Got a Penny? Go Buy Glue


To show how the penny is shortchanged in the value hierarchy, Office Max launched a campaign called "Power to the Penny." Toting a hidden camera, comedian Matt McCarthy pisses people off all over New York City by trying to buy stuff, like steak dinners, with nothing but bags full of copper coinage.

My favourite scene from the above video:

Chef (who pops outta nowhere): "How about if you come in here and you order the steak, and I take the steak, and I put it in the blender, and I give you the steak in a milkshake. Is that a steak?"

Long pause.

Matt McCarthy: "Why don't you go back in the kitchen, because you're not helping the situation."

I wish I had a penny for every time daddy said that to mommy.

More videos at PennyPranks. Each one ends with a clip-happy visual orgy of everything you can buy at Office Max for a penny. Crayons! Yardsticks! Glue! It's diorama time.

by Angela Natividad    Jul-25-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online, Strange, Video

Agency Sends Intern on Holiday First Day on the Job


Hey, hey, hey! Maybe being an intern at an ad agency isn't such a bad thing. That is if you're an intern at Naked Communications and the agency's client is Contiki Tours. On his first day, intern Gavin Chimes was ambushed with agency sending him on a surprise trip to Europe; first stop, Amsterdam.

The agency will be documenting his entire Contiki Tour, a company that offers travel tours for 18-35 year olds, so as to share the experience from the vantage point of an unsuspecting traveler. Any other agencies want to offer up a better intern program?

by Steve Hall    Jul-25-08    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Good, Promotions, Video

Cactus Prick Gets Girl Knocked Up, 50 Cent Sues Taco Bell, Kanye West Champions Healthy Self-Image


- The Social Path drew our attention to this perplexing Oasis ad where a girl gets knocked up by a cactus -- not for its own sake, but to justify half-assed Myspace campaigns.

- 50 Cent is upset with Taco Bell. Yeah well, we are too.

- Support your Presidential contender of choice with a handy-dandy kippah. Goes with everything.

- This is kind of neat. By the way, save water.

- Just what you need: a Samsung Instinct miniseries.

- Kanye West helps improve self-esteem. With vodka. But you probably already know that trick, don't you?

- Philippe Starck and BBC Two are doing an Apprentice-style series called School of Design. "Vous etes fired." Heh.

Hollywood-Focused Revlon Campaign Moves on to Jennifer Connelly


Revlon is churning through Hollywood stars and after the likes of Halle Berry, Jessica Alba, Elle McPherson, Susan Sarandon, Julianne Moore, Eva Mendes, Jaime King, the brand has signed a deal with Oscar winner Jennifer Connelly to appear in an upcoming ad campaign.

Famous both for brief nude scenes and her stellar acting abilities, Connelly is, in the words of Revlon President and CEO David Kennedy, "a modern, dynamic and intelligent woman. She is an accomplished wife, mother and actress and her successes complement the spirit of the Revlon brand."

by Steve Hall    Jul-25-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity

No, Cinnamon Sticks are Not Made of Sweet 'N Low.


Healthy Food Brands is reintroducing the Sweet 'N Low candy line. Chadwick Communications was selected to spread the word, so it created a print ad campaign that I guess makes the candy look low-fat yet saucy.

"Light my fire" is at left, and here's "Get off my cloud."

"Sweetened with isomalt and acesulfame potassium." LOL.

by Angela Natividad    Jul-24-08    
Topic: Brands, Magazine, Packaging

Scare Tactics Used to Talk You Onto GM's Used Car Lot


"There's great confusion among consumers about what constitutes a certified used vehicle," preaches director Mark Mathews of GM's Used-Vehicle Activities, eyes wild with foreboding.*

"Manufacturer certified vehicles offer new-vehicle-like benefits and financing options where others do not; private sellers being the most risky option."

If you're not sufficiently flooded with self-doubt, go get ambushed. Fear monger of choice: Mullen.

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by Angela Natividad    Jul-24-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online

Saatchi's 'The Breakfast Club' A 'Mean Girls' Failed 'Fetch'


Saatchi & Saatchi's The Breakfast Club campaign for JCPenney has been crapped by everyone on since it launched. Today, it's Rebecca Cullers' turn. On AdFreak, Rebecca does the math, writing, "I was 3 years old when The Breakfast Club came out in 1985. I didn't know the film existed until I was in college, where it was included in a class on culturally significant movies for Gen X. Now, there's more or less a decade separating me from today's incoming high-school students. Does anyone really think they will get the reference?"

She is absolutely correct in her analysis of the problem and for anyone at Saatchi or JCPenney not to have realized this is further confirmation far too many advertisers and their agencies, despite believing the contrary, are completely out of touch with reality.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-24-08    
Topic: Agencies, Bad, Brands, Campaigns, Opinion, Trends and Culture

This is Not an Ad For Apple


This is not an ad for Apple. Apple doesn't do racy ads. Apple doesn't believe sex sells. Nope. This is not an ad for Apple. Apple prefers hipsteresque silhouettes and white space. Industrial design and witty repartee. Tiny envelopes and bloviated PC guys. This is not an ad for Apple.

We're more likely to see Steve Jobs himself appear in an Apple ad than some cutie in black lingerie lounging on a white couch. No, this is not an ad for Apple. It is, however, an ad for MacUnblogged. Sort of.

You've got to love a brand that motivates people to photograph themselves - or hot models - with the brand's products.

by Steve Hall    Jul-23-08    
Topic: Brands, Racy, Spoofs

Next Time You're in Quicksand, Lie Still. (Thanks, Samsung!)


Test Your Instincts is a free (brought to you by Samsung Instinct!) quiz that gauges a person's wildlife savvy: what do you do when a jellyfish stings, when a shark comes angling for your surfboard, or when you're stuck in quicksand (which happens to me all the time)?

The scenarios are wordy, but you'll at least learn something* and there's no registration process. I fared pretty terribly. Oddly, the answers I did know were mostly culled from Captain Planet.

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by Angela Natividad    Jul-23-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Games, Online, Promotions

Yawn. Lions Yawn. Dead Antelope Dances. Yes, It's A Samsung Ad!


To some, yawning lions who break into song could be interpreted as funny, amusing or even entertaining. Even a half-eaten dead antelope who gets up and dances could cause a giggle. Thankfully for those who don't find this sort of thing amusing, this Samsung video promoting the NV24HD only lasts 1:19. For the rest of the story (as some old news dude used to say), a visit to will give you the details on the new camera.

by Steve Hall    Jul-23-08    
Topic: Brands, Video

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