Amstel Light Campaign Shifts Focus to Taste

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Amstel Light has launched a new campaign today which refocuses the brand's messaging from that of the beer's Amsterdam heritage to that of the beer's actual benefits; that it doesn't taste like a light beer. The campaign, shot by Dutch photographer Maarten de Groot, will include national print and online as well as radio and OOH in Boston.

by Steve Hall    May-16-11    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns



Cause Group Overreacts to Man Wearing Dress in Sprint Ad

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In yet another sad confirmation the human race has lost its ability to appreciate humor, several cause groups have complained about a Sprint ad which ran several websites and newspapers Tuesday. The ad, which stated Sprint opposition to AT&T's proposed takeover of T-Mobile, features a man in a dress that looks like the one the T-Mobile Babe wears in the T-Mobile campaign.

A man in a dress! Now that's funny! Come on, people! But no. No one has a sense of humor anymore.

On complaint came from REC Networks Founder Michi Etre who is transgender and didn't like the ad. He issued a statement which read, in part, "We are deeply disturbed by an advertisement that was developed and approved in part by organizations including Media Access Project and the Center For Media Justice. While we do not view this as intentional transphobia on the part of MAP or the other organizations or Sprint, who purchased the advertising space, we feel that the depiction is still inappropriate."

Again. A man in a dress. What's next? Louisa May Alcott's Little Woman retitled because it offends midg...uh...little people?

by Steve Hall    May-12-11    
Topic: Brands, Cause, Opinion, Policy



Hardee's Auctions Miss Turkey's Bikini

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Remember that Hardee's commercial with Miss Turkey in a Turkey Burger Bikini? Now the brand has placed that bikini on eBay and will sell it to the highest bidder. It's kind of brilliant and fetishistically freakish all at the same time.

But we're sure there are enough panty sniffers out there to drive the price up to a respectably significant figure.

by Steve Hall    May- 9-11    
Topic: Brands



Dial Gets Men Dirty. Then Cleans Them Up

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OK so it's not at all as witty and goofy as Old Spice but perhaps that's the point. After all, Dial is a pretty staid brand so we can't get too wild here. Oh but wait! We can. And that's just what Red Tettmer + Partners did for Dial for Men.

The agency crafted and event called Camp Dirt, a three day event where men can go and do what men...um, boys...do best: get dirty doing things like sliding down a mud pile, drag racing bulldozers, digging with dynamite and playing paintball.

Oh yes. Get these men seriously dirty and then give them some Dial to clean them up. The event will be held August 26-28 in Granby, Colorado.

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by Steve Hall    May- 5-11    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Promotions



Bank Sponsors Story of Southern Thailand Youth Soccer Champs

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Well here's an inspiring story. Yes, it's a sponsored story but, hey, someone's got to pay the bill. It's the story of a group of boys who lived on the island of Koh Panyee in Thailand and, in 1986, decided to start a football team. Sounds easy enough until you realize the island of Koh Panyee consists of a tiny mountain with the rest of the village built on floating docks. In other words, no place to play football.

Undeterred, the boys built their own football pitch (field) and learned how to play in bare feet on rickety planks held together with bent nails. Turns out they became quite good at the game and went on to win many Southern Thailand Youth Championships over the years.

Working with Leo Burnett & Arc Worldwide, TMB Bank sponsored the film, called Make THE Difference. And that's what it's all about. Set your mind to something, do what it takes to get there and you will achieve.

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by Steve Hall    May- 4-11    
Topic: Brands, Video



Israeli Votes to Change Wafer From 'Vafel' to 'Bafel'

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Saatchi & Saatchi tel Aviv launched a campaign to solve the age old problem of whether to call a wafer Vafel or Bafel. Vafel is the Hebrew word for wafer but the seemingly more common slang term is Bafel. In response to a survey which overwhelmingly favored Bafel, Elite Wafer changed all their packaging accordingly.

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by Steve Hall    May- 3-11    
Topic: Brands



Angie Harmon Drinks Milk, OOO Ad Examples, More Doug Puppet

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- Behind the Scenes of Angie Harmon's New "Got Milk?" Ad

- Don't blame your lazy neighbor for rising medical care costs. BCBS North Carolina wants to have a big 'ol social media-style conversation about the issue.

- Meet BMW's M Gladiators, part of a new campaign in China for the brand.

- Not to belittle but yet another domestic abuse concept which travels down the "afraid to tell" path. This one riffs on YouTube's "removed by user" screen.

- A humorous look at what the world of Out of Office email advertising could look like.

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by Steve Hall    May- 2-11    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Celebrity, Commercials, Video



Carl's Jr. Doesn't Care If You Think They Objectify Women

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By now you've probably seen the new David & Goliath-created commercial for Carl's Jr. called Anthem. What we love about it is its FU approach to marketing. The chain doesn't care if anyone thinks a gigantic burger is unhealthy to eat. And they don't care if anyone feels women are degraded by appearing half dressed in their ads.

The brand's new mantra spells these beliefs out very clearly:

- "We believe in burgers. Big, fat, juices-running-down-your-arm kind of burgers."
- "We believe in putting hot models in our commercials, because ugly ones don't sell burgers."
- "We believe that life is short. So if it feels good, do it, and if it tastes good, eat it."

We have to say, we love the approach. Too many brands bend over the second someone complains. We appreciate the fact Carl's Jr. isn't distracted by all that politically correct crap and they they are happy to foist scantily clad women eating gigantic burgers in our face.

by Steve Hall    Apr-27-11    
Topic: Brands



Is Budweiser Afraid of Gay Soldiers?

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We'd like to know your thoughts on this one. A recent Budweiser ad centers on the story of a soldier returning home. In the ad, he first calls a friend and then his parents. When he finally gets home he is first hugged by his friend and then his family and other friends.

Some are calling this ad gay-themed. We say it is. We also say who gives a shit? Anyone, gay or straight, can shoot a gun and kill the enemy. But what we do give a shit about is the way Budweiser crafted this ad. Nebulous is a good word to describe the way the ad plays out.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-27-11    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Opinion



Aflac Makes Underwhelming Choice For New Duck Voice

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Are you kidding me? No disrespect to Hugo Minnesota resident Dan McKeague but is he best Aflac could come up with for the new voice of its duck? Seriously? It sounds like the guy's trying to pinch a loaf that just won't pinch.

Now we're well aware the brand was trying to find a new voice and not a replication of the Gilbert Gottfried version but, wow, they should have called Scott Monty. Now that man can do voices!

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by Steve Hall    Apr-27-11    
Topic: Brands










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