Perhaps during the last week or so while fast forwarding through commercials, you may have caught a peek at the odd combination of Rachel Bilson and a box of condoms. You think to yourself, "condom ads on TV...no big deal. After all, TV is rife with penile stiffening products, why not condoms too?"
Had you paused and rewound to watch the commercial, you would have seen Bilson who, stuck in a traffic jam, decides to hop out of her car, run over the tops of other cars to chase an 18 wheeler filled with condoms.
Oh wait. Had you actually paid attention while watching the commercial you would have realized it wasn't a commercial for condoms at all. Rather it was Unilever's U.S. introduction of the very questionably (for this country) named Magnum ice cream.
In acknowledgment of its creative achievements - in the form of the 50 Lions it has won over the past twenty years - Cannes will bestow the honor of Advertiser of the Year on Ikea. The award will be presented to Ikea Group Global Retail Manager Noel Wijsmans during the Festival in late June.
Ikea and its agencies are well known for their work which included the famed Crispin Porter + Bogusky-created Lamp ad that was awarded the Film Grand Prix in 2003. We thought the honor should have gone to Honda's Cog or Saturn's Sheet Metal that year but hey, that's just our opinion.
That said, there is no doubt the brand has done admirable work over the years and is absolutely deserving of this award.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.