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



Toshiba and Intel Offer Up Moustache and Unibrow Hilarity With 'The Power Inside' Social Film

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Going in a completely different direction than they did with Intel + Toshiba's The Beauty Inside, Pereira & O'Dell is out with The Power Inside, a hilarious new content marketing film directed by Will Speck and Josh Gordon and starring Harvey Keitel.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-25-13    
Topic: Brands, Social, Video



How Link Monetization Can Fuel Content Publishers' Native Advertising

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There's a simple truth about blogs--readers rarely, if ever, come to one to be marketed to. Advertising runs counter to the raison d'etre of the blogosphere. Ads are an interruption, a betrayal of the natural purpose and flow individuals expect of a well-written, informative blog.

Yet blogging and revenue-generation don't have to be at cross purposes. What many bloggers, online forums, product review sites and other "independent" sources of online content haven't yet embraced, is that the very thing people come for--credibility--is a trait that has economic value.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-20-13    
Topic: Brands, Weblogs



Robert Pattinson Admires Sexy Legs From Bathtub in New Dior Ad

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Twilight star Robert Pattinson will soon be seen in an upcoming Dior Homme campaign. Early photos were released via Dior's Twitter account late Friday which show a fully clothed Pattinson relaxing in a bathtub while admiring a disembodied pair of legs propped alongside the tub.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-15-13    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity



Calvin Klein Proves Rooney Mara Has Teeth

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Oh how we love Rooney Mara. Ever since we first saw her in Tanner Hall, we've been infatuated with her work. Rooney, whose sister Kate we also love, is fronting a Calvin Klein campaign for the brand's new fragrance, Down Town. Helmed by David Fincher, who directed Mara in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Social Network, the one minute ad, a bit overly hipsterific for its own good, is very Audrey Hepburn-esque and features the song Runaway from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-12-13    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Racy



'Legendairy' to Bring Legendary Epicness to Australian Dairy

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After watching this mini epic anthem for Dairy Australia, you might have the sudden urge to run out and down a couple gallons of milk, a few pounds of butter or a side of beef. On August, 4, the Australian industry group will launch its first major campaign in six years. It will be called Lengendairy.

This legendary, pro-dairy farming epic will take the form of TV, print, digital, radio, event sponsorships as well as heavy PR and raise the awareness and stature of the dairy industry.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-12-13    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns



Amstel Helps Man Go From Dishwasher to Chef in Two Minutes

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Hmm. Usually these beer-themed life accomplishment stories are dull and lame but not this one from Amstel Lager entitled The Chef. In this two minute video, we follow along as a man who is determined to become a chef does so by beginning as a dishwasher and working his way up to opening his own restaurant.

It's really quite inspiring and the fact it's a beer commercial is entirely secondary. Which, after all, is that way it should be with good content marketing.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-10-13    
Topic: Brands










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