Direct Response Advertising to Visit Super Bowl

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Up for Ed Mcmahon hawking you the latest must-have late night TV style? How about an update on what's going on with old school hip-hop star MC Hammer.? Well, you're going to get both whether or not you like in in a new commercial from Cash4Gold.

Billed as the first direct response commercial to air on a Super Bowl, the commercial will feature McMahon and Hammer hyping Cash4Gold's model of converting precious metals to cash. Both McMahon and Hammer know. first hand, the need for options when it comes to obtaining cash.

Created by Euro RSCG Edge along with Arnold Worldwide and directed by Bryan Buckley who directed GoDaddy's "Broadcast Hearing", E*Trade's "Monkey" & "Money out the Wazoo" and Monster.com's "When I Grow Up", was shot in McMahon's Beverly Hills home and explains Cash4Gold's "satisfaction-guaranteed" service.

If you think MC Hammer is old, wait until you see McMahon in this commercial. We'll have it for you the second it airs during the Super Bowl on Sunday. Yes, strange as it seems, we honor embargoes.

by Steve Hall    Jan-29-09    
Topic: Commercials, Super Bowl 2009



House of Cards Demonstrates Lexus ES Smoothness

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We're fond of commercials that involve the display of people's skills such as the Mentos/Diet Coke geysers, the Nissan Rogue ad where the guy drives the car through New York while managing to successfully move that ball through the maze game and...a guy who can build a cardstack with 108,864 cards to demonstrate the smoothness of a Lexus ES.

Bryan Berg took 18 days to build his masterpiece only to have it come crashing down for the finale of the commercial. Cruel? Brilliant? Both?

by Steve Hall    Jan-29-09    
Topic: Commercials, Good



Coke Super Bowl Spot, Surveillance Beetles, Ingestible Syke

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- Creatives Chris Yi and Jesse Epstein spent a month and $2000 producing three spots for that Doritos Super Bowl ad contest. Obviously they didn't make the cut, but hey, can you ever have too much material to compare your own to?

- AOL to cut 10% and forgo merit pay increases in '09. Join the club, guys.

- Coca-Cola's contribution to the Super Bowl: Heist. 'Tis cute.

- Print and TV ad tropes invade the online contextual ad space, and this is the kind of crap we get.

- Hey ambitious marketers, here's a radio controlled live beetle. Use it for something magical ... like whispering jingles into the ears of impressionable window-shoppers, Jiminy-Cricket style.

- One reason to spend $9, plus the popcorn fees.

- New energy drink! Syke. No, seriously though.



Like a Well-Bred Debutante, Bud Saves Punchlines for the Big Day

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The press folk representing Anheuser-Busch sent us a passel of teasers for this year's Super Bowl. Slapstick takes a backseat to dramatic setup; all punchlines have been saved for Sunday.

Here's three:

"Clydesdales: Generations," an American immigration story starring last year's heavy-hoofed underdog. (They're milkin' this bad-boy for all its worth. The Clydesdale appears in at least two more spots: one circus-themed, another featuring his old Dalmation buddy.) By Waylon Advertising/St. Louis.

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Fiat Faux-Pas, Burger Bed, Hulu's Super Bowl Foray

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- Hulu will be launching an ad campaign on Super Bowl Sunday. It's promised to "reveal the secret behind" its, uh, Huluness.

- Something about sharing fluids.

- Burger Bed. For some reason we instantly think Burger King (maybe the Whopper Virgin influence?), but it has nothing to do with that, actually.

- AgencySpy is unhappy with Fiat.

- Don't just rock that rosary, rawk it. Popin' it up on YouTube.

- Interested in movie marketing? No? Youwill be.

- M&Ms is giving away a trip to Paris. Go win it. Then we can sit around together and stare sullenly at the rain while the wifi blinks in and out of operation.

- Trust Me's Eric McCormack on being an ad man.

by Angela Natividad    Jan-28-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Commercials, Online, Television



Proof that Sex and Celebrity will Always Get You on Somebody's List.

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In a 2001 spot called "Proof," Kylie Minogue shimmied into a garter belt and rode a velvet mechanical bull under the watchful eye of a creepy old woman with a paperback novel.

Their objective: to prove Agent Provocateur was the world's most erotic lingerie by giving movie-going chavs big hard woodies. It's cheeky shit, but what erotic spark it lights is quickly dampened when the geriatric refugee from Grimm's Fairy Tales starts laughing maniacally.

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by Angela Natividad    Jan-28-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Commercials



IKEA Gives Every Girl Her Space

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You just need to battle its hordes, brave the lines and spend a weekend alone with a Philips and a hammer to claim a little Pax for yourself. =P

Work by St. Lukes Communications and production company Outsider.

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by Angela Natividad    Jan-28-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Television



Chewing Gum Delivers Powerful Safe Sex Message

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Watching this commercial in which a piece of chewed gum slowly passes from one person to another while a soothing voice over talks about being a people person who likes all types of people and who takes everyone as the are without judgment leads one in several directions befoe it delivers its message.

Is it an ethereal ad for chewing gum? Some kind of world peace message from some cause group?An environmental message? A dating service?

Of course the title of the ad, MTV Staying Alive, pretty much eliminates those options but it still doesn't totally set you up for the fact its an AIDS awareness message. Which is a good thing because this ad sort of enraptures you and ties itself beautifully to its ultimate message.

The ad was created by Lowe MENA Dubai

by Steve Hall    Jan-28-09    
Topic: Cause, Commercials, Good



Leaked: SoBe Lifewater Lizard Lake Super Bowl Commercial

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You saw thew crappy version here which was debuted at Pepsi's press conference this morning. Now here's a high quality version. It's the 2D version. A 3D version will air during the Super Bowl.

At least it's not Naomi Campbell trying to dance.

by Steve Hall    Jan-27-09    
Topic: Commercials, Super Bowl 2009



PETA Pawns NBC With GoDaddy-Style Banned Ad Strategy

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OK so, um yea. Like PETA was ever going to actually pay $3 million to run a commercial during the Super Bowl. Of course they weren't. But that didn't stop them from stunting their way to Super Bowl notoriety with a GoDaddy-style banned ad strategy. And on top of that, they twisted things around to make it look like NBC was being more racy than PETA.

PETA contends NBC's response to their ad had "PETA bigwigs blushing like beets." Um, right. More like they were fist bumping each other and laughing at how NBC just fell right into their trap.

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by Steve Hall    Jan-27-09    
Topic: Commercials, Opinion, Racy, Super Bowl 2009










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