In perhaps one of the most moving scenes of AMC's Mad Men, Don Draper pitches an ad campaign to Kodak for its slide projector Carousel. It's epically awesome the way he uses the emotion of life events to perfectly position the projector for Kodak. Damn. If only Kodak had Don Draper now of when they really needed him; a few years ago when they foolishly brushed off the digital photography revolution as a fad.
Anyway, Don Draper has traveled ahead a few years and is, once again, working his magic, this time for Facebook which just introduced its Timeline feature. We have to say, the pitch worked for Facebook's product just as well as it did for Kodak's
- Working in advertising really is the easiest way to make money. That is if you're Chris Evans and you're on a photo shoot kissing Evan Rachel Wood.
- JD Sports is seeking a 16 people to be The Face of JD in the brand's upcoming Fall advertising campaign.
- This got lost in the shuffle. Be sure to check out this biker/movie theater stunt created by Duval Guillaume for Carlsberg.
- Check out Famocracy, an effort by two Wharton School students who think the American Dream is still alive and well.
- Blockbuster goes Netflix: separates video rental business from popcorn sales.
- Dachis Group has unveiled Social Business Index, an index of real-time ranking, analysis and benchmarking of social media adoption within business.
Oyster.com, a travel site no one's ever heard of, has just launched its first TV campaign. And it's done it one a budget which two commercial that are all words and no pictures. Which, as they'd like to point out, is quite different from your traditional destination glamor shot approach to travel advertising.
Hey, we're a big fan of getting to the point in advertising, There's far too much distracting crap shoveled into commercial that's, as the experts claim, supposed to entertain. Well last we knew, advertising was supposed to get people off their asses to buy shit. Not sit on the couch and laugh at talking animals or sock puppets.
The spots were created by Allen Kay the man behind the 1976 Xerox Super Bowl ad and the MTA's "See Something Say Something" campaign.
Rather than instruct people how to drink a glass of its wine, Sicilian winery Tasca D'almerita decided, instead, to instruct people how to drink a glass of Sicily. The work, from agency Mosaicoon, really does make make you want to drink in all that is Sicily. It's one of those commercials that truly immerses you in the beauty of it all. Enjoy.
This Norwegian DnB NOR bank ad is strange. Really, really strange. It's like one of those Las Vegas nightmares when you wake up and can't remember a thing about the night before. The only hint you have of what went down is the giant rock on your finger and a canoodling George Clooney who emerges from the bathroom. Oh, and then there's the picture of you with Clooney wearing the head of a horse. You don't see bank ads like this in America.
Many would classify this as NSFW so be warned. JWT London has created a PSA for the Male Cancer Awareness Campaign. The ad, which features The Sun Page Three girl Rhian Sugden, aims to urge men 18-35 to make sure they check themselves for testicular cancer on a regular basis. Be warned. It's a bit of a Crying Game reveal. That's all we're going to say about this one.
Who is That Hot Ad Girl made a goof and got the identity of the woman in a Skechers ad incorrect. Hey, it happens. But the error has been corrected and we can move on...to the fact that this whole category of sneakers that make your ass firm is getting pretty hot. This Skechers ad from Spring 2011 makes the Reebok Retone ads look tame by comparison.
Here's some amusing work from Barton F. Graf 9000 or kayak which illustrates just how easy Kayak makes searching multiple travel sites at the same time. It's definitely better than asking four of your closets friends...or Herby Hancock-like dummies...to help you do the search. search one and done as they say. Nice work.
In these new Poland Springs commercials from McCann New York and Elastic, wildlife work hard to get humans hooked on something that's much better for them than soda and hunting if we're interpreting the fairly ethereal, slightly hallucinatory work properly.
The campaign is touting the brand's six sparkling water flavors and the three natural ingredients it's made from; spring water, fruit essence and bubbles.
The television campaign will be supported with an online presence on Facebook and banner ads on Yahoo, MSN, The Knot and Monster.com with search efforts on Google, Yahoo and Bing.
Remember the good 'ol days when Poland Springs all about "what it means to be from Maine?"
Highlighting the fact over 100,000 miles of bridges and roadways are in disrepair, roadside and driver distractions increasingly challenge drivers, millions of "ill-equipped vehicles pose danger, half a million cubic yards of debris are scattered all over the country's roads and the fact 38 million drivers are said to be unable to pass a drivers exam, Audi is out with new work for the A6.
The ad touts the new A6's ability to analyze real-time information, read a driver's handwriting and makes 2,000 decisions every second, all of which is to say...nothing at all. A safe driver in a shitbox is far more desirable than a driver who has to rely on a car's technology to make it from point A to point B without crashing. Just saying.