Firebrand CEO Laments Company's Demise, Misunderstands Commercials

firebrand_hottie.jpg

Fighting to the end, Firebrand CEO Roman Vinoly shared his frustration over doubters of the ads-as-content concept with AdWeek, pondering, "Isn't it proven every Super Bowl and on lots of Web sites where people go? Isn't it proven by being one of the largest categories uploaded to YouTube? Is it that difficult to conceive that great creative created by great artists with all the money in the world could be compelling to consumers even though it's trying to sell a product?"

more »

by Steve Hall    Mar- 5-08    
Topic: Online, Opinion, Television, Tools



Scrimpers, Working Class Heroes Valorized in Fifth Third Ad Campaign

preggers-sacrifice.jpg

Here's an ad about a middle-aged paperboy working to get braces for his daughter. And here's one about a white collar cog who drives his college beater so he and his pregnant wife can save for their baby.

These spots are part of an ad campaign for Fifth Third Bank called "The Things We Do for Dreams," produced by Anonymous Content for agency OLSON.

We like it. Swimming upstream against a dismal economy, it's nice to see a bank put an optimistic spin on the everyday struggle -- illuminating the decisions we've had to make, and watch our parents make -- rather than distracting us with gimmicky comic relief.

It lends the sense that Fifth Third understands what it's like to do things that aren't fun out of a sense of hope. That's nice. And strangely rare.

by Angela Natividad    Mar- 5-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Good, Television



Questions Raised Over Whether Hillary Darkened Obama's Pigment

darkened-obama.jpg

For all her noxious crying and whatnot, Hillary Clinton is a well-honed jungle predator. "Winning. Winning, winning, that's my measure of success -- winning," she barked recently.

Having demonstrated yesterday that she's still a viable contender for the presidency, the question arises: what does it take to win, win, win like Hillary?

more »

by Angela Natividad    Mar- 5-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Political, Television, Worst



Ford F-150 Comes to Life on Gritty Streets of New England

ford-f150-ad.jpg

Watch closely as a Ford F-150 is harnessed into living form by the mercurial fluid of the cold, hard streets. Kind of like Alex Mack.

We like the introductory bad-ass voice that growls, "It caaaame ... from the streets of New England." We're trying to think of other bad-ass things that caaaame from New England. So far all we've got are self-entitled Ivy League cowboys, and maybe Queen Noor.

Oh yeah, and wooly mammoths.

The ad was produced by Arf for TeamDetroit-JWT. Looking for your own breed of truck love? Check out TruckMatch.

by Angela Natividad    Mar- 4-08    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Television



Soap Opera Weekly Launches ... Casual Games?

sudoku-soapopera.jpg

Passions got you all hot and bothered? Cool off with Sudz, one of the eight puzzles that Soap Opera Digest debuted in its new casual gaming section, courtesy of Arkadium. Also available: Mah-jongg, Sudoku, Spider Solitaire and Word Search.

But wait! This isn't just a cheap effort to cash in on idle traffic. Two of the games, Jigsaw and Wordsearch, can be customized to feature the faces of soap stars or current magazine covers. (Looking for love, or at least the right letters? Let Blair Redford show you the way.)

Words and themes can also be given a Dynasty twist, as needed.

by Angela Natividad    Mar- 3-08    
Topic: Games, Online, Television



Coldwell Tries Funny with Founding Father Staring Contest

coldwell-stare.jpg

There are few things more lame than a competitive staring match between two non-blinking pros, unless those pros are also inanimate objects.

Watch helplessly as the portraits of Coldwell Banker's founding fathers, Colbert Coldwell and Arthur Banker, try to out-stare each other. Well, sort of. They're side by side, so they can't really stare.

It could be worse. (Imagine the moving-mouth and eyeball-hockey effects that challenged advertisers usually impose on stills.)

more »

by Angela Natividad    Mar- 3-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Television



Dorky White Chick Magnet Loses Running Man Rights to MC Hammer

cardiff-dork.jpg

We love a guy that's man enough to kiss his own ring, shortly before molesting an empty dance floor with the old-school running man.

Except in this 1989 revisionist history piece for Utah Saints' Something Good '08 (produced by Between the Eyes, London and Sleeper, LA), the running man is new-school, and MC Hammer's a gangster on the market for moves. Guess who he steals his trademark shake from? -- a white guy in Cardiff! Of course.

No word from the good reverend on where he managed to score those sassy genie pants, though.

by Angela Natividad    Feb-29-08    
Topic: Online, Strange, Television, Video



Want Some Spider with that Sweet Corn?

travelchannel-thumb.jpg

Arg! Get a load of this print ad for the Travel Channel.

And gross! Watch the spot with the cow heart vending machine.

The funny thing is, something about the slogan -- "One man's weird is another man's wonderful" -- makes us hungry.

The spots were composed by the very weird, slightly wonderful Moroch.

by Angela Natividad    Feb-27-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Good, Magazine, Poster, Strange, Television



If Anyone Can Compel You to Go Satellite, It's Annie Wilkes

misery-mallett.jpg

"Watching anything but DIRECTV? Now, that would be painful," croons the Misery antagonist with a trademark psychotic expression.

Brrr. Oddly though, we'd pick an Annie revival over a sad dancing Colonel or a necromanced Orville Redenbacher.

The ad was put together by Deutsch, LA.

by Angela Natividad    Feb-26-08    
Topic: Celebrity, Commercials, Strange, Television



'Moment of Truth' Hits Moment of Idiotic Ridiculousness

mot.jpg

Has anyone watched FOX's The Moment of Truth? Well, of course you have. You and 20 million others. It's a good show for sure but is anyone else getting sick of the continued over hype and warnings from host Mark Walberg that, OMFG, some of these truths might be, OMFG, too hard for people to take? WTF? It's the entire point of the show! To continually hype it as if no one's smart enough to know exactly what's going on is degrading to people's intelligence.

more »

by Steve Hall    Feb-26-08    
Topic: Bad, Good, Opinion, Television










Featured FREE Resource: