Perlorian Brothers Bring Trademark WTF-ness to 1-800-Contacts

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OK this has Perlorian Brothers written all over it but WTF? And then there's this. Eyes. Passion. Oddity. Retro weirdness. Yea, it's the Perlorian Brothers alright. Oh and then there's The Martin Agency's involvement too.

by Steve Hall    May-18-10    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Strange



Ford Fiesta Kicks Lamborghini's Ass, Aids Escape From Zombies

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So the 2011Ford Fiesta is almost here. How is Ford touting the vehicle? A couple of different ways. It's being compared to a Lamborghini and it's being hyped as an escape vehicle from zombies. OK, then.

At first blush, one might respond to those two approaches with "Seriously?" and "Well, that's relevant!" But, as we find out...cool and the Lamborghini is, it can't beat the turning radius of the Fiesta nor does it have side mirror turn signals or key-less entry or a trunk you can actually fit stuff in. You know, the important stuff. Though if cost weren't an issue, we're pretty sure people would go with the Lamborghini. Thankfully for Ford, price is always an issue.

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by Steve Hall    May-18-10    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Strange



Having Sex Standing Up Won't Get You Pregnant. Oh Wait.

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It's amazing the amount of misinformation floating around. Apparently, one in five guys believe you're less likely to get a girl pregnant if you have sex standing up. Seriously? Who knew? Where do people formulate these ass-backwards beliefs?

Perhaps from the very marketing trying to address the misinformation.

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by Steve Hall    May-14-10    
Topic: Campaigns, Strange, Video



Canadians Think Real Mexicans Are Lazy and Dirty

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So if you're Mexican, you must be a wrestler, right? Or you must take siestas all the time and forget to shower, right? Well, that's what BBDO in Toronto thinks if its campaign for Quesada Mexican Grill is any indication.

In one ad we've got a dirty Mexican taking a nap. In another, we've got a family dressed in goofy wrestler costumes. The campaign's headline? Real Mexican Know Where to Get Real Mexican.

Hmm. A cause group disaster waiting to happen or an innocuous approach that leverages harmless stereotypes?

by Steve Hall    May-12-10    
Topic: Campaigns, Strange, Trends and Culture



Asian Hottie and Eastpak Little Person Have Sex to Stop War

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Last week when we reported the launch of a new Eastpak campaign, one commercial eluded us. Most likely because it;s the kind your not likely to see on TV. Which, of course, means it's the very one you do want to see. So here you go.

Little person. Seductively sultry and sexy Asian hottie. Anti-war message. Yea, that's it

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by Steve Hall    May-12-10    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Strange



Hornitos Tequila Makes You Horny For Cougars and Hotties

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Spotted. That man/woman who plays that creepy Mormon gangster on HBO's Big Love. He/She helps a guy get off worked so he can...ahem...get off with a couple of hotties hanging at the pool table. Hmm. How very un-Mormon-like.

It's all part of a Hornitos tequila campaign dubbed Purer Than Your Intentions. In another commercial, a guy calls the cougar he met last night only to be surprised at who she turns out to be.

Short and sweet. Just the way we like it.

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by Steve Hall    May- 7-10    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials



Pedigree Wants You Save This Poor Pooch

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How one can determine the number of abandoned dogs in a given nation is beyond us. But, that's besides the point. UK-based Hyper Happen wants us to know there are 108,000 abandoned dogs in the UK.

To do that, they've created Charlie's Story, a multi-part story of an abandoned dog sponsored by Pedigree Adoption Drive. Apparently the outcome of each video can be changed after 25,000 views. Way to get the view count up guys.

Also, Pedigree will donate £1 for every view. So go watch, people! And watch a lot!

by Steve Hall    May- 6-10    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Video



Agency Cuts Through Hair Loss Crap For American Crew

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Here's a video summarizing the work Karsh/Hagan did for the launch of the American Crew Trichology Hair Recovery system. The agency and the brand wanted to avoid associating itself with all the other hair recovery crap on the market and be as honest as it possibly could about hair loss.

The campaign included, in addition to advertising, 100 videos featured doctors, nutritionists, personal trainers, single women and professional stylists who answered the 100 most asked (according to Google) questions about hair loss. The videos were housed on a destination site as well as on the usual video sharing sites such as YouTube and Vimeo as well as blogs and forums.

We're told the campaign reached 15 million men and site traffic to the American Crew site doubled. Watch the video here. Check out the site here and the YouTube channel here.

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by Steve Hall    May- 5-10    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Video



Eastpak Loves Little People

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Hmm. After viewing this new Eastpak campaign from Satisfaction in Brussels, one might think it's an early tie in with the next Transformers movie. That or the brand is trying to become the latest fashion-wear for skateboarding little people who love to rock.

Or, take note cause groups, Eastpak is saying it's perfectly OK to stuff a little person inside a back pack and watch them do silly things as if they are some new form of entertainment. But hey, overseas, they aren't as outrageously politically correct as we are here in the States. They have no problem referring to the people in the ad as "our pint-sized cast of characters." So it's all good.

You can view the ads here, here and here.

by Steve Hall    May- 5-10    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Creative Commentary, Opinion



If Only Benjamin Moore Were As Good As It Claimed

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Branding is a powerful thing. Benjamin Moore used to be my paint of choice. After all, why not? Their ads, including this recent campaign from Cramer-Krasselt which highlights creative people from various practices, have always touted the brand as a quality product.

Then I started reading Consumer Reports.

Year after year after year, Benjamin Moore never performed well. Consistently Behr, a Home Depot Brand, always won. So who are we to believe? A marketer with a beautifully crafted ad campaign? Or a non-commercial entity whose sole responsibility is to impartially rate consumer products? We think you know the answer.

by Steve Hall    May- 3-10    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Opinion










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