In the "so horrifically bad it just might actually be good but not really" category is a recent campaign from Rolling Rock that consists of online, billboards and TV spots which urge people who hated a recent "beer ape" commercial - which never actually ran except for placement on YouTube - to email Rolling Rock's VP of marketing to complain. We saw the billboards but hadn't yet seen the video on YouTube which Adverlicious tipped us to. While the commercial itself is over-the-top stupid, 1,024,265 have viewed it and 791 people have commented on it. Like it or not, that's fairly decent play for any YouTube placement. The question, as always, is, will this foolery actually sell any beer?
Another gem for your novelty holiday CD collection. Riding the wave of a supposed lifelong struggle with uncontrollable flatulence, Flatulina puts on a Horatio Algier-style gameface and decides to lace Christmas classics with the distinct sound of farts.
There are plenty of people who make a living off the philosophy of cheap and easy. Bathroom humour epitomizes cheap and easy because somebody somewhere is always willing to laugh at a fart joke, so we have to give props to a chick willing to turn this into her contribution to the world at large. Yet another indication there's a divine calling out there for everybody. - Contributed by Angela Natividad
Not that you've ever had the premonition this guy did before buying condoms but this particular premonition, in the form of a 90 second ad for Manix condoms, clearly illustrates the "dangers" successful usage of condoms can cause. In Bulworth, Warren Beatty said, "If we all fucked each other, we'd eventually end up the same color." If Warren were in this Manix ad, he might say, "If we all fucked each other with condoms, we might end the world as we know it."
If the general public ever thought those of us in the advertising business were just a bunch of wanna-be-cool hipsters who drink too much Starbucks, play too much foosball and have strange tastes in music, these two new commercials created by Mother NY and directed by The Perlorian Brothers would confirm that line of thinking. In this spot for the Virgin Mobile Slice, a phone packaged to look like a can of sliced ham, nothing is normal. Nothing at all. And, perhaps, that's a very good thing.
Nothing is safe from becoming adspace, not even bugs, though to be fair we could consider it a return to our roots since we branded animals way before we started branding other stuff. Scientists have just placed a small logo onto a genetically engineered butterfly.
Isn't that exciting? We're embarking slowly over the threshold of Vuitton-stamped lepidoptera. If that doesn't turn you on just ever so slightly, we will call you a liar and challenge you to a duel. - Contributed by Angela Natividad
The Government of Ontario cares about manners and thinks guys should be nice to girls. That's the gist of the messaging in this commercial which points to a site called Equality Rules. In the commercial, almost directly opposite from a scene in last night's Friday Night Lights in which one of the characters working the register at the local fast food restaurant tries to pick up a girl by telling her what she really wants when she places her order, a mean spirited guy, for no apparent reason, berates a girl who's just trying to order a burger.
The Equality Rules site is filled with cheesy cartoon advice vignettes that seem almost purposefully to mirror high-minded finger-wagging you'd get from your grandmother after she caught you getting drunk with your friend on his Dad's boat. SInce all other angle seem to be taken on convincing people to be nice, maybe this one will actually work. The commercial was created by Toronto's Bensimon Byrne and produced by UNTITLED (yes, that's the name of the company).
Argentina's Telecom Arnet got into the holiday spirit and went into charity this month. Juan Manuel Fraga, a decade or two past his sexual prime and balding all the while, serves as the poster child for Todos Por un Pelo. For every new customer who signed up for broadband in November, Fraga got a hair implant courtesy of Arnet and a Canadian clinic run by Dr. Tomas Ballve.
We're not even sure how to approach this but the shit was funny. We would totally have jumped at the chance to sign up for broadband in Argentina if we could watch those hairplugs get pulled out one by one. Maybe that can be a follow-up campaign.
Check out how Juan looks now. - Contributed by Angela Natividad
It took us a while to wade through the blather-filled press release from Scratch Marketing that led with the headline, "Word of Mom," and went on to talk about how Cuisinart and Urban Moms had teamed to "build a relationship with mothers by offering unique, relevant and personal opportunities for moms across Canada to interact with the Cuisinart brand" before we realized it was all about the launch of another brand-sponsored blog. OK, we're jaded but why does the meat of the matter always have to be so slathered with marketing babble rather than a few clearly descriptive sentences the average human being can understand?
How about this: "Canadian mom site Urbanmoms launched Kitchen Party, a blog sponsored by Cuisinart that will offer recipes moms can make using their food processors. Along with a downloadable recipe book filled with recipes for newborns, the blog wil also give moms what they really need after a long day with their screaming babies: blender drinks." Much simpler, right?
While the image on this Bridgestone billboard does, perhaps, conjure images of that kid who gets his tongue stuck on the light pole in that Christmas movie they play every year and allude to traction, Adrants reader Matt found it to be "phuckin' gross!" We're undecided on the "phuckin gross" thing but we do think it's far better advertising than most bland tire ads wasting space in various media.
Flickr user skonen blades wonders if the last panel in this brochure with the copy, "Join us for...whatever you're in the mood for," is a bit suggestive. He's even gone so far as to provide his own labels for the panels from first to last, "Dinner. Romantic drinks. A night out with friends. Rear entry." Whoops. Rear entry? Hey, we don't write this stuff. We just share it.