Manisms and Hot Women Sell Milwaukee's Best

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MediaPost's Amy Corr has gathered together a few recent campaign launches in her Out to Launch column, one of which proves beer marketers haven't left scantily clad women as seducers...uh...sellers of its products. A new campaign for Milwaukee's Best (yes, they do need all the help they can get) has launched on TV, print, an on the web with the tagline, "Brewed for a Man's Taste." Taste in what, you ask. Taste in "finely tuned" woman apparently. The website has all the usual male stupidity such as an ogling game in which a man must avert his eyes from his best friend's girlfriend's cleavage but if that's not possible, the site also provides wallpaper and downloads of finely Photoshopped models to ogle on the privacy one's own computer screen.

While the site reinforces man's neaderthal tendencies, the commercials, which feature proverbially manly men acting proverbially unmanly, are actually quite funny and not far from reality.

by Steve Hall    Jul-28-05    
Topic: Campaigns, Online, Television



Promoting New Models Agency Craps On Old Models

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Acknowledging old agency models are dead and to position itself as a leader in the "new way," Sydney agency, The One Centre, has launched a one million campaign, running in magazines, on TV and on the web, that places old models on the runway with the tagline, "Old models don't cut it anymore." While the analogy might be on target, the use of, very likely, wise and intelligent older women, basically says there's no need for wisdom and the only thing that matters is the new flash.

The One Center Founder and CEO John Ford justifies the campaign by citing his agency's in creating everything from glassware to furniture, T-shirts to shoulder bags, staff uniforms to print ads, websites to direct marketing programs, TV ads to packaging, retail stores to soundtracks, to designing multi-million dollar brand experience centers and concept bars.

Ford goes on, saying, "Advertising is bigger than just broadcast media. Advertising isn't dead. We just need to get more expansive about what we think of as media. We need to look for ways to express brand in everything." Oh, and along the way, if we offend and piss off an entire, and very huge demographic segment who has a boatload of disposable income, who gives a shit.

by Steve Hall    Jul-28-05    
Topic: Agencies, Campaigns, Strange



Jordache Jeans Signs Brittany Murphy

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In its first use of a celebrity spokesmodel, designer jeans grand daddy Jordache has signed a deal with Hollywood actress Brittany Murphy, 27, to appear in the company's ad campaign, shot by famed photographer Patrick Demarchelier on an estate in Hariman, New York. Jordache hopes to breathe new life into the 30 year old brand that rose to popularity in the 70's. The campaign will break in September.

UPDATE: In Comments, Linda gives us a bit more background on the minds behind this campaign. Funny how press releases leave out so much information. Anyway, she wrote: "The creative mojo behind this campaign is ink&co, the hyper-cool SOHO agency that's done everything from re-fashion the L'eggs egg to design ALL the signage stuff for 7thonSixth every fashion season for the last 14, to creating CURVATION (that brand of VF Intimates with Queen Latifah as its voice), to creating the look and feel of the soon-to-be-released hit video poker game 'STACKED with Daniel Negreanu'. Sam Sohaili's winning ink&co creative even beat out BBDO and that other Sam (Shahid)... quite the coup. But wanna know the biggest behind-the-scenes surprise? Sam turned out to be one of those Redford-esque 'horse whisperers'... who the hell knew?! Sam...what else can you do???"

by Steve Hall    Jul-28-05    
Topic: Campaigns, Celebrity



James Lipton Does DCShoes Commercials

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Spoofing his persona and conducting mock interviews with DC Shoes athletes, James Lipton appears in 18 commercials for the apparel and shoe company. The campaign, created by LA-based 72andSunny, is airing on MTV, MTV2, ESPN and ESPN2. Along with Lipton, skateboarder Danny Way, BMX rider Dave Mirra, motocross rider Travis Pastrana, snowboarder Travis Rice, surfer Bruce Irons, and street skateboard icon Rob Dyrdek appear in the series.

The spots, shot semi-unscripted, are just odd enough to be engaging bringing together two, seemingly, unrelated entities from very different backgrounds making for a funny, culture-clash campaign. The spots can be viewed on the DCShoes website.

by Steve Hall    Jul-27-05    
Topic: Campaigns, Television



Sex With Bugs Raises STD Awareness

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Here's an ad that might cause second thoughts before jumping into bed with your hottie of choice. This French ad for an AIDS group hopes to shock the public out of complacency regarding sexually transmitted diseases. We think it works.

by Steve Hall    Jul-27-05    
Topic: Campaigns



Mischa Barton Chills With Keds

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In May, we announced Keds had extended its deal with Mischa Barton and would be launching a campaign featuring The O.C. actress Mischa Barton. Recently, the shoe company launched a website, Mischa Barton Fall '05, created by Toth and mediumbold, featuring Mischa and her involvement in the creation of the campaign, her take on the definition of cool, behind the scenes commentary on the photo shoots for the campaign, Mischa's answers to fan mail, her take on Hollywood hot spots, her favorites songs and, of course, the shoes.

