Trueblood Promo Fortifies Citizens Against Vamps

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Clever Trueblood promotion straight outta Auckland, New Zealand. I like the idea of having stakes close at hand ... but won't these armaments undermine the benign vampires' ongoing battle for suffrage?

Mixed messages, man.

by Angela Natividad    Mar-18-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Outdoor, Promotions



Arby's Makes Grease-Stained Tribute to Mona Lisa

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Ad land has this incredible talent for bastardizing beautiful things, and doing it in a way where we're like, hey, that's kind of cool.

That's the feeling you get when you watch "Burger Grease Art," where a guy uses the grease from non-Arby's burgers to create a giant reproduction of Da Vinci's enigmatic lady.

Across the bottom of the video -- which we really couldn't help sitting through, even as we clutched our stomachs and began to dry-heave -- is a link to burgergreaseart.com, which tackles your line of sight with three appealingly matte Arby's Roastburgers. (For some reason, we kinda hoped for an Etch-a-Sketchy painting game, except with grease, but no dice.)

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by Angela Natividad    Mar-16-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Promotions, Strange, Video



'Guns, Blood, Drugs ... What Else Could You Ask For?'

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Got this email blast from Echelon Studios this morning and that header totally perplexed us. What else could we ask for? In my mind, Steve was all, "Hot bitches!" -- and I was like, "...microfiber cloth...?"

The blast is a promotion for two (appropriately) made-for-DVD titles: Death Rattle Crystal Ice ("meth, murder, mayhem"!) and Blood-Stained Romance ("sometimes love doesn't have a happy ending"). Priceless blurbage from the latter:


Soon lies turn to murder launching Holden into a spiraling bloodbath of violence and desperation as he tries to hide the infatuation that feeds his madness. Through it all, he tries to cling to a trembling grip on reality, as love and pain coalesce into a shocking "climax".

Melodramatic run-on sentence? Check. Use of the irresistible "coalesce"? Check. Quotes around "climax"? Check, baby, check.

by Angela Natividad    Mar-13-09    
Topic: Online, Packaging, Promotions, Strange



Ford to Give Away 100 Fiestas Social Media Style

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The ever photogenic Julia Roy and her agency, Undercurrent, are working with Ford on a program called Fiesta Movement. The automaker plans to give away 100 Ford Fiestas for six months complete with free gas, insurance, parking and a concierge service. The lucky 100 will be sent on "cool monthly missions" not unlike AT&T's Lost in America.

And oh yes, they must document their travels for public consumption. After all, it's the social media thing to do, right? And, yes, there will be tweets.

by Steve Hall    Mar- 5-09    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Promotions, Social



Never Let A Good Idea End Up on the Floor

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Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock. It's almost time, people. Almost time for you to get a glimpse of the first Killed Ideas. In a couple of days, we'll begin sharing with you some of the better submissions we've received. We'll offer up some initial commentary which, hopefully, will motivate you to submit your own Killed Idea.

Some time ago, I was in a presentation and my creative director was unveiling a new campaign to a client high atop One Penn Plaza in New York. The meeting with this client was, as always, jovial and upbeat. Until one particular piece of creative was presented. There was something about it he client didn't quite like.

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by Steve Hall    Mar- 5-09    
Topic: Announcements, Promotions



SBUX Value Meals, Doe-Eye Prejudice, Recovery for Dummies

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- The Obama Administration's recovery.gov logo kinda reminds us of...

- MoMA shoots for socially-minded redesign. (It should probably start here, though.)

- Google's Eric Schmidt's a Twitter-hater. Well, maybe "hater" is too strong a word.

- For once, an instance where extreme prejudice may improve your online quality of life. (Via that one guy whose site's all covered in Skittles.)

- Hella happy over drillwork.

- Starbucks value meals? Seriously? Sell your stock. Now. Because a licensing partnership with Hello Kitty is just around the corner.



Diesel's Five on Fifth: the Rabbit Hole You've Always Wanted

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For better or worse, Diesel knows how to seize attention. ("Pete the Meat Puppet" is STILL stuck in our heads, and there's no way on earth we can ever unwatch "XXX SFW.")

But its gaze-gathering talents aren't strictly 'net-based. To draw mass appeal to the grand opening of its Five on Fifth (Ave.) location, the label balked at the notion of a one-night celebu-fete. Too bland. Not exclusive enough. Instead, it threw together a hodgepodge of quirky personages -- think Mad Hatter's tea party for grownups -- and held multiple dinner parties at its storefront window.

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by Angela Natividad    Mar- 4-09    
Topic: Brands, Events, Good, Guerilla, Promotions



Seriously, Is There Anything a Japanese Fetish Game Show CAN'T Sell?

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There's something about Japanese pop culture that compels us to watch and not look away. Japan is the seat of all fetishes, magnified for your viewing pleasure. (And we're not just talking* sexual ones.)

To ensure eyeballs for Nivea's line of shaving products, DraftFCB and Rubber Republic tapped into "glabermania" -- the addiction to shaving and being smooth. Inspired by our game show-crazed Japanese cohorts, here's what they came up with.

Come on, don't knock it. What else do you and your jaded creative homies have to do on Saturday night? Grab a camera and pool your shaving cream; think of it as a company morale-builder.

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There is No Nudity in This Christina Aguilera Perfume Campaign

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When a campaign has the tagline, "Sometimes it's all you need to wear," some would assume the imagery accompanying the tagline would involved a degree of nudity. One would usually be right but not this time.

For a recent ambient campaign Tel-Aviv agency Mizbala did for Christina Aquilera's new perfume in Israel, the agency placed tens of thousands of clothes hangers with perfume samples attached around Tel-Aviv.

While we're sure someone cold have taken this down the more crass road of, say, nude models prancing around the street with vials of the pefume hung from their necks, we're guessing the hanger approach was a lot cheaper, much easier to manage and a bit less potentially offensive to some.

Here's a video highlighting the campaign.

by Steve Hall    Mar- 2-09    
Topic: Celebrity, Guerilla, Promotions



By the Time You Get Those Golden Tickets, They May Be a Bit Weathered

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This year for the Australian Outdoor Awards, the Outdoor Media Association is giving away a grand prize of 10,000 one-dollar stratchies (scratch-to-win lotto tickets) -- all of which are currently being used to wallpaper a billboard over Sydney's Parramatta Rd.

All 10,000 scratchies were sacrificed to form a silhouette of the show's golden pigeon logo. There's an armed guard standing watch 24/7 in the event some yahoo comes bearing a ladder in pursuit of some luck. (Scratchies can yield cash prizes of up to $20,000.)

Billboard conceptualized by The Glue Society. There was also a billboard truck, which drove around the country for 36 days to promote the event.

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by Angela Natividad    Feb-27-09    
Topic: Events, Industry Events, Outdoor, Promotions








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