Make A Disgusting Product. Get Publicity, Revel in Revenue

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If you can't get publicity with a great product, create a crappy one and get lots of publicity. This has been Jones Soda's tactic for quite some time. Bt creating flavors such as Brussel Sprout, Broccoli Casserole and Turkey soda, Jones Soda found itself featured on Good Morning America and Jay Leno. Jones Soda Founder Peter Van Stolk thinks he has the key to publicity saying, "I've been in business 10 years and launched 80 flavors, and none of the great-tasting ones ever got on Jay Leno." While it may be stunt marketing, it's paid off handsomely with revenue jumping 18 percent to $24.7 million in the first nine months of 2005. Perhaps Hanes should sell underwear with celebrity skid marks. That's get them on Stern and the likes of Fark in no time.

by Steve Hall    Feb-27-06    
Topic: Brands, Good, Guerilla, Strange



Annoyance And Humor Tackle Debt, Home Foreclosures

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To counteract American's love for credit and denial of debt, the Homeownership Preservation Foundation had to demonstrate just how annoying debt can be in the only terms Americans can understand - annoyingly humorous television commercials. Addressing the 2.9 million home foreclosures that have occurred in the last five years, Minneapolis agency Colle+McVoy created two public service announcements that use annoyance to demonstrate just how annoying debt and it's result can be. The two spots, Loud Mouth and Annoying were directed by Brendan Gibbons of Los Angeles' Hungry Man Productions.

by Steve Hall    Feb-25-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange



Ad Babes (Oops, Women) Call Ad Pigs (Oops Men) Pigs

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OK, we finally get it. This Pigs Anonymous thing. To promote the Advertising Women of New York's Good, Bad & Ugly Awards, Lowe created a site that calls men pigs. Oh but wait. We don't think anything's wrong with it. After all, men have been calling women bitches hoes and sluts for years. Payback's a bitch. Certainly, you've all noticed how men have to be the stupid one in all commercials now, right? That's payback for all they years men made women stand in front their refrigerator glorifying it as if it were some sort of Godlike orgasmatron needed because no man gave a crap about a woman having an orgasm in the fifties. So as an extension of Dad appearing to be a doofus in cell phone commercials, men can now appear to be sexist pigs on a site created by women who have years of pent up hate having been glorified as nothing but D-cups in a bikini catfighting in beer commercials. Oops, sorry. It's all a joke. We get it. Ha ha. Funny.

by Steve Hall    Feb-24-06    
Topic: Industry Events, Strange



Fashion Label French Connection Rips Off Record Label Video

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We're not sure how recent this is but In the vein of the Apple/Postal Service and Apple/Lugz rip offs, we've been made aware of yet another ad-related rip off. This time it's fashion label French Connection seemingly ripping off a video created by record label Groovecutters for a recent television ad. The rip off even uses the same actresses and the same setting which leads one to believe it's more of a wink/nod than a blatant rip off. No matter, Groovecutters has unleashed their legal department on French Connection so, no doubt, there will be some enjoyable bitching to come out of all of this.

The original Groovecutters video is here. The French Connection ad is here. A comparison is here.

by Steve Hall    Feb-24-06    
Topic: Commercials, Strange



Poker Site Creates Fake Cause Group to Complain About Ad, Get Views

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A press release rolled across our screen today which claimed a supposedly controversial video supposedly leaked virally last week was supposedly "under fire" from a Muslim group because the video supposedly poked fun at Muslims. The whole thing's a sham. Pokershow.com is behind it. They invented the cause group Muslim Media Watch under the guise of a plainly fake Blogger blog which just launched Feb. 17 according to Whois and the fact the blog has nearly no content. It's amateur hour again in poker marketing land. Of course we just did exactly what they wanted - give them publicity.

by Steve Hall    Feb-23-06    
Topic: Bad, Online, Promotions, Strange, Viral, Weblogs



Retailer Advertises 'Wife-Beaters,' Wishes It Hadn't

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Adrants reader John Brock sends us this precious example of how not to use slang in advertsing. Massachusetts discount chain Building 19 ran an ad in a flyer promoting wife-beater t-shirts. Oops. Out came the cause groups on that one with Jane Do Inc. spokewoman telling Boston's WCVB, ""I can't say what I thought. I know what I thought, but I can't say out loud what I thought." We know what she thought: "You chauvinistic asswipes! How the fuck could you degrade women so harshly glamorizing low life, trailer park scum who beat the shit out of their wives on a daily basis?"

Building 19 apologies came fast from spokesman Jerry Ellis who said, "They were right. It was awful and I am sorry it happened. It's a slang expression, a street expression, but we should have known better not to use it. I am supposed to read every word. Sometimes it's busy or I am lazy. We are working on a retraction." Refreshingly, that comment definitely didn't go through the press release filter.

by Steve Hall    Feb-22-06    
Topic: Newspaper, Strange, Worst



Time's Square Board Displays Windows Error, Pointless Discussion Ensues

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We wouldn't otherwise highlight such mundane events as a Time's Square billboard displaying a Windows error message if it weren't for the fact not even three comments in, the conversation devolved into a bunch of widget heads launching the ever pointless Windows versus Mac argument. Friggin' geeks. And before all you accuracy police decide to go all "dot the I" on us, yes, we know the image was posted to a tech forum. It's still funny.

by Steve Hall    Feb-22-06    
Topic: Outdoor, Strange



The King Puts On A Show, Offers His Meat

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Advertising For Peanuts points us to yet another creepy Burger King commercial in which the King convinces is to sample his meat in a not so G rated manner. Crispin, if they are behind this as this is a UK spot, has truly taken the Burger King brand to new heights though we wonder if these height aren't moving them into the Hooters category of restaurant chain.

by Steve Hall    Feb-20-06    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Strange



Absinthe Positioned As Ultimate Panty Remover

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Writing on Customer Experience Strategy, Karl Long wonders if this promotion for Absinthe is aligning itself too closely with date rape. While alcohol has always positioned itself as a social lubricant, the imagery on the landing page of this promotion with the image of a woman covering her crotch and the tagline, "the ultimate panty remover," sends a much stronger message.

Long questions the approach writing this promotion seems "to have taken the position that absinthe could be the new 'Roofy' with this recent campaign. Now I say they 'seem' to have taken the position, but this may be one of those unfortunate marketing choices, that seemed like a good idea in the pitch meeting, but in the cold hard light of day, sounds far worse than intended." Perhaps crossing some sort of line here, the campaign and the tone of its landing page do take on a bit of a humorous, cheeky tone so maybe there's benefit out doubt to be given here.

by Steve Hall    Feb-16-06    
Topic: Online, Strange



Ugly White Babies Prevalent In African City's Ads

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In some sort of odd cultural twist, ugly white babies appear to be omnipresent in ads in the mostly black city of Goma, Congo in Africa. What message this sends, if any, we have no idea. We just thought we'd pass it along for you to discuss. Bigger image here.

by Steve Hall    Feb-14-06    
Topic: Outdoor, Strange, Trends and Culture








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