Please Make This Cow's Dream of Coming to California Real.

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Last year the California Milk Advisory Board started casting for a new cow to star in future campaigns. Guess the entries thus far haven't been mind-blowing, because "auditions" are still being taken. The most recent one is from Soo, a would-be diva with -- wait for it! -- Seoul.

We're of the growing suspicion that Milk is gunning for California's tourism department dollars. Really, do we have a tourism department? Because when we think of Cali, we increasingly envision catty heifers and great big cheese wheels.

Anywho, read bios and vote for your favourite meat slab at the website. Facebook add-ons come stock. Work by Deutsch LA.

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by Angela Natividad    Feb- 4-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online, Video



Western Union Delivers World Peace With Floating Yellow Blobs

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Don't you love those commercials that paint the world as a place in perfect harmony? Where everyone is happy? Where children play together happily? Where everyone is optimistic?

While it always seems to be asking too much, that didn't stop Publicis Hong Kong from creating this feel-good Western Union commercial in which floating blobs of yellow form the word "yes" reaffirming that, yes, life does move forward and people are saying yes to a brighter future.

Oh, and Western Union is there to help that happiness happen.

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(More) Mannequins Invade Manhattan

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Last Friday, with help from 180LA, Sony deployed an army of "living" mannequins across Manhattan. Chic gamines, harder around the eyeline than usual, were seen sitting at cafes, Grand Central Station and elsewhere, blogging and updating Facebook pages from their VAIO P Series devices.

The campaign also had a Fashion Week component: the dummies were dressed by designers aiming to promote their wares in conjunction with Sony's wee VAIOs.

Hmm. Plastic chicks with hot tech toys, expensive shoes and limited maneuverability. How on earth did anyone distinguish them from the other Sex and the City groupies?

by Angela Natividad    Feb- 3-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Events, Guerilla, Strange



Puma King Aspires to 'Complement Your Character'

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Each print ad in this Puma King series features a footballer (read: soccer-player) saturated in a theme shade, visually arresting imagery (three-headed dogs, eagles, dragons, elks) and the aforementioned tagline. See:

o Gold (at left)
o Black
o White
o Red

Diggin' the fantastical, slightly sinister four horsemen motif. It's such a romantic way of saying "our shoes come in many colours."

By the sublime Robert/Boisen & Like-minded/Copenhagen.

by Angela Natividad    Feb- 3-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Magazine, Outdoor



'Behind every detail ... there's a detail.'

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In "House of Cards," Lexus showcases its buttery engine and vibration absorbing capabilities with not one but many houses -- and towers and turrets and a single Parthenon -- of cards.

The mini-monuments are built over and around a jet-black Lexus, with final flourishes added by a concentric figure in jeans and wavy hair -- the kind of guy you'd expect might know something about cardplay -- just to prove the work is legitimately fragile.

As the narrator sets the stage ("What happens when you take one of the smoothest engines anywhere ... and add 88 separate measures to absorb vibrations?"), the engine starts, underscoring the punchline: "Absolutely nothing."

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by Angela Natividad    Feb- 3-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Television



Quick Dry Still Life, De-Classed Coke, Analytics Dig Deep

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- TIME's Super Bowl best and worst. If that feels a little constricting, see what the Twittersphere thought.

- Coke drops "Classic."

- DesegreGAYtion: easy to spread (a la Obey Giant), AND it packs max punch.

- Quick dry polish. Har.

- Analytics gets a little too personal. Oh wait! Be warned: THIS IS A SPOOF.

- Last Saturday Google search marked everyone as malware. Including itself. Awkward.

- A little bird pointed out that this Mammoth Mountain campaign looks a lot like something Keystone did last year. Oops. (Keystone's campaign, BTW, was by CULTIVATOR ADVERTISING & DESIGN.)

by Angela Natividad    Feb- 2-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Promotions



It's an iPhone Advergame! Help Name It.

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Fuel Industries is preparing a new iPhone game for client Vans. But it's not really sure what to name it, so it's soliciting help from Y-O-U. See demo.

It's not immediately clear how you can get your ideas over to Fuel if you have any, but hell, we're sure they'll be perusing this page from time to time, so comment away if you want. (If you're thinking BoardX in honor of jPod, don't bother; we already did.)

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by Angela Natividad    Feb- 2-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Games, Mobile/Wireless, Online



US Cellular Wants Your Inside Jokes.

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Hoping you'll contribute to its waning pool of inspiration, US Cellular (via Riney) put together YourInsideJoke.com, where users can exploit that kind of between-friends humor that doesn't really scale to the world at large.

See Mustache and Finger Puppet.

by Angela Natividad    Feb- 2-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online



Adidas Takes Up 'Real Women' Torch

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Failing to observe this approach has already been mined dry by Nike and Dove -- among others -- Adidas launched "Me, Myself," a girl power campaign that rings like a modern-day sports riff off celebrated femme manifesto Our Bodies, Ourselves. The campaign release, for example, is heavy-laden with buzz words like distinctive, inspirational, individuality, confidence and -- our favourite -- intimate portraits.

WNBA MVP Candace Parker lent her face to the in-store/online program. Members of the fairer sex can submit "real" stories about their training struggles and successes on the website (where incidentally, you can also "mix and match outfits"!); three entrants will become the face of "Me, Myself" alongside Parker.

Parker synopsized the effort thus: "[Me, Myself] celebrates women of all ages and athletic abilities and shows that despite our struggles we can achieve our impossible."

Guess that's somewhat more productive than eating your feelings.



Because the Truth Is, All Non-Native English Speakers Sound Like Fez.*

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To promote DoYouWantaSprite.com, factorii is disseminating the following web video.

In short: A whitebread couple places an order at a drive-through, then the voice through the intercom offers them a Sprite, and they can't understand because he's got this high-pitched accent.

Then there is dancing, singing, arbitrary ass-smacking, and other things you don't want to be confronted with in the world outside Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. (With the possible exception of ass-smacking.)

At the end, the couple finally realizes the voice in the monitor was asking, "Do you want a Sprite?", and they politely decline.

"it was actually more funny in hte beginning when i THOUGHT something funny was going to happen," said one uniquely profound YouTuber. Other responses were expectedly schizophrenic (with some fairly heated discussion about whether George Lopez's attorneys will be in touch), but hey, that's the crowd for ya.

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by Angela Natividad    Jan-30-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online, Video










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