MySpace-Savvy 'Digital Panhandlers' Come Collecting for Cash to Burn

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For a dollar, you could get a Digital Panhandler to shit-talk somebody in an audio email. (As a courtesy to patrons, your identity will remain anonymous.)

Ain't technology great?

For other sackcloth-sporting brethren the premier Panhandler lends these words of encouragement: "Remember Digital Panhandlers you are not alone. Where ever you may roam in the matrix you will find a fellow Digital Panhandler."

In the end, that's all these ad-supported new-media-buzzing VC-hustling widget-builders are doing anyway, right? And why not? At least one guy's freshly-plush off the hype.

by Angela Natividad    Sep-24-07    
Topic: Consumer Created, Online, Strange, Trends and Culture



AdSense Buys Coffee For Sexy Flickr Girl

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Who says Google doesn't help the poor?. Or do they? AdPulp's David Burn, calling it The Sexy Side of AdSense, found a photo on Flickr of a short shorts-wearing, girl-next-door cute woman holding a coffee cup and wearing a t-shirt which reads, "AdSense Buys My Daily Coffee (And Keeps the Change). Sweet.

by Steve Hall    Sep-24-07    
Topic: Online, Racy, Strange



Jesus Gives Flat Chested Plain Janes Makeovers and Breast Implants

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AdFreak calls our attention to this freakishly weird video for England's Plug TV which features a Jesus fatty taking a trip down from the heavens to visit the dirty, raw wold of human beings. It doesn't take long before he's drinking and magically turning flat chested librarian types into large-breasted, bikini-clad hotties whom he takes with him for a ride in his mega-stretch limo. That is until Dad gets angry.

Predictably, the Catholic church is a bit miffed.

by Steve Hall    Sep-24-07    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Policy, Racy, Strange, Video



Pepsi, Axe Ride Lovesick Tat-Sporting Girls to Push Strangely Similar Campaigns

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We do love the smell of recycling in the morning. An Adrants reader drew our attention to this new effort by Pepsi, where you can enter a friend's information to feed the appetite of a steamy, stalkery coquette who likes to video blog. It seems an awful lot like the stalker campaign by Axe.

The Pepsi one is a little cleverer about integrating personal details, but both end the same way: with a cheesy personalized tattoo. Observe Pepsi and Axe variations for our invented victim Eric. No, we're not super creative, but hey, neither are these guys.

< ominous tone > The 'net sees all... < / ominous tone >

by Angela Natividad    Sep-24-07    
Topic: Brands, Online, Strange



Little People Laugh It Up, Goof Off in Intercasino Spots

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Following the recent legalization of gambling advertising in the UK, London agency Personal has created a series of really weird spots to promote online casino Intercasino. In the spots, little people do strange things like roll down a hill as a pair of dice, ring bells and engage in a game of...little people toss? Anyway, see them all here for a lunchtime laugh.

by Steve Hall    Sep-24-07    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange



Volkswagen Gets Gross With Clean Jetta Guy

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No one loves their car this much. Oh wait, this is Volkswagen we're talking about. Those freaks are whack. Just witness how much this guy loves his Jetta and will do anything to keep it clean before he picks up his girlfriend. Even if she has to suffer from his cleaning technique.

by Steve Hall    Sep-21-07    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange



QVC Insider Reveals Mystery Behind iQdoU

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A QVC employee has risked life and limb to let us in on what's happening behind the iQdoU? campaign.

The source blithely reports QVC will be unveiling its new logo on the 23rd, a Q that represents a package being opened to reveal the QVC inside.

Sounds complex.

QVC employees were shown the new logo just yesterday.

by Angela Natividad    Sep-20-07    
Topic: Campaigns, Outdoor, Strange, Word of Mouth



This Commercial Break Sponsored by Cleveland's Brokaw

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This is a year old but look what fun Cleveland-based agency Brokaw has with it's own. An unsuspecting Brokaw employee named Erin gets the shit (well,not exactly) scared out of her when her co-workers decide to set off one of those air horns in her office. Hey, it's not news but we all need a commercial break from that sometimes. Consider this that break.

by Steve Hall    Sep-20-07    
Topic: Agencies, Strange, Video



High School Food Fight Promotes Eating Better

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Oh the lameness that passes as advertising because, well, we all love a good fart joke or a high school cafeteria food fight. It's the latter General Mills, with help from mono, has gone for in launching The Good Food Fight. On the site there are recipes which you can forward to your friends who can view them but as they view them, they are visited by character who throw food at them. So, send one to that shit head boss of yours just for laughs.

by Steve Hall    Sep-17-07    
Topic: Online, Strange, Viral



Cobras, Ice Cream Won't Convince Us the Zune's About Sharing

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72andSunny and Goldfrapp give us Meltdown for the Zune. It takes place in the desert with an ice cream cone and two cobras, which share the sweet instead of fighting for it. At some point their scales get all disco fever, and shortly thereafter, a shitload of other ice cream cones fall out of the sky.

The ad vibes like something off Cartoon Network with the '80s sex music and gyrating cobras and whatnot. We also can't help but wonder, are the ice cream cones metaphors for the now-ubiquitous iPod?

According to the press release, the ad is supposed to illustrate sharing (as in, filesharing) between the cobras, which is rewarded by all those other ice creams falling from the sky.

Wait - is this the same Zune that actually discourages sharing by restricting users to the Windows platform? Half the time it doesn't even play music purchased from the MSN music store. Don't give us this schlock about sharing.

Neat ad, though. Weird, but neat.

by Angela Natividad    Sep-17-07    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Strange








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