Ad Hypes American Football. We Think.

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This new ad from McCann Erikson Duddeldorf for the Dusseldorf Panthers borders on gross but hey, it's advertising and we like things that are different. And this is different. We're not quite sure how it actually promotes football...uh American football...as in NOT soccer...which...is actually called football in Germany.

Confused? We were too for a minute. OK so the ball in the guys arm is clearly not round which is the point the ad tries to make. As in American football...not European football...as in NOT soccer...as in the game where grown men collide with each other on purpose in order to move a ball down the field.

Oh that's so Neanderthal compared to the ever so graceful soccer...uh football. Oops, that would be American soccer. Wait, what? Football? Soccer/ We are so confused.

by Steve Hall    Sep-11-09    
Topic: Magazine, Strange



Hey Wait. Aren't Hunger Drives Supposed to Feed People?

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OK so how do you raise money for the hungry? You spend a lot of money erecting tables and 200,000 place settings. And rather than actually feed 200,000 people, you just use the whole thing as a fund raising stunt which, in and of itself, isn't a bad thing. It just might have been a bit nicer to actually feed the hungry as well as call attention to their plight.

The stunt comes from Y&R Israel. It's for the Charity Organization and consisted of 1.3 kilometers of empty dinner table.

Where's the beef?

by Steve Hall    Sep- 8-09    
Topic: Creative Commentary, Strange



Move Over P Diddy, Dan Aykroyd's Spirits Have Spirits.

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Sorry Sean, Dan's talking about both kinds of spirits and I'm not missing this. It began as an innocuous enough of a PR announcement:

"Actor, screenwriter, musician and now distiller Dan Aykroyd, whose credits include Saturday Night Live, The Blues Brothers, Ghostbusters and Driving Miss Daisy, will sign purchased bottles of his Crystal Head Vodka at the PA Wine & Spirits store at 1218 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10."

Until you Googled Crystal Head Vodka. How do you not love this guy after watching him talk about spirits? (8 min clip below.) Looking back, the UFO doc sure makes sense now. And the $49.99 pricetag? Genius! People always pay more for the paranormal.

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by Bill Green    Sep- 3-09    
Topic: Celebrity, Strange, Video



Guy Proposes to Girlfriend with Online 'Engagement' Ad.

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Impressive if a little in-your-face. With help from SheKnows, Deep Focus and VideoEgg, NYC-based creative producer Fred Ehrhard used video banner ads, a Diggable top-10 list and Twitter hashtags to convince his girlfriend to marry him.

In the event that you want to help the stalwart Fred along, use the hashtag #sayyesD to tell Delila, the girl in question, why she should weld her life to his FOREVAH. Handy-dandy twitter search, however, has informed us that she's accepted, so now y'all can stop stressing about the additional work that's been imposed on the hive mind.

Wondering if this is the last we'll hear about Delila and Fred. Probably not. We can see the Caturday headlines now: IM IN UR SOCNETS, ARRANGING UR MARRIAGE!

by Angela Natividad    Aug-31-09    
Topic: Online, Strange, Trends and Culture



Non-Prof Mails Change in Hopes of Getting Some

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We all get save-the-kids! mailers, and most of us have received the kind with the nickel or the quarter enclosed, for added effect.

But it never occurred to us how stupid this approach is until The Denver Egotist pointed it out:


If your envelope line reads "A Nickel Could Save A Child's Life!" and you not only enclose the aforementioned nickel, but spend a few more of them popping it in the post, you've just fucked yourselves and the importance of the message.

For those of us that have already passed precious shekels to a charity, it really leaves you wondering how much of that cash was recycled as nickels for the trash heap. But who knows, maybe this works, and we've been doing ourselves a great disservice by hoarding for retirement. What's that proverb? It takes money to make money?

by Angela Natividad    Aug-28-09    
Topic: Cause, Direct, Strange



Candystand + Facebook; TimeOut Hooks Up; 4Chan vs, the Lord's Chil'ren

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- "The hottest ads on the planet!" Ivan of CreativeBits contemplates the Eternal Mystery: whether sex in advertising sells.

- Candystand leaps aboard Facebook Connect.

- After hurting Toronto's feelings, DraftFCB Coors billboards get pulled.

- TimeOut NY wantsta hook up. Dolla make ya holla? Yeah, baby, yeah.

- More premium Twitter account talk. Some features already in pilot-mode.

- 4Chan attacks the Facebook Christians.

- tweetzi -- another Twitter search site. Results toggling features are pretty saucy though if your eyes ever manage to adjust to thick-ass Courier.

by Angela Natividad    Aug-24-09    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Campaigns, Social, Strange



Leaking Mad Men, Flipping for PR, Exorcist Mean Girls

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- Prior to the premier, Mad Men season 3 leaks on iTunes just long enough for a bunch of madcap bloggers to publish stuff like this.

- Social media cool-kid Jeremiah Owyang leaves Forrester, calls his time there "a grand adventure!"

- Defending the PR merits of the Flip camera. (Via.)

- Back to '69 with the Gap, on all your social media platforms (even iPhone!), courtesy of AKQA.

- ...and after Juno, Diablo Cody gives us an exorcist man-eating queen bee. With requisite dorky hot friend.

- Grey: wedding football and the Phantom. (Via.)

by Angela Natividad    Aug-21-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online, Strange



Because It's Never Too Soon to Put the Pasties on Penny.

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We were thinking the other day about all the technological advances that happened with dolls when were kids: the kind with the hair you could cut that grows back, or the one whose hair changed colour when you ran a cold hairbrush through it, or -- our personal favourite -- the one that pissed into a changeable cloth diaper! after suckling real fluid from a bottle.

So maybe Spanish doll maker Berjuan is adding a logical cobblestone to what's already a long illustrious tradition. Still, this demonstration for Bebe Gloton, a doll little girls can pretend to breastfeed, left us suffering from WTF Face.

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by Angela Natividad    Aug-20-09    
Topic: Strange, Trends and Culture, Video



Online Game Campaign Promotes...Bras?

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This is hilarious. American Copywriter has put together, in chronological order, a series of online ads for the free online video game, Evony. The early ads can certainly be seen as relating to the medieval nature of the game. But as the ads progress, one wonders wheter or not Evony has turned into a dating site or a retailer like Victoria's Secret or Frederick's of Hollywood pimping cleavage-enhancing bras.

Odd. Just odd.

by Steve Hall    Aug-17-09    
Topic: Creative Commentary, Online, Racy, Strange



Fashion Sale Trumps Fiance's Well Being

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Some women (oops. excuse us, PC police, some people) will take any chance they can get to score a discount on the latest in fashion. Even if it means forgoing the safety of a loved one. But we're not quite sure anyone would really know what to do with a ransom message that arrived on a VHS tape. That's sort of like asking a 15 year old to send a text from a pay phone.

by Steve Hall    Aug-17-09    
Topic: Commercials, Strange










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