Gnomes. Yeah, Become a Gnome, Too


Nothing says jackpot like a slew of copycats. So if (like us) you wondered about the success of the Elf Yourself campaign by OfficeMax, look no further than this moody spoof by Dunder Mifflin.

DM also built a website called Gnome Yourself, which features characters from The Office.

by Angela Natividad    Dec-14-07    
Topic: Agencies, Online, Spoofs

Hangman: It's Never a Bad Time for a Cautionary Tale


Here's the story of little Pipkin Puddyfoot, the boy who was allergic to electricity, brought to us by Hangman Studios.

For Christmas, Pipkin gets a visit from a special guest, who gives him a special gift, which enables him to fool with all the electronics he likes, which leads to a most maudlin little lesson.

Gee, thanks, Hangman. (We're not sure what we were expecting, considering the last time they contacted us they gave us this.)

by Angela Natividad    Dec-14-07    
Topic: Agencies, Online

Facebook Affiliated, House Decorated, Brazil Mapped, Intel Reviewed


- Ad Lab has a piece on how you can make money with your Facebook profile by adding an affiliate banner.

- TBS has a sneak peak of it's Funniest Commercials of the Year 2007 which will air December 26 at 9PM.

- Look! Look! You can decorate a house! You can play music! You can send it to a friend! Yes! Yes! It's an agency Christmas...uh...Holiday card!

- In Brazil, LIVE launched Google Maps with a Google map pin-shaped hot air balloon and tracked its flight on a map.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-14-07    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Commercials

Hal Riney Shits on Adrants For the Holidays


This is too funny. Our friends over at Hal Riney like us so much they sent us some holiday cheer in the form of a nice, warm, well presented...uh...pile of shit delivered by a squatting Caganer which translates from Catalan to English as "pooper."

Yes, that's right, Hall Riney took a dump on Adrants. Which, after years and years of our shitting on the ad industry, is probably the most appropriate gift we'll ever receive. We humbly accept the warm holiday gift and wish Hal Riney and the entire ad industry a warm, well presented holiday greeting of their own.

by Steve Hall    Dec-13-07    
Topic: Agencies, Good, Strange

Some Holiday Cards Actually Wish People A Merry Christmas


You've got to love a Christmas card which doesn't pretend to be a politically correct "holiday card" featuring the caricature of a sexy, buxom, bikini-clad, bubble-headed blond that comes from a company run by a woman. Yes, the very beautiful (yup, we did just say that) Buffy McCoy Kelly who heads TattooProjects has no problem latching on to a stereotype and using sex to sell. OK, so it's just a holiday card but we like it. And we like Buffy too.

by Steve Hall    Dec-13-07    
Topic: Agencies, Good, Specialty

iStudio Do-Not-Want Ads Provide Chance to Unload Tasteless Holiday Offerings


There's a streak of sadism in this year's holiday efforts (observe 1 and 2). We blame it on the hell CGM has wreaked on our psyches.

To illustrate this devolution in goodwill, last year iStudio was all about helping people on their holiday consumer journeys. This year, loud and clear, they DO NOT WANT to deal with you. Or your crappy gifts!

The "greeting" lets voyeurs sift through a bunch of weird shit the agency's been sent. If you like something (we kind of dug the zodiac thong), highlight it in red and send the agency a note about why you deserve it.

Flippin' awesome.

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by Angela Natividad    Dec-12-07    
Topic: Agencies, Good, Online

Staffblaster Makes Hard-Partying Cogs Look Lively Upon Entry


In lieu of a season's greeting, AIS, London gives us a holiday tool we'd actually like to use.

The Staffblaster attacks dronelike employees -- likely sleepy, hungover and shoddily dressed -- right as they walk through the door (typically between nine and 10 AM).

Must do wonders for morale.

by Angela Natividad    Dec-12-07    
Topic: Agencies, Good, Online, Spoofs

Mullen to Leave Behind Country Manor For City Offices in 2009


A long time coming, Mullen has finally made it official. It's moving it's stately Wenham Massachusetts offices to Boston. Founded in Marblehead Massachusetts by Jim Mullen in 1970, the company then moved to a large mansion in Beverly Massachusetts until 1987 when a fire (which we witnessed from miles away while driving on a nearby highway) destroyed the offices. The company then moved to another mansion in Wenham Massachusetts where another fire, just eight months later, damaged but did not destroy the building. State investigators determined the fire to be arson but a private investigation by Jim Mullen found the fires to accidental.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-12-07    
Topic: Agencies

Q: Why Don't Creatives Like Working on Property Brochures?


Hitler is one fucked-up agency executive.

This is almost as funny as Hitler gets banned, a homage to his love for the Xbox.

It's great that we've learned to laugh at this icon for human tragedy. But how long before our laughter eases the stigma around the toothbrush mustache? Until an ordinary man can walk about with one, sans persecution, our work is far from done.

by Angela Natividad    Dec-11-07    
Topic: Agencies, Good, Spoofs, Video

Virtual Account Manager Takes Questions -- or Not -- in Absence of Humans


Meet the good for nuffin' Virtual Account Manager for Burns Marketing. He's great at looking like a douche bag and making "What the fuck?" faces when you ask him questions. We despise him because he's essentially a subservient chicken that isn't subservient. He doesn't even try.

The purpose of the VAM is to make people feel like they're being helped, even while Burns Marketing is away for the holidays. Ha ha fuckin' ha!

by Angela Natividad    Dec-11-07    
Topic: Agencies, Online

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