Sexy Stripshow + Live Gutting = 'Viral Success'

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To call attention to the apparently savage act of gutting a fish while it's alive, Dutch agency Revolver Media created a website and video featuring fetish model Ancilla Tilia. There was a countdown clock and on Monday, June 22, Tilia began to strip.

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by Steve Hall    Jun-29-09    
Topic: Racy, Video



Pigs, Guns, Champagne, Gargantuan Breasts Promote Book

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Described as a "brilliant riposte to the current financial climate and the champagne fueled jungle," a debut novel from James Palumbo is getting some promotion with a dark, noire-style video complete with old school gangster-style slayings, gallons of champagne, freaky pig-headed people and breasts so big they need a wheeled cart to support them.

The book, available July 1, is about a society gone wrong. A society in which reality channel Shit TV (yes, that's what it's called) has overtaken the small screen and filled it with "homicidal dwarfs on rollerblades and obese mamas in tutus." Title character, Tomas, has had enough and with the help of his tommy gun, he hopes to eradicate the world of this filth.

An additional two promotion videos will be added to the site on July 3 and July 10.

by Steve Hall    Jun-29-09    
Topic: Promotions, Publishing, Strange, Video



Create A Playlist Video. Win A Nokia 5800

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The 7th Chamber has seeded a video which promotes Nokia'a 5800 phone. The entire video is spoken in song titles and album covers. On the site, people can create their own song title playlist video, submit it and get a chance to win a Nokia 5800.

So while the lucky (unlucky?) ones are in Cannes this week, the rest of us can get all creative and win a phone.

But here's a thought. All these contests. What aren't they all one by people working in advertising? After all, we're supposed to crank this shit out in our sleep, right? Why is it always some pimple-faced teenager that wins these things? Are contests beneath us? Do we refuse to be creative unless we are paid? Are we just lazy? What's the deal?

by Steve Hall    Jun-26-09    
Topic: Brands, Promotions, Video



Cannes Lions: Going Gold for Georgia

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At 72 Croisette (the so-called Gutter Bar) last night, Shannon Stephaniuk introduced me to the members of Ogilvy Stockholm, which won a Gold Lion for its work for UNA Sweden.

Their objective was to raise funds to support the war victims of Georgia (the country, not the state); and to do this, they spoke with the locals and gathered small, specific and personal items that belonged to people affected by the war.

See Shoes, Sweater and Sheet; I found the sight of those scorched, warped items physically painful, and the stories still more moving.

It's my strong feeling that the work deserved a Grand Prix, but apparently you can't win one if the effort is nonprofit. Weird logics. In any case, I hung out awhile and talked to the guys about the work, what they did and how it made them feel in general.

Video interviews below. Given that it's the Gutter Bar at 2:00 AM and not, say, an Embassy lobby, try to bear with the background noise. Better yet, imagine you're there, stumbling around with your third vodka tonic, playing guess-the-accent with your group of chums-for-the-week.

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Box Tops Celebrates $300 Million With Cute Video

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We hate Box Tops. We hate the mess they make when family members collect thousands of them to raise money for various educational causes. OK, so we really don't hate Box Tops but we do hate the process one must go through just to see their benefit. It's like coupons and Sunday circulars. Why create and print all that crap when you could just give the discount/donation anyway? Oh, we know. It's becasue you really don't want to give things away so you make it really hard for people to take advantage of what you're sort of offering.

Despite this opinion, enough people have clipped enough Box Tops to raise $300 million for schools. So that's not a bad thing. They've even made a little video to celebrate.

We still hate the mess they make though.

by Steve Hall    Jun-23-09    
Topic: Cause, Video



Mad Men Characters Conduct Online Survey

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As part of his research project "about the future model of advertising" for thesis work at the Berlin School of Creative Leadership, AlmapBBDO Creative Director Sergio Mugnaini created a Mad Men-themed online research survey that's very cool. The survey takes scenes from Mad Men and dubs the survey questions right into the scene. Way more interesting than page after page of plain text. Ingenious, actually.

by Steve Hall    Jun-22-09    
Topic: Good, Online, Research, Video



Blended Digital Gadgets Yield Olympus EP1

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Remember Tom Dickson from BlendTec? He's the guy who tosses stuff into a blender infomercial-style. Mullen grabbed him for a video that promotes a new Olympus camera. Tossing everything from an SLR to a point and shoot to a lens to an HD camcorder to a voice recorder to some sweet art, Tom blends up a master piece: The Olympus EP1, the ultimate gadget.

Oddly, the thing looks like it came out of the fifties but some Olympus designer probably that that'd be all retro-cool.

by Steve Hall    Jun-22-09    
Topic: Video



Never Trust YouTube Comments

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Seriously? Who are you people???

bradnique123 (4 hours ago)
They saved the best for last........lmao

Pennstatekid919 (4 hours ago)
i love this commercial its hilarious

Matthew52094 (5 hours ago)
haha 0:14

oVeRkIlLiO (5 hours ago)
0:11 and your boss has no brains and 0:14 if youve been filling out tour time sheets lol

Orinana (10 hours ago)
TIME SHEETS FTW

JenovaXMGO (12 hours ago)
0:14 LOL

johnsongurl4eva (12 hours ago)
OMG.best commercial ever.i love the time sheets guy.freakin hilarious.

gabe6662345 (12 hours ago)
i love the stuck in the lane part and when he goes " fillin out ur time sheets"

prinston021 (12 hours ago)
XD Love it!

by Steve Hall    Jun-19-09    
Topic: Bad, Video



Newsflash! Beware of Robot Sightings. Oh Wait, It's Just a Movie Promo

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So, yea. Transformers 2 is here and so are all kinds of "robot sightings" across the globe. Yea, we know. Yawn. But they are The Real Effing Deal and they are Giant Effing Robots! And besides, we like Amy.

by Steve Hall    Jun-19-09    
Topic: Online, Video



Unexpected Biological Changes Make Zack a Less Dull Boy

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"V-Day" kicks off a new online video effort by Tampax that follows the story of Zack Johnson, a guy who woke up one morning to find he has a gaping vagina where his second head should be.

Don't know how it'll all pan out, but it promises to be occasionally funny in a banal teen angst kind of way. Follow the progression at Zack16.com, a site reminiscent of a teenage boy's notebook, complete with videos, a blog, Polaroid-styled images and a Twitter feed.

The tweets are kind of funny and appear to be getting progressively more emo. Apparently he's already had a period and now feels every guy should experience one.

Hear, hear. Although to be frank, marvelous breakthroughs in birth control make it so even real women don't have to endure random visits from Aunt Flo anymore.

Work by Leo Burnett/Chicago.

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by Angela Natividad    Jun-18-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online, Video










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