Cast of 'The Hobbit' to Appear in WIndows Phone Campaign

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Working with Wunderman, Microsoft has signed a deal with Warner Bros. to license characters from the upcoming Peter Jackson movie, The Hobbit, to appear in an ad campaign for Windows Phone 8. Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), Gandalf (Sir Ian McKellen) and other characters will appear in UK, France, Germany and US-based campaigns for the new phone.

Previously, the Windows Phone 8 campaign has tapped Gwen Stefani, Cam Newton, Adam Samberg, Jay-Z and Jessica Alba. Campaign elements will include digital, magazine, TV and outdoor,

by Steve Hall    Nov-20-12    
Topic: Agencies, Campaigns, Celebrity



Gap Celebrates True Love in Holiday Campaign

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With a campaign that touches upon the various forms of love and diverse family life, Gap is out with work that features Michael J, Fox and Tracy Pollan, musician Rufus Wainright and artist Jorn Weisbrodt, rapper Nas and his dad, the Atomics, Gia Coppola and Nathalie Love and others.

Created by Minneapolis-based Peterson Mills Hooks, the work aims to tout the brand's "love comes in every shade" campaign. The colorful and upbeat delivery is decidedly more low key and less in your face than, perhaps, Bennetton might approach the topic but that's Gap; non-controversial clothing for everyone.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-16-12    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity



University of Phoenix Aims to Solve America's Job Problem

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In its latest campaign to corral as many applicants as possible, University of Phoenix, with help from Arnold Worldwide, is out with a new campaign that says there isn't a shortage of jobs. There's just a shortage of qualified applicants. And the university is out to fix that with a new curriculum and partnerships with corporations that will enable to school to fine tune the education od students to meet the fast and ever changing needs of todays employers..

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by Steve Hall    Nov-14-12    
Topic: Campaigns



Forced Smiles Illustrate Importance of Good Toothpaste

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Here are three scenarios in which holding a smile is a very important thing. All to hype the importance of good toothpaste. In this case, Green Beaver Frosty Mint Toothpaste. Created by Toronto-based United Content and directed by Untitled Films' Jamie Travis, the three ads take a look at the smiling life of a politician, an office worker subjected to a high energy, OMG-filled re-telling of a wedding proposal and a couple getting married and silently pondering the true meaning of their vows.

It's nice to know a toothpaste company can appreciate the importance of the forced smile.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-31-12    
Topic: Campaigns



Megan Fox Looks Sharp in Sharper Image Campaign

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Earlier this year, Megan Fox appeared in a sultry ad campaign for Sharper Image. Seems the folks over at the gadget brand liked working with Fox as she's back and appearing in a new campaign. Fox, who was five months pregnant during the shoot. can be seen sitting on a Sharper Image bed, lounging in a chair and listening to music.

Of her Sharper Image work, Fox said, "I have always been a bit of a gadget geek and into different types of technology. The campaign is a good fit for me because I love electronics." And we love you. Megan so keep doing your thing.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-24-12    
Topic: Campaigns, Celebrity



Ryanair Cabin Girls, Zombie's Teach CPR, Celebs Dish Barney's

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- Ryanair is up to its old games again tantalizing travelers and taunting the Advertising Standards Burea with its new 2013 Cabin Girls Calendar.

- Barbarian Group has launched a new campaign for Pepsi using productivity startup TaskRabbit to give its consumers an "extra hour" in their day.

- Several celebrities are none too pleased with Barney's for depicting a few Disney characters as super slim models for a window display.

- Everything is zombie-themed these days. Why not a CPR effort. And, surprisingly, it makes perfect sense.

- Yo Gabba Gabba begets The Goon Holler Guide Book.

by Steve Hall    Oct-23-12    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Campaigns, Racy



Jamba Juice Launches Twilight-Themed 'Berry Bitten'

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Can't wait to to taste blood when the 4th and final Twilight movie, Breaking Dawn 2, opens? Well, you're in luck. Thanks to Santa Monica agency Neighbor which teamed with Jamba Juice and Lionsgate, Twilight fans will be able to suck down Berry Bitten, a mixed berry smoothie drink that, well, looks a lot like blood.

The drink and promotional tie in are being promoted to teens and their moms with print placements, banners, social and a Facebook-based sweepstakes that will award one person two tickets to the red carpet Breaking Dawn premiere November 12 in LA with airfare and hotel included. Additionally, 1,000 people two tickets each to 32 different Jamba Juice-sponsored advance screenings November 15 in 18 cities.

Winners also receive a $50 gift card, slap bracelets and poster. Fans enter by Tweeting their photo with a Berry Bitten smoothie and including the hashtag #jambatwilight.

by Steve Hall    Oct-23-12    
Topic: Campaigns



TD Bank Gets All Environmental in New York City

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TD Bank has launched a street level experiential campaign in New York to promote its tree-saving initiatives and reduced paper usage. The campaign, created by Tierney, excludes printed media and collateral and its street team will offer only spoken information.

Beginning this week at TD Bank's 5th Ave. & 14th St. location, a 12' x 9' touch-screen interactive video wall will let downtown passers-by get the attention of a deer, squirrel, rabbit, bear or owl while an LED ticker scrolls out habitat acreage preserve, in terms of NYC landmarks ("13 New York City blocks of forest" monthly, or each year, "a forest area larger than Central Park").

Across Manhattan, during October through November 11, two roving audio-enabled electronic view masters akin to those the drop-a-quarter-in-the-slot binocular viewers found at vistas from Niagara Falls to the Golden Gate will give New Yorkers' a view into this vista as well.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-11-12    
Topic: Campaigns



Purina Gives Us Big Thoughts From Small Animals

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A series of six videos, all of which follow the animals-are-cute-so-we-will-use-them-to-get-lots-of-social-sharing strategy, aim to share with humans the many benefits of Purina's Small Animal Food. We get wisdom from a rabbit, a parakeet and a hamster on the various trials and tribulations of being an animal. Colle+McVoy created.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-10-12    
Topic: Campaigns



Ladies, You Need to Break Up With Your Bra

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According to Indian lingerie brand Amante, eight out of ten woman wear the wrong bra size with most choosing a cup size that's too small and a band size that's too large. With that bit of knowledge coupled with the insight that, according to Amante, women are embarrassed to look at ads featuring scantily clad women in public, the brand has launched a very ?unsexy" campaign urging women to break up with their bras.

Of the approach, Amante CEO John Chiramel said, "This campaign has been carefully thought through, in not trying to objectify women, but more about dealing with the real issues and educating the consumer, so that they have an enjoyable experience wearing fine lingerie,"

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by Steve Hall    Oct- 9-12    
Topic: Campaigns










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