Virgin, Unsurprisingly, Gets a Little Smutty While Discussing the Pleasures of Train Travel How long is it again?

Why take a car when you can take the train? It won't get your back all sweaty. 

In a pair of risqué ads by TMW, British transport company Virgin Trains is using couples to illustrate why trains are better than cars or planes. In each ad, a couple talks about a good experience on the train; another talks about a bad experience on either of the other transport options.

The hook is that you can't quite tell who is who, and it kinda sounds like they're all talking about sex.

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October 24, 2016, 3:53 PM EDT

Hillshire's Ultra-Classy Vending Machine Comes With Its Own Maître d' and Butler For more sophisticated snacking

Here's something no marketer has ever tried anywhere before in the history of the universe—a wacky vending machine stunt!

This particular machine, set up by VML to plug Hillshire Snacking's meats, cheeses and nuts as the fanciest treats in town, was painted gold and came with an ornate rug, velvet ropes and its own maître d' and butler.

The maître d' quizzed passersby to determine whether they were sophisticated enough to try some product. The butler—on duty inside the unit, naturally—handed out samples, sipped tea and made mock-snooty faces.

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October 24, 2016, 3:41 PM EDT

The Scavenging Raccoons From Geico's New TV Ad Are Doing Gross Cooking Demos Online The Martin Agency dreams up Raccookin'

Usually when a brand unveils a TV spot, any related content online is, at best, a marginal value-add. But lately, Geico's online extras have been at least as good—and in many cases, more fun or innovative or just plain weird—than the TV work.

We saw this with the Ice T work last month, and it's been true going back to the "Momversations" campaign with actress Cindy Drummond late last year.

Now, The Martin Agency has unveiled another fun TV-spot-plus-online-extras campaign, this time featuring some garbage-scavenging raccoons.

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October 24, 2016, 1:03 PM EDT

Will Fox Finally Find Some Consistency in Marketing the Latest Wolverine Movie? Character's third solo film follows two that were very different

When Fox was marketing X-Men Origins: Wolverine in the lead-up to its 2009 release (which went super well, as you'll remember), we were just a few years removed from the last X-Men team movie. Wolverine, as played by Hugh Jackman, was the breakout star of that series, in keeping with the character's overall popularity in the comics world. So it made sense that if the franchise were going to continue with a series of solo movies, Wolverine would kick things off. 

That movie, and 2013's The Wolverine, have been one of the mostly tonally inconsistent series in movies, at least in the modern era. So, with the trailer for Logan hitting the internet last week, it's a good time to look back and see how the feel of the franchise has shifted over the last seven years.

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October 24, 2016, 12:24 PM EDT

Terry Tate Checks Donald Trump in Timely Throwback to Classic Reebok Ads Funny or Die nails parody

Terry Tate, the fictional office linebacker from Reebok's famous ads a decade ago about proper behavior, is back to weigh in on the 2016 election. And the result is spectacular.

A new clip from Funny or Die features the character, who famously and forcefully disciplined white-collar drones slacking off on the job, doing what he does best—this time, to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

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October 24, 2016, 10:31 AM EDT

Wieden + Kennedy Has Been Selling 'Donald Trump's BS' Out of a Food Truck in Portland Baloney sandwiches, with a side of fact-checking

Fact-checking Donald Trump has been a full-time job for a lot of election observers this year. And Wieden + Kennedy has been doing its part, with a food truck in its hometown of Portland, Ore., that's been serving "Donald Trump's BS"—baloney sandwiches, that is, with wrappers that clarify Trump's remarks on various issues.

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October 24, 2016, 9:51 AM EDT

Is This Texas Republican's Campaign Ad the Most Charming of the 2016 Election? A pitch that won't make you stab your ballot and cry

The race for president has been characterized by negativity, partisan extremism and a "lesser-of-the-two-evils" attitude. As the race to the ballot boxes heats up, things are only getting more insufferable.

So it comes as a refreshing surprise that, out of Texas, one Republican candidate is shooting for re-election as county commissioner with an ad that's neither negative nor offensive (to anyone!). In "Please Re-Elect Gerald," Gerald Daugherty's long-suffering wife, Charlyn Daugherty, appears to beg voters to keep her husband in office—with a delightful amount of side-eye. 

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October 24, 2016, 8:48 AM EDT

Two (Very) Old Friends Recall the Glories of 1934 in Charming Ads for Steak 'n Shake Percy and Walter's journey through the past

Nothing sells fast food like cranky old people reminiscing and/or bickering with each other.

That's what GSD&M is hoping, because their three new spots for Steak 'n Shake depend on it. The three ads star Percy and Walter, whose recollections of 1934 (the year Steak 'n Shake was founded) are dim at best. All three spots were directed by Joachim Back, who won an Oscar for his short film The New Tenants back in 2010.

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October 21, 2016, 8:44 AM EDT

This Short Documentary Tells the Story of the Great Volkswagen Ads of the '60s Joe Marcantonio's passion project

In his delightful and insightful documentary "Remember Those Great Volkswagen Ads?" British filmmaker Joe Marcantonio explores the transcendent power of advertising to help brands overcome their limitations and—in the case of DDB's groundbreaking 1960s work for the German automaker—establish an enduring, vibrant image in the hearts and minds of consumers.

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October 20, 2016, 12:59 PM EDT

Ken Bone Gets a Second Shot at His 15 Minutes by Telling Americans to Vote in This Izod Ad He and the red sweater tour Washington, D.C.

Ken Bone, America's favorite mustached-man-turned-meme of the 2016 presidential campaign, has teamed up with the very brand that made him famous in the first place—Izod.

The Belleville, Ill., resident became an internet celebrity this month after he asked a question of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump at their debate in St. Louis while wearing a bright red half-zip Izod sweater.

The sweater, his mild manner and the sight of him snapping pics with a disposable camera at the debate quickly made him the man of the night. 

A new video begins at Bone's house where he puts on his glasses, grabs one of about a dozen identical red Izod sweaters off its hanger and pins on a button that simply reads, "Vote." Soon, he's posing for selfies outside the U.S. Capitol, using another disposable camera to take photos of the Lincoln Memorial and talking to dozens of fans while spreading the good news of democracy.

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October 20, 2016, 11:27 AM EDT


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