Pocket Change Speed Dating Gives Major Boost to Natural Selection

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For men seeking rich older women, and older women hungry for pretty meat popsicles, check out Pocket Change.

This week Pocket Change is running a NYC-based event called Sugar Mama Speed Date, which puts a lowest-common-denominator twist on that speed dating thing. The application for men is totally appearance-based, and all entrants must be younger than 35.

Some of the hot hunks of man-toy are in advertising -- and guess what else! We get to show you their pictures and names. Get a leer at the sugar-mama-hunting ad-flesh up for grabs: Joseph Pergola, Jay Kelty, Colin Bennett (at left), David Zarkin, Jonathan Hillman, and Brad Melshenker (don't be fooled by the context).

We actually didn't think these people were serious until we got photos of the harem. If someone would like to bring Adrants home some bacon a la Bennett, don't let your modesty stop you.

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by Angela Natividad    Feb- 6-08    
Topic: Events, Online, Strange



MySpace Skins Feebly Bring Super Bowl Ads to 'Net

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Recent findings from Reprise Media critique this year's Super Bowl advertisers for failing to buy online search terms related to their ads. They also neglected to leverage online social networks, where most worked so hard to build a presence.

Oddly enough, some advertisers did incorporate social networking into their Super Bowl ad campaigns. That is, if slapping a skin onto MySpace the week after the game counts.

Check out the try-hard efforts of Sunsilk at left (for this commercial) and Vitamin Water with Shaq.

Don't get us wrong; ravaging a social networking homepage is probably the 'net equivalent to billboard advertising. Users definitely get an eyeful. But it's not terribly interactive, the contact lasts two seconds, and there are more creative ways to exploit SB ad buzz online.

Update: the cats at Deep Focus just told us there's an interactive MySpace page for Shaq and Vitamin Water. So if you want some nifty matching widgets, or just want to watch Shaq horserace, take a look.

by Angela Natividad    Feb- 6-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Online, Super Bowl 2008



TBWA\CHIAT\DAY Guys (Maybe) Go AWOL; Launch AWOL Agency

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Our enigmatic West Coast resource, who's really good at drumming up touchy rumours about the goings-on at TBWA\CHIAT\DAY, just sent us this Oakley spot by AWOL.

The spot depicts Shaun White's offseason life a lot less sexily than HP did. It's almost funny -- if you're thirsty for schadenfreude.

MORE IMPORTANTLY, the source quickly points out, agency AWOL is composed of Doug Mukai, Scott Wilson and Chris Dutton.

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by Angela Natividad    Feb- 6-08    
Topic: Agencies, Online, Opinion, Video



Obama to the Black-Eyed Peas: No You Can't

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In response to this musical tribute to Obama's "Yes we can" speech, News Groper has posted "No you can't, Black Eyed Peas," an Obama response in parody.

Snippet: "Stop stealing my words and talking over me please. You're ruining my pacing and carefully-planned oratory inflection. I'm glad you are inspired and want to help my campaign, but can't you play your own insipid songs with simple refrains that you beat to death? 'Let's Get Retarded' comes to mind."

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by Angela Natividad    Feb- 5-08    
Topic: Online, Political, Spoofs



Red Roof Redesigns, Rededicates Itself with Digital Firm

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To promote its fancy new renovated destinations, the Red Roof Inn's gone digital with 360i, its Digital Agency of Record.

360i will be working on Red Roof's online media and creative. We have yet to see either.

In the meantime, we can ooh and ahh at Red Roof's new logo, which comes complete with a casual roofy slant, and a typeface probably modeled after the handwriting of a fresh-faced yachter.

Tell us if we've gone mad, but the logo rubs us wrong. Because isn't it magenta?

Big difference between red (as in Red Roof) and magenta (as in Magenta). Way to make a fresh splash in the pool, Red Roof -- total incongruity between your logo and brand name.

