Archive for March, 2009

If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. But what if you can’t beat ‘em or join ‘em? That’s the problem facing Microsoft and Crispin Porter + Bogusky. And their latest attempt at winning on the value front doesn’t really help things much. CP+B started off with the “I’m a PC” campaign which tried to be […]

If this spec campaign from Saatchi & Saatchi Germany isn’t in the Killed Ideas book, it certainly should be. Too bad they never ran, because the three ads, illustrated by Richard Wilkinson, would have been the best thing Head & Shoulders have ever done. Darkly funny, visually unique, and truly memorable. I’m still laughing over […]

No SFX needed.


The Ukrainian TV station 1+1 came up with a novel way to show the breadth of programming they offer. These are all short promos that ran separately, but are looped back-to-back in this video compilation. The idea and choreography are awesome and I love the low-tech way they created to produce them. It’s like the […]

Ok, when I say the words Mini Cabriolet, what kind of driver instantly springs to mind? Personally, I think late-20-something former sorority party planner with a fake tan and Juicy sweatpants. Maybe even an early-30’s elementary school teacher who leads a yoga class on the weekends. But I definitely don’t think mid-30’s slick con man […]

For many of us, we’ve hit the saturation point with “green”advertising. Too many companies are saying too many things – very few of which do we have a way of evaluating. What does “green” really mean anyway? That’s why I’m worried about Boxed Water. Sure, “about 90% of the Boxed Water container is made from a […]

Back in the late 90’s, Cliff Freeman did a series of hilarious commercials for Fox’s Major League Baseball telecasts that were designed to really make viewers appreciate how physical baseball really is. There was one of a guy swinging from a tree and slamming into the side of a barn to simulate Brady Andersen hitting […]

So a few days ago, Fallon in Minneapolis launched a Web reader called Skimmer. It’s an application that brings together the content from your Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, Blogger, and Facebook accounts all in one place. It’s got some cool features and reviews by the press and tech blogs have generally been in the “Good but kinda buggy” […]

When advertising mocks itself I’m always torn between A) It’s clever and not-too-serious, so the public will love it; or B) It’s masturbatory and nobody gives a crap except ad people. Now when it’s done right (Energizer Bunny interrupting fake commercials; Joe Isuzu) it can be legendary. When it’s done wrong it’s totally forgettable. (See? […]

Advertise fear.


Look, I’m all for citizens watching for suspicious activity to help combat terrorism (and crime). But this campaign from the London police goes way, way too far. They’re actually encouraging people to report their neighbors to the police for simply looking at surveillance cameras. BoingBoing has a great post about it and they hit the […]

For those who don’t know, Cracker Barrel is like the Southern equivalent to Olive Garden – cheap, bad food built around some kind of pseudo-theme. Now if you did know Cracker Barrel and don’t already hate them, here’s another reason – they’ll be the sole retailer for Dolly Parton’s new CD. Seriously – go to […]


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