Nothing Spells Scandal Like Fantasy Baseball!

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America's two favourite pastimes, baseball and soap operas, meet at this most unexpected intersection.

"Endless Drama," a campaign where pipe dreams collide and deception runs rampant, is Arnold's saucy way of saying, "Play a little fantasy baseball on ESPN's tab. Because hey, face it, kid. It's not like you have the balls* to pick up a real bat and face the outside world anyway."

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by Angela Natividad    Apr- 1-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Online, Video



Smooth-Talkin' Beetle Flatters Model into Frenzy ... and Vice-Versa

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Meet Max, the classic '64 Volkswagen Beetle and star of VW's new campaign. In it, Max is a German talk show host who interviews people like Heidi Klum and David Hasselhoff of Baywatch.

He's not the tough-truths type. Check out the Heidi Klum interview. If Heidi and Max each had a phallus, they'd both be bent double.

Nice shoes though, Heidi. The soles matched Max's hood after that "German engineering is so sexy!" line you gave him.

by Angela Natividad    Mar-31-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Commercials, Television



Aquafina Pins Piniella for Daily Words of Wisdom

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If the bobblehead starts talking to you, squeeze the wheel and look straight ahead. It's probably just an Aquafina promotion.

To celebrate its snappy new designation as "Official Water of Major League Baseball" (sorry, there's an official water?), Aquafina has launched Lou's Daily Affirmations, featuring Lou Piniella.

Put together by Tribal DDB Dallas, yesterday's affirmation was "Life is always more interesting with a bat in your hands."

No need to tell me twice. The pinata might need convincing though.

by Angela Natividad    Mar-31-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online, Sponsorship



To Combat Underage Drinking, Alabama Targets Parents, Not Kids

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The Parentalyzer was put together by Red Square Agency to tackle underage drinking in Alabama. It has stats on drinking and driving, tips for keeping tabs on teens, and ads where parents openly admit to letting their critters sip the sauce every once in awhile.

This is one of those campaigns that would piss me off if I were a bottle-slinging Alabama mom, but it's otherwise a riot to inflict on other people. (Especially while they're at work!) Are you brave enough to take the Parentalyzer quiz, which -- unlike your closest friends -- might be man (or, well, machine) enough to tell you that you're raising a future member of the AA?

Think about that over a nice soothing gin.

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by Angela Natividad    Mar-31-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Online



Because Wouldn't It Be Awesome if Alkies Had a Holiday?

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One more reason to join AdGabber: Hearing about Proposition 3-17, Guinness' (childish?) attempt to turn alkie shenanigans into a legit holiday, well before St. Patrick's Day.

Failing that, you could always hit your nearest college town and go hashing every week.

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by Angela Natividad    Mar-28-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online



In Case Your Inner Perv Craves Inspiration

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Here's some randy creative for Hot Video by CLM BBDO, Paris. The piece at left reads "Don't worry, both candidates get the secretary job." Wallpaper-style background shares what-all went on between the lines.

Other statements that soothe in more ways than one:

o "In case you were wondering, the pool boy really cleans out the pool."
o "Yes, the plumber does fix the leaking pipe."
o "Just so you know, the girl next door does get the sugar she came for."
o "Eventually, the pizza delivery guy realizes none of the girls ordered a pizza."

The premise of the campaign is to tell you what happens at the end of Hot Video's porn-tastical videos, because they're all (tagline!) so good you won't get to the end.

Now that the dignity of every service worker you know has been ravaged, feel free (or not) to visit Hot Video. The site's totally SFW and far tamer than the advertising, if only because it makes no sense visually or otherwise.

by Angela Natividad    Mar-28-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Magazine, Online, Poster, Racy, Strange



Men Lost in Hairy Jungle Saved by Miss Epil

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Our first reaction after viewing these three new ads by Lowe Strateus for Miss Epil was "what the hell is that guy doing stuck in the jungle?" Then, we looked closer. We smiled. We giggled. We reminisced about similar experiences. Then, we said, "brilliant." With smartly crafted visuals, a product shot and a call to action-style tagline, these ads cut a clear path to simplicity of message. See all the ads here.

by Steve Hall    Mar-28-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Good, Magazine



Little Minx Experiments with Exquisite Corpse

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...and no, not in the PBS kind of way.

"Exquisite Corpse" is a game where words and images are assembled to make a new whole. Players must adhere to certain rules to keep the game going.

Thus inspired, LittleMinx.tv invited directors Chris Nelson, Josh Miller, Malik Hassan Sayeed and Phillip Van to play "Exquisite Corpse" with short films. Two rules:

o Each must respond to the last line of text from the last director's script, and
o Each film must feature the Little Minx brand somehow

View the results of the game. If you just want a taste, here's a lovely sad one about the death of innocence, which follows this one about a man who cheats at cards. (And that's a really, really short synopsis.*)

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by Angela Natividad    Mar-27-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Good, Video



Scion Doesn't Just Speak; It Speaks for You

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In keeping with Scion's build-your-own identity, StrawberryFrog launched Scion Speak, where you can create a Scion crest.

The site was developed after the agency interviewed Scion lovers in urban areas like LA and New York. Graffiti artist Tristan Eaton, who designed the options for the coats of arms, called the campaign "one of the most rewarding art projects I've ever created.

"I love that what I've created can be pieced together, in thousands of variations to become something no longer mine, but yours," he added.

We can identify with Eaton. Scion's campaigns aren't just creative; they tirelessly conceive creativity without deviating from Scion's gritty brand feel or relinquishing too much control. And because of that, a car we considered to be ass-ugly is now strangely desirable.

by Angela Natividad    Mar-27-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Good, Online



Pen Power Used to Market Wacom

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Witness The Power of the Pens, the last leg of an email marketing campaign for Wacom by eROI. Wacom makes pen tablets and interactive displays for inputting graphics into computers.

eROI used Power of the Pens to showcase work from a different digital artist every day for 12 days. The art was available to download for Wacom email subscribers, which could also upload creations onto the website.

The winning artist received a Cintiq 12WX tablet. View his entry.

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by Angela Natividad    Mar-26-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Online, Promotions








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