Why Axe's 'Headless Breasts' Ad is Strategically Sound

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While some have said the new BBH-created Axe work - a departure from the agency's brilliant Keifer Sutherland/Susan Glenn spot - is a sad return to the brand's roots where mostly women and sometimes men are reduced to playthings, toys for the horny male middle school mindset.

We say smart move. All the brand has done, and always has done, is celebrate the carnal desire that is ever present between man and woman. It's an innately human desire. It's a fact of life. And no amount of pious, politically correct sugar coating is going to diminish the fact that men and women are, forever, sexual beings that, yes, are sometime vile, vulgar and animalistic in their dealings with one another.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-21-12    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Creative Commentary, Opinion



Lara Stone Fronts Calvin Klein Push Positive Campaign

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Lara Stone, the model who sports tooth cleavage as well as some of the finest boob cleavage, is out with a new ad campaign for Calvin Klein, a brand for which she has been modeling for several years.

Who can forget her having sex on a playground for Calvin Klein Jeans or having sex on a dance floor for CK One Shock or flaunting her deliciously curvaceous boobs for Calvin Klein naked Glamour lingerie or seemingly partaking in the brand's f-bomb dropping billboard?

Her latest work for Calvin Klein touts the brand's Push Positive lingerie collection

by Steve Hall    Aug-16-12    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity, Racy



TBWA Creates Ethereal Epic For Nissan Patrol

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We're not usually a fan of epic grandeur in commercials but we have to admit, we really like this TBWA\G1 and TBWA\Moscow-created work for the Nissan Patrol. The slow moving, quietly moody spot opens on a Nissan Patrol winding its way through the woods as seemingly forest-dwelling onlookers watch the vehicle's movements. As it, and the groom within, finally make their arrival at what appears to be a wedding held on the edge of a cliff, the ethereal spot becomes grounded in reality.

Directed by multimedia artist Bruno Aveillan, the spot is scored to the music of Bonobo

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 8-12    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Commercials, Strange



Five Tips For Marketers Eyeing Olympic Athlete Endorsements

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Questionable? Brilliant?

This Olympics-focused editorial series is written by Ronald Urbach, Chairman of law firm Davis & Gilbert LLP and the co-chair of the Advertising, Marketing & Promotions Practice Group at the firm.

Much of what we hear as we read the reports of the Olympics is: how many medals? It appears that the media is compelled to quantify success, sort of like an Olympic box score. Is the US leading in the total medal count? Is the US leading in gold medals? How many medals does China have? Will Great Britain, the host country, finally begin to rack up the medals? As I write this article, the US is leading in total overall medals, though not in gold. Great Britain is coming on strong - now in third, and Andy Murray beat Roger Federer for the coveted gold in men's tennis.

But to advertisers and agencies, the medal count pales next to the critical question - who will be the breakout advertising spokesperson of the 2012 Olympics? Will anyone rise to the level of a true advertising superstar?

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 8-12    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity, Opinion, Policy, Sponsorship



Luke Perry, Jennie Garth Join Old Navy's 90210 Reunion

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Amping up its already full bore 90's themed ad campaign, Old Navy has added 90210's (the real one) Luke Perry and Jennie Garth to its schoolhouse lineup. Previously, the brand had Gabrielle Carteris swooning over Jason Priestly who, the the Old Navy ad, is now a teacher.

This second CP +B- created 90210-themed outing features Luke Perry and Jason Priestly vying for the attention of the still amazing hot Jennie Garth who, like Priestly in the previous commercial, is now a teacher.

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 8-12    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials



Agent Provocateur Reveals Monica Cruz's True Self

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For it's Fall 2012 campaign, well known lingerie brand Agent Provocateur has tapped Penelope Cruz's little sister, the equally hot Monica, for yet another cinematic outing of better-than-advertising proportion.

In the mini-epic, called Wilhelmina, we seen Cruz step out of a carriage into a dark, dingy and wet London street circa sometime in the 1800's. She enters a building and is led to a back room, a photo studio of sorts where a gruff looking photographer promises his camera will "photograph your true self."

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 8-12    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Racy



Levi's Helps Millennials Take Over the World

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Writing in More About Advertising, Stephen Foster says Levi's has "lightened up" with a follow up to the Wieden + Kennedy-created opus, Go Forth Braddock. That spot, if you recall, pulled the heartstrings by focusing on American despair and how that despair, so says the commercial, motivates people to work towards a goal. Idealistic is an understatement.

The agency's new work, This is a Pair of Levi's, is far from a "lightening up" of the original. In fact, it pours on the hipsterific poetics as if the entire world suddenly and collectively participated in a gigantic hand-waving, come-to-Jesus beatnik meeting of epic proportion.

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 6-12    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Creative Commentary



How to be A Douche by Vodafone

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In a new commercial created by Actung, Vodafone is touting their Party Starter app that, according to this ad, really only succeeds at one thing; making you look like a douche. And that's really all we have to say about that.

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 2-12    
Topic: Brands



Wieden + Kennedy Gets Comfortable With Southern Comfort

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In the world of advertising it's pretty much written in stone that brands portray their products in an aspirational manner using imagery and actors that are everything a consumer wants to be but can't because they aren't rich enough, beautiful enough, skinny enough, own a fancy enough car, have big enough breasts or a six pack that puts Calvin Klein models to shame.

Which is why we love this new Southern Comfort work from Wieden + Kennedy New York. Called Whatever's Comfortable, it's a celebration of just that. No pretense here at all. Just a not so perfect looking guy walking down the beach with all the calm collected coolness that only...ahem...comfort with one's own body can bring.

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 2-12    
Topic: Agencies, Brands



New Hooters Campaign Focuses on Food. Wait, What?

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As part of a five year plan to revitalize the brand, Hooters has launched a new campaign designed to appeal to a broader and younger audience that includes women. While the brand's CMO, Dave Henninger promises the tight tops and orange shorts are here to stay, the new campaign will focus on new menu items and new locations.

The campaign, created by Fitzgerald & Co., will, in addition to the television spots, include radio, billboards and social media.

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 1-12    
Topic: Brands










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