This Super Goofy Hot Air Balloon Chase Touts New Popped Wheat Thins


The first time we viewed this Being NY-created ad for Popped Wheat Thins we thought it was goofy in a bad way. With each successive viewing it became ever more goofy but in a good way.

Why? We have no idea. Perhaps it recalls decades of cop movie hilarity. Perhaps it's the notion a hot air balloon just might be the most overlooked method of get-a-way transportation. Or perhaps it's the silliness of grown men getting overly excited about yet another Whet Thins line extension.

Whatever the case may be, it's one of those ads that grows on you.

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by Steve Hall    Apr- 9-14    
Topic: Strange

Let's Throw Colored Powder on Some Models in Slow Motion And Call It An Ad


Well the headline pretty much sums it up. Ad since this is a fashion ad, it makes perfrect sense too. Because, as we all know, you can get away with anything when you are creating a fashion ad. Everything from vapid stares into the camera to getting faux raped by a bunch of shirtless guys works just fine for fashion brands.

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by Steve Hall    Apr- 9-14    
Topic: Video

Prankvertising Stunt Invites Speeders to Their Own Mock Funeral


Belgian ad agency 20Something created a stunt for road safety organization IBSR/BIVV whereby loved ones were invited to their own funeral in an effort to, well, get them to stop speeding. Yea, they used a funeral scenario to deliver a marketing message.

Why these invitees didn't get up in the middle of the funeral and leave (or laugh) once they new they were in an ad makes us ponder. But from a marketing standpoint, the message seems to have succeeded. Or at least succeeded in being seen. Currently, it has 1.1 million views since being launched two days ago.

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by Steve Hall    Apr- 9-14    
Topic: Guerilla

Bulging Boobs Cause MTA to Revisit Advertising Standards


Following the recent launch of a New York Metropolitan Transit Authority campaign for a Queens-based plastic surgeon, Howard Glaser, aide to New York Governor Cuomo issued a stern letter to the MTA urging the authority to revisit its advertising standards.

In the letter, Glaser wrote,"Tens of thousands of children ride the transit system every day to go to school. The MTA is a public conveyance, subsidized by $190 million annually in the state budget, plus over $5 billion in dedicated taxes. The public has a right to expect that the MTA will strive for a family-friendly environment."

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by Steve Hall    Apr- 9-14    
Topic: Outdoor, Policy

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Bob Hoffman Says Marketers Are Drowning In Their Own Bullshit


In perhaps the most entertaining talk given during Advertising Week Europe (or any conference for that matter), Bob Hoffman, legendary ad man and author of the Ad Contrarian ad blog, said marketers are bullshit artists who can't be trusted. He claims they have been wrong about almost everything that has happened in the last ten years.

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by Steve Hall    Apr- 9-14    
Topic: Industry Events