Surprise! Ozzy Osbourne Still Gets Gigs


Ad gigs, that is. But hey, if Richard Simmons is still gettin' 'em, there's hope for any and all, not least the Black Sabbath veteran who pre-dated emo with his slick ebony angst.

Under the banner "make yourself heard," Samsung demonstrates how the QWERTY keyboard on its Propel handset makes everyday communication easier for Ozzy, who -- face it -- has always suffered from some degree of misunderstanding.

This mirthy delight is brought to you by Leo Burnett and production company MJZ.

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Rats Flung from Helis, Obama's Facebook Push, SocNet-Addicted Mommy Bloggers


- Be a GAMER. Made of steel. Video game school will show you how.

- The US Army is using webcasts by overseas soldiers to bait new recruits. The series is called -- wait for it! -- "Straight from Iraq." Soldiers are ready to take your questions.

- Keep up with Advergirl's social manifesto on how companies are using social media. It's illustrated!

- To remind us all how with-it and un-stodgy it is, Microsoft (I guess?) sends rats skydiving. Sick 'em, PETA.

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For 'Mad Men' Promo, Torke Brings '50s and '60s to Lisbon


For season 2 of Mad Men, Torke dressed a passel of perpetual extras up in period costumes, complete with classic cars from the '50s and '60s. Thus coiffed, they wheeled around Lisbon distributing the "Mad Men News."

Not sold. The effort felt more Grease than Mad Ave., minus an Olivia Newton-John knockoff rockin 'the hotpants. If I were on the receiving end of one of those newsletters, I'd be shocked not to find a yearbook in my hand.

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by Angela Natividad    Nov-11-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Guerilla, Promotions

Cheesy Romance Scene Becomes McDonald's Commercial


Don't you sometimes wish, while watching an over-the-top romance scene in a movie, you could put words in the mouths of actors? Well, now, thanks to McDonald's, you can. Or at least you can see on person's version courtesy of this Rob Tenconi-penned McDonald's commercial from Leo Burnett London.

Come on. You know you fantasize about this every time you see a scene like this in a movie. Don't you? Oh wait, you don't? It's just me? Damn, I really do have some kind of obsessive ad-fueled syndrome. Hmm. Must be the result of trying to read Advertising Age, AgencySpy, Adland, AdFreak, AdWeek, AdScam all while frantically updating my Facebook status, tweeting relevant bits to Twitter followers, IMing with tipsters and swimming in a sea of endlessly updating RSS feeds. Yea, that's it.

by Steve Hall    Nov-11-08    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Good, Strange

Homo Promo. Yes, You Read that Right.


The UK's Gay Times recruited agencies and students to tackle an ambitious project: promoting the gay lifestyle to straight men.

James and Joe, two young creatives from Leeds, competed with Kings Arms Creative, Leo Burnett and iris, among other contenders, to accomplish the task in the manner most sassy. At left is what they came up with: a single dude making a distinctly vaggie shape with his mouth. (The grizzle helps.) Caption: "Anything she can do..."

Nice work. We're about 50% sold. Now let's see a chick make a shaft.

by Angela Natividad    Nov-11-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Magazine, Poster, Publishing

Eyeblaster Recognizes Top Rich Media Titans


Last Wednesday after ad:tech, Eyeblaster recognized six agencies for the best digital ad campaigns of 2008.

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by Angela Natividad    Nov-11-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Industry Events, Online

Mountains Big. Go Ski.


Melodramatic narrative and epic "nature's wrath!" scope sets you up for the punchline of DNA's "Geologic." Lest thrill-seekers forget: those treacherous crags rising up to the sky? They are there for the benefit of your skis.


By Juggernaut/Santa Monica.

by Angela Natividad    Nov-11-08    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Television

PomX Advertising, Levi's Plays Dirty, Rebuild the (Grand Old) Party, Saved by Zero Hate Poll


- You know you wanna browse through Barack Obama's flickr.

- Make the Logo Bigger taps his own top 25 influential bloggers to spit knowledge on Pepsi's blogger outreach effort.

- GOP taps social media to rekindle its fire.

- Levi's to agencies: want our business? We want your internal invoices.

- PomX break room sheep go "What the fu-uuuck?" for "maximum wakey-wakedness!" Via.

- CEOs in ads = company death rattle.

- Rate your hate for "Saved by Zero."

by Angela Natividad    Nov-10-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Online, Opinion, Political, Strange

Nike Minuses. Reebok Pluses.


Apparently Arien O'Connell ran the fastest time in the recent Nike Women's Marathon in San Francisco. But because she ran in a category she wasn't supposed to, she wasn't recognized as the winner. Nike though days later awarded her the first place she had earned, but not before Reebok stepped in and gave her school in Brooklyn, (the Children Charter School), free shoes every month for a year, T-shirts for her class and $2,500 to the school. They also gave her a trophy call the F.U.N. Award. Sure, Nike did the right thing in the end, but quick thinking on the part of the marketing gang at Reebok to jump on this. How cool is that, exploiting the negative space of another brand and being ready to take advantage of an unplanned event for your own brand.

by Bill Green    Nov- 7-08    
Topic: Brands

Circuit City blows it, George Parker Still Pissed at Advertising and Billy Mays' Reality Show.

- Dear HR, please help Jetpacks.

- Danny G. says Circuit City ignores what might have helped them.

- George Parker finds someone to admit why they work in advertising.

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