PSP is so shocking even mannequins jaws drop

PSP has launched a weird ambient campaign in Japan, walk into any of the upscale elite caf'es and bars in Tokyo and you are likely to stumble onto mannequins holding a PSP and looking right shocked, PSP corner of IGN reports.
The thirty different mannequins were designed by Yamato Creation, and each one has their own 'story', each one holds a PSP looking surprised - so that you dear punter shall conclude that the new PSP is really really cool. ;)


Tivo shills with pop-ups and avoiding ads becomes illegal...?

It's official folks, you can't run, you can't hide, and you certainly can't Tivo away any ads. TiVo Will No Longer Skip Past Advertisers. Nopesiree, now they're the latest in market research tools and even planning to rollout a "couch commerce" system that allows users to purchase products and answer surveys using their remotes. We knew this was coming: Tivo - advertisers best friend. Coupled with some news that wordsmith Holger brought to my attention today, it looks like it might soon become illegal to not watch ads! Keep reading!


So. What's It Like Being A Roach?

According to Naomi Watts, author of "No Logo", (excerpt here) consumers are like roaches. They've been sprayed so much, they're beginning to develop immunities. Can't argue with that. How else to explain the emergence of alternative branding tactics of every ilk, everything from experiential marketing to product placement to television programming developed around brands.


Tag Heuer - Steve McQueen (Print) (2004) (US)

Steve McQueen sells TAG Heuer by staring at us intensly

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Ford Mustang - Cornfield Steve McQueen (2004) - 0:90 (USA)

Ford Mustang - Cornfield Steve McQueen (2004) - 0:90  (USA)

Dead celeb drives car. If you build it they will race?


Design Interact : Insights

Technically, this isn't really about us.... But adgrunt Phil Gillman from Peel Interactive talks about AdLand in an interview with him over at CommArts Design Interact pages. Since we're fans of Phil, it went straight to our heads until they subsequently exploded, causing a really yucky keyboard mess and the arrow keys haven't been the same since... Anyway, we must share. Can you tell we're blushing?


Quad and Publicis Paris sell cell phones with Bad Boys

The bad boys are back in town. Two quirky french fellas in the latest SFR campaign are on their worst behavior in three 60-second commercials. Don't miss these three ads, they made me laugh out loud.

First up, one of the guys gets to play Doctor....
SFR - Doctor


US FDA Tells Pfizer to Pull 'Wild Thing' Viagra Ads

Claymore quipped: FDA: "Wild Thing, I think I banned you!"...
This ad probably has, due to FDAs late reaction, pulled in quite a few new customers already.

Yeah, THAT guy.....

the FDA said Pfizer implied that the male seen in the ads had returned to a previous level of sexual desire and activity.
US FDA Tells Pfizer to Pull 'Wild Thing' Viagra Ads
"FDA is not aware of substantial evidence or substantial clinical experience demonstrating this benefit for patients who take Viagra,"

The diabolic Diebold campaign

Leslie has stumbled upon a campaign of spoof ads for Diebold that are pretty amusing. Rand Careaga made these spoofs, starting with the lovely Stalin image and quote. After two days of ideabusting Rand is pretty much done, but you might have more ideas?
Tlevitz has already suggested some copy corrections; I'd take my red pen to the word 'can' in "We can deliver the vote." And add Ohio between The and Vote ... in crude red handlettering.. If this was your brief, and you had to follow Bernbachian rules of speaking the truth, what would you do?


Donny Commemorative Plate

Gareth Kay, an ad planner over at Modernista!, has a web blog with a brilliant entry about Donny Deutsch, "The cult of personality."

But the reason for posting this today is my friend has just discovered this picture of a commemorative plate that Donny had made for himself. Quite possibly one of the funniest things I've ever seen - and it's a real thing, not a photoshop joke. It's also pretty scary seeing he is the public face of US advertising.

Click on the link to see the plate. Donny might be able to make some extra cash by selling these plates to skeet shooting adgrunts. ;)