Sexting Suicide, Sad Pups for PETA, Evan Williams' Life in Longform

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- Adidas launches branded video hub. Welcome to Bandwagonsville!

- New Pearl Jam website by Freedom + Partners. Site includes a puzzle that lets users "unlock" songs from reissues of Ten. Puzzle completion can be timed; people can compete for speed.

- Evan Williams: just a poor but honest farmboy.

- BeanCastin' it up: "I'm for Sale" with Bill Green, John Wall and the spirit of Ben Kunz. (Take a shot every time I say "like" -- and thank me when you've got the goggles on tight.)

- Media that shapes Advergirl's worldview.

- Who Watches the Watchmen?

- Helping PETA help themselves.

- Sexting suicide.

by Angela Natividad    Mar- 9-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Guerilla, Strange



This Isn't Creepy at All.

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DDB/Vancouver's interpretation of arm wrestling, on behalf of BC Dairy Foundation.

POLL TIME!

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by Angela Natividad    Mar- 5-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Strange



Seriously, Is There Anything a Japanese Fetish Game Show CAN'T Sell?

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There's something about Japanese pop culture that compels us to watch and not look away. Japan is the seat of all fetishes, magnified for your viewing pleasure. (And we're not just talking* sexual ones.)

To ensure eyeballs for Nivea's line of shaving products, DraftFCB and Rubber Republic tapped into "glabermania" -- the addiction to shaving and being smooth. Inspired by our game show-crazed Japanese cohorts, here's what they came up with.

Come on, don't knock it. What else do you and your jaded creative homies have to do on Saturday night? Grab a camera and pool your shaving cream; think of it as a company morale-builder.

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By Gad -- a Bra that Demands Creativity!

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We're not really sure why something like the Doodle Bra should exist -- much less why you'd want to graffiti your lingerie with friends, or under the watchful eye of Proud (and Copiously Botoxed?) Mom.

What we do know is that the Doodle Bra is real, tantalizing us with its Chinese convenience store packaging, mocking us with its generic markers and broad selection of stencils.

Here's an encouraging thought: someone out there is getting rich this way.

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by Angela Natividad    Mar- 4-09    
Topic: Packaging, Strange



Carlos Mandelbaum Gets Wasted

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In the continuing saga of Carlos Mandelbaum and his insightful take on the state of marketing today, his latest outing examines the fantasy life of corporate managers. Mandelbaum ponders the penchant of corporate managers to fantasize they are warriors or mystics or...students getting all philosophical and intellectual by enjoying mind-expanding lectures by really cool professors...like the dude that did those weird UPS whiteboard ads.

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by Steve Hall    Mar- 1-09    
Topic: Good, Opinion, Strange, Trends and Culture, Video



Clean Coal is So Clean It's An Air Freshener

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Hmm. So Crispin Porter + Bogusky asks the Coen Brothers to do a spot for their client, The Reality Coalition, to poke fun at the notion there's such a thing as clean coal. Aside from the irony of the word "coal" being in the cause group's name, the Coen Brothers do an OK job withe the cheesy spokesman approach.

In the commercial, the spokesman says, "clean coal harnesses the awesome power of the word clean," as the wife half of the couple he's speaking to sprays black clouds out of an aerosol can. Complete with coughing kids, the spots also claims "clean goal is supported by the coal industry, the most trusted name in coal."

You see? Just like the word clean guarantees your clothes will be clean in laundry detergent ads, the word clean in clean coal ads assures the same, right?

by Steve Hall    Feb-27-09    
Topic: Cause, Celebrity, Commercials, Strange



Picturesque Mountain Cabin + Lingerie = Seriously Twisted Ad

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As we have come to expect from Agent Provocateur, weird is normal. So, in this new commercial, it makes perfect sense a lingerie-clad woman in ironing on the front porch of a mountain cabin while the strangest of music plays in the background.

And that she then goes inside to go all S&M the guy laying in bed.

Yes. Agent Provocateur.

Provocative.

by Steve Hall    Feb-27-09    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Racy, Strange



Billboard Karma Shines on Pro-Biking Campaign

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When Fort Collins-based New Belgium Brewing Co. was offered a package of urban Denver billboards, pro bono, for a pro-biking ad campaign, it quickly accepted, and assigned its agency, Denver-based Cultivator Advertising & Design to create the outdoor messages. And that's when serendipity stepped in and flooded the billboard placement Gods with good karma.

The headline, "Work to Bike More," was inspired by the priorities of several New Belgium employees who may well be more passionate about cycling than about gainful employment. The billboard promotes New Belgium's Team Wonderbike, which encourages both New Belgium employees and the general public to trade in their cars for a bike. The placement above PT Motor's "Cash for Cars" sign, at I-76 and North Federal Blvd., Denver, was...oh yea...serendipitous.

by Steve Hall    Feb-25-09    
Topic: Good, Outdoor, Strange



Mystery Solved! Peter Arnell is Mister Six in Disguise!

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Oh now it all makes sense. So this is what Peter Arnell did before he spent (wasted?) $35 million messing with Tropicana packaging (only to have the brand revert to the original) and who knows how many millions on the Pepsi logo...and that document.

Yes, indeed. Now it makes perfect sense.

by Steve Hall    Feb-25-09    
Topic: Agencies, Spoofs, Strange



If They're Gonna Be Plotting Your Demise, Better to Eat Them While Sober

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Belin Crazy Rings/Tubes/Starfish are essentially drinking snacks. We'd call them beer nuts but the branding material reads "l'apero cingle" -- aperitif snacks. Classy.

Anyway, to best target its market of casual at-home cocktailers, the French company is broadcasting this ad from its website and in banners on sites like MySpace. Our best guess is that they thought, "Drunk people engage in slightly malevolent, poorly thought-out hijinks all the time, so what if our snacks did too?!", and went zealously from there.

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by Angela Natividad    Feb-25-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Online, Strange, Television, Video










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