Pontiac Gets Sexy In New Hispanic Campaign

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Pontiac, along with its Hispanic agency Accentmarketing, has launched a new brand campaign which attempts to position the car maker as sexy. The campaign, called "Diseñado Para Seducir," or "Designed for Seduction" and featuring music from Kinky, launched June 20 and will consist of two television spots airing on Spanish-language networks. In one ad, Grab, a woman can't keep her hands off the keys of the new Pontiac Solstice while fondling her man. In another, Traffic Stop, the driver of a G6 Convertible gets more attention than he expected from a hot police officer. We'd agree the attempt is a success.

by Steve Hall    Jun-20-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Good, Television



Truth Ads Continue Stupid Streak, Katherine Harris Spoofed

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- Two guys are following England around Germany as the 'Unofficial' Coca-cola mascots and reporting back to fans via their video blog.

- Here's a little Aussie viral for a roadside assistance company that puts a twist on on asking mom and Dad to use their car.

- Here's the third installment of the incredibly stupid Truth campaign in which the guy with the goofy hair calls attentions to jogging, M&M's and smoking addiction. It's just not working.

- Walking in on your hottie having sex with a bunch of other guys and not flinching is a poker face Poker.com would appreciate.

- Katherine Harris' U.S. Senate Campaign is getting some seriously hilarious spoof treatment and is racking up tons of views in the Huffington Post Contagious Viral contest.

- Here's what Aussies do to promote cricket in London.

- More Nike Joga Bonita football...uh...soccer fun.

by Steve Hall    Jun-19-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Online, Viral



Match.com Lures Women With Men Suffering From Bachelorism

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For Match.com, Hanft Raboy has created a campaign that positions bachelorism as a disease with match.com as the cure. And, because so many men have some to Match.com for the cure, Match.com is promoting that fact to attract women to the dating site. It's an interesting twist on most dating site advertising which always targets the guy with images of hot women. This campaign is all dressed up like a medical campaign humorously urging women to check out the collection of men who have admitted to have bachelorism by explaining they are perfectly ready to lead a normal life as one half of a couple. You can check out the site here and three of the print ads here, here and here. (PDFs)

by Steve Hall    Jun-16-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Good, Magazine, Online



Alltel Takes Verizon, Sprint, Cingular Bowling

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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

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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

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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

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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

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- 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

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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

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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










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