Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony Bring Hilarity to Kohl's Campaign

jennifer_lopez_kohls.jpg

Now this is funny! It's always a crap shoot when a brand selects a celebrity to represent it in an ad campaign. Mostly because it's never believable the celebrity would actually purchase the product or service they're representing. Not that that's any different with Kohl's and Jennifer Lopez but they way these new McCann Erickson-created Kohl's commercials link Lopez and the brand, it's mostly irrelevant.

The campaign, promoting new clothing lines from Lopez and Marc Anthony was conceived prior to the couple's split. In one commercial, Lopez is blocked by a security guard from entering Kohl's headquarters because he doesn't know who she is. Thankfully Lopez doesn't throw the predictable celebrity hissy fit, rather subtly tries to remind the guard of her fame. It doesn't work. But the low key humor does.

more »

by Steve Hall    Aug-31-11    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Commercials, Creative Commentary



Hip Hop Hamsters Jump the Shark

kia_soul_hamsters_robots.jpg

It's really no surprise this latest Kia Soul Hamster ad from David & Goliath is getting a bad rap. After all, sequels rarely live up to the original. The first two outings in this campaign where original and amusing. Looking back at the first spot in this campaign, you can sense the originality in the concept.

Upon viewing the second spot, you can sense the progression of the campaign and the central characters from early onset hipsters to full blown hip hop stars of the hood. Sadly, the third outing has reduced the hip hop hamsters to caricatures of themselves. They've become the comic relief in a video game.

more »

by Steve Hall    Aug-30-11    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Creative Commentary



Sir Edwin Horsham Bests Stork With Pickle Escapades

claussen_sir_edwin_horsham.jpg

If you were in you local grocery store minding your own business, walking the aisles for your grocery needs and suddenly you saw a man on a bobsled racing through the store, your first reaction might be to call the loony bin and have the man put away. Your second thought - because you are a hip, astute person who has been jaded with marketing buffoonery over the years - would be to say, "Oh, right. That's Sir Edwin Horsham, the Claussen pickle guy who captures unsuspecting shoppers and takes them on journeys to...the Claussen pickle section."

The campaign, created by The Escape Pod for Kraft has been out since June. There are three episodes to far. The first one has garnered over one million views. You can view all three below. An if you've ever compared Claussen pickles to Vlassis, you know Claussen wins, hands, down, every time.

So we tip our hat to Sir Edwin Horsham and laud his superiority over that soggy stork.

more »

by Steve Hall    Aug-18-11    
Topic: Campaigns, Strange, Video



Las Vegas Frivolity Captured As Book Covers

NYNY-bookcover_2_1Mb.jpg

David&Goliath is out with new work for the New York New York Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. In the print campaign, D&G shows hotel experiences as stories. Titled "Coaster," "Suite," "Casino," "Bar at Times Square" and "Nine Fine Irishman," each version shows a scene as the cover of a book along with a headline that tells another story. Some seems to be obsessed with cleavage but this is Vegas we're talking about so we say all good to that.

You can check out each of the ads here, here, here and here.

by Steve Hall    Aug-18-11    
Topic: Campaigns, Racy



French Fashion Brand Unveils Lingerie for (Very) Young Girls

jours_apres_lunes_lingerie.jpg

By now you have certainly heard about French lingerie company Jours Apres Lunes and their campaign hyping lingerie for girls four to twelve. Yes, you read that right. Lingerie for girls 4-12. Now maybe this is all perfectly fine since its the French we're talking about and if stereotypes are to be believed, the French are all about romance, love and sex. But for four year olds? In America, we call that perverted.

The brand is touting the line as "the first designer brand dedicated to 'loungerie' for children and teenagers, comprised of loungewear and lingerie to be worn over and under, inside and outside."

As you might expect, we're big fans of women in lingerie. But the key word in that statement is "women." And until a girl is 18, she is not a woman in our book and should not be prancing around in lingerie.

