Check out these fake ads from fashion photographer Steven Meisel. For W Magazine, Meisel shot Linda Evangelista and four red-bottomed men for a lingerie brand the magazine dubbed Tantrum Intimates." Love that! Another ad features Joel Shumacher who, prior to his film career, used to design window displays for Henri Bendel, is surrounded by a bevy of ladies styling it up in formal black attire. And then there's Carmen Carrera in a faux ad for La Femme fragrance.
In perhaps one of the most moving scenes of AMC's Mad Men, Don Draper pitches an ad campaign to Kodak for its slide projector Carousel. It's epically awesome the way he uses the emotion of life events to perfectly position the projector for Kodak. Damn. If only Kodak had Don Draper now of when they really needed him; a few years ago when they foolishly brushed off the digital photography revolution as a fad.
Anyway, Don Draper has traveled ahead a few years and is, once again, working his magic, this time for Facebook which just introduced its Timeline feature. We have to say, the pitch worked for Facebook's product just as well as it did for Kodak's
- Working in advertising really is the easiest way to make money. That is if you're Chris Evans and you're on a photo shoot kissing Evan Rachel Wood.
- JD Sports is seeking a 16 people to be The Face of JD in the brand's upcoming Fall advertising campaign.
- This got lost in the shuffle. Be sure to check out this biker/movie theater stunt created by Duval Guillaume for Carlsberg.
- Check out Famocracy, an effort by two Wharton School students who think the American Dream is still alive and well.
- Blockbuster goes Netflix: separates video rental business from popcorn sales.
- Dachis Group has unveiled Social Business Index, an index of real-time ranking, analysis and benchmarking of social media adoption within business.
Let's be clear right up front. This letter was not written by the real John Wren. If it were, it would be career suicide and a giant middle finger lodged in the behind of shareholders. But let's not let that stop us from enjoying the humor within.
Whomever wrote this letter created in the style of the letter everyone on the internet received from Netflix today explaining the company's recent price change and the launch of Qwikster. The 'John Wren' letter is far more amusing and will give you something to chuckle over on a Monday afternoon. Click the image to read.
Once again, a video meant for internal use only has been leaked to the web. This time, it's from Microsoft which is hyping Office 365 and it's called Gmail Man. With a catchy tune and the questionably suitable lyrics "Probing every sentence and all your punctuation. Got his nose in every colon and every situation," the video attempts to portray Gmail as abusing one's privacy.
The video was played in front of an audience of 15,000 at Microsoft's annual Global Exchange sales conference held July 20.
While the video is somewhat humorous even if it stoops to silly fifth grade boys bathroom humor, it shoots itself in the foot. The video argues Microsoft 365 is a business application that, unlike Gmail, carries no ads. Perhaps the creators of the video should have realized Google has a business solution as well and one of the features of that solution is the ability to disable ads.
Germany's Blush Lingerie is having some fun with the Murdochs in a new print campaign. A new campaign, created to mirror News of the World, mocks the News International phone hacking scandal with headlines such as, "Rupert: Why listen if you can watch?" and "Hello James, look at our little secrets."
If you aren't familiar with Loren Feldman, you should be. You may not always agree with what he says but you will appreciate his candor and no bullshit approach to all things internet. Over the years, he's gathered together a collection of puppets that he uses to make videos that offer up pointed commentary.
Today Feldman used one of his puppets, Shel Israel (a real person at whom Feldman often pokes fun), to create what he says is a much better version of the Ford Focus commercial that features a puppet.
Feldman's puppet trashes Ford's puppet, Doug, who we kinda liked for trying to pick up the hot female reporter in one of the commercials. But that's besides the point. The spoof is long, you might not appreciate all the humor but it's equally goofy as the original.
Skittles has really done it this time! OK, Skittles really hasn't. They have nothing whatsoever to do with this little piece of spec work from L.A. directing team, Cousins. Funny as this is, one has to wonder how many Skittles a guy would have to eat in order to "perform" the way the guys does in this video. While there's no nudity, we'd classify this one as decidedly NSFW.
- Drew Barrymore will front a new campaign for Nieman Marcus.
- David Hasselhoff is making jokes with the Air New Zealand puppet.
- Campbell Mithun wants you to know they've employed the apparently never before used "flicker" effect in a new commercial for Famous Footwear.
- Vogue will top the fashion category this September with 584 ad pages.
For those of you who think the latest Got Milk PMS ads are a bit too sexist, wait until you see these six Got Milk ads. No, they aren't real. They are spoofs courtesy of Funny or Die. Headlines include, "Get Her Used to It. Milk Can Help Objectify Women" and "Because Her Boobs Are For You, Not Your Baby."
See all six ads here.