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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

Creepy Tales From Comcast and Verizon Support

Earlier today, Buzzfeed’s Charlie Warzel tweeted a link to his story that exposed Verizon for giving preferential help to customers with large social followings. The revelation went public via an accidental tweet to the 78,000 followers of Verizon Support’s main Twitter account. Warzel tried to contact them to ask about the inadvertent tweet: “When reached […]

Friday Odds and Ends

-Mr. Sketch reveals the secret to scented markers (video above). -Affinity Credit Union advises you not to give your money to a fat cat. link -AdAge names new deputy managing editor. link -Airbnb generates online buzz from suggestive new logo. Show More Summary

Wongdoody Channels Cartman for Coffee Bean

Wongdoody has launched a new campaign for The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, their first for the beverage retailer, and the brand’s largest campaign to date. A 30-second online spot entitled “Cool Kew” (featured above), debuted late last month. Show More Summary

Honda Targets Hispanic Millennials by Mocking the Way Brands Target Hispanic Millennials

Young Latino consumers: They're hip! They're mobile! They lead active, on-the-go lifestyles! They're also, you know, pretty much like anybody else—though that's something marketers rarely want to hear when they're paying small fortunes for demographic "experts" to demystify the millennials who live at an every-growing cultural crossroads in America. Show More Summary

Marketing got us to the moon 45 years ago and marketing is required to get us to Mars in the future

Forty-five years ago today, the crew of Apollo 11 was on the way to the moon in their historic first lunar landing mission, the most audacious and globally significant accomplishment in human history. One thousand years from now, only two...

We've Just Discovered Business Pogs, and the Ad Makes Us Want to Order 10,000 of Them

Are you tired of plain old traditional self-promotion? Business cards? What is this, the 1980s? No, clearly this is the 1990s, and you need to log on to your personal computer right now and design your very own Business Pogs! Remember...Show More Summary

Even the World's Least Smooth Mandroid Gets the Ladies With Old Spice

Many brands promise to make literally anyone more attractive to the opposite sex, but Old Spice takes this promise to the extreme with its new ads starring a hapless, barely functional android. In a pair of spots from Wieden + Kennedy,...Show More Summary

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