Check out images from the line here and let us know what you think.

by Steve Hall    Aug-18-11    
Topic: Campaigns, Racy, Strange



Cathay Pacific Cancels Ad Campaign After Cockpit Cockup

cathay_pacific.jpg

This one gets a big laugh. Cathay Pacific has postponed the launch of a campaign with the tagline "Meet the team who go the extra mile to make you feel special" because photographs surfaced of crew members having sex in the cockpit...which when you think about it, brings a whole new level of meaning to the word "cockpit." Reportedly, the photographs were published in Chinese newspapers.

Of the Cathay Pacific employees caught in the act, Cathay Pacific CEO John Slosar said, "I can confirm that two members of our crew shown in compromising situations in photographs published recently in Chinese-language daily newspapers are no longer employees of the company."

Apparently, oral sex was involved between a flight attendant and a pilot. Attempting to downplay safety concerns, Cathay Pacific has said there was no indication the sex act was performed while in flight.

The NSFW photos can be viewed here.

by Steve Hall    Aug-15-11    
Topic: Campaigns, Racy



Ladies, Take A Shave-Cation

shavecation_surf.jpg

Ladies, ever worry about unsightly stubble during bikini season...or any season for that matter? Well, it seems, Schick has the solution for you. And it's so good you can even take a day off from shaving that all important bikini line. In fact, you can take a...Shave-cation. Yes, a Shave-cation. All courtesy of the new Schick Quattro for Women.

But wait a minute. Something's not right here. Gillette offers up five blades. Why does Sschick only give women four? We smell a conspiracy here!

by Steve Hall    Aug-12-11    
Topic: Campaigns, Strange



Velveeta Does Hamburger Helper

velveeta_cheesy_skillets.jpg

Apart from the product's similarities to Hamburger Helper and the commercial's similarities to the Old Spice campaign, we guess Wieden + Kennedy has put an acceptable new spin on selling people Liquid Coronary...uh...excuse us...Liquid Gold, otherwise known as Velveeta cheese.

In these new commercials, which pimp Velveeta Cheesy Skillets, we have a blacksmith type, played by Lost character David S. Lee, which WK has borrowed heavily from the Isiah Mustafa Old Spice character to create. The man is all knowing when it comes to the fine art of creating easy-to-prepare, horribly unhealthy meals lazy parents can serve their families.

more »

by Steve Hall    Aug-12-11    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Creative Commentary, Strange



Kenneth Cole Stirs Debate on Abortion, Guns, Gay Rights and War

WDYS_Wallpaper_1280x1024_prochoice-1.jpg

In its continuing effort to rid the world of every last prejudice, stereotype, human rights issue, environmental problem and other ailment facing the human race, Kenneth Cole is out with Where Do You Stand, an effort that aims to open debate on gay rights, woman's right to choose, gun control and war.

The effort is supported with an online site hooked up with which invite visitors to chime in on these topics. Offline advertising supports as well.

We're going to make one comment on one of the campaign's pieces of creative. And, in doing so, we're going to tip our hand and let you know we are decidedly pro-choice on the issue of abortion. One of the ads reads, "Should it be a woman's right to choose if she's the one carrying it all?"

more »

by Steve Hall    Aug- 8-11    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Cause



She Won't Remember Your Name But She'll Remember the View

apt_name.jpg

Commenting on a new campaign promoting apartments in New York from MNS, MNS Executive VP of Marketing Ryan McCann told the New York Post, "You can make a correlation between the quality of your apartment and the quality of women you get."

Well, if that were actually true, all one would have to do is rent an apartment from MNS. Oh wait.

As part of the campaign, on the MNS website, visitors are asked to share their wildest hook up stories. The campaign's tagline reads, "I don't remember his name, but his apartment..." OK, guys. You know what to do next.

by Steve Hall    Aug- 3-11    
Topic: Campaigns










Featured FREE Resource: