Classic Ad Gimmicks Used to Help Save Energy

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This is sorta nifty. Motivated by the assumption that youth adopt ideals based on how they're presented, Grey/Madrid launched Compra esta actitude ("Buy this attitude") on behalf of the Madrid City Council.

The effort tells people to save energy by twisting up gimmicks we're all familiar with. Ads were inspired by shampoo and perfume ads, and even those totally improbable amateur online videos.

Creative is divided by medium: Internet, TV, Radio, Grafica. Run a barcode scanner over each to see the work. The image at left is from the shampoo spoof, where a woman with lustrous hair swings it in the direction of a lightswitch and flips it off. And here's the online video they're pushing: "The light pong masters," inspired in part by stuff like "Guy catches glasses with face" for Ray Ban. Expect some heavily edited, totally improbable ping pong action. Yeah, baby, yeah.



9,580 Paper Dolls Sacrificed to Keep Converse Cool

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Anomaly/NY worked with Santogold, Julian Casablancas and Pharrell Williams of NERD to produce My Drive Thru, a paper doll music video for Converse. It's effortlessly dope, more so because Pharrell is the coolest fucking celebrity in the entire world. Oh, and the other two are also pretty awesome.

This is part and parcel of Converse's "Connectivity" campaign, which rocked well from Day 1. Scoop My Drive Thru up free on the Converse website, which was revamped to reinforce the celebu-paper doll thing. (Also very cool.) Click "unfold" for screen takeover -- minimal laggage -- then download the track.

by Angela Natividad    Jul-25-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Good, Online, Video



Got a Penny? Go Buy Glue

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To show how the penny is shortchanged in the value hierarchy, Office Max launched a campaign called "Power to the Penny." Toting a hidden camera, comedian Matt McCarthy pisses people off all over New York City by trying to buy stuff, like steak dinners, with nothing but bags full of copper coinage.

My favourite scene from the above video:

Chef (who pops outta nowhere): "How about if you come in here and you order the steak, and I take the steak, and I put it in the blender, and I give you the steak in a milkshake. Is that a steak?"

Long pause.

Matt McCarthy: "Why don't you go back in the kitchen, because you're not helping the situation."

I wish I had a penny for every time daddy said that to mommy.

More videos at PennyPranks. Each one ends with a clip-happy visual orgy of everything you can buy at Office Max for a penny. Crayons! Yardsticks! Glue! It's diorama time.

by Angela Natividad    Jul-25-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online, Strange, Video



Cactus Prick Gets Girl Knocked Up, 50 Cent Sues Taco Bell, Kanye West Champions Healthy Self-Image

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- The Social Path drew our attention to this perplexing Oasis ad where a girl gets knocked up by a cactus -- not for its own sake, but to justify half-assed Myspace campaigns.

- 50 Cent is upset with Taco Bell. Yeah well, we are too.

- Support your Presidential contender of choice with a handy-dandy kippah. Goes with everything.

- This is kind of neat. By the way, save water.

- Just what you need: a Samsung Instinct miniseries.

- Kanye West helps improve self-esteem. With vodka. But you probably already know that trick, don't you?

- Philippe Starck and BBC Two are doing an Apprentice-style series called School of Design. "Vous etes fired." Heh.



Hollywood-Focused Revlon Campaign Moves on to Jennifer Connelly

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Revlon is churning through Hollywood stars and after the likes of Halle Berry, Jessica Alba, Elle McPherson, Susan Sarandon, Julianne Moore, Eva Mendes, Jaime King, the brand has signed a deal with Oscar winner Jennifer Connelly to appear in an upcoming ad campaign.

Famous both for brief nude scenes and her stellar acting abilities, Connelly is, in the words of Revlon President and CEO David Kennedy, "a modern, dynamic and intelligent woman. She is an accomplished wife, mother and actress and her successes complement the spirit of the Revlon brand."

by Steve Hall    Jul-25-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity



Scare Tactics Used to Talk You Onto GM's Used Car Lot

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"There's great confusion among consumers about what constitutes a certified used vehicle," preaches director Mark Mathews of GM's Used-Vehicle Activities, eyes wild with foreboding.*

"Manufacturer certified vehicles offer new-vehicle-like benefits and financing options where others do not; private sellers being the most risky option."

If you're not sufficiently flooded with self-doubt, go get ambushed. Fear monger of choice: Mullen.

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by Angela Natividad    Jul-24-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online



Saatchi's 'The Breakfast Club' A 'Mean Girls' Failed 'Fetch'

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Saatchi & Saatchi's The Breakfast Club campaign for JCPenney has been crapped by everyone on since it launched. Today, it's Rebecca Cullers' turn. On AdFreak, Rebecca does the math, writing, "I was 3 years old when The Breakfast Club came out in 1985. I didn't know the film existed until I was in college, where it was included in a class on culturally significant movies for Gen X. Now, there's more or less a decade separating me from today's incoming high-school students. Does anyone really think they will get the reference?"

She is absolutely correct in her analysis of the problem and for anyone at Saatchi or JCPenney not to have realized this is further confirmation far too many advertisers and their agencies, despite believing the contrary, are completely out of touch with reality.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-24-08    
Topic: Agencies, Bad, Brands, Campaigns, Opinion, Trends and Culture



Hey Look, a Motorcycle Show.

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Here's a really long trailer for Sons of Anarchy, a gritty FX man-drama about motorcycle clubs and the families that send the burly soldiers yonder.

What you can expect: emotional outbursts, a Molotov cocktail or two, some girl-punches and a swastika. And you thought Mad Men was real!

The ad was built in-house, with a heightened sense of melodrama brought to you by PrimalScream Music, which composed The Dream We Left Behind especially for the show.

by Angela Natividad    Jul-23-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Television



Next Time You're in Quicksand, Lie Still. (Thanks, Samsung!)

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Test Your Instincts is a free (brought to you by Samsung Instinct!) quiz that gauges a person's wildlife savvy: what do you do when a jellyfish stings, when a shark comes angling for your surfboard, or when you're stuck in quicksand (which happens to me all the time)?

The scenarios are wordy, but you'll at least learn something* and there's no registration process. I fared pretty terribly. Oddly, the answers I did know were mostly culled from Captain Planet.

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by Angela Natividad    Jul-23-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Games, Online, Promotions



Lotus Won't Just Fit You with Features; You'll Get a Little Character, Too

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Check out Faceless People, for which a bunch of, well, faceless people appear in high-profile places all over England.

By wading through a sea of faceless folk on FacelessPeople.com, you can read up on the specs for the new Lotus Evora. Tagline: "True character in a faceless world."

Diggin' the creepy guerrilla effort (imagine getting on the bus and sitting next to somebody WITHOUT A FACE!), but I also think it's pretty bitchy to claim to have a premium on character. (Why spend $80K for character when a jagged scar does it for free?) Thanks to Adrants reader Tom Quinn for sending this over.

by Angela Natividad    Jul-22-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Guerilla, Strange










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