Ad Age Collects Ten Ads America Won't See

Ad Age has collected its list of Ten 2005 Ads America Won't See, half of which you've all seen here over the course of the year. They range from Napster's sexy tease over :30 music previews, the the Unilever Big Horn spot, to a reverse streaker spot from Scotland's Irn Bru, to Fanta's spitters other oddities of advertising. Check them out of this last week before the holidays.

by Steve Hall    Dec-19-05    
Topic: Commercials



Mitsubishi Uses Origami to Sell SUV

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Here's something you don't see in a car commercial every day. BBDO New York has created a spot, for the 2006 Mitsubishi endeavor, in which the entire background is made up of Japanese Origami. It's a bit more interesting than your typical winding mountain road spot.

by Steve Hall    Dec-18-05    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Creative Commentary



Google Love Begets Consumer Generated Media

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There's not much Google does that doesn't garner praise which has lent itself to consumer love and consumer generated media. Micropersuasion reports someone likes Google Maps so much, they went and created a commercial for it on their own.

by Steve Hall    Dec-15-05    
Topic: Commercials, Consumer Created



Virgin Mobile Taps Un-Virgin-Like Kate Moss For Ad

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Refreshingly casting aside the holier than thou attitude most marketers spew forth when dealing with less than family-friendly topics, Virgin Mobile, after every other marketer dumped her, has decided to hire Kate Moss, place her in a TV spot and poke fun at celebrity's public images. Unfortunately for those of you hoping to have a cocaine snorting contest when the ad airs December 20, you're out of luck unless you live in the United Kingdom, the only place the ad is planned to air. Here's the spot.

by Steve Hall    Dec-12-05    
Topic: Commercials



Bud Light Unleashes Ted Ferguson, Stunt Man

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Bud Light, perhaps in a nod to what we can expect from them during the Super Bow, has launched Ted Ferguson: Under the Helmet, a website featuring a slice of life look at Ted Ferguson, Bud Light daredevil, an every-man's stunt man. You never know where these things are going to go but, well, this doesn't seem that interesting. That said, it is pretty comical watching the guy treat listening to his girlfriend as an excruciatingly difficult stunt to accomplish. Perhaps this is one of those campaigns that needs to be "given legs" upon which to "blossom."

by Steve Hall    Dec-12-05    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Super Bowl 2006, Television



'Got Milk' And Oreo Team For Third Co-Promotion

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For the third time in ten years, the California Milk Processor Board has teamed with Kraft Food's Oreo brand promote milk and Oreo in a new Got Milk spot called Triplets. In the ad, three identical young "ballerinas" are seated at the kitchen table. One of the triplets serves milk in tall narrow glasses for herself and her sisters and they prepare to dunk their Oreo cookies in unison. When the Oreo cookies won't reach the small amount of milk in the bottom of each tall glass, the triplets decide working together is the only way to go and they combine their milk into one glass and easily dunk their Oreos. The ad closes not with the original Oreo tag line, but with the now-universal question, "Got Milk?" It's cute.

by Steve Hall    Dec- 9-05    
Topic: Commercials



Cars Talk to Gas Pump, Fuel Efficiency Lauded

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Bringing together two talking cars and a talking gas pump, Mazda is praising its new, fuel-efficient Mazda5 with Mazda5GasBuddy, a website that lets visitors search for the lowest gas prices in their area.

by Steve Hall    Dec- 8-05    
Topic: Commercials



Dismembered Body Parts Illustrate Belgian Government Group Benefit

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We had no idea government groups could be so creative with advertising but we'll surely give a nod to a current Belgian Kafka.be campaign for illustrating how it can make administration easier.

by Steve Hall    Dec- 7-05    
Topic: Commercials, Online



Ad Says Cheap Flights Kill the Earth

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After Art Director Stuart Wilson and Producer Mike Connolly had a discussion about extreme weather this planet has experienced in the last 12 months, the two created a simple spot with a powerful message called SkyOpener and partnered with the U.K.'s Green Party to promote their cause. In the face of declining travel costs, the spot puts forth the notion there's no such thing as cheap air fare as it costs the earth by affecting the ozone layer.

by Steve Hall    Dec- 6-05    
Topic: Commercials, Consumer Created



House's Holiday Audio-Visual Spectacular Becomes Miller Ad

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It seems our story about the house that explodes with an audio-visual Holiday spectacular which we thought had nothing to do with advertising actually, as pointed out by Charley Brough, does. The house, which is decked out with 25,000 lights and computer-programmed to synchronize with Trans-Siberian Orchestra's "Wizards in Winter", had a visit from a Miller Brewing film crew which spent seven hours last Thursday filming this year's version of the spectacular to be included in an upcoming commercial.

The house, located in Deerfield Township, Ohio, is owned by the Williams family. Carson Williams, an electrical engineer for Cincinnati Bell Technology, spent three hours on each minute of music programming the lights to move in sync with "Wizards of Winter" and broadcasts the music with low power FM transmitter so that passersby can listen on their car radios while they watch the lights. In addition to the video of last year's spectacular in the original story, you can view the slightly bigger video here.

UPDATE: Unfortunately, some gawkers got in a car accident and, as promised, Williams has shut down his light show indefinitely.

by Steve Hall    Dec- 5-05    
Topic: Commercials, Consumer Created










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