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We admire an agency that'll create a campaign, publish the fact they've done so, highlight the fact its city has the ugliest people and do it all without any client approval or charging a penny. Yup, Philadelphia's Gyro Worldwide has embraced the fact its city was just named the ugliest city in America by Travel & Leisure Magazine readers.
Before Philadelphia was crowned the ugliest, John Waters, during an episode of John Favreau's Dinner For Five, tried to get the mayor of the former ugliest city, Baltimore to embrace its hideousness and create a tourism campaign out of the fact. He reasoned the rest of the country would flock to Baltimore like paparazzi to Britney Spears' cooch.
Our name starts with A. So when people we know slam or rub their phones against something, we're often the unfortunate recipients of an accidental call. Because of this, we've heard a lot of conversations we didn't exactly want to hear, including:
- A business acquaintance fight with his girlfriend
- Our best friend having sex
- Something that sounded really painful involving a cat (maybe?) and a bird
To save us from this mishap and help raise money on the side, Belgium's League of the Blind turned this common occurrence into a marketing campaign.
Lufthansa has launched RumorTravels, a campaign which highlights the prevailing stereotypes about countries around the world and why "You'll never know if you don't go." In several videos, countries such as Sweden, Germany and France are imagined by would be travelers.
There's also a contest which encourages people to submit rumors about a foreign country in the form of a video or a story for chance to win two round trip tickets from the U.S. to anywhere in Europe. We'll take Sweden.
Here's a series of commercials for Vancouver's Vancity Savings Credit Union which promotes environmentally friendly financial products with goofy scenarios such as a married couple using aerosol spray while discussing the wife's use of the credit union's credit card that donates to environmental causes, and an Eskimo couple debating whether or not global warming is a myth.
See the enviro VISA, the climate change mortgage and -- our favorite -- the mixer mortgage.
Created by TBWA\Vancouver, the commercials are shot by OPC director Brian Lee Hughes using his usually quirky style and mood. They're not the best we've seen from him but their brand of humor seems to click with us.
Today, the European Union has launched an anti-smoking campaign consisting of several videos that highlight the nastiness of smoking such as brown teeth, gray skin, raspy voice and smoky stench. Several videos mock these side effect of smoking by making them the price of entry and acceptance by creating products that actually create these side effect.
A man who tries to enter a saloon is turned away until he used a product that browns his teeth. A singer's producer doesn't like what he hears until she sprays her through that makes her sound like an old lady who'd been smoking for 40 years. A woman who looks too healthy uses skin cream to mask her skin with a seemingly more attractive gray color.
Lingerie company La Senza has chosen Sports Illustrated cover girl and Czech supermodel Petra Nemcova for its new spokesmodel for a soon to be launched ad campaign. Nemcova will replace the decidedly more curvaceous Gemma Atkinson who appeared in the brand's campaign for the past six months.
Oh so she's the hottie from the Date Movie Paris Hilton Carl's Jr. spoof. Yes, we're talking about the very beautiful, big eyed, Sophie Monk, who, like every other hot celeb, has joined PETA's GoVeg campaign. She follows Alicia Silverstone who recently joined the campaign. So here's Sophie doing the American Beauty thing on a bed of red peppers.
Oh, and you've got to love the name of PETA's blog: The PETA Files. Witty, huh?
Here's the next round of Sunsilk's Hairapy Lovebites series in which women discuss important issues such as how to plan for a puppy shower, whether or not it's appropriate to show your boobs off at work, the social status of a pedicurist, how a great haircut can cure all of life's problems and how the perfect guy is, without doubt, always a figment of one's imagination.
We watched all five episodes all the way through. That, my friends, is a better endorsement than any paragraph full of pointlessly fawning rhetoric. It felt like a TV show, not advertising. Yet, we clearly knew it was from Sunsilk. OK, OK. So we already knew that because the vids were sent to us by Jun Group Productions. But still.
Unlike Oldsmobile which tried to distance itself from its aging audience with the "It's Not Your Father's Oldsmobile" campaign, Beam Global Spirits is embracing the older generation for its Canadian Club whiskey by exclaiming, "Damn Right YOur Dad Drank It." Created by Energy BBDO, the campaign will launch in November with radio, out-of-home, POS and print. Ads will appear in Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated and Sporting News, with additional placements in Playboy, Men's Journal, Esquire, Outside and Men's Fitness in December and into 2008.
Hauling out imagery 60's and 70's imagery from actual Beam Global employees and positioning Dad as a once cool manly man, ads state "Your Mom Wasn't Your Dad's First," "Your Dad Was Not a Metrosexual" and "Your Dad Never Got a Pedicure."
Are we seeing a full-on return to the glory days of the hard liquor cocktail when beer was for factory workers and wine was for sissies? Can we now go back to the three martini lunch, pinch asses in the afternoon and have three more martinis at night while watching Mad Men? We might not get any work done but it sure sounds like fun.
In a new campaign, jeweler Clara Williams thinks it has clarified the difference between New York's East Side and West Side. Euro RSCG crated the campaign to highlight the jeweler's selection of customized jewelery. No doubt Gossip Girl will have something to say about this.