Everyone knows babies make hilarious faces when they poop. For that matter, so do most adults. Whether or not knowing this universal truth entices you to watch a medley of babies' faces as they poop is a gamble that Saatchi & Saatchi London decided to take. Its "Pooface" video for Pampers baby wipes is literally 75 seconds of what I just described.
Pampers is doing a good job of cornering the baby schmaltz advertising market. A new spot from the diaper brand focuses on the whirlwind of new experiences—challenging and delightful—that parents face when they have a child, especially their first. There are sonograms, there's exhaustion, and naturally there are hero shots of diapers. Mostly, there are lots of cute babies.
Sit back and take four minutes to watch this lovely ad by Pampers Japan. Titled "Mom's First Birthday," it celebrates a big milestone in a new mom's life—her baby's one-year checkup. The brand partnered with some dads to surprise some moms, and the result is sweet and heartwarming.
With crowdfunding product videos all the rage, mockvertising has reached a new apex with fictional Kickstarter ads. Behold the one below, imploring you to help fund the development of Tiny Diapers for the Tip of Your Penis™.
Huggies and Ogilvy & Mather Argentina made a belt for men that allows them to feel their unborn baby's kicks. The belt is synced up with the real-time movements of the baby in the mother's belly, apparently through some kind of wireless sorcery.
Seventh Generation tips a hat to its hippy heritage with this new streaking-themed spot for its chemical-free diapers. Lest you get uppity about naked babies, don't worry. The trick of the spot, by ad agency Made, is that this cute little streaking tot—who, despite the pink shoes, is impressively androgynous—is actually wearing a Seventh Generation diaper. They just pixelated the privates to vaguely shock you. (You see, wearing Seventh Generation diapers is, toxins-wise, apparently like wearing nothing at all.) Add in some booty-shaking to booty-shaking music, and you get an winning result. Of course, really dedicated hippy moms go with cloth diapers, ditching disposables altogether. But surely there's a market niche in between the two extremes, for when you want to do a little good for the Earth. Do a little more by tweeting your story with #toxinfreegen, and Seventh Generation will donate $1 in your name to Women's Voices for the Earth.
Today in useless marketing-driven product innovations, we have Huggies TweetPee, a little sensor dreamed up by Ogilvy Brazil that affixes to your baby's diaper, syncs with an app and tweets at you whenever it detects pee (in the form of a higher humidity level).
The best mom advertising doesn't make women feel like buying a better product so much as it makes them feel like being a better mom. Better yet, it makes buying the product seem like a consequence of already being a better mom.
Huggies has pulled ads from its Facebook page after folks got cranky over the Kimberly-Clark brand's "Dad Test" campaign.
Consumerist readers have spoken, and they have decreed the infamous Luvs "Poop, There It Is" animated commercial, featuring a competitive crapping contest for babies set to the musical stylings of Tag Team, to be year's worst American ad of 2011. Of course, it depends on what you mean by worst.