Cleveland Agency Gives Patriotic Treatment to Elevator Rescue

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It seems even the most mundane things such as...oh...an elevator rescue make their way to YouTube. Courtesy of Cleveland-based Brokaw, which has the most hilarious Flash intro we've ever seen, we are blessed with this patriotic production of a person rescued from a stuck elevator in Brokaw's building.

Not news? Hey, it's Friday. We have space to fill before he head off to Boise to get drunk with George and ponder why Advertising Age still employs Bob Garfield.

by Steve Hall    Feb-22-08    
Topic: Agencies



You Want It. You Need It. The iHam 5J!

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It's a high-cholesterol take on Apple's design-makes-the-man ethos.

This was part of an in-office Christmas promo for the employees of Shackleton Direct. Packages included a CD, manual and "iKnife." The site somehow generated 400,000 visits across Latin internet audiences and 100,000 YouTube views, says Shackleton.

In exchange for serving as muse, the team sent an iHam package to Steve Jobs. Awww.

by Angela Natividad    Feb-22-08    
Topic: Agencies, Online, Spoofs



Guitar Hero Helps Marketers Understand Product Relevancy

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Swivel Media's Erik Hauser explores the interest in previously unknown music Guitar Hero can spawn as an analogy for marketers and agencies working together to create product relevancy for audiences who no longer know a particular product or to create interest in a new product.

It seems to be the mother of all challenges. It's the one that prospective clients call ad agency offices with daily - sometimes hourly when things are brisk. "How do we increase relevancy within a particular market segment, and more importantly convert that new found relevancy into sales," they often say. "How can we drive purchase and purchase consideration by our intended audience - an audience that currently doesn't even know that we exist?" Both, by the way, are very good questions that brand managers are faced with on an hourly basis.

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by Erik Hauser    Feb-21-08    
Topic: Agencies, Opinion, Trends and Culture



Denver Cooks Omelet, Absolut Succeeds, CMO Ambushes

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- StrawberryFrog, The Wexley School for Girls, The Barbarian Group. Now we can add Omelet to the list of oddly named advertising companies.

- Hmm. It seems dumping its iconic bottle campaign was the right thing to do for Absolut which, last year, saw sales hit five millions cases, its highest ever.

- Rather than "Get some NYC Condom," Copyranter thinks New York's Department of Health condom campaign should, perhaps, read, "Get some wet, tight waxed pussy."

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by Steve Hall    Feb-19-08    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Worst



Exopolis Exhausts Our Defenses with Barrage of Mixtapes

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Remember that Exopolis V-Day mixtape from, like, 2006?

Spurned on by disdain like any loyal adolescent, the agency's made another one. Songs are preceded by an intro from Exo's enigmatic 11-year-old masher-upper. ("I'm Gone" has a really good one about Go-Gurt, and "I'll Kill Her" has an even better one about how flowers are actually plant vaginas.)

This year's hits include "I'll Be Your Mirror" by the Velvet Underground & Nico, "Nicotine and Gravy" by Beck and "Too Drunk to Fuck" by Nouvelle Vague.

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by Angela Natividad    Feb-18-08    
Topic: Agencies, Good, Online



More Squirrel Pity with an Eco Tint

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Because we all love a dire-straits squirrel (1, 2, 3), consider how you're robbing one of house and home the next time you get a paper bank statement.

Yeah, that's right. THIS DISMAL ALTERNATIVE FUTURE IS TOTALLY YOUR FAULT.

Anyway, the video was produced by Flow Creative, which felt compelled to do more green stuff with its spare time besides twist fluorescent bulbs into the break room.

Great, guys. Good to know you didn't waste your man-hours doing something silly like planting trees, saving the wetlands or collecting cans. We'll be sure to spread the message far and wide.

by Angela Natividad    Feb-18-08    
Topic: Agencies, Cause, Online, Video



Bah. A Brand is a Brand is a Tattoo is a Brand is a Brand.

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"IF ANYONE KNOWS SOMEONE STUPID OR GREEDY ENOUGH TO REALLY TURN THEIR BODY INTO A PERMANENT LOGOFEST, LET US KNOW AND WE CAN MAKE THIS IDEA A REALITY," bellowed the Indonesian arm of TBWA\global in our email this morning.

Puh-lease. We see this kind of thing all the time. (Seriously, though. Check out the chick who wedded her flesh to Xanga.)

Give our generation a couple decades more, and at the very least we'll all have Apple on our asses and Google ... elsewhere. (As if it's not our most intimate friend already.)

by Angela Natividad    Feb-18-08    
Topic: Agencies, Human, Online, Strange, Video



Jason's Loyal to Sweaters. Why Wouldn't Hub Be Loyal to You?

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The cats at Hub Strategy asked us to check out the new introductory video on their website. (You can't miss it.) The goal was to give potential clients a warm fuzzy feeling that would invite them to dig deeper.

From what we can tell, it looks like some dudes talking about Jason and his thing for sweaters. It took us awhile to work out who Jason was, because we couldn't take our eyes off that porcelain monkey in a state of shock.

What a bizarre table ornament.

by Angela Natividad    Feb-17-08    
Topic: Agencies, Online, Video



Kim Kardasian Goes Bongo, Hotties Leave, India Comes, Gates Bails

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- Following Vanessa Minnello, bootylicious Kim Kardasian is the new spokesbabe for Bongo Jeans.

- If you're sad to see that really hot office mate leave for another agency, send his or her picture over to Office Hotties Who Leave, a site which features images of "men and women who make coming to work more bearable."

- American Express, Coke, JCPenney, L'Oreal, General Motors, Mars/Masterfoods, MasterCard, McDonald's, Procter & Gamble, Bertolli Frozen Dinners, and Dove Cream Oil Bodywash are a few of the confirmed advertisers for ABC's 80th Annual Academy Awards broadcast.

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by Steve Hall    Feb-15-08    
Topic: Agencies, Celebrity, Social, Television



If 'Precious Moments' Had an Adorable Death Frolic, This Would Be It

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Here's a happy Valentine's day message from Psyop. It all started cavity-sweet until the back-shaving, tooth-pulling, organ-dissembling and decapitating happened.

And what's going on with the gaunt stranger giving away razorblades, candy and saws of varying strength?

Wait a second ... we get it now! This is based on "The Gift of the Magi," isn't it? You know, the story where that couple buys gifts for each other at the expense of something they love, and the things they get directly relate to the stuff they give away, so neither can use their gift, and they're both miserably poor, so all they have left at the end is each other?

Wow. Brutal interpretation, Psyop. But hey, the ending is less pathetic (and way more literal) than O. Henry's version.

Oh, and for those dying to know, the song is by VHS or BETA and it is called "Love in My Pocket," which now we won't be able to listen to without thinking of ... scissors.

Anyway, we went ahead and sent the message to everybody we love.

by Angela Natividad    Feb-14-08    
Topic: Agencies, Good, Online








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