Volvos Get Naughty

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What with its heritage as the vehicle for preppy, suburban families, "naughty" is the last word that comes to mind when thinking of a Volvo. So either Arnold is way off with this new Volvo campaign or they are doing everything they can to reposition the brand as choice vehicle for porn stars, Victoria's Secret models and lipstick lesbians.

Or maybe this will just cement the brand's heritage as a bus for the over-privileged upper middle class and their naughty children.

Hmm. How about "Volvos. They're boxy but they're good"? Oh wait. That's been done.

by Steve Hall    Mar- 3-10    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns



Ford Births Fiesta Movement Chapter Two

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Extending the original Fiesta Movement, Ford has signed on 40 people in 16 cities and paired them in teams of two to complete a series of missions and challenges locally. As before, Fiesta Agents will record their every move and upload it for the rest of the world to consume and, from the release, "redefine the way Fiesta is brought to market by interacting with consumers online and offline, while bringing Fiesta to their communities."

"This was a natural progression from the first phase of the Fiesta Movement," said Connie Fontaine, Ford Brand Content and Alliances manager. "Chapter 2 will still be rooted in social media, but this time the content will also live offline and find its way into new mediums. Fiesta needs to clearly be the star now as the agents share their work within their communities and beyond."

You see? It's all about the car now and not the social media personalities. Or so it is hoped.

It all begins March 10. Follow here.

by Steve Hall    Mar- 1-10    
Topic: Brands, Social



KLM Levitates, Toyota Won't Stop Advertising

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- While the dude probably has an incredibly string piece of mettle running up his pant leg, this levitation stunt by Dutch magician Ramana for KLM is impressive. No matter how he does it, it's gotta take a certain amount of stamina.

- Saatchi & Saatchi wants Toyota to stop advertising until its current recall drama has subsided. Toyota isn't listening and will continue to advertise.

- So here's a :30 Pedigree commercial extended to 1:50 because the whole thing is in slow motion. It's kinda beautiful. Much more so than normal speed. Then again, that's what the slo-mo cheat offers.

- Guys, want to learn how to be an alpha male and get what you want out of life? Even your best friend's girlfriend? Les Singer has the answer.

by Steve Hall    Feb-23-10    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Guerilla



Bennetton Calls, Boost Flys Cheap, JetBlue Tweets

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- With It's My Time, Bennetton has launched a global search for the next face of its brand.

- Don't have enough money to buy your kid a seat on a plane for the family vacation? Boost Mobile has the answer.

- In a bid to determine digital savvy-ness, JetBlue wants agencies to find it on Twitter.

- Wow. Could this McDonald's commercial be any cheesier?

- Skype's new campaign for Skype Out.

- Google Vs Facebook from MyBrandz attempts to determine which social service is better for you.

- GPY&R Melbourne challenged its audience to eat a Picnic in the space of a :30 commercial break. People filmed themselves using mobile phones, webcams and handycams and then created their own TV ads using the website, http://www.itsnopicnic.tv.

by Steve Hall    Feb-18-10    
Topic: Brands, Social



Megan Fox's Georgio Armani Commercial Not Hot Enough

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In January it was announced Megan Fox would become the new face of Georgio Armani. There were stills. Now there's a video. And now there's a blogger complaining the video should have featured more of Fox's legs and shown her walking.

Seriously? We'd never complain. We'll take Megan Fox anyway she wants to give herself to us. Any way. At all.

People! You can't be choosy when it comes to hotness like Megan Fox.

by Steve Hall    Feb-18-10    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity, Commercials, Racy



Old Navy Wants You to Stand Still

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So while Bennetton is searching the globe for its next model who, it would seem, has the ability to pose in many different positions for the brand's ad campaign, Old Navy, with its Supermodelquin Super Search wants, it would seem, a person who can pose in one - and only one - position.

Yes, the brand wants a human mannequin. To stand. And stand. and do nothing. Except stand. And stand.

by Steve Hall    Feb-18-10    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Promotions



Nationwide Insurance Taps World's Greatest Spokesperson

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So...is there such a thing as the World's Greatest Spokesperson? According to Nationwide Insurance, yes, and they set out to find him living in a cabin on a snowy mountaintop. Apparently, the dude has a history. He's one work for Bears Are Dangerous and a PSA about the dangers of germs.

Of course, you've never heard of him because he's a fabrication. But he does have his own website, Facebook page, Twitter account (he's following no one...not good)and a T-shirt making application.

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by Steve Hall    Feb-15-10    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials



Challenged Athletes Challenge Themselves For Nike

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From director Brian Beletic and with music from The Hours (Ali in the Jungle), this new commercial for Nike highlights several athletes who have faced certain challenges in their careers but keep trying and trying again. Because, you know, Nike says Just Do It.

In the ad we see Lance Armstrong, Maria Sharapova and many other athletes who've hit it big...and work hard to do it again. MassMarket did the vfx.

by Steve Hall    Feb-15-10    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity, Commercials



Toyota Digs Itself A Deeper Hole With Avalon Singers

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We've sat through our fair share of meetings, helplessly observing the birth of what would, sadly, become...A REALLY BAD IDEA. Oh, we'd do what we could to get things back on track but, as everyone in this business knows, the client, no matter how smart or how stupid they are, almost always gets their way. And if they don't, some pompous creative director does.

We'd really love to have been in the concepting meeting for what resulted in the disaster known as the Toyota Avalon Singers. If only to witness the absurd platitudes which must have been uttered during the creation of this embarrassment.

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by Steve Hall    Feb-13-10    
Topic: Brands, Video, Worst



Dsquared2 Squared, Brad Garrett Gets Happy, Social Media A Data Silo

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- Make the Logo Bigger's Bill Green wonders if "the square root of Dsquared2 is D&G divided by Diesel? " Or at least he wondered that after taking a look at DSquared2'2's latest campaign.

- 7-Up is making Brad Garrett way too happy.

- Social media: It's like a data silo.

by Steve Hall    Feb-12-10    
Topic: Brands








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