Today Panera Bread Solves the World's Disagreements

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Isn't there enough fighting and disagreement in this world? Enough wars? Enough celebrity battles? Enough high school clique battles? Enough brand wars? Enough feuds? Yes, there certainly are.

Panera wants it all to stop and, this holiday season, has invited everyone to make up and break bread. At one of their stores, of course. Created by Mullen, Panera ran this full page ad in USAToday this morning.

Among many of the feuds out there, the ad asks The Secret Service and The Party Crashers, The Mac Guy and the PC Guy, Rosie O'Donnell and Tom Selleck, Yoko and the remaining Beetles, Prius drivers and Hummer drivers, Kanye West and anyopne with a TV, Jessica Simpson and Perez Hilton, the FiOS Guy and that other cable guy, Housewives in Orange County ans Housewives in NYC, Dick Cheney and Hunters and Magic Johnson and Isiah Thomas to put aside their disagreements and head to Panera.

by Steve Hall    Dec-15-09    
Topic: Brands, Newspaper



Nokia Saves the World With Responsiveness

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Nokia is humanizing itself with a series of videos which highlight people using technology for the greater good of people around the world. There are three vidoes up with more to follow. You can view the videos here, here and here.

by Steve Hall    Dec-11-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Cause



Dell Hunts, Mistletoe Grows, Mispronunciation Un-Allowed

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- Like scavenger hunts? The you might like Dell's Holiday Gift Hunt. You could win all sorts of goodies including a new TV.

- OK so it's just a mistletoe. But it is big.

- And yes. Now we can't even laugh at a guy who has trouble pronouncing a Hispanic name.

- And gap employees dress in plaid and act like zombies. All to...sell clothes?

- It must be the water.

by Steve Hall    Dec- 9-09    
Topic: Brands, Promotions



According to IX Web Hosting No One Knows What GoDaddy Does

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So you think sex sells and GoDaddy is successful because of it's sex-laced ad campaign filled with women whose tops can't contain their bulging, over-sized breasts and hot race car drivers who can't act? Jeremy Fox doesn't think so and set out to prove it by asking people on the street if they'd ever heard of GoDaddy and, if so, could explain what GoDaddy does. Predictably, the results are not very good for GoDaddy.

Of course Jeremy works for GoDaddy competitor IX Web Hosting and wants us to know his company does a better job than GoDaddy.

by Steve Hall    Dec- 8-09    
Topic: Brands, Video



The Last Word on Method's Horny Shiny Suds

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So Method ran a humorous commercial, called Shiny Suds, showing scrubbing bubbles taunting a naked woman in the shower. After complaints from people who actually likened the spot to condoning rape (we kid you not), Method pulled the commercial. Words fail at this point but we'll give it a shot:

1. Cause groups and feminist blogging should be outlawed.

2. Everyone with a stick up their ass over this should promptly shove it all the way through until it pops out the top of their head. Hopefully they'll die and allow the rest of us to "use the loofa" without feeling like we're being gang raped in the shower. (Where the hell do people come up with this crap?)

3. Brands should grow a pair and proudly lift their middle finger when confronted by a gaggle of idiots who have nothing better to do than to suck the last drop of humor out of life.

4. Just for fun, Dow should hire an army of men in Scrubbing Bubbles costumes, send them to BlogHer (and the rest of the female conference circuit) and have them ejaculate foamy white stuff all over attendees. That ought to get some panties in a bunch.

5. Um... Nope. Got nothing left. Feel free to add your own.

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Ever wish you could take something back? I do.

The tidal wave of commentary on this over the last few days has certainly given me a taste of my own medicine and reminded me of a couple of things:

#1 - When you're wrong admit it.
#2 - When you hurt someone's feelings say you're sorry.

I was wrong, and I'm sorry.

by Steve Hall    Dec- 7-09    
Topic: Brands, Opinion, Strange



Target Gets All Awkward About Christmas

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You know Target, right? That big box store that's hip? The one everyone pronounces as if it were some kind of French lingerie store? The one that likes to target the female target? The one that likes to associate big assed babes shakin' ass with little girl's back packs?

