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  • Ackermania Gets Violent and Messy for VidAngel
    Creating an ad for a client whose main product aims to “protect” audiences from “the bosoms, blood and bad words” on YouTube and in movies is quite a challenge, but Ackermania Creative (the guys behind the Poopouri spots) certainly got the job done with some help from The Harmon Brothers in this spot for VidAngel: We’re not sure how the Fearful Parent target […]
  • Wednesday Odds and Ends
    -This promo for FXX’s marathon of The Simpsons imagines apocalyptic ramifications for the event (video above). link -Deep Focus promoted Ken Kraemer to chief creative officer and Matt Steinwald to group creative director. link -Chicago-based hybrid advertising and entertainment shop Super Genius produced a new TV show called “Garage Squad,” which premieres A […]
  • W+K NY Taps Fred Armisen in Latest for Heineken
    You can hardly blame people for not wanting to participate in Heineken’s latest “social experiment” for the brand’s “Routine Interruptions” campaign. The spot, by W+K New York, sees Fred Armisen anonymously call a payphone and ask whoever picks up to come across the street. Of the thousands called, only five obliged the request, and those who did joined Armi […]
  • Venables Bell and Reebok Serve Up a Side of Bacon for the 2014 CrossFit Games
    If you thought bacon was merely the provenance of artisanal hipsters and long past the food du jour, the fellows at Venables Bell & Partners, USA found a new way for client Reebok to reach pig heaven. Since we tend to eat our bacon more for fun and less for sport, we were intrigued to learn that bacon is also a key snack for those on the Paleo Diet, whic […]
  • Tribal Worldwide Shows ‘How to Dad’ for Peanut Butter Cheerios
    Tribal Worldwide, Toronto has a new Canadian online campaign for Peanut Butter Cheerios illustrating “How to Dad.” The father in the spot is a welcome departure from the idiotic paternal human punchlines still typical in advertising. He gives a quick, ADD style lecture on fathering while touring his house, after being awoken by his son modeling his new horse […]
  • Yahoo’s Downward Ad Spiral Continues (with Visuals)
    Change is mostly a good thing–unless you ask Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer. Last Tuesday, when Yahoo announced its second-quarter earnings, the company said it had reached an agreement with Alibaba ”to reduce the number of shares it is required to sell in the initial public offering, to 140 million shares from 208 million shares.” This one would prove to be timely […]
  • Ogilvy & Mather Embarks on ‘Journey to Extraordinary’ for Holiday Inn
    Ogilvy & Mather, New York’s latest campaign for The Holiday Inn examines the inspirational stories of individuals who have made the “Journey to Extraordinary” in a series of web documentaries. The first in the series explores the story of Scott Rigsby, a double-amputee who was told by doctors at the age of eighteen that he would never run again. Not only […]
  • President/CEO Out at Y&R Canada
    Today we confirmed that Chris Jordan, CEO of Y&R Canada, is no longer with the agency as of this week. Here’s the official statement: “We are thankful to Chris Jordan for his 12 years of leadership at Y&R Canada, and we wish him the very best moving forward.  As we continue to evolve as an agency, we are recognizing the immense value of the leadershi […]
  • Hispanic Agency Orcí Fits with Honda
    We’ve always appreciated the Honda Fit’s “little car that could” vibe, and this new campaign from Orcí, Honda’s AOR for the U.S. Hispanic market, goes the distance in touting the versatility of the subcompact. The work, entitled “#UnBuenFit (A Good Fit”)  spreads the word about the all-new 2015 Honda Fit with TV spots starring comedian Felipe Esparza, the wi […]
  • Is Arnold Really Selling Its Emmy?
    It appears from a Craigslist post that Boston-based agency Arnold is selling its Emmy Award as part of the agency’s moving sale. If the post, which points out the award is the real deal and “not a crappy Daytime one” is not a joke, the agency is looking “to place every item in the Arnold Moving Sale with a home that truly wants it” and that includes their Em […]

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  • EBay Taps Goodby and MediaCom to Support Creative and Media
    EBay has hired WPP's MediaCom and Omnicom's Goodby, Silverstein and Partners to support its global media and creative business, the company confirmed Wednesday night.Ad Age reported in April that eBay had embarked on an agency pitch to revamp its brand, seeking not an agency of record but shops to work on a global brand project."As our brand e […]
  • Is Taco Bell Giving McDonald's a Run For Its Breakfast Money?
