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Where in the World Is Matt Lauer? Somewhere in This Ad Council PSA

Ad Council PSAs don't get much better than this one from Campbell Ewald. It would spoil things to reveal what's going on, so just watch. Matt Lauer is pretty great in this mischievous role, part of a...

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Buffalo Wild Wings Ad Confirms Men Are Even Stupider in Slow Motion

What is it about slow-motion footage that makes guys look even more amusingly idiotic than usual? Do we simply find it funny when men's physical movements decelerate to the point where they match...

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Union Bank Looks to Build Trust, and Retail Business

Union Bank, a regional player with national ambitions, is partnering with famous humanitarians such as poet Maya Angelou to address consumers’ frustrations with large financial institutions. The...

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The Spot: Lame Duck

IDEA: The Aflac duck, American advertising's finest feathered friend, is nothing without his distinctive squawk. Or is he? The bird, who's been quacking out the supplemental insurance company's name in...

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Search for New Draftfcb Boss Takes Hard Road

Draftfcb’s search for a new global CEO has only gotten harder. Since parent company Interpublic Group began seeking candidates late last year, the agency has lost its grip on key brands like Oreo and...

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Dish's Bostonians Celebrate Tiny Beer, Recliners and the Death of the TV Spot

The Boston Guys return and local accents abound in Dish's cute campaign for its Hopper DVR with Sling, which lets users skip commercial blocks. That functionality has caused some controversy, and it's...

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Ad of the Day: Monster

You love your job. You wake up every morning, and that's what you tell yourself. Then you go to the office. And you're beset by superficial motivational posters, senseless meetings with pie charts and...

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Citroën's DS3 Cabrio Will Make You Feel Like a Long-Haired Baby on Horseback

MJZ director Tom Kuntz has had some big advertising hits. Most notable, of course, was the original, Emmy-winning Isaiah Mustafa spot for Old Spice. He also directed the great "Cable Effects" ads for...

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Lexus Hides Swimsuit Models in Interactive 'Sports Illustrated' Ad

Automakers seem to love the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue—probably because women wearing little clothing have been a staple of auto ads for generations. Last year we saw Ford sneak a fake swimsuit...

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Litter Genie's Drugged-Out Kitties Are Back, and They're Hotter Than Ever

If it were easy to create a branded video that's smart and delightful, and at the same time completely on message, everybody would be doing it. But they're not. Looking at you, Coca-Cola. The folks at...

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No One Cares About Your Stupid Ad Awards, Especially Not Your Kids

Ha, ha, dumb advertising people, no one in his or her right mind cares about your lame industry awards! Ad agency John St. does a great job of communicating that message in these awesomely acted,...

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Feisty Eva Longoria Gives Dude a Sexy Shave for L'Oréal Men

Eva Longoria is celebrating Valentine's Day by giving a man a sassy shave in this L'Oréal Men campaign. She seems to be talking to guys in the video, reprimanding them for not working hard enough on...

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Honda Is First to Mock Washington and Lincoln in a Presidents' Day Ad This Year

Honda gives Abe Lincoln and George Washington the Auto-Tune treatment in this thoroughly anachronistic slow-jam ad for a Presidents' Day sale. I really tried to like this one because of the fife and...

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Ad of the Day: Microsoft Surface Pro

The Microsoft Surface user who makes everyone around him burst out into enthusiastic dance moves is back. And this time it's professional. This new ad for the Surface Pro is slicker and better focused...

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Perspective: Ring in the New

This week—specifically, on Thursday—some 260,000 American men will participate in an odd but enduring male ritual. No, not beer pong. They will drop to one knee before their sweethearts and propose...

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It's a Crime That Volkswagen's 'Mask' Ad Isn't More Frightening

Deutsch's new "Mask" commercial for Volkswagen's Beetle Convertible is well crafted—fine pacing, solid direction from Noam Murro, interesting photography, the "Trololo" song tossed in for good...

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Ad of the Day: Nivea

It's not usually the role of advertising to make people experience extreme discomfort. But it works pretty well in this Nivea stunt from Germany—a clever if highly sadistic bit of ambush marketing...

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Joaquin Phoenix Is Drowning in PETA's Striking New Ad

PETA claims that ABC declined to accept this Joaquin Phoenix ad for the upcoming Oscars telecast, deeming it too "political and controversial." It shows the Best Actor nominee "drowning," accompanied...

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Ad Urging Doctors to Work in Africa Is Audible Only Through a Stethoscope

Africa Health Placements and South African agency Boomtown collaborated on a neat multimedia idea to encourage foreign doctors to work in Africa, where medical professionals are kind of desperately...

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Meet Adweek's Young Influentials

Whoever said "age considers, youth ventures" should have only known these young people. All under 40, they are superstars of marketing, media, technology and top consumer brands—and they are...

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