Student Ad Contest Offers $15K Prize

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CommercialPitch.com, a new original ad sharing platform, is holding a contest, What's Your Pitch, to find the most "out of the box" original ad. The contest is open only to U.S. college students and offers a grand prize of $15,000 cash.

Commercial Pitch says ideas can be submitted via video, image, or text. After submission they are posted on the site to be voted upon by visitors. The three best ads will be chosen by a panel of judges in tandem with voting statistics.

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by Sarah Hutton    Apr-13-08    
Topic: Promotions



Those WWJD Bracelets? Way Past Their Prime. It's iPope Time

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If you've ever wondered what's on the Pope's iPod or how best to share your love of Christ with swag, now you can find out.

There is a blog dedicated entirely to the Pope. And it is called -- wait for it! -- Benedictions. And it's slathered with Roman Catholic must-haves and lots and lots of ads for Pope-related books and speaking engagements.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr-11-08    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity, Online, Promotions, Strange



Bruni in the Buff Goes for $91,000 at Auction

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A naked photo of Carla Bruni, the current First Lady of France, just sold at a Christie's auction for about $91,000 after expectations it would raise $4K at most.

The picture was taken in '93, when Bruni was a model. Not to say she's shed those winning ways. This month she appears nude in GQ, following accusations that she used a diplomatic visit with the Queen to plug her latest CD.

Gotta love a quasi-political figure who knows how to play her PR cards. Malkin and Coulter, are you paying attention?

See the $91,000 image.

by Angela Natividad    Apr-11-08    
Topic: Celebrity, Political, Promotions, Strange



Behold ... in the Prairies, as Sinatra Croons, a Dick is Born

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Never trash a dude until you know a little something about where he comes from. With that said, watch a great American's life unfold in storybook form and to the tune of "Young at Heart."

The video is for Young Dick Cheney, which Mel Brooks called "A funny book!" and Arianna Huffington said "Delivers a double-barreled blast of satiric buckshot." That's a lot of five-dollar words, thar.

This isn't the first time a Cheney's been thrashed in child-friendly format. In '04, his gay daughter Mary was targeted in a la Dick and Jane.

Nothing is sacred to the political machine. If somebody warps the Curious George omnibus to serve their sick machinations, I'm moving to Roald Dahl country.

by Angela Natividad    Apr-11-08    
Topic: Political, Promotions, Publishing, Spoofs, Video



Meet Pike Place, the Ghost of Starbucks Past

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On Tuesday Starbucks debuted the fresh-brewed Pike Place Roast, named after the street where, in 1971, the first Starbucks was born.

Print ads by Wieden+Kennedy ran in newspapers in most major cities. The bright colours and simple messages coax people to associate Pike Place with everyday workingman coffee (at $2 for a grande? Come ON). Creative concludes with the statement, "37 years in the making." So I guess this is the trump card.

And the trump card feels very Dunkin'.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr- 9-08    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Newspaper, Promotions



Because All of Moby's Friends Will Be Washing Their Hair that Night

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Moby tests the limits of your self-esteem with this popularity contest for his new album.

Entrants are competing for control of the guestlist for Moby's entire UK launch party. The trick is to "fill the place with 1500 mates, or mates of mates or their mates." To flood the house, UK players get friends to MMS 63333 with a unique guestlist ID. Back on the website, your audience swells as the messages roll in.

Five ambitious promoters will be awarded "party crasher" tickets for punting the fete in the most original way and posting a video on YouTube. Pretty neat campaign. Seems like a helluva lot of work though. Put together by archibald ingall stretton.

by Angela Natividad    Apr- 8-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Celebrity, Events, Games, Online, Promotions



'Good Lord, What Are You Doing?' Why, Ordering GTA IV, of Course

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It's a teaser for Grand Theft Auto IV! There's girls with thongs, multiethnic gangsters (so Epcot), bloody cops, and one-liners that would make Scorsese shoot a puppy. (What is it about bad dialogue that makes violence funny? Maybe Elmo knows.)

GTA IV comes out on April 29th. And did we mention in-game music will be available for purchase? True story. Earmark the croons you like, in the next car you steal, with a handy-dandy in-game mobile phone. Amazon keeps track. The song in this spot is "Real McKoy" by Mavado.

Ahh, the sweet smell of sex, drugs and urban misery. We have officially wandered out of the Coke side of life.

by Angela Natividad    Apr- 8-08    
Topic: Commercials, Games, Packaging, Promotions, Television, Video



90 Spots Scratch Surface of Massachusetts Delights

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The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism went on a $4.5 million spree and produced 90 different ads, shot by Mullen, to illustrate Massachusetts and its uninspired "It's all here" slogan.

Each spot is a quick-and-dirty tour of things in Massachusetts you might want to experience: kayaking, the Mayflower, the Norman Rockwell Museum, the Franklin Park Zoo, Chatham, Provincetown... Geez, naming all this stuff is tiring. See it all live on MassVacation.

You know what would really have spiced this whole thing up? A Mooninite or two, Where's Waldo?-style.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr- 8-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Online, Packaging, Promotions



It's a Skid Steer Smackdown!

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Watch big mean tractors climb hills, lift dirt, pop wheelies and whatnot. Every once in awhile you might see a Vanna White protege in a hard hat.

Brought to you by those crazy kids at John Deere and agency Tattoo, the Smackdown is a promotional event for John Deere's 313 Skid Steer. The real thing goes down on April 15 and will be marketed through dealerships and via online video.

Bring your tractor. Bring your balls. And prepare to showcase your manliness in a ferocious game of tractor tug-o'-war.

by Angela Natividad    Apr- 7-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Events, Product Placement, Promotions



Sony Bravia Embraces Blogs, Blank Palettes and Bubbles

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Sony's PR people sent The Bottom Rung some teaser shots for the 2008 Bravia campaign. Instead of deluging us with color like in previous ads (yarn pyramid, technicolor bunnies), looks like Bravia's gone soapy, sudsy, foamy white.

Magically delicious. Where childproof fantasy places are concerned, a bubble bath world is right up there with a bubble wrap city.

by Angela Natividad    Apr- 7-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Good, Online, Promotions








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