I'm sorry, we have a flyer apology pair for Badland. K-rauta vs Ambassadeur.

When you are about to have a party, you might want to let the neighbors know with a few well placed notes. When you are a brand or night-club desperate to get attention, you might hire an agency to create these hand written "sorry we're having a party" notes.

That's how we ended up with the battle of the apology flyers. Martin Schori at Dagens Media just spotted the flyer on the left the other day - it's an apology from the nightclub Ambassadeur which announces that the Ibiza famous DJ Roger Sanchez will be playing there, and to soothe any hard feelings with the neighbors there's even some earplugs attached to the note. As soon as I saw that I recalled the K-rauta "yard party" flyers from this summer. Aside from using flyers as the medium, the "we're sorry, we will be having a party" message is the same exact idea as well. Back to the drawing board kids, and while you are there thinking, contemplate what ad creep is and how annoying it can get as commercial messages gobble up the free space previously used for people rather than corporations.

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Apple vs Wrigley's Doublemint Gum & Juicy Fruit Gum

What does Coldplay and Juicy Fruit and Doublemint have in common? A serious case of Apple art direction envy? Have a look for yourself.

Click on the images below to see the commercials.

Silly ad ban of the week: Vodafone radio ad spoke too fast.

A radio ad in the UK has been banned for being too quick!.

The Vodafone radio advertisement was banned after the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ruled that the 'disclaimer' was too difficult for listeners to understand as it was read very fast. You can listen to it at the BBC website

 contended that the radio advertising standard codes made no mention at which speed the legal terminology should be delivered.
They also said they did not believe their advertisement to be deceptive and in contravention of advertising legislation.

I think Disclaimer guy might want to step outside to have a word with the ASA. "Don't interrupt Disclaimer guy, I'm serious don't even test me, I'll bring the heavens down..."

Zach and Miri make a porn movie - poster banned.

"Zack and Miri Make a Porno" opened at the Toronto film festival last week and this poster - yes, this one above here - was banned because.. Well I don't even know why.

Have you seen something similar ?

This is an ad, recently awarded at a festival for new creative ideas. But I thnk I have seen it somewhere before. Can you help me and remind me where ?

Jamie Nelsons original photography 2006
Dexim ad vs Jamie Nelson - This is what we call "demo love" - and what lawyers call "copyright infringement".

Last year I worked at a place where the "creative" was limited to "Model on the left, product to the right" and every single sketch ever made had to be done in photoshop so that the myriad of people who had something to say about the layout in its infancy, could waste everyones time complaining about "the models ears being too square" because all I found was a photograph of a great face with big hair, and my lassoing away of the hair left her ears looking silly. (Yes, I had to go draw fake ears on the model for the next meeting, Seriously.)

Using pre existing photography for presentations not only locks you into working only with what already exists (and that you can find) instead of using that creative brain they hired you for - but also puts you straight into the path of copying work which is called derivative work and can get the company into serious trouble. Y'all do remember that little thing called "copyright", right?

At that job, I did what any sane AD would do, I went back to pen and paper and drew everything I had planned to be in the final layout. That's when some people turn to already perfect photography to present to their clients in meetings instead. And that is when shit like this happens, where Jamie Nelson's bright yellow photo is copied to a T for Dexim.

The Dexim ad copy was spotted at clayton cubitts tumblr account. The Dexim ad is credited to BBDO Athens.

Telia Sweden "pauses" Stureplan in Stockholm. Homage to Improv Everywhere, anyone?

Storåkers in Stockhom were so impressed by Improv Everywhere's fantastic Frozen Grand Central that they repeated the event, except as an ad for Telia's 'new' offering of the ability pause live TV which is like, so futuristic over here in the backwaters of Europe.

