Alltel Takes Verizon, Sprint, Cingular Bowling

alltel_circle.jpg

As part of its "My Circle" calling plan that allows anyone to add anyone from any cell service and call them for free, a new TV commercial collects the icons from Verizon, Sprint, T-mobile and Cingular and has a bit of fun with them at a bowling alley. It's one of the funnier ads we've seen in a while.

by Steve Hall    Jun-16-06    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Good



Study of Marcom Programs Reveals Obvious: Most Suck

ana_logo.jpg

Because sometimes a press release actually offers usable information, "A new survey on the state of integrated marketing communications, released by the Association of National Advertisers (ANA), reveals that 67 percent of marketers develop integrated marketing programs across most or all of their brands, but only 33 percent say they are very happy with their efforts. The findings, based on responses from more than 85 major advertisers, were released today at the ANA's first annual Masters of Integrated Marketing Conference at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City." Now that we know what we already knew, we can move on.

by Steve Hall    Jun-16-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Research



Hamster Sucking Mom A Good Parent

adopt_a_kid.jpg

kirshenbaum bond + partners along with Tool of North America director Sam Cadman have created a new PSA campaign for Collaboration to AdoptUsKids, a cooperative agreement between The Children's Bureau, Administration for Children & Families, the US Department of Health & Human Services and the Adoption Exchange Association. The four spots focus on human imperfection to let prospective parents know they don't have to be perfect to adopt a child. The spots can be viewed here, here, here and here. They're good.

by Steve Hall    Jun-14-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Good



Bull's Balls Cause Controversy In Idaho Ad Campaign

rmof.jpg

It looks like a New York agency's cultural sensibilities didn't match those of Eagle, Idaho residents. In this video, a local news reports Eagle's Mayor is threatening to cancel Eagle Fun Days this weekend, part of which is the local fire department's Rocky Mountain Oyster Fest. With the festival based on bull's testicle, the fire department thought it would be a good idea to promote the event bay asking a New York agency to help ouot. They did with some spots that might be considered humorous to some but Eagle mayor Nancy Merrill told the fire fighters to pull the spots or she'd cancel the event. The fire department complied, pulled them off the website and canceled their TV schedule. Radio ads did air but Merrill has called a meeting and is still threatening to cancel the event. While the agency told the television station they meant no harm, the station is apparently, keeping the agency's name confidential. Come on guys. Step forward. Take credit. The campaign's great. Just not for Idaho.

UPDATE: FCB did the campaign and CEO Steve Centrillo sets the record straight in the Comment section stating they are fully aware of Eagle culture since one of FCB's creative directors comes from Eagle. He also states Mayor Nancy Merrill is overstepping her bounds, advancing her personal agenda and using her position as a bully pulpit.

UPDATE II: You can see all the work here.

by Steve Hall    Jun- 9-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Radio, Strange, Television



Britney Spears Brands Baby For Clothing Line

spears_baby.jpg

- You can catch live coverage of the VCU Adcenter Executive management Training for Creative Directors here.

- Media Magazine has announced its call for entries for its third annual Creative Media Awards.If you're into media, this is your award show.

- Britney Spears has trademarked the name of her baby Sean Preston, apparently for a future line of clothing.

Not very good, but here's a new commercial for a very cool, new product, Slingbox.

- Atlanta's WestWayne created an experiential marketing event for the Southwest Toyota Distributors to promote Scion with a visual arts fest.

- The NBA wants for female fans and has launched an ad campaign directed at them along with a branded line of clothing.

- Hot show Grey's Anatomy has advertisers slathering and one, fashion retailer New York & Co. has signed series stars Elle Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey to appear in their fall campaign.

by Steve Hall    Jun- 9-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Celebrity, Commercials, Industry Events



Not All PlayStation2 Ads Are Freakish And Violent

ps2_girl.jpg

In contrast to the many freakish and violent themed PlayStation2 ads that have been the norm for a while, Coolz0r calls attention to this PlayStation2 ad that is quite the opposite. Still weird, it's very calming and gentle in comparison to most of the other ads. Just thought we'd share.

by Steve Hall    Jun- 8-06    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Good



First Buckin', Now Huckin' Chicken Sells Burger King Sandwiches

huckin_chicken.jpg

We are tired. So tired. Tired of typing the words "Burger King," "Chicken" and "Crispin Porter + Bogusky." But, it is our duty, as one who conveys the latest in advertising goodies, to tell you that, yes, CP+B has launched yet another chicken-themed campaign to promote Burger King Chicken sandwiches. We've seen everything from the Whopperettes to CoqRoq to Subservient Chicken to Big Buckin' Chicken. Now, there's this site called Huckin' Chicken on which a guy in a chicken suit does increasingly more daring motorcycle stunts based on how many people visit the site. It's a nice twist on a viral campaign but maybe CP+B should just move on to Big Fuckin' Chicken and close the book on the man in a chicken suit approach to selling sandwiches. Oh wait, there's still Suckin' Chicken to endure.

by Steve Hall    Jun- 8-06    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online, Strange, Viral



Cows Say Stop Squeezing Us, Drink Soy

cow_soy.jpg

First there was the Raging Cow and now there's Cows for Silk. To promote Silk, a soy milk product, the company has decided to use cows in its ad campaign and to create a site/blog where cows named Frank, Connie and Amanda can babble on endlessly about why it's better to drink soy than to have their own tits (yes, that is the term farmers openly use to describe that particular piece of cow anatomy) squeezed for milk. We pity the poor marketing people/copywriters who have to write cow hottie stuff like this:

"Drinking Silk was my first step to the "wow Amanda is so fine" comments. I eat healthy because I can. I get herbal swamp mud and fragrant sea cucumber body wraps at the spa because I can. And I drink Silk because I can. I know that this is the only Amanda I get - you better believe I flaunt it."

by Steve Hall    Jun- 7-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Online, Television, Weblogs



Wonderbra Campaign Reverses Perspective of Wearing Push Up Bra

wonderbra_stare.jpg

Now here's a different approach to bra advertising. Rather than show a hot model with miles of cleavage bursting forth, change the perspective and show the reaction of the people when presented with what a bra can do for a woman...and to the people around her. That's exactly what Wonderbra has done in this campaign that illustrates what it is like to be a woman wearing a Wonderbra. Or, for that matter, what it must be like to a sexy woman wearing just about anything. It's almost creepy.

Oddly, the campaign, without intending to do so, illustrates to those of us who can't keep our eyes off an attractive woman that being stared at just might not be all it's cracked up to be. Men, take note. On the other hand, women, if you're going to hoist your boobs up and out for all to see, expect to get what you see in these ads and don't complain about it.

by Steve Hall    Jun- 6-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Creative Commentary, Good, Magazine



Scion Animation Campaign Makes Debut

scion_movie.jpg

ATTIK SF and LA have, today, launched an in-cinema and broadcast animation-fest for their client, Scion. There are three :30's in the campaign, xA Shadow, xB Swarm and tC Shark. Each was directed by ATTIK Creative Director Simon Needham with animation help from Shilo Design, Stardust Studios and Blind. It's something we wouldn't mind watching prior to a movie.

by Steve Hall    Jun- 6-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Good, Television







Stanton Optical


Featured FREE Resource: