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Ad of the Day: Prada

High-fashion ads shot by celebrity directors usually amount to little more than pretentious, narrative-starved ad-sturbation. Prada, though, often delivers something more, something refreshing for the...

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MLB 'Fan Cave' Nerds Out Like Never Before With Fancy New High-Tech Toys

Here's a fun toy for obsessive baseball geeks: the new "Mission Control" installation at MLB's "Fan Cave" space in downtown New York. There, each year, a selection of the sport's most die-hard fans...

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Struck Places Easter Eggs in a Location Finder

SpecsWho From left: Executive creative director Steve Driggs, CEO Daniel Conner and chief operating officer Pauline PloquinWhat Advertising, design and digital agencyWhere Salt Lake City headquarters...

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Orbit Gum Helps You Vanquish Giant Annoying Talking Meat and Potatoes

I've had way worse airline seatmates than the annoying, anthropomorphized, Jinx-playing serving of meat and mashed potatoes depicted in Energy BBDO's new commercial for Orbit gum. Beats getting stuck...

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Renault Surprises Test Drivers With Baguettes, Roses and Half-Dressed Hotties

Automobile test drives have been getting a bit more interesting lately. On the heels of the hugely popular Jeff Gordon video for Pepsi MAX comes this new campaign from Britain for the Renault Clio, in...

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Ad of the Day: Gatorade

OK, so does everyone watch Game of Thrones? You all do, right? You know how Ned has those horrible nightmares about things that actually happen in the first season? This is kind of what happens to...

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Turning the Digital Into the Physical

Turning the Digital Into the Physical

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Lance Armstrong and Oscar Pistorius Get (Fake) Tiger Woods-Style Nike...

Does winning take care of everything? Perhaps for Tiger Woods. Probably not for other some other athletes who've been on Nike's payroll. Here are some nicely done spoofs of the much-discussed new...

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Black Mirror Has the Best and Strangest Promos of Any TV Show Around

So, there's this British just-barely-science-fiction series called Black Mirror, created by a mad genius named Charlie Brooker (good interview with him here; he's also ripped into advertising fairly...

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Pillsbury Doughboy Gigglingly Crashes Geico Ad

Hey, the Pillsbury Doughboy appears in The Martin Agency's latest "Happier Than … " commercial for Geico. I thought he'd done so a while back, but it turns out that was Eddie Money. Eddie's tunes are...

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Ad of the Day: Samsung

Voice commands and hand gestures don't just allow you to control the viewing experience on Samsung's latest Smart TV. They help you tame marauding hordes of wildebeests, aliens, Roman centurions,...

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Noooooooooooooooooooo!

Ads for indie film festivals are often quite brilliant. The movies are usually distinctive, so the advertising can be as well. Who can forget Geoffrey Rush as a potato peeler? Or John Malkovich...

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Somersby Cider Builds Its Own Genius Bar Inside a Fake Apple Store

Since every third ad has to be an Apple parody now, Carlsberg makes fun of Apple Store product launches in this TV spot for Somersby Cider from agency Fold7. Some of the computer jargon here works...

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To Catch a Pest, the Orkin Man Thinks Like a Pest in New Ads

Roaches, rats and other pests had the starring roles in Orkin's campaign from The Richards Group in recent years. And while those spots were amusing, in a creepy way, it's the Orkin man himself who...

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William Shatner Battles the Gorn Once Again in Ad for Star Trek Video Game

Gorn … but not forgotten! To promote a Star Trek video game launching this month, William Shatner and a guy in a lumpy lizard suit winningly reprise Captain Kirk's hand-to-claw struggle with the alien...

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Shirtless Hunk Heats Up the Kitchen in Kraft's Ads for Zesty Italian Dressing

Can salad dressing be sexy? Well, Kraft will settle for zesty. A new campaign for Kraft Zesty Italian dressing from the Playa del Rey, Calif., office of Being features a shirtless male chef whose...

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Ad of the Day: StubHub

StubHub’s unnerving Ticket Oak is back, and this time the arboreal altruist is in the throes of acute caffeine intoxication. As seen in a new 30-second spot created by agency of record Duncan/Channon,...

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Tax Software Brands Are Battling Hard for Market Share

While never a particularly enjoyable time for consumers, tax season has become fascinating from a marketing perspective, as do-it-yourself software brands have made an aggressive play for customers of...

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Prankvertising: Are Outrageous Marketing Stunts Worth the Risks?

You’re waiting for the elevator in an office building, minding your own business, perhaps lost in thought. The door slides open and, wham! You’re confronted by a scene of intense violence as two men...

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Newcastle Brown Ale Gets Even More Honest

IDEA: Most brands are liars—fabulists, fabricators, tellers of half-truths and falsehoods, terrified of disclosing their real agenda (to take your money). In beer ads, the lies are legendary. The beer...

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