Snickers Gives New Yorkers A 'Hungerectomy'

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B.L. Ochman sent us this photo of a bus emblazoned with "Hungerectomy" in typeface identical to that used by Snickers. While it's certainly a campaign for Snickers, we're not quite sure the "ectomy" thing and all the nasty medical connotations that brings to light are necessarily what Sickers would want people to associates with its tasty treat.

UPDATE: Thomas Sherman reviews the campaign here and says he doesn't understand why the agency behind it wouldn't "give it some legs" by buying keywords on Google for the weird ads in the campaign. He also says the words make him feel like he'll get some sort of disease if he eats a Snickers bar. We don't disagree.

by Steve Hall    Jul-18-06    
Topic: Outdoor



BBDO West Launches Anti-Graffiti, Zoo Pro-Bono Work

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BBDO West has been busy lately and has just released two new pro-bono projects. The first is an anti-graffiti campaign for the city of San Francisco supporting the Mayor's Graffiti Abatement Program. The out of home campaign shows how certain graffiti can affect an environment with images of graffiti placed in people's homes. While comparing a public place to a private place might not be the best argument against graffiti, it does make the point strongly. The second pro-bono campaign was launched earlier this week for the San Francisco Zoo and consists of light poles transformed into giraffe banners.

UPDATE: Several people have submitted spoofs of this campaign to street art site Wooster Collective.

by Steve Hall    Jul-14-06    
Topic: Good, Outdoor



Billboards Offer Lubricated Entry

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Racy is not a strong enough word to describe these two billboards created by Grey Worldwide for some kind of lubricated cream. And that's a good thing. This ad is daring. This ad is great. This ad is a cacophony of euphemisms and sexual innuendo. It's also brilliant at capturing attention. No wonder there's a traffic jam.

by Steve Hall    Jul-12-06    
Topic: Good, Outdoor



McDonald's Billboard Tells Time With Sun Dial

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Just when we thought there were no new ideas, Leo Burnett, with the help of an engineer, designed a billboard in Chicago for McDonald's which acts as a sun dial to create a shadow of the McDonald's arches over a different breakfast food for each hour of the morning. Of course, someone will now leave a comment saying this has been done somewhere else before unfairly labeling Leo Burnett a copy cat.

by Steve Hall    Jul-12-06    
Topic: Brands, Good, Outdoor



Outdoor Posters Encourage Artistic Expressions

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Instead of encouraging people, as they previously did, to steal things from a billboard, Vancouver's ReThink has created an outdoor poster installation that encourages people to place things on the posters which have been outfitted with pedestals to hold things. The work, which carries the tagline "art that you can feel," is to promote Sculpture Biennale, an art show, made it possible for passersby to become artists as well.

by Steve Hall    Jul- 7-06    
Topic: Guerilla, Outdoor



Clear Channel to Put People Out of Work With New Technology

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MediaPost reports Clear Channel is testing a new outdoor technology, previously mentioned here in 2003, from Magink that will replace vinyl with molecular coated plastic tiles which will react to an electrical current to form an image making changing billboard copy changes a matter of pushing a few buttons in a remote office. The technology will allow for multiple ads to appear on a single board and, with the ability to change images 70 times per second, potentially allow for video. While the cost to install these boards is five times that of vinyl, it will allow advertisers more flexibility, make more money for Clear Channel and eliminates the need for paper, vinyl, printing and labor costs. All you production and vinyl people better find something else to do.

by Steve Hall    Jul- 5-06    
Topic: Bad, Good, Outdoor, Tools



For Our Own Sanity, We Bring You This Bikini Billboard

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Sorry. Just as we were trying to point out women aren't the only sex objectified in advertising, this ad slaps us in the face and we felt we'd be doing a disservice by not sharing it with you. OK, that's a stretch. We admit this is completely non-newsworthy and, besides, the women look like they are having a good time together in the ad rather than being objectified but still, as our editor keeps telling us, this is not Ad Age, it's Adrants. So, we oblige the master lest he force us to view an endless stream of barely dressed women for weeks on end...with our hands restrained.

by Steve Hall    Jul- 3-06    
Topic: Outdoor, Trends and Culture



42below Illustrates Brilliance In Cannes-Winning Campaign

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Sometimes money doesn't yield the best creative and that was certainly true in this case whereby 42below vodka paid a creative team at Saatchi & Saatchi with truckloads of vodka instead of money for a campaign that is, indeed, very good and just won a Gold Lion at this year's Cannes for print and outdoor. The campaign illustrates, literally, the experiences one will have when drinking 42below vodka. While many of the are, of course sex-related, all are not including one with a Godfather theme and one with a Brokeback Mountain theme. See more here, here and here.

by Steve Hall    Jul- 3-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Good, Magazine, Outdoor



Snapple Balloons Fly Above Bryant Park

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Three helium balloons rose above New York's Bryant Park today in an apparent promotion for, well, something. Flickr user thefangmonster snapped these shots (1, 2)

by Steve Hall    Jun-29-06    
Topic: Guerilla, Outdoor



ExatTarget Wins, Advergirl Dislikes Man Laws, Contextual Goofs

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- Email marketing provider ExactTarget which, yes, advertises on this site, is happy to announce the company's co-founder and CMO Chris Baggot was awarded Best Email Markerting Blog for his blog, Chris Baggot's Email Best Practices.

- More "Get A Girlfriend ads from Axe.

- Advergirl is happy to be a girl and isn't too pleased with Crispin Porter + Bogusky's Miller Lite Man Law campaign. If we were a girl, we'd agree.

- Someday, this industry will figure out contextual advertising but, for now, we will still have to deal with ads for movies called Water placed next to stories about tragic floods.

by Steve Hall    Jun-29-06    
Topic: Guerilla, Industry Events, Online, Outdoor










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