Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa 'Funk Off'

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This comment may best sum up this recent work from LAVA Communications in Sydney promoting the December appearance of The Dalai Lama in Australia for a series of talks and teachings: "A band dressed up as old famous people. It's been done. Fail."

A video, called The Nobel Funk Off, is being sold as having been created by "An anonymous private supporter of His Holiness the Dalai Lama." In other words, it was created by the agency which also says it will "shift focus" in a couple of weeks to reveal more about the event.

Hey, it's all in good fun. right?

by Steve Hall    Nov-23-09    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Celebrity, Events



It's Chiquita Madness!

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Of the egg-throwing variety. Because they have invisible arms and are adept at pranks, no window is safe from them, for they are bananas. Not even Facebook can hide. Or microsites. Or Twitter. Or mocumentaries.

(Good to see the 12-step meme is alive and well because I need a Bananavention.)

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by Bill Green    Nov-17-09    
Topic: Campaigns, Specialty, Video



Because Drunk Chicks Pole Dancing Make Everything Better

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Trying hard to work in some party girl material before I leave, Heineken is back with the Know The Signs campaign and a Buzz Toolkit. They have a series of clips out where you can roll over parts of scenes which takes you to... more other scenes. Interactive! They have a series of different characters to watch out for. (Except I don't see drunk dad anywhere.) Ennyway, Drunk Pole Dancing looks like a lotta staged viral fun, after the jump. For my money, the Taxi spot is still the best spot I've seen for drinking responsibly.

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by Bill Green    Nov-17-09    
Topic: Campaigns, Video, Viral



Want Faster Download Times? Move Overseas

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Truer than you know, Optimum online users. (Just check other countries' times against the U.S. Parts of Europe seem appear to offer four times the speed for half the price.) I digress however. Duval Guillaume points us to new print showcasing Telenet's broadband offering, after the jump.

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by Bill Green    Nov-16-09    
Topic: Campaigns



Waaaa, But It Doesn't Sell Gum, Waaaa

Shooosh. It reinforces Orbit gum's clean a dirty mouth premise by using "street" artist Goons to clean up... the streets. It's cool. Watch it. Then say hi to agency Evolution Bureau for coming up with it.

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by Bill Green    Nov-16-09    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Online



Detroit--We Have Less Layoffs Than Those "Other" Guys?

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Sorry, just trying out a headline or two. As part of a project to live in and report from Detroit for a year, Time Inc. asked five local ad agencies, to come up with ads answering the question: Why would anyone smart, young, and creative move to or stay in Detroit? why Detroit is a good place to live. Crowdsource that vote now before the ads run in Fortune next week. Two thoughts: 1) Too bad Time Inc. didn't ask residents who work for a living outside agency glass palaces for their ad ideas and 2) Cute how global shops are thought of as local! Ennyway, can you do better than these? Leave your lines in the comments-I know you will.

by Bill Green    Nov-16-09    
Topic: Announcements, Campaigns, Cause, Poster



Maliboom Boom Mix Madness!

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"Boom boom boom, everybody say..." Release your inner island. Get your inner DJ on. DJ. Any of these *yawn* work for you? Malibu Rum continues the island vibe of its spots, its most irreverent of spots, in this Radio Maliboom Boom DJ Drink Mixer thing. (Wouldn't it be a music mix, not a drink mix? Digress, thy name is me.) Check it out here. Need instructions? YouTube it!

by Bill Green    Nov-13-09    
Topic: Campaigns, Specialty



Caribou Coffee Gets Real

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Second-largest gourmet coffeehouse retailer and one of the thorns in Starbucks' side, Caribou Coffee is rolling out their first TV from Colle+McVoy below. Get Real covers on the chain's focus on handcrafted drinks. (Isn't anything prepared in restaurants crafted by hand? I think it must be!) But, the bigger jab here is right at SB with this "Real People" go to Caribou theme. Hmmm, at the risk of someone going, dude, seriously, it's just a TV spot, time to get a little more real.

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by Bill Green    Nov-12-09    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Television



Food Prep IS Hell

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Brian on Idaho Ad Agencies points out a new campaign for pre-sliced RoastWorks veggies from Stoltz Marketing Group. (HEY, it's not just about BBDO around here, freaks.) There's a requisite microsite with short short extolling the virtue of pre-cut so as to avoid a nasty post-cut.

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by Bill Green    Nov-12-09    
Topic: Campaigns



Corporate Idiocy: Verizon Slams Phone It Will Sell in Two Years

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In the latest version of its iPhone-bashing commercials, McGarryBowen compares the Verizon Google Droid phone to a robot. A robot that crushes rocks. A robot that punches holes walls. Why? Because we don't need smart phones. We need robot phones. Why? Because robot phones do.

So...the Droid is an un-smart, idiotic brute that can kick ass and take names? Is that really what we want in a phone?

This ad is so far off the mark it falls into comical territory. The comparison to a rock crushing robot is absurd. Phones don't need to crush rock. They need to smartly do digital things with ease. Kinda like this thing from Apple called the iPhone. Heard of it?

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by Steve Hall    Nov-10-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Worst










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