Pilfered Muffin Smells Suspiciously of Shenanigans

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Aw, this is cute. Perhaps still high off its accolade as best retail outdoor advertising of 2005 for its car-crushing billboard muffin, Boone Oakley (for client Bloom supermarket) has announced its prized pastry has been "stolen."

In exchange for news about the muffin's whereabouts, one lucky snitch gets a year's worth of free muffins (of normal-muffin-size), as well as a cash reward.

The morose missing poster is at left. Check out their appeal in the extended entry.

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by Angela Natividad    Jul-23-07    
Topic: Agencies, Outdoor, Promotions



Folgers: The Best Part of Waking Up is Sewage in Your Cup

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Usually we think it's really cool when an ad appropriates some every day object to deliver its message, but in the case of coffee and steaming manholes, the collaboration is less than savory.

The text on this one-year-old Folger's ad reads, "Hey, City That Never Sleeps. Wake up. Folgers."

Dude, can you imagine walking over that manhole and going, "WTF is that damp dirty mist that's just accosted me? Oh wow, it is a giant cup of Folger's coffee." The very thought drives us straight into the arms of Starbucks.

Well, no, not even. Maybe Jamba Juice. The thought of coffee a la manhole just puts us off the whole idea.

[Ed: Pardon this story. Our co-Editor just woke up from a year long nap and forgot to restart her RSS reader. She was roundly chastised in our daily coffee klatch this morning and she promises not to nap so long ever again.]

by Angela Natividad    Jul-19-07    
Topic: Guerilla, Outdoor, Packaging



Danica Prettifies Face of Motorola

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Now that all the Danica hype has cooled, Motorola, fashionably late, slaps her on her very own MOTO DANICA billboard, which reminded us less of Motorola and more of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.

If a Motorola-branded Danica Power Ranger did exist, we hope its (presumable) drag-racing powers would be slightly more dependable than Motorola's mobile phone prowess, because if not, that would be a major case of RAZR burn.

by Angela Natividad    Jul-16-07    
Topic: Outdoor, Sponsorship



Even Shoes Can Be Weapons of Change. Or Not

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We thought we'd seen the last of the (oft spoofed) (red) campaign but on the streets of New York, the red plague remains alive and well.

It made its most recent appearance in this Converse ad at left, touting (red) products as weapons of change. For those who can't read the blurry photo, the ad says, "Buy (Product) Red stuff. Join the movement. The time is now. Do something."

For a bold headline like "Weapon of Change," that follow-up entreaty leaves much to be desired. The only thing we feel genuinely compelled to do is trash the copywriter who put that desperate string of sentences together.

by Angela Natividad    Jul-16-07    
Topic: Bad, Cause, Outdoor



Bravo Lets Segmentation Cat Out of Bag

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We're not really sure what Bravo was trying to do here. Maybe they thought it would be clever to try nailing ad dollars and viewers in one fell swoop.

With that in mind we get this ad showcasing The Affluencers, a packaged Gen Y boy and girl sporting all accoutrements of cool, including a love of Bravo. The bottom reads, "Most affluent + most influential + most engaged viewers = THE AFFLUENCERS," followed by the tagline, "Watch what happens when you buy Bravo."

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by Angela Natividad    Jul-16-07    
Topic: Outdoor, Poster



Chase: Gt illiTret Fstr

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With increased communication speed and higher expectations of quick gratification, courtesy of the Digital Age, come casualties.

And if Chase Bank is any indication, those casualties come in literacy. Or maybe just vowels. It's hard to say. Maybe we should just leap ahead, cut out all the extra letter-looking things (uh, consonants, right?) and go back to hieroglyphs. We're halfway there anyway.

by Angela Natividad    Jul-16-07    
Topic: Bad, Outdoor



Love and Money are Two Sides of Same Coin, Says Tiffany's

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In preparation for its debut in the vicinity of Wall Street, Tiffany's erected this big ad across its future storefront that reads, "Close the Deal." Love and business apparently share a few things in common: a hunt, a chase, a courting period and an expensive deal-maker.

Clever.

As a sidenote, we noticed that the L in "Deal" is peeling off. Come on, Tiffany. We didn't take you for quite so shabby a girl.

by Angela Natividad    Jul-13-07    
Topic: Good, Outdoor, Promotions



Inflatable Push Pins Mark Seattle Hot Spots For Microsoft Maps

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Created by Wexley School for Girls to promote its Live Search Maps, Microsoft has launched the Pushpin Project, a program that recognizes favorite bars, restaurants, and local businesses by affixing an 8 foot by four foot inflatable push pin to the location. We're guessing it's all to make the online search service a bit more real world useful. Of course, any push pinned location is then added to a Live Search Map where Seattle residents can keep tabs on what's supposedly cool.

by Steve Hall    Jul-10-07    
Topic: Brands, Good, Guerilla, Outdoor



11 Seven Elevens Get Kwik-E Mart Treatment

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For some, a dream has been realized: a slew of Seven Elevens have evolved into Kwik-E Marts for a month to promote The Simpsons Movie. The evolution has improved business for one Burbank, CA store by about 300 to 400 percent, according to AdCritic.

The metamorphosis includes changes to the exterior, interior and employee uniforms. The stores are also littered with myriad opportunities to snap a shot of yourself with a character from The Simpsons.

After years of less-than-tactful trashing on the show, we think it's a nod in the right direction for Seven Eleven to embrace its alter ego with such abandon.

by Angela Natividad    Jul- 9-07    
Topic: Good, Guerilla, Outdoor, Promotions



Chivas Regal Turns Fountains Green in Bucharest

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In Bucharest, Romania, Chivas Regal has turned the city's fountains green and red in an ambient stunt one observer noted could very likely be mistaken for a Sony Bravia event as there was no obvious branding to clarify Chivas was behind the stunt. Still, an eye catching move.

by Steve Hall    Jul- 3-07    
Topic: Guerilla, Outdoor










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