Dove Draws Men to Forbidden Coves, Repels Us from Its Aisles in the Process

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With all the work it's done to court the "we are woman, hear us roar" demographic, we harbor serious doubts that this viral for Dove is the genuine article. Really, do they even sell deodorant cans like that anymore?

It certainly gets the point across (only amazing sensory deception could bring a sexual partner that, uh, close), but we'd be understating if we said the ad only made us a little sick. (And what's with that chick's teeth?) Then again, we really liked the idea of man omelet, so...

by Angela Natividad    Jul- 2-07    
Topic: Racy, Spoofs, Strange, Viral, Worst



Hatten's Ode to 2012 Olympics is Rebranded, Re-Undesigned 'Unionjack'

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The London 2012 Olympic logo having pulled a Pokemon on us, Phil Hatten Design decided we could all use a little Wolff O'Branding. So they decided to re-brand, re-undesign and re-spell the Union Jack as the Unionjack (at left).

True to Wolff Olins' branding manifesto of "frenetic, contemporary and stretchy (which they call 'dynamic, modern and flexible')" design, Hatten lamented he was only able to work the word "branding" in twice.

In the forward-looking spirit of 2012, the final result looks like some hacked-together early 90s concept logo for a shoe that lights up on impact. The only thing we need is a remixed version of the "Clarissa Explains it All" theme song, and hey, we've got a new anthem, too.

What do you say, UK?

Thanks to Scott at Advertising Industry Newswire for the heads-up.

by Angela Natividad    Jun-12-07    
Topic: Spoofs, Strange



Erectile Dysfunction Spoof Has Unhappy Ending

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We never thought we'd tire of the millions of erectile dysfunction spoofs that have found there way to us but we finally have. It's just not that much fun anymore to listen to a fake voice over drone on about 36 hour erections while a dude walks around with a big dick prop sticking out of hin his pants. Except, of course, when that dick prop and closing elevator doors are in the same scene and the spoof stars Cuba Gooding Jr.

by Steve Hall    Jun-10-07    
Topic: Celebrity, Spoofs



iPhone Gets Monolithic Spec Treatment

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Here's some iPhone spec work from Ryan Landels, Director for a Santa Monica production company. Landels has taken the scene in the movie 2001: A Space Odessy where the astronauts first discover the monolith which Landels has replaced with the iPhone. It's a nice piece of work that could certainly be a part of Apple's official iPhone campaign.

by Steve Hall    Jun- 4-07    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Spoofs



HBO 'Big Love' Campaign "Tricks" Viewers With Spoof Fragrance, Viagra Ads

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If you haven't watched HBO's Big Love, you really should. It doesn't matter that the show's about a polygamist family focusing on a guy with three wives and three houses and they're battle to "fit in" while navigating the difficult restrictions "their own kind" place upon them. What matters is the show's keen ability to make other lifestyles seem as normal and everyday as your own. Aligning perfectly with that notion or normality is this campaign from Seattle-based Creature which spoofs fragrance and Viagra ads in a way that makes the lifestyle seem normal while also poking fun at it.

The spots (here and here) have been released on YouTube and fake ads have been placed on the HBO Big Love site. Spoof-like print ads are also part of the campaign and will be placed in sections relevant to the individual ad's focus.

by Steve Hall    Jun- 1-07    
Topic: Cable, Good, Online, Spoofs, Video



In Case You Ever Needed to Learn...

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This has been circulating the 'net for awhile, but the information it conveys is so life-changing it merits a mention nonetheless.

Ever wonder what the difference is between marketing, public relations, advertising and branding? You probably have good textbook examples and some similar spoofs, but like anything else, the best way to learn is with an example involving sex. (Unless the topic you're learning is sex itself, in which case the best example involves Barbies or birds and bees.)

A reader points us to this series developed by Neutron, LLC.

The best thing about it is next time you're faced with any of the illustrated situations you'll know exactly what's going on. And knowing is half the battle. (That's a cheap meme.)

by Angela Natividad    May-31-07    
Topic: Good, Online, Spoofs



Spoof Provides Douche Cologne to Douchebags

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Left by a commenter in yet another story about Axe and their hate-to-love-it, love-to-hate-it Bom Chicka Wah Wah oddity, comes Douche Cologne, that, if the marketer and the agency conveyed the truth about Axe users, would become the next ad campaign for the brand. Poking fun at everything from pop collars, striped shirts, bottle service, house music, Scarface lovers, shirtless MySpace pictures, Abercrombie and Diesel, this spooftastic piece of hilarity sends all the metrosexual wannabes home to their mothers.

by Steve Hall    May-29-07    
Topic: Good, Spoofs, Strange



Culture Jammers Reprise McDonald's Fat Kid for KFC

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That poor McDonald's Fat Kid. We don't know where he came from but he's been our poster child for the obesity discussion over and over and over and over and, yes, over again.

Now, it seems, KFC wants in on the action. Well, not exactly. They're just victim to the latest culture jamming episode to hit the streets of East London.

by Steve Hall    May-14-07    
Topic: Brands, Outdoor, Spoofs



Harry Enfield Shows Us How to Advertise

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We really dig this classic spoof from the Harry Enfield Show about the proper execution of "advertisement breaks."

It's never too late to learn from the slickest society-shapers out there, of which the spot includes three: liquor, tobacco and child advertising in general. Put together, they're even more compelling.

And look - no colour or jingles! Beat that, Old Navy.

by Angela Natividad    May- 9-07    
Topic: Celebrity, Good, Online, Spoofs, Television



Marvel Battles DC Apple Vs. PC-Style

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Here's a fun nod to Marvel's continued success over DC when it comes to transforming its comics into movies. Following Spiderman 3's $150 million opening weekend, Superman and Spiderman dish about who's got more comic movie muscle Apple vs. PC commercial-style.

by Steve Hall    May- 8-07    
Topic: Good, Spoofs










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