Marriage and Virginity to Hit Times Square

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Campaign For Our Children, the folks who brought the Marriage Works campaign last Spring are bringing a new version of campaign, breaking this fall, to New York, along with a campaign called Pink which touts the benefits of marriage to older teens and promotes abstinence among tweens and young teens. While we were a bit snide when the original campaign broke, writing, "the only thing that will reduce teen pregnancy is surgically implanting a permanent female condom inside every girl under the age of 18. Oh, and a little dose of open, parental discussion about sex and its consequences," we admit education on these issues is a very good thing but marriage does not always guarantee an ideal life.

by Steve Hall    Oct- 6-05    
Topic: Campaigns



Distribution in Jeopardy, Rimmel May Drop Kate Moss

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Our tipsters are telling us cosmetics company Rimmel, the last Kate Moss holdout, may, after all, drop Moss as spokesmodel. The company is getting pressure form number two distributor Walgreens who, apparently, has said "She goes or we go." Not wanting to risk a serious distribution channel, Rimmel is seriously considering eradicating themselves from association with Moss. Also looming in Rimmel's rear view mirror is retail colossus Wal-Mart who may also a "Moss or us" edict essentially putting Rimmel out of business. It's a fair bet Rimmel will be saying goodbye to Kate Moss very soon.

by Steve Hall    Oct- 4-05    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity



Lincoln Zephyr to Grace Sidewalk, Subway Walls

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This week, Ford will launch a a new campaign for its Lincoln Zephyr mid-sized sedan which will include the usual stuff like television and print but Zephyr ads will also be seen street level with 60 foot ads alongside sidewalks that use the new Submedia technology which turns a fixed image into a motion picture when a person passes by. Similar ads will also be used inside subway tunnels.

by Steve Hall    Oct- 4-05    
Topic: Campaigns



Listerine is For Ugly People Too

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Smartly acknowledging all people can't be gorgeous hotties with six packs and D cup breasts, Listerine, to promote its Oral Care Strips, is running ads featuring, shall we say, less than pretty people. Of course, it's all done in jest so as not to offend actual ugly people. Check out the ads here.

by Steve Hall    Oct- 3-05    
Topic: Campaigns, Magazine



Lexus to Feature Paul McCartney Single in Hybrid Car Ad

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After seeing the new Lexus hybrid car, Paul McCartney decided he would lend support to the campaign by allowing Lexus to use his new single, "Fine Line," in the commercial. "When it was put to me that they wanted to sponsor the tour and when I actually saw the car and saw what it was all about, I said 'Yeah, sure, that's something I can definitely get behind.' It beats beer commercials." The single comes from McCartney's recently released album, "Chaos and Creation in the Backyard."

Lexus is sponsoring McCartney's 11-week U.S. concert tour along with Fidelity Investments. McCartney will appear in the investment company's upcoming ad campaign.

by Steve Hall    Sep-28-05    
Topic: Campaigns, Celebrity, Sponsorship



Sony Turns to Public For Campaign Advice

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As marketers increasingly realize the importance of people's input when it comes to the creation of marketing campaigns, Sony U.K., which turned to Neil McFarland and Jon Burgerman to create art for the Sony PSP Wipeout Pure game, is asking people to vote of which design will be used in the launch campaign.

by Steve Hall    Sep-27-05    
Topic: Campaigns, Magazine



Hilary Swank Joins Key to Cure Cancer Campaign

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Oscar winner Hilary Swank has joined the Saks Fifth Avenue Key to The Cure cancer campaign, following Nicole Kidman and Charlize Theron. The Key to The Cure is a two day shopping event help at Saks stores nationwide October 28 and 29. In PSAs promoting the event, Swank will wear a Swarovski crystal covered Diane Von Furstenberg t-shirt. Five percent of sales over the two day period will be donated to cancer research programs.

by Steve Hall    Sep-26-05    
Topic: Campaigns, Celebrity



Lone Marketer Sticks With kate Moss

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Kate Moss may has been ditched by many marketers over her cocaine use but one is holding out and capitalizing on the publicity. London cosmetics company Rimmel, who has used Moss previously, is keeping her on and will feature her in a commercial highlighting her partying persona with Rimmel standing on for coke when she needs a boost the morning after. The name of the advertised line: Recovery. How appropriate.

by Steve Hall    Sep-26-05    
Topic: Campaigns, Celebrity



Elle MacPherspon Fronts For Blackglama Mink

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Elle McPherson is the next in a long line of celebrities to appear in mink company Blackglama's ad campaign, "What Becomes a Legend Most?" MacPherson, 42, was big in the '90's, made several movies and had a recurring role on Friends. McPherson follows Judy Garland, Marlene Dietrich, Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Rita Hayworth, Diana Ross, Carol Burnett, Lucille Ball, Ray Charles, Barbra Streisand, Cher, Linda Evangelista, Gisele Bundchen, Cindy Crawford and others, all of whom appeared in the mink company's ad campaigns. Did we just wake up on another planet or something? We thought Hollywood celebrities, being all liberal and such would, for sure, be against promoting mink. Oh wait, Hollywood is its own weird, screwed up planet. The campaign will kick off this fall.

by Steve Hall    Sep-24-05    
Topic: Campaigns, Celebrity



NHL Ad Called Gratuitous

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An ad, unveiled Wednesday night, promoting the upcoming NHL season which opens with a Chinese philosopher's quote, a bare-chested player and a woman in a bra and robe has been called offensive by Chairwoman of the National Council of Women's Organizations Martha Burk, the woman who led an unsuccessful attempt three years ago to get the Augusta National golf club to admit women. Responding to NHL spokeswoman Bernadette Mansur's assessment the spot simply portrays the woman as the man's spiritual trainer, Burk said, "That's a major stretch. The woman is a sexual ornament, in my view. It's appealing to adult men while trying to masquerade as something for kids."

The ad, which is hardly gratuitous and carries the tagline, "My NHL," was directed by MTV Video Music Awards winner Sam Bayer. Conductor, a California-based ad agency, produced the spots, which were filmed in British Columbia. The campaign, which break Monday, September 26, is set to air on NBC, Outdoor Life Network, and Canada's TSN. The ad can be viewed on the homepage of NHL.com.

by Steve Hall    Sep-24-05    
Topic: Cable, Campaigns, Commercials, Television










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