Horrifying New Dating Strategy - Smelling Each...
Many people imagine that they are attractive at a very basic, chemical level, and that others will be attracted to them on the basis of raw animal magnetism. Most wiser folks realize that love and romance are very complicated, but that’s not stopping amorous young people from taking very seriously Judith Prays’s “Pheromone Parties” wherein guests anonymously smell the...
Pepsi: Gateway to Pop Culture?
Pepsi is well-known for its marketing and advertising efforts, but this year is pulling all the stops to promote some of its many brands. The new “Live for Now” campaign is based around Pepsi’s historic position of leveraging pop culture in its advertisements and includes a “Pepsi Pulse” interactive website which Pepsi hooes will serve as a major portal for those...
Latin American Ad Winners
Advertising Age’s Brazilian partner publication, Meio & Mensagem recently sponsored a festival “wave” to highlight some of the best Latin American ads. Included here is our favorite, “Curiosism” for a São Paulo art museum, but we also enjoy this website, which features Brazilian heart throb Lázaro Ramos pitching for VW. Catch the rest after the jump.
Samsung's Bizarre Australian Stunt
We’ve seen some off-kilter and botched campaigns in our day, but this latest Samsung spot from Australia’s Tongue agency seems particularly fraught. It appears as if Samsung has hired an an entire flashmob to hold “wake up” signs in from of an Apple Retail store in Sydney. It’s a little unclear what the intended message was.
Zombie Grandmother Excuses
Draftfcb Argentina’s latest spot for Zonajobs shows an elderly woman being killed repeatedly in a variety of strange and increasingly horrific scenarios. At the end is a very interesting reveal showing the purpose of all of these, ultimately fictional, deaths.
Vintage Victoria Secret Catalog
The folks over at Retronaut just published a (pNSFW) vintage Victora’s Secret catalog from 1979. It’s pretty shocking to see the similarities and differences with the looks of today.
Agent Provocateur's (pNSFW) New Spot
In Agent Provocateur’s latest spot, they forgo the classy, sexy distance they’re famous for and instead grapple with the possibility of a strong, powerful woman who’s willing to chase down what she wants (read: a purse) by stripping to her underwear and conquering a man. Let us know what you think in the comments.
Roller Skating or Drugs?
Drug abuse is a problem everywhere there are people but one enterprising Entrepreneur in Reno, Nevada thinks he has a solution. According to the folks at Roller Kingdom, Roller Skating is going to be one of the best ways to keep your kids off drugs. A little suspect as a premise, but it definitely makes for a hilarious and adorable video.
Haute Couture Ads for Gucci's Fiat 500
In the most recent spot’s for Fiat’s special edition 500 by Gucci, Fiat and Gucci invited several brilliant creatives to design ads. Others can be seen after the jump.
African Men Speak Out
In this short public-service announcement produced by non-profit Mama Hope, several African men, listed as “Benard, Brian, Derrick, and Gabriel” speak out about the way that African men are perceived in media from the United States. An interesting and at times humorous take on the way advertising and media portray African men.
Hot Fireman Makes You a Margarita
If there’s one thing that can add to the allure of a hunky fireman, it has to be kittens. In the latest spot from Sauza Tequila, they’ve used this perfect mix to construct another good mix: a Sauza Tequila-based margarita. Olé.
Self-Promotion Goes Terribly Wrong
New Jersey Actress Racquel Bailey has decided she’d like to star in a Tyler Perry movie and has purchased some billboard advertising which features her face, website and a message to “let me be your next leading lady” in a spot where she believes it will be seen by Tyler Perry himself. Whether the billboard stunt will be successful remains to be seen.
Chevy's Robot Graffiti Car
In this new spot from Chevrolet, Jeff Soto collaborates with a Chevy Sonic filled to the brim with spray guns, robot arms and other amazing graffiti-inspired robot technology to create an amazing mural in Oakland as part of Chevrolet’s “Let’s Do This” campaign.
Anti-Logging Activism Takes on QR Codes
Anti-Logging activists in Australia have recently begun targeting the country’s largest furniture retailer by affixing QR codes to furniture in the store which promises to enter customers into a drawing. When the codes are scanned, however, a video is played which shows that the wood used in the construction of much of the furniture and flooring comes from high conservation-value forests.
Apple's Star-Studded New Siri Ads
Apple’s latest spots for voice-recognition feature code-named “Siri,” sports celebrity talent in the form of Samuel Jackson and Katy Perry. Interesting new move for Apple, given that their most recent celeb talent, Justin Long and John Hodgman, don’t roll with the same crowds as Perry and Jackson.
Buzzfeed CEO on Emotional Marketing
Buzzfeed CEO Jonah Peretti is concerned with marketers who want to spread messages which consumers find insulting and that reflect poorly on them. We should be making ads, he argues, which encourage people to share without feeling like jerks.
Tumblr Announces Paid Advertising
Chances are, if you’re reading this blog, you’re familiar with Tumblr. Although Tumblr is 5 years old, it has only recently began allowing users to highlight certain posts on their blogs for $1. Beginning soon, Tumblr will begin posting ads to users dashboards for a variety of corporate partners.
Oreo's South Korean Breastfeeding Ad
In the latest Oreo spot in South Korea created by Cheil Worldwide, a beautiful young baby is shown breastfeeding while staring wistfully at an Oreo. It’s unclear whether this ad has been approved by Nabisco Korea.
Lesbian Kiss from Urban Outfitters Outrages Bigots
A recent blog post from SF Gate highlights the furor raised over a recent Urban Outfitters photograph depicting two kissing women. While UO hasn’t issued an official response, the company’s president and CEO, known bigot Richard Hayne has donated large amounts to the Rick Santorum presidential campaign and has pulled pro-gay-marriage T-shirts from shelves in the past. (Thanks Jonah!)
Star-Studded Children's Literacy Spot
Mother New York has recently created a musical spot for the pro-literacy non-profit Reading is Fundamental. A start studded cast including Jack Black, John Legend, Carrie Brownstein, Jason Schwartzman and others sing to the original Roots-composed song. The spot also features time-tested reading favorite LeVar Burton of Reading Rainbow fame.