Gold's Gym Drops Barbell, Picks Up Yoga Brick


Apparently the Mr. Universe days are over. Gold's Gym, one of his last strongholds, has finally decided to divorce the oil-slicked rock-hard prototype patron of their long heritage to draw yoga mamas and mellow boomers into the building.

With that in mind, Gold's is scrambling to make their $30 million ad budget and 40+ years of illustrious history count for the new crowd, who look at it as a nostalgic symbol of times past. Advertising Age has a spot from their new campaign. It's got an aggressive Gold's feel to it but the imagery is more typical of what you'd find at Bally's or 24 Hour Fitness. The spot isn't particularly thrilling and we worry they're wasting some serious brand equity by being too self-conscious about the competition.

You know what would be really awesome? Starting a Gold's-sponsored Arnold Fitness Challenge, where Arnold Schwarzenegger is whipped back into shape by the frothy little yoga mamas Gold's is trying to hard to court. We'd pay to see that. Well, probably not. But we might at least turn the TV on. Come on, Gold's. Don't be such chickenshits.

by Angela Natividad    Mar-20-07    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns

Nike Revives Rakim with Force Montage


Nike is less shoe purveyor than societal tastemaker. With symphonic float like a butterfly, sting like a bee undercurrents, their marketing work consistently defines our image of victory and strength-oriented aesthetics. They even turn breathing into athletic art.

Nike's especially good at throwbacks and mash-ups. We're old-school Rakim fans so we're pretty taken with this web-only spot for Nike Force, entitled Force Heritage.

The lovechild of R/GA and Stardust Studios, the spot showcases 25 years of Nike Force ad history with a Rakim-laced custom track from creative director Alex Moulton and composer Mike "G:Neu" Genato of Expansion Team.

It takes a special kind of touch to make Air Forces appealing; we were never fans of the shoe. But it has lent itself to a lot of evolution and playful cultural design. We kind of wish the spot played more with that than with the usual sweaty basketball player mishmash.

Nonetheless, the spot's delicious. Look at us, look at us, we're gushing like head-bopping break-dancing groupies back in grade school. We'd act on the feeling except at this point in our lives we'd probably break our tailbones. Better to just bob.

by Angela Natividad    Mar-16-07    
Topic: Brands, Good, Online

Nike Reviews, Miracles Whips, Viacom Sues, Nick Marches


- MTV has added a user-generated category to its Movie Awards.

-Nike is opening an agency review with its U.S. business, currently handled by Wieden + Kennedy, getting first look.

- After many years with JWT, Kraft's Miracle Whip is heading over to DDB.

Mark Cuban must be laughing his ass off now as Viacom, following unproductive settlement talks, sues Google and YouTube for $1 billion in damages.

- If your into the whole March Madness thing, Coke has a nice Brack-O-Matic site that makes picking teams easy.

- Nickelodeon UK has launched Musical March, a site where kids can create their own musical videos and upload them to the site. The best videos will air on Nick JR Video.

by Steve Hall    Mar-13-07    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Cable, Online, Video

Leaked: SC Johnson to Introduce New Ziploc Product


Not that anyone cares about the latest and greatest plastic wrap - except, of course for freakish fetishists - but an attendee at a recent focus group at which product names were explored for a new Ziploc product leaked a few of the considered names to Copyranter. As usual, they are all meaningless using stupid additive names like Duron, Fortex, DuraMax, Freshlastic, Durapreme, Reliashield which convey absolutely nothing about the product which is, supposedly, just a better, more sticky plastic wrap.

by Steve Hall    Mar-13-07    
Topic: Bad, Brands

Budwieser Beach Bitch Berates Agent, Gets Wish


This made us laugh. Not quite so annoying as the fast talking T-Mobile Cheerleader - who was actually more endearingly cute than bothersome - comes this beach bitch who, while berating her agent on the phone, trips over a bottle which releases a genie who grants her three wishes. While the genie isn't sure he can grant the woman's first two witches, the third one's easy.

The Budweiser spot, which broke March 1, was created by DDB Chicago and produced by anonymous content.

by Steve Hall    Mar-12-07    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Good

Singapore Airlines Opens Review, Singapore Girl Takes Back Seat


As a marketer, what do you do when your brand icon has been known the world over for 35 years? You open an agency review and change it of course. It's the natural way of things, of course. While we never thought of Singapore Airline's Singapore Girl as any sort of sexist symbol, some feel her time has come and she should step down as the last of many female flight attendants who have been featured by various airlines over the years. While airline officials say the Singapore Girl may remain part of the brand in some form, Singapore Airlines VP of Public Affairs says, "What has worked well in the past is not always an indication of what will work well in the future It would be a mistake to cling to the past as a measure of success for the future. We want to explore the creative market; see what others have to offer." While true, we're hoping the airline, which continually ranks high for service and experience, doesn't become just another American Airlines cattle car.

by Steve Hall    Mar-12-07    
Topic: Agencies, Brands

Southwest Tubes, Dial Takes on Axe, Rachael Does Dunkin'


- Look! Look! Another YouTube video contest turns into an ad campaign! This time it's Southwest Airlines who's awarding the winner of its December contest with placement during NBA playofs in April. Are you just oozing with anticipation?

- Dial thinks it can get a piece of Axe's body spray action with the introduction of its RX Bodyspray. While Brandweek's Constantine von Hoffman thinks Axe's advertising has been "highly sophomoric," we'd choose to categorize it as highly successful. Dial has an uphill battle on this front.

- Eesh. Now we have to endure Rachael Ray in Dunkin' Donuts ads...through 2010!

- Massachusetts retailer Jordan's Furniture is offering a full refund to anyone who buys furniture before April 16 if the Red Sox win the World Series.

by Steve Hall    Mar-10-07    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity, Video

Calvin Klein Wants In 2 U


Aside from the obvious mis-steps such as the use of IM vernacular and Flash which makes impossible the ability to link to specific content within the new site for Calvin Klein's CKin2U perfume as pointed out by Adland, does anyone else look at this visual of a guy pressing up against a girl and read CocK in 2 U? We thought not. Which is why we have the dirty mind and you don't.

UPDATE: There's an online social networking site that accompanies the campaign.

by Steve Hall    Mar- 9-07    
Topic: Brands, Strange

Newcastle Makes Billboard Debut with Smoothness Authority Campaign


Newcastle dips its toe into national print media with a gargantuan effort orchestrated by VitroRobertson. To add personality to the popular brown ale they're focusing on out-of-box interactive efforts, like these smoothie and tango ads promoting the beer's smoothness.

Billboard-to-print versions like Snake Farm and Golf Academy present the interactivity opportunity with phone numbers that, when called, allow consumers to audibly experience a smoothness authority lauding the beer.

Our local library had a similar call-in service for children who wanted stories read to them but whose parents were too busy. We hope there isn't any confusion. Imagine the potential havoc of all those latchkey kids calling beer people for a soothing morality tale.

by Angela Natividad    Mar- 9-07    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Good, Magazine, Outdoor

No Means Yes, Roofies are Sexy, Says Cesare Paciotti


Jetpacks points us to this ad for Cesare Paciotti.

A date rape scenario definitely showcases the dress at a good angle. We often wonder how well our clothes look on us as we lie across the bathroom floor next to a pool of vomit that missed the loo. Next print ad, Cesare Paciotti?

by Angela Natividad    Mar- 8-07    
Topic: Brands, Magazine, Racy

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