Seriously! Toyota Tacoma Survives Yet Another Thrashing

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Continuing is long-running trend of thrashing about its Tacoma pick up truck, Toyota is at it again; this time with a barfing Loch Ness monster who can't seem to stomach the truck's indestructible nature. Of course, a truck being shot out of the water like a cannon ball, smashing head first onto the ground and then being driven off with nary a scratch causes one to put as much belief into that as the existence of the Loch Ness Monster. Oh but wait, there's a disclaimer: "Fictionalization. Not a demo of Tacoma's performance or crash capabilities." Hmm. It might as well have read, "This commercial is a lie and we apologize for treating you like an idiot. Go buy a Ford. They're the ones that are really Built Tough." Nice touch though having Loch Ness Project's Adrian Shine in the spot. Not such a nice touch dropping the word "Expedition" in the spot though.

by Steve Hall    Jan-22-07    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Strange



CBS Says GoDaddy Can't 'Do' It's Mother

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Now this is odd. A GoDaddy spot without Candice Michelle or Danica Patrick or fake big breasts has been "banned" by CBS as a possible Super Bowl commercial for the master of domains. The spot, called I Own You, has two guys in office cubicles with one demonstrating the ease of GoDaddy domain registration by taking all the domains his cube mate might want. Things get humorous when the subject turns to the second guys mother. Don't miss the witty (more witty with another "s") last name of the second guy too. We like the effort but can understand why a network might have a problem with his.

According to GoDaddy, which will buy three spots in the game, one will feature either or both Candice Michelle and new GoDaddy girl Danica Patrick. As long as the network approves it that is. We're thinking the non-Candice/Danica spots might actually turn out to be the better ones.

by Steve Hall    Jan-19-07    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Super Bowl 2007, Television



The Comcast 'Slowskys' Return to Slap Down DSL

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The Comcast Slowskys are back for more really slow cable versus DSL fun. In four new spots created by Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, the turtle family revels in the slowness of DSL indicating to the rest of us Comcasts's cable is a much faster choice. Whether that's true or not is irrelevant. The spots are funny in that odd sort of way the originals were and thet steer clear of the boring speeds and feeds spots many other cable and DSL companies still cling to. You can view all four spots here, here, here and here.

by Steve Hall    Jan-18-07    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Good



Beatles Actually Proponents of Savvy Spending According to Target

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In their usual mod, somewhat Stepford style, Target takes the Beatles' "Hello, Goodbye" and makes one critical improvement, which they flash intermittently throughout the ad.

We'll grant it that John Lennon maybe had spelling issues but whether he meant "goodbuy" is not for us to say. Sir McCartney's staying mum. Guess we'll never know.

This is way better than turning Audrey Hepburn into the posthumous spokesgirl for Gap, yeah? If only the dead could protest on their own. Actually Orville Redenbacher might just be able to.

by Angela Natividad    Jan-17-07    
Topic: Bad, Celebrity, Commercials, Online, Television



Neurotic Geico Caveman Gets All OC On Our Asses

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Make the Logo Bigger shimmies us over to the latest Geico installment involving their star neurotic having the usual no-fun-at-all at a caveman schmooze fest.

The spot's a bit smug for our taste but we love those douchey Park Avenue twangs.

by Angela Natividad    Jan-16-07    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Online, Television



AllState Gets Good Hands Dirty with Car Thefts and Swan Dives

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AllState, best known for its mild-mannered commercials and provocative slogan, "Are you in good hands?" conducts an out-of-character but well-orchestrated PR stunt with the help of Leo Burnett.

In the subsequent ad a man on a mission steals a vehicle and drives it surreally off the top of a Marina City parking garage in Chicago. And just when you're like "OMGWTFBBQ," that soothing meme of a tone takes over: "AllState. Are you in good hands?"

Nervous laughter all around.

This print ad, where a Grand Am teeters precariously over the edge of that same parking structure, follows up on the idea.

AllState, typically favouring the soberest of marketing stances, surprised us with this one. It's a little like God making a joke at our expense. We're sure they got some good buzz out of the deal and maybe even an account or two since people accidentally drive off narrow parking structures all the time.

by Angela Natividad    Jan-15-07    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Good, Magazine, Online, Outdoor, Poster, Television



Dove Asks Users for Ads. Does This Even Count as Marketing Anymore?

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Dove hops on the consumer-generated-ad-contest hype (at this point we're trying really hard not to use the word "begging" for the 200,000th time), assisting would-be advertisers with a tutorial on Dove Cream Oil. The winning ad will air during the Academy Awards in February.

Thanks Shawn for the news. Here's hoping another ad person doesn't win this one because the way everybody's beating this "campaign strategy" to death, we're obviously trying really hard to engage consumers here. Like, really, really hard.

by Angela Natividad    Jan-10-07    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Games, Online, Television



Thoughtful Robber Leaves Complete Contact Info

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The robber in this Crime Stoppers ad holds up a bank while barking out full name and contact info to the teller facing the gun. After spitting out his number he quickly adds, "...and if you can't reach me there, try--"

We laughed for a moment, then realized this is no laughing matter. Jokes aside, today's customer-oriented world demands a different kind of criminal. You have to make sure the people you're robbing are happy. Post-filesharing, stealing's gotten seriously legit. Apparently even pirates have to report hard-earned plunder to the IRS.

And all this time we thought stealing was a cop-out. That just added a whole new complication to tax season.

Agency credit for "Bank Robber" goes to DDB Canada. Perhaps one day the thoughtful antagonist can graduate to business cards like any other corporate raider.

by Angela Natividad    Jan-10-07    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Online, Television



UPS Uses USPS-Inspired Postal Service Music in Ads

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Either UPS has an extremely twisted sense of humor or someone forgot to do their homework. Adrants reader Andrew Teman tells us one of the commercials in the new UPS campaign features a song by the band The Postal Service which, after a dust up with the United States Post Office over its name, sells its CD on the USPS website. The The Postal Service and USPS in bed together, it does seem an odd choice of music to use in a UPS commercial. Are we missing something here?

by Steve Hall    Jan- 8-07    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Strange



Agency Exec Gets 'Dukes of Hazzard' Style Death In Agency Promo

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We all know traditional advertising is dead. We all know the traditional agency is dead. We all know agencies love to tell us that as if we didn't already know it somehow setting the one doing the telling apart from the rest when, in most cases, it's just words. Because, after all, when the blatherific, attempt-to-differentiate pontification is brushed aside, everyone does the same thing: make ads.But, somehow, we like this "we're different" promotional video for new agency Tattoo Projects which has done recent work for Dodge, Charles Schwab and Midwest Airlines.

by Steve Hall    Jan- 5-07    
Topic: Agencies, Commercials, Video










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