This has Wexley School for Girls written all over it. Oh wait, of course it does...because they did it. They created it for MSN Search. Using the kooky infomercial format and several of its stars, Anthony Sullivan, Matthew Lesko and Tony Little, Infomercial Madness pumps up MSN Search informercial-style and offers visitors the chance to make their own promotional informercial. It's all a bit cheesy but, then again, we're talking about the cheesiest form of advertising here.
It's logical we're not too sure what this Dentsu Canada-created spot for madamedgar is all about because we were equally perplexed when we visited their website. Either we're not hip enough to know, don't want to take the time to find out or we're just plain stupid. You tell us.
- Kid runs away from home, forgets passport, TV show promoted.
- Alex Bogusky gets his elf on over at Office Max.
- If you're going to spoof a Mac/PC ad for your holiday card, the least you could do what make it good. TM Advertising didn't.
- Joe Jaffe examines the long, slow death of the portal.
Copyranter wonders whether or not the recent new York City Health Board law to ban trans fats in all foods found in New York will lead to the banning of street food carts, deli salad carst or even farting. One cause group, Consumer Freedom thinks the law goes too far and asks in a USA Today ad if pizza, hot dogs, corned beef and coffee should be banned as well since, ya know, they're kinda bad for you too. Next: miniskirts and halter tops because, ya know, they're distracting.
In a twisted nod to that Draft/FCB Lion ad everyone took pleasure in shitting on, this Ogilvy Amsterdam-created ad for MTV takes the whole lion fucking thing even further incorporating other species and, in an excruciatingly long 60 seconds, tells people to wear condoms because "every six seconds somebody is infected with HIV." Catchy tune though. Unfortunately, it's gonna be stuck in our head the next time we decide to go all animal on someone.
Viagra works. It really does. Even for gymnasts who need to stay rock hard during their routines. Huh? WTF? Just click here if you want to see the full version of this NSFW ad Jason Kottke received as a spam email. Damn, that looks painful!
You know you're going to do something stupid at some holiday party this year so why not protect yourself from the morning after guilt by pretending to be someone else during your evening of frivolity? Now, you can with Alternate Identity Business Cards, an interesting service from, yes, an ad agency. DDB to be specific. Now this is way better (and more useful) than some Christmas card or video.
While we really, really want to believe all those bags of Doritos strewn across a North Carolina beach found themselves there accidentally after a container fell off a ship but we're having a hard time dismissing the notion this is a publicity stunt. Yes, we're all about conspiracy theories here but we agree with Coolzor who writes, "I think it's news items like this one that call for a 'yeah we knew, it was all planned' claim from the Doritos management."
It's been a while since we've added to our "vertising" list but, today, we have a new candidate: thumb-verstising. As part of a new Sara Lee Coffee campaign to promote the company's "coffee pods" that turn into a drink when pumped with thumbs, the brand co-ops thumb-vertising, a movement that offers up thumbs as the next great medium. The site is complete with all you'd normally find on an new ad medium's site: services, case studies, diagrams, surveys and, for those willing to lend their thumbs to the cause, a chance to win a Wii. It's reported "thumbers" are rising subways across Europe holding their thumbs up for hours, promoting thumb-vertising clients. There have been several reports of marketers running towards thumb-vertising trampling those still scurrying for yesterday's medium of the moment: Second Life
The holidays are fast approaching. With that in mind, a representative at LAVA Communications, Australia sent us a few bizarre videos they put together to celebrate the season among civilized kind. If we thought Canada was the go-to country for farcical antics and shenanigans galore, Australia may just blow them out of the water.
First comes a video depicting what we figure must be a common misunderstanding around this time of year. And of course there's nothing nicer than licking your own balls to soothing holiday music. Not that we'd know, of course. - Contributed by Angela Natividad