- 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.
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.
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.
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.
There seems to be some debate regarding the meaning of the boss in this Subway commercial reacting to his employees ass by saying "oochee mama." When the employee asks the boss if he can just photocopy his ass in response to the boss's request for some random lunch receipt, we get that the ad is poking fun at the insanity of expense reports and the ridiculousness of requiring intelligent, grown adults account for every last cent they spend. But we wonder what exactly what the copywriters meant when they had the boss say "oochee mama." Is he gay and admiring the guy's ass? Is he just freaked out at the fact someone is mooning him? Whomever wrote this ad, please explain.
People are always trying to lose weight. There are millions of books written to help people lose weight. We have health clubs on every corner. And we have an endless supply or advertising urging us to do the wackiest of things to lose that weight.
Created by BSUR Agency and directed by First on Mars director Hugo Keijzer, we have yet another ad (for Get in Shape magazine) which mocks all those wacky methods by using a wacky method of its own. There's only one problem with this ad. The woman in the ad is perfectly fit and doesn't need to lose any weight at all. Though she does strip down to her underwear and that's never a bad thing in advertising.
Rather than the road to the White House, PETA gives us its Road to the Greenhouse which gives us candidates such as Selery Clinton, Fruity Giuliana, Broccoli Obama, Dijon McCain, John Breadwards, Mike Huckelberry, Spread Thompson and more. Predictably, the questions to the candidates deal mostly with diet and the advocation of a vegitarian lifestyle. Still, it's funny.
Not much to say about these Volkswagen Toureg ads other than what does a woman standing in what looks to be a prehistoric dinosaur landscape and a man standing in a rocky, desert-like landscape have to do with selling an SUV? Maybe it's Friday and we're tired. Maybe we like more descriptive body copy in out ads. Maybe we drank too much last night.
Thank God for Flickr because without it, we wouldn't have these WTF-inducing advertising images catching our eye as we scroll hundreds of ad images every day. This one, apparently for some king of orange juice (?), features a kid with a giant pencil, a bikinied woman straddling a rubber duck (read what you will into that) and an impossibly leggy woman with an impossibly short (OK, we've seen shorter) mini-skirt and an impossibly long knife...nest to an orange. Whatever.
And yes, we're sure it all would make perfect sense if we could read the language the ads were written. But, then, what fun would that be?
HoneyShed, that Droga5-created, brand-as-content site has some new videos out that are floating around YouTube. As whacky as the originals, these videos feature iPod silhouette-like female figures gyrating while HoneyShed voice mails are played, a woman in her underwear frolicking on a carpet with puppies, that weird Filipino martial arts dude Weng Weng and two women doing...well, we have no idea...in front of a skyline. Some truly drug-induced creativity we must say.