Lets have a look shall we? Improv everywhere:

Telia at Stureplan, Stockholm:

H&M sue Wedins for plagiarizing their "skull" patterns on rubber boots

The left boot is from H&M, and the skull pattern on it is created by Helena Lindholm och Nini Andersson and has been used on various items during 2006 & 2007. The boot on the right is from Wedins and showed up in their shops this April. H&M thinks that Wedins pattern is a direct copy of their own and sent warning letters to Wedins already back in April. Since they got no response on that, they went ahead and filed suit the 28th of July demanding among other things that all of the boots shall be destroyed.
Wedins response?: "It is not a copy. I think it's a bit stomach turning that H&M are filing suit when they are world famous for plagiarizing." said Mats Björkenfeldt, Wedins lawyer, to Resume.

Anti-ageing creams stop time. Twice.

Above is an ad for Racco Anti-Ageing Cream, created by ByVivas Curitiba, Brazil, and published in Feb 2008.

Silhouetted cities - twice.

Maaan, just as I thought the Vietnam Saatchi team had done an OK job with their limited stock options for Western Union, I find that Leo Burnett, Colombia

Suddenly, all ads are banned for homophobia? First Heinz, then Snickers - now Nike.

Stockholm is currently party-town with Stockholm Pride festival in full swing. Sweden's Channel five are tagging along by showing pride-related films like Transamerica, and TV shows like "Rick and Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World". Absolut Vodka have released a rainbow colored bottle which is prominently displayed in the Swedish state operated liquor stores - but that isn't due to the Prideparty in Stockholm, instead the rainbow bottle is to celebrate that it is 30 years ago that Gilbert Baker of San Francisco designed a flag with six stripes representing the six colours of the rainbow as a symbol of gay and lesbian community pride.


Meanwhile, lots of ads are being pulled due to homophobia or offending homosexual people.


First there was that Heinz "New York deli mom" ad kiss. Or rather - peck. Mom of the house - as always making lunch bags for the kids and the hubby in the kitchen where else would mom be? - has been replaced by a stereotypical Noo Yawka deli man. When Dad is about to rush off to work without kissing the missus, Noo Yawka Deliman says "hey, aren't you forgetting something?" and there is the kiss. 200 people missed the joke and reported the "gay kiss" as offensive and "inappropriate to see two men kissing". Heinz withdrew the ad and and apologised to viewers.

Gunniess "good times" viral ad
Guinness Good Times "share one with a friend" orgy ad is not a real ad.

While not everything in black and white makes sense - that this ad is fake fake not paid for by Guiness is dead obvious on first viewing.


Guinness Good Times
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Bayer's Bepanthen first aid cream "burning babies" ads are fake fake fake. Happy now JWT?

Last weeks "duh, obviously fake" ads for Bayer's Bepanthen first aid cream have been officially named fakes by JWT who've even released an official statement about them - as if ads depicting parents roasting their babies over fire, with blowtorch

Red Cross (Youth) pulls "Olympic" human rights campaign in Sweden.

The recently much debated Red Cross (youth) campaign has been pulled after a discussion with Red Cross headquarters in Geneva last Thursday. You can see the previous posts here; Red Cross campaign compares Chinese human right violations to olympic sports (16th June 2008) and a follow-up posted by the Red Cross Youth Sweden here; Red Cross Youth campaign for human rights (16th July 2008).

The campaign was first posted june 16th here on Adland, and like the (very similar) Amnesty International - After the Olympics campaign (posted 14th of March 2008) it didn't receive much attention at all, until about month later (12th July) when a new adgrunt - whole9yards - spotted something wrong with the images and left a comment about it. The photos in the campaign were shot in Nepal, and not in China.

The campaign then quickly took on a life on it's own, appearing in forums such as Anti-CNN.com, HK Yahoo.com, LKCN portal, bbs.hdpu.edu.cn, and even spawning facebook groups like this one*. For the extra curious who can't read chinese, you might find the worldlingo translator useful when trying to make out what is going on in some of those threads.

I'm seeing double in the halls of the Shining.

I don't know what brought on the sudden popularity of The Shining - perhaps all work and no play makes ad-Jack a dull boy?


