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Posts Tagged ‘Alex Gianni’

Snickers Plays What-If in Two New Commercials

To promote Snickers Bites, BBDO New York went retro. Bites give hungry customers a bag full of tiny pieces of Snickers bars, a pretty big switch for the consistent candymaker. But what if Snickers had thought of the idea decades ago?

There are two spots, “Intercom” and “Leisure Suit,” that attempt to answer the question, showing goofy scenarios dated to the 70s about follies that prevented Snickers employees from making Bites many years ago. “Intercom” is clearly the better of the two, as a forgetful man with some vague decision-making responsibilities at the company tries to tell his secretary to remind him to create Bites. Unfortunately, there’s static, which the secretary blames on the Soviet Union. “Leisure Suit” is little more than 30 seconds of lazy guys in afros pretending to be stoned. There’s no reason for the laziness, and the jokes are dumb. However, the premise does lend itself to future self-contained episodes, so BBDO can always take a mulligan and create some better spots in the future. ”Leisure Suit” and credits after the jump.

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HP Touches Windows 8 in All the Right Places

Upon seeing the above BBDO NY-created spot for HP and Windows 8, it seemed like yet another attempt by the PC world to make their products appeal to the hippest masses a la Apple. In fact, it reminded me of the “I’m a PC” campaign that Windows ran a few years back, with popular indie DJ Girl Talk yelling the phrase before he jumped in a mosh pit of sweaty teenagers. However, I would encourage you to watch the entire 30-second spot, as the reveal at the end is what makes this great.

Sure, DJ Robbie Wilde has an exceptionally unique situation for which the touch capabilities of Windows 8 are helpful to him. But, this spot both demonstrates the product, tells a touching story and displays the “cool factor” all in 30 seconds, which is just about as much as you can ask for.

Credits and a second, less-compelling spot follow after the jump.

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