Screw Metrosexual. Metronatural is the Cool New Made Up Word

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Seattle, home to Seattle Grace, McDreamy, McSteamy and...oh wait...that's the TV show. Though just like the show, the real Seattle likes to make up words too and has defined itself as Metronatural, a sort of mash-up representing the Seattle metro area's close proximity to vast, natural wilderness. No doubt, this word will get much play in the media and we can't wait for New York-based Gawker's take on it seeing as New York is/was home to the Metrosexual. Anyway, we're told this bit of brilliance is the result of a year's work. Seattle-based agency Exclaim is to be blamed...uh...credited with creating the concept which will, we're told, be plastered all over the world as part of a worldwide publicity campaign.

by Steve Hall    Oct-20-06    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Strange



Kids Say 'No Stank You' in Anti-Smoking Campaign

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"You Stank!" Or rather, "No Stank You!" is the rallying cry in a Washington State Health Department ant-smoking campaign that focuses on the negative social and cosmetic aspects of smoking. With lots of weird videos, interviews, TV spots, radio spots and a huge collection of downloadable, spreadable messages, the campaign is way more fun that the TRUTH campaign by far. Scare tactics ain't everything my friends. This one works.

by Steve Hall    Oct-20-06    
Topic: Best, Campaigns, Commercials, Online, Radio, Television, Video



Karen Black Nuzzles Tombstone, Disowns Fur

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We're appropriately horrified by horror queen Karen Black's new campaign for PETA in which she proudly announces "I wouldn't be caught dead in fur."

PETA's pretty stoked about the pairing but the whole play on words with Karen Black looking kind of dead already is too much to bear. - Contributed by Angela Natividad

by Angela Natividad    Oct-20-06    
Topic: Bad, Campaigns



HP Profiles, Hood Milks, Marketers Upload,

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- HP's "Personality Profile" in which profiles NCLS players cuts a bit too close the company's "profiling" company executives and journalists.

- Ariel, and all of us here at the "what the fuck is up with all this web 2.0 shit?" Adrants offices, wonders why two grown men spent almost an entire month bitching about giving proper "link love" and why they thought anyone would care.

- Boston-based dairy Hood just launched two :15s, created by VIA which you can view here.

- Marketers are stepping up efforts to plant ads in decoy files found on questionably legal peer to peer sharing sites.

- George Parker says of the new Lexmark campaign which has placed printers in public places, "I don't need a fucking printer in the middle of the Santa Monica freeway."

- One of the largest advertising discussion group lists, i-advertising has relaunched. Check it out.

by Steve Hall    Oct-20-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Online, Strange



Actresses Talk about Doing It (Voting, That Is)

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We all know how closely politics is tied to sex. Using that interviews-out-of-context trick with a bunch of television actresses, this PSA plays on the gutter our dirty little minds like to visit when we hear the phrase "doing it." Then it pulls the punchline that of course none of us knew was coming by encouraging us to get out and vote.

Clever. We guess. Though we echo Adfreak's sentiment that there'll probably be little to get all creamed about come November 2008. - Contributed by Angela Natividad

by Angela Natividad    Oct-20-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Online, Video



Jeep's 'New Species' Continues to Infect

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Like a plague rolling across the land, the Jeep Wrangler campaign with its "new species" keeps invading more and more media space including storescapes, billboards and bug cases featuring miniature versions of the Jeep in bug form. This campaign's certainly got legs. OK, that was bad, Really bad. See more bugs here.

by Steve Hall    Oct-19-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Good, Outdoor, Poster



Alltel Wireless Campaign Continues Downward Spiral

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The Alltel Wireless campaign, which began with the great concept of personifying competing mobile phone companies, continues it downward spiral with a second installment of its "mall geeks" cell phone company personification. Once again, the other companies try to get Alltel to end its MyCircle plan, this time with a bribe. It falls flat.

by Steve Hall    Oct-18-06    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Creative Commentary



Nike Represents Motion With Solid Objects

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Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam has done some nice work for Nike in its Team Nike ACG Fall campaign. The agencies blog explains the thinking behind the campaign made up of motion converted to solid objects representing that motion, writing, "The idea was to capture the fleeting beauty of their performance and turn it into something solid." You can see other ads in the campaign here.

by Steve Hall    Oct-18-06    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Good, Magazine



Mental Patients and Heterosexual Cowboys Not Needed For Poker

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In a series of four commercials produced by Therapy Films, PartyPoker illustrates how it can help when you have no one else to play with . From a doctor trying to play with mental patients to an accuracy-challenged magician, PartyPoker proves another human being isn't alwasy necessary to enjoy a great game of poker. Check out all four spots here.

by Steve Hall    Oct-17-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials



Suzuki Illustrates, Chaos Conferenced, Tweens Over Sexed

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- These BBDO-created Suzuki ads have some very intricate and intriguing illustration.

- Beginning November 17, the University of Texas in Austin is hosting Chaos 2006, a two day event focusing on the crazy changes going on in advertising. Yes, Bob Garfield will be in the house.

- Of you're sick of sponsoring that same old boring sports for your marketing programs, you might want to check out this combination of volleyball, soccer and gymnastics called Bossaball.

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