Kylie Minogue to Front Lexus Campaign

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Japanese automotive brand Lexus has hooked up with Australian singer and model Kylie Minogue to promote the brand's new CT 200h hybrid vehicle in an ad campaign set to launch in February. As part of the deal, Lexus will sponsor Minogue's upcoming Aphrodite:Les Folies music tour.

Of Minogue's selection as brand ambassador, Lexus spokesperson Belinda Poole said, "Kylie is the perfect ambassador for Lexus and the new CT200h. Kylie has the energy, style and exceptionally popular public profile that will reach directly to customers new to the brand."

The campaign, created by Billington Cartmell and CHI & Partners, will include a series of online videos that will highlight behind the scenes footage of Minogue's tour.

by Steve Hall    Jan-25-11    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity



Diesel Island: The Land of the Stupid and Home of the Brave

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Now that we all know wearing Diesel jeans makes you stupid, we can gleefully celebrate the continuation of this worshiping of stupidity with Diesel Island. Launched as a new nation of sorts, it's "a tropical utopia where the principles of the Be Stupid manifesto can thrive and flourish."

Having founded Diesel Island, the place, of course, needs an ad campaign to make the rest of the world aware of it. And that's just what a new print and outdoor campaign will do. The brand has high aspirations for this new nation and has dubbed it "the least fucked up country in the world"

Stupidity aside, we could sure use a bit less fuckery these days. See two other ads here and here.

by Steve Hall    Jan-24-11    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Strange



Geico Gecko Gets Radio Show

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Geico, with help from The Martin Agency, is out with two new commercial which feature the Gecko character front and center. In the first, the first, the Gecko attempts to answer a serious question from a girl while a second announcer who looks like he's still in high school tells the girl she'd look great in a blue car.

In a second commercial, the Gecko takes a look at how fast people can get a quote on Geico.com while the high school-er checks the records book to see who got the quickest quote.

As Geico commercials go, they're fairly standard. Not that we don't like Mr. Gecko but we wish the brand would bring back the Kash character. Now that character was quirky and fun. And the song was infectious.

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by Steve Hall    Jan-20-11    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials



And the New GoDaddy Girl is...A Pair of Legs

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In a welcome shift from past publicity strategies, GoDaddy is eschewing the tired and lame banned Super Bowl tactic in favor of something different. The Big Tease. Yes, rather than putting out a press release every time a network disallowed one of the domain registrars submitted Super Bowl commercials, GoDaddy is teasing a new GoDaddy girl who will not be revealed until game day.

With nothing but a pair of legs and the promise she is a "big name celebrity," there isn't much to go on in terms of the woman's identity. Hopefully she isn't revealed to be some insipid non-celebrity like Kim Kardashian or Heidi Montag.

So, all we can do is wait. Wait until the first half of the Super Bowl when GoDaddy airs the reveal and we can all either cringe or drool uncontrollably.

by Steve Hall    Jan-20-11    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity, Super Bowl 2011



Yahoo Wants Us to Know it Still Does Email

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Does anyone still use yahoo Mail? It would seem so given the fact, the brand is out with a new campaign touting unlimited storage and its slideshow feature. The first spot zeroes in on a guy who apologizes to his to his girlfriend through some sort of cartoon. We're not really sure what that's all about but Valentine's Day is approaching to we guess it's all good.

In a second spot, a daughter emails her dad a one line email that turns into a cartoon retrospective of the time they've spent together. This one line email, yes...one line, somehow touts Yahoo's unlimited storage. What does Yahoo Mail store now? Imaginary images and cartoons? That's some pretty cool shit, people.

Goodby, Silverstein & Partners created and Blacklist produced the campaign.

- Kids party in reverse to promote the American debut of the British MTV series Skins.

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by Steve Hall    Jan-19-11    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Strange



Agency Moves, Ad Women Celebrated, Facebook Makes Billions

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- Agency moves offices. Makes video. Makes statement. Gets all political. Carries big letters down the sidewalk.

- On his The Marketing Show podcast, John Follis discusses the growth and success of Help A Reporter Out, a site created by Peter Shankman that's designed to connect sources with journalists.

- AdWomen and I Have an Idea are set to debut their list of the World's Most Influencial Creative Directors. Each week, a new one will be revealed.

- eMarketer estimates ad spending on Facebook will reach $4.05 billion worldwide in 2011 -- more than double last year's figure of $1.86 billion in global ad revenues.

by Steve Hall    Jan-18-11    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Podcast



Levi's Seeks Next Social Media Girl

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After a successful promotion that netted Levi's its first Social Media Girl, the brand is on the prowl again for another. Once again, the brand is looking for video submissions from those who think they can help engage with the brand's fan base on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms.

Interested women should head over to to the Levi's Facebook page by February 2 and check out the details. Five finalists will be selected and the public will vote from February 16 - 23. In a sense, it will be a simple popularity content. The girl with the most votes wins. Which, sadly, doesn't say anything about the girl's ability to engage in any manner with Levi's fane base.

For all we now, the next Levi's girl will be a big boobed, blond bimbo who loves to prance around in pleated plaid miniskirts and tight, low cut tops while uttering inanities that make no sense. But, no one will care. Because she's hot. And that's all that really matter, right?

by Steve Hall    Jan-17-11    
Topic: Brands



Ted Williams, Bus Shelters, Kardashians Among Top Stories This Week

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This week's top stories on Adrants caused us to ponder whether or not Kraft's choice of Ted Williams was right for the brand, get excited about the lowly bus shelter, laugh at sharks, admire the T-Mobile babe mock AT&T and Verizon, engage in a bit of voyeurism, revisit childhood with Audi's use of "Goodnight Moon," look at lingerie once again, watch advertising get Cheezberger'd, revisit Kim Kardashian's cleavage and wonder how the hell that family got so famous and, finally, once again, listen to yet another researcher tell us using celebrities in advertising is a waste of money.

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by Steve Hall    Jan-16-11    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity, Commercials, Opinion, Racy



Was Hiring Ted Williams a Smart Choice For Kraft?

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Branding consultant Rob Frankel isn't a fan of Crispin Porter + Bogusky's use of Ted Williams for its client Kraft. If you recall, Ted Williams was the homeless man who found fame when, earlier this month, it was discovered he had the perfect announcer voice in a Columbia Dispatch video.

While the new Kraft Macaroni & Cheese commercial has received 933,000 views since it hit YouTube January 7, Frankel thinks the whole thing is just another opportunistic agency ploy, telling Mashable, "It's clearly another one of those opportunistic stunts by creatively bankrupt agencies who jump on any trend they think can take them to the top of a Twitter trend."

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by Steve Hall    Jan-14-11    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity, Commercials, Opinion



T-Mobile Babe Mocks Verizon and AT&T

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Underdog T-Mobile is having a field day with Verizon and AT&T in a commercial that mocks the pair over the fact T-Mobile has 4G and Verizon and AT&T don't (yet). Pity the poor iPhone - also a character in the commercial - who has to choose between the lesser of two have nots.

Forgetting for a moment Sprint also has 4G, the spot pays homage to "I'm A Mac" Apple commercials and paints Verizon and AT&T as frumpy John Hodgman-like characters with receding hairlines while the iPhone and the T-Mobile babe herself are portrayed as a nit more fashion forward.

Now if only the iPhone worked on T-Mobile and the network, itself, was available in more than two places.

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by Steve Hall    Jan-13-11    
Topic: Brands, Commercials










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