HP Gets Personal In New Campaign

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Speaking about the computer as if it were an extension of one's self, HP has launched a new ad campaign that celebrates (over analyzes?) the relationship between computer and human and how it is "one of the most personal things you own," " your own broadcast network," "your private media empire" and "it's your life." There are tinges of past Apple campaigns the the recent HP images campaign embedded in this campaign. One spot, hosted online, ends with a virtual desktop which you can drill into as if it were your own. Unfortunately, one of the spots ends with that nasty, consistency-ruining Intel ending. But, with all the monet Intel throws at computer makers just to show that logo and sound bite, we're stuck with that for a long time.

by Steve Hall    May-23-06    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Good, Magazine, Online, Television



Illustrator of Visa Dancing Worm Patrick Smith Interviewed

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One of the coolest Visa "Life Takes Visa" commercials, in my opinion, is the one with the work which dances to Afrika Bambaataa's "Looking for the Perfect Beat." Blended Films has posted an interview with Patrick Smith, the man behind that dancing worm who talks about the creation of the worm, the spot and the choice of music. On the site, there's also promotional AIM icons and the spot itself.

by Steve Hall    May-23-06    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Good, Television



Paris Hilton Lookalike Gets Ocean Spray Colonic

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While Paris Hilton suddenly appears to have grown boobs, she's still waif thin and perhaps this Australian commercial for Ocean Spray explains why. In the ad a friend tells a Paris Hilton look-a-like that colonics are good but Ocean Spray is better. Hilton sort of gets the message but doesn't quite know through which orifice the Ocean Spray should be consumed. Also, the spoof was apparently created before Paris switched her catch phrase to "that's sexy."

by Steve Hall    May-17-06    
Topic: Celebrity, Commercials, Good, Spoofs, Television



Diane Keaton Signs With L'Oreal

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In a shockingly age appropriate move for any entity remotely related to the youth obsessed advertising industry, L'Oreal has signed a deal with movie actress Diane Keaton to front the company's Age-Perfect line of facial creams and makeup. The campaign, breaking late summer and created by McCann Erikson, will consist of television and print. In a statement, Keaton gushed as only Keaton can stacatto-style, "I love that L'Oreal is a company known for empowering women. I also like how L'Oreal is very involved in charity work. I love that L'Oreal is found all over the world and is made for women of all ages, and for women of all skin and hair colors."

by Steve Hall    May-15-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Celebrity, Good, Magazine, Television



Positive Attitude, Life in Advertising Promote 'American Dad'

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Here's a whacked little promotional clip for FOX's American Dad that features a guy with a great attitude on life. At the end of the clip, he tells us why he's such a positive guy.

by Steve Hall    May-10-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange, Television, Viral



ABC Cancels Ailing 'Commander in Chief'

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In perhaps one of the biggest screw ups in a long time, ABC's Commander in Chief, after months of changing show runners, multiple hiatus's and changing timeslots, has been canceled. The show debited last fall as the highest rated new program on television with 17 million viewers. It was actually good too. But after show creator Rod Lurie was booted, Steven Bocho couldn't maintain it, former Lurie writer Dee Johnson couldn't save it and viewership plummeted to 7.5 million, the network pulled the plug. It;s unfortunate becasue the show had great promise and was on its way to success. Not sure who's at fault here since there were so many multiple changes but it is sad to see another quality TV show get cancelled.

by Steve Hall    May- 3-06    
Topic: Bad, Television



Campaign Urges Connecticut Healthcare Cost Discussion

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Adams Knight has created a television campaign for universal healthcare advocacy group healthcare4every1 which illustrates the apparent power some individuals and groups are using to stifle the conversation about improving healthcare in the state. There are three spots in the campaign and in each spot when an individual is about to reveal the address of the healthcare4every1 website, they are stunted by various methods.

by Steve Hall    May- 3-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Good, Television



Perlorian Brothers Direct Wacky Lottery Spots

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The Perlorian Brothers, otherwise known as Ian Letts and Michael Gelfand but who actually like to be called Laszlo & Lucky Perlorian, have directed a Publicis Seattle-created spot for the Washington State Lottery. In the spot two character demonstrate, through various pratfalls, there are much easier ways to win millions of dollars. See all three spots here.

Of note, in the second spot, the crash on the bicycle was actually an on-set accident. The bmx bike was rigged to disintegrate in the air, however the performer inadvertently triggered the destruction on his high speed run-up
resulting in the accidental wipe out into the wooden ramp which became the actual spot.

by Steve Hall    May- 3-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Television



Ford Falls Prey to Brand Blather Disease

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Ford, which is sponsoring the singer's summer tour, has aligned itself with Kelly Clarkson and is using her new song, Go, in a JWT Detroit-created :60. The campaign marks the switch from the company's old tagline. "Built for the road ahead" to the new and relatively meaningless tagline, "Bold moves."

There ought to be a rule for taglines. They ought to actually mean something and not be so bland they can be slapped on any brand interchangeably. "Bold moves"? I mean WTF? Are we talking about Bold detergent moving stains out of a shirt? OK, maybe Ford is makming some bold moves here but this tagline is about as descriptive as Intel's lame switch to "Leap Ahead" which sounds like some descriptor for a kangaroo daylight savings time convention. Seems Ford and JWT caught the boardroom brand blather disease.

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by Steve Hall    May- 2-06    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Campaigns, Television



Volkswagen 'Crash' Ads Get Results

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The recent Crispin Porter + Bogusky-created Volkwagen Jetta ads in which two Jettas are involved in real accidents filmed in one shot with stunt drivers are reported to have generated positive results. The ads, which began April 10 and carry the tagline "Safe Happens," have, according to Volkswagen as reported in USA Today, increased online dealer quote requests by 58 percent and increased brochure requests though call centers 37 percent and 56 percent through the web. Results happen. Now, maybe, we can all give CP+B a break and realize they do actually create good work. View the ads here and here.

by Steve Hall    May- 2-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Good, Research, Television










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