Wal-Mart Whacked, Dell Does SL, KFC Rebrands

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- Wal-mart is getting attacked in a new campaign which decries the chain's wgae, benefit and employee practices. It's so muh fun being a big box retailer, isn't it?

- Dell has decided to blah, blah, blah Second Life in order to blah, blah, blah so that it can strengthen its blah, blah, blah and connect with its blah, blah, blah. Next.

- In the works since last Summer, the new Colonel Sanders has made his debut. This is about as boring as the whole visible from space thing incorrectly claimed to have been a first when Maxim already did it with Eva Longoria. Yawn.

- eBay has opened its online auction-based e-Media Exchange for a peek before its beat release in December. Sales reps are running in fear of losing their jobs because buyers won't just ignore them, they won't need them any more.

by Steve Hall    Nov-15-06    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online, Social



Justin Long Not Heaved From Apple Campaign

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AdJab points to Mac Guy Justin Long's site on which the actor says he, contrary to reports, will still be doing Apple commercials, writing, "As for the Mac commercials, I don't know where that report came from that said I wasn't going to do it anymore - I'm literally setting my alarm right now to wake up for a Mac shoot tomorrow -we're doing some holiday spots now which I think will be pretty funny. They're easy to do, I love John (the pc guy) and working with him is so effortless and fun that I definitely wouldn't rule out doing some more." The whole idea he was getting heaved sounded prety stupid anyway.

by Steve Hall    Nov-14-06    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns



Sirius Has Whatever You're Into

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Who says hip hop lovers don't like country, love Elvis and listen to Discovery radio? Not Sirius radio in it's new campaign which offers up it's service as something for "whatever you're into." Not a bad approach. After all, we all have closeted likes and dislikes that we don't share with others and only experience in the privacy of our car while driving to work or at home when no one else is there. Not that we have any odd likings. We're just saying. The campaign was created by Vancouver's Rethink and produced by Reginald Pike.

by Steve Hall    Nov-14-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Good, Television



Salvation Army Campaign Asks Us to Open Our Eyes

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Here's a heart warming and well crafted campaign for Canada's Salvation Army that asks us to open up our eyes and notice those who are in need of our help. Called "Invisible," the campaign includes print and TV and illustrates who it's way too easy for us to let those in need slip into the background and be ignored. The campiagn was created by Toronto-based ACLC. Nice work.

by Steve Hall    Nov-14-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Good, Magazine, Television



Mystery Campaign Takes Over Toronto

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Adrants reader Julie writes to tell us, "Right now in Toronto there is this huge print campaign on billboards in the Subway station, on buses, on bus stop huts. It's just a big blue present with a silver bow taking up the entire space. It doesn't say anything and doesn't have a logo."

We love these mysteries. Anyone want to shed some light?

UPDATE: There's a debate raging as to whether it's Bell Canad or Yorkdale Mall.

UPDATE II: It's definitely Bell Canada.

by Steve Hall    Nov-13-06    
Topic: Campaigns



Starbucks Tests WOM & Viral Campaign with Cheer Pass

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Starbucks kicks off the holidays Pay it Forward-style by disseminating cheer on chilly city streets. Baristas hand out movie tickets and other small gifts on the condition that the recipient has to do something nice for someone else.

The campaign includes a "cheer pass" that tracks how far the "chain of cheer" has gone. Participants are encouraged to visit It's Red Again to share holiday stories and create greetings. The site is hosted by an awkward-looking man who personifies Starbucks' quirky intellectual vibe. It's also ridden with clever recommendations about holiday coffee blends and seasonal cakes.

CEO Jim Donald says they're interested in the qualitative results of the campaign and admits there aren't any of the usual tracking methods attached to it. (It begs the question - how often does anybody really track anything?) We look forward to seeing how many chains get generated. - Contributed by Angela Natividad

by Angela Natividad    Nov-13-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Good, Online, Outdoor, Social, Viral



Grenade Needed to Force Viewership of Dan Rather

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Apparently because Dan Rather's reporting is so explosive or it's what's needed to get anyone to care what's he's doing these days, BooneOakley chose to go with a hand grenade motif in a newspaper campaign to promote the news man's Dan Rather Reports show on Mark Cuban's HDNet. The ads will appear in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, LA Times, New York Times and the Philadelphia Inquirer. Why can't aging anchors just ride off into the sunset with their final glory intact rather than dwindle away to also ran status on a technology platform the intended demo has likely never heard of nor will ever use?

by Steve Hall    Nov-13-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Newspaper



Sexual Fantasies Fulfill Old Khaki Campaign

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Spanking and that old standby - milk poured over a woman's chest - are central elements in two ads for South African fashion brand Old Khaki. While we know we should say something pithy about this approach, for some reason we simply can't seem to come up with anything. Could we possibly be bored with this whole "sex sells" thing? Of course not. It's all about precarious positions promoting homegrown pleasure.

by Steve Hall    Nov-13-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Racy, Strange



Altoids Boggles But Hey, Ads Have to Entertain, Right?

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We don't even know if Leo Burnett still has Altoids as an account but if they do, there's some serious mental illness going on in the creative bowels of 35 West Wacker. With each successive Altoids campaign, things just get stranger and stranger. Perhaps that's the point but their recent Souro thing just boggles. Perhaps that's the point and perhaps we're just old school and like to...oh...have a fucking clue what we're being sold and why we'd want to buy it in the first place.

by Steve Hall    Nov-13-06    
Topic: Agencies, Campaigns, Online



'Smug Little Twit' Mac Guy Gets Heaved From Apple Campaign

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In reaction to an apparent country-wide disdain for Apple's Mac Guy in its current campaign, the company will not ask Mac Guy Justin Long back for the next iteration of the campaign. Calling the Mac Guy a "smug little twit," Slate ad critic Seth Stevenson think Apple is "parodying its own image while also cementing it." This is what passes for big news in our industry. Next

by Steve Hall    Nov- 9-06    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns










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