Footlocker Gets Twisted For Christmas

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Here's a couple of twisted holiday spots SapientNitro created for Footlocker. In one, a son, who looks way too old to still be living at home, is holding one of Santa's reindeers for ransom unless he gets his favorite pair of kicks from Footlocker. In another, Sanata is chastised for lusting after a pair of sneakers under the tree. He's asked to leave without getting his milk and cookies.

Both spots are a welcome distraction from the cutely overloaded annual pantheon of sicky sweet advertising we see each year.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-15-10    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Strange



Male Copywriter Celebrates Christmas All Year Long

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You've got to hand it to Lawson Clarke. The dude has absolutely no fear of putting himself out for ridicule. Who the hell is Lawson Clarke? He's the dude who, last year, paid homage to the famed Burt Reynolds spread as part of his job search. If you thought that was creepy enough, wait until you see him in this Funny or Die video in which he celebrates Christmas every day for an entire year. The ending is not pretty.

We've also got to hand it to his wife who co-stars in the film. Any woman who can allow herself to be associated with a man like Lawson is an amazing woman in our book!

Happy holidays, Clarkes.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-14-10    
Topic: Strange, Video



Two Examples of Gifts That Save Lives

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Like cats? Hate war? Then you'll love this quirky new work from john st. for War Child Gifts, an organization that allows people to purchase gifts for children of war-torn families. It's not the most direct sell approach we've seen but it is one of the oddest. And we like odd. Because odd is different. Odd is good. And saying the word odd over and over and over again makes a paragraph long enough to wrap around the image that accompanies this story because, well, there isn't much else to say about this campiagn other than, well, it's odd. And we like odd. And...OK...we'll stop now.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-14-10    
Topic: Strange, Video



Orangina Spoofs, Vegas Survives, Cameltoe Accentuated

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- Oragina spoofs commercial after commercial after commercial.

- Las Vegas ad campaign targets recession survivors.

- If you follow fashion advertising you'll be interested to know Anna Dello Russo is out with a new campaign for her fragrance. If you're not, then just move right along.

- Interested in what online video can do for your marketing? Check out this webinar by video blogging expert Steve Garfield.

- And don't forget to submit your hotness to Advertising Hotties.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-29-10    
Topic: Commercials, Racy, Spoofs, Strange



Rokk Vodka Gives us Luxury, Status, And a Viking

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OK, this is hilarious, Poking fun at very over done ad concept you've ever seen, Rokk Vodka brings us back to reality. Delivered in seductive Euro accent, a beautiful woman intones, "Luxury, Status. Desire. And...a Viking." Oh, and, of course, a vodka. From that point on, it gets silly. Oh and there's Andy Samberg and Akiva Schaffer too.

We love it. Booze is just booze.

by Steve Hall    Nov-24-10    
Topic: Celebrity, Commercials, Strange



Rudolph is A Brown (Red) Noser

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So if you're a flying, talking, human-headed reindeer and you don't know what to get Santa for Christmas just ask Rudolph. He's got a red nose but he's also got a brown one. Take a look at this new commercial from Cactus and Fueld Films for the Colorado Lottery's Holiday Scratch game.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-22-10    
Topic: Strange



Guys, Would You Wipe Your Face With Your Balls?

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No matter how close you are to someone, you don't want to pick up a towel and wipe your face with the same part of the towel with which another has wiped their ass. That's the premise behind True Clean towel and this highlighting the disgusting alternative.

The :90 video is :60 longer than the :30 it should be but it's humorous enough. And pretty disgusting if you think about it the next time you pick up a bathroom towel. Even more disgusting is the fact the shower curtain in this video is the exact same one we have in our bathroom.

Gross. Don't get us started on shower curtains. Particularly hotel shower curtains!

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by Steve Hall    Nov-18-10    
Topic: Strange, Video



Polish Politician Pimps Political Prowess in Bikini

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Hey, if you're hot, why not use that hotness to get you elected to political office? Shoving aside the notion people might not take her seriously, Polish pop singer Sara May, also known as Katarzyna Szczolek, posed in her bikini for a series of ads.

She hopes the ads garner her the attention she needs to get elected for local office. In one ad, she appears laying on a beach wearing a bikini along with the copy, "Beautiful. Independent. Competent." Another, obviously going after animal lovers, shows her holding a puppy with the copy, "Honest. Sincere. Uncompromising."

We suggest an additional concept. Picture May, shot from behind, her ass clad in a thong as she peers back over her shoulder atop the copy, "Dedicated. Delicious. Open for Business."

by Steve Hall    Nov-15-10    
Topic: Political, Racy, Strange



Triumph Bra and Miniskirt Welcome Visitors to Japan

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Well we haven't heard from Triumph in a while. No, not the motorcycle maker, the Japanese lingerie maker. You may remember some of the their marketing stunts such as the Ass Off which aimed to discover Japan's best but. Or the marketing of a bra that carried a quit smoking message. Or their introduction of bravertising in the form of a Hanshin Tigers Bra which honored the Japanese baseball team.

Now the brand is out with a bra designed to introduce tourists to Japan,. Yes, only the Japanese can come up with ideas like this. The bra - which is really a bustier - carries images of six Japanese landmarks including Mt. Fuji and the Asakusa district. And upon pushing one of three buttons on the bustier, a message will play, saying, "Welcome to Japan," in English, Chinese or Korean.

But wait, there's more! If a hot Japanese chick is going to walk around in this bustier and allow total strangers to press buttons atop her boobs, she might as well have a matching miniskirt she can flip up to show horny tourists a map of Japan.

Yes. Only from Triumph. Only in Japan.

by Steve Hall    Nov-11-10    
Topic: Guerilla, Strange



Babies Curled, Kindle Calmed, Facebook Placed, Meester Gets Wang

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- It's not in English but the point is pretty clear: curling is a very, very strange sport.

- Amazon is out with a couple of less threatening Kindle ads that decidedly do not go head to head with Apple's iPad.

- Be sure to check out this week's Beancast in which some idiot named Steve Hall tries to sound like he knows what he's talking about when it comes to Facebook's new Deals offering.

- Murray Newlands is out with a new book, How to Make A Blog Book. Check out the Facebook page too.

- If you're Gossip Girl fan, you'll likely want to check out Leighton Meester in the new Vera Wang campaign when it breaks next summer. It's currently being shot in New York.

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by Steve Hall    Nov- 8-10    
Topic: Agencies, Celebrity, Podcast, Publishing, Social, Strange










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