WaMu Fades to Grey, Petco Hamster Races, Branding with LASERBEAMS

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- Last week Washington Mutual ran this colorful little ad on its homepage. It reads, "Most banks are grey. That's not our style." Its fortunes have changed since then. See what ad they're running now. (Thanks to Adrants reader Martha for the link.)

- Who's the dick writing comments on your blog? Via David Griner at Adfreak.

- Over the bar-and-bowling scene? Hit up a hamster race near you. (Come prepared. See track specs.)

- Branding with LaserGames. Watch out for epilepsy.

- Alphas eat beef jerky.

- Bored or pissed off at Cubicle Cog #4? Play the Super Fantastic Corporate Confusion game. Unlike life, it will not let you down.

by Angela Natividad    Oct- 1-08    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Campaigns, Games, Good, Online, Strange



You Wouldn't Believe It, But This is An Ad for Rolling Paper

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"The Fly in the Eye" follows in the tradition of old-school psychological horror cinema. Created by Cisma/Sao Paulo, it's the story of a man who, in his efforts to get rid of a fly, bends the constraints of reality and for some reason ends up with two irises in one socket.

Weird shit. The video concludes with "Always expect the unexpected!", followed by a link to BlackThinking.com.

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by Angela Natividad    Sep-30-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Good, Online, Packaging, Specialty, Video



Customizable M&Ms Come Off Kinda Creepy

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imc2 made a site where you can put your likeness on M&Ms. I've always wanted to eat my own face off, so I clicked through to The Candy Lab with premature glee.

What I saw were my old buddies, the Red and Yellow M&Ms, wearing zoned-out, slightly stoned expressions. Between them sat a giant M&M into which they trapped the head of a jovial black dude.

Use the buttons on the right to get The Head to sing you I Want Candy or She Blinded Me with Science.

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by Angela Natividad    Sep-30-08    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Campaigns, Online



Got 48 Seconds? Enter Embarq's Video Contest, Win $5,000

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Calling all out of work, starving creatives! Wait, that would be discrimination or something and we don't do that in this industry, right? So I guess even working creatives are welcome too. iCrossing has created 48 Seconds, a video contest for its client Embarq, an internet, satellite, wireless and phone provider. As expected, some of the videos are crap. Others surprise. Here's a nice one of a guy painting a mural of the Joker.

Why is the contest called 48 seconds? Because, with Embarq internet service, web pages will load 48 seconds faster than dial up, not that anyone's actually on dial up anymore but still.

so if you need a little extra cash and you think youu can do better than all those consumer generated idiots out there, enter the contest and show the world how "real" creative is done.

by Steve Hall    Sep-30-08    
Topic: Good, Online, Promotions, Video



Because I Get Off Seeing My Likeness on Coffee Mugs

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Hoping to reproduce the viral success (eh?) that Elf Yourself garnered for OfficeMax, EVB/San Francisco launched MakeMeSuper.com for Kodak.

Look look! It's me! Except blonde and trapped in the '70s!

Use the Kodak gallery to prop your face -- or that of an unwitting victim -- on a spandex-clad body. Your name is incorporated in a theme song (choose from one in five HUNDRED!), and -- that's not all! -- your own logo and swag. It's almost too super to stand.

by Angela Natividad    Sep-30-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online, Strange



IKEA Web Series, or Portent of Things to Come?

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IKEA's first webisode stars Illeana Douglas, who arrives on-set as a spokesperson but is mistaken for an employee. The ensuing adventure involves Jeff Goldblum, Tom Arnold, Justine Bateman, Jane Lynch, Craig Bierko, and Kevin Pollack.

You could play the video without the sound on and probably lose none of the impact. I felt only a blandly receptive response to the cheery color palette.

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by Angela Natividad    Sep-30-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Online, Video



'No Stank You' Reminds You: Smoking is So. Not. Trendy.

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WONGDOODY brings retro effects and electonica beats to No Stank You, a fervently trendy effort to keep teens in Washington from smoking.

A dance-off sets the stage for the first spot. Each team consists of a person and a disembodied set of lungs. One set's healthy; the other looks like the tattered black pieces of a deflated life vest.

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by Angela Natividad    Sep-29-08    
Topic: Agencies, Campaigns, Cause, Commercials, Online, Television



Bed Head and Bullsh*t Do Not a Cewebrity Make

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JC Penney's Crue Boarding is giving away rebates for the full purchasing price when you send them an e-receipt and a shot of you wearing their gear.

To infiltrate its target market -- "full time slackers" into "surfing beer music classy girls" -- Penney's invented Samthebrodude, a fake video blogger who does jack besides post vlogs about this promotion.

Sam's videos are short and the lighting terrible, harking back to a time (pre-dating Lonelygirl15) when those characteristics might have suggested authenticity. Beyond that, he's too much like a character invented out of intensive MySpace research.

Plus, he joined YouTube three weeks ago and has uploaded seven videos -- five of which are all about Crue Boarding's promotion.

See him clutch a guitar, just for show, and flash his rebate check. As if you care.

by Angela Natividad    Sep-29-08    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Campaigns, Online, Video



Prayers for Palin, Ogilvy Takes Wachovia, McMahon Raps, Fishing for Validation

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- The McCain campaign was caught proclaiming John McCain's victory in the Presidential debate -- before the debate even happened.

- For down-and-out creatives that need to feel like heroes. V-v-v-via.

- PETA insinuates that fishermen have small penises.

- Sarah Palin needs prayer from advertisers.

- Ogilvy picks up Wachovia. Good fucking luck!

- Ed McMahon does rap vids for FreeCreditReport.com. Guess the waiter was unavailable that weekend.

- Citigroup vs. Citi-Mobile. Here's a thought: why not just buy the bastards?

by Angela Natividad    Sep-28-08    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Campaigns, Online, Outdoor, Political



Downy Doesn't Just Soften Clothes; It Helps Pick Them Out, Too

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Because I've always wanted to share my bra size, waist-to-hip ratio, and breadth-of-ass with a fabric softener company that cares just that much, I sat around taking the "Discover Your Shape" quiz on DownyDesignTags.com. This is part of a partnership between myShape and P&G's Downy.

At the end of the test, long-suffering women get a Downy Design Tag, a personal style guide that reveals what our best colors are and which clothes most flatter our bodies. (What is this, a joke?!) Advice is proffered by a celebrity stylist called Jorge, who also dispenses cockle-warming welcome letters and coupons to Ann Taylor LOFT.

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by Angela Natividad    Sep-25-08    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Campaigns, Online










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