Saturday, July 31, 2010

Vodka ads 3 - No. 1 Vodka

In my third and final (for now) post in the vodka series, I bring you... No. 1 Vodka.


These flavor driven commercials are taaaaaaaaaasty!










In the mood for liquor-themed print ads?
Here's a throwback to my post  from December '09
about Appleton Estate Rum!
 

Vodka ads 2 - Absolut

After my post about the Smirnoff ads, I had to dig a little deeper into vodka commercials! 

Check out these absolut-ly stunning spots from Absolut:

OOOOOH! AAAAAH!








  


and also "The Absolute Vodka" from a couple years back...

 

Fancy a drink?
 

Vodka ads 1 - Smirnoff


Have you seen the ads for the new Smirnoff ice flavors?  Lemon+Blueberry and also Cranberry+Lime?  The ads are alluring... pictureque shots of the fruits that whisper, "You are thirsty, come drink me, cool off and give your taste buds something sweet..."


Searching YouTube for the ads (can't find them yet), I found two other dazzling ads from the Smirnoff brand... check them out:

"Transparent"




"Clearly Smirnoff"




I also mentioned a Smirnoff commercial in my post from May about ads with amazing art direction...
take a look at the first video in the post, "Gong" !

Friday, July 30, 2010

Subaru's "Lost Sunglasses"

I blogged about the ad below for Subaru back in October of last year and have seen it airing again recently... I still enjoy it, so here it is again!


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Original Free to Be You and Me videos!


For your nostalgic viewing pleasure!


 

My personal favorite, "Boy Meets Girl"


Another tune that I will have in my head for days - I love the dance sequence!
"Sisters and Brothers"

My mom's favorite, "Ladies First"

Featuring Michael Jackson... "When We Grow Up"

You'll get this one stuck in your head, too: "William's Doll"

The inspiring "Atalanta"
Many, many thanks to YouTube.com/FTBFoundation for the majority of the clips above!

(Bet you had to dab your eye with a tissue at least once!)

Capital One Visigoth commercial - Beverly Hills?

 
Have you seen the new ad?


I'll be keeping my eyes peeled for more new commercials on Capital One's YouTube page!
 
 

Haagen Dazs new commercial, "Ode to Flavour"

The ad below, “Ode to Flavour” from Haagen Dazs, is simply, beautiful. The copy is as graceful as the art direction. And it’s not a “see and say” ad… meaning the scenes we see don’t match perfectly with the copy, and I'm more than ok with that. (Those kinds of ads drive me nuts sometimes; not very good uses of creativity if you ask me.) You can see the ad at www.haagen-dazs.com, too.

Enjoy…

Copy:
“To the seekers of things which are one of a kind. The authentic, the rare, the hard to define. To those who can judge a fruit by its scent, know all things great require time and intent. To those who’d climb mountains or sail across seas for the perfect vanilla or honey from bees. To the lovers of orchards where simple is grown, who treat every bite as a world of its own. To those always searching for what’s pure and what’s real, from we who believe, we know just how you feel. Haagen Dazs.”

(The ad was filmed in Fiji and New Zealand and created by Noah Marshall of The Sweet Shop and Goodby Silverstein.) 


Here’s another ad with stunning art direction from Haagen Dazs, "Melt Together" from 2009.


And here is a Director’s commentary of "Melt Together" followed by a “Making of” video.


 


Finally, here’s a totally different take on strawberry ice cream,
(Agency: JWT Japan, Production Company: Partners, Director: Kathi Prosser)
 

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

New York City findings!

 
New York, New York!

...My favorite place to hunt billboards! (and other kinds of advertising, too, like taxi commercials!)

Here are my most recent favorite findings:

Lincoln Tunnel iPad ads:


And finally, taxi advertising featuring


I also saw a great taxicab top for Kraft Mac and Cheese but never got to take a picture :(

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Sherwin Williams - "Bees"

First, Sherwin Williams gave us a frog, a carp and a cardinal.  And now, they bring us...
 
    "Bees"!

   Check it out! 


"The new Color Chips campaign from Sherwin-Williams features television spots
that take viewers into harmonious landscapes and cityscapes bursting with color and created
from Sherwin-Williams color chips. Directed and produced by Buck NY, the spots are
full of unexpected animation moments, featuring a range of wonderfully designed 3-D
characters and environments that showcase Sherwin-Williams' extensive color palette."
  
    
Also, take a look at Sherwin Williams' creative page loading graphic...
  
  

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Dyson Fans - wow!!!

YOU. MUST. CHECK. THESE. OUT.

YouTube description: “Air is accelerated through an annular aperture and over a 16° airfoil-shaped ramp, generating an uninterrupted stream of smooth air.”


Testing the Dyson Air Multiplier™ fan
YouTube description: “Hundreds of tests were carried out to reveal the ideal ramp angle, aperture width and loop amplifier dimensions of the Dyson Air Multiplier™ fan.”