    Is Taco Bell's breakfast giving McDonald's a wake-up call?The Yum chain's launch in late March went directly after McDonald's with marketing that aggressively framed the Golden Arches as hopelessly outdated, and trumpeting Taco Bell as the next generation of fast-food breakfast. Its cheeky TV ads used real-life Ronald McDonald's proc […]
  • Facebook Now Makes 62% of Its Ad Money From Mobile: What the Latest Earnings Mean
    One day, if it wanted to, Facebook could shut down its desktop site and become a mobile-only company.The majority of the social network's advertising revenue -- 62% of the $2.68 billion Facebook made from advertising in the second quarter, according to results it released on Wednesday -- already comes from mobile. And an ever larger percentage of its da […]
  • William Shatner Reviews Facebook's New Celeb-Only App
    Last week, Facebook introduced Facebook Mentions, an app limited to people with verified pages in the U.S. that's designed to make it "easy for public figures to talk with their fans and each other on the go." In other words, Facebook appears to have a bit of Twitter envy -- given that Twitter is Celebrity Central in social media -- and though […]
  • Samsung's First Family Struggles to Keep Grip on Company
    With Samsung Group's powerful patriarch entering his third month in a South Korean hospital, his family risks losing its grip on the conglomerate he built into a force from smartphones to life insurance.Lee Kun Hee, 72, took over from his father 27 years ago and outmaneuvered Sony Corp. and Nokia Oyj to surpass Apple Inc. in the mobile-phone business. H […]
  • Nun in Tide Ad Confesses to 'Dirty Little Habit' (Watch the Newest Ads on TV)
    Every weekday, we bring you the Ad Age/iSpot Hot Spots, new and trending TV commercials tracked by iSpot.tv, a company that catalogs, tags and measures activity around TV ads in real time. The New Releases here ran on TV for the first time yesterday. The Most Engaging ads are showing sustained social heat, ranked by SpotShare scores reflecting the percent of […]
  • Conde Nast's Golf World Magazine Goes Digital-Only
    The 67-year-old Golf World magazine is closing its print edition and shifting entirely to digital media, where it will be part of the Golf Digest website, the magazine said Wednesday. A spokeswoman for the magazine said nearly 10 employees were laid off as a result of the move, which combines Golf World and Golf Digest into a single news division.Both titles […]
  • Jon Stewart: Let's Do a $10 Billion Kickstarter to Buy CNN
    The news that CNN might go up for sale if Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox succeeds in buying Time Warner has had Jon Stewart wondering about potential buyers -- and he decided we should just buy it. On last night's "Daily Show," he kicked off a (faux) $10 billion Kickstarter campaign, complete with its own Kickstarter-lookalike page at […]
  • Cable TV Upfronts Victim of Advertisers' Desire for Flexibility
    Cable networks are expected to have secured smaller ad commitments during this year's upfronts, according to media buyers and other people close to negotiations, which would mark the first time since the recession the sector has experienced a year-over-year decline in volume.Overall, the marketplace is poised to shrink anywhere from 3% to 6% from last y […]
  • The Creativity Top 5: The Best Brand Ideas of the Week
    In this week's episode, how to make your business card worth keeping, a stirring salute to Derek Jeter, mobile ads that make a bold statement and a travel company's quest to change the world.Stay abreast of the best new work by subscribing to the Creativity Top 5 podcast on iTunes here, and for more of the best ideas in brand creativity, tune in to […]

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  • Ad Prices at Facebook More Than Doubled Last Quarter
    Facebook News Feed is getting more expensive. The price of an ad on the social network more than doubled last quarter, Facebook said today after delivering second-quarter results that impressed Wall Street. The stock reached all-time highs trading after hours, rising about 5 percent to nearly $75 a share. The big success came on ad sales that were up 67 perc […]
  • Honest Trailers Unveils Hunger Games Knock-Off
    Whether its pointing out the litany of forgettable characters on Game of Thrones or how Princess Elsa of Frozen is really a manic-depressive, Honest Trailers has made movie geeks laugh about its brutally impartial thoughts on popular films. On Tuesday, it released its latest episode, Divergent, which it accurately labeled as a Hunger Games knock-off that mad […]
  • Family Kicked Off Southwest Flight After Father Tweeted Complaint
    A family was asked to de-board Southwest flight 2347 from Denver to Minneapolis on Sunday, following the father tweeting a complaint about a "rude" gate agent. Duff Watson had received priority seating on the flight, but his two children had not, and were not allowed to board with him. He told a local CBS station that the tweet was something to the […]
  • Facebook's Q2 Ad Revenue Was Nearly $2.7 Billion
    Facebook's advertising revenue increased 67 percent year-over-year in the second quarter, totaling $2.68 billion. That figure is up some $410 million compared to the social giant's Q1 earnings, though its year-over-year jump for that quarter represented a higher growth rate of 82 percent. For Q2 2014, mobile ads accounted for 62 percent of total ad […]
  • Mixed Bag for Condé September Paging
    The September ad pages are continuing to roll in as fashion’s biggest month inches closer, and perennial winner Vogue has once again taken the top spot. The news was bittersweet for the Condé Nast magazine, however; while its 631 ad pages will be the most of any magazine this September, overall paging declined 4.5 percent from last year’s biggest-ever Septem […]
  • Office Depot Teams Up With R5 for Back-to-School Campaign
    Office Depot is the latest retailer to bet on augmented reality to target millennial back-to-school shoppers this year. The retailer is launching a mobile campaign for the second year that integrates image recognition into its shopping app. This year’s effort plays up the brick-and-mortar experience more than last year, with interactive in-store displays.  […]
  • Interbrand Names a New CEO for North America
