Heartbeat + Shaky Camera + Drug Addled Hipsters = NATO Huh?

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Yea. Give this a watch and let us know why the hell it looks like a bunch of kidnapped hipsters end up happily raving the thump of a DJ. Oh wait.

The tagline line informs, "Freedom to do what you want. We help that happen."

The other two videos are equally strange.

So yea, we get the campaign's message. And that was before we watched the Making Of video. But still.

by Steve Hall    May- 7-09    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Strange



Twitter Smacks Apple, Tacos for Stoners, MyKmart

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- Stoned? Jack's yer man.

- Sears and Kmart go "My" way.

- Palm Pre to associate heavily with Facebook.

- MTLB: righting fast food wrongs, one tweet at a time.

- All you need to know about Twitter. Minus this crap.

- No, Apple, Twitter is not for you. (There's a bird/worm/apple pun in this somewhere, but we can't seem to find it.)

- Deconstructing the psychological logic behind sex and controversy in advertising. Because you need someone to do that for you. < / s >

by Angela Natividad    May- 7-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Online, Opinion, Social, Television



Consol Energy Not Worried About Shortage of Oil

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Well, it certainly isn't green but hey, some companies just have to tell it like it is. One such company is Consol Energy. In two new commercials, the company points out the fact coal, versus oil, provides most of America's energy needs. And when oil dries up, we shouldn't worry because coal will be there to save the day.

The first commercial claims half of our energy and 70 percent of our electricity doesn't come from oil, rather coal and natural gas. The second commercial touches on America's reliance upon foreign oil but, again, claims there won't be a problem when oil runs out because Consol Energy will be there with truckloads of coal and pipelines full of natural gas.

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by Steve Hall    May- 7-09    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials



'Got Milk?' Chums Up with White Gold.

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The fruit of their liaison is called the Thrashteurizer, a Facebook game that grants users the chance to win a Gibson guitar, autographed by White Gold, and $500 cash.

Between April 13 and June 21, five more top scorers will get a Thrashteurizer T-shirt. Probably no autographs for those though; the free cotton factor should be sufficient to sustain you.

by Angela Natividad    May- 6-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Games



Support Your Vet. No, Not the One Who Spays Pets.

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The Ad Council just released a slew of Saatchi & Saatchi-created PSAs that encourage families to engage in conversation with veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan.

We like the approach; it's neither pushy nor garishly patriotic. It's gentle.

See "Signs," our favourite; more at supportyourvet.org.

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by Angela Natividad    May- 6-09    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Commercials, Television



Social Media Sins, Chicken vs Chicken, Fingerpainting with Adidas

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- 7 deadly sins of social media.

- The Tourism Bureau of Queensland bestows one Ben Southall with the best job in the world.

- Fingerpainting with Adidas.

- Invoke CEO tries dragging Zipcar into customer service 2.0. It's resisting.

- R/GA gets Agency of the Year at the 13th annual Webby Awards.

- El Pollo Loco vs KFC. Somebody fucking kill us.

- Something about the depths of hell.

- Happy mother's day from MomsRising.org.

- James Cooper is now Interactive Creative Director at Saatchi & Saatchi.

by Angela Natividad    May- 6-09    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Campaigns, Online, Political, Social



'Le Sens Propre' Interprets 'Brilliant' with a Fine Hand

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Wed the dreamy, slightly disengaged world of Rene Magritte to the youthful warped whimsy of Alice in Wonderland. Add a dash of Little Minx for contemporary production flair and a touch of the feminine. Shake well and lace in cotton candy.

What do you get? "Le Sens Propre," a short film by Blacklist's Cisma for Adobe's "Shortcut to Brilliant" Creative Suite 4 campaign. The work -- created using only Adobe products -- emits a strange fragility that guides wandering eyes from frame to frame on the thinnest of wispy white threads.

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by Angela Natividad    May- 6-09    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Campaigns, Good, Video



No, It's Not Mime Disease, It's Brand Interaction.

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At Piccadilly Circus in London, McDonald's has a dynamic billboard that stimulates both engagement and viral behaviour.

Playing on the irresistible human desire to pretend to interact with stuff that isn't really there, the billboard randomly flashes things like umbrellas, bouncing soccer balls, dumbbells and thought bubbles -- all waiting for some eager pedestrian to position his head and/or arms in just the right spot so some content-starved intrigue-seeker can snap a shot for mom and dad at home.

Orchestrated by Leo Burnett. See vid.

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by Angela Natividad    May- 6-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Guerilla, Outdoor



The Now Network: Like a Wedding Planner in Your Pocket!

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In "Wedding," Goodby Silverstein & Partners explore what it'd be like if film crews ran the world. Gotta say, crucial moments in your life -- like your wedding, par instance -- would run a lot more smoothly. 'Specially if Hub-to-Be gets the cold feet.

"Need the stunt groom -- now!"

All this is to say that Sprint Nextel's Now Network can organize your life in such a way that you will feel like a film crew's behind the scenes, keeping the perilous course between your professional and private lives neat and tidy.

Weather machine probably costs extra though. ("No rain, no rainbows." Lawl.)

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Mojito at the Ready, Bacardi Saunters Through Time

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"Eras" marks the start of Bacardi's newest campaign. So many beautiful things are packed into it, and knitted together so nicely, that our cups runneth over. This is us, incoherently gushing.

We'll start with the end, because the end is the beginning: "Bacardi Mojito. Since 1862." Pan to the present, where a guy at a club realizes his mojito's spent, and walks to the bar for a fresh one. As he cuts unassumingly through the crowds, the decades slip slowly backward.

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by Angela Natividad    May- 5-09    
Topic: Best, Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Television










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