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



Vitamin Water's Steve Nash is 'The Most Ridiculous Man in the World'

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We love the Dos Equis Most Interesting Man in the World campaign. Many people do. Because it's funny. And Weird. And, well, ridiculous. And Vitaminwater knows this. And so does Nike Trash Talk sneaker creator, philanthropist and Phoenix Suns' guard Steve Nash.

Nash appears in a series of Vitamin Water videos which spoof the Dos Equis Most Interesting Man in the World campaign. Nash's version is entitled The Most Ridiculous Man in the World. And it is ridiculous. And brilliant. Ridiculous and brilliant. When do you get to use those two words in the same sentence?

We love that.

by Steve Hall    Feb-12-10    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Creative Commentary, Good, Spoofs, Video



Did Weiden + Kennedy Really Copy Young & Rubicon's Milk Ad?

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So yea. Another copycat accusation. As malicious as these things can be, most of the time, they are pure coincidence. Most people aren't stupid enough to blatantly rip of another's work. Well, at least we like to hope that's the case.

Anyway, the current copycat of the month is, allegedly, Weiden + Kennedy which has been accused of copying a 2002 Israeli Yotvata milk commercial created by Young and Rubicam. The ad in question is W+K's Sleepwalker ad for Coke.

For its part, Weiden + Kennedy said, "When we created the Coca-Cola 'Sleepwalker' commercial we and our agency were unaware of this other ad," Coca-Cola representative Susan Stribling wrote in an email. "Now that we've seen the ad, we think both commercials are equally entertaining. While the two share a few common elements, any similarities are coincidental and unintended."

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by Steve Hall    Feb-12-10    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Policy, Super Bowl 2010



No Slogans. No Sequins. This is The Man

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Love this new French Connection video called "The Man." It casts aside all the over the top blather we see in far too many fashion ads. In this one, we have a man. And he has clothes. And he is a regular man. Well, a regular man with a (fake?) beard who can't seem to get the elevator to work. But a man with a fashion sense none the less. Just, thankfully, not for sequins. Which is really code for over the top fashions brands try to sell me but only end up selling to the three people who actually respond to their ads in GQ.

by Steve Hall    Feb-11-10    
Topic: Brands, Good, Strange, Video



Pepsi Refresh Commercial Dubbed Plagiarism

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So here we go again. Someone claiming a big brand stole their idea for a commercial. Occasionally, this stuff has merit. Occasionally, it's just sour grapes. In this particular case, we're going with sour grapes. After all, it's not like showing a collage of images is a patented idea or anything. Although we will admit the Pepsi commercial is quite derivative of the original video.

Bryan Chang, who submitted both videos, wrote, "When ad agencies rip off work, is there an obligation to inform the client where the ideas are coming from? I imagine so."

What do you think?

by Steve Hall    Feb- 5-10    
Topic: Brands, Opinion, Policy



Anti-Bacterial Kitchen Cleaner Most Effective Ad of 2009

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Most effective ad of 2009? Dettol's Surface antibacterial spray according to a TNS Research International study which measured how "motivating" ads are. And this ad does motivate. Mostly by graphically illustrating the problem the product solves - the killing of potentially harmful bacteria in a kitchen.

The survey, which measured more than 250 ads over the year, used an "early warning tool" called Mercury to measure how likely consumers are to buy the product or service after watching an ad. TNS claims the study can determine whether the consumer engaged with the ads and how they felt emotionally when they viewed them.

Paul Baker, the head of Mercury at TNS Research International, said: "In 2009, Swine flu dominated headlines and directly affected a lot of people. The awareness of how to keep the flu bug at bay was exceptionally high and Dettol pitched its ad just right."

We love a solution that involves chemicals. We wonder what Method's Shiny Suds would have to say about this product. Oh wait, let's not go there again.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 5-10    
Topic: Brands, Research



Diesel Wants You to be Stupid

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Smart may have the brains but stupid has the balls. Smart listens to the head but stupid listens to the heart. Smart had one good idea and that idea was stupid. Stupid is the relentless pursuit of a regret-free life. Smart has the plans, stupid has the stories.

And so there you have it. That's the wisdom emanating from Diesel's latest campaign. Don't be smart and boring. Be stupid and have fun. Wear Diesel and be an idiot. Now there's a brand that isn't afraid to associate itself with morons.

But if you drink in the entirety of the campaign, it does begin to make sense. Take risks. Have fun. Don't be overly cautious. Life is an adventure. Live it and love it.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 2-10    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns










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