'Purple Cow' Fans Rejoice: Godin Writes Again (This Time on Meatballs)

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What's a meatball sundae? It's the unfortunate result of two good ideas smashed together -- and the topic of Seth Godin's next book, which is generating much buzz on Hype Street at Advertising Week.

We couldn't go anywhere last night without hearing about it. Marketers describe Meatball Sundae as an invitation to approach web 2.0 as an opportunity to enliven company culture, even as passion begins to make way for bureaucracy.

Alternatively, Godin claims to see web 2.0 as a chance to "transform" the organization. Two sides of the same coin? Read about the book from the meatball-loving mouth itself.

by Angela Natividad    Sep-26-07    
Topic: Celebrity, Promotions, Publishing, Viral



Tila, MTV to Premiere 'First Bi-Sexual Dating Show.' And?

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Taking pains to stay relevant, MTV and Tila Tequila join forces to give us the cheesy, farcically sexy, undoubtedly watchable A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila, which the PR hounds are rabidly touting as "the first bi-sexual dating show!!!!!!!111"

To help address any confusion Tila might have about her revolving sexuality, MTV has decided to help her find love by throwing 16 straight guys and lesbians at her.

Finalists will move into her mansion (is this beginning to sound familiar?) and vie for Tequila's sunrise as she narrows them down.

The show premieres October 9th at 10 pm ET/PT. We'd say we can't wait, but that would be lying.

by Angela Natividad    Sep-25-07    
Topic: Celebrity, Television



Friday Foolery: Vaginads, Boobs, Google, Keira Knightley, Agency.com

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- Tom Ford and Vulva fixate on a particular female body part and introduce a new advertising trend: Vaginads.

- Not that you frequent a laundromat all that often but if you do, you just might be assaulted by washing machines bearing gigantic advertising posters.

- We stir debate as to whether or not Mazda, which does still make cars, can still create good commercials.

- What's a week without an appearance by our favorite hottie, Obama Girl? This time she's hooked up with Giuliani Girl to support the troops on behalf of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Association.

- Look! Look! Look! Now you can blow an ad banner and make a website freeze!

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by Steve Hall    Sep-21-07    
Topic: Cause, Celebrity, Poster, Racy, Social, Video



Hugo Fragrances Hauls Out Mutual of Omaha Mating Ritual Dance

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We're having a really, really tough time deciding whether this new video promoting the Hugo Fragrances XY for Men and XX for Women is insightfully witty or over-the-top horrific. Using the male stalks female in the wild analogy, the video lets us observe the mating rituals of a man and a woman in a museum. The video leads to a website which features Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Bette Franke sparring in a boxing ring. All to promote dueling fragrances.

by Steve Hall    Sep-21-07    
Topic: Bad, Campaigns, Celebrity, Good, Video



Coco Chanel Visits Gabrielle Chanel's Apartment With Keira Knightley

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Extending their campaign with Keira Knightley, which began in August with a print campaign and an interactive storefront in early September, Coco Chanel has released a new film (oh God, did we just call it that?), called Coco Mademoiselle, and behind the scenes videos featuring Keira and the famed Paris apartment of Gabrielle Chanel. It's an art director's wet dream and we mean that in a positive sense this time. The work is beautiful. Very fitting for a brand such as Chanel. And who better, with her stunning beauty, to represent it than the beautiful Keira Knightley?

The new film, which you can view here, as well as on the site but you have to slowly wade through the apartment as the camera makes love to it, will be shown on movie screens and television. Joss Stone sang "L.O.V.E" for the film.

by Steve Hall    Sep-20-07    
Topic: Celebrity, Commercials, Good



Yawn. Another Starlet Gets Nude For PETA

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PETA's digging deep now. Hitless for at least ten years, Alicia Silverstone (whom we still adore) has been tapped by PETA for their latest "let's get a celebrity nude" campaign. It's all to promote PETA's vegetarian stance and to share with us how much Silverstone's life has changed for the better by becoming a vegetarian. Watch as Silverstone get naked but not really. They always block the crucial parts. Anyway, see the video here.

by Steve Hall    Sep-19-07    
Topic: Cause, Celebrity, Video



Gisele Returns to Roots with Ipanema Sandal Campaign

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Adfreak has drawn our eyes to a new line of sandals called Ipanema, designed by Gisele Bundchen, whose modeling career has lasted longer than a lot of her counterparts' lifespans.

The Ipanema line is part of an effort to help save the rain forest in South America, the continent Gisele calls home. We like the throwback flavor of the television ad, which plays up the history of the Brazilian natives with less focus on Gisele's own attention-drawing features.

Not to say those assets don't factor into the print variant of the campaign.

by Angela Natividad    Sep-19-07    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Celebrity, Good, Promotions



Jaslene Gonzalez Watches Unveiling of Her LOT29 Billboard

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Last Friday, America's Next Top Model winner Jaslene Gonzalez, along with her adoring fans, witnessed the unveiling of her Times Square billboard for clothing line LOT29. Jaslene's reaction? "Look at my legs! They look great!" Indeed.

The event was also a shoot for an upcoming commercial for the "My Life as a CoverGirl" campaign. Let's see. America's Next Top Model. LOT29. CoverGirl. All in one place. All at one event. Are there really people in marketing who are actually this efficient?

by Steve Hall    Sep-17-07    
Topic: Celebrity, Events, Outdoor



P. Diddy's 'Unforgivable' is Unforgivable

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Every once in a while a piece of work comes along that clearly looks like it's trying way too hard to accomplish what it set out to do. Courtesy of P. Diddy's Unforgivable fragrance, this is such a piece of work. For 2:58, we are subjected to repetitive images of Diddy mentally drooling for hottie Jessica Gomez, whom he ultimately beds in the final seconds of the video. It's styled like a quick cut video from the eighties and the music swells as if the creators of the video are circle jerking themselves to mutual orgasm.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-15-07    
Topic: Bad, Celebrity, Commercials, Video



Arizona Launches Second Phase of Meth Campaign

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While not quite as powerful as the recent Montana Meth campaign which inspired us to write "watching these new Montana Meth spots makes one want to grab a gun, hunt down a drug dealer, stick the barrel of the gun in his mouth and blow his fucking head off," the second phase of the Arizona Meth Project delivers the same powerful message: don't do it even just once.

The eight spot campaign, along with radio, print, outdoor and online, takes two different approaches. The first features kids wishing they had experienced other horrific events such as a car crash or a beating as opposed to getting hooked on Meth. The second envisions what a person's life becomes once they get hooked on Meth. The spots are powerful for sure but one does wonder how effective the scare tactic approach is. Peer pressure and the desire to fit in are almost insurmountable obstacles to overcome but the effort is worthy.

There are some recognizable faces in the spots including The O.C.'s Willa Holland. All the spots and the rest of the creative can be viewed here.

by Steve Hall    Sep-13-07    
Topic: Celebrity, Commercials, Creative Commentary, Good








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