Minnesota Lottery Ads Capture Store Clerk Geekism Perfectly

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The sad thing about this new Colle + McVoy-created campaign for the Minnesota State Lottery is that there really are real people in the real world just like the ones depicted in three new commercials. You've met them. They might work at your local convenience store, the local Best Buy or, perhaps, CompUSA. You know the type. The ones who look so goofy you can't believe they don't, themselves, believe they look goofy. Or the ones who say and do things so strange you can't believe they don't, themselves, know they sound and look like an idiot.

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by Steve Hall    Jan-21-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Good, Strange



Firebrand to Create National Holiday Out of...Um...Commercials

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Is there such a thing as tanking a press release, hoping no one will pick it up and make fun of it? No luck of that here today folks. It might be Martin Luther King day but we're still strapped to our crappy, back-breaking, sorry-ass chair dishing out content for the rest of you unlucky souls working today while your bosses are enjoying the day off.

Anyway. here we go. Firebrand (the hottest spots from the coolest brands, ya know) is pleased to announce what it's dubbed "The Holiest Day in Advertising," occurring February 4th. On that day, Firebrand will showcase the best of this year's Super Bowl spots.

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by Steve Hall    Jan-21-08    
Topic: Cable, Campaigns, Celebrity, Online, Super Bowl 2008



Movie Trailer Suddenly Becomes Smirnoff North Commercial

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In what first appears to perhaps be a movie trailer, we see aerial shots of the arctic North complete with dramatic iceberg cliffs, the clear blue sea, under sea ice flows and floating icebergs. It's matched perfectly with a movie preview-style voiceover and continues as such until a giant dagger with blueberries on it smashes into a towering iceberg. As the camera pans in and then back it's revealed the entire scene is a glass of Smirnoff North, a new, berry-flavored vodka. At the same time the scene changes a new voiceover steps in and completes the commercial.

We like the ad's simplicity. It was created by JWT with effects rendered by Version2.

by Steve Hall    Jan-16-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Good



Marines, the True American Idols Debut on 'American Idol' Wednesday

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During the Wednesday night episode of American Idol, The United States Marine Corps will debut a commercial called America's Marines which supports the Our Marines website that tells the stories of current and former Marines and why they serve. The site also contains documentaries of the public's interaction with the Marines during the filming of the commercial and during other encounters. It's the website, more than the commercial itself, that offers a deeper look into the life of a Marine as well as America's appreciation for them even if they don't agree with the politics behind their deployment.

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by Steve Hall    Jan-15-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Good, Online



Porsche Cayenne GTS Launch the Last Work For Carmichael Lynch

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Finishing up its work for Porsche as the account shifts to Cramer-Krasselt, Carmichael Lynch, which landed Subaru without review in November, has released its last work for Porsche. To launch the Cayenne GTS in the states, Carmichael Lynch created a new TV spot and, along with Fabric Interactive, a new website which is currently counting down to the vehicles January 28 launch.

In the commercial, a Cayenne driver ascends the mountains overlooking LA and, in a nod to some sort of urban myth, revs its engine to which other Porsches respond. It's really that simple. The site doesn't have much on it for now other than the spot itself, a countdown clock and a little engine rev thingy. Hopefully, we'l see more January 28th.

by Steve Hall    Jan-14-08    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Online



Sony VAIO TZ Takes Flight in New Hispanic, Latin America Campaign

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To introduce Sony's ultra light VAIO TZ, Los Angeles-based agency Ignited has taken the light-as-paper metaphor to heart with new print, outdoor and TV work, part of the brand's ongoing "Like No Other" campaign. While we're not sure we'd be fond of our laptop suddenly fluttering off in the wind or getting snagged and carried off by a flock of doves, we do think the metaphor is beautifully crafted. Besides, we still have faint memories of high school physics and realize that, even at 2.5 pounds, the TZ isn't likely to stay aloft for too long.

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by Steve Hall    Jan-14-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Good, Magazine, Outdoor, Television



Tattoos Somehow Sell Volkswagen Toureg

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Not much to say about these Volkswagen Toureg ads other than what does a woman standing in what looks to be a prehistoric dinosaur landscape and a man standing in a rocky, desert-like landscape have to do with selling an SUV? Maybe it's Friday and we're tired. Maybe we like more descriptive body copy in out ads. Maybe we drank too much last night.

by Steve Hall    Jan-11-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Magazine, Strange



Second Life Shop 'Hang the DJ' Launches Poster Campiagn

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Yes, yes, Second Life is apparently alive. While haven't been there in months, commerce seems to be alive and well or at least the promotional aspects of commerce. Here's an ad campaign for Hang the DJ clothing shop. Just like in real life, Second Life virtual hotties model the shop's wares. While the men's t-shirts are likely to fit any average guy, it appears the women's t-shirts have to be specially sized to accommodate the huge breasts every female in SL seems to possess.

And you have to get a kick out of the odd juxtaposition of each male model's left hand appearing eerily between the crotch of the model to his left.

by Steve Hall    Jan-11-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Poster, Social



Wendy's May Dump Saatchi

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Wendy's, apparently not pleased with its red wig campaign, may be leaving Saatchi & Saatchi, AdScam's George Parker reports. A Saatchi source tells Parker production has ceased on all work. George didn't like the red wig campaign citing its lack of relevance to the brand and its lack of message content.

We're not sure we agree. Following the death of iconic Dave Thomas, Wendy's work hit a low point. We think the red wig campaign succeeded in eliciting a "whoa, that's pretty good in a weird sort of whacked way" reaction. Whether it sold any hamburgers we know not.

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by Steve Hall    Jan-10-08    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Campaigns



You're into Yoga? Pardon Me While I Cream Myself

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Did you ever have that fantasy about looking so hot that other hotties literally pause on the street to look at you? Or make love to themselves against your windows? Or put on period costumes to play kinky games around your body while you complete yoga postures?

We all have. And it's all in this Equinox spot by Fallon.

But wait! There's more.

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by Angela Natividad    Jan- 9-08    
Topic: Best, Campaigns, Commercials, Magazine, Racy










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