Sephora Gives Girl Facial to Sell Cosmetics

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One really has to wonder what goes the mind of a creative when the result is a poster like this one for Sephora. And let's not forget the minds of the people who approve the work as well. Either they are oblivious to the "other" meaning of imagery such as this or they can't help but celebrate the dirty little thoughts which float about their mind and wallow in the sadistic pleasure of watching this work make its way through the approval process.

Six years ago, Vodafone ran an ad that, to some, carries the very same connotation as this Sephora poster. As we wrote back then, the the visual in the Vodafone ad was "an expression of joy following receipt of a certain climatically delivered thrust of Christmas excitement."

How would we describe this Sephora poster? We're not sure but it's clear to us this is definitely not a representation of how most women would apply lotion to their face. Especially a quart's worth of gooey white stuff while their mouth is wide open. That is unless they are in a certain line of work which lauds this sort of behavior with praise, fame and money.

by Steve Hall    Jan-25-11    
Topic: Creative Commentary, Opinion, Racy, Strange



Stolen Cleavage Ends up in Online Ad

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Now this is funny. Three years ago at ad:tech San Francisco while on our usual mission to properly capture the essence of the trade show floor, we captured this shot of a hot looking woman who, by all accounts, had to have had the highest number of eyeballs view her badge over the course of the conference. In addition, that strategic badge placement was enough to garner her, and the company she represented, GenieKnows, a repeat appearance on Adrants in a story entitled In Defense of Booth Babes and Why They're Here to Stay.

Jump forward three years and the all but forgotten woman has reappeared in an online ad on the Coloradoan website promoting a medical bill and coding degree. Of course, it's clear the woman has no idea she's in this ad and permission was certainly never given by us to use this photo in an online ad but this sort of thing happens all the time.

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by Steve Hall    Jan-25-11    
Topic: Opinion, Policy, Racy, Strange



Doritos Gay-Themed Ads Not Offensive. Just Funny.

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Two commercials submitted to the Dorito's Super Bowl ad contest are gay-themed. One features a wife catching, we assume, his husband ogling two gays guys sitting by a pool. A second has two guys in a sauna with one gawking at the other's physique...which just turns out to be...well...we don't want to ruin it for you.

As per usual, questions arise over the portrayal of gays in advertising. There was that Snicker's gay kiss ad a few years back. There was the Mr. T ad, also for Snickers, which had the A-Team star eradicating the streets of speedwalkers which many, including Bob Garfield, concluded had to be gay therefore making the ad offensive. Which was just stupid. The ad was funny.

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by Steve Hall    Jan-25-11    
Topic: Opinion, Super Bowl 2011



Ted Williams, Bus Shelters, Kardashians Among Top Stories This Week

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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.

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by Steve Hall    Jan-16-11    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity, Commercials, Opinion, Racy



Was Hiring Ted Williams a Smart Choice For Kraft?

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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."

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by Steve Hall    Jan-14-11    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity, Commercials, Opinion



Homeless man With Golden Pipes Lands Gig With Kraft

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In an interesting confluence of events turned publicity goldmine, Ted Williams, the famed homeless man with golden pipes, has been hired by Crispin Porter + Bogusky to voice a new Kraft Macaroni & Cheese commercial set to air Sunday during the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl on ESPN.

Of CPB's choice of Williams, Kraft Spokeswoman Lynne Galia told Advertising Age, "Like many others, Kraft Macaroni & Cheese and our ad agency was moved by Ted Williams' story. His amazing voice is perfectly suited to our campaign. We were in the middle of making our TV spots and in a unique position to help Ted use his great voice to gain employment."

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by Steve Hall    Jan- 6-11    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Commercials, Good, Opinion



Questionably Safe MINI Connected Brings Social Networking to the Dashboard

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We predict over the next year the proportional number of MINI's involved in car accidents will far outweigh that of any other vehicle. Why? Because MINI has deemed it worthy to provide access to popular social networks directly from the dashboard. We all know people can't text and drive so why would anyone think doing a very similar thing interacting with the dashboard would be any different? Yes, interacting with the dashboard is probably easier than interacting with a phone but it's still a diversion.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-23-10    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Creative Commentary, Opinion



Backseat Sex Sells Lingerie

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We saw this video months ago, could have sworn we wrote about it but can't find evidence of it anywhere. So...we'll write about it now. Because that's what we do. The video is for Forrester & Bob Underwear and, yes, like all lingerie commercials, it's salacious, sexy and filled with hotness. And a tiny bit of nudity too so beware if you or your boss are afraid of such things.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-16-10    
Topic: Commercials, Opinion, Racy



Adrants Selects The Hottest Ads of 2010

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What would Adrants be if it weren't for our annual celebration of the sexiest, hottest, most tantalizing ads of the year? Advertising Age? Probably not but you can't get what we've got over there because, well, they have rules. Journalistic integrity. And a reputation to uphold. Us? We starve to bring you the good stuff every day of the year.

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Anyway, here's a roundup of the 21 hottest ads of 2010. Who can forget Diesel's recent ad campaign shoot at the Brooklyn Law School library which sent everyone into a tizzy of Puritanical Proportion? Or Tehmeena Afzal who "lent her giants to the New York Giants" in a video that will truly make you want to "play" something completely different after viewing. Good God, the woman is hot!

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The stunning allure of this Oh La La Cheri video had us wanting to give up writing about advertising all together and become a fashion photographer. These Dim Lingerie-enhanced breasts had a cat so excited he had to rip the woman's bra off in a public market. And speaking of breasts, if you like really big ones, we guarantee you'll love this Bennets Motorcycle Insurance video featuring the pendulous pulchritude of the 32G-equipped Lucy Pinder whose breasts test the limits or her bathing suit's ability to properly contain the cavernous cleavage of her mountainous mammeries.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-14-10    
Topic: Opinion, Racy



Who to Hire For Your Social Media Management Needs in 2011

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In a presentation about the future of social media at Le Web, industry analyst Jeremiah Owyang called 2011 the year of integration. Integration, you scoff? The ad industry tried that already, right? Well what Owyang is talking about is a bit different. He's not talking about pulling together several advertising-related functional areas into one giant holding company. He's talking about permeating the practice of social media across and throughout a company's DNA.

Social media efforts will integrate across across all departments from marketing to customer service to the customer themselves. A polished "Director of Social Media" will understand the purpose of aggregation and curation, the importance of socialized advertising, the need to create brand advocates among customers, the necessity of tying social media programs to and brand's CRM systems and, above all, to speak the language of the Board Room.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-13-10    
Topic: Opinion, Social








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