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



Facebook Timeline Gets Don Draper's Kodak Carousel Treatment

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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

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by Steve Hall    Sep-28-11    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity, Commercials, Spoofs



Reebok Gets $25 Million Kick in the Ass For Booty Toning Claims

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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.

by Steve Hall    Sep-28-11    
Topic: Brands, Policy



Budweiser Remakes 9/11 Commercial For Tenth Anniversary

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As you all know, we're a sucker for any commercial that manipulates the heartstrings. Just as it did ten years ago, this remake of the famed Budweiser 9/11 commercial (aired during the Super Bowl in February 2002) which featured the Clydesdales paying their respect to New York City is as powerful as the original.

The new commercial is nearly identical to the original except for one small change. When the horses kneel in respect, the skyline now shows One World Trade Center under construction. Oh and the snow has been turned to grass.

You can view the new one and the original below.

Not everyone liked the remake. Hill Holiday CEO Mike Sheehan, whose agency created the original, voiced his opinion on the agency's blog.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-13-11    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Opinion



Old Spice Offers Something to Help us Forget Fabio

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Gone are the days of advertising when the same character played spokesperson for years at a time, sometimes decades. Recall the Maytag man, the Dunkin' Donuts guy or Mr. Whipple. So it shouldn't be surprising that Old Spice is dabbling with other characters for its ad campaign. No, Isiah Mustafah isn't gone for good but other characters will be brought into the mix.

A new commercial features a man who looks like a "well decorated sea captain who battles monsters on a large nautical vessel." But, thanks to Old Spice, he smells like one. Not exactly sure that a good thing but the commercial does carry the same wacky tone of the original Isiah Mustafah spot.

Other ads will feature a billionaire jet pilot and a rock star.

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 8-11    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials



Uncle Marv Aids Young Filmmakers

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In three new BBDO-created, Untitled Films-produced videos for Royal Bank of Canada's sponsorship of the Toronto Film Festival, Uncle Marv comes to the aid of young filmmakers trying to break their way into the film business. Of course, everyone doesn't have a well-connected Uncle Marv so Royal Bank of Canada wants it known they are staunch supporters of young filmmakers.

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 7-11    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Industry Events










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