Brokeback Mountain Parody Promotes Art Exhibit. Please Stop

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Aren't we tired of Brokeback Mountain parodies and rip offs yet? Apparently, the folks at McCann Lisbon aren't and have created this Brokeback Mountain-themed commercial to promote the Lisbon appearance of CowParade, an art tour that features fiberglass cows painted by artist, designers, advertising creatives, students and the public.

by Steve Hall    May- 2-06    
Topic: Bad, Commercials



Volkswagen 'Crash' Ads Get Results

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The recent Crispin Porter + Bogusky-created Volkwagen Jetta ads in which two Jettas are involved in real accidents filmed in one shot with stunt drivers are reported to have generated positive results. The ads, which began April 10 and carry the tagline "Safe Happens," have, according to Volkswagen as reported in USA Today, increased online dealer quote requests by 58 percent and increased brochure requests though call centers 37 percent and 56 percent through the web. Results happen. Now, maybe, we can all give CP+B a break and realize they do actually create good work. View the ads here and here.

by Steve Hall    May- 2-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Good, Research, Television



Subaru Kicks VW's Butt, Queers Give Financial Advice

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OK, we're back from ad:tech San Francisco, their biggest to date, and we've got piles of backlogged bits for you so here we go, once again. machine gun style.

Exopolis has created a funky website for the Nicktoons Network Animation Festival. It's a busy page with all kinds of things to do but that's what the kids love.

The Dairy Farmers of Canada have launched Mobiloke, karaoke for the the cell phone. It's part of a campaign to make milk hip.

Apparently, this is to promote Honda's new civic hybrid and references London's congestions charge.

There's a new film coming called Art School Confidential staring John Malkovich which proves to look very weird but probably not far off from real art school.

Zugara has created another site for Reebok's "I Am What I Am" campaign. Each country's version of the site will feature different athletes and artists specific to that region. For example the U.S site (www.rbk.com/us/iawia) features Mark Zuppan and Carolina Kluft while the U.K. site (www.rbk.com/uk/iawia) features Amir Khan and Ryan Giggs.

Somebody's filed some sort of patent for an Advertising Box that seems to make it easier for marketers to create online ads and for consumers to change and interact with them.

Oxygen Network is promoting it's new Ivana Young man reality dating show with a cheesy video featuring Ivana Trump.

We have no idea what this is but we're sure it has to do with some sort of heartwarming organ donor list thing. We could be wrong.

Ad archive site Ads of the World has launched a forum section.

Lethal has launched a campaign in London for the Honda Civic Hybrid that involves the hanging of air fresheners from trees around the city to connote the vehicles environmentally friendly emissions.

Allegiant Air is allowing its planes to be wrapped with logos and commercial messaging. InterAir Media is behind the move.

Here's an ad from a tech retailer called TekServe that used $60,000 worth of iPods dominos-style to deliver its message.

Dieste Harmel & Partners has taken Gold at the 2006 FIAP show in Buenos Aires for an Anheuser-Busch spot titled "Mini Mouth."

For you art directors with some spare time on your hands, a site called TheBroth is a place where multiple players can move 1,000 colorful tiles to form collaborative mosaic artworks.

It's not exactly the most beautifully produced commercial, but this PSA advocates the hiring of those with disabilities and makes the argument that doing so is better for all involved.

Apparently, Subaru felt the need to respond to the VW My Fast ads.

It seems queers need financial advice too.

At ad:tech, ad serving company Atlas had a Truth Booth into which conference attendees would share their inner secrets which would be edited and emailed back to them. Wexley School for Girls created.

Here is a seriously whacked video promoting a cereal called Jelly Filled Frosted Sugar Balls. Actually, it's a twisted promotion for Mercury's twisted The Neverything.

We have no idea what this is. We're too lazy to find out. But, someone sent it to us so it must be something. Oh, it has something to do with advertising during the World Cup in Germany.

This thing promotes Sprite 3G...and a woman lays an egg. Don't ask, just watch.

This ad does a really nice job demonstrating the human touch Toyota imbues on its vehicles. A little too much human touch for us though.

Jeff Kling has a new book coming out. We think.

Ford' Your Ticket 2 Drive has Music 2 Drive 2. Good tunes.

