From Cradle to Grave, Independence Blue Cross Wants Your Business

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CEO Joseph Frick of Independence Blue Cross, the biggest health insurance provider in Philadelphia, used his recent colon cancer diagnosis to fuel this ad campaign by Tierney Communications.

The height chart at left lends a practical, and sort of charming, picture of how needs change as the mortal coil unravels. (Nagging question: why is 5'9," "Mammogram Reminders," followed by 6'1," "Senior Fitness Programs"? I thought people shrink when they get old? Is Independence just that good?)

Tagline: "Just a few ways we're here for you every step of the way" -- a little clumsy, but it gets the idea across.

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Konica Plays the Tease, Promises Quick Pleasers and Big-Shots

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To generate interest in a product that isn't very interesting -- office printers -- Konica Minolta borrowed from a topic that makes everyone's ears perk up: the office affair.

Print ad Episode 1, "When efficiency flirts with flexibility," ran in Government Purchasing Guide.

And while bizhub, a "quick pleaser," probably won't fit under your desk, it'll get email and FTPs scanned ... fast. Feeling flushed? Wait 'til you've heard what it does with heavy card stock.

by Angela Natividad    Jun- 1-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Magazine



That Wii Fit Video? Hot But Not A Nintendo Marketing Effort

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So a guy films his girlfriend wearing nothing but a t-shirt and underwear tantalizingly gyrating her hips while playing Wii Fit and, poof, instant YouTube stardom. Nope, It's not a marketing stunt from Wii but it did come from a guy in advertising, Giovanny Gutierrez, director of interactive marketing at Miami's Tinsley Advertising. And, and, and...his girlfriend, Lauren, also works in the business. Neither, however, for Nintendo in any capacity.

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by Steve Hall    May-30-08    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Good, Racy, Video, Viral



Sharon Stoned, Donuts Dunked, Whites Whacked, Coors Coursed

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-Dior has dumped Sharon Stone as spokesperson for comments she made about China while at Cannes: "I'm not happy about the way the Chinese are treating the Tibetans because I don't think anyone should be unkind to anyone else. And then the earthquake and all this stuff happened, and then I thought, is that karma? When you're not nice that the bad things happen to you?"

- Psst. "Dunkin' Donuts is one of our sponsors."

- New York's tourist campaign has been dubbed too white and misrepresents the ethnic make up of the city.

- That Coors Light Perfect Pour dude is back with even more goofy pour stunts that are...OMG...like, so totally unbelievable.

by Steve Hall    May-30-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Trends and Culture



Yawn. Hot Asses, Big Boobs Promote...Wait, Whoa! What Was That?

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In some sort of protest against the current state of football TV rights, Burger King has launched Football Your Way with, of course, hot women in cropped tops and shorts shorts getting camera love in a video with a bit of a surprise ending. Oh, and apparently, it's to promote the Angus 6 Pack as well but the video was a bit too distracting to come to that realization immediately.

by Steve Hall    May-30-08    
Topic: Brands, Good, Racy, Video



State Farm Hedges Bets for the Asian Vote

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It's sort of thoughtful that State Farm feels compelled to pander directly to both mainland Asians and Pacific Islanders.

The question I really want answered is, who left that rug in the middle of the driveway?

Via Gawker and Multicult Classics.

by Angela Natividad    May-29-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Magazine, Strange



50 Cent Gets Online, Pop-Ups Go Bollywood, Safe Kitty Sex Promoted, and Crocs Trot the Globe

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- Crocs launched a travel site, Cities by Foot. Designated Crocs-wearers explore cities like Denver, New Orleans, San Francisco and Vail. Every once in awhile you get a close-up shot of their feet.

- This guy travels to India to remedy his PC pop-up problem. Hijinks ensue. My favourite line: "Just tell them to unplug it, and PLUG IT AGAIN!" Cut to the song.

- Apparently 50 Cent is social media savvy.

- The British government tries scare tactics to keep kids away from knives. They also plan to give out postcards featuring mutilated body parts.

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'HONG KONG! ... That's China.'

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Check out the new tool off E-Trade's freak-of-nature assembly line (1, 2).

Douche-tacular. If I were China, I'd be scraping him, and his ilk, off my stock exchange.

by Angela Natividad    May-28-08    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Television



In 2083, Tennis Players Will Sport Cups on Their Faces

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For Lacoste's 75th anniversary, French agency CRM Company Group imagined what tennis players will look like 75 years from now.

The answer: sort of like RoboCop, except with digital banner ads in their shoes. (RoboCop would never stand for that.)

See movie here. Afterward watch Gestures, the story of Rene Lacoste and the energetic, ardor-rich and glamorous brand* that would one day grace the body of, I don't know, Kanye West.

Thanks in:fluencia for the tip.

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by Angela Natividad    May-28-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online



Did Anybody Notice Starbucks Covered Up its Nips?

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Honoring the demands of faint-of-heart schoolteachers, Starbucks draped hair over the nipples of its original mermaid logo, which currently appears on coffee cups to promote the new Pike Place Roast.

Advertising Age has Before and After images of the redesign. It also said one of Starbucks' current PR problems is the "widespread misperception" that the logo swap is permanent.

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by Angela Natividad    May-28-08    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Opinion, Promotions










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