Phish Swims On

A band like Phish with legions of loyal followers doesn’t need advertising. But they have it anyway…

Attention! You Can Get Paid! To Lounge Around! The Pool! All Day!

According to the Los Angeles Times, videos like the one above are proliferating on video sharing sites like YouTube. The Better Business Bureau says that 23,000 of these videos — usually promoting “cash gifting” or “gifting club” programs — have been identified and they’ve gotten nearly 60 million views. “They make it seem like it’s […]

Ninja Says Download IE8

The following video from Bradly and Montgomery premieres today as part of a keynote address at MIX09, Microsoft’s developer conference in Las Vegas. Ben Carlson, Chief Strategy Officer of Bradly and Montgomery, explains the thinking behind the campaign, “Almost everything you’ve experienced on the World Wide Web in the past 15 years or so has […]

On Spec, You Can Inject Truth And Humor At Will

The following spec spot for Trader Joe’s was shot on a Treo by Carl’s Fine Films in San Francisco. [via The Ad Class at Cal State, Fullerton]

Sweet Noise From The Urban Jungle

I remember the first spec ad I ever had designed by a professional. It was for Banana Republic and the headline read, “Clothes for the Urban Jungle.” It looked good, but it didn’t work hard enough as an ad. According to Ad Age, The Gap-owned brand is still working that basic theme, but they’re adding […]

Oral Care Becomes Packaged Good, Rednecks Rejoice

What have you just seen? Some stupid human tricks, yes. But what else? If you said, “one episode in a multi-layered brand sponsored digital narrative,” you are correct! Jerry and Wendell Tucker from rural North Carolina are actually actors hired by JWT to promote Trident’s new Xtra Care gum, which not incidentally promises to “protect, […]

Selling Leather With A No-Bull Style

Meet Charlie Celi. He wants to sell you some leather goods. If you’re in New Hartford, NY, I’m sure he’d be happy to see you. Here’s another one, for good measure: You know something? Not for nothin’, but I freakin’ like this guy.

Americans Are Crying Fowl In Nationwide Wings Shortage

Breaking news…Chicken wings are in short supply. As you can see from the above video footage, Kraft Foods–the conglomerate based in suburban Chicago–admits, at least in part, responsibility for the shortage. David Ervin, Brand Director, Kraft Salad Dressing, says, “Authorities have informed us that samples of our best tasting Ranch ever have been leaked to […]

The Bleeding Edge Is A Bloody Mess

I’m laughing right now. Not at the attempt to go viral above. Rather, at the response to it from our friends at The Denver Egotist. For the love of God, can someone in San Francisco please walk over to the Cutwater office right now and slap the creative director across the face with the back […]

Looking For Books In All The Wrong Places

Y&R/San Francisco is conducting a portfolio event this week. But, unlike the video example above, you have to go to them. [via Adrants]