Adrants reader Jamie wonders what's up today with the word "yes" in the Wall Street Journal today, writing, "What's the deal with pgs A10, A11 & A13 of today's Wall Street Journal? Hilton, GM and Sprint. All 1/2 or full page ads with the word 'yes' big and bold in the headline. Is there something I should be reading into here? Is 'yes' the new "it" word in advertising?"
Pure coincidence? Anyone from the WSJ, Hilton, GM or Sprint care to comment?
Here's one of those promotions that makes you ask, "WTF???" In a nod to certain movies which have surprise endings, the surprise ending in this clip is twisted. An idyllic day at the beach goes horribly wrong when a crab and a unicorn cross paths. Be sure to check out the girl who becomes randomly one-legged at the end of the clip. Oh, before we forget, the whole thing promotes the Newport Beach Film Festival and was created by Y&R Southern California.
We really ought to create a new category here for the increasing number of look-a-like, rip off and knowing nod ad campaign. Ben Popken from The Consumerist sends us a comparison of Volkswagen's My Fast character and Honda's Speedy Demon. Granted, they are different but there are similarities conceptually. No bid deal. We already know all the good ideas have been taken.
OK so it's not really a great spot, in fact, it's really cheesy but it does strive to let all Americans know Canada welcomes, with open arms, all gays and lesbians who want to get married without the hassle of state and federal anti-gay marriage laws. Oddly the spot is 42 seconds long which, actually, is a very good thing because 12 seconds of this spot could be cut and nothing would be lost.
FCBi has created a site called University of St. Arvin to promote Kraft's Easy Mac Cups. At the college student-directed site, people can create a message that will be sent to their Mom asking her to send a care package full of Easy mac Cups. There's a Subservient Chicken-like area of the site where you can click around a guy's dorm room and make him do stuff. There's a weird roomate-films-roomate-making out thing and a couple of videos, one that's kinda funny. But does anyone older that ten eat this crap?
Adding a southern twist to ads promoting the Carolina Independent Film Festival, BooneOakley "re-worked" movies posters from Breakfast At Tiffany's, Moonstruck, Red October and Scareface. See all the redneck action here.
To promote the 2006 World Men's Curling Championships, a sport we still don't completely understand, Conover Tuttle Pace created a couple of spots promoting the event at the Paul Tsongas Arena in Lowell, MA. The agency is proud to point out the spots contain no beer, bikini-clad models or farting animals.
Listen up all you advertising students. This your chance to the advertising industry's biggest boondoggle, the Cannes Lions Advertising Festival. Ad agency AKQA has organized the first ever Future Lions Competition for all you global ad students. The competition is now open and accepting entries. The goal of the competition is to "showcase forward-thinking ideas and concepts created by the next generation of global advertising superstars." The Future Lions site provides you a creative brief, FAQs, winning tips from AKQA's creative geniuses, downloadable posters and an online submission form.
LA-based interactive shop Zugara has always come up with some pretty decent online environments as it were and lately has been quite busy continuing in that direction. Recently, they've done some work for Reebok and the NFL. Their RBK NFL Draft site features insight and thoughts from NFL Pro Athletes on the draft itself, anticipation of being called to the podium and how their life changed once they were drafted. For Playstation, Zugara created the Syphon Filter site which allows people to take part in Playstation's Dark Mirror storyline by investigating the mysterious KenSymth corporation. After taking part in a mission, they'll be led to spoofish sites where further information can be found and investigated to unlock further missions and content on the site.
This Friday, April 7, which is World Health Day, GE is taking over Times Square and will simultaneously broadcast on seven digital billboards including The Reuters Sign at 3 Times Square, NASDAQ, ABC, NBC, MTV, Yahoo and the Toys"R"Us Times Square GeoffreyTron LED. GE plans to expand the digital billboard "take overs" to London and Paris in the future.
The Times Square promotion is part of GE's new Healthcare Re-Imagined campaign which highlights the company's role in healthcare. As part of the campaign, GE is running TV, print and online advertisements and the Picture a Healthy World web site () that invites visitors to contribute photos and stories describing what they do to stay healthy. GE will broadcast the submitted images onto the digital billboards in Times Square on April 7 as well as live photos taken in a special photo studio set up on Military Island in the middle of the Square.
We like the double meaning of this print campaign from FCB Sao Paulo for Pesca Magazine, the encyclopedia of fishing. The images connote, at least to us, the animals in the ads - a bear, a cat and a seal - wearing glasses to both study up on how to better catch fish and to better see the fish they want to catch. See the other two ads here and here.