Audi's Branded 'Untitled Jersey City Project' Well-Acted, Suspenseful

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Audi is out with Untitled Jersey City Project, an eight episode video series about Jersey City real estate developer Larry Tyerman, architects Frank George and Ray Rahne and The Ledger Reporter Jane Kaplan. It's the story of Waterfront Field and the people involved in building it. There's canoodling between Frank and Jane, there's murder, pending bankruptcy, clandestine political arrangements and all other kinds of nefarious behavior.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-12-11    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials



Mitsubishi Makes It Normal to Own an Electric Vehicle in Normal, Illinois

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Wait. Didn't we already do the whole -rename-the-town-for-marketing-purposes-thing already? Wait, what? Mitsubishi really isn't renaming Normal, Illinois EVTown? They're just giving 1,000 electric cars to Mitsubishi residents and outfitting the town with charging stations in an effort illustrate what an all-electirc automotive world would look like on a large scale?

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by Steve Hall    Oct-11-11    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns



No, Dr. Pepper. We Can't Swallow This Joke

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Here we go again. Predictably, the interwebs are up in arms over a not-so-recent but recently expanded Dr. Pepper campaign promoting its "for men only" product Ten. Ten is being heavily marketed towards men. Nothing wrong with that per se. But it's being done with the intentional exclusion of women. In a commercial that's been out since April, at least on YouTube (yea, we know. why is everyone just getting to this now?) a man who appears to be in a macho, shoot-em-up movie stops, turns to the camera and asks, "Hey ladies. Enjoying the film? Of course not. Because this is our movie and this is our soda. You can keep the romantic comedies and lady drinks. We're good."

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by Steve Hall    Oct-11-11    
Topic: Brands, Opinion



Trey Songz Drools Over Hottie in Rocawear

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Rapper/songwriter/producer/actor/whatever Trey Songz (aka Tremaine Aldon Neverson) can be seen in new work for street wear clothing brand Rocawear. In the quick :17 teaser, Songz is seen biting his lower lip in anticipation of getting a bit more from the woman he sees disrobe in front of him. He is then seen climbing on top of her in bed to, well, one assumes, have his way with her superfine body.

Yea. All to sell a little bottle of fragrance. Because, after all, i you smell right you are guaranteed to get laid by the hottest chick in the room.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-11-11    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Racy



Do Your Sneakers Give You An Orgasm?

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Footlocker has a fetish for, well, fetishes. Remember the guy who loved being slapped on the ass by his girlfriend with a sneaker? And remember how he was so into it he could name the brand of the sneaker with which she used to spank him? Yea. It's a sneaker thing as the campaign keeps telling us.

Now it's all about people who love their sneakers so much they'll have an orgasm when they put them on. Even right in the Footlocker store. So be careful the next time you walk into a Footlocker. It could get pretty sticky and messy in their with all those people ejaculating all over the store.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-10-11    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Racy



A Day in the Life of A Lynx Angel

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Illegal Advertising called our attention to the latest installment in the ongoing Fallen Angels storyline from Lynx/Axe. If you recall, earlier this year angels began to fall from the sky and sought appropriate mates for themselves. Of course, they were drawn the the men who slathered themselves with Lynx and Axe products.

That introduction was followed by the story of one of the most curvaceous angels of them all; Kelly Brooke who was apparently left behind when all the rest of the angels fell from the sky and found their match. Poor Brooke, stuck in the heavens and writhing in a state of perpetual, hyper sexualized ecstasy and pent up desire, just had to find her match so she could finally fulfill her wanton way. Thankfully she finds her man.

Now that all the angels have seemingly fallen, we are now given a glimpse into their life on earth. And it's awkward. Very, very awkward. But, this being Lynx/Axe, it's quite sexy as well. We witness one angel's trials and tribulations as she goes through her day with her man. But all ends well enough and it's hinted more angels are yet to fall.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-10-11    
Topic: Brands, Racy, Video



Daily Deals May Hinder A Company's Reputation

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Last month, a study conducted by Boston University researchers John Byers and Georgia Zervas and Harvard University researcher Michael Mitzenmacher found that while Groupon and LivingSocial deals can increase the number Yelp reviews, they can also reduce Yelp scores by ten percent. Yelp reviews that mentioned the words "Groupon" or "coupon" lowered star ratings by ten percent. Reviews that mentioned both words showed a 20 percent drop.

The researchers examined 16,692 Groupon offers and 2,609 LivingSocial offers in 20 cities and 56,000 Yelp reviews for 2,332 merchants that ran 2,496 deals.

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by Steve Hall    Oct- 6-11    
Topic: Brands, Research, Social



Steve Jobs Has Passed

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by Steve Hall    Oct- 5-11    
Topic: Brands



Michelin Man Inducted Into Advertising Week Walk of Fame

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In addition to turning 113 years old, the puffy Michelin Man has been formally inducted into Advertising Week's Walk of Fame today during the event's Icon of the Year ceremony at Times Center.

Of the Michelin Man's honor, Michelin North America VP of Marketing said, "The Michelin Man is much more than an advertising icon. He has become a global symbol of safety because of his longevity, his visibility among different audiences and the values he represents."

Congrats.

by Steve Hall    Oct- 4-11    
Topic: Brands, Industry Events



Not One Boob Joke in This Lindsay Lohan Article

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Lindsay Lohan has been out of the advertising spotlight for quite some time. It's not a secret why. She's been busy with legal and personal matters. Previously spotted in campaigns for Dooney and Bourke, Chanel, Visa, Proactiv, Got Milk and, more recently, Air New Zealand and Marc Ecko, Lohan can now be seen in a new campaign for German fashion label Phillip Plein.

The campaign was shot in Bellagio, Italy. Of Lohan's participation in the campaign, Plein said, "Lindsay is a beautiful, highly acclaimed actress and model. We will be able to create unique images. Refined and luxurious, but also full of sensuality."

by Steve Hall    Sep-30-11    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity








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