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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'Meers' Make DLP TV Better

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OK then. Need a campaign (1, 2, 3, 4) that explains Texas Instruments DLP technology which makes a TV's picture better and brighter? Easy. Get a cute little girl. Bring on that "elephant in the room" metaphor with an actual elephant. Put them together in environments that need DLP technology to look good and talk about the mirrors. Yes, the mirrors. You see, DLP TVs are powered by Texas Instruments chips filled with millions of mirrors that direct the light towards the TV screen. The trouble is, unless you knew that prior, you'd think it was some strange entity called "meers" that made DLP TV beautiful. Here's a tip. When casting a kid for a spot in which she needs to say the word "mirror," it helps to make sure she actually can before you cast her in a campaign about "meers," uh, mirrors.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-13-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Strange



Radio Station Trashes Phil Collins, Titanic Soundtrack in Campaign

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In a recent campaign, an Austrian radio station, 88.6, is trying to position itself as something other that a station that plays popular music. By trashing the hugely successful Phil Collins and the Titanic soundtrack, two entities that, while some question their musical merit, made more money that this station will likely ever see, this station is trying to position itself as some sort of anti-pop, hip station. Too bad they couldn't find some cultural references that were relevant to this decade.

by Steve Hall    Oct-12-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Magazine



Hugo Boss Creates 3D World For New Cologne

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We're not usually a fan of highly stylized commercials just for the sake of being highly stylized but this Callegari Berville Grey-created, Stardust-produced Hugo Boss Green campaign featuring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, is stylized for a reason and seems to catch our eye. Like Coke's Happiness Factory, the spot illustrates the world of beauty a cologne can create. Oh, sorry, we got caught up in all the hype there for a minute but a cologne doesn't just make you smell good. It's supposed to whisk you away to another world for a moment and make you feel special. That's what this campaign does in our opinion.

The campaign. which introduces a new fragrance, consists of :10's, :15's, :20's and :30's as well as print. You can view the :30 here ( it's 15MB so give it some time) and check out additional campaign information here.

by Steve Hall    Oct-12-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Celebrity, Good, Magazine, Television



XM Launches Campaign, Stern Launches Campaign, Bosch Bushed

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- XM is launching a Lowe New York-created Q4 Holiday ad campaign which will include television, cable, print, DM and interactive.

- In Demand Networks is launching a $1 million campaign to promote its 24/7 Howard Stern subscription TV channel.

- And just or fun, Brooke Hogan. They really can make anyone look good on a magazine cover.

- A Bosch bush moons an old guy next door for, well, we have no idea. Probably some sort of turbocharged hedge trimmer.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-10-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Direct, Magazine, Online, Television



United Nations Hires LonelyGirl15 For Poverty PSA

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Yes, it's come full circle. An entity with seemingly no purpose has been hired by one which has a very important purpose, the United Nations. Y&R, which works on the United Nations' Millennium campaign, contacted Greg Goodfried, one of the guys being the 40-video LonelyGirl15 series to see if LonelyGirl15 herself, Jessica Lee Rose, wold be interested in fronting a PSA. The deal was made and the video is now on YouTube for all to see.

While the marriage of LonelyGirl15 with the United Nations might, at first, seem odd, we're thinking it's kinda brilliant. With her following, a generation raised in a world of media vastly different than that of just five years ago, the move shows someone behind this effort truly understands social media and why tonnage television buys aren't always the best thing for getting the word out.

by Steve Hall    Oct- 9-06    
Topic: Best, Campaigns, Commercials, Online, Trends and Culture, Video



Ford Signs Toby Keith (Who?)

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We don't claim to be any sort of music afficianado, we think country music is silly and, well, we don't live in the country which is why Ford's choice of country singer Toby Keith to promote it F-150, F-Series Super Duty and Ford Ranger vehicles is probably a good thing for those who don't live where we do. While we have no idea who Keith is, we're sure a lot of people do and will just love his verbal twanging and run right out and buy a Ford.

by Steve Hall    Oct- 5-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Celebrity



Campaign Aims For One Less Pregnant Smoker

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In an apparent first, we have an anti-smoking campaign that speaks to an audience that doesn't live on the left or right coast and have "whiny little brat" tattooed to their upper middle class, teenage forehead. Set in somewhere in middle America, this "don't smoke while pregnant" commercial comes from American Legacy and Ad Council and was created by Austin's GSD&M. It very simply illustrates a thought that goes through a young, pregnant mother's head and the resolves she makes to change her lifestyle for the betterment of her baby.

The campaign, which includes print, is tied to a website called Great Start where tips and help are offered for those interested in quitting.

by Steve Hall    Oct- 4-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Good



Sobey's Cures Masochistically Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior

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If you ever feel like your life is in a rut and your days are filled going through the same masochistically obsessive-compulsive routines over and over and over so much so that you can do them blindfolded or in complete disregard to alternative routines, you might want to go see a psychiatrist. Or, you might want to watch these ReginaldPike-produced commercials from Vancouver's ReThink for Sobey's food stores.

by Steve Hall    Oct- 3-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Good, Strange








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