To reinvigorate love of starchy spud fare, McCain, makers of "the best damn chips in England" according to our in-house British consultant, tapped the expertise of Glue London, which developed the campaign; Aardman Animations; and Rubber Republic, which did the seeding.
The result was Potato Parade. For a friend, you could get a dancing line of spuds to spout praise and glory with little wooden signs.
Last year Benetton taught us that potatoes come from seeds, so madd props to Rubber Republic for "seeding" an all-singing, all-dancing parade.
Okay, that joke was just lame.
As if there weren't already enough Starbucks on every corner of every city and town in the nation, the chain plans to open 1,600 more in the next year. Partially in support of that and partially to stave off a minor (one percent) decline in transactions per store, Strabucks, in a conference call yesterday announced it would launch a new (it's first) national TV campaign (three spots now, two later in November) as well as an online initiative where visitors can share holiday cheer. Wieden + Kennedy is behind the campaign.
Hmm. Does America really run on Dunkin' or is Starbucks out to change that once and for all?
Pedaling to save the world -- or at least fuel advertising -- has endless appeal because we'll probably never run out of human energy or youthful tenacity.
The idea of driving people to oblivion for not doing the right thing (Vote or die!, Funny or die!, Assimilate with Android or die!) is also insanely appealing.
So Google and Specialized give us Innovate or Die(!), a rewards-driven invitation for young engineers to invent eco-friendly, zero-emission machines that operate on human pedal power.
If you're crazy enough to do it, or need to kill time until FlugTag, make a film about it and post it on YouTube by December 15.
Prize for the most innovative submission includes $5K and a Specialized Globe bike. Five runners-up will also get Specialized Globe bikes. We don't actually know what those are.
"Trust all wheel drive, not the weatherman." Big grins for those who can point to the irony in this campaign. See ads here.
Put together by TDA Advertising & Design, Boulder, for Stevinson Automotive.
All told, we like it all right.
Ouch! That looks like it hurts. Besides, who needs five legs? Oh wait, it's just a sneaker ad. Sorry. Apparently, Fila wanted to show the many angles of their new Unico running shoes in a campaign from agency Santa Clara in Sao Paulo. Anyway, it's weird looking and it caught our attention.
We continue to feel confused about Svedka Vodka's interpretations of the future. But confusion from arm's length is way better than getting dragged headlong into Svedka's Fem-bot world, which is exactly they're trying to do with Find Your Future You, a bewildering new marketing effort.
Grow Interactive, the interactive agency that put the site together, said we can upload our pictures and find out what we'll look like in the future. Our future selves can also send us witty text messages lending insight on what all's going down beyond the realms of trackable time.
Messages include the following example: "Hey It's Gender Bender You, mostly we date republican senators and televangelists now."
Anyway, we were having a little trouble finding pictures that matched the criteria for the site so we have no examples to show you. But the agency guy did send us this future-shot of a person called Chrystal.
Baby boomer focused AmericanLife TV has hooked up with been there, done that ad man George Lois to re-brand the cable network. Relating to the penchant of some Gen Y'ers to baby boomer music such as Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones, Lois came up with the tagline, "I'm the Baby of a Baby Boomer." Ads will feature boomers and their kids: Joe Namath and Daughter Jessica, Susan Sarandon and Patti LuPone, Graydon Carter Rene Syler. Cable, newspaper, billboards and inflight magazines will carry the campaign.
Red Bull has added yet another promo to its growing line of user-created forrays.
The company that brought us the annual flying wonder-ridden Flugtag and Art of Can contests is now asking UK consumers to write its next TV ad.
Called the Red Bull Tall Story Contest, the brand artfully positions yet another CGM pandering campaign as an a kind of literary contest, by asking consumers to write a "witty short story."
Entries should follow in the spirit of its long-running cartoon spots, where someone gets wings after downing a Red Bull.
Adverblog says Red Bull will be promoting the contest with half a million pounds using radio, print and online advertising, in addition to on-campus student promos.
UK mobile telecom Orange hired Poke to come up with a never-ending take on the microsite.
The Good Things Should Never End site includes "100s of wind-up phone chargers [...] as giveaways," hidden in its nooks and crannies, says Poke's Iain Tait, putting method to the madness of spending your workday descending this flash-based world of wonder.
Kudos for the Easter Eggs. They're so under-used.
We were going to make some sort of "more whimper than bang!" type joke right about hereish, but all we can really hear right now is the endless sound of sucking.
That's because Dan Fielding's Domestic God sponsor is the one and only Electrolux. The big news was revealed on the snarling comedian's MySpace after a three-month scavenger hunt for the sponsor in which you had to consume almost as much Dan Fielding propaganda as the guy himself does.
According to this video, Dan Fielding is a comic book character sponsored by Electrolux. Per the plot, his girlfriend leaves him because of his mess. No big shocker there.
Fielding also goes to lengths to highlight how his favorite books, authors and movies -- listed on MySpace -- all have to do with identity deception.
Yeah, because the inclusion of JT LeRoy didn't give that one away.