Given the Chance, Could YOU Conquer Either Finish Line?

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Hoping to take the euphemistic "special" out of "Special Olympics," TDA ADVERTISING & DESIGN/Boulder developed a print campaign that focuses on the sporting similarities between the event you watch and that other one.

"The typical perception of 'Special Olympics' is young children with Down Syndrome, playing track and field. We want to change that," said VP-Marketing Heather Hill of the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games. "The majority of our athletes are serious, adult competitors."

There's a brand repositioning worth throwing some weight behind.

Variants include "Slalom" and Ice Rink. If so inclined, you can also read the radio script.

by Angela Natividad    Jan-16-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Magazine, Newspaper, Promotions



Pepsi Tries Ingratiating Itself with Team Obama

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In ongoing efforts to align itself to Obama's message of hope, Pepsi worked with R/GA and Eyeblaster to launch a banner ad encouraging people to record videos for our new POTUS.

Maybe it should worry us that so many overzealous brands are falling all over themselves to clutter the Oval desk with glad tidings and unsolicited critiques.

IKEA -- freshly patriotic, despite its conspicuous Swedish roots -- is compiling a "WELCOME OBAMA!" guestbook. Facebook partnered with The New York Times to launch a Presidential Suggestion subsite. And just today, memelabs launched "Where Were You?", a consumer-generated video effort inviting people worldwide to reflect on where they were on the night of November 4.

All this in addition to Change.gov, an actual government site through which the Obama Administration already solicits your every mental meandering. We pity the armada of interns that's gonna have to sift through the Zeitgeist's stream of thought.

by Angela Natividad    Jan-16-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online



Danica Exposes Herself in the Name of GoDaddy. Again

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As always, domain-buying service GoDaddy took the fullest advantage of its liaison with Danica Patrick -- and her beaver -- for this year's Super Bowl spots, whose scripts appear to have been written by pornographers in financial distress.

Here's a trope you might've seen before: pubescent boy's fantasies, realized.

And this spot, confusingly dubbed "Baseball," plays on trashy court TV. I think it would be better served if it were renamed "Enhanced? I'll show you enhanced."

Cast votes for your favorite on GoDaddy.com up to January 23rd. Like last year, each spot continues in a (gasp!) unrated online version.

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Pancreatic Cancer: The Assassin with Flair.

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"That's Dan. And I'm Dan's pancreatic cancer."

How do you even begin to take a pitch like that seriously?

I just love how, after describing Dan's untimely death with a listless "eh," Pancreatic Cancer looks out the backseat window and croons (with the most subtle of accents), "I have 35,000 other people to kill this year."

Blase, baby, blase. Unintentionally hilarious work by Gardner Nelson + Partners for the Lustgarden Foundation. Somebody needs to page Charlie Brooker and tell him to update his list.

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by Angela Natividad    Jan-15-09    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Commercials, Strange, Television



Just Because It Doesn't Love You Doesn't Mean It's Defective

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Think adopting a Russian teenager is hard? Try taking home a shy yet obstinate pet.

In these Saatchi & Saatchi spots for Iams, Felicity Huffman selflessly reminds us that "the real reward in adopting a pet is when the pet adopts you." So don't fish for that return receipt just yet.

This is part of Iams' Home for the Holidays Adoption Drive. It was only supposed to last through the holidays, but it fared so well that Iams thought, What's the harm? If it sells more munchies...

See dog ad and cat ad. Oh, and more credits here.

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by Angela Natividad    Jan-15-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Cause, Commercials, Television



Facebook's Whopper of a Sacrifice, Polygamous Secrets, GOOG Slims Down

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- Facebook shuts down Burger King's "Whopper Sacrifice" app, which offers users free Whoppers after they de-friend 10 people. The data-sharing giant treated the app as a privacy breach.

- Google shafts 100. Dodgeball will be no more; Google Video will cease taking uploads in a few months' time.

- Paris-based Havas is splitting CEO duties between COO Gabriel Saenz de Buruaga of Madrid, and CSO Anthony Rhind of London.

- How advertising works.

- Got a secret, but can't be bothered to make a postcard? Contribute to Big Love's web of secrets. Note that each secret you enter endorses polygamy. Kidding. Maybe.

- Get a load of Obama's beast.

- Oh nooooes, renting a movie is just too hard for some.

- The Social Path lists emerging careers of 2009.

- MTLB's gas-related wisdom.

- Eyewear for the poor.

by Angela Natividad    Jan-15-09    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Campaigns, Cause, Online, Political, Promotions



Pfizer Wages War Against Unregulated Drug Trade

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"Get Real, Get a Prescription Advert" is an ad Pfizer UK put together to discourage people buying prescription drugs from unofficial websites. The Langland-developed work is nauseatingly convincing.

The ad will run in 600 movie theatres nationwide until March. It was put together in response to recent research that found one in 10 UK men buy prescription-only drugs from unregulated sources per year.

Aww. Think of all the money not filtering into Pfizer's pocket.

In all seriousness though, around 50-90% of medicines sold illegally aren't actually what they claim to be -- which served as the muse for this spot.

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by Angela Natividad    Jan-15-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Cause, Commercials, Television



Skittles Loses the Plot.

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In the latest of its "_______ THE RAINBOW, TASTE THE RAINBOW!" ads, Skittles gives us the perplexing "Tailor." In it, a guy gets measured for a suit in front of three mirrors, each of which reflects a man of a totally different ethnicity. (One viewer felt this approach represents the "different perspective" each mirror brings to your life. Uh ... hrm.)

Anywho, one reflection pulls out a pack of Skittles and starts poppin' them. "Wait. I'm not eating Skittles," the customer protests, at which point the tailor starts shouting at the reflection in Thai.

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by Angela Natividad    Jan-15-09    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Television



Brandy, You're a Fine Girl, But Scurvy -- er, the Sea -- is Calling.

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In a set of prints put together by THE REPUBLIK/Durham, boat manufacturer Wellcraft Marine Corp. appeals to salty sea dogs by emphasizing the rugged freedom and independent nature of life on choppy water.

o "Nothing tastes better than freshly outsmarted fish." (At left.)
o "Bowlines moor boats to docks. Windor knots moor men to desks." Ooh, seaman pwnage.
o "You've never been seasick. Bet you've been landsick a few times though."
o "You wouldn't be caught dead with a fruit in your beer. Unless, of course, you were dying of scurvy."

Each bears weathered-looking imagery, a Wellcraft logo and tagline, "The Boater's Boat."

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by Angela Natividad    Jan-14-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Magazine



Doritos Narrows 'Crash the Super Bowl' Finalists Down to 5.

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Having long ago concluded it never has to finance another agency-produced ad EVER AGAIN, Doritos announced the five finalists of this year's "Crash the Super Bowl" contest. They are:

1. "Free Doritos," Joe Herbert, Batesville, IN
2. "New Flavor Pitch," Oren Brimer, New York, NY
3. "Power of the Crunch," Eric Heimbold, Venice, CA
4. "The Chase," Chris Roberts, Burbank, CA
5. "Too Delicious," Michael Goubeaux, Los Angeles, CA

Impressively, they all share Doritos' abrupt frat-boyish brand persona. Almost like they were made by guys cut out of the same mold but of varying degrees of funniness.

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