Lap-Band Solves Obesity Issue

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Maybe if McDonald's and Burger King offered a free Lap-Band with every Happy Meal or Whopper, the legislature and the ad industry wouldn't have to go head to head on this whole obesity thing. After all, if the food can't get in, the kid can't get fat.

by Steve Hall    Aug-16-07    
Topic: Policy, Strange, Video



Lookie Lookie, Another Gleeful Low-Budget Marketing Campaign by Google

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It's amazing to us the lengths some people will go to accommodate all the creativity Google allows them to employ.

Perhaps because the smug techies got bored with their hand puppets, the search engine/marketing mavens/whatever-else-have-you's have launched a collaborative video campaign for Gmail. All you have to do is print out the little red envelope and send in a video of yourself passing it on in some creative way. If you express sufficient esprit de coeur, maybe they'll add you to the final cut.

There are a few here.

In the end this is going to make a really neat (deliciously viral) ad that (once again) demonstrates with what ease Google can pwn its competitors by harnessing collaborative energy without the needless expense of an ad agency.

< / sarcasm >

by Angela Natividad    Aug-14-07    
Topic: Human, Online, Video, Viral



Land Rovers Says Footballers Should Piss Off

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Land Rover is behind England in its quest to retain its World Cup rugby title. Created by Wunderman, this video which features World Cup winner Josh Lewsey and some freak who really loves football, sets the record straight when it comes to which sport Englanders are most passionate about. That, or England's fixation with the word "piss."

by Steve Hall    Aug-14-07    
Topic: Good, Video



Zwinky Has A Party, Others Label It Spyware

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While our Zwinky friends are out with a new commercial for their tween-focused avatars and online chat world, several YouTubers have created videos advising people to beware of Zwinky and its toolbar claiming the installation dumps spyware on one's computer.

by Steve Hall    Aug-13-07    
Topic: Commercials, Online, Video



Mitt Romney Triplets Take On Obama Girl in Attack Ad

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Just as the Obama Girl professed her love for Barak Obama and the Giuliani Girls defended Rudy against Obama Girl's posses in a street fight, the Romney Girls, other wise known as the the very beautiful Barbadoro Triplets (Cynthia, Caroline and Christine), are out with a Barely Political-created Obama Girl attack ad on behalf of Mitt Romney that ends with a not so subtle jab at polygamy, which, of course, is totally in style now with the success of HBO's Big Love.

A song by the Barbadoro Girls - who are from New Jersey and do actually write and sing - will follow in a month or two along with a video. Bostonians, watch your sidewalks for the next Obama Girl Throw down.

by Steve Hall    Aug- 8-07    
Topic: Cause, Good, Video, Viral



Cars, Money, Friendship, Bling, Travel Applied Directly to Forehead

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Chris Thomas has the story of multi-level marketer BeautiControl, a music video the company created, apparently, to motivate its consultants and the backlash caused by what Thomas describes as "horrible marketing." The video, much like that "apply directly to the forehead" commercial, features six stiletto-wearing, wannabe bootylicious primpsters dancing, posing and rapping "cars, money, friendship, bling and travel" over and over. In reaction to consultants' complaints, the company removed the video from its YouTube channel but Thomas was kind enough to capture it for us so we can all wallow in its horrific beauty.

by Steve Hall    Aug- 8-07    
Topic: Strange, Video



Bugaboo Gets Fly On Stage For Bee

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If you've never thought of a baby stroller as a stage prop for a choreographed dance sequence, you will now after watching this 72andSunny-created video for Bugaboo Strollers in which a group of fours dads go all Broadway to demonstrate the Bugaboo Bee's cool factor. It's not your average stroller commercial and that's a very good thing.

by Steve Hall    Aug- 3-07    
Topic: Good, Video



Smirnoff Debuts Tea Partay Sequel, 'Boyz N The Hillz'

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Perhaps it's because we're squarely East Coast. Perhaps it's because sequels rarely, if ever, surpass the greatness from which they spawn. Perhaps its that we're much more prep at heart than West Coast Whacked. Perhaps it's just that this JWT New York-created Smirnoff Tea Partay sequel, Boyz in the Hillz, simply isn't as good as the original.

Oh sure, it rips West Coast oddities just as the original ripped East Coat preppy life but it doesn't seem to have the wit of the original. Of course, we could be completely wrong and this sequel may go on to garner millions more views than the millions the original achieved. Time will tell. But according to East Coast Tea Partay frontman Prescott, "those West Coast rappers are whacked, yo!"

by Steve Hall    Aug- 2-07    
Topic: Online, Video, Viral



Bodygrooming Fembots Replace Double Entendre Bathrobe Guy

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As we surmised earlier this month, Philips Bodygoom has taken its efforts the the next logical step. The marketer's agency, Tribal, has launched Robot Skin, an episodic series in which grooming robots, otherwise known as "the key that unlocks the version of yourself you always wanted to be," become the most desirable toy men can possess in the future. It's a a nice effort. After all, imagining a fembot stroking your various body parts is a lot more exciting than the mundane reality of an electric grooming device doing the same. And it's far better than that dude in the white bathrobe spewing double entendres about your nuts. But we do wonder if Svedka Vodka's fembot are gonna come knocking.

Change the body and the mind will follow. Or so the copy says.

by Steve Hall    Aug- 2-07    
Topic: Good, Online, Video



Facebook Rates, Alan Pottash Dies, Butts Covered, Heads Circumsized

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- If you care, Facebook's heretofore "non-existent" ad rates have been leaked.

- Pepsi's Alan Pottash, the man behind many successful campiagns such as Pepsi Generation, Pepsi Challenge and all those celbu-commercials, died July 27 in LA at the age of 79.

- Toto's Times Square bare asses have been covered - quite creatively - following complaints from Reverend Neil Rhodes of the Times Square Church.

- This is what happens when an ad agency with just ten people and three accounts has too much time on their hands.

by Steve Hall    Jul-31-07    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Online, Outdoor, Policy, Strange, Video








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