Adidas Joins the Free-Music-Giveaway Club

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For its back-to-school campaign "New School of Thought," Adidas Originals went all hipster and whatnot. The company partnered with trueAnthem to create a widget that gives away free music by Ultraviolet Sound and 30 percent discounts on Adidas Originals gear. The widget also includes short Adidas audio ads mixed by the band.

The street-sassy shoe brand joins Converse, Gap, Cartier and even Vanity Fair in disseminating free MP3s to the masses.

Why this might be smart marketing: if iTunes listeners switch Coverflow on, listening to your track will expose them to your marketing message, along with the album art. And if the campaign music's been uploaded onto last.fm, then last.fm users expose their friends to your brand when they listen to your track. So go stimulate those white earbuds, you go-getters, you.

by Angela Natividad    Aug- 7-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Good, Online



10 Cane Run Extends Ad Conference Haze

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Like a mashup of country club elitism and Rastafarian grooviness, these new Mother New York-created videos from 10 Cane Rum are delightfully intoxicating and elicit a blurry, drug-addled fogginess. After two days at an ad conference, these videos perfectly identify with the current mindset. And even if you haven't just survived an advertising conference, you'll love where these videos take you; to that serene Caribbean world where everyone is perfect looking and the run flows freely on the warm, sunny beach while the bothers of the real world slowly slip away. Can you feel it? Are you there? Are you running to the store right now to buy some 10 Cane rum?

by Steve Hall    Aug- 7-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Good, Strange, Video



Greyhound Kills 'Bus Rage'Campaign Following Beheading

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If you're a bus company with an ad campaign that touts the fact nobody's ever heard of "bus rage" and them some freak goes and beheads a dude on the bus, you're quite likely to pull the campaign which is exactly what Greyhound did in light of last weeks bus murder.

After the murder of 22-year-old Tim McLean, who was repeatedly stabbed and then beheaded on a bus traveling through Manitoba, Greyhound pulled their poster campaign which carried the headline "There's a reason you've never heard of Bus Rage." well, sadly, now there is and the campaign had to be killed.

by Steve Hall    Aug- 6-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Poster



If You Have Nipples, America Doesn't Want You

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Here we go again. Apparently, it's OK to blow up stuff in TV commercials (see Verizon's Michael Bay commercial) but OMFG, show a fleeting glimpse of a natural human body part and the country freaks to high alert, places a blindfold over the collective eyeballs of every kid in the country (nudity is bad!!) and launches the cause group machine.

Yes. This is America. Nudity is bad. Nudity is something to be shunned. Natural beauty? Screw that. Put a potato sack on! Cover that God-given beauty. Sex is bad. Sex dirty. Sex is nasty. Sex should never be thought about. Sex should be shunned.

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 4-08    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Campaigns, Opinion



Columbus Ohio Really is a Nice Place to Visit. Seriously

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With top ten lists for everything imaginable, everyone has been trained to basically ignore anything that isn't in the top ten. So what's a city like Columbus (OK, they do have the second largest college population) to do when it comes to creating a tourism campiagn that will announce to the rest of the country that the place actually exists and that it has a lot to offer? Highlight what's not in Columbus, of course.

Ad blogger Leigh Householder, along with 60 other bloggers, was invited to an Experience Columbus-hosted event to unveil the new tourism campaign which carries the tagline, Not in Columbus. One element off the campiagn is a t-shirt which, on one side, has a picture of an crossed out Eiffel Tower and "But I Did Everything Else" on the other.

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 4-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Good



Energizer Appeals to the Urchin in Us

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Under the tagline "Never let their toys die," Energizer UK depicts kids in various states of, uh, toyless engagement. The campaign won top accolades in Press Advertising at the Cannes International Ad Festival.

See the work (helpfully labeled by ME!):

o Merry-Go-Hostage
o Pretty Pretty Puppy
o Not Quite Rain

Put together by DDB/South Africa to support Energizer's "longest-lasting battery" position. Awesome stuff. What'd you guys do, spend a week at the primary school?

by Angela Natividad    Aug- 4-08    
Topic: Best, Brands, Campaigns, Magazine, Poster



Average Spots Tout Average Brand Lenovo

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Lenovo, likely the most un-hip computer brand ever, is out with four new commercials which will be aired during the Olympics. The spots, as equally un-hip as the product they tout, are actually quite good...in a decidedly un-hip sort of way.

The strangest of all is Troll, in which two guys discuss what happens when their computers crashed. The Lenovo guy just pushes the magical One Button recovery button. The non-Lenovo guy gets a fruit basket delivered by a troll. Strange indeed.

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 3-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials



Top Ten Tech Campaigns Remembered

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With Microsoft's $300 million "save Vista at all costs" campiagn on the verge, PC Magazine's Gearlog took it upon themselves to gather together what they believe to be the ten "most iconic" tech ad campaigns. By default, as it is in every case whether warranted or not, Apples, 1984 tops the list.

That bit of non-news aside, other well-deserved campaigns such as the RCA dogs, Verizon's Can You Hear Me Now, Nintendo's The Wizard, Apple's Get A Mac, Maxells' Blown Away Guy, IBM's Little Tramp, Dell's Dell Dude, Energizer's Energizer Bunny and, yes, Microsoft's Start Me Up make the list.

by Steve Hall    Aug- 3-08    
Topic: Campaigns



Yeah, Those Would Be Breakdancing Bees

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For every beehive lost, a b-boy somewhere goes up in smoke.

Put together by Feed Company for client Haagen-Dazs, which hopes to raise awareness about the high rate of honey bee deaths. (The shorthand: honey bees are dying in increasing numbers. We depend on them for one-third of our food supply, so if they all die, well ... let's just say no more ice cream for you.)

Visit Help the Honey Bees to read more. Cute site. Sad how the little bee just falls into the grass and dies, though. Kinda reminded me of this.

Luckily (maybe?) for future bees, the breakdancing bee video is generating steam from breaker fans. See YouTube comments. Then hey, go buy ice cream. (Chocolate peanut butter is smooooth.)

by Angela Natividad    Aug- 1-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Cause, Online, Trends and Culture, Video



Most Interesting Man Tries to Stay Interesting

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Apart from the fact Dos Equis' Most Interesting Man in the World conjures, somewhat, Charlton Heston's Moses (or is it George Parker?), he's well, just not that interesting in this second outing of the campaign. That's par for the course when a campaign initially breaks from the mold and then tries to maintain that break over time. What was once new and different now becomes "Oh, it's those weird Dos Equis ads again." which, in some respects, isn't such a bad thing in this era of continuously changing brand direction before the consumer has a chance to understand the initial direction.

Euro RSCG is behind the campaign which consists of three television spots which you can view here.

by Steve Hall    Aug- 1-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Creative Commentary










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