Anywho, the logo has been published on the redesigned and "rededicated" Red Roof website. It will also appear on inns that have recently been renovated. 360i washes its hands of it; the logo, it says, was in place before the agency was contracted.

by Angela Natividad    Feb- 5-08    
Topic: Agencies, Bad, Brands, Online



Obama Wins Love, Loyalty of Pop Stars

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Which means he deserves your love and loyalty, too. *eyebrow raise*

Here's a pro-Obama video produced by will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas. In it, Barack Obama's "Yes We Can" speech is taken up as a kind of musical mantle by images of stars like Nick Cannon, Common, Scarlett Johansson, Tatyana Ali, John Legend ... we could go on.

We like a good-looking, nice sounding guy as much as anybody else, but with Super Tuesday in our faces, we recommend doing homework before voting. Here's one source, and here's some campaign ad analysis from the same non-partisan group.

Let us know if you've got other resources worth looking at.

by Angela Natividad    Feb- 4-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Celebrity, Events, Online, Political, Video



Screw Google and Microsoft; Yahoo Takes the Floor!

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It's hardly been three days, and already the shoving match between Google and Microsoft over this -- not to mention the growing list of greed-sparked suitors for Yahoo's hand -- is really, really old.

To provide comic relief, Luckie & Company's Rethink Everything launched Yahoocrosoft. The site hosts a spoof news article where -- in some insane universe not far from our own -- Yahoo counteroffers to buy Microsoft for $44.7 billion.

We're hoping the article will at some point make way for spoofy cartoons, which can't possibly be far behind.

by Angela Natividad    Feb- 4-08    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Online, Spoofs



Condescending White Guy Gets Ass Kicked by Asian Girls

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Here's a creepy twist on the American Psycho premise.

You're in the Chinese laundry. Some hotshot white executive walks in and starts heckling the pitiable Asian owner in front of his family. He makes the nasty requisite Pokemon and Hello Kitty jokes, does the grating "oriental" accent. Things are clearly spiraling out of control.

Suddenly, a black dude in the background takes a call on his Jawbone Bluetooth headset. And in a noise-canceling orchestration Bose would be proud of, the world beyond his convo is efficiently muted.

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by Angela Natividad    Feb- 4-08    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Online, Racy, Video



The Super Bowl Is Over, Christina Ricci Our New Obsession

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OMFG! Finally, something not Super Bowl-related. When we head over to our fellow industry ad rag, Advertising Age (OK, it's far from a rag), we are usually in search of some specific article or reference that's been made. For some reason, early this morning, we headed directly to AgAge.com and were presented with one of their full page interstitial ads. We usually quickly click "Skip" (which, of course has some kind of built in delay forcing you to few the ad for about five seconds anyway) but at the sight of the deliciously captivating Christini Ricca lounging in the back of a limo reading Conde Nast's W, we became transfixed and couldn't turn away.

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by Steve Hall    Feb- 4-08    
Topic: Celebrity, Good, Online



(Neither) Raw (Nor) Natural Beauty Ad Dispenses Vital Life Lesson

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We were lurking through various social networks when we saw a brush flutter invitingly over the ad at left. "Ooh, will we get to play with make-up?" we thought, because you're never too old to Crayola the crap out of a perfectly good face.

But after several attempts to engage the ad we realized the animation existed solely to distract us, not encourage our creativity.

Bummer. Then we thought, "Hey, clever. 'Better than bare.'" Bare Escentuals is the big contender in the mineral-based make-up market. So the ad at left (for Raw Natural Beauty, whatever that is) effectively does three things:

- Draws (our) eyes to it
- Takes a subtle jab at a big-ass competitor
- Reminds women everywhere that leaving home without make-up will incite head-turns of quiet disdain from everyone within a thirty-foot radius

Thanks a bunch, Raw Natural Beauty.

by Angela Natividad    Feb- 1-08    
Topic: Bad, Online










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