    Josh Feldmeth is the new North American CEO of Interbrand, succeeding Lee Carpenter, who is leaving the brand consultancy after 12 years. Feldmeth has served as chief of Interbrand’s New York, San Francisco and Toronto offices since last year, working on accounts like UPS, AT&T and General Electric. In his new role, he adds responsibility for offices in […]
  • Jamie Gallo Returns to Agency Fold After NBA
    Jamie Gallo has reentered the agency world after two years with the NBA. Gallo, who was evp of global marketing at the NBA from 2012 until March 2014, is now president of the New York office of Wunderman, the direct marketing unit of WPP Group's Young & Rubicam Group. As leader of the 225-person office, Gallo succeeds Chris Loll, who left for IPG Me […]
  • Foursquare Unveils Its Own New Logo (Don't Worry, It's SFW)
    Exactly one week after Airbnb's logo redesign went viral because people thought it looked like human genitalia, Foursquare is unveiling a new logo and app redesign. And fortunately for Foursquare, the refreshes won't likely spark jokes about vaginas and testicles on Twitter. A Foursquare representative said the new logo represents a "mix of a […]
  • Alcohol Delivery Startup Expands to Denver’s Boozy Crowd
    Alcohol-delivery app Drizly is launching in Denver today, making it easier for people to get booze to their doorstep within one hour. The app is also available in the New York, Chicago, Boston and Los Angeles areas. The Denver expansion is part of Drizly’s plan to expand nationally. "There are two main factors that we consider when expanding to a new ci […]

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  • Ban on Flights to Israel Lifted by Federal Aviation Administration
    The Federal Aviation Administration lifted its ban Wednesday on U.S. flights in and out of Israel, which the agency had imposed out of concern for the risk of planes being hit by Hamas rockets. The decision was effective at 11:45 p.m. EDT. "Before making this decision, the FAA worked with its U.S. government counterparts to assess the security situation […]
  • Artist Creates Stunning Art Using Old Books as His Canvas
    Even your local library can be a great place for art supplies. Artist Mike Stilkey reclaims the book covers of dozens of old books that otherwise would have been thrown out. Using ink, colored pencil and paint to create his whimsical works of art, Stilkey asserts that painting on book covers came to him more naturally than painting on a canvas See also: Clas […]
  • 'I'm on Vacation' Is Your New Anti-Work Summer Anthem
    Please do not kill these two bros' vacation vibe YouTubers Rhett & Link have a new song called "I'm On Vacation," and it's the perfect summer anthem for anyone desperate to leave the 9 to 5 grind behind See also: Photographer Brings Spam Emails to Life Just make sure you have enough PTO before you do. Have something to add to thi […]
  • Winter Is Coming to Russia: Putin Abolishes 'Daylight Saving' Time Shift
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has taken the first steps in claiming "Winterfell" as Russia's nickname, after he signed a law on Tuesday that places the country under a permanent wintertime, starting October 26. Under the new law, "seasonal changing of clocks is not being carried out," the Kremlin announcement said, according to Ag […]
  • Philips Hue Lights React to 'Sharknado 2' for Bloody Cool Effects
    Ian Ziering looks serious. His character's worrisome scowl appears permanent, a consequence of living through probably the most absurdly hellish scenario in B-movie history: a tornado that hoovers up thousands of hungry sharks from the ocean, only to rain them down onto Los Angeles to feast on hapless residents. Sharknado was a social media sensation (a […]
  • World's Largest Flying Water Insect Can Cover an Adult Human Face
    Warning: Don't read this right before going to bed. The largest flying aquatic insect on record was discovered in China's Sichuan province. The specimen was delivered to the Insect Museum of West China and determined to be a larger version of the dobsonfly. See also: 14 Creepy Medieval Beasts That Look Nothing Like Real Animals The creature has a w […]
  • U.N. Chief 'Alarmed' by Disappearance of Rockets Found at U.N.-Run School in Gaza
    UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. secretary-general on Wednesday said he was "alarmed" to hear that rockets were placed in a U.N.-run school in Gaza, and now "have gone missing." He also demanded a full review of such incidents. A spokesperson for Ban Ki-moon expressed the U.N. chief's "outrage and regret" at the placement of weapo […]
  • The Methane-Sniffing Supercomputer That's Looking for Aliens
    Biologically speaking, methane's kind of a big deal. When it comes to finding life on other planets, it's an even bigger deal Researchers at the University of Cambridge have developed an absorption spectrum (i.e. supercomputer) that's able to detect methane, via light absorption on other planets, at temperatures of up to 2,228 degrees Fahrenhe […]
  • Obama Meets Apollo 11 Astronauts to Mark Moon Landing's 45th Anniversary
    To celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission, U.S. President Barack Obama met with members of the crew on Tuesday, including Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin, Michael Collins and Carol Armstrong, the widow of Neil Armstrong On July 20, 1969, Armstrong and Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the moonSpending about two hours a […]
  • The 10 Most Disturbing Things About 'Kim Kardashian: Hollywood'
    My name is Max Kardashian, and I am so much more famous than you. Well, at least in Kim Kardashian's mobile game. If the game achieves its projected yearly earnings, Kim Kardashian will make 85 million dollars in profits, a sum that would cost you more than $48,500 of real money to purchase as in-game money. See also: We Played 'Kim Kardashian: Hol […]

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  • TV ad: Instant Kiwi: Alarm
    The latest campaign from Lotto NZ by DDB shows that with a quick scratch and a bit of luck Kiwis can win instantly with Instant Kiwi. Says Kelly Millier, Lotto NZ head of brand and communications: "These spots are a fun way to show the fact that playing Instant Kiwi can add a little thrill to your day. And, let's be honest, who doesn't enjoy a […]
  • TV ad: Instant Kiwi: Kittens
    The latest campaign from Lotto NZ by DDB shows that with a quick scratch and a bit of luck Kiwis can win instantly with Instant Kiwi. Says Kelly Millier, Lotto NZ head of brand and communications: "These spots are a fun way to show the fact that playing Instant Kiwi can add a little thrill to your day. And, let's be honest, who doesn't enjoy a […]
