In yet another example no new ideas exist in the world of advertising, yet another innocent personal human gesture has been usurped and turned into a a marketing ploy. You've seen the marriage proposal billboard before. It's even been written about here on Adrants but, as several of our readers have pointed out our search feature sucks ass, no previous articles could be found.
So why write about another one? Because this time, it's not innocent. Oh wait, maybe the other ones weren't either. We'll never know since we can't find what's been previously written and our memory is for shit, or as a friend recently said "Wait...what? I remember the body shots...but after that...everything gets a little...fuzzy."
Antwerp residents: if you're wondering why firetrucks are suddenly ubiquitous, slow-moving and sponsored by Tabasco, it's because those aren't firetrucks.
It's just your local buses, dressed like the life-saving vehicles they never grew up to become.
The bus-as-firetruck campaign was put together by Duval Guillaume, which explained -- slowly, so we could understand -- that "Tabasco is so hot that you need a fire truck to cool down your mouth after you've eaten some."
I wonder if that ladder gets hop-ons.
So there's been billboards created out of lettuce, peaches and beer bottles. Why not create a billboard that is hand knitted? That's what Cake did for Sky and the Women's Institute which have joined forces to choose one of the Women's Institute's 200,000 women to become the W-Icon.
The board was made from 133 miles of of wool and took 250 hours to complete
CEO Joseph Frick of Independence Blue Cross, the biggest health insurance provider in Philadelphia, used his recent colon cancer diagnosis to fuel this ad campaign by Tierney Communications.
The height chart at left lends a practical, and sort of charming, picture of how needs change as the mortal coil unravels. (Nagging question: why is 5'9," "Mammogram Reminders," followed by 6'1," "Senior Fitness Programs"? I thought people shrink when they get old? Is Independence just that good?)
Tagline: "Just a few ways we're here for you every step of the way" -- a little clumsy, but it gets the idea across.
- Wired interviewed the director of Weezer's Pork and Beans music video, which is a whiplash-inducing tribute to 'net-ebrities.
- Apptera promotes The Incredible Hulk to callers who request information on Iron Man.
- I Can't Believe It's Not Butter! launched a site called Now We Know Better. Scroll over the vintage homemakers to see them magically turn into ... modern homemakers! The site's a dream destination for daytime TV addicts: game shows, girl talk and margarine.
Through SecurityPoint Media, advertisers can buy ad space in airport security bins throughout the nation. Sony, Kyocera, Rolodex and Zappos have leaped at the chance to welcome your shoes, traveling coat and gutted laptop bag onto their witty little messages.
"With shoes in hand, it's the perfect instance to remind them they've been meaning to make time to buy a new pair. Why not Zappos?" said senior marketing manager Andy Kurlander of Zappos, whose bins say peppy things like, "Need a new case for that laptop?" and "Place shoes here. Buy shoes here: Zappos." (Come on. You knew that one was coming.)
- Saatchi & Saatchi did a wicked billboard execution drenching the street and a few cars with blood to promote Kill Bill.
- Apparently in Mexico, it's not looked upon kindly to promote a destination using a naked model painted with historical landmarks.
- OK, whatever. Bed. Old Guy. Furniture. Hot Ass. Watch.
- Whoa! Was that an ass in my face as I sleepily made my way to the subway? Yes, my friend, indeed it was. And it was in Tokyo...where this sort of thing is, well, just normal.
- Sometimes an ad works against itself.
I think Samsung missed the point of HP's "Hands" effort. "Hands" was cool because the hands in the ads belonged to people we could both admire and identify with. By exposing the contents of their hard drives, celebrities also shared the contents of their minds: how they saw the world and chose to make it their own, all in a style that resembled play.
Along that vein, Samsung gives us "Express Yourself" by Cheil Worldwide Canada. Its two ads, "Express Yourself" and "Hands," try replicating HP's idea but taking the human interest story out.
Sometimes public relations professionals send things a bit early in the game so as to favor you with a scoop of sorts. Not that this was the case last week with a press release for a Barnes & Noble graffiti promotion that landed in the Adrants inbox but, for some reason, it's still sitting there, unpublished. Today, it's published on Animal.
My pal Ariel Waldman over at Shake Well Before Use found this ad for Travel Alberta in San Francisco's MUNI (subway) stations which ask the question, "Who knew blogging was so popular 3,000 years ago?" to which Ariel posits, "Apparently, Canadians believe blogging stands for stone-logging." Hmm.