Inspired by Burt Reynolds (how could you not be?), copywriter Lawson Clarke hopes baring his, uh, soul will compel iffy agencies to give him a shot.
We give you all that is Male Copywriter.
This was originally gonna go in a hastily-rendered link roundup but then we clicked on the URL, saw dude on the bearskin and lost ourselves in the patriotic waves of emotion that instantly bitchslaps you when you hear The Star-Spangled Banner. (Nice touch!)
More importantly, his work stands up. It's got that ironic, laugh-with-the-creative-behind-the-ad! vibe brands like Skittles are so into right now. The only thing that mildly wigged us out was when we clicked on the Progressive spot and got panned over to the TV perched over his crotch.
Last week Current.tv launched the first-ever TwitteRFP. That is, it's on the hunt for agencies. And instead of soliciting RFPs the old-fashioned way, it was all, "Post that ish on Twitter."
What's cool about this method is it put both large and small agencies on an equal playing field: that incessant stream-of-consciousness noisebox where we blow 3-4 of our good working hours per day.
We need to create a new category labeled "Overseen Internet," expressly for stuff that we stumble upon by chance and haven't got words for. This banner ad for Hire My Mom is one such gem.
The URL's actually slightly deceptive -- it caters to mom professionals, not kids hoping to score a gig for Mummy, who's busy drowning her sorrows in a bathrobe and gin. Still though.
- Finish the sentence: "Without advertising..." (LOL at "I'd have a savings account.")
- French agency Pourquoi tu cours (trans: "Why are you running?") is selling itself -- and its services -- via eBay and Facebook. The founder claims bids have exceeded 2,010 euros.
- Following fast in the footsteps of Volvo and Land Rover, Universal Studios will start incorporating live tweets in its rich media ads for certain films. Expect to see them in late June.
If you replace the words "laundry detergent," "washing machine," and "dryer," this video for Purex would take you in an entirely different direction. We can't wait for the spoof. Anyway, there's some interesting stuff brewing in the world of laundry detergent and Purex is on the front lines.
Change is coming to laundry, the campaign touts. So what's the big deal? The product, which isn't shown, is a stiff version Bounce. It's three in one action performs the duty of detergent, fabric softener and antistatic agent.
We just wish this campaign was running in the 50's or 60's. Can you imagine how much more elated the women in the ad would be? Yea. Back in the day, women would practically have an orgasm when they got a new refrigerator. We can't imagine the reactions to a new laundry product as cool as this.
Fresh out the Flagrant Email pile comes this subject line from Almighty Apple: "Last chance to give iPod for Mother's Day." We were like, okay, let's see how they work this angle, and popped the email open to meet eyes with the following header:
"Give Mom a reason to play favorites."
Need a blunter innuendo? Cast your gaze leftwards to see an iPod lovingly engraved, "No wonder you always liked me best."
Mac confidence at its most engorged state. Props to the shameless email marketers at Apple, whose capacity to self-promote -- for any holiday, or none at all -- knows no inhibitions. Might be time to swoop up another Shuffle; as things stand, we're lucky if Mom tells us we look nice in the morning.
Yesterday AgencySpy reposted an op-ed by Alan Wolk that generated a shit-ton of loose-cannon commentary.
There's a lot to be said about the culture of anonymous commenting -- that it lets people say things they wouldn't normally, which can be both good and bad.
But imagine a world where everybody who ever wanted to talk to you had to reveal all his name and contact information first. Sure it'd minimize a few random acts of verbal cruelty, but is a full-disclosure world one you'd want to live in? And can the ideal be scaled to the 'net in a practical way?
We went over other grays in this discourse last week while Wolk's post was still hot, but the topic's so milkable we figure this merits a poll.
Three years ago, Sasquatch wandered the woods for Jack Link's Beef Jerky. Now he's dancing atop an iPhone for Living Sasquatch, a site on which you can make your own Sasquatch movie. Somehow this sell beef jerky. We're not quite sure how though.
Subway's whoring for musical auditions to promote its $5 footlongs over the interwebs. And while the topic matter makes every entry cheesy by default, that's not to say all them are bad.
Vote for favourites or unlock "bonus exclusive bloopers."* There's a line fresh out of the buzzword generator. =P
In an Absolute world, we wouldn't need money. At least in London with this latest
promotion where Absolute exchanged hugs for real stuff. (Clip post-jump, Twitter here
.) Not sure it would fly here, maybe though:
"Hello? Yes, this is he. Yes, I know. Two months late. No, yeah, we were going to send a check out soon as we can. Yeah, I understand. Looks bad on our credit history, yep. Collections? Whoa, hang on for a sec... sorry, had to check with my wife. You guys take hugs? You do? OH, but not over the phone. Gotcha. Yeah, makes sense. So then, guess smiles are out. HEY. What about jokes. You take jokes? You do? Awesome. Okay, two bill collectors walk into a bar."