Hated for years, the Canadian Tire Guy and his wife, portrayed in hundreds of commercials and loathed, apparently, by every Canadian citizen has been dropped from the campaign. The Canadian Tire Guy seemed to have fallen into that typically emasculated male stereotype we see often in America as well but put out of their misery before it goes on too long. We won't bore you with the details but every media outlet and blogger has derided the guy for years. Canadian Tire nor the actor who play the Tire Guy, Ted Simonett, willelaborate on the change
Lincoln Mercury, which previously launched a serial Internet-based movie called Meet The Lucky Ones, is launching two new webisodes featuring the Mercury Milan mid-size sedan and the new Zephyr, Lincoln's first entry-luxury sedan. The first installments of the five-week Web series debut today at LovelyBySurprise.com and TheNeverything.com, bringing together stars from Oscar-winning movies and hit television series, including "Grey's Anatomy," "A Beautiful Mind," "Amistad" and "Walk the Line." Written and directed by Kirt Gunn, they tell the story of an author whose fiction overtakes her real life. The two sides of the story are presented on two separate Web sites - one by Lincoln, the other by Mercury.
Our brief review of the work interests us. This isn't your standard web video stuff. This is stuff you'd expect to see on TV or in the movie theater. If this is truly where advertising is going, we're all for it.
AdJab points out 'Lost' cast member Evangeline Lilly is appearing in a series of print ads for carpet maker Karastan. Ads break this month in Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, Traditional Home among others. In an interview on the Karastan site, Lilly tells us she just wanted to be mediocre and was not looking to be anything special. She also gushes about how she loves to decorate.
Joining Reebok's rap-tastic "I Am What I Am," campaign, which we still think they stole from popeye, are Nelly and Daddy Yankee. In April, Reebok will introduce a Nelly-inspired line of sneakers, t-shirts and hats. Daddy Yanke will join the party May23 with a line of sneakers. The two will become part of Reebok's $50 million campaign.
Ideas for bra ad concepts are as endless as Peter North's "product." There's no end to the way you can manipulate society's obsession with breasts into an ad campaign. While these concepts aren't rocket science, most good concepts aren't. They work because they are simple. And these ads for Wonderbra are very simple. One is playful. The other pokes fun at the relationship between breasts and shirt buttons. What more can really be said about a bra that hasn't a;ready been said?
While we don't profess to know all the details behind the 1989 Tiananmen Square incident, an ad for men's fashion brand Oliver Sweeney has used imagery from a day during the incident in its current ad campaign which has stirred complaint. It shows a man standing in front of a tank, just as in the famous Tiananmen Square photo, dressed in Oliver Sweeney garb.
In response to complaints today, Oliver Sweeney has removed the image from its stores as well as from its website and apologized for the controversy it caused.
John Brock points us to a story about a recently launched Mexican television campaign from the National Women's Institute which portrays blow up sex dolls as office workers to somehow get men to stop treating women like sex dolls. Somehow, we just think this reinforces the stereotype.
Reebok UK is signing an endorsement partnership with British boxer Amir Khan. He becomes the first ever boxer to be signed by Reebok and joins existing sport and music icons such as Manchester United's Ryan Giggs and Streets front man Mike Skinner. The ad, which breaks March 12, is part of the "I Am What I Am" campaign created by New York agency Mcgarrybowen.
Those folks over at Leo Burnett Lisbon do some nice work and this work for their chewing gum/breath mint client Smint is quite nice as well. Riffing on that feeling one gets when they are interested in meeting someone but just aren't all that confident their breath won't send that person running, the agency created a series of print ads that spek directly to that concern. See the whole series here.
Last summer, ATTIK , Scion's creative agency, began releasing a series of gatefold print ads that use a three-stage approach. The first stage is "Inspiration," and shows something that might inspire Scion's audience to personalize their vehicle. Next comes "Realization," where a Scion model has been customized in a style matching the inspiration. The third stage is "Personalization," where a stock version of the Scion model is shown with available accessories for customization. A new ad in the series from ATTIK called Scion xB City of Dreams was inspired by 25- year-old fine artist Books IIII, whose work has been showcased in numerous gallery exhibitions, including the 2004/2005 and 2005/2006 INSTALLATION art tours sponsored by Scion.
Between now and June, the new ad will appear in lifestyle magazines aimed at young urban trend leaders, including Juxtapoz, Rides, Revolver, Theme Magazine and others.