Bob Garfield Hates New BMW Campaign, We Have to Like It


Bob Garfield hates the new BMW campaign from GSD&M which, of course, means we have to like it. Bob thinks GSD&M's use of the bureaucracy-kills-ideas concept with images of old, retro boardroom dudes portrayed as pompous fools without a good idea left in their bones reflected against BMW's refreshingly idea-centric, independent approach is really, really bad. He goes on to explain how that concept is old are tired and how it mirrors a creative process he claims had something to do with killing what could have been a good concept. All potentially true.

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by Steve Hall    Jun- 6-06    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Creative Commentary, Good, Opinion, Television

Country Folk Need Stuff Too


Contrary to popular belief in the ad industry, everyone does not live in the city. In fact, there's a lot more people living in the flyover states than on the coasts. All those people need stuff and they need a place to buy it. OK, they do have a few stores on the coasts but you get the point. Anyway, Tractor Supply Company is the place to get all your country needs and, while we think we've seen these before, Carmichael Lynch along with Bent Image Lab have created a new campaign to let people now about it. The spots are great. See one of them here. See the rest here.

by Steve Hall    Jun- 5-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Good, Television

Animation Smokes, Cabs Get Ads, Feminine Wash Ingeniously Gross


- For the Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi, Maris, West & Baker has created a new commercial called Candy Factory that teaches children about the harmful effects of smoking.

- Here's a pretty cool promo for MTV2's Sic'Emation animated programming block. The promotions was created by AMP.

- The Chicago City Council has approved taxi cab advertising and 2,175 of the city's 6,900 cabs have asked to carry ads which will be sold by two companies.

- Pittsburgh's Iron City Beer gets Presidential mention.

- Students at the University of Pittsburgh have won the Hinda Fit Marketing Challenge besting 17 other schools. The winning entry may be used in an upcoming campaign.

- We wouldn't know anything about feminine wash products but this ad for Summer's Eve is ingeniously gross.

- Sometimes even the best efforts at removing graffiti are completely pointless.

by Steve Hall    Jun- 4-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Online, Television

Old School TV Announcer Illustrates What's Right For Chevrolet


Bringing back the goofiness of yesteryear's advertising, this Canadian campaign for Chevrolet offers the perfect mash up of Ward Cleaver morals and today's penchant for doing whatever the hell we want. Using old school TV style, A Past School Special covers bad influence, peer pressure and principles while promoting Chevrolet's Cobalt, HHR and Aveo. There's a companion website to the campaign and, of course, MySpace profiles.

by Steve Hall    Jun- 1-06    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Good, Online, Strange, Television

Pits Pit One Another In Pizza Making Contest


Another brilliant ad for Axe uses dueling pizza makers, horny women and Broadway-style dancing to drive home its message.

by Steve Hall    May-31-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange, Television

Pontiac Charity Drive Offers G6 Convertibles As Prizes


Pontiac, in partnership with failing "The Apprentice," is donating $500,000 to major charities nationwide in a campaign called Raise the Roof. Beginning May 30th at 12 PM, Pontiac will ask people to help donate a half a million dollars to their favorite charities. Pontiac, in turn, will make the donations. Those show choose to donate will have the chance to win one of two G6 hardtop convertibles. The winner gets one and the winner's favorite charity gets the other.

by Steve Hall    May-31-06    
Topic: Good, Online, Promotions, Television

Pepsi Launches Yet Another BBDO Pop-mercial


You've probably seen the new over-the-top Mariah Carey Pepsi spot in which she promotes ring tones and Pepsi in a production very similar to...oh...I don't know...those Pepsi spots from a few years back that took the exact same approach except with Britney Spears. Apparently, Britney wasn't available since she decided to hook up with that Federline dude and has been busy running away from paparazzi who can't seem to get enough picture of her dropping her baby.

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by Steve Hall    May-25-06    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Television

GM Honors Veterans With Memorial Day Donation


GM, in honor of Memorial Day and the veterans the holiday was created for, GM is supporting the the families at the VFW National Home by donating $100 for every Pontiac, Buick and GMC sold between May 22 and May 31. The spot says "If your at all serious about getting a new car, this would be a good time to do it." Indeed. You can view the spot here.

by Steve Hall    May-24-06    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Good, Television

Scion Moves Inspiration, Realization, Personalization to TV


As a follow up to their recent set of Scion commercials, ATTIK, along with Director Shilo, Curious Pictures, One Union Recording, Morphonics and Face the Music, have created three new :15 second spots that are based on a previous print campaign.

The agency's public relations representative Roger Darnell explains the approach to the print campaign which was then conveyed in the commercials, saying, "The first stage of each print ad is 'Inspiration,' and shows something that might inspire members of Scion's 'urban trendleader' target audience to personalize their vehicle (like, a bulldog). Next comes 'Realization,' where a Scion model has been customized in a style matching the inspiration. The third stage is 'Personalization,' where a stock version of the Scion model is shown with available accessories for customization." They're definitely animatronically fied up. See the spots here, here and here.

by Steve Hall    May-24-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Television

'Truth' Campaign Asks 'WhatDaFxup With Zephr?'


While referring to tobacco companies' use of the code word "Zephyr" in the fifties to refer to cancer might not be the strongest argument, the American Legacy Foundation's "Truth" campaign has launched a new campaign that includes a spot featuring a guy who goes into an oncologist's office to see if he has Zephyr/cancer. The campaign hopes to call attention to what it calls "absurdities" it sees in tobacco company marketing. A second spot will follow in a day or two.

by Steve Hall    May-23-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Good, Poster, Television

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