Learn How Not to Impress the Girls With 'Party Training'

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Here's a bit of hilarity for you. Swedish fashion brand Bjorn Borg is out with a video featuring training enthusiast Ron Allen who introduces us to the notion of Party Training. Party Training is the sort of thing you'd see some dweeb doing at a party in an attempt to impress the ladies and practice for his next cheesy infomercial.

Viwers can submit their own Party Training idea using the iOS app Loopcam which is sort of like Instagram for animated gifs. Submitting images enters the person into a sweepstakes for a chance to win a full year of personal training and selected items from the Bjorn Borg AW12 collection.

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by Steve Hall    Oct- 3-12    
Topic: Strange



'Softness Boogieman' Brings Psychedelic Cleanness to Laundry

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Here's a new, goofy ad from Method featuring the brand's Softness Boogieman who brings psychedelic cleanliness while wearing a Barry Gibb-like white suite. As he boogies, he brings a fresh, sunshine-y scent to your laundry. You know, as if you were to do your laundry outside on a gentle Fall-like day at the base of a foliage-filled mountain. Yes, that's how we all do it, right? via Mashable.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-28-12    
Topic: Commercials, Strange



HealthNet Uses Fake Tweet on Billboard to Promote Site

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It seems that no amount of publicized social media faux pauxs let alone general marketing faux pauxs over the past hundred years are able to prevent other brands from becoming bumbling idiots ripe for ridicule. Today's marketing dunce cap goes to Health provider HealthNet which saw fit to use a fake tweet on a billboard (spotted in Portland, Oregon) to promote its site.

The tweet, "Affordable, fits my biz needs - smart health plan #healthnetcares," reads as if it were written some social media buffoon with just enough pompous "guruism" to convince his clueless superiors "this will be a really cool billboard!"

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by Steve Hall    Sep-25-12    
Topic: Outdoor, Social, Strange, Worst



Lana Del Ray Does 'Blue Velvet' For H&M

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Having just finished re-watching Twin Peaks on Netflix, this new H&M work featuring Lana Del Ray singing Blue Velvet is apropos. Directed by Johan Renck, Del Rey's version of the 1950's classic is as mysterious as any David Lynch project you could imagine.

Of the work, H&M Creative Director Donald Schneider said, "We are excited to have Lana Del Rey, the new star and style icon, as the face of our fall campaign. Lana is totally unique, and we wanted to create a print and film campaign that's just as special. The mood is very L.A. noir and is inspired by our Fall collection, which also fits with Lana's own personal style."

It's not your average commercial work. And it's a wonderful departure from your usual, run-of-the-mill retail commercial work.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-24-12    
Topic: Commercials, Strange, Video



Shopper Card Miraculously Improves Animal Life

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We like Psyop. We like Clemenger BBDO. We do not like this new work the pair created for New Zealand-based shopper card, Fly Buys. Why? Because it makes no sense. Now, to be fair, we've never used a Fly Buys card so we may not completely understand its magical qualities but we're pretty sure sliding a piece of plastic through a card reader isn't going to make some animal's life more enjoyable. But, hey, that's just us.

Watch the spot and see if you can feel it.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-21-12    
Topic: Commercials, Strange



Canadian Hottie Chops Wood, Guts Fish For Fashion Brand

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Canadian fashion brand Smythe is taking a decidedly different approach to marketing its wares. In a campaign created by Toronto agency Open and production company Sons & Daughters, two videos feature a woman in the woods chopping wood and gutting a fish while dressed in attire otherwise reserved for a more elegant setting.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-13-12    
Topic: Strange, Video



Energy Drink Helps Australians Facerape Their Friends

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For Australian energy drink V, Jung von Matt has developed Switcheroo, a "game" that allows one person post anything they want on another person's Facebook profile...as long as you give them permission to do the same. It's set up in a way that no passwords are shared nor is access to private messages or settings granted.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-12-12    
Topic: Social, Strange



Kohler Says It's OK to Crap In Front of Your Neighbors

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It's become standard far in toilet advertising to present the crapper as some sort of fashion design object without which your life would be incomplete. In this Kohler campaign, which is an extremely strange mashup between pointlessly pompous fashion ad and bad porn movie, we are, apparently, being told it's cool to take a shit in full view of our neighbors.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-11-12    
Topic: Strange



Agency Objectifies Account Executive to Attract New Business

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Southern California-based Skiver Advertising has launched a tongue-in-cheek (or cheesy, take your pick) new business effort called "Wanna Date Derek?"

The campaign, which features 28-year-old (though in the video he says 20) account executive Derek Hall, began with a billboard and extends to a website on which Derek touts his attributes. The campaign also includes a Twitter account (@WannaDateDerek) on which the 6'1" Derek is described as "vivacious, handsome, smart, ripped" and "a kind-hearted soul."

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 6-12    
Topic: Agencies, Strange



Anna Dello Russo Says 'You Need the Fashion Shower'

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H&M has hooked up with Vogue Japan Editor-At-Large Anna Dello Russo for a Colony-created, Alex Turvey directed video in which Russo struts her stuff and offers up a "fashion shower" of fashion commandments to honor the launch of her new accessories collection for the retailer.

In the 2:46 video, set to tunes from Producer/DJ Emiliano Pepe, Russo prances about in a grand wink to the over-the-top, very silly world of high fashion.

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 6-12    
Topic: Brands, Strange, Video










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