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Jordan Zimmerman REALLY Wants to Meet You

Are you a social media wizard? Do you need some help learning how to build a dream, whatever it might happen to be? Most importantly, do you love Fort Lauderdale as much as everyone else on Earth does?

If you answered “yes” to any of those questions–and even if you didn’t–then self-described “maverick advertising icon” Jordan Zimmerman would LOVE to meet you.

In the past Mr. Zimmerman has offered his thoughts on politics and the state of the union–but in this case he simply wants to impart some of the wisdom that comes from building a “$3 Billion empire” and provide you, lucky John or Jane, with “a priceless look into the business world that few seldom see.”

Trust him–this will be worth your while.

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Miller Lite, Guy Fieri Form Unholy Alliance

Grilling With Guy

This one has been around for  a while, but we just couldn’t resist.

Agencies GMR (who handled talent selection, negotiation and management) and Integer (execution across retail) teamed up to bring together human keg stand Guy Fieri and watery swill Miller Lite to form an unholy alliance of annoying proportions. God have mercy on us all.

Fieri — who Anthony Bourdain once described as the product that would result “if Ed Hardy f*cked a juggalo” — is hosting a series of Miller Lite branded content on his site, Grill With Guy. One would assume that the toxic levels of hair gel Fieri applies would render himself extremely flammable, but Fieri just shares some summer grilling recipes, such as the beef and beer cheese nachos featured in the video, which we’ve left til after the jump.

Surprisingly, not all of the recipes call for Miller Lite, like the “Asian Style Grilled Salmon” (surprise: Fieri knows what mirin is), which instead ends with the instruction “Enjoy with a cold Miller Lite.” (Obviously you should never trust a recipe that ends this way.)

While it’s alarming to think that anyone who takes cooking advice from a man with a racing stripe on his refrigerator would be allowed near an open flame, it’s at least somewhat of a relief that they will have a watered-down lite beer on hand to extinguish the blaze should things get out of hand. Miller Lite and Fieri plan to keep their relationship going after the summer, with “flavorful ideas for football season” (whatever those might be).

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Fallon Brings Fanny Packs, Bad Dancing for Loctite


Fallon Minneapolis launched a new campaign today for Henkel’s Loctite Adhesives, promoting Loctite Super Glue.

At the center of the campaign is a 30-second TV spot called “Win At Glue” which Fallon created along with production company O Positive.”Win At Glue” will air on national TV, “including major sports events, season finales, late night and syndication.” The campaign will also feature unique online content on Twitter (where users are encouraged to share their own glue victories with the hashtag #winatglue) and YouTube, which will roll out over the next several weeks. This will mark Fallon’s first campaign for Loctite after winning AOR duties back in December.

The”Win At Glue” spot (above) features a bunch of people dancing around, rather ridiculously, with Loctite fanny packs filled with Loctite Super Glue. Aiming for humor, Fallon arrives at…something else. Something kind of hard to watch for 30 seconds. Make of it what you will. Credits after the jump. Read more

W+K Amsterdam’s World Cup Spot for Heineken Is…Perplexing


“What the hell was that?” — That is our (and, we’re guessing, your) reaction to “Oranjekoorts (Orange Fever),” W+K Amsterdam’s 2014 FIFA World Cup spot for Heineken, the agency’s first work for Heineken Netherlands.

The campaign actually began earlier this year with the search for Heineken’s first Chief Orange Officer (you can’t make this shit up), described as a “legitimate [cough] full-time role that sought a representative as Dutch as Heineken, but who shared the same international outlook and would be committed to spreading Orange Fever in The Netherlands and across the globe.” Heineken advertised the legitimate position on their own recruitment channels and throughout the Netherlands. After reviewing more than 2,500 applicants, the position was awarded to Marco van Houwelingen, who will fill the year long role at Heineken’s Amsterdam headquarters.

The 65-second spot features a float representing “everything great about the Netherlands and the Dutch,” making its way through a Brazilian Carnival. Lead by Heineken’s Chief Orange Officer, the float includes a windmill, illusionist Hans Klok, and Dennis Bergkamp, among various other weirdness. Float participants all dance to a samba version of the song “No Limit” by 2 Unlimited, “one of the world’s favorite 90’s anthems” (which is not how anybody outside the Netherlands would describe the song). Watch the confusing mess for yourself above, and stick around for credits after the jump. Maybe you just have to be Dutch to get it.

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FCB Chicago Introduces ‘The Truck Whisperer’ for Fleetmatics


Earlier this month FCB Chicago introduced “The Truck Whisperer” for fleet tracking and management service Fleetmatics.

