Advertising Week has to begin somewhere and why not with strange looking tiny "BobCars" that carry messaging. Sort of like a mobile billboard, BobCars, owned, we're told, by Snap Marketing, are being used to hand out postcards with questions on them which they can answer online to win two free weeks of advertising on a BobCar. It's an Adholes thingy.
Michael Shostack has the scoop on last week's launch a Naked Juice campaign which began with a street protest with Kiwi and green shirted women holding signs that read, "Say no to added sugar" and "Down with free radicals." The street stunt was a precursor to an outdoor campaign consisting of billboards, transit posters, wild postings and cab ads. Thirty of the 60 cabs will be fully wrapped with Naked Juice Branding. Unfortunately, there was no actual nudity promoting Naked Juice but what's up with that guy in the bannana suit? Is he hung or what?
Adrants reader Susannah sends us this link to a great stairway ad that has a very photo realistic sticker of a woman who looks like she's just fallen down the stairs. Created by Downtown Partners, the ad is for Red Cross Canada and promotes a first aid training course. Se a close up shot here.
Here's a new campaign from Boston-based Winsper for Timberland PRO's PowerWelt work boots which consists of magazine, outdoor and point of sale. The campaign's photography is quite striking if we do say so ourselves and was done by Jim Erickson. The campaign will break mid-September. Check out other creative here, here, here and here.
While it won't effect Times Square, New York's Bloomberg administration is moving forward with efforts to enforce Local Law 31, a 2005 law that restricts certain types of outdoor advertising structures which were built after 1979. The City wants to dismantle 50 to 60 percent of the boards, reduce the size of others and place restrictions on those that remain. Reacting to the move, OTR Media Group President and CEO Ari Noe said, "Banning billboards and scaffolding signage will cause a significant financial loss for many different sectors of the economy - property owners, local businesses, union labor, advertising agencies and advertisers," Particularly hurt by this move would be stores who are undergoing renovation and who advertise on the scaffolding to make sure people know they are still open for business. While it might be everywhere, outdoor advertising to us is the least invasive and annoying ad medium of them all. They just sit there, You don't have to look at them and they don't interrupt programming as literally every other form of advertising does. isn't there still crime here in the city that needs to be dealt with instead of this minutia?
Svedva, that vodka company with the fembots, has placed a billboard at Houston and Lafayette in New York which is across from the Puck building where political events are held. The billboard reads, "Madame President and her first lady serve Svedka at all official state functions." Witty.
When several people started sending in this image of a Johnny Walker outdoor ad that shows Johhny making his way across a broken bridge, the initially innocuous imagery and our agnostic sense of politics caused us to wonder, "What's so special about this ad? It's just a picture of a friggin bridge." Well after the ad came to us a few times, we realize, "Oh, people are pissed off because Leo Burnett/BBH and Johnny Walker are making Middle eastern fun of bridges destroyed in Lebanon." Oh, OK. Now we get it. Yea. Fuck that shit. We're pissed off too. How dare they stoop to such insensitive tactics to sell a bit of liquor. Whatever.
Anyway, for its part, Leo Burnett says the ad was intended to lift morale which Mack Simpson thinks would have been better expressed as "raise spirits.".
Glossy's Shannon Stephaniuk tells us, "A big banner was unveiled yesterday on MTV Headquarters Toronto. The 50 foot banner was part of The Ministry of Health's Stupid.ca campaign to prevent teens from smoking. Canadian band Silverstein joined in and did a performance on MTV Live. Youthography, Toronto conceived and executed all logistics...and MTV's & Silverstein's involvement."
David Berkowitz vidited the Benn & Jerry's promotion that's been going on for a bit where the ice cream copmpany took over a bank in New York City's Union Square and set up tasting stations for its new line of bottled milkshake ice cream.Berkowitz reports the Chocolate Fudge Brownie and liquefied Chunky Monkey were great. Not so great was the Cherry Garcia which was likened to medicine. Check out the images of the promotion here.
Outdoor is one medium that, unlike many others, seems to be weathering the storm the Internet has rained down on other media and it's executions like this one that insure the medium will remain viable for, well, ever. This is s promotion for the Turkish GP, and Indy 500 of sorts, sponsored by Turkish fuel company Petrol Ofisi and created by Alametifarika