GM Rethinks Depressed Robots. Hey, How About Robo-Nannies?

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Remember that suicidal GM robot? Imagine it's refreshed, rehabilitated and ready to contribute to society again.

Would you let it touch the kids?

Courtesy of Make the Logo Bigger.

by Angela Natividad    Feb-13-08    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Strange



Computers Go Back in Time to Celebrate Broadband Invasion of TV Turf. Wait, What?

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Word has it that broadband content is now eligible for Primetime Emmy Awards. Whether that flatters broadband shows or the sleepy Emmys is anybody's guess; it's all the same in the media melting pot.

To spread the news, WONGDOODY prepared a print campaign with Mary Tyler Moore and that bigoted dad from All in the Family. Computers have been stitched into their environments. Headers read, "Welcoming Broadband to the World of Television."

Creative will appear in print and online. There will also be an "aggressive online word-of-mouth effort."

Oh, yeah: Because that big, bad PR really twisted our arms.

by Angela Natividad    Feb-13-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Online, Outdoor, Strange, Television



Old Spice Hair and Bodywash: For Hair and/or Body, or Both

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In a moment of generosity, Make the Logo Bigger spilled some saucy new Old Spice beans on us (via Copyranter). If you have hair here, here and here but not there, you owe it to yourself to watch it.

It's neat that Old Spice tore open its billowing shirt and let out the musk. But now that everybody's laughing, how about improving on that old, spicy formula? We can't all be Bruce Campbell.

Consider:

o Old Spice in Cool Evergreen
o Old Spice a la mode (no one can resist the manly thrall of vanilla)
o Old Spice's alter ego: Youthful Mellow

by Angela Natividad    Feb-13-08    
Topic: Best, Brands, Online, Strange, Video



Times Square's Naked Cowboy Sues Blue M&M

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It's seems Times Square's Naked Cowboy - aka Robert Burck - who, at first, thought the video billboard showing a blue M&M dressed like a cowboy was funny now has had second thoughts and is suing Mars $6 million for trademark infringement. Burck thinks the video represents too closely what he does each day in his underwear and would like to see some cash out of the situation.

Does that mean with $6 million in his pocket (if he wins), Burck won't have to perform for money thereby depriving New Yorkers of an entertainment in institution? Oh the horror! To pass through Times Square and not see the dude in his underwear? That is just wrong. So wrong. We hope he loses. Oh wait, that's not nice. We hope he wins and heads to Calvin Klein to grab himself some stylish new drawers.

by Steve Hall    Feb-13-08    
Topic: Opinion, Policy, Strange



Wonder Bread Now Made With More Than Just Air

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The most fun we ever had with Wonder bread wasn't eating it. Nope. Not at all. Especially since every bite would stick to the top of the mouth and adhere itself there like glue until a bit of invasive finger surgery was performed. Rather, because it's made mostly out of air, we'd take sadistic joy in compressing an entire loaf into a shape the size of a tennis ball and hurling it across the table at our sister. It made for great breakfast time entertainment but it seems things have changed over the years.

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by Steve Hall    Feb-13-08    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange



James Bond Meets Spy Versus Spy For Kansas City ADDY's

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Barkley and production house Liquid 9 have welcomed back the ADDYs to Kansas city by killing off the OMNI Awards Spy versus Spy-style. Poor OMNI meets a bloody death at the hands of ADDY who uses the usual Spy versus Spy tactics to do so.

Hey, this is advertising. We'll beat our competition to a bloody pulp every chance we get!

by Steve Hall    Feb-13-08    
Topic: Good, Industry Events, Strange, Video



Ogilvy: While Contemplating Life's Journey, Think Vuitton

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Here's a pretty but slow-going spot from Ogilvy Paris. Ask yourself (while reclining in the idleness of the inherited rich): do you create the journey, or does the journey create you?

We were a little stunned to discover the ad was for Louis Vuitton and not for the Tourism Department of, oh, Portugal. Or maybe the Virgin Islands.

In any case, to demonstrate LV's trademark decadence, Brentter points out the spot is the first-ever TV ad for the brand. And it clocks in at :90! Way to burn the scrilla-scratch dough.

by Angela Natividad    Feb-11-08    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Strange



Osama Bin Laden Video Promotes Fashion Brand

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We've seen the many directions in which fashion brands travel to promote their wares. We've had Dolce and Gabanna toy with rape. We've had target employ holographs. We've had Nolita use an anorexic French actress to sell its wares. We've had Wrangler spread fashion mannequin around Paris. We've had hottie-wear promoted with voyeuristic videos. We've had former Russian leader Mikhail Gorbachev hawking Louis Vuitton. We've had Sisley doing, well, anything and everything that has to do with sex to call attention to its fashions.

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by Steve Hall    Feb-11-08    
Topic: Celebrity, Strange, Video



UPS Wants to Deliver Body Parts In Continuing Contextual Corrigenda

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Oh how we love contextual advertising. Surely, it's a very effective form of online advertising and does it's thing quite well about 98 percent of the time. That's certainly worth celebrating but it's that other two percent we love so much.

You know it. It's that two percent that give us turpentine ads next to stories about a girl who committed suicide by drinking turpentine. "Card Shark" credit card copy next to an article about a woman killed by a shark. A free dinner for two offer from Olive Garden next to a story about how 250 people fot sick after eating at one of their restaurants.

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by Steve Hall    Feb- 9-08    
Topic: Bad, Online, Strange



Poorly Received Super Bowl Ads Draw More Online Traffic

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The Super Bowl ads people claimed to dislike more than others, or that performed poorly in ad popularity studies, turned out to perform quite well in terms of acquiring website visits. GoDaddy, Salesgenie, Office of National Drug Control Policy, Audi, Gatorade, Under Armour, most of which weren't too well received, saw significant gains in site traffic the day after the game, according to Hitwise.

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by Steve Hall    Feb- 7-08    
Topic: Research, Strange, Super Bowl 2008








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