Captains of Industry has created a podcast series for its client Arbor Networks that brings radio-style drama to the podcast. It's all about securing the net.

by Steve Hall    May- 1-06    
Topic: Commercials, Guerilla, Podcast, Television, Viral, Weblogs



Tom Cruise Runs For Nike

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Out since March 1, perhaps you've seen this already but we haven't so, while Bert Fields might not like it, we thought we'd share since sneaker man Al Cabino sent it our way. Inspired by the Nike Awake commercial in which people wake up, grab their Nike Air Max 360 trainers and hit the day running, this spoof by Curiousfury pays homage to the Tom Cruise running trend. The spot weaves together the many Tom Cruise movie scenes in which he's always running with some pained look on his face. Curious fury promises another clip called "Tomarathon." It's supposed to be a longer, 26 minute version of this spoof crafted as an exercise video.

by Steve Hall    Apr-26-06    
Topic: Celebrity, Commercials, Good, Spoofs



John Malkovich Excorcizes Naomi Campbell For Pirelli

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As we mentioned back in January, Pirelli would be releasing a BMW Films-style long form commercial. Well, it's out. Directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring John Malkovich and Naomi Campbell, it's got everything you'd expect from a Hollywood-created long form commercial: pretentiousness, overly dark and moody lighting, slowly mounting tension, credits that roll almost as long as the film itself and even humor. In the film, Malkovich must excorcize demon Naomi Campbell out of a suffering car that has tires that won't stop squealing and just aren't up to the job of controlling the car's devilish powers.

If you can keep yourself from laughing while Malkovich throws water at the devil-car while screaming "the power of Christ compels you" Exorcist-style only to have the car nonchalantly cast the holy water off with its windshield wipers, you'll appreciate the final scene in which Malkovich solves the cars problems by...well...just watch it. The entire film, whether it sells any tires or not, supports and aligns perfectly with the Pirelli tagline, "Power is nothing without control." You can view the film here.

by Steve Hall    Apr-23-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Online, Opinion



Bad Prescription Drug Ads to Receive Award

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On April 26th, the Boston-based Prescription Access Litigation Project will present four Bitter Pill Awards to pharmaceutical companies that have engaged in outrageous advertising tactics to over-market their product to consumers. The Bitter Pill Awards were created to call attention to the many problems caused by direct-to-consumer advertising conducted by the drug industry.

by Steve Hall    Apr-21-06    
Topic: Bad, Commercials, Industry Events



'Baltimore Examiner' Changes The Way You Feel About Newspapers

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We're not sure whether this commercial reaffirms the uselessness of printed newspapers or somehow explains why a recently launched newspaper called The Baltimore Examiner is so much better than your average newspaper. The new publication is owned by Clarity Media and will publish six times per week.

by Steve Hall    Apr-21-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Newspaper



Power Tools Encourage You to Cover Your Tool

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AdFreak points to a new ad from Planned Parenthood Golden Gate which gleefully marries power tools, hot guys, hot girls, sexual innuendo and condoms in its latest effort to encourage suiting up prior to having sex. While we think it's right on message and effective is speaking a language its target audience understands, other uppity folk don't. The spot is airing on MTV this week.

by Steve Hall    Apr-19-06    
Topic: Cable, Campaigns, Commercials, Good



Kansas Radio Station Offers $20,000 For Listener-Created Commercial

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Kansas City radio station The Rock is holding a competition in which it has asked its listeners to created and submit a TV commercial for the radio station. The winner, who will walk away with $20,000, will be announced April 21. So far, the station has received hundreds of submissions. While some will call this a coup for consumer-generated media, others might tend to conclude there's a reason us right and left coasters live where we do.

by Steve Hall    Apr-19-06    
Topic: Commercials, Consumer Created, Good, Radio



Microsoft Certification Makes Prison Sentence Irrelevant

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We've all been interviewed by brainless buffoons. We've all had to divulge hidden secrets during interviews. We've never, though, watched such a great combination of the two in the name of promoting Microsoft's Office Certification program. This, courtesy of the agency with the wacky name: Wexley School for Girls.

by Steve Hall    Apr-18-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good










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