KFC Colonel Dances to Make us Dance to Make Celebs Dance ... for Charity.

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In Super Bowl spirit, but really just to promote its spicy crunchy Hot Wings, KFC is donating $260,000 to charity on behalf of the first football player or celebrity to do an end zone Chicken Dance.

That seemingly arbitrary figure, says KFC, is the cost of three seconds of ad time in the Super Bowl. The company gleefully calls this "bucking traditional advertising."

Upload your own chicken dance at Show Us Your Hot Wings. The website includes a promotional pep-talk and dance from the Colonel.

Watching that old man switch on a boombox and clap his hands for charity chicken is unspeakably depressing. Sort of like this was.

by Angela Natividad    Jan-24-08    
Topic: Cause, Online, Super Bowl 2008



Under Armour Seizes the Future ... for Shoes!

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Under Armour's advertising in the Super Bowl this year. And it doesn't want to do funny.

The ad teasers take place in Under Armour City. Get a load of the grit-is-gorgeous feel. (The creators bear crosses from previous successes, which include The Matrix and 300.)

The CGI-abusing spots are for The New Prototype (a shoe, though we briefly swore it was a new modem), coming out May 3rd. The first spot will air a week or so before the Super Bowl. We're not clear if that's the same one Under Armour will use during the Super Bowl.

We hope it's got a new one to blow on that overpriced slot, considering the ad of choice marks Under Armour's virgin foray into the football/ad bonanza.

by Angela Natividad    Jan-23-08    
Topic: Commercials, Online, Promotions, Super Bowl 2008



Bud Bowl: As Much a Super Bowl Sunday Institution as Football (Teasers Added)

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For its BudBowl.com campaign, Budweiser is letting Super Bowl audiences vote on each of its ads as they appear, via text message.

Register at the BudBowl site. Budweiser, which is totally happy to whore it up each Super Bowl, promises 10 fresh spots this year and a secret 11th for those involved in the voting.

Don't miss it. Highlights from last year involved crabs and a really fucked-up game of rock-paper-scissors.

Ooh. Just scored teasers. We are laughing already (the vodka helped; sorry Bud, beer don't cut it.) Witness Super Bowl ad magic below.

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'Sausages' to Receive Super Bowl Water Cooler Action?

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It's unclear whether or not this Bud Light Ability to Talk to Animals spot will make an appearance during the Super Bowl but if it does, there could be a lot of sausage talk at the office the next day. Along with graceful shots of the product, this DDB Chicago-created Bud Light commercial starts off innocuously enough touting the beer's taste. It then suddenly shifts to a man and his dog in the kitchen. Sadly, it seems, Bud Light's ability to give one the power to talk to animals is no more. Sadly, the dog doesn't know this and continues to beg for sausages over and over and over...and over again.

It's stupid humor like this that gives this spot a chance at Wassup notoriety.

by Steve Hall    Jan-22-08    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Super Bowl 2008



The Super Bowl Onslaught Nears

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There's beer, cars, soda, computers, tires, beer, more cars, more beer, food, drink, candy, more food, more cars, movies, soap, more soda, more movies, phones, shoes, lingerie, drugs and, of course, big breasted models selling domain names.

Advertising Age has the whole quarter by quarter breakdown here because, ya know, they have a lot more people working there than we do so they can make these nice big lists.

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by Steve Hall    Jan-21-08    
Topic: Super Bowl 2008



Firebrand to Create National Holiday Out of...Um...Commercials

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Is there such a thing as tanking a press release, hoping no one will pick it up and make fun of it? No luck of that here today folks. It might be Martin Luther King day but we're still strapped to our crappy, back-breaking, sorry-ass chair dishing out content for the rest of you unlucky souls working today while your bosses are enjoying the day off.

Anyway. here we go. Firebrand (the hottest spots from the coolest brands, ya know) is pleased to announce what it's dubbed "The Holiest Day in Advertising," occurring February 4th. On that day, Firebrand will showcase the best of this year's Super Bowl spots.

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by Steve Hall    Jan-21-08    
Topic: Cable, Campaigns, Celebrity, Online, Super Bowl 2008



Hyundai Pussies Out of Dropping Super Bowl Spots

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With what Advertising Age calls Hamlet-like indecision, Hyundai has decided to keep its ads in the Super Bowl after all.

Here's our brief coverage of its flirtation with pulling out. (We hate that!)

AdAge dubs the move "a most unlikely ploy to drum up pre-Super Bowl buzz." Replace "most unlikely" with "feeble," and you've got our opinion.

Not to tear open old wounds, but waffling was what lost Kerry the 2004 election. (Say what you will about Bush, at least we always know where he stands. To our endless, purgatory-like chagrin.)

And going back to that useful Hamlet reference, didn't everybody in that play die because he spent such a long time caressing his volatile emotions?

by Angela Natividad    Jan-18-08    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Super Bowl 2008



Super Bowl: GoDaddy Teases, Victoria's Secret Commits, Hyundai May Pull

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OK, here we go. It's Super Bowl time. As usual, we have GoDaddy foisting upon us its now very tired "boo hoo, FOX banned our commercial" routine. This time, it's over the word "beaver." Damn, it's like an eighties teen flick all over again. And all of this comes after CEO Bob Parsons said a while back they might not even appear in the game so who knows what the hell to expect from they. Our guess is they'll tease us with these "banned spots" right up until game day when they announce they won't be appearing during the game. Of course, we hope that's not the case.

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by Steve Hall    Jan-16-08    
Topic: Super Bowl 2008



Mark Timms Tries Improving on Indy Super Bowl Ad Idea

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Mark Timms is creating what he calls "the first independent Super Bowl Commercial." He is appealing to the world at large for creative ideas and sponsorships. Check out the stars of the ad. (Don't worry, you won't know any.)

Timms is one of the three guys who put together the "first" consumer-generated Super Bowl ad effort some months ago. He explained that his partners weren't behaving like professionals, so he's doing it all by his lonesome this time around.

Gotta love CGA.

UPDATE: Commenters are calling Timms out as a spammer and scammer. (Yes, we checked the IPs, and yes, they're all different.)

Extra-extra, read all about it.

by Angela Natividad    Jan- 3-08    
Topic: Consumer Created, Super Bowl 2008



Grandpa Petty to Headline Super Bowl Half Time Show

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It appears the NFL is still sprinting as fast and as far as it can from another wardrobe malfunction with the apparent solution being the older the rocker, the less likely they'll be to even consider exposing the crinkles that lay beneath their clothing. Unlike Janet Jackson, who exposed some fairly fresh looking breast flesh four years ago at the Super Bowl, it's unlikely this year's half time artist, Tom Petty, will leave any possibility his not so young chest - or any other body part - will be seen by the world's eyeballs.

Yes, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, a band that was popular something like 200 years ago will take center stage for Super Bowl XLII February 3 at the University of Phoenix Stadium. Stay tuned for our review. Last year, you hated what we had to say about Prince. Just imagine what will have to say about this guy once he takes the stage.

by Steve Hall    Dec- 3-07    
Topic: Opinion, Super Bowl 2008








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