Like a Buzz Saw, Newcastle Takes the Edge Off


vitro robertson recently launched this bus shelter campaign for Newcastle. In each poster, a glass of Newcastle beer is set alongside something prickly, like a blowfish or a cactus. The part nearest to the beer is jarringly barb-free.

"Smooth like no other," the ads read.

Weird. But you know what would be neat? If the ads were tactile, maybe in a magazine or something. They could be like scratch-and-sniffs, except for your fingers.

by Angela Natividad    Apr-11-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Outdoor, Poster

Those WWJD Bracelets? Way Past Their Prime. It's iPope Time


If you've ever wondered what's on the Pope's iPod or how best to share your love of Christ with swag, now you can find out.

There is a blog dedicated entirely to the Pope. And it is called -- wait for it! -- Benedictions. And it's slathered with Roman Catholic must-haves and lots and lots of ads for Pope-related books and speaking engagements.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr-11-08    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity, Online, Promotions, Strange

Geeks Banged, Phones Found, Foucan Leaps, Meth Murders


- Here's a trailer for The Big Bang Theory, a comedy of geek/glam stereotypes that will probably last all of two seasons. And the saddest part is, I'll probably watch it at some point. It returns April 14 on CBS.

- This stunt by agency New Message for The Phone, a Dutch show where a randomly-placed phone surprises whomever picks it up with a chance to win 25,000 Euros, was called "HILARISCH!" by one a YouTube fan. I didn't find it that funny, but I like that there are people somewhere in the world shouting "HILARISCH!", possibly even as I write this out.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr-11-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Cause, Commercials, Guerilla, Television, Video

So, How Intensely Talented is Your Mouth?


Because Colgate wants to know. o_O Catch the cattle call for "intensely talented mouths" all over MySpace today.

And speaking of mouths with intense talent, get a load of the nipple-tasting action on the lower right-hand side of the page.

All that dirty context doesn't really leave us with that fresh clean feeling. Exactly what kind of submissions do you want, Colgate?

by Angela Natividad    Apr-10-08    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Campaigns, Online

Teens Speak, Coke Fashions, McDonald's Mobilizes


- Scarborough Research is expanding its consumer and media research services to include custom studies for youth and teen markets via a new Internet panel.

- If this catches on, you might be wearing that plastic Coke bottle you tossed in the trash a few months back.

- Seems like a lot of work but McDonald's has hooked up with Cellfire to offer mobile coupons.

- The is good news. BMW signed on as the exclusive premier sponsor of AMC's Mad Men when season two debuts this summer.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-10-08    
Topic: Brands, Mobile/Wireless, Research

News Corp. and AOL Pick Sides in MicroHoo Drama


Big day for Yahoo yesterday. In addition to tentatively agreeing to serve Google ads on its search pages, Yahoo's apparently in talks with Time Warner to fold AOL into itself, in exchange for 20 percent ownership. Time Warner will pay in cash.

Microsoft, always one to take a crappy bluff, is now in talks with News Corp. to lob a joint bid at the company anyway.

Good life lesson here: if you can't pick just one, take the whole plate.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr-10-08    
Topic: Brands, Online, Strange, Trends and Culture

Feed Company Drops Stats on Zune 'Masks' Effort


Hey, remember that Zune Masks spot? Feed Company, which seeded it on YouTube and elsewhere, sent us metrics on how well it fared.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr- 9-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Research, Trends and Culture, Video, Viral

Meet Pike Place, the Ghost of Starbucks Past


On Tuesday Starbucks debuted the fresh-brewed Pike Place Roast, named after the street where, in 1971, the first Starbucks was born.

Print ads by Wieden+Kennedy ran in newspapers in most major cities. The bright colours and simple messages coax people to associate Pike Place with everyday workingman coffee (at $2 for a grande? Come ON). Creative concludes with the statement, "37 years in the making." So I guess this is the trump card.

And the trump card feels very Dunkin'.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr- 9-08    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Newspaper, Promotions

Yahoo Taps Google, Webby Would-Bes Go Live, BMW Gets Tagged, and the Most Beautiful Marker We've Ever Seen


- YAHOO'S PARTNERING WITH GOOGLE FOR SEARCH ADS OMG. Whew. Glad that's out of the way.

- Here is the Webby Awards list of nominees.

- Barkley's Bad Gift Emporium, which makes e-cards like the treasury of memorable Hillary expressions at left, was nominated for a Weird Webby. It's weird and all, but can it beat Cute Overload? (See reclining pug and potent pandas.) Vote here.

- Tag a BMW on Facebook.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr- 9-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Games, Online, Video

Never Trust a Stranger, Especially the Kind with Long Black Mandibles


Roaches and termites aren't just pesky. They're sly. And malevolent. And they'll take any opportunity they get to sneak inside your house.

Even deliver you pizza. Or ask to use the phone.

That's why there's the Orkin Man, who isn't so much an exterminator as he is a khaki-clad cowboy who happens to know a lot about bugs.

The spots were put together by The Richards Group in Dallas. We find them feel-goodish and funny.

by Angela Natividad    Apr- 8-08    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Good, Television

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