- In an effort to prove that online ads actually do lead to brick-and-mortar purchases, Google today will start allowing merchants to distribute printable coupons via its mapping service, Google Maps.
- Here's yet another March of the Penguins riff. This time it's for Guinness and it's really not that good.
- With up to 20 new spots, Apple is extending its current campaign with Mac dud Justin Long.
- OK, OK. We'll point to this stupid office sex study that claims the public relations industry, despite what some might think, doesn't cheat very much.
Here's a ray of hope for anyone who thinks the only thing the male species of any race thinks about is women. This little mouse in this Jarlsberg ad is quite resourceful when it comes to getting his piece of cheese. Oh wait. Food over girl? That's not much redemption for men now is it?
It happens on those long road trips with six of your best friends on the way to a river rafting trip in the middle of nowhere. It happens on those long car rides with the family heading to grandma's house. It happens when you're in the middle of a six hour drive to visit your girlfriend whom you haven't seen in a week and can't wait to jump on top of her the second you see her. It happens when you find yourself on the seedier side of the city. Yes. The dreaded public restroom. Covered in filth. Infested with flies. Dimly lit like a scene out of a horror movie. We've all been though the experience of tiptoeing around the restroom taking extra care not to touch anything. For women, there's the aerial pee position. This commercial for Purell puts you smack in the middle of this nightmare.
Here's a collection of human rights ads from Youth For Human Rights International which teamed with the Church of Scientology to create 30 PSAs, each of which focuses on a specific "human rights rule." Human rights aside, these ads just remind us how it's just much better to be nice to other people than to be mean.
Hmm. In New Zealand, they call a Hyundai a hyoonday. Interesting. Anyway. Brent found this ha-yoon-day commercial in which two babies hook up and drive to beach and surf. It's just weird enough to be good. Well, at least we think so. You watch it and let us know.
Watching these new spots for Starz just reminds us there must be a lot of people in this business with an apparent inferiority complex. That's the only conclusion we can make after seeing so many ads that feature blithering idiots for the sole purpose of making the rest of us feel better/cooler/smarter/hotter. Does is really require an idiot to sell everything? Are we so insecure we need to see dumb people just to make us feel better? Please. Enlighten us. See yet another dufus in action here and here for Starz.
We're a week behind on this but Supermodel Heidi Klum has signed a deal with Victoria's Secret to lend her nickname, "The Body," to a new bra the retailer is introducing which will be called, yes, "The Body." Klum tells us "this is probably one bra that every woman wants to have because it is so comfortable. It comes in eight different colors, it has no seams, no stitches. It is not the super sexy, lacy bra, but this is something functional that you want to have every day that is super comfortable and just great." The ad began airing nationally last week.
We just hope this Cake Group-created video the agency is currently seeding (see, we didn't way viral) was created to be horrifically bad on purpose. Otherwise, well, it seems the boys over at Cake have far too much time on their hands to play with wise-crackin' toy robots that burp, fart and pick up hotties on the dance floor. Oh wait. Damn, that sounds like fun! Hook us up with one of those dudes, Cake, so we can get out of the office and up under the skirts of...oops...sorry. This is an advertising site, right? Not a porn site. Sorry about that.
Just when our tolerance level was reached for prolix :30's that are :29 longer than they need to be, this Polident commercial ends in sudden brilliance. OK, maybe not brilliance but crystal clear finality.
Have you ever wondered how different, or strange for that matter, your life would be if everything you said was the opposite of what you meant? BBDO has explored that scenario in a new Cingular commercial in which a Mom does her best to convince her daughter she really, really needs that new Cingular phone. Right up there with the T-mobile's speed talking cheerleader, it seems mobile phone company ads are, indeed, getting better and perhaps finally leaving behind the stupid Dad ads made famous by Verizon. See the rest of Advertising Age's TV Spots of the Week here.