AdFreak points to three new commercials for Altoids Sours in which sexual deviancy is used to promote the mints. Somehow Leo Burnett, we assume, thinks this is an extension of the brand's "Curiously Strong" platform but we think it's just "curiously strange." Of course, that could be a good thing. After all, fruits who like their Fruit of the Loom underwear a bit too much, sadomasochists and transvestites should have equal time in ads just like every other minority group now does.
While Reebok and Scarlett Johansson would not appear to be two names normally mentioned in the same sentence, Reebok has signed a deal with the actress to front a new footwear and apparel fashion line called "Scarlett Hearts Rbk" which will launched in Spring 2007. Of course, no one's revealing how much coin Reebok will part with to secure Johansson but New York agency Mcgarrybowen will create a campiagn which will include television, print, Internet and outdoor.
It seems Kate Moss has made it perfectly fine for brands to use spokespeople who live the drug lifestyle. Fashion brand Adriano Goldschmied has hired artist, photographer, graffiti writer and self admitted coke user Dash Snow to appear in several ads promoting the brand's jeans. But it's all perfectly fine. After all an under the radar personality like Snow which only the hippest of hipsters has heard of is perfect for a fashion brand that only the hippest of hipsters has heard of. Snow's aunt, Uma Thurman, must be quite proud of her nephew's accomplishments.
Adland points out Liz Hurley will be the new celebu-face of Jordache jeans, a company that had its fashion fame back in the 70's. Hurley, who isn't exactly a celeb with all that much "hip/cool/spend way too much on these jeans because I'm wearing them" factor, will appear in September issues along with the Jordache horse. The ads, shot by Michael Thompson, will promote the company's Legacy line which will be available only at Macy's. Hmm, I guess there isn't all that much hip factor needed if that's the only shopping audience on which the company is focusing.
With the World Cup barely over, Russian agency Park has created an identity (unofficial) for the next World Cup to be held in South Africa in 2010. The identity wraps itself in the "speed, power and stamina" of the leopard, the symbol of South Africa. And yes, there is a specially designed football bra to hold round objects of a different sort. You can see the campaign identity here.
- Adverbox highlights a new campaign from Sony for its line of colored notebooks computers which consists of television, transit and magazine. It was created by Ignited Minds.
- American Copywriter says leave the industry jargon out of your ads and remember to speak in your target audience's language, not your own.
- Not to be outdone by Burger King's Hollywood Aspirations, GM has kinda sort but not really said they're going to make a move as well but they have no idea what it's going to be about, who will star in it, who will fund it or how it will be distributed.
Here's yet another online contextual advertising oddity. It's a banner for Caron Trust next to pictures of fiery Beirut.
- Campus Media Group is looking for organizations that want to reach college students this fall. Each year, CMG chooses one organization that has a message it needs to share with the 18- to 24-year-old demographic. CMG will work to have ads placed in some of the nations top college and university newspapers free of charge for a period of one academic school year.
Bud Light has created this Aborigine-like guy called Zagar and featured him on his own website and blog written by his "roommate," Steve. Videos on the site follow the the Crocodile Dundee-like, fish-out-of-water antics that come with cultural transplantation. Some of its funny. Some of its lame. The site has all the usual wallpapers, AIM icons and downloads and there's also a Flickr page and the very bloggy blog written by Steve which has all the required bloggy blog bells and whistles. So far, there are three posts that point to the three videos on the site. One wonders how long Bud Light will go to the expense of creating videos to foster blog content given that they are TV commercial quality.
There's nothing like a campaign focused towards women in mini skirts laying drunk on the sidewalk with their panties exposed to get the world writing about it. Yup. The Suffolk (England - the only place this kind of campaign could happen) police, continuing their "Lock Em' Inn" campaign which urges people not to misuse alcohol, have published a Conde Nasty-like magazine called Safe! that, through its tongue-in-cheek lifestyle editorial approach, continues to urge women not to drink too much, not to wander around alone and to make sure they get home safely - with their pants on.
I don't know. There's just something funny about these Canadian McDonald's spots created by Cossette Communication Marketing. The spots raise the interesting sort of questions most of us wouldn't ask out loud but would love to if given the chance. These spots offer the chance. The "I wonder why" scenario is not a new one, it's just done fairly well here.
Every once in a while a campaign comes around that's so good you don't notice you're watching a commercial while at the same time you do. Yes, I know that's weird but this Holiday Inn campaign fits that description. The eight spots feature a group of guys on a business trip at a Holiday Inn and touches on all the odd, weird, embarrassing, squirmy things that can happen when a bunch of guys get together on a business trip. From awkward hot tub moments to odd fanboy moments to no one's here so we can be weird moments to moments mistakenly observed to be homosexual. View the whole campaign here.