It's not often you see a financial institution engage in bathroom humor but ING has gone all the way with i-needtogo.com, a site that let's you choose what you need to do in the stall and then hear from the madame pipi why you do not need to pay her. Yea, we didn't get it at first either but in Europe, as it was explained, these madame pipis are like bathroom attendants. The keep the bathrooms clean and get paid with change from those who use the bathrooms.
Created by Belgian agency Emakina, the site uses an interesting side to side sliding technique which allows one to move back and forth between the promotional bathroom site and the bank's site. In fact, as the madame pipi is explaining the ING account, the ING site slides in and out automatically so you can see what she's talking about. Nifty
If you live in France and happen to have found a baby in the frozen food section of your local grocer, fear not. This isn't the latest baby dumping stunt by a distraught teenager; it's just a home-grown campaign to promote France's national child abuse phone number, 119. Another clue this isn't one of those baby-in-a-trash-barrel things: the babies here are tiny, plastic and wrapped in bags like toys.
It's not a sanctioned campaign but a one-off from a group of people who think the cause needs greater promotion. We're not sure what we'd do if we found a frozen baby while reaching for a bag of frozen peas but we sure like the approach these guys took to call attention to the issue. Watch the video.
Here's a series of commercials for Vancouver's Vancity Savings Credit Union which promotes environmentally friendly financial products with goofy scenarios such as a married couple using aerosol spray while discussing the wife's use of the credit union's credit card that donates to environmental causes, and an Eskimo couple debating whether or not global warming is a myth.
See the enviro VISA, the climate change mortgage and -- our favorite -- the mixer mortgage.
Created by TBWA\Vancouver, the commercials are shot by OPC director Brian Lee Hughes using his usually quirky style and mood. They're not the best we've seen from him but their brand of humor seems to click with us.
Elvis from Dubai just informed us that Ad-Air, which builds "bird's-eye billboards" for airline travelers (or aliens?) that aren't visible from the ground, has just set the world record for "largest advertising banner" with the launch of its first effort for the Dubai airport.
It kind of makes sense that a country that can afford to put snow in the desert is now also hosting the largest ad ever. The spot is for Sorough Real Estate and covers over 20,000 square meters (the size of more than two soccer pitches).
The Guardian says a Guinness Book of World Records Inspector came out and designated the ad as the record-holder for banner size. All we can say is, we're glad the record-holder wasn't Eva Longoria for Maxim or an iPod.
Lest we forget that showers are also battlefields for drawing brand allegiances, Lowe, Athens and Kings & Queens -- makers of shower gel, body oil and 21st Century royalty -- come leaping out of left field to reignite our senses.
This campaign never makes you feel the same sensation twice. See the everyday technocrat turned King Caspar. Watch a retro Nefertiti claim a honey-slathered victim. Catch the demure Chinese Princess experimenting in her lab.
And finally -- the crowning glory -- observe a trailer-made brand of Sheba and Solomon. (The paper crown at rest beside the rollerblades: priceless.)
The logic follows: "It's all about being part of an urban culture that makes you feel like an everyday royalty." Ahh.
Maybe it's because it's India. Maybe because it's just plain goofy. Maybe it's just Bollywood gone Madison Avenue. Maybe it's just...oh, whatever. Just watch this weird educational video about condom usage from Nrityanjali Academy, Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India.
MediaBuyerPlanner points us to a military recruitment ad campaign that accidentally appeared on GLEE.com (Gay, Lesbians and Everyone Else).
The armed forces still operate on a "don't ask, don't tell" basis, so it was with surprise when recruiters for the Army, Navy and Air Force discovered they've been pushing ads on a site so flamboyantly ... out.
The ads came from Community Direct -- GLEE's parent company -- as part of an alliance with Monster.com. Apparently the military buys some kind of package from Monster that grants their spots inclusion onto any of a number of represented community sites.
When military agents were told of the GLEE placements, they appeared astonished and pulled the ads.
Iceland doesn't want to be left out of the whole Last Supper ad scandal thing so here we have yet another ad that plays with that final meal. In this ad, Jesus is looking for Judas because the Last Supper is about to begin. In the commercial, Jesus gives Judas a call on his Siminn-powered Sony Ericsson 3G video phone and asks him where he is. The two converse using the phone's 3G-powered video capability. Come to find out, he's telling jokes to a few men and, because our biblical skills are sorely lacking, we don't know whether this ad is supposed to be funny or offensive. Or, that it's just bad. You tell us. EnnEmm Advertising created the spot.
This commercial comes right along with the controversial Folsom Street Fair ad which created a version of the Last Supper with semi-nude men and women along with bondage and sex toys. Miller Brewing was embroiled in the controversy for its sponsorship of the ad. Some call it blasphemy. Others label it humor. We just get a kick out of the media frenzy these things create.
Getting cheeky, the usually highbrow British Airways campaign goes for camp with a new site featuring comedian Pam Ann. Like that flight attendant you'd wish would wipe that annoyed look off her face, Pam Ann lightens things up a bit with mumbles, stumbles and pratfalls and she "auditions" to become a British Airlines flight attendant. Of course, she fails miserably but not before offering up a few laughs.
The bottle at left is a limited edition Evian container created by Christian Lacroix. Evian makes a line of designer bottles every year to celebrate its commitment to "chic sophistication." If you want to spend between $5.99-$9.99 for a bottle of water, you'll find this one at high-end grocery stores and good restaurants.
If your taste is too fine for a Lacroix Evian bottle, you might consider the Haute Couture variation, which is so special the PR people wouldn't even give us a cost on it. Imagine an Ice Queen variation of Mrs. Butterworth's maple syrup. She seriously looks like she'll bite off your face.
All right, Evian. Think you can spend any of that Haute Couture cash on your Second Life efforts?