Tourism campaigns are all over the map. While W. Virginia is busy hustling humans out, New Mexico's literally ushering aliens in. This is part of New Mexico, Earth, a campaign meant to position the state as the best place in the universe. Guess that's better than trying to get by on a winning personality.
The spot brings Geico's caveman to mind. Both efforts take characters from outside our range of realism and bestow upon them a swingy white-collar vibe, coupled with a good healthy dose of middle class ennui.
One alien even seems to be verging on a caveman-esque nervous breakdown. Hey, great spin-off opportunity.
We thought the Karl Rove ordeal was just a freak incident but apparently menacing music is part of an orchestrated campaign by the Republican party to throw the baby out with the bathwater. Hey, if our ship was sinking we'd probably sing too.
We can't believe we're saying this, but we wish they'd stuck with rap and not dived into the Beach Boys, which is what John McCain did last Wednesday Really, John McCain. Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran? That's not how the song goes.
MoveOn.org, torchbearers of the don't-fuck-with-Iran movement, is naturally a bit upset and raising money to air an anti-McCain campaign ad. Seems like everybody's in a righteous rage these days.
When George Parker tipped us off that Sanjaya's overripe moment in the sun was finally over, we almost cried. We really did.
As of Tuesday's American Idol, Project: Torment the Less Tressy ended with a bang (that "...other than hair" ad-lib in his rendition of "Something to Talk About") and a whimper (his, when finally the die was cast).
He made us laugh and snarl, he appalled us and gave us a never-before-experienced sense of pop culture woe, fear and even - occasionally - sick pride.
Like (the possibly plastic) Ryan Seacrest, we too will not soon forget you, Sanjaya Malakar.
Adidas goes graffiti way with End to End, a snazzy collabo that includes graffiti artists from around the world drawn together to bring hype back to the sleepy brand. It's got a playful mishmash of colour that reminds us of the Asics Made of Japan effort.
Fresh Creation has a more elaborate intro and some neat videos too.
mcgarrybowen/180 Amsterdam and anonymous content/Gorgeous get together to create this neat spot called Run Easy, part of the Run Easy campaign Reebok recently launched.
While Nike and iPod nailed the intensity and exhiliration of music and the dash, Reebok slows the pace and captures the conversational camaraderie that occurs between runners. The use of snippets to tell tales out-of-context adds to the effect, considering runners tune in to some weird convos in those instances of jog-by earshot.
A far cry from the hip-hop effort of last year.
...for their The Computer is Personal Again campaign, anyway. The charming series that did right by Shaun White, Jay-Z, Pharrell and Paulo Coehlo finally got around to covering a woman.
But not just any woman - the Empress of Style! Guess Her Excellency grew out of that princess thing.
G4TV just kicked off a promotional campaign for a show called Ninja Warriors, which is supposed to be really hot in Japan (where it is called Sasuke).
Entitled Rock Paper Scissors, the spot allegedly features actual Shaolin monks. We seriously doubt that because Shaolin monks don't douche around on game show ads; they sit in stone temples and crush bone with their minds. Anyway, the spots are very Kill Bill meets Bud Light.
72andSunny did the work, and there are three more videos to anticipate, slated for April's end - which would be about nowish.
Didn't ninjas go extinct in 2006?
Dressing properly pays off. USAToday.com's recent face lift has increased registrations by 380 percent.
- CBS has created an online distribution network for its programming. Outlets include AOL, Joost, Bebo, MSN Video, TV.com, Comcast, Brightcove, SlingMedia, Netvibes, Veoh. Programming will include with a 90/10 revenue split to CBS.
- BudTV ain't cookin'. Traffic has dropped 40 percent since its launch in February.
- Elana Centor sat down with Fallon copywriter Paula Maki Biondich to discuss her work on the latest Holiday Inn commercial in which bloggers and WiFi are celebrated. That squeak at the end? No idea.
- Verizon has jumped on the Adwalker train and is using the "human TVs" to promote its FiOS service.
After calling lady members of the Rutgers basketball team "nappy-headed hos" and "jigaboos" last week, advertisers dropped "Imus in the Morning" like the man was in flames. The list of the departed is long and includes P&G, AmEx, GM and Staples.
The displeased knights of valor at MSNBC dropped its simulcast of the CBS Radio show shortly thereafter, attributing the decision to maintaining integrity and not to the Arctic chill generated by pissed-off household brands.
What to expect from a guy who looks (and sometimes sounds!) like a Civil War relic? Sirius, you've just won yourself a new high-profile deejay.
If Youtube is the ultimate archive of self-exploitative human behaviour and ads are major persuaders in societal instruction, then it's only natural that at the crossroads we find Life Lessons I Learned the Hard Way.
This is TLC's feeble dip into the somehow unexhausted world of CGM. And guess what you win if your life lesson is the best? A chance for your ad to air on TLC, and ... wait for it ... $10,000. Yeah, that's the going rate for anybody whose exhibitionist camp gets an accolade from a big brand. (Observe examples 1, 2, 3.)
At this point we have little hope that video-whoring will go away anytime soon. That reality TV fad? Still going strong. Who'd have guessed there'd be a market for seeing anybody, not just celebrities, get gritty on camera?
Okay, aside from MTV.