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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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."
In perhaps one of the most moving scenes of AMC's Mad Men, Don Draper pitches an ad campaign to Kodak for its slide projector Carousel. It's epically awesome the way he uses the emotion of life events to perfectly position the projector for Kodak. Damn. If only Kodak had Don Draper now of when they really needed him; a few years ago when they foolishly brushed off the digital photography revolution as a fad.
Anyway, Don Draper has traveled ahead a few years and is, once again, working his magic, this time for Facebook which just introduced its Timeline feature. We have to say, the pitch worked for Facebook's product just as well as it did for Kodak's
This is too funny. And we saw it coming the day the campaign was launched. Remember the Reebok Retone campaign that informed people their butts would be whipped into shape if only they bought Reebok Reetone shoes? Well, that claim has caught up with Reebok and bit the company in the ass.
This morning the Federal Trade Commission announced it has reached a $25 million settlement with Reebok over claims the company made in the campaign. The $35 million will be placed in a fund to reimburse people who bought the shoes thinking (idiotically, we might add) they would miraculously made their ass look perfect.
It's all very simple. Don't make claims you can't support. Barring that, don't expect idiotic consumers to have any level of intelligence either. Any moron would know it's not the shoes that firm up your ass. It's the amount of proper exercise your flabby ass undergoes that makes it firm regardless of what kind of shoes you wear.