Advertisement

Marshawn Lynch Just Popped Up on a Shopping Channel to Hilariously Sell Skittles Seahawks star visits Evine Live

If you happened to be zoning out to the Evine Live home-shopping channel on cable TV at 11:04 a.m. ET this morning, you saw a strange sight. Yes, that was Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch doing a five-minute segment with Evine's Allison Waggoner—in which the pair chatted about the glory of Skittles, and tried to sell you 36 packs for $14.86.

Click to Read More →

September 1, 2015, 11:10 AM EDT

Children Born on 9/11 Star in This Uplifting Campaign About the Power of Doing Good Turning hate into hope

Transformation is the overriding theme of "Born On 9/11," Grey New York's integrated campaign for the nonprofit 9/11 Day organization—featuring PSAs that ask Americans to do at least one good deed next Friday to commemorate the 14th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Click to Read More →

September 1, 2015, 9:46 AM EDT

Ikea Cooks Up a New Kitchen Like It's a Meal in This Adorably Designed Ad BBH shows how modular fixtures are great ingredients

If you've ever wondered what an Ikea kitchen might look like if it were assembled in a frying pan, you're in luck.

A super cutesy new ad from BBH Asia Pacific features the furniture chain's Metod line of modular kitchen fixtures, getting whipped together as if they were ingredients on a cooking show. The ultimate meal? A miniature version of your next cooking station.

Click to Read More →

September 1, 2015, 8:57 AM EDT

Watch This Man Ambush Smokers at the Point of Sale With a Brutally Personal PSA Because smoking doesn't have to kill you to ruin your life

Even if your smoking habit doesn't kill you, it can still make you miserable.

A new PSA from the Brazilian state of Paraña illustrates that point quite effectively with this long-form story of a middle-aged man whose generally happy life is marred by an illness that waited 14 years after he quit smoking to strike.

Click to Read More →

August 31, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT

The Couple Who Quit Their Ad Jobs to Travel the World Ended Up Poor and Scrubbing Toilets The uglier side of a year-long creative journey

You remember Chanel Cartell and Stevo Dirnberger, the South African couple who quit their agency jobs this year to travel the world and document the experience. It sounded like a dream, and the lovely Instagram photos have made it look like one.

But halfway through their year-long odyssey (they're currently in Athens, having traveled 25,000 kilometers so far), they've posted a reality check on their blog—a post titled "Why We Quit Our Jobs In Advertising To Scrub Toilets"—in which they share "the uglier side of our trip." It turns out that following one's dream—while working odd jobs in exchange for room and board—involves a lot of dirty work, and more than a few tears.

Click to Read More →

August 31, 2015, 10:14 AM EDT

Ads for the World's Greatest Baby Stroller Suddenly Sell Something Else Entirely But not until you go online

Does your baby need a stroller that comes with 4-by-4 suspension, a sandbox, a holographic projector and a bubble machine?

In our tech-crazed society, where everyone grows up to be an astronaut or coder, such a contraption—dubbed the "Latot" in ads from The Martin Agency—seems like a quasi-reasonable proposition. (WeeBabe would sell out of them in 15 minutes.) Alas, it isn't real. It's the central gimmick in an amusing parody campaign for an entirely different type of consumer service, one that has nothing to do with babies.

Click to Read More →

August 31, 2015, 9:15 AM EDT

Star Wars Shut Down This Facebook Commenter Who Wants Female Armor to Look More Ladylike Want aloe for that lightsaber burn?

Disney-owned Star Wars seems like such a cuddly, world-embracing brand these days, you'd hardly expect them to drop the occasional AT-AT stomp on a Facebook commenter.

But that's what happened for a guy who questioned why Phasma, a character in the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens, didn't wear Storm Trooper armor that made her more visibly female.

Click to Read More →

August 28, 2015, 6:08 PM EDT

Step Aside, Waifs. Ronda Rousey Is Carl's Jr.'s Newest Sandwich-Devouring Ad Star Brand is into defying expectations these days

For years Carl's Jr.'s spots have had a consistent formula: Take one beautiful and scantily clad model that would probably never eat Carl's Jr., add a few double entendres that highlight the model's attributes, then mention the sandwich a few times.

But lately the brand seems to be playing with consumers' expectations, and it's quite fun. 

Instead of the usual waifish model, the brand has now tapped undefeated MMA champion Ronda Rousey to introduce its Cinnamon Swirl French Toast Breakfast Sandwich.

Click to Read More →

August 28, 2015, 4:03 PM EDT

Norm Macdonald Is Now Hosting 15-Second 'Fryerside Chats' as KFC's Colonel Sanders It's less of a talk than a mumble, though

KFC has rolled out the next phase of its campaign with the revamped Colonel Sanders, and despite Norm Macdonald's recent arrival, he's already feeling presidential. 

Earlier this month Wieden + Kennedy swapped one Saturday Night Live veteran (Darrell Hammond) for another (Macdonald) as part of its new take on Colonel Sanders for KFC.

Now a mumbling Macdonald is helming a series of FDR-esque "Fryerside Chats" in the form of 15-second spots. What's he talking about? Who knows? New deals, I guess. KFC deals.

Click to Read More →

August 28, 2015, 3:38 PM EDT

PSAs From MTV Show How Everyday Phrases Keep Bias in the Mainstream Gender stigma is 'pervasive and insidious,' network says

The latest installment of MTV's "Look Different" anti-bias campaign looks a whole lot different than last month's showing, an over-the-top, multichannel satire about a Geek Squad-style team of uber-white corporate consultants eager to help people of color hail cabs, rent apartments and handle courtroom appearances.

Now, fresh PSAs and digital assets tackle gender bias in starker, more straightforward terms. They invite viewers to consider the unintended consequences of various preconceptions and misconceptions that may, to some people, appear benign, but can actually cause a great deal of harm.

In series of 30-second ads, phrases in blue flash across a canary-yellow screen. They include: "This is a man's job," "She'll hook up with anyone," "You'd look prettier if you smiled," "She's built like a man" and "Boys don't cry."

Click to Read More →

August 28, 2015, 1:22 PM EDT

Advertisement

Sign up for AdFreak Newsletters

Advertisement
About AdFreak

AdFreak is a daily blog of the best and worst of creativity in advertising, media, marketing and design. Follow us as we celebrate (and skewer) the latest, greatest, quirkiest and freakiest commercials, promos, trailers, posters, billboards, logos and package designs around. Edited by Adweek's Tim Nudd.

Click to Subscribe to AdFreak RSS