Verizon - Dead Zones / Creepy kids :30 (USA) vs Queen Silvia's children's hospital :60 (Sweden)

Vertical football times two - Carlsberg vs Adidas.

You remember the Adidas "vertical football" poster from from TBWA Japan in 2004, right? See BBC news - Japan turns football on its head. It won two Gold Lions at Cannes and picked up a Grand Clio back then and was written up pretty much everywhere. It was an ad that wowed people not just in the street below but pretty much all over the world - the vertical football later became vertical soccer when they played it on a poster in Times Square New York. Yeah, you remember it, I knew you would. To think that Carlsberg in Poland doesn't, as they just did the exact same thing. The balls of these guys aye? (Movies inside folks!)

The green party (Miljöpartiet de gröna) advertises for equality, using money as visual.

Miljöpartiet de gröna in Sweden ran a full page ad in Dagens Nyheter (morning newspaper) today highlighting the fact that money with females on it, is worth less than money with males on it - and with this they want to draw attention to the fact that women still make less money than men.

- "The salary level is a symptom on how women are valued and what position they are in at work and in soceity at large. The systematic salary discrimination of women is an explanation to that the structural inequality exists." says Esabelle Dingizian (Miljöpartiet).
"It is unacceptable with gender-based irrelevant salary differences. With our ad the topic can get more exposure."

Large ad inside folks, click on.

Double BLT magazine covers, NYT's "T" vs Coast a.k.a Toast.

New York Times blog finds that Coast Magazine is doing ye old 'sincerest form of flattery' thing regarding their own Spring 2007 cover of T (left).

Nike's Freestyle Basketball youtube viral bores me like all other fake virals.

I'm getting sick of these fake stunts posted to youtube that are secret little ads, aren't you? People hopping into jeans, climbing to catch baseballs, and now making impossible dunks for Nike. Perhaps it's because all I can hear in my head when I see it is Larry Bird & Michael Jordan saying "Nothing but net"* and then I get a wild craving for a Big Mac - even though I know that special sauce ain't nothing but thousand island dressing. Must dash and gorge on fatty burger now folks.
(*from McDonald's - Larry Bird / Michael Jordan - The Showdown (1993) - 0:60 (USA))

Google turns over youtube users' names and IP addresses, to Viacom. Including ad agency IP#'s

By now, you've heard:

Google must divulge the viewing habits of every user who has ever watched any video on YouTube, a US court has ruled.

(BBC)

Viacom wants the data to prove that infringing material is more popular than user-created videos, which could be used to increase Google's liability if it is found guilty of contributory infringement.

(Wired)

I wonder how long it will take before some ad agencies ask Google turn over the IP#'s to try and prove that other ad agencies 'stole' their drumming Gorilla ad ideas in order to get even the tiniest whiff of a Grand Prix Lion. ;)

Peachmobile Zim Zoo ad gets banned by the ASA for "lowering Robert Mugabe's dignity"

You'd think it couldn't be done, the "Lowering of dignity" bit that is, but the annoying ringtone with the equally annoying ad from Peach mobile which shows president Robert Mugabe as a caged gorilla has been canned. Peachmobile protested, saying that they had a constitutional "right to mock Mugabe because he is a despot." (From The Times: ‘Racist’ ringtone advert banned)

The ASA found, "... the respondent is infringing on the rights of Robert Mugabe by portraying him in an offensive an undignified manner and as such the commercial is demeaning and lowering Robert Mugabe's dignity. A hypothetical reasonable person would be offended on viewing the commercial as it unnecessarily and intentionally demeans Robert Mugabe."

The ASA ordered that the commercial be withdrawn immediately.

Cannes Grand Prix print is a copy. (or you be the judge)

It's not quite the aftermath of Cannes Lions without a lot of "Hey, I saw that in ". So here's the required "Cannes prix is a copy" - TBWA Singapore did a campaign for Nickelodeon back in 2005 with the line "Keep them entertained.

