Captain Morgan's Liquors Up Kid's Holiday

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We're sure this Captain Your Halloween promotion and accompanying cheesy DRTV-style commercial are supposed to be kitsch-filled fun but, we just don't see it. Perhaps it's seeing grown adults in Halloween costumes meant for kids. Perhaps it's a liquor company's trying to make a kid's holiday into an adult's holiday. Perhaps it's just Captain Morgans' attempt to be dumb in order to be seen ad funny when it's really just dumb in the first place.

by Steve Hall    Oct-16-06    
Topic: Bad, Commercials, Online, Strange



'Meers' Make DLP TV Better

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OK then. Need a campaign (1, 2, 3, 4) that explains Texas Instruments DLP technology which makes a TV's picture better and brighter? Easy. Get a cute little girl. Bring on that "elephant in the room" metaphor with an actual elephant. Put them together in environments that need DLP technology to look good and talk about the mirrors. Yes, the mirrors. You see, DLP TVs are powered by Texas Instruments chips filled with millions of mirrors that direct the light towards the TV screen. The trouble is, unless you knew that prior, you'd think it was some strange entity called "meers" that made DLP TV beautiful. Here's a tip. When casting a kid for a spot in which she needs to say the word "mirror," it helps to make sure she actually can before you cast her in a campaign about "meers," uh, mirrors.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-13-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Strange



Spinal Tap's Nigel Tufnel Appears In Second V-Dubs Rock Commercial

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Following Slash, Spinal Taps Nigel Tufnell (Christophr Guest) makes an appears on stage atop a pile of VWs and notices, "this amplifier has airbags." It's all part of the automakers promotional deal with guitar maker First Act in which guitars are given to those who buy new Volkswagens.

by Steve Hall    Oct-12-06    
Topic: Celebrity, Commercials, Good, Promotions



Tennis Hotties Swap Shirts For Magazine

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Continuing it's Keep Dreaming of A Better World campaign, Che Magazine gives us yet another thing to dream about when it comes to a better world. That is if you think a better world is made of up female tennis players exchanging shirts at the end of a match. Oh, the things people do for publicity. This comes from our friends over at Duval Guillaume Antwerp.

by Steve Hall    Oct-12-06    
Topic: Commercials, Racy, Strange, Video



United Nations Hires LonelyGirl15 For Poverty PSA

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Yes, it's come full circle. An entity with seemingly no purpose has been hired by one which has a very important purpose, the United Nations. Y&R, which works on the United Nations' Millennium campaign, contacted Greg Goodfried, one of the guys being the 40-video LonelyGirl15 series to see if LonelyGirl15 herself, Jessica Lee Rose, wold be interested in fronting a PSA. The deal was made and the video is now on YouTube for all to see.

While the marriage of LonelyGirl15 with the United Nations might, at first, seem odd, we're thinking it's kinda brilliant. With her following, a generation raised in a world of media vastly different than that of just five years ago, the move shows someone behind this effort truly understands social media and why tonnage television buys aren't always the best thing for getting the word out.

by Steve Hall    Oct- 9-06    
Topic: Best, Campaigns, Commercials, Online, Trends and Culture, Video



Broadband Company Latches Onto Numa Numa Craze

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We apologize in advance. We simply cannot help ourselves when it comes to Gary Brolsma and all things Numa Numa. Advertising Age's Bob Garfield took a look at yet another knock off of the Numa Numa video, this time done by a company called Arnet Broadband. The company uses that same catchy tune but fills the video with a Gary Brolsma look-a-like (which they call Garry avoid legal stickiness) and several others whose purpose it is to illustrate the virtues of broadband access and the utter wackiness it provides access to.

One might say this is played out with over 3,000 Numa Numa videos out there but the train won't stop. Even Gary himself came back to join th party, albeit with a less organic and far more commercial endeavor. If it works, rinse, repeat.

by Steve Hall    Oct- 9-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange



Burger King Burger So big Only A Snake Can Eat It

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While George Parker doesn't like the new Eat Like A Snake Commercial for the new Burger King Triple Whopper, we think there was no other possible way to promote a fatburger than with a freaky commercial like this. Atfer all, who in their right mind would want to suck down this 1,000 calorie plus, four inch high burger than a snake? Oh wait, that McDonald's fat kid would love this thing and could probably suck it down in one bite too.

But anyway, Ariel's right when she says "Burger King has successfully spent the last few years integrating itself with pop culture. Nay... BK IS part of pop culture. Unlike the majority of companies...BK refuses to merely be a reaction of what is already taking place. They choose to create the reaction, and fairly intelligently." It's perhaps true the wackiness of all recent Burger King advertising is simply aimed more at creating an odd brand persona than actually trying to sell a burger. But, given the upcoming generation's hatred of "being sold," the odd approach Burger King is taking seems to be an appropriate one.

by Steve Hall    Oct- 8-06    
Topic: Commercials, Opinion, Strange



VW, Slash Get Together, Give Away Guitars

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At this rate, there will be approximately 116 Volkswagen commercials floating around by next year if Crispin keeps up its current pace. In this next outing, Volkswagen has partnered with guitar maker First Act in a promotion called V-dubs rock to give everyone who purchases a particular model with a guitar that features a seat belt as the strap and a plug that lets you tap into the vehicle's audio system. To show it all in action, former Guns N Roses guitarist Slash - now with Velvet Revolver - rocks out. Not that everyone wants a guitar but it's still a nice promotion all the same.

by Steve Hall    Oct- 4-06    
Topic: Celebrity, Commercials, Good, Promotions



Campaign Aims For One Less Pregnant Smoker

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In an apparent first, we have an anti-smoking campaign that speaks to an audience that doesn't live on the left or right coast and have "whiny little brat" tattooed to their upper middle class, teenage forehead. Set in somewhere in middle America, this "don't smoke while pregnant" commercial comes from American Legacy and Ad Council and was created by Austin's GSD&M. It very simply illustrates a thought that goes through a young, pregnant mother's head and the resolves she makes to change her lifestyle for the betterment of her baby.

The campaign, which includes print, is tied to a website called Great Start where tips and help are offered for those interested in quitting.

by Steve Hall    Oct- 4-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Good



Bus Trimmed, Game Infomercialed, RFP Analyzed

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- OTO Trimax weight loss product demonstrates its slimming capabilities by wrapping a bus with a very creative, DDB Worldwide-created bus-squeezing wrap.

- The new Ubisoft video game is getting infomercial-style promotion in the form of John Badsky's Fifth Freedom.

- Blogging under the name "Corn Mash Whisky," this "27 year old southern born woman who fled nawth to New Yawk City in search of something new" shares with us a recent RFP she received from a cola brand which, more than most, takes itself way too seriously.

- Pamela Anderson has signed with Virgin Mobile to appear in a RKCR/Y&R-created commercial for the company's mobile TV service.

by Steve Hall    Oct- 4-06    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Commercials, Online, Outdoor, Strange










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