Be Careful Where You Step in Cambodia

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In an odd twist, a print and online campaign created by BBDO Singapore is lauding Cambodia's beauty as a travel location and then switching message and calling attention to the 6 million landmines that, are apparently still waiting for someone to step on them. Neat. I wanna go there right now. Expedia, book my flight!

by Steve Hall    Aug-24-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Strange



'Jane' Helps Jane Get Laid, Hopes to Insert Self With Readers

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B.L. Ochman reports Jane Magazine has launched a social media-like campaign that includes a blog, a video, a forum, voting and more, all to, well, find 29 year old Sarah DiMuro a date so she can lose her virginity before she turns 30. Yes, this is how we promote magazine readership in the age of social media. But, as in with the cool kids as this is, Ochman points out they forgot the MySPace page, the eBay auction and Second Life.

by Steve Hall    Aug-23-06    
Topic: Magazine, Promotions, Strange, Video, Weblogs



Ad Seeks Replacement Bridesmaid

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We never thought it a tragic emergency if a member of the bridemaid party couldn't make it to the wedding for some reason but, it seems, someone does have a big probllem with that has, as AdPunch points out, placed this ad on Craigslist looking for a stand in bridesmaid. A portion of the ad reads, "Have you always wanted to be in a wedding but keep getting passed over for the role of bridesmaid? Are you often referred to as the life of the party? Does your smile light up a room? Can you fake tears?!" The ad also states the size of the bridesmaids dress that needs to be filled and, apparently, a busty body style is required. Humorously, the ad also states who should not reply to this ad including WWE wrestlers, home wreckers, sexual predators and MILFs.

by Steve Hall    Aug-23-06    
Topic: Online, Strange



New Airport Security Puts Fun (And Nudity) Back Into Flying

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Ariel tells us RyanAir is getting sassy and points to a Boing Boing piece which discusses a lawsuit the airline filed against the UK government in response to its increased airport security measures. Apparently, it's all a bit much for the airline which placed on its website an image of a crowd of naked people standing by their clothes with the tagline, "New Airport Security Procedures Put Fun Back Into Flying."

by Steve Hall    Aug-22-06    
Topic: Good, Online, Policy, Strange



Cans Cover 'Cans' In Desperate Attempt to Get A Pepsi

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Some people will do anything to get their hands of a can of Pepsi. Even if it means using one's clothing to make it across the hot sand to the soda stand. And for this clothing-challenged woman, Pepsi cans are more than containers for the bubbly stuff.

by Steve Hall    Aug-21-06    
Topic: Commercials, Strange



Cleavage Is A Phone's Best Friend

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It seems the marketers of this Asian-based cell phone maker have been looking at a lot of goofy MySpace, Flickr and Webshots images where goofy girls like to stick all sorts of things between their breasts. Somehow this ad is supposed to demonstrate the phone's small size. Personally, we prefer phones that require far more ample storage room. Oh be quiet! We have to make idiotic jokes like that or else everyone will go read Advertising Age.

by Steve Hall    Aug-21-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange



Creation of Chrysler's 'Ask Dr. Z' Explained

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Comic Sheldon explains the real reason why Chrysler ended up with its less thatn loved ad campiagn featuring that weird dude, Dr. Z. It has something to do with a drunk circus monkey .

by Steve Hall    Aug-21-06    
Topic: Strange



Lad Mag 'Maxim' Thinks Lad Locale Maxxim Treats Women Poorly

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Gawker brightens our morning with some legal frivolity of the illogically stupid kind. Not that any lawsuits are ever overflowing with intelligence but when a magazine that glorifies women as sex objects sues a strip club that, oh, glorifies woman as sex objects, we just stick that in the WTF category, Yes, Maxim Magazine is suing Tampa-based Maxxim Men's Club for trademark infringement because it claims "an establishment that allows women to perform sexually explicit dances has hurt the magazine's trademark and Dennis' reputation." Alrightly then. And showing women in a constant state of undress for the masses to droll over doesn't hurt anyone at all? It's time for an Agency.com fist bump and a collective "dude!" between the two parties in acknowledgment of their "glorification" of the female persuasion.

by Steve Hall    Aug-21-06    
Topic: Magazine, Policy, Strange



Closet Shelving is A Fashion Statement, Dammit!

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For years. we've seen the very utilitarian ads for that closet shelf company, California Closets. That utilitarian approach always seemed appropriate since closet shelving is, well, utilitarian. It seems someone over at California Closets got bored just showing pictures of their shelving in ads which were usually placed unceremoniously in the back of many newspaper's Sunday magazine. A frustrated California Closets marketing person apparently stood up and said, "Dammit, we want some far forward right hand page action!" to which the Sunday magazines replied, "Dammit, we don't want any crappy utilitarian closet shelving ads ruining the front of our preciously wannabe culturistically fashionista-like magazine pages" to which California Closets screamed,"Dammit, we need to get ourselves some hip, vapid looking, ridiculously dressed models and drape them across the ad and, like, just kinda show our shelving in the background" to which the Sunday magazines said, "Cool, we'll take your money now for this ad we know people are gonna look at and go 'what the fuck are they selling here?'" To which we say, well, we've said enough.

by Steve Hall    Aug-21-06    
Topic: Creative Commentary, Magazine, Newspaper, Strange



Stupid Stoners Steal Fake Weed, Net Puts Surveillance Video on YouTube

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Because it's hard to believe anyone would be stupid enough to think a sandwich bag filled with fake weed was real on a Prime TV billboard in New Zealand promoting the Showtime series Weeds and try to steal it, this "surveillance" video released on YouTube just seems like another planned social media promotion. Not that that's a bad thing but we just wonder about the intelligence of those in this video. The video shows people trying to pull weed-like substance out of the big bag affixed to the board and ends with "$429 Reward. To the stoner who ruined our Weeds Billboard: please call 021 682526 to return the missing buds. Please." Oh wait, those stupid people are paid social media actors. Silly us. How could we have thought otherwise? Oh wait again. This is supposed to be funny. OK, now we're laughing.

by Steve Hall    Aug-21-06    
Topic: Guerilla, Online, Strange, Television, Video










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