Dumb Ways To Die Was Born Out Of Simplicity

I always like to read “how they did that” accounts of good advertising work. On Adweek today, there’s a good account of McCann Australia’s effort for train safety, which features a video showing “Dumb Ways To Die.” Frankly, this song is so damn catchy I downloaded it, burned it to a CD and am playing […]

Taco Bell Airlifts Taco Truck To Remote Alaska Town, Feeds The Tacoless

Some pranksters (that may or may not be employed by Taco Bell and/or its ad agency, DraftFCB/Orange County) posted flyers in the small town of Bethel, Alaska announcing that a new Taco Bell would be opening on July 4th. The flyers included a fake web address but a real phone number belonging to a local […]

Quick, Name Five YouTube Sensations. If You Failed To Do So, You Might Welcome YouTube’s Help.

“Hey, we need a ‘YouTube sensation’ for this concept to really fly.” If you’re a producer, and you just heard those words from the creative director’s mouth, what do you do? Where do you go? The YouTubes is a rather large place to look for a sensation. According to Ad Age, YouTube feels advertisers’ pain, […]

Meowbook Is The New Catvertising

Cadbury sells a chocolate bar in Australia called Boost. Droga 5 in collaboration with BE VIACOM, Ignite Media Brands and Carat sold Cadbury a cat video. Sadly, it’s a mocumentary that’s been done before. According to Campaign Brief, the three-part series, cleverly titled “Meme Myself and I,” is running on MTV Australia. The video also […]

Don’t Know About The Blades, But The Commercial Is F–in Great

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The Dollar Shave Club is definitely making a splash with this spot: For some backstory, Fastcocreate has more: It turns out the guy in the video really is the founder and CEO of the new start-up, Michael Dubin. What’s more surprising, though, is the fact that he made the ad himself. “The world is filled […]

Because Placing A Message In A Bottle Is So Two Centuries Ago

According to Sarasota Herald-Tribune, a Florida man came upon a weird object washed up by the sea this morning. No, not a bail of cocaine. A man made of Legos. Given that Legoland, a 150-acre interactive theme park in Winter Haven, Florida opened earlier this month, there must be a connection. Right? No. A spokeswoman […]

Duck Tron – Duck Brand Duck Tape

I’ll just leave this right here. A spot for Duck Brand Duck Tape from Ryactive. I like it. A pretty gutsy call capitalizing on Tron and Tron Guy, Jay Maynard.

Old Spice Is Turning Into An Old Debate

We’ve all seen the Old Spice “Man Your Man Could Smell Like” campaign. But depending on who you ask, you’ll get any number of opinions. It increased sales. It didn’t increase sales, the coupons that ran simultaneously did. It was effective. It wasn’t effective. It was truly viral. It wasn’t a real viral effort. And […]