Arby's Campaign Goes Political

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Toronto-based Blammo created two political style ad campaigns for Arby's entitled Curly Coalition of Canada and Homestyle Alliance of Canada. Each campaign takes the tone of political cause group advertising. Each campaign plays out on social media as well including Twitter account for the Curly Coalition and Homestyle Alliance as well as Facebook pages for each (Curly, Homestyle)

See all the ads below.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-12-11    
Topic: Campaigns



Old Spice Offers Something to Help us Forget Fabio

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Gone are the days of advertising when the same character played spokesperson for years at a time, sometimes decades. Recall the Maytag man, the Dunkin' Donuts guy or Mr. Whipple. So it shouldn't be surprising that Old Spice is dabbling with other characters for its ad campaign. No, Isiah Mustafah isn't gone for good but other characters will be brought into the mix.

A new commercial features a man who looks like a "well decorated sea captain who battles monsters on a large nautical vessel." But, thanks to Old Spice, he smells like one. Not exactly sure that a good thing but the commercial does carry the same wacky tone of the original Isiah Mustafah spot.

Other ads will feature a billionaire jet pilot and a rock star.

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 8-11    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials



Sports Illustrated Supermodel Irina Shayk Fronts Rampage Campaign

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Following in the footsteps of Bar Refaeli and Gisele Bunchen, Sports illustrated supermodel Irina Shayk is making her debut as the new face of fashion brand rampage. Shayk will front the brand's new Fall campaign. You can watch Shayk talk about her role in the campaign in the video below well as check out the ads here, here and here.

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 7-11    
Topic: Campaigns, Celebrity, Racy



Uncle Marv Aids Young Filmmakers

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In three new BBDO-created, Untitled Films-produced videos for Royal Bank of Canada's sponsorship of the Toronto Film Festival, Uncle Marv comes to the aid of young filmmakers trying to break their way into the film business. Of course, everyone doesn't have a well-connected Uncle Marv so Royal Bank of Canada wants it known they are staunch supporters of young filmmakers.

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 7-11    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Industry Events



Irish Sporting Organization Not Happy With Hunky Dorys Hotties

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Remember the Hunk Dorys hotties? Let us refresh your memory. Last year Irish chip brand Hunky Dorys strapped several women into bikinis and had them play rugby for an ad campaign. Predictably, there were complaints and the campaign was dubbed sexist by many who complained to the country's Advertising Standards Authority.

Over the weekend, the brand debuted a new campaign which has scantily clad women playing soccer. A few complaints have been logged by the ASA so far.

One of the ads in the campaign contains the headlines, "Still staring?" next to the image of a scantily clad woman baring significant cleavage. A second ad features the same scantily clad woman revealing her ample assets next to the headline, "Taaaasty." The Hunky Dory website contains all the imagery you'll need to conjure up your perfect Gaelic football fantasy.

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 7-11    
Topic: Campaigns, Racy



Infiniti Europe Fails to Set Itself Apart From Competition

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Aiming to "change the face of luxury motoring across Europe," this new Infiniti Europe campaign from TBWA changes the face of nothing when it comes to car advertising. With the tagline "Since now, the perfect line is a curve" - whatever the hell that means - the campaign is said to help position the brand as a viable alternative to Mercedes, Audi and BMW.

Explaining the campaign, TBWA European Creative Director MacGregor Hastie said, "With the launch of this campaign we are more than certain of having given Infiniti its proper place in the world of high-end luxury car brands and have found an extraordinary and distinguishing big idea that will allow us to create ever stronger and more creative campaigns in the future. Because, as every one knows, the perfect line, is a curve."

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 6-11    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Creative Commentary, Opinion



Wait, What? Sears Sells Lingerie?

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By now you've all heard the Kardashian Kollection will make its debut this week at Sears. We've shared our opinion on Sears' choice to saddle up with the Kardashian ladies already so we won't rehash that here. But at Adrants it's our duty to bring you every last story detail...especially when it involves lingerie. So with that thought in mind, we give you Kim, Khloe and Kourtney modeling lingerie from their Kollection.

But seriously. Lingerie from Sears? Really? This is the store at which you picture your mother or grandmother shopping for a few pairs of high-waisted, full coverage underwear synonymous with the antithesis of sex appeal. We're really having trouble wrapping our head around this whole Sears/Kardashian thing. Then again, if your a dying brand, you'll try just about anything to survive. And can we really blame a brand for that?

by Steve Hall    Sep- 6-11    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Racy



Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony Bring Hilarity to Kohl's Campaign

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Now this is funny! It's always a crap shoot when a brand selects a celebrity to represent it in an ad campaign. Mostly because it's never believable the celebrity would actually purchase the product or service they're representing. Not that that's any different with Kohl's and Jennifer Lopez but they way these new McCann Erickson-created Kohl's commercials link Lopez and the brand, it's mostly irrelevant.

The campaign, promoting new clothing lines from Lopez and Marc Anthony was conceived prior to the couple's split. In one commercial, Lopez is blocked by a security guard from entering Kohl's headquarters because he doesn't know who she is. Thankfully Lopez doesn't throw the predictable celebrity hissy fit, rather subtly tries to remind the guard of her fame. It doesn't work. But the low key humor does.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-31-11    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Commercials, Creative Commentary



Hip Hop Hamsters Jump the Shark

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It's really no surprise this latest Kia Soul Hamster ad from David & Goliath is getting a bad rap. After all, sequels rarely live up to the original. The first two outings in this campaign where original and amusing. Looking back at the first spot in this campaign, you can sense the originality in the concept.

Upon viewing the second spot, you can sense the progression of the campaign and the central characters from early onset hipsters to full blown hip hop stars of the hood. Sadly, the third outing has reduced the hip hop hamsters to caricatures of themselves. They've become the comic relief in a video game.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-30-11    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Creative Commentary



Sir Edwin Horsham Bests Stork With Pickle Escapades

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If you were in you local grocery store minding your own business, walking the aisles for your grocery needs and suddenly you saw a man on a bobsled racing through the store, your first reaction might be to call the loony bin and have the man put away. Your second thought - because you are a hip, astute person who has been jaded with marketing buffoonery over the years - would be to say, "Oh, right. That's Sir Edwin Horsham, the Claussen pickle guy who captures unsuspecting shoppers and takes them on journeys to...the Claussen pickle section."

The campaign, created by The Escape Pod for Kraft has been out since June. There are three episodes to far. The first one has garnered over one million views. You can view all three below. An if you've ever compared Claussen pickles to Vlassis, you know Claussen wins, hands, down, every time.

So we tip our hat to Sir Edwin Horsham and laud his superiority over that soggy stork.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-18-11    
Topic: Campaigns, Strange, Video








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