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



Doofus in A Speedo Pimps Insurance

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- A hilarious ad for insurance company Centraal Beheer makes great use of the Love Boat theme and a twist ending.

- How to simply turn a print ad into an interactive iPad experience.

- New MOO.com ads feature real customers who run their own start-ups and tout the benefits of what Moo has to offer.

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 5-12    
Topic: Commercials, Strange



18 Again Makes Women Feel Like A Virgin

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A campaign from Mumbai-based pharmaceutical company Ultratech for 18 Again cream, which promises to tighten a woman's vagina making here "feel like a virgin again," is causing a bit of controversy. On the one hand, it's said to empower women making them feel youthful. On the other hand, its said the product reinforces the fact premarital sex is still seen as taboo and the patriarchal viewpoint that all men want a virgin on their wedding night.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-28-12    
Topic: Racy, Strange



Exploding Gas Station Not an Obstacle for Toyota Corolla

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Monica is cute. Monica has decided to make a quick pitstop for gas. Monica is cute. Monica will have to find another gas station because the one she just stopped at blew up. Monica is cute. Good thing her Corolla has legendary MPG to getting there won't be a problem. Monica is cute.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-27-12    
Topic: Commercials, Strange



Miranda Kerr Causes Santa to Crash in Japanese Lipton Ad

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Miranda Kerr, and just about every other American celebrity, is loved by the Japanese public. They just can't get enough which is why we keep seeing American celebrities pop up in Japanese ads. Not to mention in a pre-internet world it was a nifty way for celebrities to make silly ads without embarrassing themselves back home.

Miranda Kerr, who has done ads for the Lipton before, can be seen sporting a yellow mini-dress and hat in a scenario that causes us to wonder just what she was doing to Santa that caused him to crash land. It's all to promote the very yellow-looking Lemon Tea.

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



It's Raining Skullcandy!

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Well this is kind of cool and stupid all at the same time. As the sky darkens and ominous sounds are heard, four members of the Skullcandy Skate Team, Eric Koston, Sean Malto, Theotis Beasley and Steve Berra, experience fear as a Magnolia-inspired storm brews. And what's falling from the sky? Skullcandy headphones, of course. But one really must wonder. If headphones fell from the sky, Wouldn't they dent/break on impact? Hey, this is just advertising, not science, so why worry about mundane details such as this?

by Steve Hall    Aug-20-12    
Topic: Strange, Video



Little Mermaid Gets Boob Job in Plastic Surgery Ad

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Falling squarely in the semi-blasphemous category is this ad for Venezuelan plastic surgery center Clinica Dempere which shows what happens to our favorite Disney characters undergo the knife.

In the ads, Evil Witch, the Frog Prince and Little Mermaid (Ariel) become transformed. Evil Witch gets major facial reconstruction and becomes a hottie, Frog Prince has a total body transformation and becomes a debonair hunk. And Little Mermaid has her tail removed, her boobs enlarged and her face transformed into, well, a train wreck as compared to Ariel's original beautilicious innocence.

We're all for bigger boobs in certain circumstances (especially in the case of this dancer whose boobs kept spilling out of both the top and the bottom of her much too small top) but not when it comes to the overblown efforts of some who feel turning a human into a freak is worth getting paid for.

The least they could have done was make Ariel look pretty.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-17-12    
Topic: Strange



Most Awesome Used Car Ad Ever Created

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Thanks to George Parker who, by the way, should be handed the keys to a BDA (look it up) so he can shove his hand up its ass and give it an enema to rid it of decades of pent up shite, has pointed us to one of the greatest used car ads ever written. Yes, the ad is four months old. Don't shoot us. It's still funny.

Found by Mashable on Craigslist, the headline "Jesus Tap-Dancing Christ" leads to some of the wittiest copywriting we have seen in a long time. Touting the fact the car, a 1995 teal Pontiac Grand Am, has tires!, doors!, seats! and a steering wheel!, the car is billed as the vehicle that gave Pontiac a collective aneurysm because of its visually masterful design.

Complete with OMG!-worthy images, the ad is said to be one of three things (tall, dark and drives a fucking teal Grand Am") every woman wants in a guy. It's true, right ladies?

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by Steve Hall    Aug-16-12    
Topic: Strange



Axe Gets Creepy With UpSkirt Cam

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If the internet is to be believed, the Japanese have a well-known predilection for certain kinds fetishistic thinking and behavior. Whether it's a penchant for knee socks or face farting (seriously), the Japanese take the definition of fetish to new levels.

So it is without surprise that a brand marketing to the Japanese would leverage a fetish or two. With its Axe Dry Hot Angle, which allows one to visit a site and get a low angle view of a few hot Japanese women, the brand has its bases covered.

During a press event, low angle cameras captured plenty of upskirt (and knee high stocking) action. A companion website allows visitors to use their webcam to do the same. We couldn't get our camera to do anything at all. Which is all well and good. We're perverted enough on our own. We don't need any help.

But AdVerve got it to work.

by Steve Hall    Aug- 9-12    
Topic: Strange










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