Neo Sports Cannes Lion winning film is a rip-off and a scam ad to boot.

Did I get your attention? Good. Lets get ready to gossip!

The silver Lion winning has turned out to be yet another scam ad in the prestigious Cannes award. The same award show that way back in 2001 was saying that scam ads shall not win and that they'd take extra precautions to prevent that (we all know this didn't happen). The suspect is again Ogilvy, Mumbai - and at the risk of never getting another ad from them nor all of India submitted to the commercial archive again - they were doing this as far back as 2001 when four Cannes winners were reported as scam ads. (Yes this here adblog is tres old people.)

The awesome "Tension" film with it's extra tense banging storytelling is a fake ad - says not one, but three little Indian birdies to me. "Fake" by way of never actually airing, that is. I hear gossip like this all the time, but without meat to link to it sadly gets rather weak, since it's all hearsay.

The Super Hero angle getting a bit tired, be an adgrunt super hero, use another idea.

Have no fear, Dabitch is here!

 

Seems there's an interesting trend in making people super heroes these days. You're a hero for turning off the water, or turning off the power. You're a local hero if you volunteer to help others like in this incredibly cheap (50 quid!) Scottish campaign. You are a hero if you water your lawn at the right times, say the WWF via Ogilvy in South africa (they also did the stickers campaign linked earlier).

 

And now, via BBDO for United Way of Chicago, you are a hero for volunteering your time again.

 

The super hero thing is kinda getting too much play these days innit? If you get one of those ideas, consider another route. You're never going to be able to do it cheaper than that Scottish campaign anyway, so don't even try. ;)

 

 

Highlighters vs Blacking out text.

Remember the Luxor Highlighters campaign from Leo Burnett Mumbai? Yes, it even won a nice shiny Gold Lion at the Cannes awards in press. Well, there's another campaign out there depicting dictators on newsprint, albeit doing the opposite, blacking out instead of highlighting. I just found the visual similarity amusing.

Star wars - Lazer swords in bus ad posters - times three!

I'm catching up on my Badlanders. Here's a triple-lazer swords poster collection.

Blurred posters show speed, going once, twice, three times.

I thought the Chrysler 300C STR8 = Fast , Ambient posters from Brazil were made of plastic because I was thinking of the concept idea semi-transparent resin billboard for Mustang. (which is a portfolio piece not a real ad)

They're not plastic though, like the Volkswagen R32 ads, they're photos of the background, blurred.

Brands on Candid Camera

Burger King, Carl's Jr/Hardees, and Pizza Hut. If you thought the candid camera concepts were going to stop at fast food brands, you were wrong. So very wrong. Mazda and VW are two more brands following up on the seemly "hot" trend for 2008. And, it's only June. Who knows how many others we'll see by the end of the year. ;)

Volkswagen – VW – Actual Customers (2008):30 (USA)

Water water everywhere, especially hot water that makes cup color change.

Remember the WWF "hot water" cups that were given away at the important United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali last December?

Fake ads strike again, did McCann India fake a Benetton ad for awards - or...?

Now, the whole "spec work/portfolio work" floating around the web syndrome isn't great for the industry - you all know this don't you? We were just chatting about it in Spec work going around the web as real ads - is there any way to stop that? Should we even try? where the AD behind the outrageous Toyota Prius campaign at least credited a fake agency. But here, Sunil Sinbad seems to have found an ad produced by McCann India (according to credits) for Benetton. See Sunil's post here where he contacts Benetton to get their comment on the campaign. Benetton's spokeperson Jill explains that they had nothing to do with this ad, but then she adds that she hasn't asked McCann if they created it either. Seriously where is your head at if you are a legit multinational ad agency and you make fake ads for clients that you never had? Oh, I know, in the same place as DPZ Propaganda of Brazil's was a few years back. Cannes lions are that tempting. fake it til you make it, they say.

The Benetton campaign was originally found here.