  • TV ad: Instant Kiwi: Bald
    The latest campaign from Lotto NZ by DDB shows that with a quick scratch and a bit of luck Kiwis can win instantly with Instant Kiwi. Says Kelly Millier, Lotto NZ head of brand and communications: "These spots are a fun way to show the fact that playing Instant Kiwi can add a little thrill to your day. And, let's be honest, who doesn't enjoy a […]
  • TV ad: Instant Kiwi: Party
    The latest campaign from Lotto NZ by DDB shows that with a quick scratch and a bit of luck Kiwis can win instantly with Instant Kiwi. Says Kelly Millier, Lotto NZ head of brand and communications: "These spots are a fun way to show the fact that playing Instant Kiwi can add a little thrill to your day. And, let's be honest, who doesn't enjoy a […]
  • TV ad: Lynx: Own Monday
    LYNX is getting ready for its biggest year in a decade, beginning next week with a new creative brand approach and advertising campaign, collaborations with international creative artists and an upgrade to the product packaging hitting shelves this month. The year kicks off with an ongoing global initiative that will see the highest-selling daily fragrance i […]
  • TV ad: Lynx: Seize The Wednesday
    LYNX is getting ready for its biggest year in a decade, beginning next week with a new creative brand approach and advertising campaign, collaborations with international creative artists and an upgrade to the product packaging hitting shelves this month. The year kicks off with an ongoing global initiative that will see the highest-selling daily fragrance i […]
  • TV ad: Dick's Sporting Goods: The Moment
    Every second in an athlete's life prepares them for them for the moment. This Dick's Sporting Goods spot shows young athletes on the sporting ground or court getting ready for that "moment". Agency: Anomoly New YorkCategory: SportswearClient: Dick's Sporting GoodsAgency: AnomolyCreative Director: seth jacobsCopywriter: Johnny Dantoni […]
  • TV ad: Maiocchi: Brand relaunch
    The Engine Group, Sydney gives us the figures in this spot for retailer MalocchiCategory: Retail servicesClient: MaiocchiAgency: Engine GroupArt Director: Kieryn HumphriesCreative Director/ art director: kory mcavoyCreative Director/ writer: Merrin McCormickAccount Director: Sarah FergusonVisual Effects: Digby HoganGraphic Designer: Megan NguyenAgency Produc […]
  • TV ad: Milk: Airport
    The challenge was to remind teens milk is a great addition to their snacks when they're relaxing at home. However when teens are relaxing at home they aren't exposed to most traditional media channels. When teens are relaxing at home they spend a lot of time watching online videos so BBDO Vancouver created a cartoon webseries called "Snack Tim […]
  • TV ad: Milk: Camping
    The challenge was to remind teens milk is a great addition to their snacks when they're relaxing at home. However when teens are relaxing at home they aren't exposed to most traditional media channels. When teens are relaxing at home they spend a lot of time watching online videos so BBDO Vancouver created a cartoon webseries called "Snack Tim […]

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  • How to Market Your Freelance Business Without Feeling Like an Impostor
    You’ve felt it, haven’t you? That sick feeling clawing at your stomach every time you think about marketing your freelance business. You’re worried you won’t be able to convince prospective clients you’re the right person for the job — that you’re the answer to their problems. You may still feel like an impostor even if [ Continue Reading... ] The post How t […]
  • Beyond Niches: Tap Into This Psychological Driver to Create the Ultimate Message
    The number of blog posts published every day is absurd. Let’s just say it exceeds the population of the four largest countries in the world and be done with it. Maybe that’s true and maybe it isn’t. The point is — and we all know it — the volume of written content online is overwhelming. [ Continue Reading... ] The post Beyond Niches: Tap Into This Psycholog […]
  • Case Study: How One Veteran’s Podcast Built a Million-Dollar Business
    After spending many years in traditional career fields — including real estate, finance, and eight years as an Army Officer — John Lee Dumas still felt unfulfilled. He couldn’t shake the feeling that his real calling was still out there — that there must be a way for him to feel excited to go to [ Continue Reading... ] The post Case Study: How One Veteran’s […]
  • 5 Subtle Writing Strategies That Drive Email Signups
    Email subscribers are your protection from Google. Even Brian Clark agrees with me on that one. Your email list is a group of readers who have chosen to get information from you. They want to hear from you, and you want a large email list that is full of potential clients or customers. But how [ Continue Reading... ] The post 5 Subtle Writing Strategies That […]
  • No Blog Traffic? Here’s a Simple Strategy to Seduce Readers and Win Clients
    You sit down at your desk. You start your computer. You check Google Analytics and your email provider dashboard. A deep sigh escapes from your soul. Why is your number of email subscribers still so low? Why aren’t readers flocking to your blog? And when will those business inquiries finally arrive? We all know that [ Continue Reading... ] The post No Blog T […]
  • Pamela Wilson Is Now Working With the Copyblogger Team
    I am so pleased to announce that Pamela Wilson is going to be working with the Copyblogger Media team on some cool new projects. You may know Pamela from her many Copyblogger posts, or from her business, Big Brand System, where she gives out lots of great business and design advice to help business owners [ Continue Reading... ] The post Pamela Wilson Is Now […]
  • Master This Storytelling Technique to Create an Irresistible Content Series
    In this cold, hard, commercial world, everyone is looking for answers online. We are all “searchers” looking for the best way to solve a problem or satisfy a desire. And we are ruthless … We make split-second decisions about clicking a headline. How does your website look at a glance? If you try to consummate the fragile exchange of attention and [ Continue […]
  • 7 Lessons Learned While Content Marketing for an Early-Stage Startup
