September 28, 2007

Will you get decked if you tell your wife this?

Spotted in an old issue of ReadyMade magazine.

September 27, 2007

Late night link dump

Leave the office after midnight and you see things you normally don’t.

Trash collection train

Since I’m beat, here are a few other cool things for you to check out:
Interesting site from MINI launches tomorrow – via cool hunting
Christine and Justin have new Wants For Sale
Forget flat screens, I want one of these
The guy who read the entire encyclopedia also spent a year following all the rules in the Bible – via boing boing

September 26, 2007


Every morning this week, I've walked past this guy stocking the new newsstand at 42nd and Madison.

Of course, the real money is being made off the giant backlit ad panels on the sides.

I like the design, but have to agree with Ads Without Products that seeing them everywhere will give the City a more antiseptic feel.

Also made me realize that I haven't seen anyone talking on a payphone since I moved here, but they're still plenty profitable.

September 24, 2007

Keep your head in the clouds and your feet in these shoes

Great visuals. The Camper shoes site is fun too.

September 23, 2007

Rockin' print ads

Thanks to Paula for giving me the Sept. 20th issue of Rolling Stone. It has the best collection of print work I've seen in a long time. Here are all the ads that caught my eye:

This pop-up was in the envelope.

Old Spice* also uses this concept in the best radio spot I've heard lately. It features a bar of soap bragging to the shampoo about his "wig" followed by a voiceover that says "Soap is dumb."
*(It's been pointed out in the comments that Nivea for Men did the "soap is dumb" radio. Here's a recount of another spot in their campaign.)

The following ads appear on consecutive pages:

The copy reads, "The fourth time's a charm. Experience beer Cold-Filtered four times for fresher, smoother flavor."

The Lucia Duque Rum site features a Hot or Not style model search. But it's all really advertising the new show Cane.
(Media Post has a full description of this ad here.)

But what's more interesting is that they attached a taste sample like those Listerine Breath Strips.

Unfortunately, it tasted more like glue than sugar cane and left a slimy paste stuck to my tongue.

September 22, 2007

Street art man

Spotted in Times Square:

I saw another one of these little guys somewhere in Chelsea. Looks like he's made of the same material as highway stripes.

September 21, 2007

You can't put a square burger in a round...

I predict we'll see a few red wigs this Halloween, but it'll be always be tough to top the King.
Wendy's red wig campaign has generated some controversy and seems to be picking up steam. They’re certainly trying to make the most of it.

Sadly, I couldn't convince anyone to poke their head through the sign and pose. I can only assume they all saw this spot and learned to stay away from Wendy's hole.

September 20, 2007

The future is too skinny

Saw this giant ad for America’s Next Top Model on 23rd. I’m only posting it because my girlfriend "made" me watch the premier.

September 19, 2007

Commercial Success

Just saw this blurb in an email from iTunes.

Pretty smart of Apple to package songs from a variety of recent spots.

Plagiarism is always in style

I don't want to like these posters, but I do.

I guess if you're going to use someone else's line instead of writing your own, you might as well appropriate a proven winner.

September 18, 2007

Fly Right. And Fight.

Since moving to NY, I've flown American, Continental, Delta and JetBlue. They all provided about the same levels of service and frustration. So competing on destinations is a pretty smart route.

September 17, 2007

But do the cabs smell better?

I’ve been wondering if the flower covered taxis that seem to be multiplying around the City are part of some teaser campaign.

But I was pleased to discover in this New York Times article that the vinyl panels were painted by kids in schools and hospitals for a public art project titled “Garden in Transit” put together by a nonprofit program called Portraits of Hope.

September 16, 2007

Airport security screening bin ads

The annoucement of this new ad medium was pretty well covered in January, but I just saw some in action today at the Richmond Airport.

Might be a good media buy for Dr. Scholls.

On a side note: Yes, that is a mini cooper roller coaster.

Grab some crackerjacks on your layover

In an earlier post, I criticized the following billboard for relying on an outdated ad cliché since airlines don’t serve peanuts anymore.

Well, I’m man enough to admit when I’m wrong.
On my flight home tonight, Delta gave me a choice of cookies, crackers or these:

September 12, 2007

Blow the Shofar and go shopping

Here's something I never saw in Texas.

(Ads from page A3 of today's New York Times.)

Sundown this evening marks the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, known as the Jewish New Year. It’s a time of introspection, but I’m really in it for the kugel and gefilte fish.
L'shanah tovah, BT

September 11, 2007

Another tagline warning

I've been a fan of Corona since they tapped into the power of parrottheads with the tagline "Change your whole latitude." I think the switch to "Miles away from ordinary" was a step back. But I love how they've turned the mandatory drink responsibly warning into a new subdued tagline.

September 10, 2007

Warning: No tagline ahead

I was in Orlando over the weekend and saw this almost sold out display of Stok Black Coffee Shots at a 7-Eleven.

The warning feels a legal maneuver instead of a marketing line. But "Limit 2/day" did a better job of selling me on the strength of the product than a clever tagline ever could.

I also had a shocking realization at Disney World. We had some time to kill before we could fast pass Splash Mountain, so we rode It's a Small World. I'm man enough to admit that I enjoy the song and the big finale showing people from all over the world happily coexisting. But the dominant color of that scene never dawned on me before.

So we could all get along if only it was a WHITE world after all?

(But I still don't believe the rumors about Walt's dark side.)