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



'Drunk Skeeze' Exposes Crotch For Agent Provocateur

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Here's some more Agent Provocateur hotness for you. This work features Paz De La Huerta (who sounds like she must be a distant cousin of Oscar De La Hoya) who is touting the brand's Fall and Winter lineup. The 1:30 video, which is really a collection of a few shorter videos, depicts Huerta in scenarios realistic only in the minds of creative directors and fashion aficionados.

Huerta, who is seen arriving in a vehicle, dropping her purse and, finally, leaving in a vehicle simply cannot keep her undergarments covered allowing drooling paparazzi to capture full on crotch and cleavage shots.

One YouTube commenter sums it up perfectly, writing, "LOL okay, so what I'm getting from this commercial is a 'lady' acts like a drunk skeeze and shows her underwear off to everyone with a crotch-flashing crouch to pick up her keys. Cool, got it."

Yea, that about sums up this work. And if you simply can't get enough Agent Provocateur hotness, we've collected quite a bit of it over the years for you.

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 6-11    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Racy, Strange



Infiniti Europe Fails to Set Itself Apart From Competition

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Aiming to "change the face of luxury motoring across Europe," this new Infiniti Europe campaign from TBWA changes the face of nothing when it comes to car advertising. With the tagline "Since now, the perfect line is a curve" - whatever the hell that means - the campaign is said to help position the brand as a viable alternative to Mercedes, Audi and BMW.

Explaining the campaign, TBWA European Creative Director MacGregor Hastie said, "With the launch of this campaign we are more than certain of having given Infiniti its proper place in the world of high-end luxury car brands and have found an extraordinary and distinguishing big idea that will allow us to create ever stronger and more creative campaigns in the future. Because, as every one knows, the perfect line, is a curve."

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 6-11    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Creative Commentary, Opinion



Wait, What? Sears Sells Lingerie?

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By now you've all heard the Kardashian Kollection will make its debut this week at Sears. We've shared our opinion on Sears' choice to saddle up with the Kardashian ladies already so we won't rehash that here. But at Adrants it's our duty to bring you every last story detail...especially when it involves lingerie. So with that thought in mind, we give you Kim, Khloe and Kourtney modeling lingerie from their Kollection.

But seriously. Lingerie from Sears? Really? This is the store at which you picture your mother or grandmother shopping for a few pairs of high-waisted, full coverage underwear synonymous with the antithesis of sex appeal. We're really having trouble wrapping our head around this whole Sears/Kardashian thing. Then again, if your a dying brand, you'll try just about anything to survive. And can we really blame a brand for that?

by Steve Hall    Sep- 6-11    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Racy



JCPenney Apologizes to Pretty Girls Who Don't Do Homework

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Sadly, we have arrived at a place in our culture where there is no longer a place for a pun or a joke. The latest demonstration of this cultural shift is the uproar which arose as a result of a t-shirt JCPenney is selling which reads, "I'm too pretty to do homework so my brother has to do it." Oh sure, buried in that statement is the not too subtle jab that pretty girls are stupid or, conversely, they are so hot they can get away with whatever they choose. But, seriously. what girl hasn't uttered that in jest at one point or another?

The trouble is when a brand says it, the entire world is watching. And while the statement may, on it's own and said one to one, be rather innocuous, when it has the heft of a brand like JCPenney behind it, it's bound to draw fire from the naysayers.

Currently, the brand is putting out fires on Twitter and Facebook. For once, we'd love to see a brand simply stand up and say, "Can't anyone take a joke any more?" Alas, given the current reactionary state of current culture, that would be akin to brand suicide. So sucking it up and apologizing is really the only way to go.

by Steve Hall    Aug-31-11    
Topic: Brands, Opinion, Social



Willie Nelson Lends Pipes to Chipotle Pigs

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We guess one must feel at least a little bit nostalgic for a time when things were simpler, purer and not so...processed when viewing this new work from Chipotle which rails against industrial farming's treatment of pigs. The work is accompanied by a Willie Nelson cover of Coldplay's The Scientist.

In the two minute video which will be shown in 5,700 movie theaters, the story of a pig farmer is told. After having second thoughts over his farming practices, he returns to his roots and unboxes, as it were, his pigs and, one assumes, kills them in a more humane manner.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-31-11    
Topic: Brands, Cause, Celebrity, Commercials










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