Its Trump Card Played, Crocs Gets Gimmicky

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Having generated reluctant admirers with its "Ugly can be beautiful" campaign in 2005, Crocs now gives us "What a Croc!" -- which has guts in spades, and occasional moments of flair, but is otherwise far less coherent.

See insane screaming man and the pretty pretty princess. The latter is the result of a collabo between Crocs and Jibbitz, self-styled "the official Crocs shoe charm." And you thought those Godforsaken mules couldn't get any uglier.

Thanks AdFreak for bringing "What a Croc!" to our attention.

by Angela Natividad    May-14-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online, Strange



Million Dollar Homepage Knock Off to Deface Hillside

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If it weren't bad enough an army of wannabes copied, unsuccessfully, Alex Tew's very successful Million Dollar Homepage, now there's a dude who wants to spread that filth all over an actual hillside, as in a real-world hillside in Austria.

Thomas Kager, a 34 year old software developer plans to sell both pixels and actual real estate on a 10,0000 meter portion of a hill. As the press release explains, "Kager's idea is to market squares of virtual advertising space on his website to companies and individuals who, after their purchase, will receive one square meter of real outdoor advertising space for a five-year period."

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by Steve Hall    May-14-08    
Topic: Online, Outdoor



You Can't Blame InGrid for Trying. You Can, However, Resent It

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InGrid Home Security recently tapped video site National Banana -- whose online offerings include "Gay 4 Obama" and "Spitzer Call Girl Resigns" -- to help build some saucy new ads.

Yeah.

See the results of the collabo on InGrid. The idea behind the spots is to compare InGrid's sexy "wired" home security with the cumbersome systems of yore. The out-of-touch dad/embarrassed-young-daughter gimmick was not lost on us.

Horrid.

by Angela Natividad    May-13-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Online, Television, Worst



Homebuilder Plays Matchmaker. Garsh, that's So Hip.

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"Hey Adrants! I don't know if you'd be interested or not, but this homebuilder is hip." (Signed "anon.")

An email like the one above is a really good way of guaranteeing we will quietly hate your company even before we're exposed to its creative. Anyway, check out Shapell Matchmaker, a Shapell Homes campaign that pairs people to their ideal corner of suburbia.

See cheesy video. (Was Bruce Campbell busy?) I took the website quiz, which was kind of fun. My perfect match was the Glens in Gilroy.

So not hip.

by Angela Natividad    May-13-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Online



Adult Swim and Honda Team For Fit-Promoting T-Shirt Contest

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Adult Swin, those crazy folks who bring us Aqua Teen Hunger Force has teamed with Honda for a T-shirt contest to promote the auto maker's Fit. Dubbed Adult Tees, the contents asks viewers to design t-shirts inspired by Adult Swim. The winner of the contest, which runs from May 12 for seven weeks with the sweepstakes portion from June 30 to July 7.

To promote the contest, Adult Swim will air "Fit is Go" themed on-air promotions and :30's which will encourage people to visit adultswim.com to upload their t-shirt designs and to check out other contestant's submissions. Oh, and Honda branding and videos will be all over the Adult Swim website, natch.

Oddly, as of today, there's no mention of the contest on the website yet.

by Steve Hall    May-13-08    
Topic: Cable, Online, Promotions



Optical Allusions Amuse, Confuse, Promote Non-Existent Site

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This
was probably fun to film but, um, huh? OK, so it's kind of fun but to promote a new phone, the Samsung Soul? Two minutes later, you don't even care what it's for. Oh the not so minor detail the Song site is down doesn't help.

by Steve Hall    May-12-08    
Topic: Bad, Online, Video



Site Helps You Remember What Happened in Vegas

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Deep Focus just launched a promotional site for the Cameron Diaz/Ashton Kutcher movie, What Happens in Vegas, called What Happened That Night, which aims to help you remember what you did in Vegas the night before. It's one of those answer a few questions, upload a picture and get a customized, forwardable message in return things.

by Steve Hall    May- 6-08    
Topic: Good, Online



CEO Uses Daughter's Ass on Billboard, Rossellini Has Sex With Bugs

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- It's got to be a creepy thing to use one's daughter's ass in one's corporate advertising but there it is: the ass of 36 year old Laurie Adams, daughter of Georgi vodka CEO.

- Following AdWeek, MediWeek has unveiled its new website which mirrors the look of the new AdWeek quite closely.

- Previously a no no, yesterday's change in Google's terms and conditions now allows brands to mention competing brand names in their ads.

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by Steve Hall    May- 6-08    
Topic: Celebrity, Online, Outdoor, Racy, Social, Strange, Tools



Israel's Iturn Creates GPS-Enabled Search Engine

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To illustrate the benefits of it GPS device, Israel's Ituran, with help from Shalmor Avnon Amichay/Y&R Tel Aviv, created a GPS-like visual search engine. Using offline GPS technology, Ituran mapped 300 Israeli sites, their relationships to one another and "mapped" it all for easy navigation.

While we can't read a thing on any of he sites, the process seems to work quite well offering up an alternative to the typical way of browsing the web and searching for destinations. This video explains it all.

by Steve Hall    May- 5-08    
Topic: Online



Chuck's Richer than Sin, But He Won't Treat You Like a Dog

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I spent most of the weekend catching up on Desperate Housewives and Lost on ABC.com. As a result, I got really chummy with Charles Schwab's "Talk to Chuck" campaign.

"Talk to Chuck" brings interpolated rotoscoping -- the process of animating over live action -- to a fresh audience. (Think Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly. All the effects without the substance abuse!)

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by Angela Natividad    May- 5-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Online








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