Current, T-Mobile Pair Up to Lavish Dollars on Would-Be Advertisers

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If you've ever fantasized about a trip to Scotland, now may be the time to enter what may be the mother of all UGC contests: the Current and T-Mobile VCAM ("viewer-created ad messages") Assignment. We just watched an entry called "Leader of the Pack," which bored us stupid. But it did have bagpipe music.

Entries are accepted 'til Feb 25. If your video is worthy of Current airtime, you could win $1,000 -- slave wages in the ad industry, but who are we to judge.

If the sponsors want to air your ad elsewhere, you could get anywhere between $5,000 to $50,000. And yeah, somewhere in there is a free trip to Scotland. So start recording, squares.

by Angela Natividad    Jan-16-08    
Topic: Consumer Created, Online



Sometimes Taste is All in the Shape. Just Ask Cheerios.

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These videos (1, 2, 3) parody both clueless focus group victims and anal spoonfeeding marketing moderators. It's for Diamond Shreddies, which, unlike boring square-shaped cereal, is diamond-shaped.

This really isn't any less lame than Millsberry adding a new charm to Lucky Charms cereal -- and we fall for that every time.

Thanks Charles for running them by us.

by Angela Natividad    Jan-16-08    
Topic: Online, Spoofs, Video



Obama the New LensCrafters Spokesman (OK, Not Really)

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After seeing this LensCrafters ad on The New York Times homepage, one has to wonder if, perhaps, it was created specifically to get a bit of added awareness because, as one Adrants reader notes, it's somewhat "Obama-esque." Or, it could just be a random coincidence. But, it's not like marketers haven't done stuff like this before. See the ad in context on the NYT page here.

by Steve Hall    Jan-15-08    
Topic: Online, Strange



Marines, the True American Idols Debut on 'American Idol' Wednesday

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During the Wednesday night episode of American Idol, The United States Marine Corps will debut a commercial called America's Marines which supports the Our Marines website that tells the stories of current and former Marines and why they serve. The site also contains documentaries of the public's interaction with the Marines during the filming of the commercial and during other encounters. It's the website, more than the commercial itself, that offers a deeper look into the life of a Marine as well as America's appreciation for them even if they don't agree with the politics behind their deployment.

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by Steve Hall    Jan-15-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Good, Online



The Phoenix Suns Invite You Into Their Locker Room

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If you're into the Phoenix Suns, you might like this new website called Suns Locker Room. On the site, you can snoop into player's lockers, check out Head Coach Mike D'Antoni's office, turn on his TV and read his email, and...yes, see the Suns Gorilla dry his ass with a towel. And other stuff but we got tired of stating at the flickering "loading" graphic every time we clicked something.

by Steve Hall    Jan-15-08    
Topic: Online



Porsche Cayenne GTS Launch the Last Work For Carmichael Lynch

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Finishing up its work for Porsche as the account shifts to Cramer-Krasselt, Carmichael Lynch, which landed Subaru without review in November, has released its last work for Porsche. To launch the Cayenne GTS in the states, Carmichael Lynch created a new TV spot and, along with Fabric Interactive, a new website which is currently counting down to the vehicles January 28 launch.

In the commercial, a Cayenne driver ascends the mountains overlooking LA and, in a nod to some sort of urban myth, revs its engine to which other Porsches respond. It's really that simple. The site doesn't have much on it for now other than the spot itself, a countdown clock and a little engine rev thingy. Hopefully, we'l see more January 28th.

by Steve Hall    Jan-14-08    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Online



Hair Club and Playboy Frolic Together With Before/After Game

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When the vanity that is Hair Club for Men Hooks up with the vanity that is Playboy, it's clear we've entered a new chapter in the book of cultural vanity. When otherwise perfectly good looking but folically challenged men are paired with perfectly airbrushed (oh wait. that's so 70's. Photoshopped) Playboy Playmates, well, you have an online game, of course. Yes, really. After all, it's likely the only time you'll see a balding guy with a hot chic.

The game, Photo Hunt was created by Cowboy, an agency George Parker recently riffed asking, "Cowboy!!! Fucking Cowboy!!! They have to be kidding, right?"

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by Steve Hall    Jan-10-08    
Topic: Creative Commentary, Games, Good, Online, Racy



Sergeant, Referee, Sexy Teacher Go Boneless For Thursdays

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If you want to have some fun with your cube mates, check this Boneless Thursdays Wild Messages promotion for Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar. Click the sergeant. Click the referee. Click the stern looking, S&M-ish school teacher. See what they say. Go on. Try it.

Then you can create invitations using these characters, send then to your friends and enjoy a BWW Boneless Thursday.

by Steve Hall    Jan- 9-08    
Topic: Good, Online



Ronzoni Gives Cows A Day Off With New Calcium-Infused Pasta

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PETA's gonna love this one. Ronzoni Smart Taste which contains as mush calcium as an 8 ounce glass of milk is celebrating its new pasta with the launch of Cow's Day Off, a site on which people can give seemingly overburdening cows a day off. There's just one big problem. If the creators of this had done their homework, they'd know taking a cow off its daily milking schedule would make it quite sick. You see, cows make milk. Cows have to be milked. Regularly. They can't just not be milked for one day. It just doesn't work that way.

And yea, yea, yea, we know it's just a fun little ad concept that only offers the cows a "virtual" day off but, much like cow tipping, it's just one more little thing that spreads mis-information about our bovine friends.

by Steve Hall    Jan- 8-08    
Topic: Online



Contextual Advertising Adds Color to Matching Smarts

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We all know contextual advertising has it's ups and downs. Well, mostly downs. At least here on Adrants. We've had Do we really need killer values from supermarkets offered next to articles about Amish killings. We've had turpentine ads next to bits about a teen drinking turpentine to abort a pregnancy. We've had Anna Nicole Smith's dead son put up for sale. And we've had "card shark" credit card copy next to an article about a woman killed by a shark.

So it's refreshing to see, thanks to Adrants reader Sarah, contextual advertising progress to the point where it can now match not only contextual messaging but, in some sort of new fashion fixation, match colors...and the need for new hair. In this case, we have a story featuring a balding prisoner in orange prison garb and an ad seemingly sympathetic to the prisoner's hair-challenged status. So sympathetic that the model in the ad is also wearing an orange shirt as if to say, "I identify with you man. Don't worry. We have hair for you here on the outside."

by Steve Hall    Jan- 8-08    
Topic: Online, Strange










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