It's hard to follow up on a classic. And Southern Comfort's original Whatever's Comfortable ad, Beach, was, indeed, a classic. Wieden + Kennedy miraculously made a paunchy guy walking down the beach in a Speedo actually look cool.
That ad was followed by Shampoo and Karate and now we have Dance. Dance is all about a guy "dancing like the entire internet isn't watching." And we really shouldn't bother watching because, well, it's boring beyond belief and carries none of the original panache.
Sadly, it appears the campaign is now being dialed in which is a shame given the potential the original presented.
Haven't we all seen enough movies, TV shows and other forms of entertainment that take steps, often extreme and comical ones (think stuffed animals standing in for real ones), to insure we never, ever, under any circumstances whatsoever, have to bear witness to animal cruelty -- even the most innocuous -- in any of the content we consume?
Whether or not one feels this is a bit of overkill is really irrelevant, the cause groups and their public have spoken. No harm -- even of the fake variety -- shall come to animals.
So it's really no surprise running shoe brand Pearl Izumi is catching heat for an ad if created which shows a dog that has just suffered a heart attack while on a run with its owner being given CPR.
In a series of five new Red Urban-created ads for Volkswagen Canada, we are shown just how awesome the Golf GTD's acceleration is and how that acceleration can have sometimes good and sometimes bad effects on its passengers.
So, you have been warned. Be very, very careful the next time you get into your Golf GTD.
Well you've gotta love a great creative idea. And this Buzzman France-created work for French chocolate bar brand Milka is certainly creative. The agency put together a program based on the assumption the last square of a chocolate bar is the best.
Milka bars where then manufactured with one square missing. Those purchasing the bars were asked to decide whether they wanted that last square sent to them or to a loved one.
Great promotion. Although we're guessing the manufacturing folks weren't too happy with having to retool their production line to manufacture bars with one square missing.
A new ad for Chinese smartphone company Oppo has released an ad touting the fact their new phone has a touch screen on the back as well as the front. To convey this point, the brand took the easy route and chose to make an analogy between the back of the phone and a lady's back.
So the result is an ad featuring a bare back accompanied with the headline, "Don't just touch the front, the back is also interesting." The ad is finished with "Rear Touch Panel. A brand new user experience.
Oh and that's not all. Reportedly, he brand has also rolled out an ad featuring a picture of toilet paper and the headline, "Easy to use with one hand so you can get busy with the other one..."
Oh how we love when a brand says FU to a cause group. When Kraft gave us Zesty Guy a couple of months ago, members of One Million Moms were none too pleased about an image of naked Zesty Guy with a table cloth over what appears to be the dude's partially erect penis.
Rather than bend over, pull the ad and apologize, Kraft said, "Our Kraft dressing's 'Let's Get Zesty' campaign is a playful and flirtatious way to reach our consumers. People have overwhelmingly said they're enjoying the campaign and having fun with it."
It's just really hard to fathom that Robert Downey Jr. used to be a drugged out, has-been actor on the brink of death. The dude truly has become the Iron Man. His latest commercial outing, aside from his many successful films, is a two year deal with HTC that will place Downey front and center in a new campaign for the brand, launching August 15, that will playfully endeavor to define what HTC stands for.
Personal genetics company 23andMe has launched Portraits of Health, its first television campaign. The campaign, created by Arnold Worldwide in New York, focuses on educating consumers about how understanding their DNA can help them make more informed and proactive health decisions. The campaign, features people discussing their real 23andMe results, visualized as graphics to illustrate what they learned about their health by exploring their DNA.
It is confirmed. Humans are wild animals with very strange habits. This new campaign from Chiel and production company six01 use the nature documentary approach to examine the "tabitat" of the (obsessively) connected generation.
Jenny McCarthy, who recently unleashed her breasts for Carl's Jr. can now be seen pimping Blu e-cigarettes in a television campaign breaking August 5. Making note that while dating "smelling like an ashtray isn't the ideal aphrodisiac," McCarthy talks about how smoking e-cigrettes have made her feel better about herself and have eliminated the guilt associated with smoking.
The ads, and associated webisodes introduce a new Blu eCig Starter Pack, packaging that recharges the eCigs.
With tobacco companies getting hit from all aside, the eCig business is projected to grow to $1 billion in 2013. And Blu already has a 40% share of the market.