eHarmony Not So Harmonious, Says Chemistry.com

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A new dating site by Match.com goes head-to-head with eHarmony by leveraging the latter's tendency to reject clients who are gay, "unhealthy" or even just obstreperous.

Chemistry.com says "Come as you are" with TV and print spots featuring eHarmony rejects. They've also got a blog for airing every relationship-oriented topic imaginable, appropriately (that is, vaguely) called The Great Mate Debate.

To demonstrate its commitment to individual happiness, Chemistry.com gives users five free matches. And that's great, because if people change their minds as often as Match.com changes its campaign strategy, those freebies will come in handy.

by Angela Natividad    May- 2-07    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Online



Feet Get Trippy For Havaianas

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For a while, we thought we were looking at an update of Honda UK's kooky Hate video but no. It was a new campaign for Havaianas footwear with three spots that look like a kaleidoscopic, heroin-induced, feed your head-style trip through Alice's Wonderland but turn out to be nothing more than the dreams of feet. We like. After all, just how many ways are there left to sell shoes? The ads were distributed by Jun Group and can be seen here, here and here.

by Steve Hall    May- 1-07    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Good, Strange



Flying Pool Babe Dumps Balding Guy

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Any man who's balding will not want to watch this commercial for hair loss drug Propecia because it will make you feel like a loser who can't get the girl. Oh but wait. All this negativity is meant to celebrate the positivity of Propecia's miraculous ability to give you hair and, thus, get the hot girl at the pool. Created by Keta-Keta, it's filled with the company's classic convergence of sex meets quirk. It's the first of three videos to be released over the next few weeks

by Steve Hall    May- 1-07    
Topic: Commercials, Good



Bostonians Can't Handle Advertising, Freak Out Over Radio Station's TV Ad

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It's common knowledge most TV commercial for radio stations suck. They're always filled with washed up D-list celebs or they fall precipitously into car dealership territory so it is with great displeasure we find Bostonians (yes, those people that hate all marketing) complaining about a refreshingly weird television commercial for Boston's "play everything" Mike 93.7. The ad shows a bunch of office workers grooving to the station's eclectic playlist while stripping off their clothes in a manner that could be described as anything but offensively salacious.

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by Steve Hall    May- 1-07    
Topic: Commercials, Radio, Television, Trends and Culture



Endless Summer Yields Endless Existential Questions

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Brentter points us to Coke's latest spot Endless Summer, courtesy of Singleton Ogilvy & Mather and Monkey Labs, Sydney. It reminds us of W+K's Happiness Factory and is a far cry from the benign but boring polar bears of early Coke ads.

We find it cute and wonderful but can't help wondering why the Coke droplets are cannibalizing one another. Don't they know it will eventually be them in those bottles they're so gaily clinking? Or is their leap into Coke bottles representative of an endless summer's cyclical nature?

Is this some kind of metaphor about the frothy continuity of life? Has someone at Ogilvy been reading The Stranger?

by Angela Natividad    May- 1-07    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Good, Television



Mr. T Tells Wimp to 'Get Some Nuts'

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Does Mr. T ever age? Every time we see him, he looks that same as he did back in like the 1920's (or however long ago it was) when he did that A-Team thing. Now he's driving a tank to deliver a Snickers bar to some whiny-ass soccer player who's faking an injury. Rather than let the wimp continue feigning injury, Mr. T delivers his famed 70's-style "I'm gonna get you sucka" machisimo yelling, "If I ever catch you acting like a crazy fool again, yo're gonna meet my friend, pain," while throwing a Snickers bar at the shocked pretender.

by Steve Hall    Apr-30-07    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity, Commercials, Good



A Non-Viral, Non-Exclusive, Anti-Insect 'Film' Touts Samsung Phones

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Just where do we start with this one? First, some lessons in PR 101. Don't send a press release to a media outlet touting you've offered exclusivity and then, in the same press release, mention you've posted the commercial in question on YouTube. Last we checked, there are several billion other people who have access to YouTube on an given day.

Second, don't call something viral and, in the same press release, mention the commercial won't launch officially until the next day. And third, don't create a commercial that features insects getting pelted by food substances while filming it all in slow motion. Insect have cause groups to, you know. Fourth and finally, for God's sake, don't call a commercial a "film" unless you have your egotistical head stuck so far up your Hollywood wannabee ass, you can't tell the difference.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-30-07    
Topic: Commercials, Creative Commentary, Opinion



Chuck McBride Makes RayBans Cool Again

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Now here's an art director's wet dream. Giving sunglasses far more cred than they deserve, Chuck McBride's new agency, Cutwater, has turned the average pair of Ray Bans into some sort of cultural icon. Oh wait, they already earned that status so we guess it's all good. Produced by HSI Productions and directed by Michael Haussman, the spot ends with the super, "Never Hide," which, for a sunglasses commercial, is pretty twisted but exudes so much positivity.

Any commercial that tells us to "make up your fuckin' mind fuckin' make up your mind" is good in our book. This might not be saying much but we liked this commercial more and more with each viewing. Fans of frequency in the media department will love that notion. Give it a watch. It's not your average sunglass commercial. Maybe Chuck's stabbing video has, indeed, led to good things.

by Steve Hall    Apr-30-07    
Topic: Best, Commercials, Creative Commentary



Sparkling Wine Frees Your Inner Sparkle

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Parents. They feed you. They clothe you. They love you. They educate you. They prepare you for life. This Thailand boy received years and years of encouragement and training which prepared him for a life that's, well, likely very different from your own. While there's nothing wrong with parentally infused cleanliness, Sparkle wine coolers thinks the desire to make things sparkle can have uses other than the obsessive desire to clean. This Thailand spot for SPY sparkling wine is most assuredly nothing like the Bartles and James commercials of yesteryear. It's a year old but it's worth watching for its pure oddity

by Steve Hall    Apr-23-07    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange



Thailand Tuna Ad Perfect For Nicole Richie

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Ana from Spare Room describes this tuna ad from Thailand as "very, very strange and creepy." We're not going to debate the issue. She's completely right. After all, how often do you get to see a stomach with so much gumption? Perfect for Nicole Richie.

by Steve Hall    Apr-23-07    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange










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