Ford Fusion Commercial Captivates

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Dark. Moody. Mesmerizing. Mysterious.Yes, we are attaching these descriptors to a car commercial. A Ford Fusion car commercial no less. In the commercial, we see a man drive off from the airport while a plane takes off. He then drives across land and see to arrive at the plane's destination to tell the woman he loves he forgot to tell her something before they parted hours earlier.

Adding to the cryptic intensity of the spot, created by Y & R Toronto, is the fact we never find out what it was the man forgot to tell the woman. Very, very nice.

by Steve Hall    Mar-18-08    
Topic: Best, Brands, Commercials



Burger King Jacks Off Your Morning Tongue With Cheesy Tots

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Ah yes, that occasionally embarrassing morning moment when you find yourself (if you're a guy) tenting your sheets with no way to hide the fact you're sprung. Either due to that early morning dream about the hot girl you saw on Flickr and are now having sex with in your mind...or the serious need to take a piss, morning wood is something all guys have to deal with from time to time.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-18-08    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange



Both Parties Will Love the New Bush/McCain Lockstep Ad

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A new ad from the Democratic National Committee called Bush/McCain: Lockstep argues presidential candidate John McCain, since after 9/11, has been in complete agreement with President Bush regarding America's presence in Iraq. If you're a Republican, you'll love it because McCain will give you more of what you already have. If you're a Democrat, you'll love it because it highlights everything you dislike about America's presence in Iraq. Hmm. A political ad both sides can like?

by Steve Hall    Mar-18-08    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Political



'Fetch' Didn't Happen. Neither Will 'Shmmom'

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The movie American Pie made the term MILF famous. You hear it everywhere. Even where you shouldn't like in kid's movies. Somehow we don't think the same will happen with the term Shmmom or Smoking Hot Minivan Mom. Yea, we know. It's a mouthful. Leave it to a local car dealer to think up this crap.

by Steve Hall    Mar-17-08    
Topic: Commercials, Strange, Worst



Warriors Unite Against Dance Factions. Blame MTV.

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Imagine The Warriors took place in present-day Manhattan. But replace the vicious gangs with refugees from Flashdance.

Before you virtually bitchslap us and go, "Why would we EVER do that?!", be forewarned: somebody already has.

Can -- you -- dig -- it?

The client: MTV.

by Angela Natividad    Mar-17-08    
Topic: Commercials, Online, Spoofs, Strange



Underwear Brand Gets Visual, Musical Mashup

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We get it! We get it! It's a mashup! An underwear mashup. And, in case we didn't already realize that from the pantheon of colors in this ad, we've also got myriad musical styles to hammer the point home for those of us who might be visually impaired.

For Bonds Youth, Sydney's The Campaign Palace created the ad

by Steve Hall    Mar-17-08    
Topic: Commercials, Good



Exeter Hospital Celebrates 'Art of Wellness' With Beds and Babies

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While we're not sure what making a bed has to do with a hospital's ability to successfully perform a hip replacement or being ranked tops among all hospital responding to a heart attack, we do like this new commercial from Boston-based Winsper for Exeter Hospital. Oh wait, we get it. Attention to detail. After all, a well made bed is certainly as important as performing open heart surgery.

OK. We jest. We get the analogy. Besides, the spot is just very soothing and who doesn't want to be soothed when faced with a nerve-racking hospital stay? Not us. We've been there.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-17-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Good, Newspaper, Online, Outdoor



Paper Cranes Stimulate Savings while Saving the World

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To hock its wares, Virgin always aims for just left of left-field. Looking for a flight? Seek thee out the least enthusiastic of the bunch. Need a mortgage? Geriatric sex should get you off. Investment aid? A pyromaniac ballerina can help you with that.

Virgin Money's latest campaign is no exception. It takes a kooky idea and makes it totally logical in context.

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by Angela Natividad    Mar-17-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Good



If You Want That Hot Plumber to Visit, Don't Buy A Kohler Toilet

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OK, guys. Admit it. You know you've done something similar before. OK, maybe not as goofy as the guy in this Kohler commercial but when it comes to finagling your way into crossing paths again with that hot chic you just saw, let's just all admit the high school in all of us makes a bit of a return. So if you simply must have that hot female plumber who's doing work in the apartment next door, make sure you don't have a Kohler toilet. They ruin all the fun because, well, they just work.

by Steve Hall    Mar-17-08    
Topic: Commercials, Good



UGC Can Reinforce Existing Brand Messages? Yes, Says Dove

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According to Collective Intellect, which tracked brand lift for advertisers before and after the Academy Awards, Dove outdid 10 other major advertisers, elevating its position 500 percent with pre-show buzz.

Consistency, and refining an old model, were probably key. Dove rehashed last year's campaign strategy: appealing to audience members to produce and rate ads for its Cream Oil product. The winner was a woman named Celeste Wouden, whose spot lacks the slapstick, paging-Cartoon-Network! feel we've come to expect from UGC efforts. In fact, it looks like a stock Dove commercial (and for WAY less money).

Watch the ad at DoveCreamOil.com. Runners-up can be seen in the gallery.

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