Keep Moving. It's Just A Harry Potter Super Bowl Commercial

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But it's not just a movie commercial! Which we don't even pay attention to. It's an ad for the new Universal Studios Harry Potter attraction, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. So pay attention to this. Oh wait. Don't bother. It's lame. If you've seen any of the movies, you've seen this ad.

But the ad was done by a tiny shop outside London called Rosso Media which created, shot and post-produced. So be nice. Oh wait, We weren't very nice. Sorry guys.

by Steve Hall    Feb- 7-10    
Topic: Commercials, Creative Commentary, Super Bowl 2010



Bikini-Clad Shower Babe Sings For Burger King Breakfast

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What is is with women in showers these days? Burger King in the UK has launched Singing in the Shower, "the world's first guilt free showercam." Created by Cow and Pancentric Digital, visitors can "watch our shower babe shake her bits to the hits at 9:30 every morning." And they can vote for the outfit she will wear and the song she will sing the next day.

Targeting men (over 18...the site is age-protected) to get them to buy breakfast, the site also offers the chance to win a date with the shower babe who, presumably, could shake her bits in private for the winner. That or slap the boy silly for even thinking such degrading thoughts.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-10-09    
Topic: Creative Commentary, Opinion, Promotions, Racy



Target Gets All Awkward About Christmas

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You know Target, right? That big box store that's hip? The one everyone pronounces as if it were some kind of French lingerie store? The one that likes to target the female target? The one that likes to associate big assed babes shakin' ass with little girl's back packs?

Got that mental picture yet? Now open your eyes and watch these three new commercials which focus on the retailer's low prices. They're marginally witty in that 20-something copywriter sort of way. They poke fun at a doofus who'd never find himself on a a date with a girl this cute. They highlight those awkward Christmas moments when finances interfere with the spirit of the day. They make it perfectly OK to adorn your house with lights like this guy does.

Price is always important but focusing on in strips away some of the brand's cache. What do you think?

by Steve Hall    Dec- 7-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Creative Commentary



Cult Raw Energy Drinkers Are Belligerent Idiots

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Well now here's an interesting way to position your brand. While most brands work towards positioning themselves as clean cut, rosy entities, Cult Raw Energy wants none of that. It wants you to know the people who buy their product are belligerent car jackers who can't drive, grope women in public, rob convenience stores, deface property, pick fights, steal guns and get arrested.

Hey, not all brands can teach the world to sing in perfect harmony. So, yea. Positioning your customers is an idiot when all else fails.

Oh and FYI. There's briefly exposed boobs in this commercial so watch with caution.

by Steve Hall    Dec- 2-09    
Topic: Bad, Commercials, Creative Commentary



We Get Email - Redux

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Putting the Rants in AdRants for a sec, OH you have no idea what gets sent in. Record labels' latest CDs from D-list talent. Nude iPhone tips. (Those we like, actually.) Upcoming Access Hollywood interviews with an extra from the first season of The Hills. 15,000 word PR releases--with no image or link to a campaign--asking if we'd like an image or link. To. The. Campaign.

Ya think?

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by Bill Green    Nov-17-09    
Topic: Announcements, Creative Commentary



Sony Helps us Boot Up, Log On and Experience Life to the Fullest

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When you sit down in front of your computer, do you suddenly feel like you're being assaulted with images of the intensity of life? The wonder and glory it brings? The passion and desire it creates? Do you feel like your every sense is being given it most intense workout?

Perhaps you will after you view this new Latin America-focused Sony Vaio commercial from El Segundo-based Ignited. In the commercial, we are asked, What if technology could make you feel more human?" We are then pummeled with imagery Dove Onslaught-style. But the imagery is "good" imagery. The things we want to feel and experience.

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by Steve Hall    Nov- 2-09    
Topic: Commercials, Creative Commentary, Good, Opinion



True Love Does have A Happy Ending. Even if it's Branded

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If you love sachrin sweet love stories, you'll love this one from Greece chocolate brand Lacta. It's a 17 part choose your on direction video series created by OgilvyOne in Athens. It's the story of a guy and a girl who meet at a busstop and their two year long journey back together.

You probably already know we're a true sucker for this kind of stuff but this is actually great work. It's engaging. The product placement is subtle. And it's worth watching. And the industry noticed. It won the Branded Content category at IAB's MIXX Awards last month.

Yea, we love a great love story. Start here.

by Steve Hall    Oct-29-09    
Topic: Best, Creative Commentary, Video



All Kinds of People Eat at McDonald's

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We'd have to agree with AdFreak's assessment of a recent Leo Burnett-created McDonald's commercial currently running in the U.K. With rhyming, almost Beatnik-style poetry, the kind of people who frequent McDonald's are highlighted to illustrate the place is for people from all walks of life.

It's really quite well done and a welcome change from the run of the mill McDonald's commercial which, for the most part, is about price and item or some stupid promotion.

by Steve Hall    Oct-21-09    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Creative Commentary, Good



Chase Recalls World Trade Center Tribute

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Bill Green of Make the Logo Bigger and the new Adverve podcast took a look at a new commercial from Chase and was reminded of the World Trade Center tribute. The one where they had the blue lights shining up into the sky from the former location of the towers. We have to say, it does recall that imagery for us a bit as well.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-20-09    
Topic: Commercials, Creative Commentary, Opinion



Self-Absorbed Hipsters Angrily Unbutton For Levi's

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OK so for all you hipsters...no wait...emo...no wait...hmm...losers with nothing to do but screw around in the trashy side of town, these new Holland and Belgium-based Levi's commercials are for you. Can't you see yourself in them? trying really, really hard to be ever so hip and cool while jumping in mud puddles and throwing chairs buildings and otherwise kicking the shit out of everything around you like a bored eight year old?

Are we supposed to feel sorry for your lame-ass life? Actually care you think what you're doing somehow makes you today's version of James Dean? That you somehow don't think you look like a slob and should really be reading GQ rather than moping around like a self-absorbed little brat?

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by Steve Hall    Sep-17-09    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Creative Commentary, Policy







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