Incredible Inc: Punny, Less Incredible


Incredible Inc -- which is angling for that vintage comic book feel reeeeally hard but totally missing it -- is a promotion for Xerox's ink printers. Observe how the superheros have been subtly clothed in standard print cartridge colours: cyan, yellow, black and magenta(ish).

Objectively lame.

by Angela Natividad    Feb-27-08    
Topic: Bad, Online, Promotions

Support HOPE. Join Obama's Digital Patchwork Quilt!


If you're bummed about your creative inability to contribute a musical mash-up to Obama's viral war chest, we're found your solution.

Become part of the fabric of "Yes We Can"! Yeah, the video looks all screwed up and snowy for a reason. Mouse over the images and you'll see snapshots of upload-happy Obama worker bees. Just hope they vote, Obama!

The site was put together by Syrup for, according to A Source of Inspiration.

by Angela Natividad    Feb-27-08    
Topic: Celebrity, Consumer Created, Online, Political

Ad Council Launches Creative eNewsletter


The Ad Council just hopped aboard the online clue train and started its own e-newsletter, the Ad Council Creative.

It's pretty neat, actually. What it will do is showcase creative from ad agencies that donated time and effort to building campaigns for the Ad Council. The first three on the list include an eco campaign by DraftFCB, a child abuse campaign by Ogilvy & Mather, and a domestic violence series by McCann Erickson.

We'll probably be subscribing to keep ourselves updated on the wacky hijinks of cause advertising (there are many!).

by Angela Natividad    Feb-26-08    
Topic: Cause, Good, Online

Jarvik Pulled, HBO Subverts, Obay Continues, L'Oreal Does Second Life


- Pfizer has pulled its long-ish running commercial featuring Jarvik heart inventor Robert Jarvik because he was portrayed as a doctor when, in fact, he's not.

- HBO is at it again with quirky videos promoting their shows. These new BBDO-created videos show two stories twice with second ending the more daring one, representative of stories you might see on HBO.

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by Steve Hall    Feb-26-08    
Topic: Cable, Online, Policy, Social

Got 7 Minutes to Blow on a Cigar Ad?


Neither do we. But this one -- for CAO Cigars -- has subtitles and guys that could be samurais in down season. That is, if you go by the clothes and otherwise fail to observe that they bitch about smoking all day and sleep sitting up.

The spot has something to do with CAO guys fighting a smoking ban so they can attend Chicago's Big Smoke in April.

Whenever you're finished trying to laugh at that, see Hitler Gets Banned for some quality subtitled commercial appropriation.

by Angela Natividad    Feb-26-08    
Topic: Bad, Events, Online, Video

Facebook Traffic Declines, Time Spent Increases


Perhaps it's application fatigue. Perhaps it's incessant friend request. Perhaps it's social media overload but according to Hitwise, traffic to Facebook is down 27 percent for the week ending February 23 from a high during the holidays.

Hitwise acknowledges this could be a seasonal trend citing traffic increases during both the Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks due to a significant portion of Facebook's users (40 percent 18-24) being out of school and having more time to use the site.

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by Steve Hall    Feb-26-08    
Topic: Online, Opinion, Research, Social

Jack Makes A Sandwich, Simmons Tape A Stunt


- Freakishly weird Jack in the Box has a new website, Make Jack a Sandwich, which AdFreak's David Kiefaber says, "revels in the kind of exaggerated 1970s sleaze I've only seen a thousand times before."

- Copyranter tells us that Gene Simmons tape was just a publicity stunt. Hmm. We never saw that coming.

- Make the Logo Bigger tells us this MasterCard should have run during the 80th Academy Awards as opposed to the dreck that did.

- It's One Show Week!! Yes. From May 5-9, The One Club will host its One Show, One Show Interactive and One Show Design events

by Steve Hall    Feb-25-08    
Topic: Celebrity, Online, Video

Kung Fu Banana Takes Up Plight of Exploited Workers


Based on the premise that people are more likely to do good deeds after watching a banana cry, UK-based ActionAid gives us the WhoPays? Campaign. Register for the loyalty card, which could help good producers fight exploitation, after which you can "digitally dress yourself up as something tasty."

Which is all we wanted, really.

by Angela Natividad    Feb-25-08    
Topic: Cause, Online

HSBC Never Sent Us Singing Kittens.


To drive us into the arms of BankWest (Australia), some kittens sang us a song. It was weird and they were scary (like furry robot gremlins), but they spelled our names and everything.

The campaign was put together by Host and Glue Society. Its purpose is to associate banking with happiness. (Guess that depends on why you're at the bank, though.)

by Angela Natividad    Feb-25-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Online, Strange

Nothing Says Confidence Like a Manly Man's Beard


Ever wonder what Bob Garfield's really like? Newsgroper sorted it out. Check out Garfield's true mausoleum of unfiltered thoughts and opinions.

Via Make the Logo Bigger, who found it at home base for that naughtiest of ad men, George Parker. (Because we're kind of like a knitting circle.)

by Angela Natividad    Feb-25-08    
Topic: Online, Spoofs

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