Obama Kisses, Damon Swears, Situation Sues, Altoids Explains

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- President Obama kisses China's Hu Jinto all in the name of Benneton's campaign urging the end of hate.

- See Matt Damon talk shit.

- Remember when Abercrombie & Fitch offered to pay The Situation if he would stop wearing their clothing? Well A&F may end up paying big as The Situation just filed a law suit against the brand.

- Here's Ubisoft's Tom Clancy Ghost Recon Future Soldier promotional video.

- Curious about the curious nature of Altoids? Check out the brand's Hall of Curiosity from Energy BBDO.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-17-11    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Policy, Video



Winter Coat Maker Uses Guy Who Doesn't Need Coat to Sell Coat

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You've probably seen plenty of those people who can withstand freezing cold weather; those people who jump in ice cold water and it doesn't phase them. Well meet Wim Hof, a man who says he has a mental thermostat and he simply doesn't feel the cold when he doesn't want to.

What's this all about? Oddly enough, selling a heated jacket that keeps you really, really warm. Wim won't need it but you will. Here's a a couple of promotional videos from Columbia, makers of said heated jacket.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-17-11    
Topic: Campaigns, Strange, Video



Comcast Says Don't Be A Dick (Dish) Head

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We'd really like to have been walking the hallways of Goodby, Silverstein & Partners while they were developing this new campaign for Comcast XFINITY. The campaign, which rebuts claims made by satellite providers, urges people not to be a Dish Head. We just wonder how long it took before everyone in the agency began referring to it as the dick head campaign.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-15-11    
Topic: Campaigns



Volkswagen GTI Goes Back to the Future

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It would seem VolkswagenUK would like us to believe it's new 35th anniversary Golf GTI has suddenly been given Back to the Future-like time travel capabilities. During a "press conference" the new vehicle is introduced. Test drivers then emerge and take the car for a spin only to disappear leaving flaming tire tracks.

We are then invited to check out the brand's Facebook page where we can view videos of the time traveling GTI which appears at various times in Volkswagen's history including at Volkswagen's German headquarters at Wolfsburg in 1976. Check it all out here.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-14-11    
Topic: Campaigns



Wodka Vodka Delivers Escort Quality With Hooker Pricing

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Not exactly a creative strategy that is likely to get Wodka Vodka in the good graces of some folks but, hey, at least it appropriately positions the brand. The headline of a recent ad reads, "Escort Quality. Hooker Pricing." It was pitched to us in an email which read, "In short, it's high quality like an escort, low cost like a prostitute... but drunk college girls are free!"

Apparently they are free to say this sort of thing because the email also informed Wodka Vodka "has been ranked above or equal to the likes of $30+ Ciroc or $50 Belvedere by spirits authorities such as the Beverage Tasting Institute and The Tasting Panel."

So yea. Get your cheap on with some Wodka Vodka tonight.

by Steve Hall    Nov- 4-11    
Topic: Campaigns, Creative Commentary



MINI Roadster Rips Up Istanbul

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Here's how you sell a car. Half the features. Twice the vehicle. Or, in the case of MINI, half the seats. Twice the fun. After all, more than one passenger while you're whipping through winding mountain...er...Istanbul city roads is just distracting and would probably cause the tiny little vehicle to roll too much. But it looks like a lot of fun!

So enjoy the new, two seater from MINI. It's called the Roadster. It's pretty sweet. Just don't expect it to carry too much stuff. Peter Berg directed the commercial. BSUR created the campaign.

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by Steve Hall    Nov- 1-11    
Topic: Campaigns



Bojangles Big Bo Box Versus Trophy Wife, Feet, Youth

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BooneOakley is out with a new campaign for Bojangles Restaurants promoting the chain's Big Bo Box, a case of beer-sized box of "chicken, biscuits, fixin's and iced tea." And the ice tea seems to be the most important feature of the box since it's pitted against such oddities as a trophy wife who's actually a trophy, a surgeon who performs a miraculous surgery on himself and a water cooler that's actuality a fountain of youth. But, in the end, it's the tea that's more important. Funny stuff.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-26-11    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Strange



Laura Vandervoort the Latest Nude PETA Celebrity

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Are you a fan of Smallville? Or V? Or just love any chance you can get to stare at Laura Vandervoort? Well, now you can stare more as PETA, otherwise known as celebrity porn for a cause, is out with a new animal rights ad. In the ad, Vandervoort is naked and painted to look like a reptile. The ad's tagline asks, "Whose Skin Are You In?" Of course, the ad is aimed at urging people to "leave wildlife out of your wardrobe."

In a short PSA, Vandervoort says, "I want to make people aware that if you want a high end python bag or crocodile... Three or four alligators have to die for each purse. It's just ridiculous. A lot of people think that reptiles don't feel, but they do."

And she should know. She played one on TV.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-24-11    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Celebrity



Blood Front And Center in Transfusion Campaign

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Bloodlines is the new campaign from Doremus New York aimed at building awareness for J&J's Ortho Clinical Diagnostics' Transfusion Medicine franchise. Designed to reach blood bank and hospital management, Bloodlines highlights the caretakers of the world's blood supply.

The ads, shot by Christopher Griffith, capture subject subjects of varying ethnicities and ages. Each black and white portrait shows a patient who has benefited from a transfusion next to a bright red unit of blood.

The campaign, which launches at the Advancing Transfusion and Cellular Therapies Worldwide conference will feature a booth, fully designed in campaign graphics, vertical banners, double column wraps, and a 2-minute film playing on the digital wall boards.

by Steve Hall    Oct-21-11    
Topic: Campaigns



Kenneth Cole Reaction Launches Fragrance For Idiots

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A new campaign from fashion brand Kenneth Cole has wise words for men who are completely disconnected from all manner of reality when it comes to interacting with the opposite sex. And it's got a new fragrance for these idiots too. Way to portray your customer as a buffoon. And, by association, make everyone realize the only people who will purchase your brand are blithering idiots.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-21-11    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials










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