It May Not Hurt Kerouac, but Danielle Steel Might Feel the Burn

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While the IS F tears up the open road, the young lovers are on a path to tear their relationship apart. In the chapters that follow, eight additional authors have their way with Terence and Julia.

This is the kick-off for "In the Belly of the Beast," a collaborative story for Lexus Magazine (with logistical help from Story Worldwide). Participating authors include Jane Smiley, Pam Houston, Brian Antony and other scrivs unduly flattered by the Lexus pressie, titled "FORGET KEROUAC -- GO ON THE ROAD WITH LEXUS ORIGINAL FICTION."

The IS F: a great shag, and literary too? Mercy, I feel a Lifetime tie-in.

See last year's effort, "Black Sapphire Pearl."

by Angela Natividad    Apr-21-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online, Publishing



If Laughter is a Symphony ... Why Do I Have Chills?

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This website, where you can make a symphony out of other people's laughter, is disturbing. I swept my mouse over a few faces by chance and am suffering from serious eek!-factor, probably because The Exorcist has warped my perspective of all things sweet and cuddly.

If you can get past the whole symphony-of-mirth thing, check out the cookbook for recipes like the Laughing Turkey Wrap. It might come in useful if you ever want to spark an intervention.

Created by Lowe Roche, Toronto for Laughing Cow, the site generates traffic from a print campaign with peel-away messages trussed up like pieces of cheese. See how pretty, even beside a pee stick?

by Angela Natividad    Apr-21-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Magazine, Online, Strange



Ford Cars Used To Be Bad But Are Now Worth Buying. Honest.

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[Ed. We commented on Ford's new Drive One tagline earlier in March. Now Advertising Age comments. Now, we comment again.] Just when you think that re-designed cars that actually look good and drive well - step forward Ford Focus and Chevy Malibu - might position the American carmakers to start winning back the market share and brand battle that they have been so abjectly losing to their Japanese rivals, AdAge reports on Ford's new campaign, called "Drive One".

Have you driven a Ford lately, anyone?

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by Daily Ad Biz    Apr-19-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Opinion



Is It Wrong to Want to Live in a World Manufactured by Sony?

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Having teased us for weeks with videos and imagery, Sony has finally launched "Foam City," a spot for a line of camcorders and cameras, not the Bravia TVs like we originally thought.

Beautiful work. The music gives it a dreamlike quality, and people are depicted playing in the white menagerie while immortalizing the occasion with cameras.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr-14-08    
Topic: Best, Brands, Campaigns, Online, Video



Hapa Ain't No Half-Wit; It's Really Rather Sly

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To promote afternoon Happy Hour, Hapa Sushi Grill & Sake Bar coupled public utility images (like the "Slippery when Wet" symbol or the crosswalk man) with the legal language of liquor advertising ("Drink responsibly").

The result is a set of prints that merit a double-take and a smile. At left is "Chopstick responsibly." Also see "Flirt responsibly" and "Dance responsibility" (wardrobe malfunction!). Agency: TDA ADVERTISING & DESIGN, Boulder.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr-14-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Newspaper, Promotions



Like a Buzz Saw, Newcastle Takes the Edge Off

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vitro robertson recently launched this bus shelter campaign for Newcastle. In each poster, a glass of Newcastle beer is set alongside something prickly, like a blowfish or a cactus. The part nearest to the beer is jarringly barb-free.

"Smooth like no other," the ads read.

Weird. But you know what would be neat? If the ads were tactile, maybe in a magazine or something. They could be like scratch-and-sniffs, except for your fingers.

by Angela Natividad    Apr-11-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Outdoor, Poster



Geeks Banged, Phones Found, Foucan Leaps, Meth Murders

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- Here's a trailer for The Big Bang Theory, a comedy of geek/glam stereotypes that will probably last all of two seasons. And the saddest part is, I'll probably watch it at some point. It returns April 14 on CBS.

- This stunt by agency New Message for The Phone, a Dutch show where a randomly-placed phone surprises whomever picks it up with a chance to win 25,000 Euros, was called "HILARISCH!" by one a YouTube fan. I didn't find it that funny, but I like that there are people somewhere in the world shouting "HILARISCH!", possibly even as I write this out.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr-11-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Cause, Commercials, Guerilla, Television, Video



So, How Intensely Talented is Your Mouth?

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Because Colgate wants to know. o_O Catch the cattle call for "intensely talented mouths" all over MySpace today.

And speaking of mouths with intense talent, get a load of the nipple-tasting action on the lower right-hand side of the page.

All that dirty context doesn't really leave us with that fresh clean feeling. Exactly what kind of submissions do you want, Colgate?

by Angela Natividad    Apr-10-08    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Campaigns, Online



Don't Stop at Shaking Your Ass. SHAKE TA LIFE.

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Viacom is the parent company behind a covert French mobile phone promotion called Shake Ta Life (probably the most wince-worthy Franglais EVAR), where, with one quick shake, phones do all kinds of wild and wonderful things to improve the lives of their MTV-enslaved owners.

An on-site phone customizing doohickey lets you select what you want a phone to do (make you sexier, make a kebab) and how you'd like it to look (girly, glamrock, gothic, geeky).

I put together a geeky kebab-making phone. That's the thing at left. It probably smells nice.

The brand behind the madness will be revealed on April 16th. Try not to stay up fretting over it. Instead, ponder on this: wouldn't it be cool if your phone had a foosball table?

by Angela Natividad    Apr- 9-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Mobile/Wireless, Online, Strange, Video



Feed Company Drops Stats on Zune 'Masks' Effort

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Hey, remember that Zune Masks spot? Feed Company, which seeded it on YouTube and elsewhere, sent us metrics on how well it fared.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr- 9-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Research, Trends and Culture, Video, Viral










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