I’m Surprised That Poor Taste Sells Good Taste

Mr. Sub has a promise to make to Canadians. When it comes to the quality of their subs, you’ll never get an unfortunate surprise. “The insight for this campaign about ‘no surprises’ comes right out of the product itself,” says Gary Watson, Co-Creative Director at Bos, Toronto. Huh? We’re consistent is the best Mr. Sub […]

Stuck In The Airport? SNUS.

According to The New York Times, other headlines in this new campaign from Quaker City Mercantile in Philadelphia, include “sweaty outdoor festival friendly,” “extra inning friendly,” “your flight just got canceled friendly,” “ridiculously long conference call friendly” and “fancy hotel friendly.” It occurs to me that people who encounter these ads might not know what’s […]

Crap On A Stick, Cont.

Why, why, why? Yahoo! is launching a new ad campaign and from the looks of it, it’s terrible. Naturally, Elisa Steele, Yahoo’s EVP & Chief Marketing Officer doesn’t see it that way. She ill-advisedly tries to sell her shit kabons on Yodel Anecdotal, a company blog. This is much more than an advertising campaign. It’s […]

Faux Rocker Helps Sell Real Rock & Roll Roller Coaster

Universal, Orlando has a new ride called Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, which is supported by new Spinal Tap-inspired work from David&Goliath. Share

Little Ricky’s Parents Save For College

On behalf of Van Kampen Investments, Red Square Agency in Mobile, AL brings comedic timing, good casting and an alternative storyline to financial industry advertising. Share

Feminists, Look Away

I like the payoff in this spot, but the setup bothers me. I have a hard time seeing Mr. Slob and Mrs. Neat together, and an even harder time understanding what motivates Mrs. Neat to drop her chores in order to play Mr. Slob’s little ballpark game. Agency: Mendelsohn Zien Client: Hormel’s Farmer John brand […]

McValueMeal’s Bag Man Not Looking His Best

CiCi’s Pizza Buffet is known for cheap prices, peppy workers and a variety of pizza toppings, according to USA TODAY. With this new work from Deutsch LA, CiCi’s would like to become known as the antidote to greasy food in a bag. CiCi’s is not content to let salad have that position in the meal […]

A Tastefully Done American Apparel Ad from Puma

For the first time, Puma has underwear, excuse me, “bodywear,” to sell. With the help of Droga5, Puma found a way to show it off with a twist. The PUMA Index is a web and iPhone application that tracks global stocks. As stocks go down, PUMA Index models shed layers of clothing, undressing all the […]

Breaking Into Advertising Is A Breeze By Comparison

RBC Royal Bank and Toronto International Film Fest are conducting an Emerging Filmmakers Competition where 25 filmmakers are asked to develop a 3-4 minute short film. This year’s theme is water. The top five films will be judged during the 2010 Festival by online voters and an official jury. To promote the competition, RBC and […]

Football Season Is Also Good For Advertising

Toby Barlow and Team Detroit nailed it with this Dennis Leary-narrated Ford F-150 spot that sells smarts and power in the same package. The spot is actually 10 months old, but is being aired again now that NFL football is back on the tube. Works for me. Here’s hoping it also works for Ford. Share