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



Paris Promotes Aids Awareness by Catering to French Obsession With Sex

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Gorgeous moon tonight. Makes you want to curl up with someone you love and ... wait, is that a condom? An ad campaign sponsored by the city of Paris encourages its inhabitants to think about AIDs by sticking condoms where they don't belong hoping that you, in turn, will stick them where they do. Interesting work. Check out another ad from the same campaign here. - Contributed by Angela Natividad

by Angela Natividad    Oct- 2-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Good, Outdoor, Strange



Lingerie and Pregnancy Work Together In Ad

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Certainly if the product is adult-focused and the intended target audience is to be adult then by all means, pulling out the big grown up intentions and inserting them in the ad makes all the sense in the world. After all, sexy lingerie can most certainly cause pregnancy and it's a marketers duty to notify potential consumers of this danger.

by Steve Hall    Sep-29-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Good, Magazine



Secret Helps Friends Burn Bridges

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In an interesting twist on Dove's Real Women Campaign, Secret gives "real women" (somehow better-looking than Dove's "real women") a chance to destroy someone's life, or maybe just their own. We already knew most of what they were thinking in their heads but now they can spout these social profundities for the aptly-named line of deodorant. (It's the untapped potential here that makes the campaign so promising.) While the revelations aren't all that revealing from "I want to leave my boyfriend" to "I kissed your husband" to "I don't think I'm getting married," we do like "I have obsessive compulsive disorder ... I hide it well." Yeah, isn't that what they all think?

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by Angela Natividad    Sep-29-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Online



Birds Dive Bomb Jeep Wrangler

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As a follow up to the car-eating gorillas, BBDO has released its second commercial promoting the four door Jeep Wrangler. This ad, following the whole "new species" theme - we can just hear the creative concepting session on this one (new car...hey, I got it...new species!) - , features birds (hawks? eagles?) dive bombing the Jeep only to find out it's a bit tougher that a mouse.

by Steve Hall    Sep-28-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Creative Commentary, Good



Jane Magazine Campaign Gets Copy Suggestions

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In a piece entitled, "I am Woman. Hear me Blubber," Copyranter is having fun with the Jane Magazine campaign - currently running on Adrants among other sites - and offers up to potential copy to add to the campaign. From "She's a Genius. She's an Idiot" to "She's Zen. She's A Ten" to "She's a Virgin. She's a Slut" there's plenty of suggestion to keep this campiagn going for years. Check out more copy here.

by Steve Hall    Sep-28-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Good, Spoofs



Lee Cooper Jeans Come to America to Fight With Levi's, Lee

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Eschewing the usual high fa luting style most European brands adopt when marketing their fashions, European denim company Lee Cooper, with help from Gyro Worldwide, is launching its brand in the U.S. with a decidedly more playful, working class approach. Oh yes, the sex and hotness are still there but not in that GQ-like style. Take a look at the print ads here.

by Steve Hall    Sep-28-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Magazine, Outdoor



Vera Wang Introduces Fragrance With Princess-O-Meter

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To promote its new Princess fragrance, Vera Wang launched VeraWangPrincessBeauty, which features an interactive quiz that tells people what kind of princess they are. An apparently tech-savvy cartoon princess who wears her iPod in her bra walks would-be monarchs through the process.

The criteria is based on all kinds of obstacles the typical princess must navigate daily, such as which event invitation to accept and who to call on speed-dial while sitting in the bathtub. Hmm. To maximize stickiness, princess results can be turned into, yes, a MySpace skin or a printable pledge to be as fantastic a princess as possible. Oh, and also, to always wear Vera Wang Princess.

By the way, we took the test and Adrants is an "IT Princess" who goes to all the hip parties and travels the world. But, of course, you knew that about us already, didn't you? - Contributed by Angela Natividad

by Angela Natividad    Sep-27-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Good, Online, Promotions










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