Kid Rock, Jim Beam Let Loose for Cherry Bourbon ... and Operation Homefront.


This June Kid Rock kicks off the Red Stag, part of a promotional partnership with Jim Beam for its new cherry-infused Bourbon.

It all goes down on the 14th, when Kid Rock serves as Grand Marshall of the NASCAR Sprint Cup's Lifelock 400 Race. Jim Beam will sponsor Kid Rock's 2009 Rock N' Rebels tour, and together, via Operation Homefront, both brands will raise funds for emergency aid, moving help, computer programs and care packages for the underprivileged nationwide.

"I've been drinking Jim Beam and singing about it my whole career, so when they approached us it was a no-brainer," said Kid Rock, who makes plen'y more sense than crazy-ass Gene Simmons did when he became the face of Dr. Pepper Cherry.

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Psycho Killer SocMedia, Twee-ality, in:fluencia Bounces Back


- Real housewives of intervention. =P

- What "Psycho Killer" can teach you (yes, YOU!) about social media.

- in:fluencia, a French ad/media/trends rag that used to send us awesome overseas campaigns (1, 2, 3), returns from a long hiatus with a snappy redesign. Even if you can't read French, the thumbnails alone are click-candy.

- Twitter reality show.

- Getty + Flickr: a match made in ... (Via y via.)

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You Want Me to Put What Between My Legs?


We love contextual advertising. What? You think we're down on it because we always make fun of it?'d be right. But that's the point of it all. What would we do without the occasional contextual corrigendum?

Especially less than humorous ones that marry "fun between your legs" and rape.

by Steve Hall    May-27-09    
Topic: Online, Worst

Shakespeare County Makes Casual Gamers into Modern Romeos


Heh. Shakespeare County just released the Shakespeare Game, a Prince of Persia-esque challenge in which you, Romeo, have to hunt Juliet down and whisk her off the balcony.

Gather books and roses to fortify you along the way, and beware walking skeletons, spiked ditches and warthog-looking things. Every once in awhile the Bard appears to drop hints.

After an infernal loading period we blew at least 10 happily-lost minutes on the first handful of levels. No word on if success results in double suicide though.

by Angela Natividad    May-27-09    
Topic: Brands, Games, Online

Gawker Bleeds, Oxfam Goes to Cannes, FarFar Lion Found


- Chicago's O'Hare airport has a new website! (Some people think this sort of thing is important. Who are we to judge? Oh wait, that's our job)

- Yawn. Men dress up as women in Danica Patrick's new Boost Mobile Unwronged commercial.

- Soft drink\ company, The Feel Good Drinks Company, commissioned Loose Moose to turn a stop-frame animation created for them by one of their consumers into a national TV

- smashLAB's Eric Karjaluoto thinks design has become commoditized but he has a solution

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by Steve Hall    May-26-09    
Topic: Agencies, Industry Events, Online, Opinion, Video

Troy-Bilt Reaches Out, P2P-Style, to Contemporary Gardeners


Troy-Bilt hikes its ad budget up 50% from 2008 to $1.8 million, springing for a folksy little tune called "Shinin' Down", which can be heard in its ads or on hold with its tech team. Download it for free at

The ad itself is a modern nod to a young and trendy generation of gardeners, which I guess downloads MP3s in addition to steering tractors with a grin. It will appear nationwide across popular networks, including HGTV and DIY. This is Troy-Bilt's first TV push in five years.

Feels authentic. Don't you just wanna race outside and fertilize something? (*checks pocketwatch*) Still plenty of time left in the day to indulge that inclination.

Work by Marcus Thomas/Cleveland.

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by Angela Natividad    May-26-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Good, Online, Television

How Banner Ads Made Genetic Modification Fun.


Okay, not really genetic modification.

The other day we came across this supersized contact lens ad on MySpace. The banner lets users swap the eye colours of the featured model, and even change the model herself. Choose from ethnically unambiguous options like Gabriela (at left), Jada and Kate.

You can also upload a picture of yourself, the better to gauge how to improve on nature with pupil shades in Sterling Gray, Brilliant Blue and Gemstone Green.

We were all, "Ooh! Engagement features!" -- a trite enough inclusion, but certainly worth a few minutes' distraction. Hopefully one day we'll be able to customize our children this way.

by Angela Natividad    May-21-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online, Strange

Lady Dior, Gay Celeb Twitter Awards, Free Daft Punk


- Chanel and Audrey Tautou's adlicious love affair brings the sin of envy out in rivals. Christian Dior fights back with Lady Dior, featuring the darkly glamorous Marion Cotillard, who played Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose.

- This makes us want pest control.


- Kindle 9 XXXD har har. This spoof tries a little hard in our opinion.

- Starbucks courts social media scene with print ad effort.

- Daft Punk leaps upon the piracy parade -- offering a remix album, Human After All, as a free download at participating blogs. (Each blog hosts one track.)

- Something about oh, what the fuck.

by Angela Natividad    May-20-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online, Opinion, Social

Jezebel Gets Frisky, Malibu Bowls (Again), Google Bitch Slapped


- The Firsky thinks Gawker site Jezebel is engaging in double talk by lambasting sexist advertising while accepting money from advertisers who, according to The Frisky, make sexist advertising.

- Subway is out with a new Subway Kids game.

- More Malibu Rum Island Bowling silliness.

- adMarketplace would like us to know "For the second straight quarter, Google reported that it cut its Traffic Acquisition Costs (payments to AdSense publishers) in the first quarter of 2009. Their payout to publishers dropped 1.7% in Q4 2008, and an additional 2.1% in Q1 2009, costing AdSense publishers thousands of dollars."

by Steve Hall    May-19-09    
Topic: Commercials, Games, Online, Research, Weblogs

CP+B Auctions Off Summer Interns.


We didn't realize pimpin'* was legal in Colorado. But what we've found is if you dress your blatant whoring up like a fun, frothy "intern auction" and do it on eBay, local authorities will happily turn a blind eye.

The lucky bidder who wins Crispin Porter + Bogusky's auction are advised that their wares are "Pickup only." On the cheery up, all funds raised will actually go into paying said interns.

No full-frontal images are available; just ponderous shots of young lithe figures toiling over desks, contemplating whiteboards and self-consciously jamming under oversized headphones.

Recently, French agency Pourquoi tu cours also tried its hand at service-trafficking -- er, creative agency promotion -- via eBay.

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by Angela Natividad    May-18-09    
Topic: Agencies, Online, Promotions

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