Candie's Hits Hotness of Hudgens One More Time

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Continuing her work with Candie's, High School Musical star and one-time nude internet celebrity, Vanessa Hudgens is fronting the brand's Candies's only at Kohl's campaign which will consist of print and television. The campaign will highlight "Candie-isms," trite little girly statements such as "Candie's girls believe you can do anything in heels," "Candie's girls know sprinkles are a food group" and "Candie's girls never forget to treat themselves."

Of her work on the campaign, Hudgens said, "I love Candie's because they have so many great pieces you can mix into your wardrobe. My style is very similar to the Candie's girl style in a sense where we just want to have fun."

And, of course, not leaving out the social element, brand fans can vote for one of three commercials which will air in late July.

Check out the full on hotness of Hudgens on this campaign highlight page.

by Steve Hall    Jun-15-11    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Racy



Taco Bell Gets Irresponsible With Mr. Responsibility

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Urging those about to lose their freedom only to face a life of imprisonment doing...wait for it...a real job, Taco Bell is asking Millennial consumers to "Take advantage of Taco Bell's Spend Less Summer - while they still can."

A new campaign introduces Mr. Responsibility, played by Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi and will consist of seven different spots, each featuring a Taco Bell product while encouraging people to remain free for as long as they can.

In July, the brand roll out a social component featuring a few Taco Bell interns. Will they be hot? We have no idea but they will show Taco Bell fans how to save money through short form sketch comedies.

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by Steve Hall    Jun-11-11    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials



Nivea Fetes 100 Years of Skincare with Pure Reliability Message

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Laden with the immense responsibility of promoting Nivea's 100-year anniversary, DraftFCB/London decided to veer from its existing "Beauty is..." position and bring the brand to basics.

Visually, the ad favours purity and it depicts people in intimate situations of all kinds. This is clearly also a good opportunity to see skin of all kinds -- young, old, pregnant -- while reminding people that Nivea's been the trusted brand for those you touch the most. Blended in nicely is the subliminal message that it is pure and nourishing enough to support both young skin and old.

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by Angela Natividad    Jun-10-11    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Television



T-Mobile Takes Angry Birds Offline, Expands Its Size By 1000

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T-Mobile makes another cultural coup with its ongoing and highly social "Life is for sharing" campaign. On May 11 in Barcelona, the firm set up a huge live Angry Birds installment inviting people to play.

A few curious stragglers were drawn to a booth, where they found a smartphone with Angry Birds loaded. They'd casually draw the slingshot back (the birth of an addiction) -- and find to their surprise that the result was replicated in real life. It goes without saying that a crowd formed fast.

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by Angela Natividad    Jun-10-11    
Topic: Best, Brands, Campaigns, Events, Games, Guerilla, Mobile/Wireless



Because When Last Did an American Apparel Ad Make You Want Kids?

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...yeah, we said "want kids," not "screw maniacally" (which can sometimes lead to weebs, but ones this awesome? Less likely.)

This Tony Kelly-directed piece of beauty is about two boys, their intimacy, their engagement and their differences. The story is loose at best but you're not watching it for that; you're watching because it's beautiful, and because it all slips by you to the tune of Debussy's Clair de Lune.

If it feels aimless and ephemeral, that's part of what makes it precious.

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by Angela Natividad    Jun-10-11    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Good, Video



Marc Jacobs Makes Sailor Backpacks Now, and If You Get One, You Could Be Like This Guy.

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Quirky yet delightful Spanish firm PeSeta has partnered with designer Marc Jacobs to produce the Marc Jacobs PeSeta Sailor Backpack, a harmonious marriage of sailor utility and sailor kitschy-chic.

And what better way to promote a line of sailor bags than with a sailor having an ass-shaking bag-inspired fetish fest all over a dock? At least that's what one of their ad people must have been thinking, and evidently the whole world unanimously agreed, because they gave us this magnificent piece of work.

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by Angela Natividad    Jun-10-11    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online, Video



Aldi Tea Will Float Hubby's Boat, Even If You Get Your Happy Elsewhere

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We like to make cracks about English humor, but to be truthful we love it. There's stuff that passes in the UK that just never could here, especially when it comes to advertising.

This Aldi ad is one example. Its whimsical and decidedly naughty approach to competitive pricing falls together with an equally epic tongue-in-cheek tagline: "Aldi. Like brands. Only cheaper."

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by Angela Natividad    Jun- 9-11    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Good, Television



Diesel Takes 'Likes' Off the 'Net and Onto Jeans

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Here's an idea with interesting potential. For Diesel, European comms firm Fullsix had a baby burp of an epiphany:

Facebook's Like capability has become an online content standard. If Liking pages, content and brands online is so successful for spreading brand equity around, the Like ought to be replicated in the real world.

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by Angela Natividad    Jun- 9-11    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Good, Mobile/Wireless



The ONE App That Could Change The World

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That's the dream, anyway. ONE.org has launched a free app that enables you to mobilise in an instant to fight disease and extreme poverty, wherever you are and whenever you feel like it.

The technology isn't anything you haven't seen before, but it demonstrates the power we hold in our hands and take for granted.

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by Angela Natividad    Jun- 9-11    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Good, Mobile/Wireless



Go From Intern to WINtern With Little Debbie (Deux!)

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Agency interns, take heed! Observing that you are hard-working, underpaid and apparently extremely hungry, Little Debbie's holding its second annual Intern Hero contest.

The prize: piles and piles of breakfast yummies. The demand: create a sign asking Little Debbie to send you breakfast -- the more creative, the better. Snap a photo of yourself with the sign inside or outside your office.

The conditions: you must be an employed intern, over 18 and a US resident.

Entries wrap July 18, 2011, so whip out your Sharpie quick if you want to win you some Blueberry Creme Rolls! Here's more on how to enter.

Good consistent social work (not in the Precious sense, though) by Luckie & Co.

by Angela Natividad    Jun- 8-11    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online, Social








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