Imported Oranges Not Good to Eat But Good For Ear Muffs, Knee Pads


Now here's a campaign that knows how to have fun. There's not many products you can slam while at the same time touting them as superior but that's what Florida's Natural is doing with its Orange Diaries. On a blog and in videos farmers Dave and Gus find all sorts of uses for imported (read, bad) oranges from using them as knee pads, ear muffs, pencil holders and a yo-yo. Simple. Amusing. Different.

by Steve Hall    Nov-13-07    
Topic: Brands, Good, Video, Weblogs

In the Year 2033, Svedka Vodka Will Make You a Monster!


We continue to feel confused about Svedka Vodka's interpretations of the future. But confusion from arm's length is way better than getting dragged headlong into Svedka's Fem-bot world, which is exactly they're trying to do with Find Your Future You, a bewildering new marketing effort.

Grow Interactive, the interactive agency that put the site together, said we can upload our pictures and find out what we'll look like in the future. Our future selves can also send us witty text messages lending insight on what all's going down beyond the realms of trackable time.

Messages include the following example: "Hey It's Gender Bender You, mostly we date republican senators and televangelists now."

WTF, Svedka?

Anyway, we were having a little trouble finding pictures that matched the criteria for the site so we have no examples to show you. But the agency guy did send us this future-shot of a person called Chrystal.

by Angela Natividad    Nov-13-07    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online, Strange

Another Attempt to Set Microsoft Straight, Courtesy of Ideas on Ideas


Eric over at Ideas on Ideas wrote a detailed post about how Microsoft could reposition itself to appear less stodgy and scary for the consumers of tomorrow -- er, today. (Or yesterday?)

A few key points include positioning around power, cutting the crap and embracing the consumer, which are everyday proverbs we should all know by heart at this point.

The piece also includes some notes for Steve Ballmer.

Here's our advice: stop scaring us, Ballmer! This is the kind of crap that lost Howard Dean his bid for president.

Also, maybe Microsoft could learn a little about loosening up by examining its fan spoofs.

by Angela Natividad    Nov-12-07    
Topic: Brands, Opinion

Sprint Goes Splitsy in Multi-Tasky 'More Yous' Spot


Maybe sensing that Mini Me appealed to a quiet universal longing, Goodby, Silverstein & Partners put together a Sprint effort called More Yous.

The ad is meant to drive multi-taskers into the arms of the speedy Palm Centro but it feels a little like a Doublemint Gum spot from hell.

See it at AdWeek.

by Angela Natividad    Nov-12-07    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Strange, Television

Kajeet Launches Malfunctioning Pets Mystery to Get Text-Happy Kids on the Hook


For its client Kajeet, Philly-based Red Tettemer launched an 8-part webisode campaign called The Mysterious Mystery of the Malfunctioning Pets. One episode will be unveiled every week on Dudeworld.

Kajeet provides pay-as-you-go cell phone service for kids. Participating tweens will be able to help decide the ending.

A few seconds into the first episode we heard this high-pitched scream, the likes of which we haven't experienced since Sailor Moon.

After you cross the threshold of age 13, you just can't process that kind of sound anymore. Some small part of us died.

Anyway, the episode was cute. If our pets malfunctioned, we'd probably just sell them.

by Angela Natividad    Nov- 5-07    
Topic: Brands, Online, Promotions, Video

Wal-Mart Offers Money-Saving Advice in Julie Roehm Spoof Ad


Odd that it took so long but here's a spoof ad centered on the whole Wal-mart/Julie Roehm thing that touts the chains unbeatable prices and...uh...unbeatable lawyers. Not much else to say other than don't fuck your co-workers and file a lawsuit while employed at Wal-Mart. The outcome will not be pleasant.

by Steve Hall    Nov- 4-07    
Topic: Brands, Good, Policy, Spoofs

LeBron in Grayscale Reads Like Makings of a Legend


Alongside agency Wieden + Kennedy, Nike put together this two-part print campaign featuring LeBron James. Part I is at left; Part II is right here.

Ahh. Nike is never too pushy. In this spread you've got all the force and drama of a Jay-Z song, except the neighbors won't complain.

by Angela Natividad    Nov- 2-07    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity, Good, Magazine, Sponsorship

'Don't Be Evil' -- It's a Statement, Not a Lifestyle!


With the reported launch of OpenSocial, which enables developers to build apps for a multiplicity of social networks and not just one -- including a Google social network that spreads its net over its other properties -- Google has enlisted MySpace as a partner.

And that's just the headliner. Others include, Friendster, hi5, Hyves, imeem, LinkedIn, Ning, Oracle, orkut, Plaxo,, Six Apart, Tianji, Viadeo, and XING as founding partners in OpenSocial.

According to Fortune, Facebook was pointedly not invited to the knitting circle. "Despite reports, Facebook has still not been briefed on OpenSocial," said (obviously butthurt) spokesperson Brandee Barker.

There may be just cause. John Battelle says Facebook's coming out with an AdWords killer next week.

The plot thickens.

If you don't know your place, the Queen Bee will find you. And kill you. < / maniacal laughter >

by Angela Natividad    Nov- 2-07    
Topic: Brands, Online, Trends and Culture

Google Adds Big Boy MySpace to OpenSocial Adopters


Once upon a time there was a social networking site called MySpace. Everyone was on it. Everyone loved it. It was the place to be. Then came the pedophiles. Then came the spam. Then came News Corp. Then came Facebook.

Oh, who are we kidding? It's still the largest social networking site in the world. It's just lost a bit of its shininess since Facebook took the spotlight. Well, MySpace isn't fooling around and has hooked up with Google as a premiere supporter of Google's recently announced OpenSocial development platform. OpenSocial hopes to bring some standards to social network development with its open API.

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by Steve Hall    Nov- 2-07    
Topic: Brands, Social, Tools

Pennzoil Goes Vintage to Seduce SEMA Show-Goers


This gritty new campaign for Pennzoil was put together by TBWA\Chiat\Day and will appear at the SEMA trade show in Las Vegas.

The posters were printed on vintage paper to illuminate Pennzoil's old-school heritage and longtime association with NASCAR. They'll also serve double-time as prizes -- enthusiasts at SEMA will be taking copies home.

Maybe Pennzoil ads are the Leonetto Cappiellos of tomorrow. It's not like valorizing an oil firm is less banal than producing pretty posters for liquor.

The Talladega print is at left; see Indianapolis and Darlington.

We like. Then again, old-looking stuff always feels more substantial, doesn't it?

by Angela Natividad    Nov- 1-07    
Topic: Brands, Good, Poster, Promotions

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