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Is Prankvertising Here to Stay? Share Your Take at Today's #AdweekChat Twitter chat begins at 2 p.m. ET

Few trends have dominated online marketing in recent years on the level of prankvertising and other real-world marketing stunts. Whether they're terrifying innocent passers-by or rewarding the lucky few with glamorous…

August 27, 2014, 10:43 AM EDT

Together at Last: Richard Branson and the Most Interesting Man in the World Debonair duo unite for Virgin Hotels (not Dos Equis)

What do you get when you bring together two of the world's most interesting men? A hotel ad, apparently.  To promote the upcoming reveal of the first-ever Virgin Hotel, located in…

August 26, 2014, 12:07 PM EDT

Ad of the Day: Ricky Gervais Crashes Your Favorite Netflix Shows And you really need to watch the outtakes

Despite winning only seven of the 31 Emmys its shows were nominated for, Netflix still found a clever way to cash in on the popularity of its original programs during…

August 26, 2014, 10:13 AM EDT

Nail Polish Invented by College Students Changes Color When It Detects Date-Rape Drugs Though 'roofies' are incredibly rare, experts say

Here's the newest example of a clever invention that shouldn't have to exist. Undercover Colors is a line of chemically enhanced nail polish currently being developed by undergrads at North Carolina…

August 25, 2014, 1:27 PM EDT

I Ate Taco Bell's Entire New Dollar Menu in One Sitting, and Here's What I Learned Which ones are worth your Washingtons?

For the record, I don't recommend this. When Adweek reported yesterday that Taco Bell had rolled out a new dollar menu with nary a TV ad, I felt it was AdFreak's…

August 21, 2014, 2:46 PM EDT

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

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