Following Time Magazine's lead, Nationwide Insurance is doing the consumer-generated Times Square billboard thing. Visitors to the Life Comes At You Fast site can submit a "moment" that somehow relates to the whole Life Comes At You Fast thing and, if accepted, it will appear on Natonwide's Time Square billboard. TM Advertising did the work.
We suppose there's a vanity play here and we're sure we're jaded by years of this stuff but...oh screw it...we were going to complain but whet the hell. People love to see their own faces in public places. We're just not the stand behind the GMA camera and wave like an idiot sort of guy.
Pastor Scott Hodge was walking down Chicago's Michigan Avenue yesterday and spotted this unique window dressing promoting Apple's new iPod Hi-Fi. Aside from the fact, the whole things just a really fancy speaker, the execution is most certainly attention getting and speaks well to the proverbial window-breaking qualities of proverbially kick ass sound systems. Check out the full sized images here.
Bucky Turco tells us New Yorker Heron Preston Johnson, attending Parsons School of Design in Paris is suffering from culture shock. Coming from America where all our thoughts of nudity and sex are bottled up, capped and stored on a shelf, Johnson was a bit overwhelmed by the openess the French and many other European nations have about sex and sexual imagery. Apparently, while walking down the street, he was a bit shocked by this ad poster for a French fashion magazine. Se the full image here.
From time to time over the years we've featured billboard spoofs from Dribbleglass. They are always funny, always twisted. Perhaps because they've amassed such a large collection of tricked out billboards, they've just published a book called Twisted Billboards along with a set of refrigerator magnets that feature the boards. Slap a couple on your fridge and tell your friends that's what you do for a living. It'll make for a far more interesting conversation then showing them your actual work.
Advertising For Peanuts highlights and ongoing self-promotional campaign, Bang the Streets, for Modernista, the Boston agency that just won a big chunk of Cadillac business. The campaign encourages people to place the agency's trademark red exclamation point, which the agency will send to anyone that requests it, anywhere they like, take a picture of it, send it in and Modernista will highlight it on the Bang the Streets site. Potential Photoshop trickery and defacing public property issues aside, We kinda like this campaign.
Not your average outdoor board, this one is sure to attract attention. It's for a Texas truck frame and alignment company.
Bucky Turco snapped this image of a Sopranos bus side in New York City promoting the re-emergence of the series on HBO. Turco notes he poster doesn't mention Sporanos anywhere on the board. While this certainly isn't earth shattering, it is a sign of a confident brand.
If you were a guy walking down the street and saw a girl/woman in vertical bed with the a headline over her that read, "Shop at Erawan Bangkok and spend two nights with...," what would you do? What would you think? Would you walk over and ask if you could crawl into the bed for a nooner or would you ask if her boyfriend had just kicked her out? Would you ask her if there was some new public sleeping trend you were missing out on? Girl in Bed Would you wonder why she had that headline over her head and was passing out fliers? Would you ask her how long the crazy ad agency that came up with this asked her to stand there as man-bait? Or, while we seem to doubt it, would you just walk buy and ignore it like you do with all other advertising?
Here's a simple but powerful message from the folks over at the agency whose name sounds like an 80's highschool jiggle-fest movie, Wexley School for Girls. The message was applied to handicap parking spots at schools prior to a prom.
Because we've seen these images at least 3,000 times on Flickr in the last two days along with many people having sent them to us, we figure, hell, there must be something to them. While we're inclined to pass them off as a typical, ego-driven agency self-promotional effort, they are getting notice so there must be something good about these boards placed outside the offices of Brown Communications Group based out of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Brown describes its Light Switch board by saying, "Every corner of our building is supercharged with high energy strategy, advertising, interactive and public relations professionals. Stop by. Our lights are always on." Hasn't some wise-ass, eager to have a bit of fun, tried to turn off that light switch yet? Or try to plug something into the Wall Plug version of the board? Come on people. Get inventive.