Visa Bows New Tagline During Olympic Opening Ceremony

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Retiring its 20 year old "It's everywhere you want to be," Visa will introduce a new TBWA/Chiat/Day LA-created tagline, "Life Takes Visa," during the opening ceremony of the Olympics. Interestingly, the tagline was created a few years ago by Visa's previous agency BBDO New York and was in some Latin America ads created by Leo Burnett.

Unlike Intel's new but meaningless "Leap Ahead" tagline, Visa's tagline nicely connotes you can get just about everything you need in life with a Visa card. That is, everything that costs money. A piece of plastic isn't going to help solve your marital woes but hey, we can only ask so much from a piece of plastic.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 7-06    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Good, Television



NBC Bends Over For American Family Association, Then Recants

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Once again, the American Family Association has whipped out its big one and forced NBC to submit to its masochistic control over what Americans are able to watch on TV. Maybe that's a bit harsh and its previous victory getting NBC to cancel its controversial Book of Daniel had far more to do with lack or advertisers and ratings than any protesting the group did, but the American Family Association is now, apparently, quite pleased the term "Cruci-fixin's" won't be used in an upcoming episode of Will&Grace which will guest star Britney Spears.

Pleased as the group may be, NBC is now saying they never intended the word to be included in the episode and that previous mentions of the phrase in press releases were erroneous. Oh, what people will do for publicity.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 7-06    
Topic: Television



The Best Super Bowl Ad Wasn't Even An Ad

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While we watched the Super Bowl, we marveled at the promotions for ABC's Lost, particularly, as Adrants reader Terry Heaton so thankfully reminded us this morning, the "Addicted to Lost" version set to the tune of eighties icon Robert Palmer's "Addicted to Love" which showed Palmer and his eighties girls on the TV where Jack and Locke watched that creepy video at the end of last season. Perhaps, it's because we already watch Lost, we liked the promos so much or, perhaps, it's because they were just really good.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 6-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Promotions, Super Bowl 2006, Television



Burger King, Ameriquest, ESPN, Beer Institute Super Bowl Favorites

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So the Super Bowl is over. Was it worth the $2.6 million each marketer spent on a :30? We won't know for months but who cares. It's all entertainment anyway. You can read Bob Garfield's take on the whole thing here and marvel at his shock that the Super Bowl (oh, the horror) is commercial and that rock and roll is (oh, the horror) about making money. You can watched some of the ads Ad Age found more memorable here. You can watch all the ads at iFilm here. Or you can just go get a cup of coffee and see what your co-workers think.

We're not quite sure what our favorite is yet but for some strange reason we're leaning towards the Burger King Whopperettes commercial. Either that or the wonderfully on-message ESPN Mobile ad. The Hummer H3 ad, of course, was very good but we've seen it too many times already. A nod also goes to Ameriquest for their two very funny spots and the Beer Institute did a good job telling us we should all just go have a beer and the world's problems would be solved. Oh, wait, we said that.

Also high on our list are the Budweiser Clydesdales spot and Bud Light's "Magic Fridge."

by Steve Hall    Feb- 6-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Opinion, Super Bowl 2006, Television



Video of Indestructible Toyota Truck Should Have Been Super Bowl Ad

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While we might have thought the Toyota Tocoma Super Bowl ad that parked the vehicle during low tide, showed it getting thrashed about then driven off as if nothing had happened to it was a bit of truth stretching. Well, after watching this video about another Toyota truck that received far worse treatment that just a little sea water, we are humbled. Seriously humbled. Nothing this guy did to his truck would stop it from working. Nothing. Toyota should have paid $25 million to run this 10-15 minute video as their Super Bowl ad rather than do a :30 copy of it.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 6-06    
Topic: Commercials, Sponsorship, Television



Hummer H3 Robot Super Bowl Commercial Old But Still Good

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Everyone's all excited about the Hummer H3 Jennifer Loves the Monster spot but we saw it too and were like, "Dudes, that's so over." The commercial's been making the rounds since last summer. OK, so last summer, there wasn't a Super Bowl but still. There is something new though. The Monster has a cheesy website where she professes her love for the robot. Way to extend a campaign Modernista!

by Steve Hall    Feb- 5-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Super Bowl 2006, Television



Beer Institute Super Bowl Ad Solves World's Problems

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The Beer Institute ran a Super Bowl ad that showed people around the world saying "cheers" or some such equal salute in different languages and locations around the world. It's an interesting strategy and one that harken s Warren Beatty's statement in in the movie, Bulworth, when he said, "If we all fucked each other, we'd eventually end up the same color," in that if everyone in the world just got together and had a few beers with each other there'd be none of the ridiculous political problems we face today. See the ad on the Beer Institute's site.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 5-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Super Bowl 2006, Television



Emerald Nuts Super Bowl Ad Stupid

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OK, the Emerald Nuts Super Bowl ad was just stupid. There's not much more to say about it. Unless, of course, you have a thing for druids and Asians with machetes. If you simply have to see it, you can see it here.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 5-06    
Topic: Bad, Commercials, Super Bowl 2006, Television



Toyota Tacoma Super Bowl Commercial Less Than Honest

Toyota ran a time-lapsed commerical for its Tacoma during the Super Bowl in which the truck is parked on a rocky beach and subjected to the rising tide and heavy waves that smash it against the rocks. Of course, when the tide goes out, the truck is undamaged even though it was toss all over the place during high tide. That would explain the disclaimer at the bottom which stated this was a dramatization. More like a lie.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 5-06    
Topic: Commercials, Super Bowl 2006, Television, Worst



Budweiser Clydsdales Bring Out the Baby

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As usual, the Budweiser Clydesdale spot in this year's Super Bowl was emotional, showing a small Clydesdales doing his best to pull the Bud wagon, eager to become one of the famed older Clydesdales. In a spot called "Clydesdale American Dream," the little guy succeeds but has a bit of help from his friends. Need a Kleenex? Remember, these are the horses that bowed to the New York city skyline post-911. See the spot here.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 5-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Super Bowl 2006, Television










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