The campaign's tagline is "Be Cool" and the word cool must be uttered by Mischa at least one hundred times throughout her appearances in the site's mini-videos. Not a bad choice for a tagline considering how many times people say "cool" in every day conversation. It's akin to Verizon's "Can you hear me now?" tag which, as anyone who owns a cell phone knows, is said more than a few times every day.

by Steve Hall    Jul-25-05    
Topic: Campaigns, Celebrity, Online



Dove Gives Fat...Uh...Real Women Their Day

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OK, OK, OK. We'll write about this. You've twisted our arm long enough. While we thought we were done with this, having written about it back in March 2005, the Dove fat girls are, again, all the rage. Having popped up on billboards all over the country, the public has voiced its opinion on the campaign by writing on the ads comments such as "I hate my agent," "Fat girls can be corporate schills too" and "I only suck form balls." We're not quite sure what the last comment has to do with the campaign but we're sure the author had something in mind.

Sharpie pen commentary aside, the campaign does make one wonder if we really want to see "real" women in their underwear or stay with the anorexic, cleavage-enhanced, Photoshopped, untouchable, pore-less, fantasy hotties that adorn most current advertising.

by Steve Hall    Jul-25-05    
Topic: Campaigns



Agency Uses 'Creative Juices' In Promotional Campaign

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Vancouver agency smashLAB has out their creative juices, somewhat literally, to use in a new self-promotional campaign. The print campaign, with the tagline, "Our Creative Comes From Within," features images of colorful body fluids from puke to snot to well, view the campaign to see the other two. We're not quite sure what kind of clients a campaign like this will attract but, hey, more power to smashLAB for trying.

by Steve Hall    Jul-25-05    
Topic: Agencies, Campaigns



Shocker: Boobs Promote Advertising Week

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In an ironic twist, the industry that is currently attempting to regain cred among, well, everyone, the advertising industry recently launched an ad campaign to promote Advertising Week using the oldest trick in the book: sex. Created by DDB Worldwide, the ad, which promotes the industry's upcoming Advertising Week in September pictures a faceless woman with in a red bra and black top with her breasts bulging outward and the copy, "Advertising. We All Do It," positioned directly beneath the woman's cleavage.

Predictably, many are up in arms over the ad citing it as sexist, moronic and tired. All true but, then again, when has sex ever been in danger of not selling something. Whether it's to titalate guys or to piss of women, sex-laced campaigns featuring scantily clad women whose breasts are spilling forth, uncontrollably, from of their tops unquestionably draw attention and get the media to write about it, thereby, accomplishing a campaigns primary goal of awareness despite negative reaction.

Indicative of the spineless nature of industry, neither the client nor the agency are stepping up to the plate in reaction to this ad with both sides referring inquiries to the other as if the ad were a pair of skid-marked underwear.

Bring sanity back to the saga, Bartle Bogle Hegarty Global Chief Marketing Officer and Director of Advertising Week Cindy Gallop told Ad Age, "I see the campaign as funny and entertaining. Advertising is something we all do without thinking. The fact is a woman opening an extra button on her blouse for a date is a very regular occurrence." You go, Cindy!

by Steve Hall    Jul-25-05    
Topic: Campaigns, Industry Events, Opinion



Campaign Helps Parents Remove Sex and Violence From Children's Lives

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In a campaign created for child protection group, Pauseparentplay, and created by LA-based David & Goliath, parents are offered advice on how to protect their children from sex and violence saturated media using already existing tools such as television's V-chip, parent-focused movie and television review services, music review services and video game review services.

The campaign, which promotes the ParentPausePlay website, is done up with tab rag headlines such as "Suburban Mom Wipes Out Army of Bloodthirsty Ninja Assassins...with eject button on DVD player," "Parents Thwart Flesh-Eating Cyborgs...from invading their children's game console" and "Small Town Dad Disarms Chainsaw Wielding Psychopath...with skillful use of the remote.

Currently, the campaign is appearing in magazines with future plans for television. Councilman Vallone would love this campaign.

by Steve Hall    Jul-20-05    
Topic: Campaigns










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