Toyota Enlists James Lipton to Help Determine Plural of Prius


In their continuous search for the plural of Prius, Toyota has turned to James Lipton who, in a new video, interviews William Shakespeare, an octopus, a rapper, and others to get a handle on the proper word for the plural of Prius. Shakespeare think the correct word in Prium but his suggestion falls to the bottom of the list. Here are the current standings:

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by Steve Hall    Feb- 9-11    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity, Video

Clients: Can't Deal With Them, Can't Survive Without Them


We are informed this xtranormal video of an agency pitching a client is based on actual events. Having been in the business for quite some time, we are not surprised at all by the rampant idiocy, self-importance and downright sleazy behavior displayed.

If you haven't experienced a situation like this yet in your career, wait a while. We, sadly, guarantee you will.

Footnote: We've witnessed equally absurd behavior from the agency side as well.

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by Steve Hall    Feb- 9-11    
Topic: Agencies, Brands

Mitsubishi Breaks Five Guinness Records in 24 Hours


In a refreshing departure from the ad industry's obsessive focus on awards which mean nothing to the general public, we are pleased to see that 180LA is giving a nod to awards "regular" people have heard of: Guinness World Records.

To highlight the winter weather prowess of the Mitsubishi Outlader and Outlander Sport, 180LA traveled to Ghost Lake near Calgary, Alberta in an attempt to break as menay Guinness World Records as they could in a 24 hour period.

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by Steve Hall    Feb- 9-11    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Campaigns

Audrina Patridge Returns as Bongo Girl. In A Bikini


The Hills and Dancing With the Stars babe Ardrina Patridge has re-signed with Bongo to be the brand's spokeswoman for a second year. Patridge, who also appeared in a gold bikini for Carl's Jr., will, again, don a bikini.

Shot by fashion photographer Tony Duran, Patridge will grace us with her beauty in a campaign which will appear in fashion and lifestyle magazines such as Cosmopolitan, Vogue, Seventeen, Teen; on outdoor boards; online and on in-store displays ay Sears and Kmart. Some serious high fashion there, people.

Patridge follows a long line of Hollywood celebrities fronting for the brand including Vanessa Minnello, Nicole Richie, the Laguna Beach cast, Kim Kardasian, Rachel Bilson and Kristin Cavallari.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 2-11    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity

Julianne Moore Fronts Talbots' Spring 2011 Campaign


Julianne Moore, who signed a deal last fall with Talbots to be the retailer's spokesperson, has just made her debut in the brand's Spring 2011 ad campaign. Shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot in New York, the campaign will appear in fashion magazines, store locations and in Talbots' catalog.

Of the campaign and Moore's participation in it, Talbots Chief Creative Officer Michael Smaldone said, "We have this lush, traditional setting, and Julianne is in the middle of it. She's strong, confident, and very modern. And it's very ethereal and sensual."

Here's another image from the campaign.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 2-11    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity

GM Mocks Dealer Ads With Transformers Tie In


Hopefully this GM commercial isn't indicative of what we'll see on Sunday when the brand airs no less than eight ads, five within the game. One commercial mocks dealer ads and steals a bit from all those "transformer" commercials of yore. Of course, that's perfectly fine because the ad is also an ad for this summer's third Transformers movie.

We hope the other ads, all from Goodby Silverstein & Partners, are a bit more creative than this one.

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by Steve Hall    Feb- 1-11    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Super Bowl 2011

Nissan Quest Makes Life Easier for Mall Maniacs


If you're an avid shopper who worships materialism and daily trips to the mall, you'll love this new TBWA-created commercial for the new Nissan Quest which has all kinds of shopper-friendly features such as one-touch technology and an air scrubber which, well, cleans the air.

Of course, wouldn't it be easier to just push the button on the remote which would automatically open the doors, a feature most minivans already have?

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by Steve Hall    Jan-31-11    
Topic: Brands

Importance of Innovation Illustrated With Anachronisms


A new Innocean Worldwide-created campaign for the new Hyundai Sonata Hybrid asks us to ponder what the world would look like it we settled for the first thing that came along and placed no value on innovation.

In the ad, we see the first incarnations of many technological advancement such as the bicycle, the mobile phone, the television, the typewriter, the camera, the silent movie, the turntable all while Jeff Bridges points out we'd never have hybrid cars if we simply settled for the first car that came along.

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by Steve Hall    Jan-28-11    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns

Fashion Brand Employs Lesbian Heterosexuality


Is a new campaign for fashion brand Jean Paul Gaultier, we see what appears to be two women in the throes of a passionate kiss. One of the models is Victoria's Secret model Karolina Kurkova, currently the highest paid female model in the world. The other model is...think The Crying Game...the very androgynous Andrej Pejic, currently the highest paid male model in the world.

So yea, it's a lesbian kiss but only before you realize one of the woman is actually a man. hey, this is fashion advertising. They can do whatever they want and still call it advertising. It's a waste of time to bother figuring out what they're thinking. Except for the fact this ad brilliantly reinforces the notion most fashion brands are all about pushing the envelope and challenging accepted norms.

by Steve Hall    Jan-28-11    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns

Saab Relaunches Brand Post GM


Explaining the new McCann Detroit-created campaign, entitled The Story of Saab, which launched Wednesday, Saab Marketing Communications Manager Nicole Jankowski said, "The idea behind the campaign is independent thinking, but, most importantly, it will let everyone know that Saab is back, here to stay and that we never went away - what we stand for and who we compete against."

Print will include placements in the Wall Street Journal and a television campaign will kick off January 21. An late to the consumer-generated game, Saab will ask its Facebook fans to develop ads for the campaign, some of which may be incorporated into the campaign.

Jankowsi says the campaign will re-launch the brand - which has been absent from the marketplace for the better part of a year after it was sold by GM to Spyker Cars NV - and will form the basis of a long-term, brand building effort.

by Steve Hall    Jan-28-11    
Topic: Brands

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