H&M's Matthew Williamson Whets Appetites for Change

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Diggin' this surreal and totally retro spot for Matthew Williamson's H&M line, which Jeremy Dante was kind enough to throw into our periphery.

It's mod, loungey and aesthetic. Focus on the clothes while your eyes feast on imagery that feeds off '80s decadence (the supermodel heyday), the nouvelle vague, The Shining (--unsettling triplets!), and possibly Puppet Master. (Seriously. That little puppet woman was creepy creepy.)

What's neat is that the ad traverses the tightrope of kitsch without falling over. There's this ridic Prince-meets-Thriller moment where Williamson rises out of the earth, like a self-righteous vampire king, and wins the fawning attention of all the defecting change-seeking femmes. (Compelling. Is it possible Williamson's a Russian military vet?)

The ambient music, We Need a Change, was composed exclusively for the spot by Malcolm Pardon and Fredrik Rinman with lyricist Johan Renck.

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Bouncy Balls, Ypulse Mashup, Top SocMedia Brands

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- Magnetic poetry a la Twitter.

- TV ads buoy Hulu.

- Mobile e-commerce barcode thing.

- Plugging value matters. Especially now.

- Thanks to a simple enough idea floated by this guy right here, El Pollo Loco decides to accept the KFC-Oprah coupon. (Okay, only on Mother's day. Still: coup, baby, COUP!)

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by Angela Natividad    May- 8-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Guerilla, Online, Social



'Til Our Biological Clocks Have Safely Ceased, We'll Stick to Our Own Country, Thanks.

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OLSON finally debuts some work since winning the Country Inns & Suites account in late 2008: "I love this Country," a tame, feebly funny campaign that'll appeal to wilting Lifetime TV lovers.

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by Angela Natividad    May- 7-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Television



Ben & Jerry's Sniffs Denmark for Fresh Taste Sensation. Comes Up Short.

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In the latest episode of "The Scoop," Ben & Jerry's sends its taste experts to Copenhagen to find a new ice cream flavour.

Watching two middle-aged men nibble salty licorice and marzipan-infused pastry isn't the funnest thing we've ever done. (Though the brief science lesson on Phish Food made a play at being instructive.) And possibly because the banquette was uninspired and the Danes apparently unoriginal (suggested new flavours of ice cream: "chocolate?" "vanilla?" "caramel...?"), Ben & Jerry's wrapped the video by asking viewers to Do the World a Flavour: turn in your own suggestions for new ice cream mashups at benjerry.com.

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by Angela Natividad    May- 7-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Promotions, Trends and Culture, Video



Scho-Ka-Kola: 'Chocolate Bull' for Energy Junkies with a Sweet Tooth.

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Raisanen Creative does its part for the German economy: bringing much-needed international awareness to Scho-Ka-Kola, a chocolate energy product whose campy packaging has begged for spoofage for years without relief.

The mockumentary is particularly good if you happen to enjoy watching square-rimmed spectacle wearers make douchebag noises.

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by Angela Natividad    May- 7-09    
Topic: Brands, Spoofs, Trends and Culture, Video



'Kingons' Invade Planet for BK Swag Cups ... and Nipples.

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Just in time to ride the hype, Crispin Porter + Bogusky launch this geektastic Burger King spot* with a Star Trek spin.

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'Tunnel' Bestows Just Desserts on Unsuspecting Drivers

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If you walk away with just one lesson from "Tunnel," it ought to be that there's no major difference between a gold-digger and a crateful of chickens. Also, watch for malevolent tunnels that play three-card monty with the contents of cars.

This strange brew brought to you by Mother/London and production co Rattling Stick for la nouvelle Stella Artois 4 (--percent, that is).

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by Angela Natividad    May- 7-09    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Strange, Television



Twitter Smacks Apple, Tacos for Stoners, MyKmart

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- Stoned? Jack's yer man.

- Sears and Kmart go "My" way.

- Palm Pre to associate heavily with Facebook.

- MTLB: righting fast food wrongs, one tweet at a time.

- All you need to know about Twitter. Minus this crap.

- No, Apple, Twitter is not for you. (There's a bird/worm/apple pun in this somewhere, but we can't seem to find it.)

- Deconstructing the psychological logic behind sex and controversy in advertising. Because you need someone to do that for you. < / s >

by Angela Natividad    May- 7-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Online, Opinion, Social, Television



'Got Milk?' Chums Up with White Gold.

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The fruit of their liaison is called the Thrashteurizer, a Facebook game that grants users the chance to win a Gibson guitar, autographed by White Gold, and $500 cash.

Between April 13 and June 21, five more top scorers will get a Thrashteurizer T-shirt. Probably no autographs for those though; the free cotton factor should be sufficient to sustain you.

by Angela Natividad    May- 6-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Games



Social Media Sins, Chicken vs Chicken, Fingerpainting with Adidas

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- 7 deadly sins of social media.

- The Tourism Bureau of Queensland bestows one Ben Southall with the best job in the world.

- Fingerpainting with Adidas.

- Invoke CEO tries dragging Zipcar into customer service 2.0. It's resisting.

- R/GA gets Agency of the Year at the 13th annual Webby Awards.

- El Pollo Loco vs KFC. Somebody fucking kill us.

- Something about the depths of hell.

- Happy mother's day from MomsRising.org.

- James Cooper is now Interactive Creative Director at Saatchi & Saatchi.

by Angela Natividad    May- 6-09    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Campaigns, Online, Political, Social










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