Sprint Gets on the Level with New Palm Pre Ad

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@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.

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Here's a Clever Way to Never Be Tapped to Pitch Again.

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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.

by Angela Natividad    Apr-10-09    
Topic: Brands, Guerilla



Naughty Bond Moment Pushes Dunhill's Black

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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.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr-10-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Television



Horse Armada Precedes Launch of Lancia Delta

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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.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr-10-09    
Topic: Brands, Events, Good, Guerilla, Promotions



Heineken Lady Cider, Visa Superfreaks, Edible Business Cards

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- 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: Blake Chandlee on Why We Should Bow to Guru Zuck

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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.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr-10-09    
Topic: Brands, Events, Industry Events, Opinion



FirstBank Scrimps. Like You.

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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.

by Angela Natividad    Apr- 9-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Guerilla, Outdoor



ad:tech Paris: Evolving Media with the BBC

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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.)

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by Angela Natividad    Apr- 8-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Events, Industry Events, Opinion



Yawn. Debate Rages Over Britney Spears' Digital Enhancement

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It's been a while since we've had a good healthy debate on the truth and merits of Photoshopping celebrities to wash away the ugliness of their realities and the less than ad-worthy attributes of their physical self.

Thanks to a sneak peak of the new Britney Spears Candie's print campaign, we can all, once again, wonder if Britney Spears is really as hot as she appears to be when she's not shot Paparazzi-style leaving a 7-Eleven.

Oh of course she's digitally altered. What would photographers and graphic designers do all day long if people weren't routinely manipulated to the point of perfection?

This is advertising, after all, right?

by Steve Hall    Apr- 7-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity



Square Booty school Girls Shake Ass For BK Kids Meal

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You like big butts? Or is it square butts? Yea, we can envision the exact moment this creative epiphany struck someone down in Miami at a place called Crispin Porter + Bogusky when they dreamt up this SpongeBob Square Pants, Sir Mix-a-Lot mashup up featuring bottylicious dancers shaking their (square) asses. (See the :30 here and the full length music video here.)

We can also envision a five year old walking by Burger King and asking, "Mommy, can we go to Burger King and get some square booty?"

And we can envision the looks mommy will get from passersby wondering just what's going on at home.

Seriously? WTF? Creepy King. Square-booty'd women in school uniforms shaking their ass in a classroom-like setting. Ass measuring. Ass touching.

It's like a porn director's wet dream. Not so much for parents with kids. Here come the cause groups.

by Steve Hall    Apr- 7-09    
Topic: Agencies, Bad, Brands, Commercials










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