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Kia's Hamsters Are Back, and Getting Lucky With Sexy Lady-Hamster Girlfriends Electric vehicle tests lead to some unsettling experiments

Kia's oddly endearing and enduring hamsters have returned, this time dabbling in experiments that make Weird Science look scientifically responsible by comparison. The new ad from David&Goliath for the plug-in 2015…

August 21, 2014, 10:35 AM EDT

Meet the Hero Designer Who Publicly Shamed Showtime for Asking Him to Work for Free How Dan Cassaro's tweet became a rallying cry

When Showtime invited Dan Cassaro to join a design "contest" he felt amounted to milking professionals for free work, he let the network—and the world—know how he felt about it. The…

August 19, 2014, 12:39 PM EDT

This Little-Known Robin Williams Ad Will Break Your Heart All Over Again A fitting reminder of the joy he brought

Earlier this week, we recapped some of the best moments from Robin Williams' contributions to advertising, but a reader pointed out that we omitted one of his last—and most touching—commercials. In…

August 15, 2014, 6:06 PM EDT

Kevin Hart Will Destroy Your Car and Haunt Your Dreams Until You Play Him at Madden Or maybe he just hates Dave Franco

It's Madden season, which apparently is a good time not to be friends with Kevin Hart.  In EA's new three-and-a-half-minute promo for Madden NFL 15, we witness the extreme lengths to…

August 15, 2014, 4:49 PM EDT

Is Product Placement the Savior or the Scourge of Entertainment? Hundreds shared their opinions at this week's #AdweekChat

As movies, TV and video become increasingly flexible, on-demand forms of entertainment, most types of advertising have struggled to keep pace. The big exception? Product placement. When your branding appears right…

August 15, 2014, 12:07 PM EDT

PR Giant Edelman Apologizes for Calling Robin Williams' Death an 'Opportunity' But says blog post on sparking mental health discussion will remain live

Edelman is usually tapped with helping brands avoid or disentangle themselves from public backlash, but the global PR firm instead found itself in the hot seat this week. At issue was…

August 14, 2014, 10:40 AM EDT

7 Memorable Moments in the Dubious History of Product Placement Decades after E.T., brand mentions still feel awkward

Remember when you had to wait until the commercial break to be bombarded with brand marketing? Probably not, since product placement has been a Hollywood addiction since the 1980s. Ever since…

August 11, 2014, 8:09 AM EDT

9 Sneaky Marketing Tricks We Fall for Every Time We Shop From decoy pricing to BOGOs, a catalog of manipulations

We all know we're being manipulated every time we shop, but it can still be unnerving to see the true extent of mind games being played on us. That's why I…

August 6, 2014, 1:59 PM EDT

Class Act: Outgoing Pitcher David Price Buys Full-Page Newspaper Ad to Thank Tampa Bay Co-signed with his adorable dog

Today is David Price's first day as a Detroit Tiger, and while most pro athletes would be focused on winning over the new home crowd, he made it clear this…

August 5, 2014, 5:15 PM EDT

Ad of the Day: The Dodge Dart Makes Craig Robinson and Jake Johnson Hate Each Other TV funnymen go at it

What would happen if you took one of the best characters from The Office and moved him next door to the undisputed best character from New Girl? This ad campaign.…

August 5, 2014, 1:27 PM EDT

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