Walmart Hopes Miley Cyrus Can Bring Some Cool

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In case you were wondering, the Miley Cyrus machine is alive and well. While we'd have to query a bunch of 12 year old girls to know for sure, it seems Miley is on her way to convincing kids it's (shudder) cool to buy clothes at Walmart. Out with her new line of clothing from Max Azria, Miley talks about what clothing means to her and what it was like to work with designer Max Azria.

While far from sluterrific Britney Spears-inspired fashion, Miley says, "This line has inspired me to take chances with what I wear a little bit more."

Ooo. Risky. But moms will be happy there's no belly shirts in this line of clothing.

by Steve Hall    Aug- 5-09    
Topic: Campaigns, Celebrity, Commercials



Some Things Are Better Left Unseen

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We really don't need to be reminded what emanates from the rear end's of others but Chinese air freshener TianTian is making it impossible to ignore with a new campaign that brings the formerly silent but deadly to the three dimensional forefront.

Oh yes, that really is a 3D representation of a fart you see coming out of that guys ass. This is just too much to take. No longer will we be able to commute without visualizing a 3D fart coming out of everyone's ass. Thanks a lot TianTian.

by Steve Hall    Aug- 3-09    
Topic: Campaigns, Strange



Possibly the Happiest Bank Campaign Evar

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When was the last time a bank campaign made you feel all giddy and happy? Never? Well you might feel that way after viewing these three spots (here, here and here) for Regions bank created by Luckie & Company. Along with Crossroads Films and director Wayne Isham, the campaign latches on to recent research which finds the U.S. personal savings rate has gone from negative in 2008 to 6 percent today. Hence, Regions is there to give people's savings a home.

Along with the three spots, the campaign includes online advertising, a new microsite, redesigned ATM screens and a branch makeover.

Must have been an interesting gig for Isham. "Now hold that can up, shake it and dance." Over and over and over and over and over...

by Steve Hall    Jul-28-09    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Good, Online, Point of Purchase



Even Adrants Thinks This Campaign is Gratuitous

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Huh? Did we just write that headline? Are we now going to launch into how the use of sexual imagery is gratuitous, after having defended it (sort of) for years? Yes we are. Why? Not becasue sexual imagery is a bad thing. No. Not at all. But because this particular campaign leaves one with a giant, "You're selling what to who?" disconnect.

Copyranter found a New Zealand-based campaign for Widex hearing aids which employs "a naked hussy and a tattooed, tasseled tranny (I think)." Yea. Seriously.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-27-09    
Topic: Bad, Campaigns, Racy



Peter the Pedophilic Pilot Promotes airtran's Inflight Internet

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We love this Cramer-Krasselt-created airtran campaign AdFreak points to. Probably because we're old enough to remember the pre-Tom Cruise Mission Impossible television series which starred Peter Graves who, more recently, also starred in the Airplane! movies as a pedophilic pilot.

He's dead-pan perfect in a series of commercials touting the airline's gogo internet service which is now on all planes. Awesome. Too bad it's not free.

But the campiagn is funny. Check it out here.

by Steve Hall    Jul-23-09    
Topic: Campaigns, Celebrity, Commercials



Oops. David&Goliath Photo Shoot Messes With LAX Traffic Control

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Recently, 110 employees of El Segundo-based David&Goliath headed to the rooftop of their building to shoot an ad for their new Brave house ad campaign. All went well until three police cars appeared with officers telling the agency to shut down the shoot immediately.

It seems the multiple flashes and smoke effects were interfering with LAX air traffic control. The agency co-operated and shut down immediately. But not before getting enough shots to make this promotional ad for the agency.

Luckily, that head didn't come from one of the police officers.

by Steve Hall    Jul-22-09    
Topic: Agencies, Campaigns, Strange



If Paris Hilton Could Read She'd Buy One

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To promote a line of Connie Carman- created Couture Planet handbags and accessories made from recycled newspapers, a group of creatives, Keith Lane, Deborah Hines and Frank Rapp put together a series of posters that celebrate the demise of the newspaper poke fun at Prada and call attention to Paris Hilton's apparent lack of readings skills.

by Steve Hall    Jul-22-09    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Celebrity, Poster



Batman and LendingTree Rescue Economy With Superheroes

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Remember Batman? No, not the one played by the guy who became a YouTube sensation when he verbally assaulted a member of his film crew. No, not the one played by the one who used to be a doctor on ER. No, not the one who played Jim Morrison in the movie The Doors. No, not the one who play a stay at home dad in the movie Mr. Mom.

Nope. We're talking about the original TV Batman. He's still alive, by the way, in case you were wondering and his name is Adam West. And he's the voice behind this new Lending Tree campaign from Mullen. And in a nice nod to West's past gig as superhero-in-tights, he helps people discover their inner superhero so they can battle Wall Street and come to the rescue of today's biggest villain; the economy.

And in complete compliance with the National Center for the Equality of Racial Representation in Advertising, there's version featuring a white male, a black male and a woman. OK so they left out combos like black woman but NCERRA only requires a 75 percent compliance rate.

See the spots here and here.

by Steve Hall    Jul-20-09    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Good



Scion Pixelates, G.I. Joe Elevates, Vogue Vacillates

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- Scion is out with a new Brand Manifesto. It's "intended to inspire new youthful and creative trendleaders with its bold and edgy elements." There's Pixel Reveal, Speechifier, a TV spot and other elements.

- It's fake! It's fake! It's fake! Now that we have that out of the way, here's a promotion for the upcoming G.I. Joe movie. It's nothing like Demi Moore's G.I. Jane version.

- Vogue's ad page count isn't looking too good for September.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-20-09    
Topic: Campaigns, Video



Levi's Goes Forth, Toilet Taunts, Nissan Fails, Paddy Power Sexifies

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- We really like this America-themed Levi's commercial, part of a recently launched Wieden + Kennedy-created campaign for the brand.

- Giant toilet mascot for Denver Water runs through a fountain and scares off kids. What has advertising come to?

- Someone spent a lot of time and effort to examine a Nissan Hypercube promotion in Canada during which the creators "took their hands off the wheel and major details were overlooked."

- Paddy Power Poker Pro Spray will make you very very sexay!

- Toshiba launched a series of Young & Rubicam Brands-created 'reality' webcasts in which two all-American towns: Boring, Oregon and Normal, Illinois will compete to see which town's residents can use Toshiba technology to become the more exciting place. Filming will take place with video postings on MySpace beginning Monday, July 27th.

- When we think of sneakers, we think of hyperdive-powered intergalactic space vehicles. Don't you? Well Under Armour does.

- There's a time and a place for humor.

by Steve Hall    Jul-17-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Guerilla










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