Top 10 Most-Read Adrants Stories of 2013

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As we look back on 2013 to see what popped here on Adrants, we see that interests ranged from the serious (a campaign which used disabled models to ponder the notion of perfection) to the silly (semi-naked teens promote a magazine with hand bras) to the stupid (yet another social media screw up) . But most interestingly, it was our Facebook screed, This is How Facebook is Going to Die, that took top honors, by far. Without further ado, here's what you loved most on Adrants in 2013.

1. This is How Facebook is Going to Die
2. Kaley Cuoco Makes Super Bowl Debut in Toyota Ad
3. 'Disabled' Mannequins Ponder the Notion of Perfection
4. Semi-Naked Teens With Hand-Bras Promote Swiss Magazine
5. Bookstore Chain Helps You Sleep With Your Favorite Book Characters

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by Steve Hall    Dec-27-13    
Topic: Trends and Culture



How to Avoid Copycatting Dead Ad Trends

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If you hadn't noticed, in the world of advertising, things come and things go. What's cool today is passé the next. It's a fickle business with an inherent lemming-like underpinning that almost requires brands to quickly jump on the latest trend lest they be viewed as stodgy and out of touch.

But the problem with this approach to things is twofold. Much like the movie business, in which most sequels never live up to the original, rarely do "advertising sequels" live up to the original and rarely does the much pontificated "next big thing" ever truly come to pass.

In celebration of this hard to shake advertising trait, we're going to take a look at some of advertising's trends that wish they could have become more than trends - and how a little collaborative foresight could have avoided both the time wasted willing these trends that never were into fruition and the embarrassment that resulted from choosing to be a copycat.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-17-13    
Topic: Trends and Culture



Top 13 Visual Design Trends For 2014 [Infographic]

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Last week, we took a look at what's hot and what's not in terms of design trends for 2014. Today, we're going to take a look at the top visual design trends for 2014. Just like last week's Hot or Not Design Trends piece, iStock queried creatives from around the world so see where design is headed for 2014.

There are 13 visual design trends to look for next year. They have been compiled on an interactive infographic here and we've also listed them below:

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by Steve Hall    Dec- 9-13    
Topic: Research, Trends and Culture



Top 10 Design Trends For 2014 [Infographic]

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iStock has queried creatives from around the world to determine what to look for in 2014 design trends. Entitled Hot or Not (oh how we miss the original Am I Hot or Not), the infographic gives a thumbs up/thumbs down look at flat design and skeumorphic design; short form storytelling versus long form; real models versus retouched; 3D and offset printing; and more. Give it a look.

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by Steve Hall    Dec- 3-13    
Topic: Trends and Culture



How Smarter Ads Will Shape Consumer Intent This Holiday Season

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Well, the Halloween candy is now on clearance and the plastic turkeys are on display. That can mean only one thing: we're at the cusp of Holiday Shopping Season! As someone who spends all day, every day thinking about the best way to get the right message to the rightperson at the right time, the holidays keep me up.

Recently we all learned from the IAB that digital ad revenue is significantly up over previous years. Yet, despite the mind-blowing $20.1 billion spent in the first half of 2013 alone, I'm excited about the opportunity to help retailers make sense of all their options and use them in the most effective manner - especially, during the critical holiday shopping period.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-31-13    
Topic: Tools, Trends and Culture



Does This Rollasole Ad Featuring Disembodied Legs Objectify Women?

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A new print ad campaign for Rollasole, a footwear brand that sells rollable flats, features images of women's disembodied legs amidst a party-like, illustrated atmosphere and the headline, "Let the good times roll."

Rollasole Founder Matt Horan says, "We're very excited by the new creative approach. The campaign perfectly captures what Rollasole is all about: enabling you to carry on when your heels start to hold you back."

We assume the notion here is that woman can carry these rollable flats in their purse so that when their legs tire of wearing societally-required high heels, they can simply don the flats and give their legs a break.

We've seen the disembodied legs theme before, most notably in a recent Voco ad which carried the headline, Play with my V-Spot because oral is better."

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 3-13    
Topic: Trends and Culture



Sexist TrueCar.com Ad Says Women Don't Need A Dude to Help Them Buy A Car

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My how times haven't changed. Remember that classic Goodyear Polyglass commercial which many have dubbed the most sexist ad of all time? You know the one. The one in which...OMG...you wife has to drive alone!

On one hand, advertising culture has moved beyond portraying women like moronic, bikini-clad bimbos whose sole purpose is to drape themselves across the hood of a car or stand in front of a refrigerator. On the other, we have TrueCar.com which, in a serious headscratcher, thought it smart to imply women are still hapless nitwits who have no idea how to buy a car on their own.

A not-so-recent ad from the used car site features women telling us how the site gave them the necessary confidence to buy a car on their own with one particular woman saying...wait for it..."I don't even need to bring a dude with me."

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Stephanie Gilmore's Dad Defends Her 'Sexploitation' Roxy Ad

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Last week, surfwear brand Roxy released a promotional video some dubbed softcore porn. In the ad, five-time world professional surfing champion Stephanie Gilmore is seen frolicking in bed wearing just her underwear. Later she is seen taking a shower and cavorting on the beach in a bikini. She never actually surfs.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-15-13    
Topic: Campaigns, Racy, Trends and Culture



Mountain Dew's 'Most Racist Ad in History' Pulled

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Following a litany of complaints, PepsiCo has pulled a :60 Mountain Dew commercial that social commentator Dr. Boyce Watkins dubbed, "arguably the most racist commercial in history."

The ad, indeed, carries racist overtones with a white women -- who appears to have been assaulted -- attempting to identify her assailant from a lineup of black men...and a talking goat who urges her not to spill the beans with various threats.

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by Steve Hall    May- 1-13    
Topic: Brands, Policy, Trends and Culture



20 Marketing Trends and Predictions for 2013 and Beyond

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In 2012, the world of marketing underwent major changes. We saw the rise of Pinterest, several IPOs and acquisitions, an aggressive political ad war, Facebook's 1 billionth user, and watched one Korean artist turn into a global phenomenon thanks to YouTube.

But what's in store for the next year? This guide from HubSpot aims to serve as your navigation system into the world of marketing in 2013.

Download this report now to gaze into the marketing crystal ball and uncover what marketing will look like in 2013.

by Steve Hall    Feb-21-13    
Topic: Research, Trends and Culture








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