    If you’re marketing for an early-stage startup, every second counts. Any mistake is a massive setback. Setbacks ultimately lose potential customers. During our content marketing journey with Spectafy, a real-time photo sharing app, we made plenty of mistakes. Fortunately for you, we kept track of what works and what doesn’t to help you avoid wasting [ Contin […]
  • The Prepared Writer’s Process for Creating Excellent Content Every Day
    I only write when I am inspired. Fortunately, I am inspired at 9 o’clock every morning. ~ William Faulkner Authors often claim that writing a book is like having a baby — both in effort and length of time. Since I’ve done both myself, I would personally insist that birthing a child is, in fact, [ Continue Reading... ] The post The Prepared Writer’s Process f […]
  • Use Images (Not Just Words) to Turn Your Distracted Visitors into Engaged Readers
    If you have kids — or if you’ve ever been around kids — you’ve heard the sound before. It’s a noise that’s somewhere between the cry of a lost wolf cub and the wail of a nearby car alarm. It’s one of the most annoying sounds you’ll ever hear. It’s the ear-piercing cry of a [ Continue Reading... ] The post Use Images (Not Just Words) to Turn Your Distracted V […]

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  • Can Dateline NBC Just Run Your YouTube Clip Without Permission?
    Dateline NBC (aka “The Murder Show”) recently aired an episode about a California farm manager who was killed by an explosive device that used a spring-loaded rat trap as part of its triggering system. Thus, the show featured numerous YouTube clips of rat traps doing all sorts of awesome and violent things (no actual killing of rodents, thankfully) — some … […]
  • Feds File 9 Lawsuits Against Alleged Mortgage Relief Scammers That Took Millions From Consumers
    If the thought of losing one’s home wasn’t bad enough, finding out that you’ve been ripped off by the companies promising to help must be even worse. Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, along with the Federal Trade Commission and 15 states announced a string of lawsuits and other actions against such deceptive companies. The CFPB announced three […]
  • FlightCar Loses All The Stuff In My Glove Box, Isn’t Answering The Phone
    What if there were an AirBNB for cars? FlightCar is a startup that aims to connect lonely cars in long-term airport parking with travelers in need of short-term wheels. This seems like a great idea….except, like many “sharing economy” businesses, it’s a great idea until something goes wrong. Just ask reader Evan. Car owners who leave their vehicles behind wi […]
  • Grocery Store Runs On Electricity Generated By Its Own Food Waste
    It’s the ciiiiiiircle, the circle of life, but instead of a cartoon lion there’s a grocery store running on electricity generated by the same food waste that store creates. More recycling, fewer anthropomorphic talking animals, but it’s a circle… of science. The Sainsbury superstore in Staffordshire, England is reportedly the first time a retailer in that co […]
  • Man Returns From 2-Day Vacation, Finds Family Living In His Home
    In our post about the AirBNB “guest” who decided to make himself at home and squat in a desert condo after he had stayed for a month, we noted that at least the condo in question was a vacation home, not her regular home. No, that actually happened this week to a man in Miami. He returned to the house … [More]
  • Verizon Sends $3,020 Phone Bill To Website That Doesn’t Use Verizon
    It’s always frustrating when you receive a bill that, without even having to break down the numbers, you know right away is too high. It’s even more frustrating when you know the bill is too high because you are not a customer of the company that sent you the bill. Just ask the folks at TalkingPointsMemo.com, who were a … [More]
  • There’s “I’m Unhappy With My Hair” Mad, And Then There’s “Throwing Salon Chairs” Mad
    It is a customer’s right to express dissatisfaction with a paid service, but that right doesn’t extend to throwing, chucking and otherwise tossing anything you can get your hands on in an angry fit. According to cops in New York City, that’s how one woman reacted to a hairdo gone wrong. Police say a woman wearing a United States Postal … [More]
  • Is Cash America Getting Out Of The Payday Loan Business? Not Exactly
    Sometimes there’s no better feeling than the one you get when you return to your so-called roots. Maybe that’s what Cash America International is looking for now that the company is making plans to separate itself from payday lending and returning to its first moneymaker: pawnshops. A new piece from Dallas Morning News columnist Mitchell Schnurman suggests t […]
  • GM Recalls Another 718,000 Vehicles, Including Your Bitchin’ Camaro
    Not to be outdone by Chrysler’s recent recall-a-thon, GM has announced six new safety recalls covering more than a dozen models, for a grand total of 717,949 vehicles. Recall #1 The largest recall is for 414,333 vehicles and involves a problem with a potentially loose bolt on seat adjustment mechanisms. The recall includes: Chevy Camaro (model year 2011-2012 […]
  • 6 Things We Learned About The Wiener Business From The Founder Of The Hot Dog University
    It’s the middle of National Hot Dog Month and today just so happens to be National Hot Dog Day, so what better time than now to learn a little bit more about those wieners, and the business of selling them? Because yes, there is a Hot Dog University run by a master of hot dogs, who seems to have all … [More]

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  • CHUBBY SWAGGER -- Brutha Ray feat. Imari Williams & Chase Diamond
    *RING* *RING* Kidsleepy: Hey yo, s'up? Dabitch: Hey shawty, I got somthin' for you. Kidsleepy: Aight. Dabitch: Check the inbox. We got a fresh track by dis ad dude, called Brutha Ray, yo. Country:  United States Commercials:  uncategorized […]
  • More than just a pretty face: American Apparel finally appoints a woman to the board
    WSJ announced that American Apparel Names New Board in Step to Resolve Leadership Crisis, the crisis being that Dov Charney's sexist and abusive ways have finally caught up to him. Adland:  announcement […]
  • Tide Washing Machine Cleaner "Dirty little Habit" (2014) :30 (USA)
    Geddit? Habit??! Nun's habit? Anyone? Oh, never mind. This cute-ish spot features a very guilt-ridden nun who had no idea the washing machine was so dirty. Thanks to Tide Washing Machine Cleaner, now she does. Country:  United States Commercials:  Household […]
