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.
It's All Advertising caught a glimpse of the gigantic foosball table Adidas erected at Venice beach in association with a World Cup promotion. The game is actually playable with giant steering wheels at the end of each rod. The table accompanied an event at which junior soccer games were played on small fields. Not a bad way to grab attention.
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.