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Nov 30 2013 @ 1:25pm

A simple but clever way to market a new book about a bunch of other books:

How A Reader’s Book of Days Was Made from WW Norton on Vimeo.

At once a love letter to literature and a charming guide to the books most worth reading, A Reader’s Book of Days by Tom Nissley is an addictively readable day-by-day literary companion. Every book you see here (and many more!) are all in A Reader’s Book of Days. It’s brimming with stories from the lives of authors and the books they created. Learn more here.

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Oct 22 2013 @ 5:09pm

Shake it, bitches:

SHAKE from Variable on Vimeo.

The footage is from the talented and twisted Carli Davidson, whose work the Dish has featured quite a bit over the years. You can order her new coffee-table book Shake, a collection of 61 photos, here.

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Oct 4 2013 @ 9:00pm

A reader writes:

The clearest signal yet that the marijuana mainstream is here to stay: fast food marketing is turning to the growth market of stoner diners.  The latest evidence is Jack in the Box’s rollout of their “Munchie Meal Menu,” marketed as the “cure to mellow even the meanest manifestation of the munchies.”  Carmel Lobello describes the marketing tactic and explores other ways in which the fast food industry has begun to embrace this customer base.

More commercials in the “Munchie Meal” series here.

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Oct 4 2013 @ 9:00am

This clever viral video had a lot of people fooled:

New Yorkers understand unconventional living situations, but this one is a little too crooked to be real. A documentary called Man in a Cube features a writer named “Dave” who claims to live inside the Astor Place Cube, an iconic New York City sculpture by artist Tony Rosenthal. … The video ends with a blatant plug for Whil, a self-proclaimed “brand about nothing.” The idea behind it is a 60-second technique during which one should meditate and power down from the chaos of the connected world.

Update from a reader:

There was a National Lampoon short story in the mid-1970s about a guy who lived in the Astor Place cube. If my memory serves me correctly (highly suspect for all the usual reasons), he had the gift of being able to poop a kind of super marijuana and supported himself by selling it around the neighborhood. “Hilarity” ensued.

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Sep 20 2013 @ 8:00am

Copyranter considers it “the only 9/11 ad to ever get it right”:

It’s not an ad in the traditional sense, but it is an ad, make no mistake— but you can call it “branded content,” if it makes you feel better. And granted, it’s a lot easier to be classier with a ballet 9/11 ad than say, a 9/11 ad for smartphones.

But, as a New Yorker, this video hit me hard. It is beautiful. It is moving. It is New York. “New Beginnings” features NYCB principal dancers Maria Kowroski and Ask la Cour performing on the 57th-floor terrace of Four World Trade Center in lower Manhattan, according to Adweek. The music is part of Christopher Wheeldon’s “After the Rain” pas de deux — signifying new beginnings in New York City. The video was posted at sunrise on 9/12/13.

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Sep 18 2013 @ 9:56am

A hypnotic zoom through Manhattan using 41 photos taken between 3 am and 7 am:

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Sep 17 2013 @ 8:02am

Copyranter proclaims that “New Zealand produces the best PSAs in the world”:

Titled “Blazed — Drug-Driving in Aotearoa” (Aotearoa is the Māori name for New Zealand), this spot is an instant Advertising Hall of Fame Drugs PSA classic. The ad was just launched on Māori Television. These kids are so perfect, so natural — this is how you do a drugs ad, unlike all the laughably ineffective, preachy American drug PSAs. …

Back in 2011, Kiwi ad agency Clemenger BBDO created one of the best drunk-driving ads I’ve ever seen, “Legend.” Watch it [here].

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Sep 13 2013 @ 5:12pm

Yglesias, a long-time booster of Chipotle, is impressed with the innovative ad:

The video itself is a promotion not for Chipotle per se but for an iOS game that’s available for free on the app store. This is all part of a larger marketing strategy that depends in part on the idea of essentially never doing television ads. Both the theme of this video—Chipotle’s message that it represents a superior alternative to conventional factory farming—and the lack of television advertising are designed to position the chain as a highbrow and upscale alternative to other quick service restaurants. Then when a video does come out, it’s high-quality high-impact stuff that really gets attention and is designed to be memorable. And if you ask me, it’s working.

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Sep 6 2013 @ 5:12pm

The twist at the end gave Copyranter goosebumps. Likewise:

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Sep 6 2013 @ 8:00am

Copyranter calls it “the best insurance ad in recent years”:

Now, the [Geico] Cavemen were hilarious (especially “Therapy Session”), but this spot for John Lewis home insurance actually, you know, SELLS INSURANCE. Because frankly, this whole “let’s get ha-ha about insurance” ad movement (I’m looking at you, Allstate “Mayhem”) that Geico helped jumpstart is just getting so fucking tiresome.

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Aug 19 2013 @ 6:12pm
by Chris Bodenner

Copyranter spotlights a campaign that he calls “the best beer advertising in the world”:

The “No Bollocks” tagline is perfect: It gives you a taste of the beer’s blue collar British heritage without cramming it down your throat, and it serves as a challenger brand positioning against pretty much every other beer in the world. It’s especially brilliant when placed side-by-side with the bad base beer advertising of America’s big spenders Budweiser, Coors, and Miller.

Head here to watch several more TV spots.

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Aug 14 2013 @ 8:33am

Well, not cool exactly, but powerful:


Copyranter captions the ad from Lebanon:

Not all violence is physical. The scars are shaped like the sound waves of the violent words [e.g. "bitch" and "whore"] — pretty shocking and effective.

More “Brutal Domestic Violence Awareness Ads” here.

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Aug 9 2013 @ 12:41pm


Copyranter gives it a hand:

Vancouver’s Science World continues with the best museum ad effort currently running, this time promoting their new exhibition, “The Science of Sexuality.” The “Ejaculation” execution is the best: simple, smart advertising.

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Aug 2 2013 @ 10:58am

A cute campaign to get people to treat stray dogs more humanely:

It was shot in Santiago, Chile:

Created by Violeta Caro Pinda and Felipe Carrasco Guzmán, the dog-centric video follows volunteers as they tie balloons onto strays in the capital city’s La Cisterna area. Each balloon contains phrases (in Spanish), such as “Do not mistreat me,” “Scratch my neck” and “Give me love.”

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Aug 1 2013 @ 1:38pm

Walter White channels Percy Bysshe Shelley’s “Ozymandias”:

The text:

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desart. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed:
And on the pedestal these words appear:
“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

A reader responds to this week’s post on TV anti-heroes:

It’s just over a week until Breaking Bad starts up again and we get to see how Hank Schrader, the DEA agent and Walter’s brother-in-law, proceeds after he realizes the truth of your masthead Orwell quote. For five seasons, Heisenberg has been in front of his nose, but after constant struggle, he finally sees it. Counting the days.

I get excited. You get excited too.