Pepsi Wishes Everyone A Happy Valentine's Day

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Some people love Valentine's Day. Some people hate it. Some brands pay hipster musicians to make Valentine's Day messages that riff off their billboard campaign. Others don't. Which category Pepsi falls into is unknown but, hey, does it really matter?

For those who love Valentine's Day? Happy Valentine's Day. Knock yourself out.

For those that don't, there's always Hotel for Dogs...or the dump.

by Steve Hall    Feb-14-09    
Topic: Brands, Consumer Created, Good, Video



FirstBank Makes Ski Mask Joke. Oh, How Gauche!

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Colorado's FirstBank hopes to nail younger customers by pushing its mobile banking product.

"Its simple goal is to demonstrate a commitment to the youth market, by going to them where they are," the pressie explained. But we suspect the choice of media buy -- just Colorado ski resorts -- had as much to do with TDA Advertising's one-hit wonder of a slogan as the demo did.

"Bank in your ski mask without getting arrested," the ads deadpan. Yeah, that's not gonna work in a shopping mall.

by Angela Natividad    Feb-13-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Outdoor



Man and Robot Have Earnest but Unconvincing Pizza Debate

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Not completely sure what to make of this one. For pizza franchise Mr. Jim's, AdWise put together this weird ad where founder Mr. Jim goes head-to-head with "Doughby," his dough-making robot.

In the space of :30 they start randomly arguing about whether it's dough, or "the toppings and the crust!", that makes a pizza great.

But given that crust is composed of dough, and the company slogan is "It's the crust!", I guess Doughby wins. Or both win. Or maybe it doesn't matter, and we should all hit Pizza Hut for some stuffed-crust action, because that's really more our speed.

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by Angela Natividad    Feb-13-09    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Strange, Television



Sky's the Limit if Your Face is THIS Famous

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Joining the distinguished ranks of Dame Edna and Fergie, Hello Kitty is lending her likeness to MAC cosmetics.

"We are thrilled to partner with a brand that shares the vision of offering an innovative, authentic and transforming experience to our loyal fan base," said Janet Hsu, who said some similarly frothy thing when Sanrio announced its partnership with McDonald's earlier this month.

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by Angela Natividad    Feb-12-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Packaging, Sponsorship



Yep. Sippin' the Coraline Kool-Aid Pret-ty Heavily.

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Visit the deliciously dollhousey Coraline website. Enter the house, then click on the picture frame if you want to stitch buttons onto your face. Plenty to choose from, and each set of buttons is coupled with curiously thought-out descriptions. (That's the appeal of Coraline's marketing strategy: in keeping with the handmade motif, everything feels tailored to you, even things that obviously aren't.)

Once done tweaking and zooming your button eyes, download and save; embeds are available for MySpace and Facebook.

We also came across this Coraline Nike Dunks Giveaway offer. Okay, that's some pretty deep product whoring, but oh! we want them, just to have them, just because everything Coraline reeks of tasty dark girlwitch magic.

by Angela Natividad    Feb-12-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Good, Online, Promotions



'We Want People to Be Screaming from Houses Across the Country'

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Guerrilla Comm and Silicon Alley Insider scooped us on this Onion spoof on Sony: its complex, overambitious product line, and utopic rape-your-eyeballs ad strategy.

Imagine all that in a news brief coloured by the profane angst-rage you suffer once you finally get that "motherfucking time vampire"* home. (Oh yeah, language NSFW.)

"Maybe the Onion was inspired by 'BD-Live,' the confusing and ill-advised plan to integrate Blu-ray disc watching with instant messaging," said Alley Insider. And the sad part is, that crazy POS was real.

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by Angela Natividad    Feb-12-09    
Topic: Brands, Good, Online, Spoofs, Trends and Culture



The Homestead is a House of Cards, Say Radiohead and Shelter

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Two days ago we mentioned Radiohead was donating one of its songs to a homeless shelter. Last night we got the footage.

The song is Videotape from In Rainbows, but the ad itself is called "House of Cards" -- the name of another In Rainbows track. Only the melody is used, adding an urgent tempo to a panning shot of a city, where a number of homes and skyscrapers are composed of cards that slowly begin to plummet.

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by Angela Natividad    Feb-12-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Cause, Celebrity, Commercials, Good, Television



If It Doesn't Seem Very Bright, That's Because It's Not.

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Then again, LA Gear has never been the sharpest tool in the marketer shed.

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by Angela Natividad    Feb-12-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Guerilla, Online, Video, Worst



Parker Persuades, Paul Parodies, Arnell Undressed, Pizza Twittered

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- George Parker is out with his new book; The Ubiquitous Persuaders. Buy it now!

- Moo Tags. Yea, me too.

- Here are five must-have ingredients for any Steven Segal movie. It promotes the recent release of one of his DVDs. He still makes movies?

- Here's a parody of The New York Times Weekender commercial featuring Paul Rudd.

- And yes, like everyone else, we have to air Arnell Groups dirty laundry in the form of their hyper-pretentious, buzz word-happy, brand blather-filled brief for the work it did on the new Pepsi logo. Please Arnell, tell us the whole thing was a joke and you're all laughing at us now. Please?

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by Steve Hall    Feb-11-09    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Celebrity, Strange, Video



Peer1 Preps Clients for that Big Pile of Clicks

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Big tech geek fantasy: when clicks fall from the sky and deluge him with traffic, burying his torso and filling his mouth, each depressed pointer button a little piece of validation.

Like MacTeague's wife and her pile of gold coins. (Or, if you weren't an English major, like Scrooge McDuck and his swimming-pool vault.)

That's the imagery Vancouver-based hosting firm Peer1 channels in "Slacker," a video ad where a lazy techie fails to equip his company website for a click-through deluge. Enter said "deluge." The piece concludes, "Peer1: Fully scalable hosting solutions."

Problem, solution. Simple.

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by Angela Natividad    Feb-11-09    
Topic: Brands, Online










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