"You Either Get Shot Through the Head or You Have a VW"

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British humor--second to none. While it's been 30 days since my last suicide spot, this one after the jump... isn't. I explain--you follow along: It's for the new VW Scirocco running on the BBC's Top Gear with car freaks Jeremy Clarkson and James May. Branded entertainment with a suicide chaser. This series of fake spots skirts the issue of death and dying (and the UK's advertising regulatory guidelines on little things like suicide) by posing those scenarios as a hypothetical. So here it goes again, will anyone be offended at a fictionalized depiction buried in a spoof? Does context matter? (Isn't the real question, why would someone do it over a VW?)

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by Bill Green    Nov-12-09    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Racy, Television



Caribou Coffee Gets Real

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Second-largest gourmet coffeehouse retailer and one of the thorns in Starbucks' side, Caribou Coffee is rolling out their first TV from Colle+McVoy below. Get Real covers on the chain's focus on handcrafted drinks. (Isn't anything prepared in restaurants crafted by hand? I think it must be!) But, the bigger jab here is right at SB with this "Real People" go to Caribou theme. Hmmm, at the risk of someone going, dude, seriously, it's just a TV spot, time to get a little more real.

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by Bill Green    Nov-12-09    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Television



Downhill Turbolator Now Standard on All 2010 Dick's

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What happens when Dick's closes for the night? Peyton Manning comes in and throws a few balls, Jeff Blake stops by to work on the backhand, and Lindsey Vonn shows up to put Under Armour's ColdGear through the Cold Abuse Simulator. (Perfect for Coors! I kid.) Production house Shilo says we got this after the ski jump. (And for ski freaks into balance porn, there's this too.)

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by Bill Green    Nov-12-09    
Topic: Commercials



Cheesy Pick Up Lines Will Get You A Free Turkey

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So what do cheesy pick up lines and turkey have to do with each other? Aside from the fact guys who deliver them are turkeys? It's a promotion for Piggly Wiggly, of course. A turkey promotion.

Those who shop at the store get free Greenbax each time they use their PFC card. For just five Greebax, shoppers can get their hands on a free turkey. Ideally, one that doesn't spout cheesy pick up lines.

by Steve Hall    Nov-11-09    
Topic: Commercials, Promotions, Strange



Change Starts With Your Underwear. And Office Nudity

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Ever experience that moment at work when time seems to stop? You glance around the office? You notice every little detail? You marvel at the beauty of things? You are overwhelmed with feelings of goodness, righteousness and environmentally sound principles?

Nah. Neither have we which is why this is all encapsulated in a commercial instead of real life. Because in real life time never stops, there's nothing special to see in the office, details involve strange looking stains on the rug, no one is beautiful, you never ever feel anything but misery and most assuredly, no one's clothes are magically torn from their bodies...in slow motion.

Which, again, is why this is all in a commercial. A very strange commercial. A commercial for organic underwear maker PACT.

Strange as it is, it truly does make us wish there were days like this when the walls would part and we could escape into nature for a welcome respite from the difficulties of the day.

The tagline for this campaign? "Change Starts With Your Underwear." Perfection.

by Steve Hall    Nov-10-09    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange



Walmart Thanks Troops For Helping Us Live Better

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It's never a bad thing to thank the troops for the work they do overseas. Everyone appreciates the work they do even if we don't agree with the politics of it all. Hate the war, love the soldier. That's what it's all about.

So it isn't easy to bash a commercial whose sole purpose is to thank the troops for the hard work they do. So we're not going to do that. We're just going to say Budweiser (it was Budweiser, right?) did it much more effectively with its commercial featuring the troops arriving home in an airport.

We still like the work The Martin Agency did here for Walmart.

by Steve Hall    Nov-10-09    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Good



Corporate Idiocy: Verizon Slams Phone It Will Sell in Two Years

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In the latest version of its iPhone-bashing commercials, McGarryBowen compares the Verizon Google Droid phone to a robot. A robot that crushes rocks. A robot that punches holes walls. Why? Because we don't need smart phones. We need robot phones. Why? Because robot phones do.

So...the Droid is an un-smart, idiotic brute that can kick ass and take names? Is that really what we want in a phone?

This ad is so far off the mark it falls into comical territory. The comparison to a rock crushing robot is absurd. Phones don't need to crush rock. They need to smartly do digital things with ease. Kinda like this thing from Apple called the iPhone. Heard of it?

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by Steve Hall    Nov-10-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Worst



If You're A DD Cup, Victoria's Secret Will Make You A G Cup

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Victoria's Secret is out with its new Miraculous push up bra commercial which claims to add two cup sizes to any woman who buys one. We once worked with a woman who, shall we ever so politely say, was flat. But that never stopped her from going to freakishly painful looking efforts to squeeze together what little flesh she had on her chest into what she perceived to be attractive cleavage. All it did was make her look like she was wearing a rubber band around her chest.

It's all about size, people. Thirteen inch erections and DDD cup breasts. Much like food, many people go to extreme efforts to super-size various parts of their body in an effort to adhere to the impossible standards we've place on what constitutes looking good.

If you have huge boobs, be pleased with them. If you have small boobs, be pleased with them. Get over the obsessive urge to super-size.

Wait, what? Did we just say that? Who doesn't love big breasts? Not Victoria's Secret which, as it has many times before, is hyping a new push up bra. This one claims to add two cup sizes to what you've already got.

And the bra is available available in DD cup size. So if you're already big, you can be even bigger. See? Isn't America great? We like everything bigger. And Victoria's Secret is here to help.

by Steve Hall    Nov- 9-09    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Racy, Strange



There's No App For That

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As we continue to digitize everything in our lives, we need to remember not everything is meant to be digitized. And that's the point Tinsley is making in this new commercial for The Florida Keys. In the commercial, we see the usual finger flip action sliding us from one beautiful photo to another while an announcer reminds us, "There's no app for this."

He's right. There is no app for a great tropical vacation so put down that iPhone and enjoy, people!

by Steve Hall    Nov- 9-09    
Topic: Brands, Commercials



Candle Gets An Erection in Celebration of Viagra's Tenth Birthday

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OK. If you can. Picture yourself in front of a fire. On the floor. With your lover. In the seventies. Laying on a shag carpet. Next to a lava lamp. Under a smiley face poster. With Barry White crooning in the background.

Got it? Good. Now watch this video which celebrates the tenth birthday of Viagra, something that wasn't even envisioned anytime during the entire decade.

by Steve Hall    Nov- 3-09    
Topic: Commercials, Strange










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