Post Concedes to Putting the 'No' in 'Innovation'

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Post Shredded Wheat, that most generic of cereals, did itself a favor and passed on that most generic of cereal commercials: a shot of mom, dad and the happy kids, pouring cascades of milk onto yielding gobs of grain.

Instead it went for another gimmick: Formidable Authority Figure, touting the dangers of progress.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr-17-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Television



Green Eyed World, PhotoBucket's Delusions of Relevance, Adweek v AdAge

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- Sprite + YouTube + Facebook + pop star = Green Eyed World, an orgy of Entirely Too Much BS.

- How to nail an interview. (Complete with hidden camera footage!)

- "It's not the shape of the thing, I just like the perfect blend of tech-speak and contraception."

- Pharma popped in PPC prevarication shakedown.

- PhotoBucket tries breaking TwitPic territory. Good fucking luck.

- Adweek v AdAge.

- Mattel, please keep your silicone-stained hands off Dora the Explorer. Oh no, too late.

by Angela Natividad    Apr-17-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Online, Trends and Culture, Video



Why Waterboard When You Can Be Fat, Naked and Jovial?

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A little Southern soda called Cheerwine breaks the bank wide open on interrogation tactics in the US of A.

We give you "Good Cop, Naked Cop." It went live on YouTube this week, and Feed Company -- the cats that brought you Never Hide and Live Unbuttoned -- is doin' the disseminating.

If the Cheerwine tickles yer fancy, visit the it's a soft drink website. (Glad they were nice and clear about that from get-go, because we were holding out hope there'd be cheery ol' liquor involved.) Site sorta reminds us of that Clearification thing Microsoft did back before Crispin sank its teeth into the account and ripped a hole in the brand equity continuum. You know, you've got a witty but neurotic guy ... just bantering. With himself.

Campaign by Hauser Group; web content by Awesome, Inc. Also keep your eyes peeled for a Cheerwine "Chilled Out Tour" and ambassador program, expected to unroll in select markets in late '09.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr-16-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Video



One Show Pokes Fun Without Actually Making Concessions

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After all that awkward backtracking over how much agencies dish out for its pencil-shaped paperweights (where does all that money go?), The One Show is under pressure to lighten the strain on its PR team.

Add to that the usual speculation about whether an old boy's club decides who wins what each year. How best to respond? Nudge-nudge the conspiracy theorists back, which is what One Show tries doing in this series of wordy tongue-in-cheek prints.

With headings like "Secret handshakes. Secret passwords. Secret secrets," creatives hither and yon can guffaw while the One Club rib-jabs and wink-winks the following message into our collective subconscious: Think we're not transparent enough? That's because WE'RE NOT!

"Shadowy" is at left. Also see "Whisper" and "Shroud." Work by Charlotte-based BooneOakley.

by Angela Natividad    Apr-16-09    
Topic: Campaigns, Events, Industry Events, Magazine, Promotions



K-Y Swears It Can Intensify Female Pleasure.

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I just showed a Sexually Active Female Friend (SAFF) a spot from the latest campaign for K-Y Intense -- a product that claims it's scientifically proven to get girls off harder.

SAFF's response: "This makes me entirely uncomfortable."

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by Angela Natividad    Apr-15-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Television



Trump Lends Moody Scowl to Lifelock Campaign

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Lifelock touts its identity theft protection capabilities with this online video about the biggest identity theft scandal in the world.

The premise: one person has won the chance to meet "the Donald." (I like how he's now so important, he's preceded by an article.) As a result, hundreds of thousands of people are claiming to be the person named.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr-15-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online, Promotions



Cracked-Out Rabbits Spot-Check New Grand Scenic

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Renault's launched a microsite for the Nouveau Grand Scenic et Les Tests Cretins des Lapins Cretins, which translates to "The New Grand Scenic -- and Moronic Tests by Moronic Rabbits."

Resulting spots -- in which hyperactive buck-toothed rabbits quality-test Grand Scenics en masse and sans inhibition -- don't need any translating. The effort reminds us of Scion's Little Deviants, except more frenetic and somehow scarier.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr-15-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online, Strange, Trends and Culture, Video



Volvo's In-Ad Twitter Feed, Linds Spoofs Self, BK Upsets the Mex

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- Volvo embeds Twitter feed into YouTube ad. (Via.)

- The Domino's YouTube brand bust.

- Lindsay Lohan spoofs self -- and eHarmony -- for Funny or Die. Hey, that's almost (but not quite) as funny as...

- Manifesto on how Gaia made users love branded stuff that's not real. (Via.)

- Burger King pisses Mexico off. *condescending sigh.* What else is new.

by Angela Natividad    Apr-15-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Online, Political, Social, Spoofs



Bruins Vs. Canadiens Playoffs Comes With Strict Rules

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When it comes to sports, there are rules. RULES! And they must, at all costs, be followed. No, we're not talking about a sport's *actual* rules. Rather the rules sports fans must follow lest they be...um...attacked my a huge guy in a bear suit?

And what are these all-important rules? Let us share with you:

1. Don't date within the Division.
2. Never, under any circumstances, tuck in your jersey.
3. Never take a call when all you should be doing is watching the game.

Simple, right?

The work was created by Mullen and shot by Station Films Director Harold Einstein

by Steve Hall    Apr-15-09    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Good, Strange



Norwegian Parkinson's Association Pokes Fun at, Uh, Parkinson's.

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Rather than focus on fractured families and the slow, tragic waltz toward death, the Norwegian Parkinson's Association (Norges Parkinsonforbund) decided to add a little jazz to its disease awareness campaign.

And by "jazz" we mean you'll probably release an involuntary smirk, then put on your Serious Creative Face and soberly acknowledge the work's incendiary nature, the poor taste, etc etc.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr-14-09    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Commercials, Television








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