Ann Summers Promotes National Orgasm Week

The U.K.'s got a few things up on us Americans. One happens to be its National Orgasm Week sponsored by sex toy and clothier Ann Summers. This viral video gets the message out that men simply need to end their defiance when it comes to asking for directions. Guys, take the ladies advice. It will benefit you in the end.

Oh, and on the topic of orgams, check this site out. It's a collection of real people, tastefully recorded, pleasuring themselves.

by Steve Hall    Jul-30-04    

Hot Chick Battles Girl Next Door For Hitchhiker's Attention

In a Belgien Happy Days ad, two women vie for a hitchhikers attention. One is a wholesome looking girl-next-door with big boobs in a tight t-shirt. The other is a stunning beauty in a red hot dress and high heels. After a little competitive posing, a car driven by a hot guy comes down the road and goes straight for the hot chick in the red dress. Until, that is, the driver realizes what the splash from the puddle he drove through did to the girl-next-door's tight t-shirt.

by Steve Hall    Jul-30-04    

Oops, We Forgot to Proofread That Layout

Can you imagine a transit bus-side making its way to an actual bus with a grammatical error as obvious as the one is this picture? As the Banterist points out and as all of us in the ad industry know, we have some of the most arcane approval processes known to man and to think something like this could slip through is unconscionable. Wait. Who's kidding who, here? We're talking about ad agencies and clients. Not English teachers who actually understand the language.

by Steve Hall    Jul-30-04    

Advertisers Copy Success of Reality Television With Reality Advertising

Like lemmings plodding along to their death, advertisers have glommed onto the successful reality television trend by copying the idea and using it in their advertising strategy. Levis is doing it by soliciting "real people" to appear in their ads. Yahoo did it by crafting a campaign surrounding the selection of the best IM conversation with the losers getting voted of Survivor-style. And the New York Department of Health and the American Legacy Foundation did it in a campaign that followed a guy around as he tried to quit smoking.

Not that this trend is all that new but if done well, it is refreshingly different and a more honest, perhaps, approach to reach consumers who are intensely marketing savvy. It still boils down to a simple reality though, In advertising that uses "real people" or is created by "real people," they're still getting paid to say what they say in the ad. Is there such a thing as un-biased reality advertising? Is it more honest than "regular advertising? What are your thoughts?

by Steve Hall    Jul-30-04    

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Victoria's Secret Launches College Hottie-Wear

The Drool Squad Team

The retailer who's underlying goal is to give women the power to turn men into drooling idiots is about to unleash itself on the demo most likely to do just that - the 18 to 22 year old guy. While officially, the target audience is women 18-22, there's no secret to what's going on here. Victoria's Secret is unleashing its final sortie in the war to gain complete control over men. Promoting a line sleepwear and loungewear (what the hell is that?), the lingerie retailer plans to conquer the earth with model Alessandra Ambrosio leading a pack, called "Team Pink" (no sex jokes, please) of barely dressed college girls charged with becoming spokeswomen in their college dorms. Surely that will be the downfall of higher education. as men storm women's dorms in search of the latest lingerie fashion tips.

To kick it all off, Ambrosio and "Team Pink" made an entrance with some Hummers (no, not that kind. The automotive kind) at the flagship Manhattan location dressed in thongs, panties, t-shirts and bras. The line is designed to be more comfortable and less constrictive so girls can be comfortable in class while they distract the guys as part of Victoria's Secret's grand plan to turn men into lingerie-induced, catatonic zombies leaving them behind as the girls slide into all of high society's power positions.

And we wonder why the East is smarter than the West. See the hotties here.

by Steve Hall    Jul-30-04