Is a Chevy Anything Like a Hailstorm of Shoes?

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Here's a spot comparing the Chevy Traverse to "a sudden downpour of shoes." It's the latest in a campaign that debuted during the Beijing Olympics. (Remember the ad with the half-nekkid man ironing shirts?)

Facile premise: the Traverse is everything you've ever wanted. To illustrate that point, stereotypes of everything "we've" ever wanted are used. Hot men that iron? A hailstorm of shoes?

If nothing else, this spot's more coherent than the last. In August, I spent at least eight minutes on Twitter trying to figure out Shirtless Man's relation to folding seats.

by Angela Natividad    Oct-14-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Television



Bulgarian Ad Objectifies Woman, Reduces Her to Pair of Melons

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Belgian born Peter Forret, who recently took a trip to Bulgaria, noticed an ad campaign for Mastika, an aphrodisiac used as an ingredient in mixed drinks or in the yogurt drink Ayran. He remarked the standard of advertising in Bulgaria appears to be far different than that of his home country, Belgium.

The print campaign employs visuals of scantily clad women foisting their curvaceous features towards the viewer. A commercial has two guys ogling a girl who passes them by on the beach and casts a shadow on the sand suggesting a figure of, shall we say, larger than normal proportions. Sadly, the commercial employs the tired, much over used male arousal tactic.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-14-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Racy, Strange, Worst



Celebs, Scribbles, Gap Try Stimulating Youth Vote

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What better way to get self-conscious Millennials to the ballot than with a bunch of celebs being gratuitously cool, slightly ironic and occasionally almost (but not quite!) deep?

Look, look, it's Bill Maher in a blazer, prattling about elitists. It ends with "Vote for BBQ" -- except BBQ is written in a Mad Libs sorta way, so you know the "vote for" is open to whatever motivation, however bizarre or irrelevant, you've got.

Because hey, that's democracy.

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At AdEaters, Watch for Roofies ... and Teeny Little Gorillas

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To promote Night of the AdEaters, a 40-country show that screens ads from around the world in a no-holds-barred atmosphere, Euro RSCG/London resuscitated some of the ad icons it helped create.

The idea was to convey what someone might experience the morning after an indulgent ad event. (Odd, DDB/Stockholm seemed similarly inspired for the Roy awards.) At left, see the Cadbury Gorilla at the end of a tooth-scraper. Here's Flat-Head Eric in the same context, and the Energizer Bunny on dental floss.

The shit people put in your drinks!

Night of the AdEaters happens on October 16 at London's Bloomsbury Theatre. Tickets have sold out since the campaign started running.

by Angela Natividad    Oct-14-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Industry Events, Magazine, Poster



Luhrmann Promotes 'Australia' by Promoting Australia

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You probably know Baz Luhrmann by reputation, if not by name. He directed Strictly Ballroom, a tribute to the art of dance; Romeo + Juliet, his altar to the written word; and Moulin Rouge!, a garish but dazzling musical homage to pop culture.

He's just completed his latest film, Australia. I don't know much about it, but -- here's an interesting twist -- he's promoting it through a tourism gig.

DDB Worldwide -- which represents Tourism Australia -- tapped Lurhmann for its "Come Walkabout" campaign, which is technically for Australia but also for Australia. In the debut spot, a mystical (and naked?) little boy encourages a stressed woman to defect from her unraveling life.

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by Angela Natividad    Oct-13-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Good, Online, Promotions



MySpace MyAds, Google Reminisces, Gen-Y Baby Mamas, Ad-Whoring on the Porcelain God

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- MySpace MyAds, live in beta.

- OMG Elle and Stardoll!

- Celebrating 10 years as pop star and leader of the new world order, Google walks down memory lane with some happy worker bees. I'm guessing that the gushers chosen weren't day care patrons. Or hungry.

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by Angela Natividad    Oct-13-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online, Outdoor, Promotions



Pepsi Exchanged for Bananas, Space Travel and Bikini Babe

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Why are these people staring off into space and accepting bribes in the form of Pepsi? Why do they look like they are somehow detached from the realities of their lives? Why is it so inconceivable to believe these situations would actually take place?

Oh wait. This is advertising. Reality is irrelevant. All that matters is cool art direction and great photography. For that we give thanks, or not, to CLM BBDO Paris for this Pepsi print campaign.

by Steve Hall    Oct-13-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Magazine, Strange



Vodafone Fits, Halloween Scares, Academy Does Movies

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- MediaWeek has announced its 23rd Annual Media All Stars. If they provided a link, I could actually share the winners with you. You'll just have to wait for the November 10 issue for the list.

- Hallmark Channel (UK) has hired digital advertising agency Ralph to produce an interactive viral campaign to promote series 9 of Law & Order Special Victims Unit, season 9.

- For some strange reason, Vodafone thinks it's the only company that can make things that fit properly.

- Want to scare the shit out of trick or treaters this year? Get this.

- For the first time, the Academy will allow ads for movies on the Oscars.

- YouTube is testing click to buy ad units which will appear alongside the video and feature items in the video.

- The Levi's Unbutton Your Beast thing reached the pinnacle of mass exposure with a mention in Jay Leno's monologue.

by Steve Hall    Oct- 9-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Strange



Citizens Bank Green$ense Campaign Twists Logic

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In what appears to be nothing more than slapping the Green label on Bank of America's Keep the Change program, Citizens Bank has launched the Green$ense Campaign which pays customers ten cents for every electronic transaction they make but only up to $10 per month and $120 per year. Even without the facade of "greenery, Bank of America gives up to $250 per year with its program. And people don't even have to be green to get the $250.

Of course it's all to motivate people to bank electronically which uses less paper which, yes, is an admirable "green" effort. But, seriously, the real reason any bank would motivate its customers to bank electronically is to cut overhead (by hiring fewer tellers) and increase profit.

With cutesy headlines like "Being eco-friendly just got eco-nomical" and "The environment is like a bank account. Every little bit helps," the campaign rolls out in print, radio, outdoor and television.

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by Steve Hall    Oct- 9-08    
Topic: Bad, Campaigns, Cause, Opinion, Radio, Strange, Television



Because Handsets Should Reflect Your Brand Loyalty

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Vans partnered with FunMobility to disseminate all kinds of "Off the Wall" crap for your phone. Most of it is free, because all of it is an elaborate ploy to get your cell phone number, zip code and gender.

Raaad.

by Angela Natividad    Oct- 9-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Mobile/Wireless, Online










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