- We really like Lacta Chocolates previous work, especially the long-form video, but this new commercial we're not liking so much. Most likely because it is a commercial and not a more involved, long form video.
- Microsoft has redesigned its MSN Games channel and has added new advertising opportunities to reach casual gamers.
- Halloween webcam fun from Alfred Ritter GmbH & Co KG for RITTER SPORT Chocolate. Scary monster Halloween cards.
- If you haven't already heard, JLo has enlisted the help of her twin children to appear in a Gucci campaign aimed at raising money for UNICEF's schools in Africa.
- Mr. T has signed a deal with Gold Promise, a gold-buying service which aims to get people a better deal.
- Boston agency Winsper received four Hatch Awards for work it did for its client, STIHL, a hand-held power tool brand.
Out for a while, this work featuring The Hangover's Ken Jeong along with NBA players Derrick Rose and Dwight Howard has the three in a series of interactive videos which hype a new line of signature shoes from Adidas. In the series, created by 180 Amsterdam, Jeong plays self-made billionaire Slim Chin.
Along with the series, which will release several videos over the length of the campaign, 180LA created a music video featuring the three singing together. All the videos are here.
The spots break on television today on ESPN, TNT, BET, MTV, Comedy Central and Cartoon Network.
All we get after viewing this Tiger Beer Know The Not Known video is why? Why? Why? Apparently, it's to provoke curiosity in a campaign the brand is running that rewards people's, um, curiosity and awards them with access to underground, invite-only, Vice Magazine and Tiger sponsored events.
Or something like that.
This sounds very familiar. While we can't find it, we know this "wake up the dark, arctic town" thing has been done before. This time, it's Philips which is promoting its Wake-up light, a device that slowly illuminates over a set period of time after its alarm goes off. Basically, it's an alarm clock with a really bright light.
To promote the device, a video shot in the Arctic town of Longyearbyen calls attention to the fact the folks in this town experience darkness fo four months out of the year. Thusly, they just might be the perfect customers for the Philips Wake-up light.
The film was shot by Doug Pray, director of, Art & Copy and Surfwise.
- Exploding pillow heads sell Maxwell House coffee in Russian commercial.
- The Japanese sure know how to have fun with cleavage. They've made an entire game show out of it.
- The Advertising Hotties keep getting hotter and hotter.
- Subaru goes for mediocrity.
- Meet Dr. Dan Theodorscu, Director of the University of Colorado Hospital's (UCH) Cancer Center and an avid cancer hunter. From Cactus in Denver.
- Bored in that dull meeting? Check out Adverbotz, a collection of your favorite phrases spoken in robot voice.
- The Gerald R. Ford Airport in Grand Rapids has launched a new brand and advertising campaign.
- Minneapolis-based Little & Company asked 30 creatives to record their thoughts on design. The results are collected on ThirtyConversationsOnDesign.
- And the Cornelius Trunchpole idiocy continues. Now a person claiming to be Gerry Graf (who likely isn't since our reply email bounced) says Mr. Trunchpole is Trevor Bittinger, an art director who once told Graf he intended to create an agency based on a ficticious ad legend. Does anyone really care?
- To promote Red Bull's Flutag event, Monkeyhead is out with another On the Wings of Glory video.
- AdWeek's Social Media Strategies Conference will take place on Oct 13th & 14th at 10 On The Park in New York City.
- Well here's a pretty cool iPhone iAd.
This is so stupid. An incredible waste of money. A waste of time. And an implementation of a strategy that is, to say the least, superfluous and needlessly dramatic. We all want a printer that can print fast. But do we really care if our printer can print faster than a race car? Apparently, there are a few people who think so otherwise digital agency Albion wouldn't have gone to the trouble and the expense of creating this work for the Epson Stylus Office BX625FWD printer.
It's never polite to laugh at stupid people but when they're actors playing dumb, we guess it's OK. So have fun with this Sony Ericsson video in which three less-than-smart hotties babble on as only bimbos pretending to be stupid can babble. One wants to push a button on her phone to take a shower. Another wants to connect to her dogs and a third, well, she can't even get a coherent thought out. The whole thing's fairly comical.
But our favorite part is when Britney bounces bodaciously while finally getting her thoughts together ("If you're not tech savvy...) at the :40 mark. Now if someone could just make an animated gif of that.
UPDATE: Thanks Dare Digital. Here's Britney doing her bounce.
Call it lowest common denominator marketing. Call it the decline of civilization. Or...call it magnificently mouthwatering marketing. Bikes and boobs. The two are seemingly made for each other and Bennetts is keenly aware of this.
To celebrate the motorcycle insurance brand's 80th birthday, the Bennetts Babes, including the stunningly stacked Lucy Pinder, get wet and soapy and frolick while over-serious photographers capture their every wiggle and jiggle.
To promote Jonathon Kellerman's new book, Deception, which features Dr. Alex Delaware as a forensic psychologist for the LAPD who is investigating the murder of Windsor Prep Academy teacher Elise Freeman, a video of "Elise Freeman" has been seeded on YouTube.
In the video, the woman outlines the abuse she has been receiving at the school and offers the video up as a clue to who her murderer might be.
Accompanying the video is a website with background on the case and clues to solve it. In addition, there's a "criminal empathy test" to determine which type of criminal one might most identify. Why? We have no idea.