White PSP Ad Stirs Racial Debate

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Apparently, there are many people who feel the new Sony campaign promoting its new white PSP is racist because it features a white woman in a position of power over a black woman. Bells and whistles are going off over at Joystiq but there's also another image that's part of the campaign that shows the black woman getting her vengeance over the white woman. Can we all just relax? Sony and TBWA, of course, intended the ad to be controversial otherwise it'd sit there like all the other boring ads wasting our time every day. Racist or not, it's got us talking and that's half the battle any campaign faces.

by Steve Hall    Jul- 5-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Opinion, Trends and Culture



'Sex Sells' Blog Features Condom Ad Which Unsells Sex Without Condom

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From AdArena, a blog with the tagline "sex sells" comes a couple of ads for Legends condoms which does pretty good job unselling sex. That is, sex without a condom. Using the fear of children many people have before actually realizing children can actually be a good thing, Legends has captured a few kids behind its condom material horror movie poster style.

by Steve Hall    Jul- 5-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Good, Magazine



Women Are Not the Only Sex Objectified in Ads

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For the sole purpose one sex is featured far more than the other here on Adrants, we bring you this ad campaign for Abercrombie & Fitch filled, as they always are, with hot guys who have nothing better to do than workout all day, stare at themselves in the mirror and gaze into the lens of cameras. See more of these ripped dudes here.

by Steve Hall    Jul- 3-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Good, Magazine



42below Illustrates Brilliance In Cannes-Winning Campaign

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Sometimes money doesn't yield the best creative and that was certainly true in this case whereby 42below vodka paid a creative team at Saatchi & Saatchi with truckloads of vodka instead of money for a campaign that is, indeed, very good and just won a Gold Lion at this year's Cannes for print and outdoor. The campaign illustrates, literally, the experiences one will have when drinking 42below vodka. While many of the are, of course sex-related, all are not including one with a Godfather theme and one with a Brokeback Mountain theme. See more here, here and here.

by Steve Hall    Jul- 3-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Good, Magazine, Outdoor



Some Agency Created A Cuervo SportsCenter Parody

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You know some creatives are having a lot of fun when they string together the words "visibly excited" and "cocktail" together which is what was done in this SportsCenter parody for Cuervo. The person who sent it to us, telling us her company created it, apparently doesn't realize proper publicity can only come when we actually know the name of the company. Perhaps she'll let us know.

UPDATE: She did. It's Tribal DDB.

by Steve Hall    Jul- 2-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Online, Strange



'Arousing Technology' Bike Ads Not Arousing to Magazine

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If you work in media and you spend your days planning, negotiating, buying and sending out IOs you really don't even care what the agency production department is sending to an individual ad you bought. In fact, one can go years without ever having seen the actual ad they bought space for. But, on the other side- over at the magazine, they see every ad that comes in the door and sometimes they don't like what they see. Now, we're not talking about ads that are just plain crappy. We're talking about the ones that do not arouse good feelings when received. This was the case with a recent campaign created by TDA Advertising for Titus Cycles and sent to Mountain Bike Action magazine.

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by Steve Hall    Jun-28-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Magazine



Inc.com Poster Campaign Just Tells It

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Inc.com has launched a new outdoor campaign in New York City which will run through August 20th. The company tells us the campaign is intended to target business owners and C-level executives at privately held companies. The ads will appear on 20 public telephone kiosks located throughout the midtown Manhattan business district and will feature copy and artwork explaining what's available on Inc.com. Let's

by Steve Hall    Jun-27-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Good, Online, Outdoor



Elephant And Martial Artist Glamorize Bombay Saphire Gin

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Here's some visual beauty for all you creative types. For the first time in the U.S., Bombay Saphire gin is advertising itself as a gin and tonic ingredient on television. The campaign includes two spots. One features a martial artist carving a glass out of a block of ice to hold the gin and a second spot has an elephant gingerly stepping over and around martini glasses until she sniffs out the glass holding the Bombay. Oh sure, both are an art director's visual orgasm but they fit the brand perfectly in our humble, gin-drinking opinion. We'd buy the stuff even though recent entrants to the gin club, Hendricks and Q, are a bit more exciting to the pallet.

Oh, and just so we all understand it's not just spoiled celebs that cause "issues" on the set, Maya, the elephant in the spot, needed to have her sidekick, Methusalem, an aging camel with her at all times, .

by Steve Hall    Jun-27-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Creative Commentary, Good, Television



America Does Run On Dunkin

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Each morning after my three mile excuse for a workout, I head over to the local Dunkin Donuts to pick up an iced latte. Hey, I know it doesn't sound very manly but it just seems to taste a lot better than regular coffee. Anyway, each day I look at my Dunkin Donuts cup, branded with the new tagline "America Runs on Dunkin," and think, finally, an agency and a company that hit on a message which actually means something. Recently, there's been loser taglines like "Bold Moves" and "Leap Ahead" so it's refreshing to see Hill Holiday, Dunkin Donuts' agency, come up with a winner in "America Runs on Dunkin."

I love the tagline because it speaks directly to the "fuel" that many Americans depend on to get going in the morning. Just like re-fueling a car, that morning stop at the local Dunkin Donuts fills the tank with energy to keep one running all day long. While a 2003 research study found taglines not very effective, "America Runs on Dunkin" just feels right as well as actually says something, an admirable accomplishment in comparison to most meaningless taglines littering the current advertising landscape.

by Steve Hall    Jun-27-06    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Campaigns, Good, Opinion



Nike Ad Likened to Crucifixion, Garners Complaints

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Professing not to know why Nike would do such a thing (uh...hello? publicity), several have complained about a Nike ad featuring Wayne Rooney partially painted red with his arms outstretched. Church groups are likening it to Christ's crucifixion and British MPs think it's horribly war-like. Wieden + Kennedy, creators of the ad, defend it saying it has nothing to do with the crucifixion and was intended to celebrate Rooney's return to his team after an injury.

A Nike spokeswoman explains further, telling the Daily Mail, "If we have offended anyone on those grounds, we would stress it was unintentional and we apologize. It is not meant to be an aggressive picture, either. It was a case of catching the mood of the nation as everyone urges Rooney on to great things, and of course our slogan puts it perfectly. The red paint is not meant to be blood, it's just echoing the body paint which fans cover themselves in and the rest of Wayne's body is painted white. It's the flag of St George, and nothing else. We have had nothing but positive reaction to the poster and a lot of people have been asking if they can buy it. We have no plans to produce it as a poster."

by Steve Hall    Jun-22-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Newspaper, Outdoor










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