You know a company is adhering to those unwritten, politically correct rules which state "one must represent all ethnic groups in commercials" when the spots feature white people with a voice over read by a black. OK, that was crass but let's be blunt. It all sounds very forced sometimes. Maybe it's just that these spots from Pizza Hut aren't very good and that's making us get all uppity about all this PC stuff. Pardon our digression. We'll be back with regularly schedule advertising oddities in a moment.
Here's some visual beauty for all you creative types. For the first time in the U.S., Bombay Saphire gin is advertising itself as a gin and tonic ingredient on television. The campaign includes two spots. One features a martial artist carving a glass out of a block of ice to hold the gin and a second spot has an elephant gingerly stepping over and around martini glasses until she sniffs out the glass holding the Bombay. Oh sure, both are an art director's visual orgasm but they fit the brand perfectly in our humble, gin-drinking opinion. We'd buy the stuff even though recent entrants to the gin club, Hendricks and Q, are a bit more exciting to the pallet.
Oh, and just so we all understand it's not just spoiled celebs that cause "issues" on the set, Maya, the elephant in the spot, needed to have her sidekick, Methusalem, an aging camel with her at all times, .
In Slovakia, they have a unique way of informing people they should clean up after themselves when in public. It's gross. It's funny. It aired. It, albeit oddly, gets the message across. We'd love to have seen the dog trainer in action on this one.
Ah, yes. Another mysterious site with a countdown clock. Don't the creators of these sites, in this case, according to Whois information, Cincinnati Ohio-based hyperQuake, know this has been done a million times before? Do they think we will actually care what the countdown leads to? Are they so bold as to assume there is something unique about what they are about to announce? Oh wait. Of course they do. This is advertising and when we create cool campaigns like this we just know the entire world will be jonesing right along with us.
The countdown site, called Debunkify, is accompanied by a video on YouTube and billboards and TV ads in several Ohio locations. The billboards proclaim, "kill the myths before they kill you" and the site indicates all will be revealed July 10. OMG, we just can't wait. Can you? Yawn.
Hoping to achieve the ubiquitous popularity the Lance Armstrong Foundation Livestrong bracelet did, the Christopher Reeve Foundation has launched a campaign to promote its Superman Tag, a dog tag-like item with the Superman S that can be worn on a necklace, on a key chain or on clothing. The campaign, which will include print, online, PSAs, cinema ads, blogger outreach and a MySpace page, intends to leverage the upcoming Superman Returns movie to build additional awareness of the tags which will carry the tagline, "Go Forward." Proceeds from the sale of the tags will go to the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation.
Warner Brothers has allowed the campaign to use the S symbol royalty free for the duration of the campiagn which will run until February 2008.Euro RSCG 4D created the campaign and is urging sites to donate ad space for the campaign. HealthOrbit and Prevention have. Adrants will be donating space as well. If you are so inclined, ad banners are available on the SupermanTag site.
Adrants reader Dave caught the Lynx Billions of Bikini Babes commercial which aired in the UK last night prior to the England versus Sweden football match. We said there's be bikinis and there are certainly bikinis in this spot. billions of them. And one lucky guy who's sprayed himself with Lynx to attract them all. Bikinis and bouncing breasts in all their glory. The tagline says it all. "Spray More. Get More."
Pontiac, along with its Hispanic agency Accentmarketing, has launched a new brand campaign which attempts to position the car maker as sexy. The campaign, called "Diseñado Para Seducir," or "Designed for Seduction" and featuring music from Kinky, launched June 20 and will consist of two television spots airing on Spanish-language networks. In one ad, Grab, a woman can't keep her hands off the keys of the new Pontiac Solstice while fondling her man. In another, Traffic Stop, the driver of a G6 Convertible gets more attention than he expected from a hot police officer. We'd agree the attempt is a success.
Award-winning documentary filmmaker and commercial director Stacy Peralta of Nonfiction Spots and DDB Chicago created a new commercial for Budweiser which honors three generations of the Earnhardt family's NASCAR success. The spot debuted on Father's Day, during the broadcast of the 3M Performance 400 from Michigan International Speedway Using stock footage gathered from The Earnhardt family, Anheuser Busch, The Associated Press, Getty Images, NASCAR and Sports Illustrated, and working side-by-side with his colleague, editor Paul Crowder -- who edited Stacy's documentary features "Dogtown and Z-Boys" and "Ridings Giants" -- the spot collects 50 years of the Earnhardt family's racing legacy and, of course, aligns it with Budweiser's support for auto racing.
- Red Wing has launched a new print campaign to promote its Titan leather motorcycle boots. Colle + McVoy created the campaign.
- Shaun Irving compares a recent Coke commercial and a video called The Winking Circle which is about a bunch of kids getting creative and finds striking similarities.
- Ernie Landante attended ClickZ's Online Video Advertising Forum last Friday and interviewed a bunch of the speakers. You can view his interviews, which will be released over the course of this week, here.
- Leo Burnett in Budapest has, as it has in the past, posted 50 commercials for people to vote on so they can pretend they are at Cannes.
Lynx is promoting its latest online stunt called Billions of Bikini Babes which will, apparently, air in the UK at 7:25PM on ITV1 just prior to the England versus Sweden football game. The trailer promises bikinis, babe, beaches and one guy that looks like he's in bikini nirvana.