  • Milk West "Snack Time: Camping" (2014) :30 (Canada)
    In yet another installment of Milk West's animated web series Snack Time, the Milk carton and his buddies find themselves trapped in an elevator. Undeterred, the milk carton proceeds to tell his friends about a much worse experience when he went camping. Country:  Canada Commercials:  Drinks & Alcohol […]
  • Milk West "Snack Time: Emergency Room" (2014) :30 (Canada)
    In another installment of Milk West's animated web series Snack Time, the Milk carton and his buddies find themselves in the emergency room, waiting on the recovery of their marshmallow friend who has been impaled by a stick, as if he were on a camping trip gone wrong. Country:  Canada Commercials:  Drinks & Alcohol […]
  • Milk West "Snack time: Airport" (2014) :30 (Canada)
    In order to engage teens, and get them drinking more milk, DDB Vancouver created an animated webseries called Snack Time, featuring a carton of milk, chocolate chip cookie, and various other snacks including a marshmallow. Country:  Canada Commercials:  Drinks & Alcohol […]
  • Subaru Legacy "Passenger" (2014) 1:00 (USA)
    Years ago, Volkswagen said "On the road of life there are passengers and there are drivers." They were seeking drivers. Country:  United States Commercials:  Automotive […]
  • Subaru Legacy "Jr. Driver" (2014) 1:00 (USA)
    Jr's not ready to drive, but when he is that Subaru will be ready for him. I'm actually amazed they got this through legal. In the United States, we're so litigious it's amazing no lawyer said WHAAAAAT? We can't SHOW an underaged boy behind the WHEEEL. Country:  United States Commercials:  Automotive […]
  • Subaru "The Fix" (2014) :50 (USA)
    Poor kid. His remote control car got busted. But it's dad to the rescue, demonstrating his Subaru Legacy's all-wheel drive awesomeness is a good substitute for a "remote controlled" car. Country:  United States Commercials:  Automotive […]
  • Holiday Inn Hotels: "Scott Rigsby" (2014) 3:30 (USA)
    The guests of Holiday Inn aren't just guests. They're real people with real stories, and extraordinary journeys along the way. This story, which launches Holiday Inn's "The Journey To Extraordinary," campaign, features Scott Rigsby. Country:  United States Commercials:  Transport & Travel […]

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  • Rosetta Stone Create a Smaller World
    Rosetta Stone has just unveiled “Create a Smaller World”, a multi-platform advertising campaign encouraging millennials to learn a new language using online software. Every day, millions of people use a second language to make a happier, smarter, and more connected world. The multimedia campaign, online at rosettastone.com/smallerworld, includes TV, radio, p […]
  • Jordan Brand Pays Respect to Derek Jeter
    Nike’s Jordan Brand is honouring New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter with an advertising campaign using the “Re2pect” theme, a reference to his position as Number 2. A 90-second commercial features some of Jeter’s biggest fans and even his rivals tipping their caps to pay homage to Jeter. “No matter what hat you wear, tip […]
  • Germany World Cup Winner celebrates with Beer
    Bayern Radio has pulled off a worldwide viral video hit with “Germany Is The Worldcup Winner In Brazil”, a 9 second YouTube commercial. Launched after the 7-1 semi-final Germany/Brazil FIFA World Cup football game, the video shows a Brazilian cocktail abruptly replaced by a German stein of beer. “Germany Is The Worldcup Winner In Brazil” […]
  • Neil Patrick Harris not drinking Heineken Light
    Heineken USA is running an advertising campaign featuring actor Neil Patrick Harris not drinking Heineken Light beer. Due to complicated broadcast regulations, Neil Patrick Harris is not allowed to drink Heineken Light, winner of the 2013 World Beer Championship’s Best Tasting Light Beer, in Heineken’s commercials. But trust us, if he did drink it, he […]
  • GE Childlike Imagination
    GE’s “Childlike Imagination” television commercial is one of the ads nominated for Most Outstanding Commercial in the 66th Emmy Awards held this year. Launched in February 2014, the ad depicts a little girl dreaming about the amazing things her Mom makes as a GE employee. The commercial illustrates how GE is stretching the limits of […]
  • Mammals in Circles Music Video
    Sydney band Mammals has launched a mesmerising music video for their latest single, “Circles”. The music video features Mammals lead singer and composer at Nylon Studios Guy Brown as he makes a journey across unsuspecting landscapes to reach his final destination: a daring cliff face that he then proceeds to leap off before diving deep […]
  • Share the Road in London
    Transport for London has launched “Share the Road”, an integrated advertising campaign addressing the challenges of using London’s busy streets. The campaign calls for people to change their mind-set from a competitive to a considerate one, and aims to help them rethink their attitudes towards each other. “The Voice of Reason”, shot in black and […]
  • Amnesty International Pens Animated
    Amnesty International is running “Pens”, a full CG film shot in motion capture, epitomising the potential of each signature in the defence of human rights. Highlighting that the voice of a single person can bring about the birth of a social movement, the film concludes with the words “your signature is more powerful than you […]
  • Ikea Beds in the Sky
    IKEA has launched “Beds”, a television commercial focusing on how the perfect bed can help us start the day the right way. Set thousands of feet above the city, the ad tells the story of a woman’s dream as she moves from one uncomfortable bed to another until she eventually finds the perfect bed: the […]
  • Guinness Empty Chair of Loyalty
    Guinness USA celebrated Independence Day 2014 with “Empty Chair”, a salutes to the character of a community as they honor one of their own who is out of sight, but not out of mind. These people “remind us that a true test of character is what you do when no one’s looking. The choices we […]

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  • the color of characters
    Color is one of the most powerful and memorable elements used in design, and no one understands this better than the masters of color, Pantone. Their new minimalist poster series featuring not much more than the color of some of the world's most beloved cartoon characters hits the point home in the most adorable way possible.
