Yawn. Ozzy. Chimps. Yawn. Samsung. Yawn.

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Not because the animal lovers don't like them being used in commercials but, rather, because they are overused and the concepts are increasingly lame, we feel all primates should be banned from advertising. Yes, CareerBuilder, you heard us right. The chimpanzee thing is over. Dead. Done.

And that's made crystal clear in this new Sansung Solstice commercial featuring Ozzy Osbourne and, yes, a band of chimpanzees. Or is it monkeys? We can never tell the difference.

So Ozzy's getting atour of the Samsung facility and is shown the new phone. He drops a lame line about how cool Samsung is. He drops the F bomb (real surprise there) and he gets a text asking if he'd like to be in a new band...formed by the aforementioned chimps.

Lame. Lame. Lame.

And doesn't Samsung know the Solstice is a car? Oh wait. Not for much longer.

by Steve Hall    Aug- 5-09    
Topic: Bad, Celebrity, Commercials



Marina Orlova Added to Stable of GoDaddy Girls

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If we didn't know GoDaddy was in internet service provider, we'd think founder Bob Parson's was running some sort of modeling agency or, heaven forbid, an online brothel of sorts. But no. GoDaddy is just an ISP with a propensity for hiring hot-looking female spokesmodels.

The latest addition to the crew is Russian model Marina Orlova. Orlova, who's been dubbed the Sexiest Philologist in the World and the World's Sexiest Geek (the LA tech scene might have a thing or two to say about that), will join current GoDaddy Girls Danika Patrick and Candice Michelle.

Marina was selected to be a Go Daddy Girl shortly after her appearances earlier this month on Go Daddy CEO and Founder Bob Parsons' video blog and weekly radio show, where she was, reportedly, an instant hit.

by Steve Hall    Aug- 4-09    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity



Britney Spears. Still Hot After All These Years

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Our girl is back. Well, actually she's been back for a while but just this second, her latest commercial for Candie's was released and we really, really like it. Why? It's classic Britney. All pomp and strut.

Of course the full length video is a bit racier but we're talking television here, people. There's only so much bare midriff the television viewing audience can take before someone calls the cause group police.

by Steve Hall    Jul-25-09    
Topic: Celebrity, Commercials



Peter the Pedophilic Pilot Promotes airtran's Inflight Internet

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We love this Cramer-Krasselt-created airtran campaign AdFreak points to. Probably because we're old enough to remember the pre-Tom Cruise Mission Impossible television series which starred Peter Graves who, more recently, also starred in the Airplane! movies as a pedophilic pilot.

He's dead-pan perfect in a series of commercials touting the airline's gogo internet service which is now on all planes. Awesome. Too bad it's not free.

But the campiagn is funny. Check it out here.

by Steve Hall    Jul-23-09    
Topic: Campaigns, Celebrity, Commercials



Mick Jagger's Daughter New Face of Hudson Jeans

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The LA-based denim brand Hudson Jeans has been infused with $30 million in capital from Fireman Capital Partners and has hired Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall's daughter, Geogia May Jagger to front the brand.

Hudson CEO Peter Kim said, "One of the key things the investment allows us to do is further the creative process. When Hudson was founded, the vision was to be the next great iconic brand. The investment brought us resources to take this business from where we are today to where we expect to be when we grow up."

The creation of the campaign was overseen by Lipman's David Lipman, a Hudson investor and partner at Fireman Capital. Mario Sorrenti photographed the campaign and styling was done by Camilla Nickerson.

by Steve Hall    Jul-22-09    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity



If Paris Hilton Could Read She'd Buy One

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To promote a line of Connie Carman- created Couture Planet handbags and accessories made from recycled newspapers, a group of creatives, Keith Lane, Deborah Hines and Frank Rapp put together a series of posters that celebrate the demise of the newspaper poke fun at Prada and call attention to Paris Hilton's apparent lack of readings skills.

by Steve Hall    Jul-22-09    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Celebrity, Poster



KGB Girl Elizabeth Bogush Loses Her Skirt

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A couple weeks ago, we announced the launch of questionably-named mobile company, KGB, a service that offers human answers to texted questions. As a follow up to the launch, another commercial features two guys arguing over whether or not Archie Griffin won two Heisman trophys.

Spokesbabe Elizabeth Bogush just happens to be within earshot of the two bickering men and offers a challenge; the loser gets to wear her skirt. Which, odd an visually unpleasant as that may seem, is a coup for the rest of us becasue we all get to see Bogush flaunt her figure in her underwear.

by Steve Hall    Jul-21-09    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity, Commercials, Racy



Meatloaf Sings For A1

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So A1 Steak Sauce is having a singing contest. People can submit videos of themselves singing about how much they love A1 Steak Sauce. Even Meatloaf (the singer, not the meat) is in on the act belting out his famous "I Would Do AnyThing For Love." ballad. Except, in this case, he'd do anything for A1.

It's sort of funny. But sad also. We'd love to see Meatloaf return to his Bat Out of Hell glory days but that sort of greatness usually only comes around just once so we'll just have to settle for an A1 commercial.

by Steve Hall    Jul-17-09    
Topic: Celebrity, Promotions, Social, Video



Dog Flames, Jackson Flames, Mentos Flaps

- This is just too WTF weird not to share.

- For the first time in 25 years! Footage of Michael Jackson's hair catching on fire in the Pepsi commercial. Chilling.

- The old Mentos ads (the Freshmaker ones) were great. The new ones, not so much. But they are kind of funny.

- Want to know where the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile is? Just visit Brightkite which the company is using to let people know where to spot the 27 foot long hot dog.

- This is stupid.

- Check out ad:tech's new virtual conference series. The first one is August 4.

by Steve Hall    Jul-16-09    
Topic: Celebrity, Strange



Scarlett Johansson Replaces Penelope Cruz As Mango Spokesmodel

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Scarlett Johansson, whose chest Woody Allen simply cannot stop staring at, has landed a new spokesmodel gig for fashion label Mango. She follows Penelope Cruz and is featured in a new ad campaign.

Images from the campaign are here.

by Steve Hall    Jul-16-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity










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