Welcome Back to Cannes, Ladies and Gents

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It isn't what it used to be, but there's something about Cannes that still excites. It's a place apart, where you're plunged willy-nilly into a life that doesn't belong to you for an inordinate amount of time. For that reason, alighting on it yearly feels a bit like coming home, and the expectation that rises inside is a welcome feeling.

I arrived around 1 in the morning, following a long train delay in Paris thanks mostly to a workers strike. (This is normal.) Because it's a small town, I walked to my hotel: 6 minutes from the train station. This is a convenient city once you know it, and despite the constant barrage of tourists and entitled conference folk, it doesn't change much.

I am staying in a place that lacks sex appeal but has free secured wifi and is clean. The window has an excellent view of Curves, an American weight-loss chain that caters primarily to working women.

It's funny how the sight of something you haven't seen in a long time takes you elsewhere: Curves, an unlikely nostalgic device, brings me back to Oakland's business district, where I contemplated registering on my lunch breaks until a friend told me I'd be joining "fat camp for deluded feminists." I didn't think about it again.

But you're not here for reminiscences of lost fitness aspirations; you're here to read about the Lions. That's cool, let's get down to business.

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by Angela Natividad    Jun-20-10    
Topic: Agencies, Best, Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Industry Events



Armani Unveils More of the Unbelievable Hotness of Megan Fox

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Back in January we let you know Megan Fox (Those eyes! That waist! Those hips! Those lips! The Come Hither-ness!) was tapped to become the new face of Emporio Armani Underwear and Armani Jeans. There were photos. There was a video. And there was some blogger who complained the video didn't show enough Fox.

Well, now there's more to look at in the form on a just-released new ad that's part of the brand's Fall and Winter ad campaign. The campaign breaks in July online and on billboards in New York, Los Angeles, London, Milan, Rome, Paris and Tokyo.

Cristiano Ronaldo handles the men's side of things for the brand.

by Steve Hall    Jun-17-10    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity



Julia Roberts Becomes Lancome's Pretty Woman

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In a $20 million deal, Julia Roberts will appear in a Lancome ad campaign for the brand's new Definicils Precious Cells Mascara. She's Photoshopped like crazy but who cares. We still love her. And it wasn't Pretty Woman that sparked that love. It was her pre-fame appearance in Mystic Pizza.

by Steve Hall    Jun-17-10    
Topic: Campaigns, Celebrity



Kettle Potato Chips Want You to Crunch Proud

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Do you love Kettle Potato Chips? Are they not the best potato chips you've ever had? If you haven't had them, you should really try them. They are awesome and if you're a lover you are now invited to join the Loud Food Club. The online promotion and sweepstakes is the first work from Cultivator Advertising & Design, Denver, for its new client, Kettle Foods, Salem, Ore.

At, Crunch Proud, a Loud Food Club meeting leader (with bullhorn) compares the sound of a Kettle chip's crunch to a monster truck, a lion's roar, and a electric guitar. He invites new members to take the LFC Pledge and then to download a membership kit, complete with interoffice disclaimer email, pictographic crunch courtesy instructions, an LFC pencil flag, and loud food crunch caution signage. Also available are a $1-off coupon and sweepstakes entry for the chance to win free Kettle chips for one year (but only15 bags per month. Um, that's a lot of potato chips).

So if you're a Kettle potato chip lover, this campaign's for you. Oh wait, no it's not. You're already branded. So do the brand a solid and tell your Ruffles-loving friends to check out Kettle.

by Steve Hall    Jun-15-10    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online



Microsoft Unleashes $80 Million For Office 2010 (70% Online)

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Today, Microsoft launched an $80 million campaign to tout the launch of Office 2010. The campaign, called Make it Great, features people who were involved in the product's beta testing. Seventy percent of the campaign's effort will be online with the remaining 30 percent spent on print and billboard.

by Steve Hall    Jun-15-10    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns



Cristiano Ronaldo Shows Six Pack For Georgio Armani

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Soccer hottie Cristiano Ronaldo was scooped up by Georgio Armani last October and will appear in the fashion brand's upcoming ad campaign. Images broke yesterday but we'll have to wait until July to see the entire campaign which will include magazine ads and billboards in, among others, New York, Los Angeles and London.

by Steve Hall    Jun-15-10    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity



Following Urban Outfitters' 'Eat Less,' Lanacane Says 'Eat More'

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In the "We've Got a Solution for Every Problem" Department of Pharmaceutical Genius they've been staying up late this week examining a burning problem: chafing. Yes, chafing. Apparently, some pharmaceutical companies have become bored with finding a cure for cancer.

In this commercial for Lanacane the Pharmaceutical Geniuses solve chafing with a gel. The ad starts off with some chubby balloon characters whose limbs rub together "painfully" when they walk. The announcer says, "If you chafe when you move, it hurts." He the offers up Lanacane Anti-Chafing Gel saying, "Stop chafing. Keep moving"

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by Steve Hall    Jun-14-10    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Commercials, Creative Commentary, Opinion, Strange



Esurance Brings Back the Dot Com Tagline

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Jesus. It's like we just stepped back to 1999 when at Leo Burnett Technology Group we pumped out campaign after campaign touting the equity-building properties of a strong brand presence based on the four pillars of an account planner's wet dream: Vision, Mission, Essence and Position. Architecting the brand as it were.

It all usually netted in some self-important puffery akin to this new tagline from Esurance, "People when you want them. Technology when you don't." Sounds like a Peoplesoft tagline. Anyone remember them?

Anyway, the new campiagn is a play on technology versus people. There's a time for technology and there's a time for people. 1990's tagline aside, the campaign does a pretty good job illustrating that separation.

You can see it all here.

by Steve Hall    Jun-14-10    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Good



Lynx World Cup Ad Begs Many Questions

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So...what is this World Cup-themed Lynx poster campaign trying to say? Soccer fans should be hot and female? A country's color should be incorporated into bra design? Having a thin waist and big boobs will guarantee you a slot in a Lynx ad? Soccer is somehow related to the crucifixion? Women with hot bodies but not-so-hot faces can be in Lynx ads too? Men only care about boobs?

Do tell, BBH UK.

by Steve Hall    Jun-14-10    
Topic: Campaigns, Poster, Racy



Fergie to Debut Fragrance With Sexy Ad Campaign

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To hype the September release of her new fragrance, Outspoken, Fergie has gotten all dolled up for an ad campaign which will tout the scent. Of the launch, Fergie said, "From my music to my wardrobe, my style is all about speaking up and making a statement."

Of the fragrance itself, Fergie said, "Outspoken definitely turns heads, but it also lets your true personality shine through."

For those who care, the fragrance will consist of a mixture of jasmine, tuberose, passion flower, starfruit and...black leather? Eesh. That can't be good.

by Steve Hall    Jun-10-10    
Topic: Campaigns, Celebrity










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