  • meow that's what I call a super group
    Did someone say meow? What's better than a cute video of a famous cat? Oh, maybe a video with SIX famous cats! Summer Cat is a pop-video staring a super group of all your favorite internet cats including Grumpy Cat, Oskar the blind cat, Klaus, Hamilton, Hipster cat and Nala. And, as if that weren't mind blowing enough, every time you watch this sug […]
  • steal your attention, steal your data
    The internet is filled with fun and distracting websites, some of which could easily be comprising your security. To illustrate that, Netherlands-based security software company Ziggo sent a sexy lady (more clothed than the ones you're likely looking at online) to distract computer users. Then BAM, she disappears to hack and wipe out your computer. A st […]
  • neil patrick harris is at it again
    Neil Patrick Harris already has, like, a 98.1% approval rating, so the last thing we needed out of him was a clever, unorthodox turn as a pitch man. And yet, here we are with a new W+K spot for Heineken. Watch as NPH stumbles over the copious amount of red tape in advertising alcohol, while not once explaining to us how he met our mother.
  • inside-o-scope
    Stepping inside a kaleidoscope sounds like an idea your stoner cousin would present to you while you're half listening. That said, a pair of Japanese artists actually designed such a thing, and the results are pretty visually arresting. The design was for an art contest in which participants were challenged to "create something spectacular that fit […]
  • mirror mirror on the wall, who's the smiliest of all?
    Talk about service with a smile. At a recent awards night, Dove unveiled a "magic mirror" that prints photos for its visitors - but only under the condition that they're sporting an ear-to-ear grin. Not a bad way to associate your brand with positivity and good feelings, huh?
  • well beyond #throwbackthursday
    Way before hashtags were a thing, in land where computers used dial up modems and our phones all had cords, video games were born. For those of us that remember those days and the early video games that we all fell in love with, you can thank R-Kaid-R, for this new invention: The Portable Arcade. With this amazing device you can take the arcade with you wher […]
  • there are emoji among us
    Remember the good ol’ days back in the late 90’s / early 2000’s, when you actually had to manually type a smiley face in chat rooms, and IMs to express your feelings? ;) Well those days are long gone. Now we have emjois to make our lives easier. Thank goodness! Stock footage company Dissolve, made this lovely parody documentary to remind us how emjois have b […]
  • overstocked pets find homes
    Overstock.com is helping homeless pets find new homes. They recently launched a new program, leveraging their online shopping technology, but this time you can shop for pets in need. In just a few clicks you can locate animals near you and adopt, so what are you waiting for?
  • google doesn't want your real name any more
    Once upon a time creating your own social network was all the rage. Little start-ups like Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr were gaining traffic left and right. Digg and Reddit were fighting it out to offer up the latest cat gifs. And then Google decided to throw its gigantic hat in the right. But how would they differentiate their social network from all the oth […]

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  • A Definitive Examination of the Metaphorical Representation of SHIT in Advertising.
    "Complex Shit", by Paul McCarthy, 2008.Constipation. Diarrhea. Explosive Diarrhea. We've all had them. We will all continue to have them. Thus, Shit Manipulation is big business. But how does one visually address such a disgusting topic in ads? Let's take a figurative look up your asshole.Dulcolax. "Only You Can Set Them Free."( […]
  • When Advertising, and Humanity, Tried Harder.
  • The 19 worst "Business Teamwork" stock photos.
    1. (four associates examine a bell pepper)I searched "Business Group Teamwork" on Getty and sifted through 41,177 photos to bring you this post. For authenticity, I didn't sign in to remove the watermarks.Click photos to enlarge.2. These "coworkers" have absolutely nothing in their offices. Not one fucking thing.3. Title: "Autho […]
  • Men's Deodorant Marketing is Malarkey.
