Hyundai to Give Away Four Elantras in Competition


In early March, Hyundai began accepting applications for its Mash and Seek Challenge, a game somewhat similar to a game developed for Budget car rental, which will, on April 30, place 16 finalists in teams of four with a single photograph mashed up with the faces of the team members. The first team to find another will win four 200y Hyundai Elantras. Quizes will be administered every two weeks and those that answer correctly will be given clues to the location of other teams. Check it all out here.

by Steve Hall    Mar-28-07    
Topic: Brands, Online, Promotions, Social

Post-It Gives More Reasons to Stare at Boobies


Coolz0r draws our attention to this Post-It ad that reminds us a lot of this ad here. Ironically, it might lend the leery a bigger excuse for staring down yonder instead of encouraging them to aim for eye level. We know we were staring, but that was exclusively for research purposes.

The ad is running in South Africa and was made by The Jupiter Drawing Room.

by Angela Natividad    Mar-27-07    
Topic: Brands, Good, Magazine

Old KFC Ad is Gross in Current Context


This 2005 ad, in which some call center members sing to one another with their mouths full of KFC, would probably have been more appetizing were it not for this.

Oh, ick. By Bartle Bogle Hegarty in 2005 for Kentucky Fried Chicken, the British made a record number of complaints about the spot, according to AdFreak. It would be hard to molest our own sense of propriety but the recent rat scandal pushed the envelope just enough for us to understand how they must have felt.

by Angela Natividad    Mar-26-07    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Television

Apple TV - H8xOred!


Apparently the Apple TV nervous system isn't as resilient as their computers. Post first day of shipping, ZDNet spills the beans:

Non-Apple TV owners can enjoy the out of box experience by viewing the opening video which one crafty person ripped from the hard drive and posted in all of it's 720p glory. You can also download the Quartz Composer Screen Saver and the Now Playing Screen. And if you're truly hard-core you can download the entire Apple TV OS, and (conceivably) install it on another Mac.

And apparently that was just the easy stuff.

First generation Apple TV = FTL. Here's to hoping the almighty iPhone fares better.

by Angela Natividad    Mar-26-07    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Television

Kleenex Let it Out Campaign Gets Hosed by Greenpeace


Over the weekend in Times Square, the Kleenex Let It Out campaign in which people let their emotions out while Kleenex films them was infiltrated by Greenpeace which is irked Kleenex manufacturer Kimberly-Clark uses "ancient growth" forests in their tissue products. Greenpeace activists, posing as distraught individuals complained about Kimberly-Clark's apparent deforestation tactics while Kleenex PR people had nothing much to do except let it happen, even when some activists unfurled a banner for Kleercut, Greenpeace's tree hugger effort.

It's classic surprise marketing at its finest. After all, what could Kleenex people do? The entire promotion is all about providing people a platform to air their grievances. If you are concerned about a company's supposed less-that-nice use of foresting techniques tan what better place to air the grievances that on a couch to an understanding listener. Or at least one that's supposed to be understanding.

by Steve Hall    Mar-26-07    
Topic: Brands, Good, Guerilla

Somehow Buffalo and Beaver Sells Rental Cars


We are at a loss at coming up with an explanation as to what a beaver and a buffalo have to do with highlighting Alamo rental's new kiosks other than for pure "odd factor." In two Fallon-created, Moo-produced commercials, the two animals get all buddy-buddy-like with the beaver taking on the smart guy role and the buffalo the doofus role all to explain why Alamo's kiosks aren't being used as much as they should. See the spots here and here and tell us if we're right or full of...excrement.

by Steve Hall    Mar-26-07    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Strange

Julie Roehm Drama Makes Great Wal-Mart Ad


Here's what a Wal-Mart ad would look like if it were to encompass all the Julie Roehm/Sean Womack drama which culminated last week during the endless legal wranglings that have transpired since Roehn was fired from Wal-Mart and it was revealed she was having an affair of sorts with Womack. It comes courtesy of the New York Post which published a column on the matter today.

Oh, and about that morning at Starbucks in their pajamas, check this.

by Steve Hall    Mar-25-07    
Topic: Brands

Harlequin Hunts Down Real Men for Post SatC Generation


Because bodice-ripping is so last-century, Harlequin struggles to make the grade as the ages of readers increase slowly.

In addition to reworking the hot-sex-for-lonely-girls formula for today's woman under Red Dress, they're also trying to reinterpret the face of today's man candy, launching another cattle call in desperate pursuit of a man who's neither Fabio nor gangly model.

But what do you feed a woman all hopped up on Sex and the City steroids? A dumb but loyal cook? A mascara-sporting emo rocker? A Silicon Valley hipster? A vegan cowboy?

by Angela Natividad    Mar-24-07    
Topic: Brands, Online, Publishing

Crispin Porter + Bogusky Resigns Miller Over 'Fundamental Differences'


Oops. That didn't go so well. Sometimes the hottest shop just isn't the best shop. After just over a year, Miller Brewing and Crispin Porter + Bogusky have parted ways with CP+B resigning the account.

Crispin Chief Creative Officer told Advertising Age the two made every effort to make the relationship work but split because of "fundamental differences over creative and strategy." Miller isn't talking.

Maybe it's time for the beer babes to return. Those two fat dudes were definitely no fun to watch.

by Steve Hall    Mar-22-07    
Topic: Agencies, Brands

Paul McCartney is Really Into Starbucks


In a surprise move, Paul McCartney unveils his status as premier artist on Starbucks' label Hear Music with the release of his current album under the Starbucks banner. This move marks his surprising departure from Capitol Records after 43 years.

We've been huge Starbucks fans since the early 90's. With the prominent inclusion of a Beatle on their roster, our Starbucks visits will take on the sensory experience of a menage a trois. We have chills just thinking about it.

Howard Schultz feels similar if Advertising Age is any indication. "How could a coffee company sign a Beatle?" he allegedly asked in awe. Frothy as usual, McCartney appeared before the Starbucks corporate team and wished love and kisses to everyone present, then cheerfully admonished that they all get to work: "I look forward to with all of you guys and reaching people around the world in a new way, and let's get on with it, man!"

by Angela Natividad    Mar-22-07    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity, Sponsorship

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