Giant Ideas' Giant Ideas Could Use a Ginormous Trim

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To promote its agency at a local ad awards show, Giant Ideas produced a self-promoting parody of the Cloverfield trailer.

It might have been funny if it weren't actually longer than the original. Because come on, guys. TWO MINUTES of mostly bad party footage? We would've gotten the joke inside 30 seconds, easy.

by Angela Natividad    Mar- 9-08    
Topic: Agencies, Spoofs, Video



NIB 'Fastrack to Cannes' for Sale on Easy Street -- er, eBay

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London-based Enter the Chapel swears it has an ad idea that's instant Cannes-bait. But oops, the idea was castrated internally, so now it's for sale on eBay.

What've you got to lose? Five quid? Your dignity?

by Angela Natividad    Mar- 7-08    
Topic: Agencies, Bad, Online



Pizza Hut UK, Wieden + Kennedy Finish Eating Pizza Together

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After three years and in advance of a relaunch at the end of this year, Pizza Hut UK and Wieden + Kennedy have left the dinner table mutually. The review for a new agency will be handled by the pizza chain itself and both side have nothing but praise to heap on one another concerning their three year meal together. Of course, that's expected because, ya know, not everyone has balls like Peter Krikovich.

by Steve Hall    Mar- 6-08    
Topic: Agencies, Brands



Toyota Highlights, ACDelco Moves, Airborne Pays, Facebook Poked

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- This Canadian spot for Toyota's Matrix has fun envisioning a day full of potential as highlighted by the vehicle's headlights.

- While this happened back in late January, we thought we'd share the news that as part of an agency consolidation, GM has opted to move its ACDelco account, with Campbell-Ewald since 1917, to Publicis Groupe on May 1.

- Facebook gets poked! Right. Facebook backlash YouTube-style.

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by Steve Hall    Mar- 5-08    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Commercials, Policy, Social, Spoofs, Video



YouIntern Pairs Co-Eds with Agencies

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To drum up some business, YouIntern -- which launched in February -- is giving a $10 iTunes gift card away to one lucky person who registers on the site.

YouIntern is where ad students and creativity-starved agency execs can find one another. (Just ... not in the craigslist hook-up sort of way.) We love its simple but totally self-entitled "Freedom from coffee and copies" manifesto.

Agencies can post internships and give advice, like the CSO of StrawberryFrog does here. And internships can be rated. Modernista, for example, scored a 4.4 out of five.

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by Angela Natividad    Mar- 3-08    
Topic: Agencies, Good, Online, Promotions



Leo Burnett Combats Cancer with Man Hair

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Nothing says "manly" like a manly manly mustache. So why not use its follicle-rich power to fight prostate cancer, that most castrating of man-diseases? That's what Leo Burnett did.

For the month of what came to be called "Movember" ("mo" being slang for "mustache" in Australia), employees at Leo Burnett, Chicago grew mustaches to raise money for prostate cancer research. Part of the game was competing with the Australia office. (Witness the hijinks for yourself.)

Chicago, which beat the Aussies in both donation and 'stache style, raised $7000 for the cause. For an additional $10 donation, employees were offered a signed Men of Movember 2008 calendar.

Guess what! Now you can have one too. And if anybody asks why a calendar of hairy strangers is hanging over the water cooler, just tell them you helped fight cancer.

Only pray they don't ask what one has to do with the other. Out loud and to somebody who's probably gunning for your cubicle, telling this story is strangely tiring.

by Angela Natividad    Mar- 3-08    
Topic: Agencies, Cause, Good, Strange



Jack's For Hillary, Rest of Hollywood's For Obama, Tilley Tattered

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- Jack Nicholson's got a thing for Hillary. And he's expressing it by using clips from the many movies he's made over his career.

- On Advertising Age, Ken Wheaton explores the Hitleresque qualities of the latest will.i.am Obama video.

- And the Paul Tilley saga continues. Here and here and here. Make it stop. Please. Can't we just let the man rest in peace?

- Minneapolis-based Martin Williams has laid off 14 people in media, creative, operations and in print and television production.

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by Steve Hall    Mar- 3-08    
Topic: Agencies, Cause



AdWeek and Advertising Age Award Mediaedge:cia Media Agency of Year

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It appears Mediaedge:cia is mopping up the media planning and buying floor having nabbed nods from both Advertising Age and AdWeek for best media shop of the year. To clarify, AdWeek dubbed the shop Agency of the Year. Advertising Age dubbed the shop Global Media Agency Network of the Year - a distinction worth noting as Adverting Age dubbed Starcom Media Agency of the Year (as in domestic).

Starcom has always been a winner in our book and we were lucky enough to see the inner working of the shop first hand. We're not as familiar with Mediaedge:cia but from all accounts, they're deserving enough of the distinction. Congrats to both.

by Steve Hall    Mar- 3-08    
Topic: Agencies



K-Swiss Makes...Half-Dressed Tennis Hotties That Want Me?

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K-What? I'm sorry, I know you want me to look at your logo and go visit your website but I just can't take my eyes of that figure of perfection lying on the tennis court as if she's channeling Christina Ricci in Black Snake Moan and wants it...NEEDS it really, really badly!

I've been locked away writing about advertising way too long. Had I known female tennis players dressed like this and teased the spectators between matches I'd have GIVEN Adrants away long ago and signed up to be a ball boy.

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by Steve Hall    Feb-29-08    
Topic: Agencies, Creative Commentary, Racy, Strange



Schick Video Contest Gives Us Ad Babe Booty

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Damn, we wanna work at Circle One Marketing! Just who is that hottie with the booty sitting on that guy's lap in this AdPulp Schick Video Contest challenge entry? Say what? So Schick launches some YouTube video contest, sends out a press release full of R's and AdPulp makes fun of it along with challenging the ad community to submit a video to the Contest.

Norwalk Connecticut's Circle One Marketing (keep the Circle Jerk Marketing jokes to yourself, please) answers the challenge with Joey Sanchez and a bevy of ad babes.

by Steve Hall    Feb-29-08    
Topic: Agencies, Good, Promotions, Video










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