    Remember:Mitchum—So Effective, You Can Skip A Day™That was the Revlon brand's tagline for about 20 years, up until 2005. I mean, what the fuck do we have an FDA for if an antiperspirant can get away with that bald face lie?Today, spurred by Unilever's Degree, men's deodorant has become a field of biotechnology, at least according to the ridicu […]
  • Are Ad Agencies Still Cool?
    (Back in 2011, one of the largest ad agencies in the world flew this banner over the hordes at the Cannes ad festival. Note the spelling of "famously".)Short answer: No. Long answer: FUCK No.Today’s ad agencies are nothing like Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce in the 1960s. They’re not even like Crispin Porter + Bogusky in 2005.If you’re a young creati […]
  • Brands Talking To Men Badly.
    (Like rape culture enabler Axe, Brut is a Unilever product.)Bros? Have you noticed more and more ads these days speaking your bro-language? That's because the early aughts Banana Republic-wearing manscaped Metrosexual is dead. It's time, yet again, to MAN UP, to let your body hair grow, to reaffirm your Bromitment. Brut's latest online ads (on […]
  • It's Time To End The Cannes Advertising Festival.
    (Flier at Cannes last week. Photo by Kurt Novack.)The just completed 2014 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity made $28.2 million in entry fees alone, up over four million from 2013. British media company Top Right Group runs the Festival, since buying it from French businessman Roger Hatchuel in 2004 for £52 million. The entry fees for work are […]
  • Today’s Tech Ads Are All Made By Men And Are All Terrible.
  • The Great American Tagline Is Dead.
  • Prankvertising Is The Worst Thing To Happen To Advertising Since The Starburst.
    Pageviews.Today’s world has deemed them so vital, that it’s turned them into one word. Say the word in a marketing meeting, and ears prick up, eyes sparkle, and sometimes drool comes out of mouths. That’s because a video ad’s pageviews instantly turn advertising into science, which it absolutely most certainly is not. But marketing hacks love definitive numb […]

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  • Milk West: Snack Time - Camping
    The challenge was to remind teens milk is a great addition to their snacks when they’re relaxing at home. However when teens are relaxing at home they aren’t exposed to most traditional media channels. They spend a lot of time watching online videos so we created a cartoon webseries called “Snack Time.” It’s a fun, quick and irreverent show about a carton of […]
  • Milk West: Snack Time - Emergency Room
    The challenge was to remind teens milk is a great addition to their snacks when they’re relaxing at home. However when teens are relaxing at home they aren’t exposed to most traditional media channels. They spend a lot of time watching online videos so we created a cartoon webseries called “Snack Time.” It’s a fun, quick and irreverent show about a carton of […]
  • Milk West: Snack Time - Airport
    The challenge was to remind teens milk is a great addition to their snacks when they’re relaxing at home. However when teens are relaxing at home they aren’t exposed to most traditional media channels. They spend a lot of time watching online videos so we created a cartoon webseries called “Snack Time.” It’s a fun, quick and irreverent show about a carton of […]
  • Suzuki Swift: Meant to be
    Advertising Agency: The Red Brick Road, UK Creative Directors: Richard Megson, Matt Davis Art Director: Richard Megson, Tom Skinner Copywriter: Matt Davis Production company: Partizan Client Team Director: Andrew Godley Account Director: Phuong Hoang Sound: Patrick Rowland Director: TRAKTOR Editing Company: Final Cut Post production: MPC Editor: Edward Line […]
  • Tide: Dirty Little Habit
    Advertising Agency: Saatchi & Saatchi, New York, USA Creative Director: Laura Mulloy Associate Creative Directors: Lauren McCrindle, Erin Wendel Executive Producer: Liz Sloane Chief Production Officer: Tanya LeSieur Director of Content Production: John Doris Production Company: Community Films Director: Matt Smukler Executive Producers: Carl Swan, Lizzie […]
  • Indomie Instant Noodles: Fasting ads, 3
    Advertising Agency: Noah's Ark, Lagos, Nigeria Chief Creative Officer: Lanre Adisa Creative Director: Abolaji Alausa Associate Creative Director: Babatunde Adebola Art Director: Lawal Kazeem Copywriter: Babatunde Adebola Account Manager: Eno Assam Published: July 2014 […]
  • Indomie Instant Noodles: Fasting ads, 2
    Advertising Agency: Noah's Ark, Lagos, Nigeria Chief Creative Officer: Lanre Adisa Creative Director: Abolaji Alausa Associate Creative Director: Babatunde Adebola Art Director: Lawal Kazeem Copywriter: Babatunde Adebola Account Manager: Eno Assam Published: July 2014 […]
  • Indomie Instant Noodles: Fasting ads, 1
    Advertising Agency: Noah's Ark, Lagos, Nigeria Chief Creative Officer: Lanre Adisa Creative Director: Abolaji Alausa Associate Creative Director: Babatunde Adebola Art Director: Lawal Kazeem Copywriter: Babatunde Adebola Account Manager: Eno Assam Published: July 2014 […]
  • AMA Insurance: Hail to the Chief
    Advertising Agency: Taxi, Calgary, Canada Creative Director: Matt Bielby Art Director: Brian Allen Copywriter: Michael Greco […]
  • AMA Insurance: Missing in Action
    Advertising Agency: Taxi, Calgary, Canada Creative Director: Matt Bielby Art Director: Brian Allen Copywriter: Michael Greco […]

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