Balloons and Dyson Air Multiplier™ fans
YouTube description: “One balloon and a couple of evenings after work -- Dyson engineers show how inducement and entrainment works on the Air Multiplier™ fan. If you watch closely, the balloon is sucked into the airflow from behind and to the side of the fan; this is inducement and entrainment of the air. Lots of experimentation with different sized balloons and other objects produced this video. And although edited to include our successful attempts, the video is made from completely genuine footage (and no, the balloon isn’t attached to anything). Find out more at: www.dyson.com/fans. Disclaimer: This was created and executed by trained Dyson engineers under a controlled environment. Do not attempt to duplicate.”


Dyson digital motor in the Dyson Airblade™ hand dryer
YouTube description: “The Dyson digital motor in the Dyson Airblade™ hand dryer sucks in 37 liters of washroom air every second. It generates sheets of air traveling at 400mph.”


Dyson Airblade™ hand dryer smokebox test
YouTube description: “This video demonstrates exactly how effective the Dyson Airblade™ hand dryer is at filtering.”


“Dyson's Bladeless Fan Air Multiplier” 



Screenshots:

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

MY 500TH POST! Orbit gum amazingness!!

 
Today, I bring you

MY 500th POST!

Here is:
"The Prom Date"



Why no introduction?

Because I wanted you to simply experience the fantastic wonderfulnesstrosity of Jason Bateman and Will Arnett (from Arrested development) and Rachael Harris (from The Daily Show and also Ed Helms' snarky wife in The Hangover) and Aubrey Plaza (from Parks and Rec and Funny People)!  ALL HUGELY AMAZING CASTING CHOICES!!

This is the first of Orbit gum's "Dirty Shorts," found on YouTube.com/OrbitDirtyShorts.

I can't wait for more! I'll definitely be keeping my eyes peeled for more over the next few weeks!

Also, searching YouTube for more videos from Orbit gum I found "Clean it Up," a stop-motion animation video that can also be found on the Orbit Gum website... Enjoy!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Orbitz Travel commercial

Have you seen the new commercial, "Know Hotels" from Orbitz Travel?

  It's kind of tricky and I like it!  (Definitely one of those ads you'll watch all the way through, right?!?)


(See more commercials and videos from Orbitz on their YouTube page!)
 

Messin' with Sasquatch

Saw a (funnier than I've seen for a while) Messin' with Sasquatch ad the other day for Jack Links jerky (yum!).
  Check it out below:
 

(I've also seen "Chair Pull" and "Shredding.") 

Want to have some fun with Sasqutch?
Play the “Bluffin With Sasquatch” game and visit Jack Links jerky’s
Facebook page and the Messin' with Sasquatch YouTube page. 
Also, check out LivingSasquatch.com!

Ads I Don't Like - Zegerid and Dixie

UGGGGGGGG! It's that time again, unfortunately. Ads I don't like - two of them actually. The first culprit: Zegerid. I just do not understand their latest commercial below...


Painting on a guy's stomach? All I can ask is WHY???! 


Secondly, I give you Dixie plates' “Dish it Out.” 

The YouTube video description reads: "Go ahead, dish it out. Dixie Ultra's can take it."
 You know what Dixie Ultra? I don't think you can take it!!
Watch the ad below and judge for yourself... The plates really just don't look that sturdy to me!
Personally, I might have actually bought them at the store before I saw this ad. Now? Not a chance! 

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Geico's new commercials... "Honest Abe"


Hurray, new ads from Geico!  (It's been a while since I posted "Biscuit.")

    My favorite is definitely the first ad below, "Honest Abe"...


 

There's also


and

(I found these ads on Geico's YouTube page.)
 

Travelers Insurance - "Watering Hole" commercial


Awwwww! Wild animals! Travelers always pulls at my heart strings (remember their "Prized Possession" commercial?) 

Check out three of their new ads below. I'm a big fan of all of them, but the first is definitely my favorite!

Tagline:
"Take the scary out of life."

and


(I found these all on Travelers' YouTube page.)
 

Nexxus Hair Care commercials, a sensual whisper...

There is something about the Nexxus Salon Hair Care commercials that call me in.
They invite me to watch them with a casual, sensual whisper.

Are you feeling what I'm feeling??


Friday, July 16, 2010

Old Spice Responses (and Old Spice "Questions")

 
So the oil stopped??? BIG DEAL!

THIS IS WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW! (OR YESTERDAY, but whatever!)

You might have seen "Questions" from Old Spice (or "Armpit Mountain" or the Centaur or "The Man Your Man Could Smell Like", but have you seen their "Response" YouTube viral videos? Personally, I think these videos fall into a very new category of social media. For a better explanation of the videos, I turn to an article from ReadWriteWeb.com. (Watch some of the videos from YouTube.com/OldSpice for yourself first and try to figure out what's going on... you'll find the "Questions" commercial and a summary of the campaign at the end of the post.)

