Skin Ads Dumb Down Stateside

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Vaseline releases a couple of ads lauding the magic of skin. There are a couple of versions; one esoteric and mystical, the other slightly more fast-paced with a beat made of babble. We'll let you guess which is which.

How or why is it that the USA versions of ads always seem crasser and dumber than UK ones or ads for Europe in general? - Contributed by Angela Natividad

by Angela Natividad    Dec-15-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Online, Television, Video



Zvue Peddles Handheld with Foot in Mouth - Er, Feet for Hands

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For Zvue, makers of handheld whatever-the-fucks, indy SF-based agency BuderEngel and Friends throw together a hopeful viral called Feet for Hands. They warned us first that there wasn't much cash in the deal but no amount of money can compensate us for the embarrassment we suffered having to sit through this story of a man with boots for hands dancing to "Look Out Weekend."

Of course the agency says it's doing well so what do we know? - Contributed by Angela Natividad

by Angela Natividad    Dec-15-06    
Topic: Online, Video, Worst



Once Again, Contextual Advertising Gets Dumb

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In case the U.K. serial killer who strips prostitutes of their clothing but leaves their jewelery behind was ever in need of some jewelery, John Christian Jewelers is right there to help. In fact, they're right there in the middle of a Guardian article about the murders so if he's reading his own press, John Christian Jewelers has made a great ad placement. Oh wait. They didn't have anything to do with it. It's just a bunch of pre-programed, contextually-motivated ad servers which are incapable of rendering any semblance of common sense. Click here to see the full story with the ad

by Steve Hall    Dec-15-06    
Topic: Bad, Online, Tools



More Dog-Oriented Holiday Fare

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Agency T3 wishes us a "happy doggone New Year" on pup-friendly holiday cards with corny wordplay along the lines of "click here for more, dawg." Upon selecting a dog you see a little video and are invited, among other things, to see its balls.

All in all the cards are all right, no more pointless than dog judo or dogs licking their balls to holiday music. You know, people get really fucking weird about dogs around this time of year. No, they don't even get weird; they get creepy. What's that about? - Contributed by Angela Natividad

by Angela Natividad    Dec-15-06    
Topic: Online



Samurai Kittens People Invite You To Look In Santa's Pants

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COG1 takes a pause from bloodying kittens to deliver What's in Santa's Pants, a confusing, slow-loading site for Fuse TV. Guess what's in the pants of a pervy Santa perched between a contentious elf and a Russian ... hooker? Muse? Cookie-baker? We don't know why she's there aside from making eye candy and strained comic relief. - Contributed by Angela Natividad

by Angela Natividad    Dec-15-06    
Topic: Cable, Games, Online



Yahoo Makes Gives Shleps Everywhere a Shot at Photojournalism

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Because actual Amazon-braving, dysentery-getting, foxhole-hovering journalists don't have enough to bitch about already what with crappy pay and self-entitled bloggers, Yahoo! fuels the fire with You Witness News, a beta service that magically converts any kid on the street with a camera phone into a paid member of the photojournalist elite.

The idea has potential considering a guy with a camera phone fully recorded the unfuckingbelievable horrors of that UCLA student tasing incident awhile back. We'll see where it goes. In any event, it'll be fun to watch the sparks fly among the watchdogs of the profession. - Contributed by Angela Natividad

by Angela Natividad    Dec-14-06    
Topic: Good, Online, Social



Apparenly Seasons Can Have Blogs Too

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If you thought the blogosphere was limited to hipsters, cool-hunting businesses and 12-year-olds, you were horribly wrong. Winter (yes! That most frigid of seasons) just started its very own blog, Winter is Cool. Guess we couldn't have named it better ourselves...

And to push its right to the 2.0 pie, it's got an agency too - AgencyNext out of Massachusetts. Read an interview with the strangely defensive season here. - Contributed by Angela Natividad

by Angela Natividad    Dec-14-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Online, Strange, Weblogs



P&G Tickles 2.0 with 'Men in Cramps'

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Catch Up Lady fills us in on the mysterious force behind Men in Cramps: Procter & Gamble, differentiating themselves from other brands who try (hard) to get down with the viral crowd and ultimately fail.

"We simply didn't have enough women who knew about our menstrual product [ThermaCare], and had to find a new way to connect with them," says Tom O'Brien, associate marketing director for personal health care at P&G, Cincinnati. R&D reveals women lamenting "there was one group of consumers they would like to see understand more deeply what it meant to have menstrual pain -- men."

Well, they nailed it with "cyclical nonuterine dysmenorrhea." Big Pharma's been successful at inventing chronic ailments for so long it's only natural they'd hit a home run doing it as a spoof. Catch one of the ThermaCare ads with poster boy Dr. Fardel here. - Contributed by Angela Natividad

by Angela Natividad    Dec-14-06    
Topic: Best, Campaigns, Online, Promotions



Second Life Lets Would-Be Creepies Live Out Fantasies

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You can do what on Second Life?! That was, and remains, our reaction when we discovered you can role play rape in the back alleys of the commerce-friendly virtual wonderland.

Apparently even Second Lifers can't do the rounds alone after dark. - Contributed by Angela Natividad

by Angela Natividad    Dec-14-06    
Topic: Bad, Games, Online, Racy, Strange



Carat Fusion Knows True Meaning of Christmas

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Carat Fusion is injecting a bit of common sense into the out-of-control agency Christmas card trend and rather than trying to create something that's funny or cool or witty that just comes off as dumb, the agency has created something that refelcts what Christmas is all about: giving. The agency's Carat Fusion Holiday Cookie Maker lets visitors decorate gingerbread cookies. For each cookie decorated, the agency will donate $1 (up to a limit of $5,000) to Save the Children. Now that's a Christmas card.

by Steve Hall    Dec-14-06    
Topic: Agencies, Good, Online










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