Red Bull Makes Cola with All-Natural Ingredients

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Hrm. While colas try brewing competitive energy drinks, Red Bull -- arguably the best-known of them all -- has decided to launch its own soda. We give you Red Bull simply Cola.

No word on when it's appearing in the States, but it's au naturel, with 23 unmolested ingredients and slightly more caffeine than most sodas.

To promote simply Cola, Red Bull is distributing leaflets that serve two purposes:


  • Highlighting the drink's ingredient list (none of which is the taurine that made them famous. Although there's mustard seeds and cardamom for kick)

  • Justifying its entry into the market. Because this isn't just any cola. It's special cola: strong and natural (says them, not us)

Well, hell. We'd drink it.

by Angela Natividad    Mar-25-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Packaging, Promotions



Don't Leave Home without the Precious!

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Have you ever been to Build-a-Bear? You know how the employees give you a little heart pillow to wish on and put inside your bear, right before it's sewn up?

Graft that process onto your daily run. Put a piece of Nike in your shoe.

We didn't really get this ad so we read the pressie for clarification. This is what it says.

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by Angela Natividad    Mar-25-08    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Packaging, Television



Because You Know You Have One.

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Wired wants your best Star Wars tribute photos. Contrary to what you might think, this isn't because George Lucas needs more love. (We've heard that when your net worth is cushioned with many zeroes, life can be quite cozy.) This is actually in honor of Fanboys, an Ernie Cline homage to Star Wars fandom.

Why doesn't anybody ever ask for our Spice Girls tribute photos? We have big shoes! Dolls! Slutty skirts! Dresses made out of the Union Jack! Unsavory images of ourselves in pout-mode! Come ON, guys.

by Angela Natividad    Mar-25-08    
Topic: Brands, Consumer Created, Online, Promotions



Rape is Funny When It's Happening to Hot Dogs ... Right?

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... in the world according to Wienerschnitzel. (Push play on the right-hand side.)

Well, maybe the vibe is less like rape and more like cannibalism. Either way, it's malicious and creepy.

To demonstrate the irresistibility of its wieners, Wienerschnitzel's running an ad where a talking hot dog tries convincing Eskimos to move beyond an all-blubber diet. Horrors ensue when they look to him for comfort.

Neither funny nor appetizing.

by Angela Natividad    Mar-25-08    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Commercials, Television



Chrysler Weds Political Correctness With Web 2.0, Renames Focus Group

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We just love how the same old thing gets a new name every few years. Retard? Mentally Impaired. Handicapped? Physically Challenged. Midget? Little Person. Indian? Native American. Oriental? Asian. Stewardess? Flight Attendant. Waiter/Waitress? Food Server. Mankind? Humankind. Mailman? Letter Carrier. Unemployed? Job Seeker. Boob flash? Wardrobe Malfunction. Genocide? Ethnic Cleansing. Garbage Man? Sanitary Engineer.

And now. Focus Group? On-Demand Customer Collaboration. Well that's a fucking mouthful but that's what Chrysler's labeled its foray into web 2.0-enabled conversational goodness with the launch of ChryslerListens. Yup, Chrysler now gives a shit what its customers and potential customers think.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-25-08    
Topic: Brands, Research, Trends and Culture



Under Armour Goes Pink, Allegedly for Breast Cancer, But Really for the XX Vote

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Under Armour is looking for three women to become the faces of its 2008 Power in Pink effort. In addition to using their faces to inspire others, Under Armour will also share their stories of courage and survival from breast cancer.

The winners get an all-expense paid trip to Baltimore -- no, not the Bahamas, Baltimore -- where, when not dodging bullets, they'll be photographed and interviewed.

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



Coke Brings Out Your Inner Egalitarian ... and If We Were You, We'd Stuff it Back In

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The ads are French and they debut on the 26th of this month.

The tagline: "Avec Coca-Cola, on parle tous football," which translates to something like "With Coca-Cola, everyone speaks football," which is a roundabout way of saying Coca-Cola makes football buddies of unlikely pairs.

That's sweet and all. But we wouldn't embrace a brain-eating dead guy, or a head-smashing toy, or a displaced octopus for any refreshing beverage. If that's prejudice then we are guilty as charged, and happy to be thirsty.

by Angela Natividad    Mar-24-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Strange, Television



Aww, Don't Cry. You're Murdering Trees.

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Greenpeace has built a spoof site to take on Kleenex, which, since hankies went out of mode, dominates the wipe-your-eyes and blow-your-nose market.

The "Kleer-cut" site is a barbed duplicate of Kleenex's current "Let it Out" campaign, which encourages people to hit soggy emotional highs and head for the nearest floral tissue box. "Tell calm, cool and collected to TAKE A HIKE," it coaxes. "It's time to LAUGH until you CRY. SCREAM until you spit. Show your heart and show some tears."

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by Angela Natividad    Mar-21-08    
Topic: Brands, Cause, Good, Online, Spoofs



'Bold Moves' Bullshit Begets "Ford. Drive One."

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If there was ever a tagline shift from the nebulously ethereal do the blunt, "buy our shit now," it would be this new tagline from Ford, "Ford. Drive One." Is it possible a marketer has finally realized the purpose of advertising is to get people to buy stuff? Sadly, no. The new tagline was developed in meeting with car dealers who don't give a crap about how Cannes-worthy an ad is as long as it gets people into the dealership and cars off the lot. Who knew a great tagline could come from car dealers, purveyors of fine communication such as this disaster.

Ford CEO Alan Mulally put Group VP of Marketing Jim Farley, recently scooped from Toyota, on the job last fall and we're thinking the first stipulation he added to his employment contract was the ability to dump the "Bold Moves" tagline.

Of course, time will tell whether or not what appears to be a good tagline actually becomes one. If not, they can Farley could always go a bit further and institute "Ford. Buy One."

by Steve Hall    Mar-21-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Good, Opinion



Love? THAT'S Your Big Solution?!

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"Jump," featuring the furry friendly Gaspar, is an attempt by Dentsu Canada to push Vespa out of the "pseudo-bike" realm and into ... well ... hrm.

Come on, Dentsu. Can't you make Vespa sexy without inviting a comparison to Blades of Glory? Oh, and the whole "Vespa: Built for love!" thing doesn't make it any easier for Vespa owners to scoot proudly down the driveway with their chins up. Well, unless they're in Europe.

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by Angela Natividad    Mar-21-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Television










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