Exeter Hospital Celebrates 'Art of Wellness' With Beds and Babies

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While we're not sure what making a bed has to do with a hospital's ability to successfully perform a hip replacement or being ranked tops among all hospital responding to a heart attack, we do like this new commercial from Boston-based Winsper for Exeter Hospital. Oh wait, we get it. Attention to detail. After all, a well made bed is certainly as important as performing open heart surgery.

OK. We jest. We get the analogy. Besides, the spot is just very soothing and who doesn't want to be soothed when faced with a nerve-racking hospital stay? Not us. We've been there.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-17-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Good, Newspaper, Online, Outdoor



No, Not Even Angels Can Save Your Portfolio Now

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The winged creature at left is one of the poster children for Liquidnet's Become Supernatural campaign.

We went on the website to find stuff to make fun of but it turns out we liked clicking on the characters, listening to the "whoosh" and watching the brokers' eyes glint. Oh well.

By the way, not to steal Liquidnet's thunder or anything, but if you actually want to buy and sell stocks online, Zecco doesn't charge brokerage fees for up to 10 trades per month. Huzzah.

by Angela Natividad    Mar- 6-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Magazine, Outdoor, Poster



Lettuce, Peaches and Now Beer Bottles Create Outdoor Advertising

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Leo Burnett gave us the lettuce garden billboard. Ella Bache skincare gave us a giant "naked" lady made out of peaches in Sydney's First Fleet Park. Now, Carlsberg beer has given us a billboard made out of beer bottles to introduce its new, yes, bottle.

We wonder who got to drink all the beer before all those bottles went up. Perhaps the creators of the board, Duval Guillaume in Antwerp could let us know.

by Steve Hall    Mar- 5-08    
Topic: Good, Outdoor



'quarterlife' Slips into Inner Recesses of UCLA Backpacks

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For the network debut of quarterlife, NBC used Free Hand Ads to promote the show across the top margin of college-ruled paper. Free Hand distributed the sheets at UCLA on February 14.

It's often said that the best ideas are the simple ones. We believe it of Free Hand Ads, so we totally don't blame them for the fact that quarterlife so enthusiastically bombed on its first night on air (totaling 3.86 million viewers, last in its class).

Some drama is better left on MySpace.

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by Angela Natividad    Mar- 3-08    
Topic: Guerilla, Outdoor, Promotions



Clustarak Cogs, AT&T Hijacked, 9/11 Ripped, Mentos Pooned

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- Here's yet another knock off of the Honda Cog commercial which, of course, itself is claimed to have been a rip off.

- The Billboard Liberation Front is at it again, this time hijacking an AT&T billboard in San Francisco commenting on AT&T's release of people's voice and data information to the National Security Agency.

- Copyranter rants about even more lame 9/11 rip off ads.

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by Steve Hall    Feb-29-08    
Topic: Outdoor, Spoofs, Strange, Video



Toronto's Fake Drug Campaign Revealed to Be College Advocacy Ad

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The Torontoist has been following a a local teaser campiagn which, for a couple of weeks, appeared to be a campaign from a pharmaceutical company for a fake drug called Obay. After much sleuthing, the campiagn turned out to be for Colleges Ontario, a pre-college group representing area colleges in Ontario.

A teaser campaign using a fake drug is a daring move but it appears no one got lawsuit happy. The campiagn itself is funny. It promotes a drug that makes kids think more like their parents, sort of like mind control in a bottle.

The ad copy is great. It reads, "My son used to have his own hopes and aspirations. Now he has mine. Thanks, Obay!"

by Steve Hall    Feb-21-08    
Topic: Good, Outdoor, Poster, Strange



Sound of Color Habitat Fails to Work Up a Crowd

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We mentioned recently that we thought Gap's Sound of Color effort was really cool. In response to our call for news and pictures of how Gap is promoting Sound of Color at stores, Adrants reader Chris sent us the following email:

"I walked passed the GAP store on 5th Avenue in NYC this evening and it appears they have set up a Pop Up Store of some sort to promote the Sound of Color promotion. However, when I walked by it was completely empty except for a DJ and a lone employee."

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by Angela Natividad    Feb-20-08    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Campaigns, Outdoor, Promotions



Denver to Remove 'Less' From 'Homeless,' Hopes Reality Will Follow

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The Denver Rescue Mission is in need of $12.5 million to support the needs of 10,000 homeless people who seek shelter each night in the city. To call attention to the need, the Mission asked Cultivator Advertising & Design to develop a campaign. The agency came up with an interesting outdoor and transit campaign which composed the word "Homeless" from photos the agency took of 143 Denver area homeless.

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by Steve Hall    Feb-20-08    
Topic: Cause, Good, Outdoor, Poster



CD-Turned-Author Self-Promotes without Spending. Much.

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CD and president Kelly Simmons of bubble, Philadelphia is sharpening her ad chops by promoting her own book, Standing Still. Released by Simon & Schuster, it's about a mom who exchanges her life for her kidnapped daughter's.

Publicity includes $200,000 of online, sweepstakes, broadcast, direct mail and guerilla efforts, allegedly all bartered.

The effort includes promotional postcards ("The ultimate beach read") stuffed in women's swimsuit orders, courtesy of Miracle Suit. A radio campaign will air on B101 FM, an indie station.

And when it rains, ziplocked flyers (via Tri-County Printers) promoting the book as "the perfect read for a stormy night" will appear on parked car windshields.

Check out Simmons' e-zine, bykellysimmons.com. You could win a Tiffany's bracelet that matches the one worn by the protagonist (product placement! Nice touch).

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Computers Go Back in Time to Celebrate Broadband Invasion of TV Turf. Wait, What?

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Word has it that broadband content is now eligible for Primetime Emmy Awards. Whether that flatters broadband shows or the sleepy Emmys is anybody's guess; it's all the same in the media melting pot.

To spread the news, WONGDOODY prepared a print campaign with Mary Tyler Moore and that bigoted dad from All in the Family. Computers have been stitched into their environments. Headers read, "Welcoming Broadband to the World of Television."

Creative will appear in print and online. There will also be an "aggressive online word-of-mouth effort."

Oh, yeah: Because that big, bad PR really twisted our arms.

by Angela Natividad    Feb-13-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Online, Outdoor, Strange, Television










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