Chalk Drawings Promote Sony PSP

Street art site Wooster Collective spotted some chalk drawings in New York, and received similar images from a reader in Philadelphia, that are ads for Sony's PSP. The images contain no words, no logos and no product references. It's just a bunch of kids playing with the PSP as if it were a skateboard, puppet, paddle or ice cream bar. The images are intriguing enough to cause attention, at least in our opinion, causing the viewer to realize the thing in the ad is, in fact, a PSP. Good stuff.

by Steve Hall    Nov-18-05    
Topic: Outdoor

Paris Hilton Video Ad Written For Dummies


OK, so the Paris Hilton video thing is so, so over but, amazingly, the thing is still for sale and, in this case, the ad, just to be clear to the two people in the world who haven't yet seen the video and might think this is some sort of new Paris Hilton in the flesh offering, is marked, "Paris Hilton Not Included."

by Steve Hall    Nov-14-05    
Topic: Celebrity, Outdoor

ABA Launches Sticky Ad Material


In case there weren't already enough ways to stick ads all over the place, Above All Advertising, with the launch of its Tex Adhesive, has created a product that will allow advertisers to stick their ads anywhere. It's an adhesive and re-adhesive material which allows for placement on walls, doors, bus shelters, pillars, mirrors, windows, cars, buses, trains and other surfaces. The company says its completely removable and re-usable and can be peeled off of one surface for re-application somewhere else without leaving a trace of sticky residue.

by Steve Hall    Nov-11-05    
Topic: Outdoor

Properly Targted Ad Urges Bathroom Thinking


Ad placements don't get much better than this. AKQA got lucky here with its "Time for Treo?" campaign.

by Steve Hall    Nov- 8-05    
Topic: Outdoor

Labatt Crashes Billboard With Anti-Drinking Message


On the heels of the muffin billboard and those Powerballs, this bit of creative for Labatt is making the rounds. It very creatively explains what can happen when a car, a billboard and too much beer are combined.

by Steve Hall    Nov- 6-05    
Topic: Outdoor

Billboard Breaks Rules, Takes Advantage of Situation


Going against every rule regarding type size and the appropriate number of words a billboard should carry, LA's KNZ 1070 has acknowledged the fact that traffic is so bad, normal rules regarding billboard readability don't apply. Since the city's commute is often fraught with crawling speeds and periods of dead stop, KNZ 1070 figured people had plenty of time to read a billboard filled with long copy so that's exactly what they did.

The billboard copy takes drivers inside the head of an outspoken and very talkative individual. The kind of person that chats you up on a five-hour airline flight across the country. After drivers take the time to read this individual's opinions and observations, they are left with a choice. Stay informed with the KNX 1070 traffic report or continue to read the ramblings of their new traffic buddy. We think the choice is clear. And we like when norms are broken. See full sized images here and here.

by Steve Hall    Nov- 3-05    
Topic: Outdoor

Calvin Klein's One Day Time's Square Billboard Worked


So that we aren't accused of simply highlighting odd advertising stunts without giving credence to their success or failure, we point you to a MarketingSherpa study that examined Calvin Klein's one day "live" billboard in which male and females Calvin Klein models hang out in a board constructed to look like a living room. Usually these things are tossed off as stunts purely to garner media attention which, though not a bad thing, doesn't always translate into sales. This time it did. Times three, in fact. The promotion, along with achieving media coverage in 15 countries, 100,000 visitors to the campaign's microsite and 20,000 street team sample packs gone by mid-day and another 20,000 but day's end, netted three times normal sales for CK One at the nearby Macy's Herald Square location.

by Steve Hall    Nov- 2-05    
Topic: Brands, Outdoor, Research

50 Cent Movie Billboards Pulled


In reaction to complaints they glorify gangs and violence, Paramount is taking down some billboards for the 50 Cent movie Get Rich or Die Tryin'. The billboards show 50 Cent in a crucifixion pose with a gun in one hand and a microphone in the other. Doesn't everyone know that a rapper has to hold a gun when they sing? It's what gives them cred. Trouble is, 6th graders don't know that or don't need to know that and that's exactly where one of the boards is located - right next to a school. School officials and area activists want the board gone. Paramount is taking them down.

by Steve Hall    Oct-28-05    
Topic: Outdoor

Scion Launches 'Trick or Treat' Halloween Campaign


On October 15, Scion launched a Halloween-themed campaign consisting of wild postings, billboards and online banners promoting the 2006 Scion with the headline "Trick and Treat." The billboards went up on high-traffic locations in Atlanta, Austin, Denver, Los Angeles, New York and Portland and the wild postings are now appearing in the same cities plus Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia and Sacramento. The online banners debuted on the sites on the same date and will run through October 31. The "trick" part of the trick or treat aspect of the campaign relates to many Scion buyer's desire to trick out their vehicles. The "treat" part relates to Scion's extended accessory options.

The campaign was created by ATTIK and can be viewed here.

by Steve Hall    Oct-27-05    
Topic: Campaigns, Online, Outdoor, Poster

Street Mirror Posting Urges Women to Look At Finances


Citigroup financial services firm Women & Co. has launched a very unique (and this time the word is warranted) four market, outdoor/street campaign consisting of mirrors, rather than posters, hung in cities containing messages such as "You're one of a kind. Is your financial plan?," "That smile would go great with a financial future" and "You look like a million bucks. Does your retirement account?" The mirrors carried the companies web address. The mirrors were partnered with a street team which handed out branded compact mirrors to remind women to keep looking at their finances. The campaign was created by New York-based Interference.

by Steve Hall    Oct-26-05    
Topic: Guerilla, Outdoor

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