Not Many Junkies Make it to the Nursing Home

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Now here's an intriguing take on anti-drug marketing. We're not sure if it's as powerful as the recent Montana Meth campaign but it does highlight one important fact about drug use: it can lead to a young death. So, seeing a bunch of old folks toke, shoot and snort accompanied with the tagline, "There's no such thing as an old junkie," is an intriguingly powerful message, indeed.

by Steve Hall    Apr-16-07    
Topic: Commercials, Good



CN Does OJ, Quiznos Spoofed, Burn Back Updates, Salma's Boobs Sell

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- If this were done, say, ten years ago, it might have been funny.

- ytmnd has a bit of fun with the Quiznos "real meat" girl.

- There's more to ihaveanidea's Portfolio Night. There's the second single, part two of the documentary and a newish website.

- The fasion industry now has a technology that will allow people to find the perfect brands that fit them by scanning their bodies and creating a holographic image.

- If you market mattresses, you might like this one.

- In its 11th year, the Web Marketing Association has opened its call for entries for its WebAward competition in which entries are judge based on design, innovation, content, use of technology, interactivity, copywriting and ease of use.

- Salma Hayek's breasts sell Campari.

by Steve Hall    Apr-16-07    
Topic: Cable, Commercials, Industry Events, Spoofs, Strange



Lux Shines with Vegas-Style Animation

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Post-Evolution, soap ads strike us as a bit lacking in the imagination department. But Lux Provocateur goes above and beyond the call of duty.

We were dazzled by their charming and innovative stop-motion stint, and they win us over twofold with Neon Girl by Santo, Buenos Aires, the same heartstring bandits responsible for the previous ad, and Danny Kleinman of production company Rattling Stick.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr-16-07    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Good



Gay Stars Help Support Gay Stars with New PSA

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Ogilvy art director Dustin Duke pairs up with the team at Mr. Wonderful to put together some PSAs for Out in TV and Film (OTF), an organization whose URL is as unwieldy as feelings about coming out of the closet.

The object is to get gay and lesbian members of the entertainment industry to go public about their sexual preferences, providing a buffer of support that strengthens as others step out too.

The spots will air at the Queer Media & Entertainment Conference and on the OTF website, in addition to the LOGO and here! Networks. Check out the first two, featuring actress and comedian Judy Gold and veejay Kim Stolz of mtvU. They're candid and occasionally funny, so here's to hoping they do the job.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr-16-07    
Topic: Celebrity, Commercials, Good



Nintendo Plays With Sony's Balls

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Oh look, Sony's got another Bravia Balls ad. Oops, sorry. Pardon our confusion. We're easily suckered by such similarities. When ever we see colored balls flying though the air we can't help but think of Sony's...uh...balls. But no. This isn't a Bravia Balls ad. It's a Nintendo commercial breaking Monday, April 16 introducing the Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl games.

Leo Burnett created the spot entitled Pokeballs which features children in a variety of different locations watching Pokeballs fall from the sky in anticipatory amazement. After Sony Paint, we were in the mood for another ball spot but, alas, this isn't it. Nintendo's got Sony by the balls now.

by Steve Hall    Apr-15-07    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Good



Alice Cooper, George Lopez, Others Rap About Golf

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Last fall Crowne Plaza Hotel hired Fallon Minneapolis to kick up a golf affinity program along with the hotel's Invitational at Colonial PGA Tournament. The agency put an odd combination of golfers together such as David Feherty, Natalie Gulbis, Dan Jenkins, George Lopez, Lee Trevino, and Alice Cooper and filmed the results. Alice Cooper in a conference room talking about golf is just way, way out of place. But, it seems to work. There's several spots in the series. One can be viewed here.

by Steve Hall    Apr-15-07    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Good



Lawn Tractor Becomes Pinball Game

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Copywriter: "I got it! Cub Cadet helps you win back your weekend. We can make it into a retro pinball game." Art Director: "Cool. We can have all the tractors be like pinballs so we can illustrate how tight the tractors can turn!" And that's exactly what Pittsburg agency Blattner Brunner did for Cub Cadet. It's different. We will give them that. See the spot here.

by Steve Hall    Apr-13-07    
Topic: Commercials



Proper Dress Increases, CBS Goes Online, Holiday Squeaks

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Dressing properly pays off. USAToday.com's recent face lift has increased registrations by 380 percent.

- CBS has created an online distribution network for its programming. Outlets include AOL, Joost, Bebo, MSN Video, TV.com, Comcast, Brightcove, SlingMedia, Netvibes, Veoh. Programming will include with a 90/10 revenue split to CBS.

- BudTV ain't cookin'. Traffic has dropped 40 percent since its launch in February.

- Elana Centor sat down with Fallon copywriter Paula Maki Biondich to discuss her work on the latest Holiday Inn commercial in which bloggers and WiFi are celebrated. That squeak at the end? No idea.

- Verizon has jumped on the Adwalker train and is using the "human TVs" to promote its FiOS service.

by Steve Hall    Apr-13-07    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Guerilla, Online, Television



KFC Targets Kids With Mosquito Tone Commercial

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Using mosquito tone technology which produces a high pitched frequency that, in most cases, only those under 21 can hear, KFC, with help from DraftFCB, has launched a commercial which offers the chance to win a $10 coupon to the first 1,000 who know when the tone starts in the commercial. Blatantly casting aside issues surrounding childhood obesity (not that it's marketer's fault, mind you) and human physiology, KFC spokeswoman Laurie Schalow said, "It's really not meant to target 20-year-olds and under. We actually found there were quite a few people in their 30s who can hear it just fine." Uh, right. Gotta love public relations.

Oh wait, strike that. We can hear the tone just fine and we're, uh, well over 20. Guess we have great ears. Or the sound has been enhanced in the YouTube version of the commercial. Yup, it's been enhanced. Can't hear it in the commercial hosted on the KFC site. So it's back to lovin' PR. But there's no need to guess yourselves. The 1,000 coupons have already been claimed.

by Steve Hall    Apr-12-07    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Promotions



Riffing Snickers Kiss, More Incestuous Thought From MTV Canada

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Forget the Snickers Kiss. That's been one upped by a Canadian MTV don't do drugs commercial created by Saatchi & Saatchi Toronto which, yes, has two guys kiss each other. Kinda like the recent Axe backwards commercial, this one delves into the realm of incestual nastiness. Ew. But funny. Really, it is.

by Steve Hall    Apr-11-07    
Topic: Commercials, Strange










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