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Promoter Forces Concert Goers to Watch This Guy Flip Out on Ecstacy Before Attending

Here's an interesting approach to festival promotion. Made Event, the promoters of electronic dance music concerts, including, Electric Zoo, has launched "Come To Life." The campaign encourages attendees to organically enjoy -- rather...Show More Summary

Thursday Odds and Ends

-Christina Hendricks protests gender equality in the workplace for Funny or Die sketch (video above). link -Integrated communications agency Home acquires McGrath Rainey Laird. link -What John Oliver got wrong about native advertising. Show More Summary

The Woman Used Illegally In That Awful Burger King "Blowjob" Ad Speaks Out.

Some of you will remember this unsubtle BK ad from five years, via Singapore. The overwhelming negative blowback over the ad forced BK USA Corporate to release this statement at the time:"Burger King Corporation (BKC) values and respects all of its guests. Show More Summary

Experiencing something other than the prevailing system

Sandeep points us to 'Sign', a restaurant in Toronto where every waiter is deaf and the only way to order is with ASL. This isn't a tourist attraction or merely a remarkable gimmick. What it does is reverse systemic bias...        

Apple's New iPhone Ad Shows You More Incredible Ways You'll Never Use Your iPhone

Apple's new ad for the iPhone 5S is called "Dreams," though it might have been called "In Your Dreams." Like other recent iPhone spots (and iPad spots, for that matter), it shows people using the device in pretty amazing ways—to measure wind speed, to plot the course of an airplane, to place a diamond in the setting of a ring. Show More Summary

Top Social Media Brand Dipshits of 2014.

Hello Brands! I've noticed that, more and more, EVERY DAY! you all are trying extra hard! to be my "friend"! And that you "love" (!!!) your "fans" and "followers", and that you really love "Likes" and "Favorites"!I've also noticed that you really love listicles!!!!!YAY!!!!!!!!!! Well, here's a fucking listicle for you.Listed from bad to the worst. Show More Summary

Deutsch LA Brings Back Ronald McDonalds for Taco Bell

Back in March, Deutsch LA used endorsements from real life Ronald McDonalds to help introduce Taco Bell’s new breakfast menu. Now, the agency has brought back the idea (which was actually recycled, intentionally or not, from an old Jack...Show More Summary

Kids on Vine Are Weirdly Obsessed With Spoofing 'I've Fallen and I Can't Get Up'

If the true measure of an ad's popularity is the afterlife it enjoys through parody and satire, then this 1989 LifeCall ad—featuring Mrs. Fletcher and her infamous line, "I've fallen and I can't get up!"—may be the best-loved commercial of all time. Show More Summary

Why I Totally Hate Google Hangouts!

Google Hangouts on Air make me feel stupid. I’ve agreed to do about 20 interviews via Google Hangouts on Air and every time I’ve tried to log onto one, there has been a problem. My technology failure makes me look...

Self-Driving Car Wreaks Havoc, but Not for the Reasons You Think, in Hilarious Dutch Ad

Some aspects of the techno-utopian fantasy are especially worth skewering, and Dutch insurer Centraal Beheer does a pretty nice number on one of them: the self-driving car. The brand has a knack for making disaster funny by casting some obnoxious stereotype as fictional villain. Show More Summary

David Duchovny Stokes Russian National Pride for Siberian Crown Beer

In one of the more absurd items you’ll see today, David Duchovny stars in an ad for Siberian Crown Beer. In the extended 2:30 online spot, Duchovny is at a rooftop party when he pontificates, “There is another country where I got my family name from. Show More Summary

Upgrade to Canada #social program nabs tourists from other countries

Last month I presented at an event in Winnipeg, Canada for Travel Manitoba. The travel market is crowded and consumers have lots of places to find information about places to visit. Into this environment, the best content can win th...

Here Are the Best (and Worst) Personalized Coke Bottle Hacks So Far

When we were kids, we were told that we are all special snowflakes—unique individuals with our own distinct characteristics. Coca-Cola thinks so, too. Sort of. The company has flooded retailers with bottles of its flagship soda adorned with people's names as part of its #ShareaCoke promotion (this idea was first introduced in Australia in 2011). Show More Summary

CP+B Channels ‘Rushmore’ in Best Buy Back-to-School Ad

The inspiration for CP+B’s new back-to-school ad is pretty clear: the 1998 film Rushmore by Wes Anderson (who is no stranger to advertising), which happens to be my personal favorite from the director. Like Jason Schwartzman‘s Max Fischer...Show More Summary

Inner Monologues of the DIRECTV Marionettes.

NOTE: Click on the images to watch the commercials. THE SON How come I don't have a penis yet?... Dad's got a penis... I ain't even got a knob... I wonder if mom has a vagina. Of course she has a vagina, dummy! YOU came out of her vagina, according to Miss Abernathy... Show More Summary

Back to the drawing board

Isn't the drawing board the place where all the best work happens? It's not a bad thing to go back there. It's the entire point. (HT to Neil).        

Leave It to a Laxative Brand to Make the Year's Most Uncomfortable Ad

At first glance, this Dulcolax ad draws you in with its warm sepia tones and lovely vignetted glow. Then you look closer, and... oh my God. Are those turds in prison? Indeed, orange is the new brown is this extremely odd laxative ad,...Show More Summary

Japanese Toyota Ad With Dancing Gorilla Is So Preposterous, It's Actually Great

Imagine, if you will, "What Does the Fox Say." Now, picture Psy's "Gangnam Style" mating with it. Oh, and now throw in the Cadbury gorilla. Think adver-dance-ment. Got it? Good. Now press play. I can only imagine that was Dentsu Aegis's pitch to Toyota before the producing the ad below, which will surely be the oddest 1:46 of your day. Show More Summary

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...Show More Summary

Matt Miller Joins BBDO SF as ECD

This morning your tips proved true: former Leo Burnett Chicago VP/Creative Director Matt Miller will join BBDO San Francisco to help run the Wells Fargo account (which the agency won back in March). Before accepting the BBDO offer, Miller...Show More Summary

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