Out to Launch

MethProjectThere are some things you can’t sugarcoat in life, like the physical and psychological effects of meth use on addicts and their loved ones. Darren Aronofsky directed four TV spots for The Meth Project, an organization hoping to discourage first-time meth use with gritty and graphic situations that are hard to stomach. These ads are not for the faint of heart. “Deep End” left me speechless. A beautiful young woman transforms into a ravaged meth addict with discolored skin, facial scabs and drastic weight loss. She’s standing over her bathroom sink, having recently cut her wrists, as her mother runs in screaming “Oh, God, what did you do?” See it here. A man “Desperate” for money to buy more meth turns to prostitution to make a quick buck. Watch it here. A meth user is brought to the “ER” in the next ad, seen here. On meth, she went from mild-mannered to needing to be physically restrained on a gurney. A guy high on meth trashes his younger brother’s bedroom, going so far as pushing the brother into a framed glass poster, in an effort to find money. Watch it here. Organic created the campaign, produced by Wild Plum.

Google GoMoMullen created an intro video, along with site design, for Google's GoMo initiative. The objective: to ensure that every brand has a mobile-friendly website that’s easy to navigate on a smartphone. The animated intro video explains the importance of having a mobile-friendly website (additional revenue stream) and how GoMo can help brands make simple, yet effective, changes to their sites. Users unsure about how mobile-friendly their site may be can test their site using the GoMo meter and receive personalized recommendations. See the intro video here.

 

GoGoNot to be confused with GoMo, we now have a campaign for GoGo, a provider of in-flight Internet access. The company launched its first TV and online campaign, featuring a man who’s overly excited about the ability to send email and update his Facebook status while flying. As he talks aloud to himself, he mocks those with limited tech options, saying, “What did you do, play another game of solitaire on your little computer phone? How very 2008 of you.” Just as he utters the snarky remark, he looks toward the man sleeping next to him that just woke up. His neighbor does not look amused. See the ad here, created in-house, with post-production handled by Mode.

 

State StreetIt’s true: nobody gets a tin watch when they retire, and Olympic athletes don’t hope for silver. Gold is the metal sought after and worth a pretty penny. State Street Global Advisors launched a print campaign to promote its GLD product, SPDR Gold Shares ETFs. Creative for “Nothing Like Gold” gets right to the point, showcasing a stack of gold bricks and copy such as: “No one ever says, go for the silver” and “There isn’t a pot of copper at the end of the rainbow.” The ads, seen here, here and here, are running in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Barron’s. The Gate Worldwide created the campaign.

 

Apartments.comKind of hard to get hot and heavy with your date when Mom and Dad are sitting on the next sofa. And let’s try not to imagine Mom and Dad in the shower together, while their son starts shaving. These creeptastic scenarios are courtesy of Apartments.com and its first-ever TV campaign. The moment a man and his date get inside his house, they are all over one another. The pair makes it to the couch but something distracts the woman. It’s the man’s parents, sitting on a loveseat, watching TV in the dark. The feeling of shock and awe is mutual. See it here. In the next ad, “Family Shower,” the same son attempts to shave but can’t find his razor. It’s in the shower, being used by his parents. They are conserving water… Watch it here. Contagious LA created the campaign.

 

IvoryIvory launched a TV and print campaign highlighting "Ivoryisms," or random product facts etched on bars of soap. “When dirt changes its formula, so will we,” reads a stack of soap in one ad, seen here. Soap is having an “Identity Crisis” in the next ad, seen here. Bathroom soaps take the shape of animals, flowers, cars, a cowboy hat and, my personal favorite, bacon and eggs. Then there’s Ivory. "Meticulously scented to smell exactly like soap,” reads the final stack of soap, seen here. Print ads, like this, follow suit with simplistic copy written in soap. Wieden+Kennedy Portland created the campaign.

 

Art Director's ClubThe Art Directors Club launched an online and print mailing campaign to promote its call for entries. Deadlines for entry are Jan. 20 for Design, Photography, Illustration and Interactive; Jan. 27 for Student, and Feb. 10 for Advertising and Integrated. Posters and postcards encourage creatives to “Keep fighting the good fight” despite daily obstacles, like scheduling a meeting, when you’re sitting in a meeting. One of my favorite ads shows da Vinci presenting his portrait of Mona Lisa to a client. The response? “Come back when you have more digital.” Then there’s a photo shoot for a can of tuna paired with the statement: “I want it to be Irving Penn meets Helmut Newton.”  See the ads here, here, here, here, here and here, created by DDB New York.

