Barbasol Urges Men to Quit Fooling Around on Twitter

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Not quite as funny as it could be, this new campaign for Barbasol urges men to stop fooling around with silly things like Twitter, juice cleanses, hashtags and LOLing.

The work, created by GSD&M, carries the tagline, "Shave Like A Man" and aims to restore manliness in America. Wait, wasn't that Old Spice's schtick?

Anyway, the campaign will include three spots, two of which can be viewed below.

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by Steve Hall    Jan-29-13    
Topic: Campaigns



Astronauts Trump Firemen in Axe Space Promotion

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A new campaign from perennial purveyor of deodorant for prurient-minded middle school boys, Axe, is recruiting 22 people for its Axe Apollo Space Academy. The brand even hired Buzz Aldrin to announce the campaign in a video.

An additional ad in the BBH London-created campaign, which illustrates just how preferable an astronaut is to a fireman, snubs a fireman who, after saving a woman from a fire, gets dumped for an astronaut because, well, according to the campaign, "nothing beats an astronaut, ever."

The campaign's no Red Bull Stratos but the appearance of Aldrin does lend some seriousness to the silliness of whether or not an astronaut is, indeed, more desirable than a fireman...who risked his life to save this foolishly fickle woman.

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by Steve Hall    Jan-11-13    
Topic: Campaigns



Airport Bag Tags Form Expedia Campaign

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Some ad campaigns are developed based on sound insight and detailed research. Others rely on "the big idea." Both approaches have merit. Sitting squarely in the "big idea" category is this brilliant new campaign from Ogilvy for Expedia which combined airport IATA codes (the three letter tags they put on your checked bags) into words and phrases.

Of the campaign's genesis, creative team members Jon Morgan and Mike Watson told Creative Review "It all started when we saw a woman walking through Heathrow with the word FUK hanging from her suitcase. Turned out she'd just flown in from Fukuoka in Japan. That got us thinking, 'maybe there are more'."

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by Steve Hall    Jan- 7-13    
Topic: Campaigns, Magazine



'Deserve to Die' Posters Part of Lung Cancer Alliance Campaign

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Last week a mysterious teaser campaign began to appear on outdoor media across the nation. The campaign made statements such as "The Genetically Privileged Deserve to Die, "Cat Lovers Deserve to Die, "Crazy Old Aunts Deserve to Die, "Hipsters Deserve to Die, "The Tattooed Deserve to Die" and others.

Many were not pleased with the campaign's sentiment with some ripping down the posters and one man telling CBS Chicago, "Nobody deserves to die; come on, that's a hell of a statement."

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by Steve Hall    Jan- 3-13    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Strange, Viral



Terry Richardson Shoots Sexed-Up 2013 Equinox Campaign

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Fitness brand Equinox has once again hooked up with photographer Terry Richardson to shoot the brand's 2013 ad campaign. The campaign, shot at the Pierre Koenig Stahl House in Hollywood Hills is said to "voyeuristically capture a moment made possible by the Equinox-powered body."

So the takeaway? If you work out at Equinox, you can look hot walking up stairs in high heels, slink across a pool table in a sexy cocktail dress, peer knowingly into the camera while laying on a bed as a headless hottie stands over you and strike a starter block pose naked while yet another impossibly hot woman drapes herself over your back.

See? Staying fit dertainly does have its benefits, right?

Richardson's work for the brand's 2012 campaign came under fire for degrading women.

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by Steve Hall    Jan- 3-13    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Racy, Strange



Kentucky Kicks Ass

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During the run-up to Christmas, the State of Kentucky (rather Whit Hiler of Cornett-IMS and Griffin VanMeter of Bullhorn in an unofficial capacity) released a video that summarized the state's rebranding from Unbridled Spirit (which the video humorously slams) to Kicks Ass. Yes, one of our fine 50 states is being encouraged to adopt the tagline Kicks Ass. And you know what? In some weird way, it kinda works. Or at least it's kinda funny. Or something like that.

The video includes appearances by Reddit's Alex Ohanian, Fark's Drew Curtis, Animal Planet's Animal Man and several others.

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by Steve Hall    Jan- 2-13    
Topic: Campaigns



Guitar Center Celebrates 'Experience Gifts'

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With three holiday-themed "15's, Guitar Center, with help from McGarrah Jessee, is touting what they call "experience gifts." The brand feels these gifts are, well, just better than the latest electronic gadget.

To tout these "experience gifts," Guitar Center hooked up with three young musicians who are quite pleased their parents and Santa didn't get them cologne, socks or video games for Christmas.

Anything to get kids away from their electronic gadgets, right parents?

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by Steve Hall    Dec-20-12    
Topic: Campaigns



Personal Videos Share Heartwarming Red Cross Message

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With help from BBDO New York, the American Red Cross has launched a new "storytellers" ad campaign which consists of personal accounts filmed by real people affected by tragedy and how the Red Cross came to their aid. The stories are touching and eloquently capture experiences we all hope we never have to go through.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-13-12    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Consumer Created, Video



180LA Discover Holiday For Every Day in December

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For its most recent campaign for Boost Mobile, 180LA researched holidays for every day in December from Chocolate Covered Anything Day to Festival for the Souls of Dead Whales Day to your standard Christmas and Hanukkah. for each holiday, the agency made customized festive carol e-cards, all using different genres of music.

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by Steve Hall    Dec- 7-12    
Topic: Campaigns



Denver Pizza Chain Slaps Down Silly Trends

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With trendy fast food options exploding, what's a pizza shop that just, well, makes pizza supposed to do? Poke fun at everyone else, of course. And that's just what Denver-based Anthony's Pizza & Pasta did.

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by Steve Hall    Dec- 3-12    
Topic: Campaigns










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