While a “Dog Whisperer” parody may have come across as edgy and topical say, 6 years ago, FCB Chicago’s character mostly felt flat and slightly annoying. The newly added additions to the campaign, unfortunately, take things even further in the annoying direction. The new spots — “What?”, “Therapy”, “10 & 2” and “Cinderblocks” continue embellishing the “Truck Whisperer” character. “Cinderblocks” (above), for example, sees the character pained over the fate of a truck and wishing he had been contacted sooner. If you like the character already (can’t imagine that’s a lot of you), the new spots may tickle your fancy, or may sour you on him, as there’s even less to like than with the original “Meet The Trick Whisperer” spot. If you don’t, they certainly won’t do anything to change your mind. All told, this is kind of a curious approach for Fleetmatics, and we’re not sure it’s doing much for the brand. Stick around for credits and more from the “Truck Whisperer” after the jump. Read more

Gavin McInnes Explains ‘How to Do Everything in the World’ for Vans


About a month ago we brought you the sneak peek of “How to Do Everything in the World,” the web series Rooster created for Vans starring creative director/baby fighter/punk rock dad Gavin McInnes. Given some of Gavin’s funny hijinks in the past, we had high hopes for the series.

In “How to Do Everything in the World,” McInnes takes on such topics as how to drink in a bar, what to do if you get in a fight, how to fly the friendly skies, and how to survive prison with an expected dose of absurdity. Unfortunately, the humor misses the mark, occasionally painfully so. There was a lot of potential here, but something about the series just feels off, and not in a funny way. The highlight is probably “How To Fight,” which mostly just sees Gavin coming up with ways to get in a cheap shot and run away. That’s really the only one of these to even merit a chuckle, as they mostly confuse awkward with funny. (Awkward can be funny, but isn’t necessarily in and of itself funny, a mistake on full display here.) Mostly, the series sees McInnes screaming at people for being jerks (especially in  “How To Fly” and the painful “How To Drink”), which is basically one joke stretched over several “episodes” that are each several minutes long. It’s hard to imagine these catching on and getting shared, or even someone sitting through the entire series for its entertainment value. Let’s chalk this one up as a disappointing miss and hope Rooster delivers the goods next time. You can check out “How to Fight” above, and stick around for “How to Fly” and “How to Survive in Prison” after the jump, if you’re so inclined. Read more

KFC and FCB Dare You to Double Down Again

Fast food’s fattest conversation-starter is back for another round as this FCB spot kicks off the return of KFC’s breadless Double Down sandwich.

Unsurprisingly, the project relies even more heavily on social media for both concept and promotion than the 2010 original. KFC comms director David Menis told AdAge that the dialogue “mimics the way people talk about the product online.”

And yes, there will be a user-generated content contest calling on fans to submit related selfies and dances as the campaign competes to attract more attention than the brand’s recent “chicken corsage” stunt.

Note that KFC did not go with the vaguely nationalistic themes of this 2003 Double Down predecessor:

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UPDATE: Bud Light Has Your ‘World’s Toughest Job’ Spoof Right Here

Well, that was quick: here’s the first of what will almost certainly be a series playing off this week’s viral Mullen “world’s toughest job” spot.

The ad loosely ties itself to the ongoing “Up for Whatever” campaign via hashtag.

Its underlying gender joke and brand association aren’t quite clear until the final shot, though the text makes sure to poke fun at the Mullen original by both linking to the clip and noting that the fake job listing behind it never actually existed.

UPDATE: The responsible agency is Boston-based Relevant 24, which has done work for Priceline, Arby’s, FOX Sports, Doritos and more (homepage here).

DDB Creates Music Video for Hot New Artist ‘Antonin Dvořák’

As part of a campaign called “The Classical Comeback“, DDB Brussels has created an honest-to-God music video to accompany “Symphony No. 9 Allegro con fuoco” by hot-shit Czech star Dvořák.

What, you don’t think he’s contemporary? He’s only been dead for 110 years.

Cheerleaders, schoolgirl uniforms and timpani ahead…

That was certainly unexpected. Call it a professionally orchestrated K-pop video.

Some details after the jump.

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Digital Kitchen Satirizes Gamer Marketing, Gets Gross for Cards Against Humanity

Digital Kitchen worked with Cards Against Humanity, “the party game for horrible people,” to satirize gamer marketing at the Pax East conference in Boston. The resulting 30 second video is absolutely disgusting.

Digital Kitchen and Cards Against Humanity launched a fake, caffeinated oatmeal called “PWNmeal,”which they dubbed, “The official porridge of e-sports.” The project was meant to satirize the onslaught of marketing targeting gamers are targeted with at conventions, from caffeinated gum to beef jerky (which don’t combine so well). In addition to the above video created by Digital Kitchen, Cards Against Humanity also put together an @pwnmeal Twitter account and pwnmeal.com to make the product seem legit. Gross enough just as an idea, the 30 second video takes things to the next, breakfast evacuating level. Proceed with caution.

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