Not to Be Rude, But This Cupcake Tastes Suspiciously Like a Wi-Fi Hotspot

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After setting up its first-ever 4G wireless broadband network in Portland, Clearwire tapped Secret Weapon Marketing to promote its merits: better internet speeds, broader coverage.

The result was a series of irreverent prints -- and "Sprinkles," a TV ad that compares wireless coverage to cupcake sprinkles. (Rivals are represented by a stingy sprinkling; meanwhile, Clearwire's coverage deluges the bakery with diabetes-inducing hail.)

"Welcome to the future," the narrator says smugly.

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Buy Better Bulbs; WWF Will Do the Heavy Lifting

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The industrial pollutants in the World Wildlife Federation's "Light Bulb" ad are only tired toys. But these miniatures -- small things we can easily control -- still convey the helplessness environmentalists feel when faced with oversized, eco-negligent businesses.

"Light Bulb" concludes with a male doll holding an energy-efficient light bulb. "You're doing your part," the ad assures us. "It's our job to help government & industry do theirs."

This message of gentle aggression is fast replaced by the image of a panda, an animal known to unfailingly melt hearts -- or in extreme conditions, cause brain explosions.

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by Angela Natividad    Jan- 7-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Cause, Commercials, Magazine, Online, Television



Primordial Ooze Becomes Winter X Games Athlete

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So what happens when an illustrator and an extreme sports athlete get together? Strange snow swimming creatures are created which morph like the proverbial fish that emerged from the sea and grew legs.

In this new Martin Agency-created, Superfad-produced, Pierce Gibson-illustrated commercial for ESPN's Winter X Games "live-action, 3D, illustration, and stop-motion ... track the evolution of a trick from its inception in the snow to its thrilling culmination on the course."

Seriously, anything can be a sport these days.

by Steve Hall    Jan- 7-09    
Topic: Commercials, Good



How to Be An Idiot In Three Steps by Mountain Dew

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1. Open a can of the caffeine-fueled stuff and down it.

2. Strap on a snowboard/skateboard.

3. Film yourself being pulled behind a train until...

by Steve Hall    Jan- 7-09    
Topic: Commercials, Strange



3D Super Bowl Ads to Benefit Eye Doctors

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One could trash the latest Super Bowl ad gimmick - 3D ads for DreamWorks Animation and SoBe - but that might be a bit, um, short sighted. Oh sure, having to wear 3D glasses just to watch a television commercial is kind of stupid. However, the simple fact there will be a 3D commercial to watch during the Super Bowl, the distributing of 125 million 3D glasses needed to view the commercial through 25,000 retail outlets and the relentless promotion that will precede the airing might just land the two commercials highly coveted spots on the all important USA Today Super Bowl Ad Poll, the penultimate metric for Super Bowl commercial success. In fact, the poll is so important, agencies have been fired for their Super Bowl spots not landing in the top ten.

That or millions of people will be calling their eye doctor Monday morning following the game wondering why their vision was suddenly blurred for a brief moment. It could be the single most successful eye doctor ad campaign ever created. Without a single doctor spending a single penny.

by Steve Hall    Jan- 6-09    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Promotions, Super Bowl 2009



Breakfast Cereal Club, Sam L. J. Pushes Broadband, Cuts at Ogilvy

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- Jack Morton Worldwide, Almighty, Weber Shandwick and Google join Citizen Schools to help kids succeed.

- Which Dog are You?

- "They only met once, but they stayed crunchy forever."

- Sam L. Jackson fronts for Virgin Media Broadband.

- "Fast casual" wha...? McD's training film.

- UK's Benylin is in the dog house for using ads to teach people how to call in sick.

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Dunkin': You Don't Have to Be Bright to Be a Go-Getter!

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You kin' do it!" Dunkin Donuts exclaims in the 2009 debut of its new ad campaign, where people like you! power through everyday life with the will and guilelessness of Special Olympics athletes.

Both efforts remind us "America runs on Dunkin'" -- much the way cars run on petrol and and tin men run on oil. It's a shorter way of saying you don't need to be super or have a super job; you just need the fuel necessary to push your colorless millstone up that steep, steep hill. Every. Single. Day. Forever.

By the way, "get an egg-white flatbread for only $1.99 when you buy a medium hot coffee."

Campy, approachable and Common-Man-relevant -- a nice step up from last year's work, which also showcased coffee-fueled Avg. Joes doing painfully ordinary things.

Work by Hill Holliday/Boston.

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



Grapes Battle Jelly Beans in Epic Showdown

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Jelly beans. Grapes soy beans. Highlighters. Yellow stickies. Paper clips. Elastic bands. Strawberries. Push pins. What would you create if you had all these items and kick ass animation skills? A soy Joy commercial, of course.

In the commercial, grapes soy beans (hey, who knew they were green before they are cooked?) and strawberries do battle with jelly beans. Sadly, the sugar rush-fueled jelly beans lose the battle because all natural Soy Joy outlasts the sugar rush.

Created by RPA, the spot was animated by Brand New School.

by Steve Hall    Jan- 6-09    
Topic: Commercials, Good



Virgin Atlantic: Still Red-Hot After All These Years

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To celebrate Virgin Atlantic's 25th anni, "Still Red Hot" brings us back to June 22nd, 1984, when London's Gatwick Airport changed forever.

On a day that would otherwise be forever defined by a miner's strike, Virgin Atlantic's premier crew of red-clad flight attendants broke the mundanity with their bitch-watch-me walks and winning smiles. A revolving ticker overhead ties fiction to fact: Virgin's first-ever flight route, VS001 to Newark, is ON TIME.

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If You Make Less Than $100K, You're A Monstrous Loser

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A new Fallon Minneapolis-created ad for job site The Ladders does a great job distinguishing itself from the rest of the pack. At the same time, it roundly trashes and renders inadequate anyone who makes less that $100,000 per year as if money was the only thing that mattered.

Oh wait. It *is* the only thing that matters. Sorry.

Anyway, enjoy this commercial in which miniature monsters (get it?) can't get the job done ... until an over sized, overpaid, overzealous, overbearing one shows up leaving nightmarish destuction in his path. Sort of like an over sized, overpaid, overzealous, overbearing boss.

by Steve Hall    Jan- 5-09    
Topic: Commercials










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