Nipples Cracked, Breasts Held, AdWeek Slapped

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- No doubt by now you've seen the royal wedding spoof T-Mobile did, right?

- And in other royal wedding news, there's this monstrosity from Papa John's pizza.

- Ladies? Ever suffer from cracked nipples? Now there's a cure.

- And while we're talking about breasts, here's some hand bra action for you in the form of a political ad.

- MediaPost covers the AdWeek relaunch. Well, that's only partially true. What they really did was take the opportunity to tell us how MediaPost is, like, way better.

- Even more hoopla on the Minority Report front.

- Evian brings back the dancing babies. Sort of. It's a sad follow up to the brilliant original.

by Steve Hall    Apr-18-11    
Topic: Outdoor, Publishing, Strange, Video



Nudity Eyeballed With Drunken Socks, Ill-Fitting Bras and Burnt Marshmallows

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- Now this is the way to sell a waterproof camera!

- The best commentary we've ever read on eyeball tracking. In our entire lives. Seriously.

- Lindsay Lohan's dad begs the rest of us not to drink and drive. (Click Playlist)

- Article ponders the notion booze makes for better creative.

- Another entry in the humorous sock loss campaign from GE.

- What do burnt marshmallows and bras have to do with each other? We have no idea but they are front and center in a new Hanes campaign.

by Steve Hall    Apr-15-11    
Topic: Campaigns, Racy, Video



Sometimes Sucking is a Very Good Thing

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You've got to love a company that acknowledges the fact it sucks. Especially in the case of ZipVac when sucking is a very good thing. In a video which illustrates the waterproof protective qualities of its zip lock bags, not to mention takes a riff on Will it Blend, a guy seals up his iPhone and jumps off a cliff into a river.

Of course, they could have simply dunked the bagged iPhone in a sink to make the point but that just wouldn't have been as much fun. Now the only problem with a product like this is that you actually have to have the forethought to use it. Trouble is, most of us don't. Well, at least we don't. Or didn't when we decided to go for a swim in a pool on the coast of Maine last summer only to realize, upon exiting the pool, there was a now useless iPhone in the pocket of out swim shorts.

But hey, if you're smarter than we are - and we're quite certain you are - you might want to run out and grab a few ZipVacs so you don't end up with a waterlogged iPhone like we did. Call this a public service announcement from your friends here at Adrants.

by Steve Hall    Apr-15-11    
Topic: Video



Artist Creates Custom Prints to Benefit Detroit Documentary

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Hugh MacLeod, a best-selling author and the artist behind Gaping Void, has created a custom, limited-edition print to benefit Lemonade: Detroit, a documentary about the revival of the city.

Boston-based filmmaker Erik Proulx has funded the making of the film entirely by donations from supporters of the Detroit story. Proceeds from the Gaping Void "Shut up and reinvent Detroit" prints will go directly toward production of Lemonade: Detroit.

Each print is signed and numbered by Hugh and artwork is available in two sizes: 15x18 and 24x30. Both small and large prints are available for purchase online in the Gaping Void Gallery.

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by Steve Hall    Apr- 6-11    
Topic: Industry Events, Specialty, Video



'Tone It Down' Mentality The Death Knell of Ad Agencies

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This is a conundrum we've heard millions of times before. A client comes to an agency and asks for "breakthrough" creative. Creative goes off and conceptualizes brilliance. It gets presented internally and everyone loves it. But just before it's ready to be presented to the client, someone, usually in account management (let's be honest here), says, "I like it personally, but somebody might be offended. Just tone it down."

And therein lies one of the biggest problems of the ad agency business. Agencies are asked and are in business to create marketing programs that, to use an overused phrase, cut through the clutter more than their competition can cut through the clutter. Sadly, many agencies are more conservative when it comes to risk taking than and health insurance actuarial agent. Which is to say, there is no risk taking at all.

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by Steve Hall    Apr- 6-11    
Topic: Agencies, Opinion, Video



Air Blown Ping Pong Balls Simulate Lightweight Shoes

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To illustrate the lightweight qualities of the new ASICS Blur33 sneaker, San Diego agency VITRO put together a video documenting the creation of a 72 square foot floating shoe. The agency used colored lightweight balls on strings along with a lot of air power to create the floating shoe.

It's as simple as that, really. Of course, no shoe can actually defy gravity. And this fake one can't either. It's being set aloft by air power. Alas, this is advertising and it's all about making analogies which, of course, makes this ad perfectly fine.

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by Steve Hall    Apr- 6-11    
Topic: Video



Deal Maker in the House!

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With its racy content and prolific use of curse words, this video, called Deal Maker, from private equity software maker Deal Market may not be on YouTube for long so watch it now. Because it's funny. Really funny. Using the bust-into-a rap-concept, Deal Market presents us with Mr. Deal Maker who decides to skip out on his date in favor of closing a deal at 3AM in the morning. Which is probably a good thing because the date looks like it'd be really boring. The rap is far more amusing.

It's cheesy. Really cheesy but we like it a lot. We're told, "The first of its kind, DealMarket is a one stop shop where buyers, sellers and advisors can get a completely unfiltered view of the global private equity market. Access to investment opportunities cost nothing and sellers/advisors can post deals for the price of a cappuccino a day."

Some racy shit from a private equity company. Aw, shit, we swore. Sorry about that.

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by Steve Hall    Apr- 6-11    
Topic: Racy, Strange, Video



Keira Knightley Gives Photographer Blue Balls

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Back in March we told you Keira Knightley would be reprising her role for Coco Mademoiselle in a new film from the brand. That film debuted yesterday. It's a very stylized piece which follows Knightley from her bed to a photoshoot.

Of course the whole thing devolves into the stereotypical tease-fest between photographer and model until they're making love to each other without actually touching. As things progress, a door gets locked and even more love making is expected.

That is until the poor photographer is dumped by the model, presumably, in protest of the soundtrack which proclaims, "This is a man's world."

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by Steve Hall    Apr- 5-11    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity, Racy, Video



Video Calls For End of Unboxing Videos

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You've seen them. Those videos that obsess over the unboxing of products as if they were the second coming of Jesus holding hands with Justin Bieber. In this video from Cool Gear Reviews, the packaging, not the product inside, is drooled over as hilariously soothing music plays.

If you've ever watched unboxing videos, we guarantee you will laugh at this one and, no doubt, agree with the video's conclusion that unboxing videos, as a category, are "exceedingly useless."

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by Steve Hall    Apr- 5-11    
Topic: Spoofs, Strange, Video



Video Trick Lands Your Finger on Hot Chick

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Fashion label Wolf & Harrison is out with some video trickery that asks the viewer to point at specific models in a line up and then count various numbers to and from that position. Of course, it's all mathematical trickery and no matter which person you start pointing at or in which direction you decide to count, you always end up pointing at the hot chick.

The marketing ramifications of this are stunning and we've made a new discovery today. And it will change the way this business creates advertising for years to come. The big discovery? Sex sells. Every single time.

Or something like that.

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by Steve Hall    Apr- 4-11    
Topic: Video








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