esurance Gets Goofy With Disco References and Dating Profile Hijacking

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The approach behind two new commercials in esurance's Techie/Feely campaign is described thusly, "Sometimes you just want to hop online and make a quick adjustment to your policy. Other times you need a smart, helpful person on the phone to help you."

The commercials, which break February 28, were created by Duncan/Channon and are some of the weirdest insurance commercials we've seen. We thought the Progressive commercials with Stephanie Courtney were weird. They're nothing compared to these.

We get cringe inducing disco references, dating profile hijacks and awkward hand/mouth gestures. But...the point is made. esurance is all about getting people a discount. And that point is made loudly and clearly.

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by Steve Hall    Feb-17-11    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Strange



Laphroaig Scotch Whisky Will Tip Your World Sideways

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Here's the weirdest liquor commercial we've ever seen. A weary traveler on a brink winter day stops into a tavern and has a glass of Laphroaig Scotch Whisky. And when he does, an alternate, surreal world reveals itself. A world that's controlled by how much the man tips his glass.

OK, nothing like promoting just how trashed whiskey can get you. That aside, we do like the nod to that momentary sensation and wandering thought which comes over you when you do consumer a glass of fine scotch whiskey.

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by Steve Hall    Feb-15-11    
Topic: Commercials, Strange



Cheerleaders Wears Tampons With German Engineered Trickle-Proof Technology

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We've seen this cut-through-the-silliness approach to feminine hygiene before but this one's different. It has a cheerleader! Yes, a cheerleader. A cheerleader whose Tampons hold 97 percent more and have German engineered, trickle-proof technology.

This bit of light-hearted silliness comes to us courtesy of Ogilvy New York.

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by Steve Hall    Feb-11-11    
Topic: Commercials, Strange



Smarmy Car Dealer Too Clingy, Mr. Lube More Flexible

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Sometimes a double entendre is so blunt it reaches out, grabs you by the hair, shakes you into submission and forces you to laugh. Other times, such as in this ReThink Canada-created commercial for Mr. Lube, they just slowly reach over, wink, nod and utter, "See? We can be funny without falling into the gutter."

Called Dear John, the spot, as described by the agency is a "classic girl-meets-guy, girl-buys-car-from-guy, girl-ditches-guy-for-Mr.-Lube-because-guy-is-too-clingy-and-demanding...and too hairy."

Yea, that describes it quite well.

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by Steve Hall    Feb- 9-11    
Topic: Commercials



Cast of Glee Sells Chevrolet With Musical Performance

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So here's the Chevy commercial the cast of Glee did during its post-Super Bowl broadcast last night. Very much in style with the show's many performances, the commercial was a grand production with the entire cast dressed in white and doing what they do best: singing and dancing.

And in other news, Lea Michelle had all her clothes on for the entire length of the commercial.

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by Steve Hall    Feb- 7-11    
Topic: Celebrity, Commercials, Super Bowl 2011



Verizon Guy Returns. And He Can Hear Us Now

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With an ad that's part 2001, part Jerry Bruckheimer movie trailer and part Michael Bay extravaganza, Verizon is gleefully celebrating the iPhone's availability on their network. After heaping accolades upon the device, the ad asks, "But does your deive work?"

That question is happily answered, "Yes. I can hear you know," by good 'ol Verizon Guy who we haven't seen in a while.

We love this spot. We have no idea how Verizon will fair once millions of iPhone users trample the network with their data hogging behavior but this ad is quite convincing. Quite convincing, indeed.

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by Steve Hall    Feb- 4-11    
Topic: Commercials



Robert Downey Returns as Mr. Peanut, Alejandro Steals Limelight

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Robert Downey Jr. is voicing Mr. Peanut again in a new mini-western commercial called Alejandro. Created by TBWA's Being NY, we see Downey introducing Alejandro, a character who is a lady killer, bull fighter and a general annoyance to Mr. Peanut. The spot was directed by Ringan Ledwidge of Smuggler and Mark Gustafson of Laika.

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by Steve Hall    Feb- 3-11    
Topic: Commercials



GM Mocks Dealer Ads With Transformers Tie In

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Hopefully this GM commercial isn't indicative of what we'll see on Sunday when the brand airs no less than eight ads, five within the game. One commercial mocks dealer ads and steals a bit from all those "transformer" commercials of yore. Of course, that's perfectly fine because the ad is also an ad for this summer's third Transformers movie.

We hope the other ads, all from Goodby Silverstein & Partners, are a bit more creative than this one.

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by Steve Hall    Feb- 1-11    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Super Bowl 2011



Jillian Michaels and Danica Patrick Strip Down For GoDaddy

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GoDady has released one of the two commercials it will air during the Super Bowl. The one that won't be released in advance is the one that will reveal the new GoDaddyGirl. The released commercial features Jillian Michaels and Danica Patrick and is called The Contract.

The ad calls attention to GoDaddy's history of history of foisting racy commercials upon Super Bowl viewers. In the ad, Jillian and Danica refuse to shoot a commercial which Danica refers to as "over the top" and Jillian dubs a "crazy stunt."

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by Steve Hall    Jan-27-11    
Topic: Celebrity, Commercials, Super Bowl 2011



Super Bowl Creeps Into This Week's Top Adrants Stories

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Heated bus shelters, stupid banned Super Bowl commercials, Canada's love for truth in advertising, Advertising Age's hissy fit over banned Super Bowl commercials, Yahoo's undying commitment to survival, GoDaddy's nw GoDaddy Girl, hot office management staff, Subway oddities, sites that make it easy to quit your job and movie trailers that take over the Super Bowl are front and center in this week's top stories here on Adrants.

1. Caribou Coffee Bus Shelter Oven Warms Commuters
2. FOX Says No to Ashley Madison Super Bowl Ad
3. Canada Calls For Truth in Advertising

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by Steve Hall    Jan-23-11    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Racy, Super Bowl 2011










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