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Adweek's Top 5 Commercials of the Week: March 20-27

Dictators, dirty dancers and perfect deadpan from Ricky Gervais

It was a varied week in commercials, from propaganda to punch lines. Check out our picks for the week's best spots, and vote for your favorite.

Ad of the Day: Knorr Sends Mom to the Arctic to Surprise Daughter With Home-Cooked Meal

Bringing the 'flavor of home'

Advertisers are in love with short branded documentary films these days that are built around some sort of surprise for one of the main characters. The idea, in fact, has…

Ad of the Day: PNC's Dreamy Commercial Imagines the Ultimate Fairy-Tale Wedding

But are you buying it?

Fairy-tale weddings aren't seen as particularly cool in advertising these days, not since the industry discovered girl power. (As those famous Mercy Academy ads reminded girls back in 2013, when…

Why Cuba’s Best Cigar Is Still Hot (Despite a 52-Year Embargo)

The full-flavored story of H. Upmann, JFK’s favorite smoke

It was Friday, Feb. 2, 1962, and President John F. Kennedy summoned his press secretary Pierre Salinger into his office for an urgent meeting. "I really need some help," said Kennedy. "What…

Can Karin Timpone Make Marriott More Millennial?

The Walt Disney marketing veteran packages hotels for a new generation of travelers

As places where people from all walks of life converge, hotels have always been sources of great stories. Everybody knows that—but no marketer knows it better than Karin Timpone. As…

Ad of the Day: Taco Bell Launches Cold War Against McDonald's With Propaganda Imagery

That despotic clown

Egg McMuffins aren't just mediocre pastries stuffed with microwaved eggs, bright yellow cheese and ham product. They are a form of tyranny. That, at least, is the upshot of "Routine Republic,"…

VIA Agency's Jam Sessions Inspire the Creative Spirit

Using playtime to foster better work

Specs Who From left: John Coleman, founder, CEO; David Burfeind, chief knowledge officer; Leeann Leahy, president; Greg Smith, CCO What Full-service ad agency Where Portland, Maine The VIA Agency built a business by thinking…

4 Trends That Will Keep Your Brand Globally Competitive

Adapting to cultural contexts is key

Specs Claim to fame Shankar Gupta-Harrison, vp of strategy at 360i; makes the best sangria in the world. Base New York Twitter @SGMagnus When marketers take their brand positioning and messages global, a lot…

Adweek's Top 5 Commercials of the Week: March 13-20

A fake gun store in NYC, and several ways to get closer in the bedroom

It was a week of guns and roses on Adweek.com, with our story about Grey's fake gun store in New York City going viral—counterbalanced by several brands who wanted to…

Ad of the Day: A-B Tricks Brooklynites Into Drinking Budweiser, and They Don't Hate It

Blind taste test in NYC

As part of its continued assault on microbrew-swilling beer snobs, Budweiser headed to Brooklyn during Restaurant Week and orchestrated a little stunt to get people to actually drink Bud—and even…

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