Marissa Miller Attempts to Sex Up Buick Enclave

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Sports Illustrated model Marissa Miller has been tapped by Buick to lend a bit of sexiness to its Enclave. This behind the scenes look at the creation of the commercial gives us a glance at what Buick is going for. It's all about the distracting qualities of beauty. Although, if the commercial is to be taken literally, the Enclave is destined to cause disaster wherever it is seen.

What we love most about this behind the scenes look is the ceaseless verbal analogies the ad's creators spew likening the hotness of Miller to the hotness of the car. Of course their comments are politely couched and devoid of any tongue wagging that might normally coincide with the description of a supermodel.

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by Steve Hall    May-10-12    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Commercials, Racy



Samsung Saves World From Fiona Freeze, Loading Ball Larry and Battery Brutus

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In a world...where ad agencies can't do the movie trailer-style ad concept enough, we have new work from IDEO and Hungry Man for Samsung. Introducing us to three characters, Fiona Freeze, Loading Ball Larry and Battery Brutus, each of the three commercials highlights the computing nightmares we have all experienced; the spinning ball, the frozen screen and the battery dying before its time.

All this seemingly end of the world drama is, of course, to inform us we should all be using Samsung memory which, presumably, is more powerful and uses less energy. It's an effective representation of the concept but also a tellingly sad indication our lives are ruled by technology and we are slaves to its idiosyncrasies.

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by Steve Hall    May- 9-12    
Topic: Campaigns



We Get Teased by Mike's Hard Lemonade

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So Mike's Hard Lemonade is out with a new campaign and they are teasing it with clues on Twitter which lead to a Facebook page on which...there are links to three new ads...along with an image of a gorilla, an astronaut, a hyena and a very sexy pair of legs. Sadly, none of the ads feature the sexy legs.

So we complained about that to Mike's Hard Lemonade Social Media Marketing Coordinator Alex Levine. She said, "Just you wait." To which, we said, "Tease!" To which she answered, "#gulity." We like Alex!

So on to the three spots. They all begin the same. Two guys are playing golf. One guys knocks the ball in the whole while another hands him a Mike's Hard Lemonade and says, "Sometimes you gotta change things up." And that's exactly what happens. In very odd ways. Watch all three below.

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by Steve Hall    May- 7-12    
Topic: Campaigns, Social



Crawfords Do JCPenney, Michael Jackson Back With Pepsi

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- Cindy Crawford is in a new JCPenney ad campaign with her mother and her daughter.

- Pepsi is bringing Michael Jackson back from the dead and using him in a new upcoming ad campaign.

- The story behind the Red Tomato Pizza VIP Fridge Magnet. Remember? You push a button to order your pizza.

- Here's that video from CHI&Partners for Every Mother Counts that urges all mothers to become silent on Mothers Day in some sort of protest to get mothers recognized. Guys around the world are cheering right now. An entire day without their woman nagging them.

- A new campaign for Accountemps.

- Here's some parodies (one, two) of the Clorox Bleachable Moments campaign.

- Here's some inspirational work for the Candian Paralympic Committee

by Steve Hall    May- 3-12    
Topic: Campaigns, Celebrity, Video



Jagermeister Brings Together Manly Men

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Isn't the sole purpose of drinking Jagermeister to get trashed out of your mind? After all, what other purpose does the drink serve? It's not like it actually tastes good or anything. So why has the brand, for its first-ever U.S. TV campaign gathered together the likes of Keyshawn Johnson, Kerry King, Freddie Roach, Mike Lingerfelt, Mister Cartoon, Nathan Fletcher and recently inducted Rob Smets for an all out manly man-fest.

But...here's the thing. These guys are really successful. Are we to believe they actually still drink Jager as opposed to, oh, say, some fine scotch?

Oh wait. According to the press release, "Jägermeister is a strong drink for strong men, with strong bonds." OK. It all makes perfect sense now.

Anyway, the spot, created by LA-based Mistress, breaks today and can be seen on FX, Spike, Comedy Central, ESPN, Discovery and Fox Sports. Supporting the TV buy will be online efforts on Complex and VICE as well as outdoor

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by Steve Hall    May- 3-12    
Topic: Campaigns



Ashton Kutcher Looks For Love on Dating Site

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This is beyond hilarious. Popchips, with help from LA-based Zambezi, teamed up with Ashton Kutcher and, in one day, transformed Ashton into four different colorful characters - a flamboyant fashion designer, a sensitive Harley-loving biker, a new age hippie, and a Bollywood film producer.

The campaign promotes faux dating site, World Wide Lovers. The video leads to a Facebook page on which people can choose one of the four Ashton characters and have him deliver a message of love or, if things aren't quite so rosy on the relationship front, a Dear John message.

In addition to the online elements of the campaign, out-of-home will appear in six markets (Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco, Boston, Phoenix and Denver).

Be sure to check out additional video below which highlight each individual character.

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by Steve Hall    May- 2-12    
Topic: Campaigns, Celebrity, Online, Outdoor, Social



Meet Up Site Badoo Highlights New Yorkers in First Ad Campaign

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Social discovery site and fourth largest social network, Badoo, is launching its first U.S. advertising campaign on April 26 as part of its official American launch. Entitled "I Want", the campaign kicks off with both offline and online elements.

Starting on April 26, Badoo will launch an outdoor advertising campaign in the New York area which will run until the end of May as well as a digital program that starts April 30. The campaign follows The Badoo Project which saw more than 1,000 New Yorkers receive a professional online profile picture.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-26-12    
Topic: Campaigns



Under Armour Helps Women Kick Ass

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Red Tettemer + Partners and CP+B have created a campaign for Under Armour have created What's Beautiful, a social media contest that provides women with an online community designed to help them meet and exceed their physical goals through a series of training challenges. The three women who rise to the top of the challenge will receive a one year sponsorship deal with Under Armour.

After nine weeks, Under Armour will nominate 10 finalists based on the strength, drive, and determination highlighted in their stories and original content submissions to be featured on the What's Beautiful homepage and mobile app. Ultimately, three winners will be named - two by Under Armour selection and one by public vote.

by Steve Hall    Apr-26-12    
Topic: Campaigns, Mobile/Wireless, Online



Old Spice Will Help You Break Up With Heather Graham

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Hard to believe but apparently there are times when one would break up with Heather Graham. If, in fact, they were ever lucky enough to go out with the Rollergirl hottie. In a new ad for Old Spice which takes a self-help approach to things and ends up with the curiously witty tagline, I Believe In My Smelf. Again, continued brilliance from Wieden + Kennedy.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-23-12    
Topic: Campaigns, Celebrity



Did New Belgium Copy the Work Beer Campaign?

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Sadly, in the ad business, copycatting is all to prevalent. Sometimes it's unintentional. Sometimes it's just chance. Sometimes it's an agency "repurposing" old work for a new client. Sometimes it's the client asking a new agency to "repurpose" the work of another agency.

Whatever the case may be, it's always a sticky situation. We'd like to believe maliciousness is never in play. We can't really ever be sure though.

The latest case of copycatting comes from Work Labs, a company that prides itself for creating brands designed for the everyday worker. One of these products was Work Beer, a microbrew brand that was developed in 1999 and brewed for a short time by Main Street Beer Company. In 2005, Work Labs developed an ad campaign for the microbrew.

Yesterday, Work Labs Founder Cabell Harris contacted us (after it had been called to our attention by another source) to tell us his 2005 campaign for Work Beer looked strikingly similar to a 2012 New Belgium campaign for Shift Beer. You can see each campaign side by side here.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-20-12    
Topic: Campaigns, Opinion










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