We were going to leave this one alone but since it's beginning to appear in a few places, we feel it's necessary to cover (with facts, no less). So, here goes. We received an email earlier this week suggesting a recent Carl's Jr. Chili Cheeseburger commercial which aired during the Oscars was quite similar to a video, Knight School, that "aired" in 2005.
The creators of the Knight School video, TouchBlue, claim the creators of the Carl's Jr. spot, Mendelsohn Zien Advertising, stole their idea. And so the classic copy cat story was born.
Sprintcuts, a handy-dandy Sprint campaign, gives tips on how to quick-peel a banana and dry nail polish in a blink.
The campaign leads people to Waitless.org, which shares other somewhat-productive tips on "time rebates" that are supposed to leave you with the sense that Sprint = time savings.
We've actually seen this spot, Instant Baby Soothe, a few times on either Hulu or ABC.com. We thought it was cool, but until this very moment we had no idea whose ad it was. Which would actually be helpful, because then we'd know who to blame when our relatives "WTF?" us as we carry their spawn to a nearby sink.
Big-ups to Candace for sharing.
What? The guys over at Ripe Digital are fast! No sooner do we share the 'fact' rap is one of the top ten ways to get your online video to go viral do we receive this raptastic expression of love for the almighty monetized content syndication. Entitled Ripe Revolution, this video turns the media negotiation process into what it truly is: a drug deal between buyer and seller.
It's a bit cheesy but if you've ever been to a trade show and heard the actual human beings that do this sort of thing, it's a pretty accurate representation. Don't miss the shout outs to the agencies at the end of the video.
Like a mashup between FreshDirect and Froogle, the United Kingdom's MySupermerket will compare prices across several supermarket chains and offer up the best deals. To promote this new service, Keta Keta created a video in which a couple share a goofy sex romp with food with rather than eat then. Well, until the "painful" end, that is.
And what is it with that Marmite stuff? Do people actually eat that crap?
Well that was a lot of money wasted just to tell us hiring a professional photography studio is better than using speed cameras to get the shot. and doesn't everyone just love a "viral video" that bores you for 1:15 and then causes you to utter "WTF?" during the last few seconds? But don't listen to us. We don't know anything. We're just a lame ass ad critic. We're sure there's at least a handful of people out there that will like this and that's all that matters.
"Stomping Grounds" is a half-hour romp through the childhood of Biz Markie. Crawling the streets in a Scion, Biz explores his apartment in Harlem, favourite restaurants, old friends, and the place where he first started recording.
We like it. Oddly though, it made us nostalgic for Cribs. Maybe it's the exit scene.
The vid was produced by Inform Ventures, which promised the tour would lend an "authentic perspective into the artist's back-story."
Well, "Stomping Grounds" is definitely more authentic than the Nelly storybook for Panraven.
Neither do we. But this one -- for CAO Cigars -- has subtitles and guys that could be samurais in down season. That is, if you go by the clothes and otherwise fail to observe that they bitch about smoking all day and sleep sitting up.
The spot has something to do with CAO guys fighting a smoking ban so they can attend Chicago's Big Smoke in April.
Whenever you're finished trying to laugh at that, see Hitler Gets Banned for some quality subtitled commercial appropriation.
- Freakishly weird Jack in the Box has a new website, Make Jack a Sandwich, which AdFreak's David Kiefaber says, "revels in the kind of exaggerated 1970s sleaze I've only seen a thousand times before."
- Copyranter tells us that Gene Simmons tape was just a publicity stunt. Hmm. We never saw that coming.
- Make the Logo Bigger tells us this MasterCard should have run during the 80th Academy Awards as opposed to the dreck that did.
- It's One Show Week!! Yes. From May 5-9, The One Club will host its One Show, One Show Interactive and One Show Design events
It's very easy to sometimes call out and make fun of the sappiness most cause-related marketing efforts are so fond of employing but if you bypass the urge to toss them off as manipulative tear jerkers, you come to realize these efforts are important and do very good things for fellow human beings. That's the case with Delta's Force for Global Good, a humanitarian effort which support Habitat for Humanity, The Conservation Fund and pink ribbon breast cancer efforts.
Um...huh? All of this just to promote a "lame" t-shirt? Seems like a lot of effort to us but when you set an artist and a filmmaker free, unhinged by those nasty account executive types, this is what you get. All to promote a Love is Lame t-shirt.
We're not sure we actually agree that love is, in fact, lame but we do like the quirky effort this piece of creative exudes in a effort to at least get us to buy a t-shirt that argues the point. Of course, because the work is so quirky, it could be flying over our head and, in fact, be endorsing love. More likely, it's reflective of someone's less than successful travels on the path to love.