Ask.com to Explore its Feminine Side

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Probably because it fears death by Google almost as much as it fears sexual ambiguity, Ask.com has decided to stop competing for all-purpose search engine renown.

Instead it hopes to become the go-to source for married women seeking health, grade school homework tips, entertainment, recipe and hobby information.

It is also laying off about 40 people.

Maybe if it wasted less time trying to engage us in expensive guessing games it would've had a better fighting chance. Oh well, such is life in the tubes.

by Angela Natividad    Mar- 6-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online



Pizza Hut UK, Wieden + Kennedy Finish Eating Pizza Together

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After three years and in advance of a relaunch at the end of this year, Pizza Hut UK and Wieden + Kennedy have left the dinner table mutually. The review for a new agency will be handled by the pizza chain itself and both side have nothing but praise to heap on one another concerning their three year meal together. Of course, that's expected because, ya know, not everyone has balls like Peter Krikovich.

by Steve Hall    Mar- 6-08    
Topic: Agencies, Brands



Volvo Goes Webisode Way, and ... Ew.

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Make the Logo Bigger just introduced us to Mr. Robinson's Driving School, an online webisode campaign for Volvo that somehow bombs harder (and more expensively?) than when Tide did it.

We would rather watch Charlie Bit Me! 9.8 million times than sit through this working class wannabe-Isaac-Hayes crap even once.

by Angela Natividad    Mar- 5-08    
Topic: Best, Brands, Online, Video



Toyota Highlights, ACDelco Moves, Airborne Pays, Facebook Poked

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- This Canadian spot for Toyota's Matrix has fun envisioning a day full of potential as highlighted by the vehicle's headlights.

- While this happened back in late January, we thought we'd share the news that as part of an agency consolidation, GM has opted to move its ACDelco account, with Campbell-Ewald since 1917, to Publicis Groupe on May 1.

- Facebook gets poked! Right. Facebook backlash YouTube-style.

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by Steve Hall    Mar- 5-08    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Commercials, Policy, Social, Spoofs, Video



Ford F-150 Comes to Life on Gritty Streets of New England

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Watch closely as a Ford F-150 is harnessed into living form by the mercurial fluid of the cold, hard streets. Kind of like Alex Mack.

We like the introductory bad-ass voice that growls, "It caaaame ... from the streets of New England." We're trying to think of other bad-ass things that caaaame from New England. So far all we've got are self-entitled Ivy League cowboys, and maybe Queen Noor.

Oh yeah, and wooly mammoths.

The ad was produced by Arf for TeamDetroit-JWT. Looking for your own breed of truck love? Check out TruckMatch.

by Angela Natividad    Mar- 4-08    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Television



Lightning Bolt Terrorizes, Body Spray Saves the Day

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Check out this crazy Dove viral based on Japanese puppet theatre. It reminded us of that scene in Funny Face where Audrey dons black garb and does interpretive dance at the existentialist bar. Except imagine the protagonist is Ugly Betty, and body odor -- not materialism -- is the source of the world's problems.

Put together by Ogilvy Brazil for Dove Invisible Dry.

by Angela Natividad    Mar- 4-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online, Strange, Video, Viral



Frickin' Chicken Weirdos Says America Condones Sodomy

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No doubt, you've heard all about Sheetz's Frickin Chicken billboard drama, but FoxNews and the rest all seem to have overlooked the fact that the couple making the complaint also protested the opening of the Civil War Museum with a banner reading "Proof America Condones Sodomy" during a ceremony to honor fallen soldiers. Huh? Seriously.

And, as Words and Pictures points out, the entire world seems to have given Michael and Sheri Sucec the power to incite an overblown news cycle and to cause Sheetz to issue an apology for their witty wordism.

Where were these two when Crispin Porter + Bogusky gave us Big Bucking Chicken?

by Steve Hall    Mar- 4-08    
Topic: Brands, Strange



Honda Fit Sponsors Evite Party Personalities

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Honda Fit is sponsoring Evite's new Party Personalities, a section which allows people to create custom user profiles to make their Evites more customized with party avatars to match either their personality or the theme of the created party invitation.Oddcast's Voki powers the feature which also allows for the inclusion of voice messages within an invitation.

Come on send us one. Even a fake one.

by Steve Hall    Mar- 4-08    
Topic: Brands, Online, Sponsorship



Funny How Different Things Look When It's that Time of Month

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Always is running this campaign where it's printing feel-good phrases like "Have a happy period" over the wax paper on maxi pads. We didn't think much about it until we saw this letter, allegedly written to P&G by a woman gone totally apeshit over it. Her first thought upon tearing open a new pad and seeing "Have a happy period" was "Are you fucking kidding me?"

A really sunny excerpt:

FYI, unless you're some kind of sick S&M freak girl, there will never be anything "happy" about a day in which you have to jack yourself up on Motrin and Kahlua and lock yourself in your house just so you don't march down to the local Walgreen's armed with a hunting rifle and a sketchy plan to end your life in a blaze of glory.

We giggled about it.

And then it happened.

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by Angela Natividad    Mar- 3-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Opinion, Strange, Trends and Culture



Royal Enfield Brings the 'Tripper' Out in Everybody

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We just got a ton of creative from a new Royal Enfield campaign in Delhi. It's called "Trip" -- not to be confused with what happens when you ingest too many of the wrong kind of mushrooms.

Pretty standard profile-of-a-user stuff. Each one has a picture of a dude, his name and his motorcycle, followed by a brief timeline of "whoa!" and "damn!" activities. Each timeline ends with "Tripping ever since," which refers to when they started riding Royal Enfields.

Profile campaigns are sort of like the Zodiac. If you add enough variation and disseminate the ads across enough media, you're bound to trigger an irrational "Hey, that's TOTALLY ME!" in anybody curious enough to linger on the copy.

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by Angela Natividad    Mar- 3-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Magazine, Poster










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