Samsung 'Tabitat' Turns Humans Into Caged Apes

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It is confirmed. Humans are wild animals with very strange habits. This new campaign from Chiel and production company six01 use the nature documentary approach to examine the "tabitat" of the (obsessively) connected generation.

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 8-13    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Strange



Iconic Indian Motorcycle Brand Takes on Harley Davidson

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If you're not familiar with American motorcycle history, you may never have heard of Indian Motorcycle. Up through World War II, Indian Motorcycle was a popular motorcycle brand. In 1953 it went out of business leaving the just one American bike maker standing, Harley-Davidson.

In 2011, Polaris Industries purchased the dormant brand in 2011 and introduced its first new bike in 50 years with the 2014 Indian Chief.

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 7-13    
Topic: Brands



AOL Buys Adap.tv, Mag Circ Down Again, Guinness Does NFC

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A Happy Tim Armstrong

- AOL has agreed to buy Adap.tv for $405 million allowing AOL to expand its video advertising offerings.

- Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen -- whose company has 35-plus broadcast stations off the air in a fee dispute -- expects more blackouts, with programmers continuing to raise prices for carriage rights.

- According to the Alliance for Audited Media, formerly the Audit Bureau of Circulations, total magazine circulation fell 1% from 292.9 million in the six-month period ending June 2012 to 289.9 million in the six-month period ending June 2013.

- OMG! L'Oreal model Cheryl Cole is appearing in a skincare campaign...wait for it...without wearing foundation

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 7-13    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Celebrity, Magazine, Policy, Social



Yahoo! to Release 30 New Logos in Advance of Rebrand

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In advance of its planned September 4 rebrand, Yahoo! will release 30 versions of a new logo over the course of the next month. Called "30 Days of Change," the brand will release one new logo each day. Of the move, Yahoo! CMO Kathy Savitt said, " It's our way of having some fun while honoring the legacy of our present logo."

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 7-13    
Topic: Brands



Singapore Asks Finland For Hand in Marriage, CROCS Ad A Fake

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- This weird little Mentos video with an oddly catchy tune aims to garner support for a proposal that would solve Singapore's land crisis.

- These McFlurry-loving women need better lipstick.

- IPG Mediabrands has launched a new unit that further blurs the line between media and creative agencies. Called Mediabrands Publishing, it will create videos and other quick-turnaround content for marketers that will live in the physical and digital worlds. The digital content will be distributed on websites and social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Vine.

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 2-13    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Strange



Maria Sharapova Named Samsung Brand Ambassador For Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

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Yesterday in Moscow, Samsung announced that global sports icon and four-time Grand Slam title winner Maria Sharapova was named as its brand ambassador for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. In this role, Sharapova will work with Samsung to promote sporting and Olympic ideals as well as help raise awareness for Samsung's Sochi 2014 sponsorship.

The company also unveiled its Samsung GALAXY Team Russia for Sochi 2014, which features NHL All-Star and 2009 Stanley Cup champion Evgeni Malkin. The Samsung GALAXY Team is one of Samsung's key initiatives around the Olympic Games, aimed at promoting the Olympic Movement and providing "direct contact" between Olympians and their supporters around the world.

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 2-13    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity



Mercedes-Benz Wants to Have Sex With Automotive Servicemen

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Cheesy is really the only word that can be used to describe this Mercedes-Benz Service song sung by Patricia Meeden. Cheesy still photography. Cheesy lyrics that proclaim double entendres like a 40-year-old woman trying to pick up an 18-year-old dude. And cheesy strategic thinking from a brand one normally associates with upstanding elegance, not veiled bathroom humor from a 14-year-old boy telling "smell my finger" jokes to his best friend between classes.

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 2-13    
Topic: Brands, Video, Worst



Jenny McCarthy Doesn't Smell Like an Ashtray in These Blu eCig Ads

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Jenny McCarthy, who recently unleashed her breasts for Carl's Jr. can now be seen pimping Blu e-cigarettes in a television campaign breaking August 5. Making note that while dating "smelling like an ashtray isn't the ideal aphrodisiac," McCarthy talks about how smoking e-cigrettes have made her feel better about herself and have eliminated the guilt associated with smoking.

The ads, and associated webisodes introduce a new Blu eCig Starter Pack, packaging that recharges the eCigs.

With tobacco companies getting hit from all aside, the eCig business is projected to grow to $1 billion in 2013. And Blu already has a 40% share of the market.

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 1-13    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Racy



Anacin Maker Introduces 'Bananacin' With Witty Newsjacking

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Reacting quickly to recent revelations the daily consumption of six Anacin tablets and one banana by 112-year-old Grand Island, New York native Salustiano Sanchez-Blazquez are the secret to his longevity, Anacin maker Insight Pharmaceuticals wasted no time newsjacking the report to introduce Bananacin. Sanchez-Blazquez was recently crowned the oldest living man by Guiness World Records following the recent death of 116-year-old Japanese native Jiroemon Kimara.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-30-13    
Topic: Brands



Following Publicis Omnicon Group Merger, Coke and Pepsi, In A Fit of Frustration, Agree to Merge

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In a collective fit of despair and inability to reach an agreement with WPP or IPG, neither of which could guarantee they would not merge in the future, Coca-Cola and Pepsi, this morning, announced they would merge. The new entity will be known as Poke.

Both Coca-Cola and Pepsi spokespeople reached out to Adrants this morning and collectively said, "Fuck it, this shit is ridiculous. How can each of us expect to compete with one another when there will likely be just one advertising agency to choose from in a few years?"

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by Steve Hall    Jul-29-13    
Topic: Agencies, Brands










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