So many condom ads are filled with silly analogies, cute colloquialisms or ridiculously sexed up scenarios that leave the viewer wondering whether or not the silliness in the ad exudes the qualities of a brand that requires a deep measure of trust on the part of the buyer.
This new Durex spec (yes, it's spec) spot features kids (but not in the way you might assume in a condom ad) and an analogy that clearly illustrates the product's major feature and benefit; it just works.
Ever wonder what PSY is really saying in Gangnam Style? Well, four Swedish ad students, Isaac Bonnier, Jacob Björdal, David Rinman and Jim Nilsson have taken it upon themselves to create (well, at least introduce) Google Music Translate.
In a two minute video, they explain how Google Music Translate might work. The results are far from pretty. Not the student work, which isn't bad, but the actual result of Google Translate trying to "sing" Gangnam Style or Carly Rae Jepsen's Call Me Maybe.
While music is said to be a universal language of sorts, perhaps it's best we don't try to have a machine "sing" translated lyrics. Nice idea though.
Not that many of us would ever have need for the answer to that question but some, it seems, do. Scientists. And Life Technologies Corporation is there to help. To convey just how helpful its tech support department is, Life Technologies created this video based on actual questions submitted to the department. It's a little bit funny.
Remember back in the day when advertising was just advertising? Everyone understood it. Everyone put up with it. And no one had ever heard of RTB, SEM, DSP, CTR or any of the other mind-numbing terms we have come up with to describe what we do.
When TV ads ruled the airwaves and spokespeople just told us what to buy? It was a much simpler time. But we don't create TV ads any more. We create "brand experiences" and viral videos that pit guitar solos against drum solos. Wait, what?
Yup. Now to sell iced coffee, we drag race to determine whether the guitar solo or the drum solo is king of rock. And somehow that sells coffee. Whatever.
Apart from the fact it never gets tired watching Candice Swanepoel frolic about in a bikini, this Juicy Couture video employs YouTube's new click to shop technology. A frame surrounds an object in the video and when viewers click that frame, they are taken directly to a page on the brand's site where they can purchase the item.
Alvise Avati has created a spec spot for Coke that pits the brand in a epic battle against Pepsi which has captured one of Coke's bottles. A single Coke can sets out against an army of Pepsi bottles to save the captured Pepsi bottle. While the spot is far too violent to be used by the brand, we sort of like the intensity of it all. Give it a look.
Oh you silly Internet Famous people. Always ending up in ads created by 20-something creatives who think they are so hip for finding you and putting you in ads for big brands who've probably never even heard of you but place their trust in their 20-something agency account manager because, well, they are hip and cool and know what the kids like these days.
Anyway, here's yet another overly hip and cool piece of Internet Famedom from Samsung. And what do we know. The video's already been viewed 430,000 so you 20-somethings must know what the hell you are talking about.
Having nothing whatsoever to do with advertising other than it's Friday, Friday...we bring you Nicole Westbrook who, perhaps, may become the next Rebecca Black sensation. Produced by Patrice Wilson, the man behind Rebecca Black's Friday, comes "It's Thanksgiving," yet another auto-tuned, teen-fueled ode with, this time, a focus on Thanksgiving and allthe cheesy wonder the day brings.
Draftfcb Chicago has created a fairly hilarious series of commercial for Cox. In the series, the Hattery family, a very weird dad, Paul, torments his family with his antics. It all begins with dad awkwardly bonding with his son, Tyler, during buffering moments cause by DSL. Over five episodes, things just get weirder and weirder with Paul obsessing over unlimited phone service and going all "par-tay" pn his family once they get a Cox whole house DVR. Commercial insanity at its finest.
Be sure not to miss the always awkward "if we all had cox" dialog in one of the episodes.
Following in the footsteps of Honda and a collection of other brands that have made music out of ordinary sounds, printer brand Brother has created an orchestra of old printers programmed to perform Bob Dylan's The Times They Are A-Changin'.
Shockingly, I'm old enough to remember most of the individual sounds used in the video to create this orchestral masterpiece. Brings back memories. But, thankfully, technology has given us much quieter printers and, hence, a much saner workplace.