600 Fake Outdoor Ads in Paris Blast Corporate Sponsors of the COP21 Climate Talks Brandalism stunt targets brands' hypocrisy

Couldn't make it to Dismaland before its rapid shut-down? That's OK. There's always Paris.

Just in time for the COP21 Climate Conference, an organization called Brandalism has hijacked over 600 outdoor ad spaces in the city, replacing them with climate change-related art ... and what, at first glance, look like ordinary ads for brands like Total, Air France, Dow Chemicals, GDF Suez and Volkswagen.

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November 30, 2015, 9:38 AM EST

This Target Store Just Got Trolled by Black Friday Ads With Hilariously Fake Deals Free falcons and discounted mayo

Images by Obvious Plant

Target was the benefactor of an online troll in August, when Mike Melgaard came to the retailer's defense on Facebook, telling commenters off for criticizing its move away from gender-based labels for children's products. 

But now Target has been totally played by an offline troll.

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November 25, 2015, 1:03 PM EST

Why This New York Agency Is Taking All 42 of Its Employees to Japan for the Holidays Chandelier Creative's year-end gift of self-discovery

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New York agency Chandelier Creative is known for many things: its ads for retailers like Target and Old Navy; its founder and creative director Richard Christiansen's taste in interior design; and its legendary holiday parties, for starters. 

Last year's bash was a tribute to Dolly Parton that featured Paul Reubens, Rufus Wainwright and enough glitz to earn a writeup in the New York Times Style Section before the doors even opened. "Seven hundred people came to last year's party," Christiansen tells AdFreak. "This year everyone asked, How are you going to top that?" 

His answer may surprise you. This holiday, the agency founder is skipping the usual festivities and giving all 42 of his employees a special present—a weeklong trip to Japan with all expenses paid by the agency. 

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November 25, 2015, 12:07 PM EST

Quality Street Celebrates the Holidays With the Most Epic Littering You've Ever Seen And you thought snowflakes were special

Around the holidays, one item you'll find in a British home is a Quality Street tin, packed with chocolates whose flavors vary by wrapper color. The appearance of the tin—developed in the 1930s, when only the wealthy could afford fancy varietal boxes of chocolates (how they'd turn in their graves now!)—with the first chill wind has become as much a tradition as the tall, three-variety popcorn tin that always appears in your house when the tree goes up. 

"The proper start of Christmas is when the Quality Street tub appears. It's as magical as the first snowflake," says J. Walter Thompson London creative director David Masterman.

So what did they do to ensure the brand got its rightful recognition this holiday season? "We made Quality Street a wonderful place where it snows wrappers." 


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November 25, 2015, 9:40 AM EST

Samsung Choreographs an Awesome Human Kaleidoscope for Its Gear S2 Watch People bring the features to life

If Busby Berkeley were alive today and choreographing commercials for tech products, he might have come up with something like this two-minute mini-movie by R/GA for Samsung's Gear S2 smartwatch. 

About 150 performers—musicians, yogis, dancers and athletes—make geometric patterns with their bodies in the aerial-perspective video, dubbed "Human Kaleidoscope," serving as the living, breathing embodiment of the new smartwatch's features. 

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November 25, 2015, 8:56 AM EST

Coca-Cola's 'Share a Coke' Campaign Gets Festive With Holiday Names on Bottles Santa, his reindeer and more

Coca-Cola isn't releasing a new Christmas commercial for the U.S. market this year, choosing instead to recycle the "Make Someone Happy" spot from last year. But to make up for it, the soda giant is rolling out some festive packaging—putting holiday-themed names on bottles as an extension of its popular "Share a Coke" campaign.

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November 24, 2015, 2:05 PM EST

Why Amazon Plastered This NYC Subway Train With Nazi and Imperial Japanese Imagery Some riders object to ads for an alternate history show

Photos courtesy of Ann Toback

UPDATE: Amazon is pulling these ads, reports Variety. UPDATE 2: Gothamist has more on the removal of the ads, revealing that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo pressured the MTA to take the ads down. Amazon did not request their removal. 

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Amazon's advertising for its latest original series, The Man in the High Castle, includes symbols of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan posted all over a Shuttle train in New York City's subway. The campaign, which runs from Nov. 15 through Dec. 14, has some consumers alarmed. 

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November 24, 2015, 1:19 PM EST

Creator of Beanie Babies Just Made Its First-Ever TV Spot, for This Brand-New Product Meet the Peek-A-Boos

Beanie Babies, introduced in 1991, were once the hottest toys in the world. Yet they managed to get so popular without benefiting from a single TV commercial (aside from a McDonald's Happy Meals tie-in).

But now, Beanie Babies maker Ty Inc. is launching a new line of plush animals, with a uniquely modern twist—and has hired Leo Burnett to promote the line with the company's first-ever TV spot, beginning with Black Friday this week.

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November 24, 2015, 11:46 AM EST

This Ad With People Reciting the Lord's Prayer Is Blocked From Screenings of Star Wars The Church of England fights back

An ad for the Church of England, featuring people from all walks of life reciting the Lord's Prayer, won't be screened in theaters before the new Star Wars film, according to the Digital Cinema Media agency.

The DCM, which regulates film advertising for major British cinema chains, says the 60-second ad might offend "those of differing faiths and indeed of no faith," pointing to its policy of denying overly religious or political ad content on principle. Given recent events, we can see how this ad would run afoul of both guidelines. 

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November 24, 2015, 10:54 AM EST

Katy Perry Is a Nutcracker, a Fairy Godmother and More in H&M's Loony Holiday Extravaganza A whole season packed into two minutes

H&M has hired the perfect celebrity endorser for its over-the-top, candy-coated holiday spectacular: Katy Perry. 

The pop star and walking acid flashback anchors a new two-minute commercial for the clothing chain, grinning and prancing through every imaginable Christmas trope while her new single, "Every Day Is a Holiday," plays in the background.

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November 24, 2015, 10:09 AM EST


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