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Not that we have any right here at Adrants to comment on others' typos but, with help from It's All Advertising, we're going to do just that by pointing out a California Highway Construction billboard, the creators of which, found it a bit difficult to spell "dollars." Does there seem to be more typos these days or is is just due to the phone cam-Flicker-blog-YouTubeification of the world? Do tell.
This campaign for LA Weekly's been running a bit and we've all seen the image of Vampire Bush but we thought we'd pull it together for you and show the other images from the campaign that endeavor to "provoke thought, stir controversy and encourage conversation." The images, which range from global to local, are running in the paper, have been affixed to the paper's sidewalk dispenser and have been wild posted around the city. See four of the images here.
For its Portugal client Credito Agricola, Leo Burnett Lisboa made interesting use of a moving billboard to promote the client's online money transfer service. The board alternates between images of a woman in Italy and a man in Paris but an image of a money transfer receipt remains immovable, glued to the front of the board, illustrating how easy it is to transfer money. See it in action here.
We wouldn't otherwise highlight such mundane events as a Time's Square billboard displaying a Windows error message if it weren't for the fact not even three comments in, the conversation devolved into a bunch of widget heads launching the ever pointless Windows versus Mac argument. Friggin' geeks. And before all you accuracy police decide to go all "dot the I" on us, yes, we know the image was posted to a tech forum. It's still funny.
Like stunt marketing run amok but not really, since, hey, everyone's doing it, St. Louis ageny Schupp Co. - which sounds more like a beer company than an agency - purchased a bunch of billboards for its client, the St. Louis Cardinals, then proceeded to steal the cardinal cut-out portion of the billboard. The agency, following stunt marketing protocol, created a fake MySpace (is there no other?) profile under the name of Bird Napper whose favorite activity is...wait for it...stealing birds from billboards. The profile contained other witticisms such as listing "Celebration" and "The Heat is On" as favorite songs - former pep songs for the Cardinals and for favorite movie, "anything but the last 20 minutes of Fever Pitch" - a nod to the Cardinals losss to the Red Sox in the 2004 World Series.
It seems not everyone likes the new Curious George movie and Defamer posits a few angry parents rebelled against this "mindless crap" from Hollywood and decided to add a bit of their own creativity to this billboard. Defamer has a bigger image of the board here.
Flickr user Monkey River Town spotted this billboard on Highway 35 in White Bear lake, Minnesota. Crack masters The Crack Team, headed by Mr. Happy Crack claim "A dry crack is a happy crack." That's actually not true in every instance. See the full image here.
Proving there's a cause group for every single topic in the world, The Privy Group, with help from Saatchi & Saatchi has created an outdoor campaign which consists of a life-sized cut out of a guy taking a piss in various parks throughout New York City. Advergirl has the story.
Grammar-challenged Adpunch points to a refreshing campaign from Granger Community Church which is promoting a five-week discussion series called Pure Sex during which the church will openly support its belief that God wants everyone to have great sex. The series will cover topics such as porn, lust and whether to inform your spouse about your latest trip to Vegas.
The series is being promoted with a billboard campaign which points to a microsite called MyLameSexLife on which sex's fun factor is gleefully lauded.
In some sort of odd cultural twist, ugly white babies appear to be omnipresent in ads in the mostly black city of Goma, Congo in Africa. What message this sends, if any, we have no idea. We just thought we'd pass it along for you to discuss. Bigger image here.