Disaboom Invades Facebook with Disarmingly Hot Wheelchair Warmers

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The girl is cute all right, but it's more than a little jarring to see the ad pop up while we're busy trawling shirtless co-eds in the dark of night.

Get her reflections on sex at Disaboom.

Wethinks the Disaboom campaign is an aggressive effort to de-stigmatize the disabled crowd amongst self-obsessed and totally shallow marketing execs-- er, college students.

by Angela Natividad    Jan-23-08    
Topic: Cause, Online, Strange



Dude ... is the Statue of Liberty Sloshed?

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Last week at Heathrow Airport we saw this thirst-inciting ad that read, "Fly with everything you buy from the departure lounge."

(And you really should buy alcohol.)

by Angela Natividad    Jan-22-08    
Topic: Poster, Strange



Minnesota Lottery Ads Capture Store Clerk Geekism Perfectly

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The sad thing about this new Colle + McVoy-created campaign for the Minnesota State Lottery is that there really are real people in the real world just like the ones depicted in three new commercials. You've met them. They might work at your local convenience store, the local Best Buy or, perhaps, CompUSA. You know the type. The ones who look so goofy you can't believe they don't, themselves, believe they look goofy. Or the ones who say and do things so strange you can't believe they don't, themselves, know they sound and look like an idiot.

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by Steve Hall    Jan-21-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Good, Strange



Who's to Say Technology Doesn't Get Under the Skin?

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Adrants reader Atif sent us this spot, snapped by Engadget at CES 2008. It causes us physical pain.

Not to say every questionable piece doesn't have its audience. Atif thinks the veins as headphone wires idea is cool, actually.

by Angela Natividad    Jan-18-08    
Topic: Poster, Strange



Heart-Shaped Crotch Shot Promotes Italian Footwear Quality

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In the customs line at Heathrow we saw this leggy ad reading "I love Italian shoes."

And then we blinked. What's that logo in the upper left-hand corner? Is that a wide-open, heart-shaped pair of legs? Then we understood. If crotch shots keep Britney in the public eye, why not use the same method to promote the quality of Italian footwear?

The logo and ads are brought to you by ANCI, the National Association of Italian Footwear Manufacturers. The ad we saw (and hastily snapped for posterity) goes on to say, "The words 'Made in Italy' are a guarantee of fine Italian-crafted shoes."

Who are we to say a quality product can't open wide every once in awhile?

by Angela Natividad    Jan-18-08    
Topic: Outdoor, Promotions, Racy, Strange



Cheetos Gets Really, Really Weird With Orange Underground

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After spending some time with Cheetos' new Orange Underground, a full blown movement "committed to transforming sterile order into messy mayhem," its primary purpose of urging people to do wacky Random Acts of Cheetos that don't involve eating makes perfect sense. After all, Cheetos aren't even food. They're just a bunch of man-made chemicals mixed together and placed in a bag. This campaign is much like the Mentos/Diet Coke thing whereby people were urged to perform all manner of chemical wizardry as opposed to actually consuming the products, both questionable, at best, as to whether or not they, too, are actual foods.

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by Steve Hall    Jan-18-08    
Topic: Good, Online, Poster, Social, Strange, Video, Weblogs



Denver Wants Ego, Effie Calls Green, Absolut Does Vaginas

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- The Denver Egoist, which covers the Colorado ad scene, is in search of an additional writer and is holding an essay contest. Check it out here.

- It seems American Idol judge Paula Abdul along with Madonna may perform during the Super Bowl. No one at FOX is confirming or denying anything and it's unclear when (and even if) either of them will make an appearance.

- Maybe because it's now OK to make movies about girls who have teeth in their vaginas, it's OK to develop an ad that looks just like the body part.

- The Green Effie Awards has announced its call for entries which will be due February 15. The Green Effies honor eco-marketing campaigns. Info here.

by Steve Hall    Jan-17-08    
Topic: Industry Events, Publishing, Strange, Weblogs



Guinness Beer Made From Dots...Really

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Created by IIBBDO Dublin, this new Guinness Dot commercial explore the life of a dot and how it realizes it's many opportunities as it grows, meets other dots, explores and...becomes a glass of Guinness beer. Huh? A bit of a stretch but as one person pointed out, if you can be anything, be the best. The best being Guinness, of course. Right. Still a bit of a stretch. Wonderfully creative though and always great to hear Donald Sutherland's voice - even if it makes us think we're watching a Volvo commercial.

by Steve Hall    Jan-17-08    
Topic: Commercials, Creative Commentary, Strange



Obama the New LensCrafters Spokesman (OK, Not Really)

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After seeing this LensCrafters ad on The New York Times homepage, one has to wonder if, perhaps, it was created specifically to get a bit of added awareness because, as one Adrants reader notes, it's somewhat "Obama-esque." Or, it could just be a random coincidence. But, it's not like marketers haven't done stuff like this before. See the ad in context on the NYT page here.

by Steve Hall    Jan-15-08    
Topic: Online, Strange



Cavemen Prove Focus Groups Kill Great Ideas

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These two videos from DraftFCB Hamburg examine the idiocy of focus groups and why it's silly to rely too heavily on them. In the videos, one caveman moderator and three caveman panelists turn great ideas like fire and the wheel into useless inventions no one would ever need. It's humorous enough and hits home perfectly the notion a bunch of random people will, undoubtedly, kill a good idea every time.

by Steve Hall    Jan-15-08    
Topic: Good, Strange, Video










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