We have to hand it to Axe. For years, they've managed to keep the central idea of their brand alive. With each outing, the message is the same: Axe attracts women and serves them up to the whims of men. Of course, that's not at all true but it makes for a great ad campaign.
The latest entry in the campaign is The Axe Naughty to Nice Program which plays out the continuing scenario of women going crazy in the presence of men wearing Axe products. This time it's about women who turn into lust-crazed vixens and commit crimes. The Naughty to Nice Program aims to rehabilitate these women.
Hoping, perhaps, to bring back the days of Mia Hamm, Wieden + Kennedy just launched a new Nike campaign for the Women's World Cup with the headline, "The greatest team you've never heard of," which introduces women's soccer's next greats. Illustrating the dedication of the team, the copy in one ad reads, "Together [they] have missed out on 13 proms, 74 birthdays, 21 Thanksgivings and 989 boyfriends." And in an effort to familiarize us with the team, copy in another ad reads, "[the team] includes a tattooed surfer, a scholar, a college football fanatic, a humanitarian and a trucker hat-wearing scuba diver."
Once again, advertising has caused an uproar over nothing. CNN's Mike Galanos covers the new (and really great if we do say so ourselves) Clearasil campaign and is upset over the ads which show a guy trying to pick up his friend's mom and a daughter who says "You should see me now" while her mother shows naked baby pictures of her to her boyfriend. While Galanos prudely prattles on, Melissa Henson from the Parents Television Council talks about how marketers use too much sex to sell and Debbie Wolf from the People Against Censorship says the moral minority shouldn't control what gets seen on TV and everyone should just lighten up and laugh.
The LA County Fair Bimbos are back again to celebrate this year's event. As we wrote last year; normally reserved for upstate New York or any flyover state, county fairs are full of cotton candy, barf-inducing tea cup rides, tractor pulls, all form of pig - both cooked and live, trucker hats, beer guts, "git r done" accents no one can understand and lots of girls who think they look hot with their gut bulging between their belly shirt and their way-too-tight low rider jeans.
This year the sisters are back with their equally bimbo-esque mom to tell all about how much fun riding bumper cars and eating pie can be. Enjoy.
- Calling AMC's Mad Men, Dr. Ernst Dichter's The Hidden Persuaders and current motivational research "mostly bullshit," George Parker manages to get himself into Advertising Age and promote his new book, The Ubiquitous Persuaders which, if his past book, MadScam, is any indication, won't be bullshit at all.
- Magazines and newspapers aren't doing anything wrong. It's just that the ads inside them all suck.
- Hyundai's new campaign leaves behind the brand name hoping to leave behind associated cheapness.
- Has anyone else noticed how "bloggy" Advertising Age is getting and how it's now OK to "print" words like fuck and bullshit? We just thought we'd wonder publicly a bit about that.
Virgin America has launched a campaign with a self-deprecating look and feel, slightly a la Perrier. By poking fun of its own neurotic clientele and unique flight experience (the vibrating chairs, the plugs, the as-you-order food), Virgin demonstrates it can laugh at itself while laughing ever-more-loudly at the competition, which just doesn't promote in the cool-as-shit way it does.
The animation used in the campaign was popularized by jaded kids floating shorts from Sick Animation or episodes of Adventure Time, which use the medium that first taught us about society to bitchslap it across the face.
Our favorite spot is "Plugs." The campaign was created by Anomaly, our new heroes for the next 10 minutes.
W+K Amsterdam has whipped up some not so magical spots for EA's Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix video game. In the two spots, three characters take on the roles of Hermione, Harry and Ron and try, first, to run through a wall in their school and, second, to hide from their teachers in the teachers lounge. Sadly, their school isn't quite like Hogwarts. And it isn't in a movie. And the school must suck if it hasn't been able to properly educate these three idiots on the difference between fantasy and reality.
If you're a skater, you might like this new campaign for the new Playstation3 game "skate" from EA Games which, in one spot, features pro riders Mike Carroll, Rob Dyrdek, Terry Kennedy, Ryan Gallant and Danny Way. If you're not a skater, you're probably gonna think the semi-forced hipsterims such as "hate on" and "wouldn't be trippin' too much" make the spot, well, lame. Or, if you're just a regular person who happens to see this on TV, you're thumb will probably be on the fast forward button whizzing by the spot in a move analogous to EA Games tossing its TV dollars into a burning flame.
And if you're sick of listening to us bitch about this campaign, you can just go to the campaign website where you can hang with outtakes, teasers and additional footage of the skater boys doing their thing with their thumbs. Created by Heat, the commercial were shot by The Malloys and edited by Phoenix Editorial & Design's Bob Frisk.
George Clooney wants us all to know he needs to make a living and the press should stop giving him shit about appearing in ads. Specifically, ads for Nestle which, in the past, has been maligned for its baby milk marketing practices in third world countries. George tells us all to shut up at the Venice film festival last week telling reporters, "I'm not going to apologize to you for trying to make a living every once in a while. I find that an irritating question." OK, George, we got the message loud and clear
When we think of Maggie Gyllenhaal, the first thing that comes to mind isn't usually an Agent Provocateur campaign full of black lingerie and provocative sexual imagery. Granted, she did offer herself up as an office fantasy to James Spader in Secretary and played a trampy, hardnosed, harlot-like, character in SherryBaby but we still think of her as the wise-ass younger sister to real-life brother Jake in the atmospherically fantastic Donnie Darko. So it is with a bit of WTF we react to her appearance in the lingerie maker's latest campaign.
In the campaign, she seems to carry an air of 20's flapper but that's crossed with a dose of S&M, coy cuteness, subservient subjugation and playful elegance. It's got something for everyone.