Mars Hosts Online, Offline Easter Egg Hunt

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Thanksgiving. Christmas. Valentine's Day. *slap* Easter. Please, make it stop! It's like one holiday ends and another begins. So, yea, Easter's on the way and so are the Easter-themed campiagns like this one from Mars Canada for M&M. Created by Proximity Canada, BBDO Toronto and Firstborn, this one has been dubbed "Canada's most Speck-tacular Egg hunt."

With print, TV (see one of the spots here), POP and online, people are urged to collect M&M eggs hidden around the web (a virtual egg hunt!) and in stores with PIN codes to use as entrance to drawing to win a trip to New York, Las Vegas or Orlando.

There's a site, four minisites and banners on MSN.ca, Yahoo.ca, MySpace.ca and others all with PIN codes to hunt for. Have at it.

by Steve Hall    Mar-11-09    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Games, Online, Point of Purchase, Television



Just Imagine, for a Sec, that Jellyfish were Table Lamps

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Here, Nordpol envisions a secret world populated by IKEA furniture.

Hrm. Wonder whose unfortunate job it was to parse out the setup manual for all those levitating lawn chairs. The spoon fish were neat, though.

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by Angela Natividad    Mar-11-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Television



OMG! Actual Humans to Answer Phones!

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Hmm. Maybe it's like that scene in the Sylvester Stallone/Sandra Bullock movie Demolition Man where future cop answers the phone saying, "Hello, this is the Los Angeles police department. Press one for an automated attendant or stay on the line to speak to me" or something like that.

VCCP Berlin has produced a commercial for O2 which depicts all sorts of robots in retirement with a voiceover that, OMG, you can now talk to an actual live human being when you call the company.

Wow. How novel. How did we ever get to a place where insanely annoying phone trees became the norm?

by Steve Hall    Mar-10-09    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange



'Now You Know We're Allergic to Peanuts.'

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2K Sports promotes video game MLB2K9 with an ad where a Giants player schools his (adorably earnest) virtual self in both work and play.

It's witty work, a big plus considering there's no genuinely exciting way to hype a video game about baseball.

Agency: Ground Zero.

UPDATE: If you'd like a more mundane version of this piece, click here.

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by Angela Natividad    Mar-10-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Good, Television



Major League Minor Detail Explained

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Like baseball. Like really create animation? Then you'll like this commercial for the 2K Sports video game Major League Baseball 2K9.

"He should put a towel on."

UPDATE: If you'd like a witter version of this piece, click here.

by Steve Hall    Mar-10-09    
Topic: Commercials, Good



'Loewe Sound' Adds Recreational Aspect to the Volume Adjust

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Here's a clever way to highlight the "extremely realistic sound" touted by Loewe.

You've got a choir performing a piece. When an invisible remote zapper toggles between sound options, the orchestra changes in order to provide the desired audio texture. As "bass" increases on a dial, some bassists run in; a woman raises her voice -- then lowers it -- as treble changes; and higher volume results in a last-minute dash to the stage by previously-unseen performers.

The conductor's "WTF?" face ties it all together nicely, and the ad wraps up by panning away from the choir to reveal a television frame. Nice work by Scholz & Friends/Berlin, and production firm Element E.

We can also envision an online engagement opportunity on the website -- letting users toggle sounds from their keyboards in various settings. No such luck yet though.

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by Angela Natividad    Mar-10-09    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Video



A Stirring Encounter of Coke Kind.

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McCann Erickson/Madrid's "Encounter" is an increasingly emotional progression toward the meeting of a centenerian and a just-born child. The music, timely words and that final culmination -- wedding the tail-end of a life to the naissance of new -- brought us near tears.

And then we saw the Coca-Cola silhouette. And it was like, "Jesus Christ, this came from the same people that brought us Happiness Factory."

Nothing against Coke, whose ads are consistently good, but there has to've been a more graceful way to incorporate the brand into this message.

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by Angela Natividad    Mar-10-09    
Topic: Best, Brands, Commercials, Good, Television



'It's Just Such a Thrill When Somebody Comes Up and Says I'm Glad You Made Those Clubs.'

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To kick off its "engineering smiles for 50 years" campaign, PING puts founder Karstein Solheim on the platform. The work is a more bearable version of the sap-saturated Sprint/Dan Hesse material: it's just a simple, no-frills voiceover with product imagery.

Unpretentious, nice and neat. By The Martin Agency, whose class-act status was heavy on the spin last week as the result of news that it would lay off staffers -- and give competing agencies up to half the shafted Martinites' first month's pay in exchange for hiring them.

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by Angela Natividad    Mar- 9-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Television



Eliza Dushku Busts Out For Hulu

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In this new commercial for Hulu, Eliza Dushku, while strutting across the set, describes her new FOX show, Dollhouse, saying, "It's a potent blend of twisty plot lines and insane action that'll keep your eyes glued and your brain rotting."

And at the exact moment she says "eyes glued," she takes her jacket off to reveal a tidal wave of gyrating pulchritude that does, indeed, keep the eyes glued.

We tip our hat to the Crispin Porter + Bogusky creative team of Dj Pierce and Justin Ebert for ever so perfectly timing their copy to the action on screen. We do, however, wonder just how many times they chuckled at their little joke as the readied the spot for presentation. Nice work, guys.

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by Steve Hall    Mar- 8-09    
Topic: Celebrity, Commercials, Television



The Pam Gods Gift Dining Hostess With a Second Chance

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Not quite sure what to think of this new Pam spot, which plays on the slogan "Pam Helps You Pull It Off." Teflon makes accidents like this one a non-issue.

Points for being odd without being off-putting, though.

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by Angela Natividad    Mar- 6-09    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Television










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