Girl For Sale on YouTube

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Calling attention to the plight of small children and their place in the disturbing world of child sex trafficking and exploitation, comes this video from Love146, a group run by Rob Morris. In 2002, Morris, along with a few friends, traveled to Southeast Asia to see, first hand, what the trafficking of children looked like.

Morris was dismayed at what he saw. Children lined up behind a glass wall with numbers affixed to them. He stood there, along with other men from around the world, and watched as the children were bid on as if they were cattle at auction.

According to Love146, human trafficking is the second largest income generating syndicate in the world. In addition, two children are sold every minute. That's depressing.

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by Steve Hall    May-17-11    
Topic: Cause, Video



Bombardier Bangs For Beer

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This is just funny. Bang on funny. And you'll see what we mean after you view this video for Bedford brewery Wells & Young's Bombardier Ale featuring a character named The Bombardier. There's lots of banging. And bombing. And general frivolity.

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by Steve Hall    May-12-11    
Topic: Video



#@%& Stupid People! And Diesel Jeans Too!

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The Angry Aussie, and man with many opinions about meany topics, has an opinion about the Diesel Jeans Be Stupid campaign. And it's far from a positive one. Check out his profanity-laden video in which he trashes anyone who has anything at all to do with Diesel Jeans. It's manufacturers. It's marketers. The people who wear them. And the people who think the campaign was on to something. Guess we're on his list.

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by Steve Hall    May-11-11    
Topic: Opinion, Video



Progressive's Flo Get Really Annoying For Mother's Day

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This is painful to watch. Very, very painful in a cringe-worthy way. It stars Stephanie Courtney, the woman with two first names who's best know for playing Flo in the Progressive Insurance ad campaign. In this Clay Weiner directed send up to moms and stepmoms everywhere, Stephanie plays an annoying stepmon who foists her way into a family. And it is painful to watch. It's also very, very funny.

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by Steve Hall    May- 4-11    
Topic: Video



Stationary Brand Delivers Interesting Fun Facts

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Nothing like being unexpectedly slapped upside the head with a commercial message just as you are settling into the joyful rhythm of a cute little video about "did you know?" facts. But that's exactly what happens at the end of this Ogilvy Vietnam-created commercial for stationary brand Thien Long.

Of course the creative beauty of the work is the (fun) fact the video was animated using boxes of stationary items including pens, pencils, staplers, folders and more.

Now, don't get us wrong. This Cirkus-animated video is quite well done and full of fun facts and figures such as the fact an elephant weighs less than the tongue of a blue whale and the longest recorded flight of a chicken is 13 seconds. Or our favorite, the earth gets 100 tons heavier every day because of falling space dust.

by Steve Hall    May- 4-11    
Topic: Campaigns, Video



Bank Sponsors Story of Southern Thailand Youth Soccer Champs

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Well here's an inspiring story. Yes, it's a sponsored story but, hey, someone's got to pay the bill. It's the story of a group of boys who lived on the island of Koh Panyee in Thailand and, in 1986, decided to start a football team. Sounds easy enough until you realize the island of Koh Panyee consists of a tiny mountain with the rest of the village built on floating docks. In other words, no place to play football.

Undeterred, the boys built their own football pitch (field) and learned how to play in bare feet on rickety planks held together with bent nails. Turns out they became quite good at the game and went on to win many Southern Thailand Youth Championships over the years.

Working with Leo Burnett & Arc Worldwide, TMB Bank sponsored the film, called Make THE Difference. And that's what it's all about. Set your mind to something, do what it takes to get there and you will achieve.

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by Steve Hall    May- 4-11    
Topic: Brands, Video



Angie Harmon Drinks Milk, OOO Ad Examples, More Doug Puppet

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- Behind the Scenes of Angie Harmon's New "Got Milk?" Ad

- Don't blame your lazy neighbor for rising medical care costs. BCBS North Carolina wants to have a big 'ol social media-style conversation about the issue.

- Meet BMW's M Gladiators, part of a new campaign in China for the brand.

- Not to belittle but yet another domestic abuse concept which travels down the "afraid to tell" path. This one riffs on YouTube's "removed by user" screen.

- A humorous look at what the world of Out of Office email advertising could look like.

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by Steve Hall    May- 2-11    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Celebrity, Commercials, Video



Is Your BFF Hangin' With A Douche-Bag?

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That's the question posed in this segment of Carlsberg's Unbore Anything campaign created by Akestam Holst. In this portion of a the campaign, which aims to eliminate boredom in Sweden, a gum-chewing home girl who's stuck in a sewer urges people to set up blind dates for their friends. If the hook up is successful, the person gets a free bottle of Festis.

Funny

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by Steve Hall    May- 2-11    
Topic: Promotions, Strange, Video



Creative Orgasm Results in Conceptual Folly

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Sometimes a group of creatives will sit around and come up with an idea that's really cool and would be a lot of fun to shoot. Sadly, these ideas usually have nothing to do with selling a product. For example, what does taking a tablet PC on a motorbike, a motorboat and the sing of a plane have anything at all to do with how well the tablet will perform in normal circumstances?

None, whatsoever.

Which is why this new work for The Carphone Warehouse which hypes the Motorola XOOM 3G with WIFI is pure folly. A bunch of creatives getting their rocks off with complete disregard for the client's budget. Of course, being able to tweet from the wings of an airplane is important to some people, we're sure.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-21-11    
Topic: Video



Campaign Casts Aside Buzzword Buffoonery

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There's nothing we love more than work that casts aside bullshit, leaves the buzzwords at home and just tells it like it is. And that's exactly what this new work from for Duvet & Pillow Warehouse does.

Of course, simply telling it like it is can be boring so this work from Mission is spiced up but poking fun at the thing we all love to poke fun at in this business: the new blowhard CMO who arrives thinking he can change everything when, in fact, nothing at all really needs changing.

So watch these two video and then share with us your stories of the best idiocy you've every witnessed some new arrogant asshole arrived and thought he knew what was best for your client or brand.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-20-11    
Topic: Campaigns, Video








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