"How do you take the social web by storm in a day, winning over even the coldest of hearts and gaining international acclaim - with commercials?"


Re: Anonymous
Anonymous wrote "Use old spice. Our dads use it, our grand fathers used it, because it works. Stop asking or begging for hugs. You smell bad!"
(YouTube video description: "Dearest Anonymous, I gladly accept your nomination and hope my reign as your 147th king will be long and full of win! Thank you for your continued support! Love, The Old Spice Man.")

Re: Perez Hilton
On the Internet, Perez Hilton wrote "New Old Spice Guy Commercial!"


Alyssa Milano
On Twitter, Alyssa_Milano wrote "GENIUS. Shirtless Old Spice guy replies on Twitter w/ hilarious personalized videos http://tnw.to/16XQ3 /via @Zee"


Also, 
On Twitter, Alyssa_Milano wrote "Are you flirting with me, @oldspice guy...


And
On Twitter, @Alyssa_Milano wrote "Ummm --- Are you sitting down??? Sit down. Ready? The @oldspice guy sent me roses!"
(Alyssa Milano links: 1, 2 and 3)

Ellen Degeneres - Re: @TheEllenShow
On Twitter, @TheEllenShow wrote "Have ya'll seen my friend @IsaiahMustafa's new Old Spice commercial? So funny and so clever. http://bit.ly/avcpGA"


Re: @Starbucks
On Twitter, @Starbucks wrote "@oldspice You look cold. Need some coffee?..."

George Stefanopoulos - Re: @GStefanopoulos
On Twitter, @GStephanopoulos wrote "@OldSpice Hey Old Spice Man -- Political question: President's lost some female support. How does WH get those women voters back?"
("This has in no way been a cross promotion for an affiliated Old Spice sister company. That would be in poor taste.")
On Twitter, @Gillette wrote "@OldSpice what's up my friend...big fan :)"
(The final video.)
YouTube video description: "Until next time my internet friends."
(posted June 29)



Do you get it??

If not,
read this, from ReadWriteWeb.com, 7/14/10, 3:25 PM... 

"A team of creatives, tech geeks, marketers and writers gathered in an undisclosed location in Portland, Oregon yesterday and produced 87 short comedic YouTube videos about Old Spice. In real time. They leveraged Twitter, Facebook, Reddit and blogs. They dared to touch the wild beasts of 4chan and they lived to tell the tale. Even 4chan loved it. Everybody loved it; those videos and 74 more made so far today have now been viewed more than 4 million times and counting. The team worked for 11 hours yesterday to make 87 short videos, that's just over 7 minutes per video, not accounting for any breaks taken. Then they woke up this morning and they are still making more videos right now. Here's how it's going down.

Old Spice, marketing agency Wieden + Kennedy and actor Isaiah Mustafa are collaborating on the project. The group seeded various social networks with an invitation to ask questions of Mustafa's character, a dashing shirtless man with over-the-top humor and bravado. Then all the responses were tracked and users who contributed interesting questions and/or were high-profile people on social networks are being responded to directly and by name in short, funny YouTube videos. The group has made videos in response to Digg founder Kevin Rose, TV star Alyssa Milano (now big on Twitter) and many more people, famous and not. 

It is well done and it appeals to peoples' egos - but there is something more, too. It feels very personalized, even if it wasn't directed at you. Those people that got responses, and many people who didn't, have Tweeted, Facebooked and otherwise shared links to the videos back out across their social networks.

Iain Tait, Global Interactive Creative Director at Wieden, is leading the effort. 'In a way there's nothing magical that we've done here,' he explained by phone this afternoon. 'We just brought a character to life using the social channels we all [social media geeks] use every day. But we've also taken a loved character and created new episodic content in real time.'" 


Finally, here are two screenshots from their homepage and Twitter:


(Of course, Old Spice is also on Facebook.)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Burger King Eclipse Game commercial

Have you seen the ads for Burger King's Eclipse Game?

I am not a Twilight fan. REPEAT: I AM NOT A TWILIGHT FAN. But... I really like this idea (as long as it doesn't go too viral.)
What do you think?




Also, have you played with the site settings on BK.com?
I love this idea too!

Another Homestyle mac and cheese commercial from Kraft!

And we're back! With another ad from Kraft! It's for their new "Cheddar Explosion" mac and cheese... Check it out below!

(In addition to the three ads I posted last month and the newer ad for the "Homestyle" variety, I've also seen a colonial-style funny commercial advertising the Homestyle mac and cheese... I'll be on the lookout for that one on Kraft's Mac and Cheese YouTube page.)


Same tag: "You know you love it."