Got that mental picture yet? Now open your eyes and watch these three new commercials which focus on the retailer's low prices. They're marginally witty in that 20-something copywriter sort of way. They poke fun at a doofus who'd never find himself on a a date with a girl this cute. They highlight those awkward Christmas moments when finances interfere with the spirit of the day. They make it perfectly OK to adorn your house with lights like this guy does.

Price is always important but focusing on in strips away some of the brand's cache. What do you think?

by Steve Hall    Dec- 7-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Creative Commentary



Dockers to Put Hair Back on Men's Chests, Halt Metrosexualism

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Did you know testosterone levels in men dropped 1.2 percent per year, or about 17 percent overall between 1987 and 2004? Did you know nearly 80 percent of the net employment losses from November 2007 to April 2009 were incurred by men? Did you know 58.9 percent of all graduate students in fall 2008 were women?

Sounds pretty emaciating if you're a man doesn't it? Well Dockers, yes Dockers, wants to put an end to the decline of manly manliness with a new campaign that screams "Wear the Pants." Yes, the preppy standby wants to "put forth a new definition of masculinity, one that embraces strength and sensitivity and appeals to men who can change a tire AND a diaper." Hear that, metrosexuals? Turn in your skinny jeans right now!

With print, billboard, radio, social media, events and digital launching December 1, a new TV spot will air during the Super Bowl in February. Created by DraftFCB, the campaign will touch 40 countries worldwide.

by Steve Hall    Dec- 2-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns



Mrs. Claus Cheats, Notre Dame Hunts, GoDaddy Scores Patrick

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- Mrs' Claus gets in on with Frosty the Snowman for Boost Mobile.

- OK. Kinda funny: Notre Dame Head Football Coach Search Gets Professional Help.

- This is really, really bad but since it's Christmas and it features Santa Claus, you might as well watch it.

- Addicted to texting? Even in the middle of Winter? Then you'll love Gloves For Addicts.

- "Danica is the quintessential GoDaddy Girl, she is a beautiful woman competing in a male-dominated sport. She's passionate. She's focused. She's all about doing what it takes to win and we love that about her. Not to mention she's edgy, smokin' hot and as tough as any competitor anywhere." Yes, Danica Patrick has re-upped for three more years of GoDaddy silliness.

by Steve Hall    Dec- 2-09    
Topic: Brands, Strange, Video



YouTube's Goofy Boi Pimps Pretzelmaker's Four Buck Hook Up

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As you all know, we occasionally really love things most people don't. This might be one of those things. We just can't get enough of this work from 16 year old Goofy Boi who hooked up with Pretzelmake for, ahem, the Four Buck Hook Up, a music video that plays like an actual music video more than it does a commercial for the pretzel chain.

We're a sucker for derivatively simple, Owl City-like sing-a-long style songs...even though we never sing along. And anyway, who doesn't like a great young love story? Even if it comes in the form of a commercial?

In September, a Pretzelmaker executive found Goofy Boi's work online and worked with him to create this ideo to support a current promotion. Goofy Boi recorded the song in October and shot the video at a local mall the first week of November.

Give it a watch. And be nice to the guy.

by Steve Hall    Nov-30-09    
Topic: Brands, Consumer Created, Good, Social, Video



William Shatner for... Dell?

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Dude, yer gettin a... overexposed celebrity shilling for anything? (Ohhh, I'm sorry. We were looking for Rachael Ray. Rachael Ray.) What I meant was, a new survey out from Millward Brown claims they've developed a system to rank celebs and the brands they'd be a good fit for. While The Shat has already hawked Commodore computers in the past, the numbers say he fits best with Dell. Miley Cyrus? L'Oreal or Starbucks! Reese Witherspoon for Target. Carrie Underwood equals GUESS. Brad Pitt? Gap. Might we suggest Jon Gosselin for Massengill?

by Bill Green    Nov-17-09    
Topic: Announcements, Brands, Specialty, Sponsorship










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