both the art and science of advertising can flourish and deliver engaging experiences that resonate with consumers and build brands."

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by Steve Hall    Sep-27-10    
Topic: Online, Policy, Promotions

Google Now Selling Ads on Maps


After a six month test in Australia, Google has opened up a new ad platform on its Maps product. Brands can place a logo on their locations within the application. The logos will replace the standard grey logos which already appear in the product.

The program is rolling out initially with four advertisers according to Advertising Age. Bank of America, Target, Public Storage and HSBC have signed on for the beta period. Soon, all. businesses will be able to claim their space on Maps.

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 2-10    
Topic: Mobile/Wireless, Online

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