We can imagine the the amount of head scratching that went on among Clemenger BBDO creatives after being briefed by Carlton on their new beer which is called...Carlton Cold. We're sure it was like, "Say what" Isn't all beer cold? How the hell are we going to differentiate this cold beer from every single other beer brand in the world?"
So what's a creative to do when tasked with marketing a product that's exactly the same as every other product in its category. Well you go for the stupid, the crazy, the weird, the odd. That's what you do. And Clemenger certainly achieved that with these four :15's they created for the brand.
Quirky situations such as a bartender whose fingernails are too long to serve a beer and another who does a bit more than just slide a beer down the bar to a customer are finished off with the in-your-face announcer close, "Colder. Bolder. Fresher."
They're coming out of the woodwork. Or, rather, infesting YouTube with their incredible lameness. Just today, we had this overly long SausageCopter deal. And now we have an even more lame Root Beer Float Drone Project from A&W Root Beer which claims to have been given birth in 2005.
We think it's time for all these spoofs to quietly dismiss themselves to the flashmob archive where they will make friends with prankvertising, assvertising, the Million Dollar Homepage, this guy, this girl, Second Life and Courtney Van Dunk.
While there are a few funny moments in this redpepper-created Amazon Prime Air spoof, at two minutes in length, it's about 1:30 longer than it needs to be. In the spoof, a bunch of vegetarians are enjoying a very meatless gathering but one attendee thinks there should be more meat. He whips out his mobile app and orders up a few links of sausage to be delivered by the SausageCopter. And, yea, that's about it.
As movie theater stunts go, this one's pretty tame. But this one's for a good cause. For Amnesty International, Ukraine-based Tabasco created a stunt in the middle of a movie in which a bunch of guards enter the theater, arrest a guy and then arrest another guy (a lawyer) who attempts to question the arrest. The whole thing ends with the lights going down and a human rights violation message filling the screen.
Oddly, it's like everyone in the theater is in on the stunt, not just the arrested man, the lawyer and the guards. The level of calm is admirable given the entrance of a bunch of masked men in camouflage gear. Then again, maybe this is normal in the Ukraine.
UK-based Man + Hatchet has created a beautiful stop motion video consisting of naked people who helped tell the story of Sam, a man who isn't a fan of his body. The army of nudity (which really isn't NSFW since it's shot from a distance) form an illustrated story touting the benefits of exercise for health brand Withings. It's like a kid's story book except with naked people. Tasteful naked people of course.
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So the Washington Transit Authority ran an ad in which one woman says, "A Metrobus travels about 8,260 miles between breakdowns. Didn't know that, did you?" and another responds, "Can't we just talk about shoes?" It's being called sexist and has everyone's boxers in a bunch.
The ad might be sexist but that's not really the problem. It's just incredible lame creative. Like really, really bad. And if this scenario were to happen in real life and someone turned to you and told you how many miles a bus drove without a breakdown, you'd likely look at them and say "Who the fuck cares?" and then follow that up with something inane like, oh, asking if we can talk about shoes instead. So from that perspective, that ad is just mimicking life.
In a moving exploration of perfection akin to recent Dove Beauty work, German agency Jung Von Matt/Limmat, working with fashion stores WE Fashion, modissa, PKZ, Schild and Bernies in Zurich, crafted a campaign that urged people to think about the definition of perfect.
The agency worked with a mannequin designer who re-made mannequins to reflect the bodies of people with various disabilities. The newly created mannequins were then placed in storefront windows which caught the attention of passersby.
It's a masterful deception that causes one to truly ponder perfection. The kind of perfection we ignore on a daily basis as we pass by storefront windows. But the kind of perfection that has seeped into our culture and affected how we define beauty.