Who needs an ad agency? Over the past two weeks Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state of New York solicited more than 600 submissions from across the state as part of their “Wear a Mask New York Ad Contest.” They’ve now narrowed it down to five finalists and it’s your last chance to weigh-in with an online vote before the winner is announced on May 26th. Read more
With a final score of Kansas City’s 31 to San Francisco’s 20, The Chiefs are the Super Bowl LIV Champs after a 10-point deficit only to go up by 11 points late in the fourth quarter. Unlike yesterday’s Big Game itself, the most-liked and most-watched Super Bowl commercials held very few surprises. Read more
I still remember the public shock in 1994 when IKEA ran their first ad featuring a gay couple, “Dining Room” directed by Paul Goldman. Created by then CD Greg DiNoto, ACD Kathy Delaney, CW Dallas Itzen and AD Patrick ONeill of Deutsch NY, the breakthrough ad had to be pulled off the air as a result of a bomb threat.
That was 25 years ago and today I saw an ad for Gillette, ‘My First Shave,’ featuring a transgender youth and his real life father. The spot is the latest from Gillette whose Anti-bullying message earlier this year caused many to boycott the brand for being too political. Read more
Everyone has a mother. We don’t choose them and they can range from wonderful to wicked. It’s pretty much luck of the draw. But even the Mom with the best-behaved children could use a break every now and then which is why it’s too bad that these hilarious parody products for parents aren’t actually the real thing. Read more
Launched on International Women’s Day last Friday, this is yet another commercial celebrating a woman in a traditionally male-dominated field. But this beautifully told tale of the first long-distance journey taken by Bertha Benz in her husband’s new automobile is four minutes of film that will impress anyone, regardless of gender. Read more
While the ad smacks of an SNL parody sketch, Trumpy Bear is an actual product available for purchase. Snopes-validated, the toy bear with a combover and orange brows was designed as a cuddly homage to the United States’ least cuddly leader. He even has a 28-by-30-inch American flag blanket stored in a zipped pouch inside Trumpy Bear himself. Read more
I may find this particularly funny because of the fact that I work in advertising, but its appeal on social media seems to be universal, so I wanted to share it with you. Read more