At Philly International this week, I found this weird ad for Delaware's department of tourism. The running theme is "keep it in your jeans!", which at first sight would appear to be the yang philosophy to Levi's recent "unbutton your beast" endeavor.
Oddly, though, the message isn't to keep your monster man-wad at bay. It's an invitation for tourists to ... save ... money.
OK. Let's analyze this new Coke commercial, part of the new Wieden + Kennedy-created Open Happiness campaign. Two teens. Sitting in a library. Flirting. Drawing images of Coke bottles, ice and a glass on their skin.
They touch. And there's fluid transfer! Yes, fluid transfer. Right in the middle of the library.
Strange love, indeed. Oh the multiple meanings that emanate from this!
This, along with several other spots including a new Happiness commercial, will debut tonight on American Idol. Some of these commercial will also air during the Super Bowl.
Want your childhood back? Sleepovers? Recess? Courtesy of BBDO Toronto, all you have to do is grab a Diet Pepsi and reminisce. That is until, for some, the realization childhood wasn't actually so great after all slaps you upside the head.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
- 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.
"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.