EXtraordinary Brings Smooth Operation to Infiniti EX


To compel drivers to make the "personal luxury crossover," Infiniti (or rather, TBWA\Chiat\Day) surprises us with EXtraordinary, a campaign for the EX that's all smooth pacing and cool grace. (We're now about 50 percent convinced the EX has those characteristics too.)

EXtraordinary does a good job of showcasing the finer elements of what we'd otherwise frown and dub a funky-shaped car. See 'Terrace' (pour homme) and 'Welcome' (pour femme).

Nice touch with the cello.

by Angela Natividad    Feb-19-08    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Good, Television

Denver Cooks Omelet, Absolut Succeeds, CMO Ambushes


- StrawberryFrog, The Wexley School for Girls, The Barbarian Group. Now we can add Omelet to the list of oddly named advertising companies.

- Hmm. It seems dumping its iconic bottle campaign was the right thing to do for Absolut which, last year, saw sales hit five millions cases, its highest ever.

- Rather than "Get some NYC Condom," Copyranter thinks New York's Department of Health condom campaign should, perhaps, read, "Get some wet, tight waxed pussy."

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by Steve Hall    Feb-19-08    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Worst

Joss Tastes the Flake, Goes into Ecstasies, for Cadbury


For the record, we've never felt a compulsion to watch Joss Stone wrap her lips around a chocolate shaft. But don't mind us, Cadbury (you saucy chocolate peddlers, you!). We just work here.

This ad for Cadbury's Flake is part of an effort to "reference the old adverts but bring a new feel to them," said a company rep to The Sunday Mirror.

The "feel" we got hovers somewhere between a puberty reel and a '50s girl gang smut film.

Sound of Color Gives Us Good Vibrations


Last Friday Gap launched its Sound of Color effort by Rehab. It's pretty neat. Mouse over a color spectrum to watch a music video about a certain shade.

The videos aren't all commercial color-overload like we thought; it's all pretty true-to-feel. The Blakes' blue was mellow; the Raveonettes give us a stark black and white.

You can learn about the artists, get information about the theme swatch, watch interviews and makings-of, and -- most importantly -- download songs free.

Check out the Sound of Color website. We guarantee some close-to-valuable time-wastage. If anybody has photos of how Gap is promoting it in stores or elsewhere, send 'em over.

by Angela Natividad    Feb-19-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online, Promotions

Holiday Inn Celebrates the Goofiness of Its Guests


Hmm. On the one hand, it makes perfect sense for a brand's ad campaign to mirror the essence of the brand. On the other hand, if you're Holiday Inn, you might want to shoot a bit higher. Alas, Holiday Inn chose to properly reflect the douchenozzles (thanks, George) who frequent the place.

In these four spots (1, 2, 3, 4) from Fallon, the agency followed research which found almost half of all business travelers say they've been "picked up or hit on" in the morning. And, 14 percent of those went on to form romantic relationships. In the commercials, we see a group of business people eating breakfast at a Holiday Inn buffet. Stupid jokes and awkward buffoonery ensue. And the announcer dares to close each spot by saying "check out the new hot bar in town." Really.

by Steve Hall    Feb-19-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Creative Commentary

Bennigan's Wants You to Release Your 'Inner Leprechaun


Inner Leprechaun? Inner Leprechaun? WTF? Inner Leprechaun? Seriously. OK, it's a little funny but Inner Leprechaun? Well, apparently Bennigan's, a chain of Irish-themed restaurants living in the shadow of Friday's, think people need to get the inner leprechaun on, forget about those healthy blender drinks and rush out to one of the chain's establishment for a nice high calorie, fat-filled meal.

Anyway, the ad points to a site on which you can create Lepregrams (which AdFreak's David Gianatasio thinks sounds too much like the not so warm and cuddly word "lepergram"). little leprechaun-themed messages you can send to your friend. There's other goodies to play with too but Inner Leprechaun?

by Steve Hall    Feb-19-08    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Commercials, Social, Strange

Study Finds Mac Users Self-Centered, Validation-Needy, Etc.


"Are you self-centered, arrogant or conceited? Do you have a strong need for recognition? You must have a Mac, according to new research."

The above video says people with an open personality (eh?) are 60 percent more likely to own a Mac.

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by Angela Natividad    Feb-18-08    
Topic: Brands, Trends and Culture, Video

By Gad -- It's a Chocolate Carseat!


YES Essentials carseats are impervious to a fondue bath.

Compelling. But will they stand the test of DIP?

by Angela Natividad    Feb-17-08    
Topic: Brands, Online, Video

Sylvain Chomet Whips Pen Out for Discount Tire Spot


DDB and Th1ng ("Thing One" -- yeah, that was an intelligent brand move) just put together this spot for Kwik-Fit. In it, people do a conga line when Kwik-Fit announces 25 percent off for four Goodyear or Dunlop tires.

The spot was illustrated by caricaturist and Oscar nominee Sylvain Chomet. Stateside, he is probably best-known for this.

We really hope Chomet wasn't contracted for just one price-slashing ad. It would be neat to watch more Kwik-Fit spots with this warm peculiar feel (as opposed to more cold, fatal discounts).

by Angela Natividad    Feb-15-08    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Good

Converse and Dr. J? No Way. (Okay, YES Way.)


For some brands, deep association with a celebrity isn't enough. Air Jordans and Jordan, and Simmons and Phat Farm, only come around once in a ... whenever.

Watch closely while Converse tries hard to invite a comparison between itself and Dr. J. (The firm responsible: Anomaly.) At best, you'll wish out loud for a return to the glory days of b-ball. At worst, you'll feel a little fragmented.

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by Angela Natividad    Feb-15-08    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Celebrity, Online, Video

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