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Although to be fair, this time it was challenged. In southern California, Audi's got a series of billboards out that read, "Your move, BMW." (That's smooth chess talk for "eat my dust, bitch.")
In response, Juggernaut Advertising released some BMW M3 imagery under the headline "Checkmate." Outdoor ad space was purchased in the foreground of Audi's billboards, so at certain angles you can see both challenge and response. See them as they ought to be seen: while driving westbound on Santa Monica Blvd, perched on Beverly Glen in West LA.
Two years ago, BMW backed Jaguar into a corner with a similar submit-to-me! adtitude. It went out shortly after this series of ads, where a string of car brands dropped subtle euphemistic turds all over each other.
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Okay. Just imagine for a sec that 24 were -- work with us here -- a French New Wave film.
Beautifully-coiffed, but crucially helpless, blonde in bath towel: Millions of people are going to die ... and we only have 24 hours to save them!
Blase half-dressed hubby: Yeah, but, oh, it's Saturday. Then he lifts a copy of The Stranger back up to his face and adds, 24 hours is tons of time. I could do save them in two.
The lady over-protests, as women are wont to do, so he gets all existentialist on her ass: Aren't we all going to die eventually?
Outfitted with Brigitte Bardot knockoffs, abstract antiheroes and -- in the instances of 8 Kilometres -- a painfully mod '60s style battle of linguists, Stella Artois re-imagines three contemporary action flicks in the style of old-school French cinema. The videos are best seen with the stunna shades off, a glass of vermouth, and an extra-long unfiltered cigarette, held in that special way.
@emmanuelvivier of Buzz Paradise drew our glances to the first-ever Sprint ad to feature the delectable Palm Pre.
Yeah, we know how you feel about iPhone killers (death of the Storm, anyone?) but after seeing the Pre demo at CES we're feeling optimistic about it.
Look ironic, stingy and unprofessional -- all at the same time!
Just shuffle one of Coffee Company's slidevertisements into your next PPT. It won't be soon forgotten -- and you'll be especially salient next time Le Patron does the Pink Slip Reckoning Dance.
Work by THEY/Amsterdam.
For "Black," a new Dunhill Fragrance, Atelier/London enlisted Henry Cavill from The Tudors to appear in this sultry, faced-paced spot. Think Modern Bond Gets the Girl in London.
We'll admit having to catch our breath when honey's thigh slams into that wet black car, and when Cavill meets eyes with the camera before undoubtedly ravishing her (or at least promising to before hopping back into his vehicle, knocking some buck-toothed bad guys off the road and cutting her a magnolia blossom with the sharp end of his umbrella).
But it's hard to take a drama-soaked ad like this seriously when the music's rising toward climax -- and there's a dude wailing in the background. Hey Ad Land, did you forget? We're a jaded race of man. (And for good reason.)
Produced by ASD Lionheart and edited by Cut + Run.
To promote the debut of the new Lancia Delta, 200 horses appeared in the city of Amsterdam. It's formidable to witness, and still more impressive is the sight of all those somber-looking Amsterdammers, taking pictures the way kids take exams.
Three Lancia Deltas were hidden within the cavalry and ultimately revealead on the RAI Square, where the Netherlands' biggest car event happens every year.
- Amsterdam's Pink & Poodle takes women on for Heineken cider brand Jillz.
- Sayonara to Enfatico (and about bloody time).
- LA Times positions Southland ad as news story. (Via).
- D*Face gives The Queen a facelift.
- Seeking greener pastures on the down-low? One headhunter's business card is edible.
- One prepaid mobile's bailout plan.
- Reason #4320984309384 why we can't visit mom and dad after Cannes.
- Visa Debit does Superfreak. We don't know why, but Morgan Freeman doesn't sound sold either.
ad:tech Paris wrapped up with a keynote called Facebook Today and Tomorrow, conducted by Commercial Director Blake Chandlee of Facebook's EMEA segment (Europe, the Middle East and Asia).
I already LiveTweeted the sesh so the last thing I want to do is type it all out again. The biggest takeaways: Mark Zuckerberg is God, and God's particular mantra is "Efficiency, Effectiveness, Scale."
One of the bigger bits of news eclipsing this talk was a recent announcement that Facebook is now 200 million (active) users strong. According to Chandlee, 50% of those users log in every day and spend an average of 25 minutes on the site.
And while the US once composed 70% of Facebook's total user figures, it's now just 30% -- not because growth has slowed on our turf, but because it's blossomed elsewhere. (France, for example, exploded from 2 million users last year to 9 million this year.)
Here are a few key video moments, punctuated by random Tweetdom.
To show how it's all home-grown and waste-free, FirstBank blew its ad wad on a poster tied to the end of a wee biplane. The creative reads, "This is the closest thing we have to a private jet."
"They're not into extravagances," explained CD Jonathan Schoenberg of TDA Advertising & Design. "They haven't taken any bailout money. And they're doing great."
That's about as charming as gingham. Other witty low-budget efforts have included this ski mask thing and this reusable holiday ad thing.
Yesterday EVP/GM-Global Ad Sales Chris Dobson of the BBC conducted a keynote on what it takes to succeed in the rapidly-changing media landscape.
The BBC, of course, was his primary example; though whether you believe it's one of the most forward-moving brands in the stratosphere is subjective. (Frankly, I'll buy it when the iPlayer is finally Mac-ready.)