Army of Flight Attendants Tout Utility Company Benefits

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So...what do you do if you are a boring electric utility no one really cares about yet, for some reason, you still need to spend money on marketing? You go hire an army of women dressed like flight attendants and choreograph them Chinese Olympic Closing Ceremony-style in industrial situations which, somehow, is supposed to explain how great the utility is.

Oh, and before we forget, the utility in question is Holland's RWE and the agency behind the work is Amsterdam agency THEY.

by Steve Hall    Feb-20-09    
Topic: Commercials, Strange



Animals Get Weird, Pretty PA Wanted, Zugara Twits, Mullen Tweets

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- Like animals? Like strange "viral" videos? Jonesing for anything Samsung? Then check out this seeded video from The Viral Factory.

- The 12th annual One Show Interactive Awards will take place on May 8th at Terminal 5 in New York as part of The One Club's Festival Week which includes The One Show on May 6 at Jazz at Lincoln Center and One Show Design on May 4 at the IAC Building in New York.

- Creative director seeks hot personal assistant on Craigslist.

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by Steve Hall    Feb-20-09    
Topic: Agencies, Strange, Video



FOX Slams CNN and MSNBC With Ratings Asterisk Ad

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Now we all know television ratings are complete bullshit but that has never stopped media outlets from hyping them one day and complaining about them the next. So it is without surprise the bitchiness continues to escalate as evidenced by this FOX News trade ad which touts its seven year lead with adults 25-54 while, at the same time, calling CNN and MSNBC pathetic, lame and half-baked.

The full copy in the ad reads, "* This would be where CNN & MSNBC use an asterisk in their ads to point out some half-baked on-time statistic to prove that somebody stumbled across their channels giving them a temporary spike in the ratings, which they would tout as unprecedented, earth-shattering and monumental. It's actually pathetic since we all know if they massage their statistics long enough, they can come up with something to make their lame point. But deep in their little hearts, even they know that FOX News is number one in cable and has beem for years."

Seriously. This from an actual television station. Did the entire television industry just turn into a bunch of five year olds fighting in a sandbox?

by Steve Hall    Feb-19-09    
Topic: Strange, Television, Worst



Cosmote Promotes a Schizophrenic Everyday (as YOU See It!)

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Greek mobile phone network Cosmote is promoting its social merits with "Our world is you" -- shorthand for in our world, you can do whatever you want.

The ad aims to represent "the everyday as you see it," and is supposed to be a snapshot of the world from the perspectives of different individuals.

But mostly we just felt confused. A guy walks out into an ordinary street. Suddenly there are cowboys, and a space ship -- by gad, is that a giant disembodied heart?! -- then it snows, shortly before everything dissolves into a big awesome rave.

We did the only thing we could do under the circumstances: we tore out our brains and stepped on them.

Lively stuff, though!

Agency: Bold Ogilvy. Song: anti-war hymn "I'd Love to Change the World" by Ten Years After.

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by Angela Natividad    Feb-18-09    
Topic: Brands, Online, Strange, Video



Bathing Beauties More Delicious Than Napping Sumo Wrestlers

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And in today's weird for weird's sake, we have this commercial for Wai Wai in which fat, swollen noodles become lithe, slim...hot noodles. It's not clear, though, why the guy doesn't spend at least a few minutes enjoying the site of his lithe, slim...and hot noodles before he scarfs them down like a Suleman kid fighting for the last scrap at the dinner table.

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



WB Catvertising for Fear 2 Video Game

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On Friday the 13th, Warner Brothers corralled a bunch of black cats together, covered them in Fear 2 swag and let them loose in London.

The object was to catch the attention of superstitious pedestrians as they avoid sidewalk cracks and ladders and whatnot.

Nice way to get attention. From your target demo though? Ehhh.

Off-topic, is it possible to train a cat to walk in a leash? Huh. Guess so.

by Angela Natividad    Feb-16-09    
Topic: Brands, Guerilla, Promotions, Strange



...and Would You Like Sprinkles on that Star-Spangled Animal Fat?

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"Muscovites have been puzzling over a series of vaguely Warhollian posters appearing in subway stations. The 'product' being presented is called Amerikanskoye Salo, which translates to 'American Lard' or 'American Fat.'

Judging from the poster, it has several culinary uses, including chocolate-covered lard and lard drizzled with borscht."

According to Read Russia (linked above), Russian business newspaper Kommersant claims this American Lard thing is a propaganda effort by political party A Just Russia, which wants to draw attention to the sick, unhealthy interior beneath the US's tasty veneer (edible or otherwise). Others claim it might be a viral effort to promote a book, and at least one civilian believes this really is just a new food product.

"Sigh. Propaganda here used to be so simple," the author laments. Yeah, we know the feeling.

by Angela Natividad    Feb-13-09    
Topic: Guerilla, Packaging, Political, Poster, Strange



Real Tax Payers of Genius Don't Squander on Ad Divas.

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It isn't immediately clear whether the Maryland Comptroller has an ingenious sense of humor or just really low standards, but "Real Tax Payers of Genius" -- a video effort to get taxpayers to e-file -- definitely left us with a queasy "What hath YouTube wrought" sensation.

Word from a colleague: "I love how the screen says ifile ... and the voice says efile." But it was the papercut scene, and the digitally-enhanced voiceover, that stole our appetites.

We can't hate on something we so deeply pity. So hey, MD, here's some help. (And warm clammy thanks to Jack for molesting us with this audiovisual gem.)

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by Angela Natividad    Feb-13-09    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Online, Strange



Man and Robot Have Earnest but Unconvincing Pizza Debate

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Not completely sure what to make of this one. For pizza franchise Mr. Jim's, AdWise put together this weird ad where founder Mr. Jim goes head-to-head with "Doughby," his dough-making robot.

In the space of :30 they start randomly arguing about whether it's dough, or "the toppings and the crust!", that makes a pizza great.

But given that crust is composed of dough, and the company slogan is "It's the crust!", I guess Doughby wins. Or both win. Or maybe it doesn't matter, and we should all hit Pizza Hut for some stuffed-crust action, because that's really more our speed.

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by Angela Natividad    Feb-13-09    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Strange, Television



It's the New WTF Blanket!

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You've heard of the Snuggie, right? No? Well you're missing out on one of the coolest new fashion ever to hit the ... television in the form of a stupid infomercial. But forget about the actual infomercial and watch this parody. Did we say PARODY? Yes, we said PARODY. Get it? Parody!

Anyway, now that we've clarified that minor detail, check out the What the Fuck Blanket.

by Steve Hall    Feb-12-09    
Topic: Good, Spoofs, Strange










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