Denny's serve it up YouTube style

For better or worse, YouTube videos has really influenced advertising and pop culture as a whole. It's like The World's Funniest Home Videos....on demand. Here's a commercial that takes the popular human slingshot video to new heights.

Cumming, The fragrance and the Sophie Dahl nude shoot spoof

I don't know why Clay is so preoccupied with perfumes recently, but he just wondered aloud if anyone knew how cumming the fragrance was selling.

Candid Camera Concept Catchy for Pizza Hut and Carl's Jr/Hardees

Earlier this year, Yum Brands Pizza Hut launched it's new pasta offering by setting up a fake restaurant named Tuscani, serving their new pasta and then video taping the diner's reactions when they told them it was pasta from Pizza Hut. Superadgrunts see one of the ads below:

CKE's Carl's Jr and Hardees have this week launched a new campaign with the same the same fake restaurant idea. The ad campaign "Fake Restaurant" fooled consumers into thinking that the expensive burger they just ate was worth $14 or $20 when it actually came from the Carl's Jr. and Hardee's chains. Just like the Pizza Hut campaign, it captures on hidden camera the experiences of customers who believed they were eating expensive burgers at a fancy restaurant. Mendelsohn|Zien created the concept and a series of 30-second spots started airing Tuesday in Hardee's markets, and will begin airing in Carl's Jr. markets on June 22.

Cleaning the glass

The Get Out Clause CCTV video VS The Frames CCTV video.

As much as I hate this song, I love the idea of the video. Perform in front of CCTV cameras, request the footage via the Data Protection Act, edit together = presto, neat video.

Tom Ford Eyewear ad gets banned in Italy

It was just a matter of time, wasn't it?

Italy's advertising watchdog, the Institute for Advertising Self-Discipline (IAP), has banned Tom Ford Eyewear ads from national media. A close-up photo of a woman wearing the brand's sunglasses with a man's finger in her mouth was deemed by IAP to be "markedly vulgar" and, as such, it "transcends the limits of simple bad taste and offends the sensibility" of viewers. In addition, the committee believes the "scene evokes an offending and abusive act against women, which degrades the dignity of the person." IAP also said the sexual innuendo and provocative edge are part of a campaign based on these kinds of images, noting that the brand's Web site itself describes the spring-summer campaign photos as "sexually explicit." Vincenzo Guggino, general secretary at IAP, said the images were banned after publication last month in three magazines, including Italian Vogue. "Fashion companies very rarely present their ads for inspection before they appear in the media," said Guggino. "Our mission is to promote better and more acceptable communication." .

From: wwd.com

Gossip Girl - OMFG (2008) Print (USA)

There's such a big flap over the new Gossip Girl billboard that uses a four-letter txt word, but it's not as controversial as French Connection UK's re-br

Rolling, rolling, rolling ... Badland!

Here are at your attention two creative visions:

Homer vs. Hormel

When I saw this Hormel spot today, all I could say was D'OH!

The Mummy in Badland - UPC vs some Egyptian rent-a-car

Here's a Badlander sure to amuse, and horrify, all ye adgrunts out there.

Folgers vs. Pizza Hut

Watch out when dine out in Badland. Everything tends to taste the same. Click on the images below to reach the Folger's Crystals & the Pizza Hut ad.

Google vs. Sonox: wa the hell?....

I found this at a blog called "great ads" (so I can't exactly vouch for its provenance) but it seems to be a German viral/guerilla ad for Google Video.

Showtime vs ACLU, parody or plagarism?

Remember when ACLU wentall flag-waving patriotic in a campaign shot by Peter Gerke? Yeah, I remember it too - even though it's almost 3 and a half years ago that Los Angeles Branding and Advertising Agency Benenson Janson "underlined the difference between talking the talk and actually taking a stand" with the imagery.

This american tongue idea is now showing up in an entirely different kind of campaign.

Ad council does global warming scare ads by killing kids - we've seen that before

"Think of the children! Won't somebody think of the children!"

The Ad Council has just come out with a campaign they trot out the old "think of the children" idea.

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