Mayor Dislikes French Connection's Fighting Females

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Boston's Mayor Menino is upset over French Connection's recent Fashion v. Style ad campaign which centers on women fighting each other and says the campaign "promotes negative images of women and violence."Earlier, we took a look at a video ad that was part of the campaign here that pits two women against each other karate-style. Menino wants French Connection to pull the ads from Boston's Newbury Street and Copley Place French Connection retail stores.

by Steve Hall    May- 8-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Point of Purchase



Ford Boldly Moves Where No One Will Care

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Thanks to Jalopnick and the blog's Flicker photo, we can wallow in the aimlessness of the new Ford "Bold Moves" ad campaign. We've already whined about the stupidity of the new tagline so we're too taired to care about the ads. You can see them here and tell us what you think.

by Steve Hall    May- 4-06    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns



Campaign Urges Connecticut Healthcare Cost Discussion

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Adams Knight has created a television campaign for universal healthcare advocacy group healthcare4every1 which illustrates the apparent power some individuals and groups are using to stifle the conversation about improving healthcare in the state. There are three spots in the campaign and in each spot when an individual is about to reveal the address of the healthcare4every1 website, they are stunted by various methods.

by Steve Hall    May- 3-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Good, Television



Mischa Barton in Bebe Ad Campaign

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Jenny over at Wiregirl features some of the images of Mischa Barton in here new role as bebe spokesmodel. Perhaps Marisa should become a bit more like Barton is portrayed here. See the rest of the images here.

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



Ford Falls Prey to Brand Blather Disease

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Ford, which is sponsoring the singer's summer tour, has aligned itself with Kelly Clarkson and is using her new song, Go, in a JWT Detroit-created :60. The campaign marks the switch from the company's old tagline. "Built for the road ahead" to the new and relatively meaningless tagline, "Bold moves."

There ought to be a rule for taglines. They ought to actually mean something and not be so bland they can be slapped on any brand interchangeably. "Bold moves"? I mean WTF? Are we talking about Bold detergent moving stains out of a shirt? OK, maybe Ford is makming some bold moves here but this tagline is about as descriptive as Intel's lame switch to "Leap Ahead" which sounds like some descriptor for a kangaroo daylight savings time convention. Seems Ford and JWT caught the boardroom brand blather disease.

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by Steve Hall    May- 2-06    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Campaigns, Television



Volkswagen 'Crash' Ads Get Results

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The recent Crispin Porter + Bogusky-created Volkwagen Jetta ads in which two Jettas are involved in real accidents filmed in one shot with stunt drivers are reported to have generated positive results. The ads, which began April 10 and carry the tagline "Safe Happens," have, according to Volkswagen as reported in USA Today, increased online dealer quote requests by 58 percent and increased brochure requests though call centers 37 percent and 56 percent through the web. Results happen. Now, maybe, we can all give CP+B a break and realize they do actually create good work. View the ads here and here.

by Steve Hall    May- 2-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Good, Research, Television



Student Ad Campaign For Designer Features Leaky Breast

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So there's a series of really weird ads up on Flickr for fashion label Raoul. The ads are spec work done by students in an advertising class in Singapore. As Flickr user skaplan explains, "some of my friends in Singapore asked some of the exchange kids to be white people in their concept ads they made for class." Hmm. While the ads are refreshingly un ad-like, this one in particular really makes one wonder what they were thinking when they created it. Then again, these are college students and they aren't all hung up on corporate culture that constrains creativity.

by Steve Hall    Apr-24-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Good, Spoofs



Sleeping Late Doesn't Make Advertising News Stop

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Sometimes we all have those days when we wake up late and nothing we can do gets us back on schedule. Since the news never stops, all we can do is play catch up so here, machine gun style, is what happening today in the world of advertising.

GM has launched a new blog that, unlike its FastLane Blog, will be written by GM employees from all levels and approach topics from a grass roots level.

7Up, without saying so, is eluding to health in a new commercial that has cans standing in for fruit and vegetables.

Cricket Cola is has sent a cease and desist letter to Coke asking the company to stop using the tagline "happiness in a bottle" which Cricket Cola has used for some time.

The second part of the Montana Meth project is even grosser than the first, again, showing the disgusting effect of the drug.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-20-06    
Topic: Campaigns



Power Tools Encourage You to Cover Your Tool

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AdFreak points to a new ad from Planned Parenthood Golden Gate which gleefully marries power tools, hot guys, hot girls, sexual innuendo and condoms in its latest effort to encourage suiting up prior to having sex. While we think it's right on message and effective is speaking a language its target audience understands, other uppity folk don't. The spot is airing on MTV this week.

by Steve Hall    Apr-19-06    
Topic: Cable, Campaigns, Commercials, Good



'Truth' Campaign Threatened In Ongoing Legal Battle

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The future of the American Legacy Foundation's Truth campaign could be in jeopardy following a Delaware Supreme Court case next Wednesday, April 26 during which Lorillard Tobacco Company will appeal an earlier ruling which found the American Legacy Foundation Truth campaign did not, as Lorillard claimed it did, vilify the tobacco company. If Lorillard wins, the tone of the campaign may have to change dramatically and Lorillard has asked the approximately $1.5 billion in money provided by manufacturers to American Legacy Foundation be returned to an escrow account making it, the organization claims, impossible to continue with its anti-smoking efforts.

The American Legacy Foundation claims the Truth campaign is crucial to maintaining and lowering youth smoking. The Foundation claims the campaign aided the decline in youth smoking 22 percent from 2000 to 2002 resulting in 300,000 teens choosing not to smoke in 2002. There are simple truths here. Every human knows this. Smoking is bad. If a person wants to smoke, they can make that choice. But cigarette makers should not be able to stifle organizations that are trying to provide information that helps a person decide whether or not they will take up smoking. That's just wrong.

by Steve Hall    Apr-19-06    
Topic: Bad, Campaigns, Policy










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