 

HardeesAwkward family photos get a tad creepier in a TV spot for Hardee’s. Promoting its Cheddar Biscuit, “Say Cheese” shows a family of four at a park, lined up for a family portrait. Or so we think. The family smiles and says “cheeeeese,” but nothing happens. They change positions and repeat. Turns out, a man is sitting on a bench, eating his cheddar biscuit, causing the family to creepily gawk. In their defense, the sandwich looks GOOD. See the ad here, created by David&Goliath.

 

 

Nike Jordan AppRandom iPhone App of the week: To launch the new Melo M8 shoe, Nike’s Jordan Brand created The Nike Jordan Post-Up App that pays tribute to Carmelo Anthony’s New York roots. The app allows users to place giant images of Melo on wallscapes throughout New York. Consumers can upload and share their photos online, view other user-created murals and locate nearby retailers. This might be as close to a basketball season as you get. The app, created by Blast Radius, is available for free in the App Store.

Recommend (2) Print RSS
All content published by MediaPost is determined by our editors 100% in the interest of our readers ... independent of advertising, sponsorships or other considerations.
  • NEW! Intuit Brews Custom Ale For Rhode Island CPAs

    Here's a cute campaign that involves a custom ale for Rhode Island CPAs created by ad agency, RPA. With CPAs knee-deep into tax season, Intuit decided to give Rhode Island CPAs burning the midnight oil a night off to sip a custom CPA IPA (India Pale Ale) beer. It was ...
  • Audi Creates Autonomous Office Chair

    Ever wish you had an office chair that would drive you to your next meeting or make a sudden turn so you could avoid talking to your boss? Look no further than the Audi Autonomous Office Chair. Accessories you expect in your car are brought to life in an office ...
  • Reebok Debuts First Fragrance: Swet

    Reebok joined the fragrance world with its debut scent swet. I bet it's heavy on the salt. The fragrance was created in the fitness center at Reebok World Headquarters, taking two years to perfect. You can't just bottle human sweat, can you? Sort of. Reebok hired a top scent creator ...
  • Never Lose Your Cat Again With Lowe's Glow-In-The-Dark Cat Hat

    The latest TV campaign for Lowe's shows a man whose confidence was boosted so much by installing a bathroom sink by himself, he gets the courage to pitch his boss on his brilliant invention: the glow-in-the-dark cat hat. The office is pitch black, except for the cat's hat, so the ...
  • Duluth Trading Magnetic Pants Make Tool Belts Obselete

    Duluth Trading Co. developed the perfect pair of pants for homeowners and tradesmen sick of bulky tool belts weighing down their pants. Based on the brand's Fire Hose Work Pants, Duluth Trading's new Magnetic Fire Hose Work Pants are built with crushed Samarium Cobalt magnets directly embedded in the fabric. ...
  • Fetch By Fetch: The Poofume For Dogs

    I have a hard time understanding perfume ads for adults, but I get the gist of Fetch by Fetch, a poofume for dogs. The black and white ad shows dogs frolicking at the beach, while a breathy voiceover barks off dog mantras like: "Be the dog you really are" and ...
  • NEW! Sword Play Meets Foreplay In Wilkinson Sword Video

    No joke, this video is hot. "Fifty Shades of Grey" could have used a steamy sword fight scene like the one found in this video for Wilkinson Sword razors. A couple showcases impressive sword skills as they lunge for one another in a large, empty ballroom. Blood is not lost ...
  • NEW! Cox Business WiFi Forces Doctor To Wait For Patient

    Cox Business launched an amusing TV spot that turns the tables on long waits at the "Doctor's Office." A patient takes advantage of her doctor's free WiFi and works while she waits. When the doctor is ready to see her, she tells the receptionist she'll be in shortly because she's ...
  • NEW! Air Wick's Scent Decorator Lets Users Match Mood With Scent

    Match your room scent with your mood by visiting Air Wick's Scent Decorator website. Users scroll through a series of photos, ranging from pictures of family and flowers to nature settings and food. Once three pictures are selected, Air Wick determines your mood and lists the ideal Air Wick scents ...
  • NEW! Benjamin Moore Throws Food On Wall To Prove Paint's Durability

    A video for Benjamin Moore takes playing with your food to another level, and those involved were paid to make this fantastic mess. What fun. The 30-second video shows a group of researchers, dressed completely in white, filling oversized squirt guns with colorful foods and crayons. The squirt guns were ...
>> Out to Launch Archives