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
Geico, with help from The Martin Agency, is out with two new commercial which feature the Gecko character front and center. In the first, the first, the Gecko attempts to answer a serious question from a girl while a second announcer who looks like he's still in high school tells the girl she'd look great in a blue car.
In a second commercial, the Gecko takes a look at how fast people can get a quote on Geico.com while the high school-er checks the records book to see who got the quickest quote.
As Geico commercials go, they're fairly standard. Not that we don't like Mr. Gecko but we wish the brand would bring back the Kash character. Now that character was quirky and fun. And the song was infectious.
The Bruins Bear is back again. This time he's following guys into the men's room and gicing them swirlies for disobeying the restroom code. Not that there was ever such a thing as a bathroom code to dictate through which you enter the bathroom but every once in a while you wish that bear was around when people in crowds get impatient and do stupid things.
If you're going to be a Bruins fan, you had better obey the rules. This ongoing campaign comes to us from Mullen.
- If you're into androgynous men with shaved chests and waif-thin models, you might like the new Versace Spring 2011 ad campaign.
- Susan Sarandon puts on the milk mustache for the Got Milk ad campaign.
- The Paley Center for Media will present the twenty-eighth annual PaleyFest from March 4 to 17, 2011 at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills.
- Selling cars 101: Illustrate how strong their bumpers are. With a crane.
- Oh and here's that The Ladders spot. Ridiculous. Funny.
- Mashable reports, "Strata, a Chicago-based customized media management agency, polled 100 agency clients this month and found that TV is still the dominant medium - 44% of respondents said they are most focused on television above other media. That's a 24% jump over the previous quarter. Digital was second with 21.1% while radio netted 15.6%, a 75% jump from the third quarter."
- The Career Builder chimpanzees will be back for this year's Super Bowl in a commercial slated to air during the third quarter of the game. Someone call PETA.
Does anyone still use yahoo Mail? It would seem so given the fact, the brand is out with a new campaign touting unlimited storage and its slideshow feature. The first spot zeroes in on a guy who apologizes to his to his girlfriend through some sort of cartoon. We're not really sure what that's all about but Valentine's Day is approaching to we guess it's all good.
In a second spot, a daughter emails her dad a one line email that turns into a cartoon retrospective of the time they've spent together. This one line email, yes...one line, somehow touts Yahoo's unlimited storage. What does Yahoo Mail store now? Imaginary images and cartoons? That's some pretty cool shit, people.
Goodby, Silverstein & Partners created and Blacklist produced the campaign.
- Kids party in reverse to promote the American debut of the British MTV series Skins.
A man chases his dog through the woods, which, presumably, he's been living in for years after leaving the concrete jungle. Upon reaching a roadway, he utters, "I thought I would never go back. And then I did." Why? Because the Mercedes Benz CLS passing him by in slow motion is so irresistible it lures him back to his 80's-like, America Psycho-esque lifestyle.
Yes, people, material possessions and financial worth are the most important things in life. A quiet life in the woods is for losers and Mercedes Benz wants us to know it values your money more that it values your quality of life.
This week's top stories on Adrants caused us to ponder whether or not Kraft's choice of Ted Williams was right for the brand, get excited about the lowly bus shelter, laugh at sharks, admire the T-Mobile babe mock AT&T and Verizon, engage in a bit of voyeurism, revisit childhood with Audi's use of "Goodnight Moon," look at lingerie once again, watch advertising get Cheezberger'd, revisit Kim Kardashian's cleavage and wonder how the hell that family got so famous and, finally, once again, listen to yet another researcher tell us using celebrities in advertising is a waste of money.
This beautiful new commercial from Venables Bell & Partners for the Audi 8 follows the classic, 1947 children's book, Goodnight Moon. In the ad, old luxury is eschewed for new luxury in the form on an Audi 8.
The commercial pokes fun at excess...as well as Mercedes Benz and introduces us to the Audi 8's "unequaled inspiration."As car commercials go, we like it. The analogy works and makes good use of a classic everyone can identify with.
Branding consultant Rob Frankel isn't a fan of Crispin Porter + Bogusky's use of Ted Williams for its client Kraft. If you recall, Ted Williams was the homeless man who found fame when, earlier this month, it was discovered he had the perfect announcer voice in a Columbia Dispatch video.
While the new Kraft Macaroni & Cheese commercial has received 933,000 views since it hit YouTube January 7, Frankel thinks the whole thing is just another opportunistic agency ploy, telling Mashable, "It's clearly another one of those opportunistic stunts by creatively bankrupt agencies who jump on any trend they think can take them to the top of a Twitter trend."
When it comes to selling candy bars, the first thing that comes to mind isn't necessarily a focus group populated by sharks who've just sampled some human cuisine and are commenting upon which human tasted better and why.
But, that's the direction in which BBDO went for a new Snickers Peanut Butter Squared commercial. Which, of course, begs the question, why sharks? We're pretty sure sharks aren't able to leave the ocean, hobble over to a convenience store and buy a box of Snickers Peanut Butter Squared.