The Things That Catch Your Attention in Your Inbox

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When you're cruising through your inbox to rid it of the few items your spam filter missed, pointless newsletters you never signed up for, Nigerian-style scams (which, sadly, still make their way through) and shockingly unrelated press releases and you stumble up one featuring an image of a woman bent over with her head in a box and wearing nothing more than heels, and underwear, you do sort of pause and wonder, "Huh? What the hell is this for?"

OK, that was a long sentence. Anyway, this email is from The Observer's Very Shop List and it's all about improving your summer wardrobe with a visit to Rue La La, a "a private two-day sales boutique of the most desirable designers at 30-80% off retail prices."

Have at it.

by Steve Hall    Jul-29-09    
Topic: Creative Commentary, Direct, Racy



Even Adrants Thinks This Campaign is Gratuitous

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Huh? Did we just write that headline? Are we now going to launch into how the use of sexual imagery is gratuitous, after having defended it (sort of) for years? Yes we are. Why? Not becasue sexual imagery is a bad thing. No. Not at all. But because this particular campaign leaves one with a giant, "You're selling what to who?" disconnect.

Copyranter found a New Zealand-based campaign for Widex hearing aids which employs "a naked hussy and a tattooed, tasseled tranny (I think)." Yea. Seriously.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-27-09    
Topic: Bad, Campaigns, Racy



Zappos Orgasms, Mr. Six Back, Bono Double Dips

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- A little overexcited Zappos fun courtesy of Meg Ryan.

- If you care, Spike would like us to know who the top ten ugliest rappers are.

- smashLAB's Eric Karjaluoto tells us about Blair, a newsletter with "strong insights for design studios on how to avoid begging for work."

- Six Flags' Mr. Six is back and we love him. Oddly, some don't.

- Check out Buffalo Wild Wing's new Night Hunger Monsterizer.

- Bono is a co-founder of Elevation Partners which put $435 million into Palm. He also shills as pitchman for RIM's Blackberry. Hmm. Conflict of interest?

- CustomAdArt lets advertisers post jobs on the site detailing the image they want and how much they will pay for that image. Photographers then compete to create the best image. Have at it, people.

by Steve Hall    Jul-27-09    
Topic: Racy



KGB Girl Elizabeth Bogush Loses Her Skirt

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A couple weeks ago, we announced the launch of questionably-named mobile company, KGB, a service that offers human answers to texted questions. As a follow up to the launch, another commercial features two guys arguing over whether or not Archie Griffin won two Heisman trophys.

Spokesbabe Elizabeth Bogush just happens to be within earshot of the two bickering men and offers a challenge; the loser gets to wear her skirt. Which, odd an visually unpleasant as that may seem, is a coup for the rest of us becasue we all get to see Bogush flaunt her figure in her underwear.

by Steve Hall    Jul-21-09    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity, Commercials, Racy



Mentos Isn't The Only Thing That Makes Soft Drinks Explode

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Apparently this Sprite commercial was banned in Germany though it's listed as spec work on YouTube. But let's not get bogged down with details. No. Let's just enjoy the explosively effervescent glory the man and woman share together in the ad.

by Steve Hall    Jul-18-09    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Racy, Spoofs



Did You Really Mean 'French Me' Or Was Your Mind in Another Gutter?

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OK. What do you really think was on the mind of the copywriter when he can up with the tag, "French Me" for the latest Hardee's outing which features a bunch of French maids posing and primping to, oh yea, sell us some French Dip Thickburgers?

Yea. Exactly.

by Steve Hall    Jul-16-09    
Topic: Racy



Jayde Nicole Dons Lettuce Bikini For PETA

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PETA grabbed Playmate of the Year Jayde Nicole for their latest Go Veg effort. In celebration of National Veggie Dog Day (only PETA can come up with this stuff), Nicole, along with another lettuce-clad hottie, gave out free veggie dogs outside Capitol Hill yesterday.

Hmm. We've seen this lettuce bikini thing before. Wonder who created the idea first. Oh and before you all go slinging agency names around like a sandbox full of kids fighting over a plastic shovel and screaming, "mine! mine! mine!", we're quite sure old-school cavewomen - or maybe even Eve, herself - can lay claim to the invention before anyone had an inkling of the word "advertising".

Sadly, Obama Girl didn't make an appearance with the Giuliani Girls for an all out catfight.

by Steve Hall    Jul-16-09    
Topic: Cause, Guerilla, Racy



Axe: Now Available in Leather

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Is it an ad for chocolate? A modern ad for Chrysler's new "rich, Corinthian leather?" A preview for a yet another scifi/horror movie in which creepy things crawl underneath your skin? Or is it an ad for Axe deodorant? If it wasn't labeled and logo'd as an Axe ad, we're not sure we'd know

by Steve Hall    Jul- 8-09    
Topic: Commercials, Racy, Strange



It's Amazing What Ruffles Can Do For Your Imagination

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Honest.This is just your average, run-of-the-mill potato chip commercial. You know. The one where a guy puts on a strange head contraption and begins to fantasize about women unclasping their bra, jumping up and down on a bed, dancing in a thong, playing with stuffed animals, sticking her tongue out at you and...getting an x-ray while wearing lingerie.

Yea, that kind of commercial. Nothing special here. Move right along people.

by Steve Hall    Jul- 7-09    
Topic: Commercials, Racy



Tight Blue Jump Suits Sell Beer

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So Bavaria is a beer. They have a racing team. They have the Zo factor. And they have hot women in tight blue jumpsuits who prance around a website and in YouTube videos.

As always, somehow this sells beer.

by Steve Hall    Jul- 2-09    
Topic: Online, Racy








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