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BBDO Reads Subtitles, Rearranges the Furniture for AT&T

A spot from BBDO‘s latest campaign for AT&T combines the 70′s sitcoms that our more mature readers all loved with what looks and sounds a lot like a 90′s metal show hosted in…a high school auditorium?

The point, of course, is that the quality of reception on many cellular networks leaves crucial calls all but indecipherable…and that subtitles aren’t just for Bergman movies that you can’t fully appreciate even after the translation.

We feel bad for the fake band in this spot, because we failed to see even one head banging.

More of the “Frank and Charlie” series plus credits after the jump.

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BBDO NY Celebrates Fourth of July for Guinness

BBDO New York solemnly pays tribute to servicemen in their Fourth of July spot for Guinness, entitled “Empty Chair.”

The spot, the latest U.S. installment of the brand’s “Made of More” campaign, was created in collaboration with Biscuit Filmworks and director Noam Murro. Its patriotism-stoking approach is nothing new to beer advertising, as Anomaly’s “A Hero’s Welcome” Super Bowl spot for Budweiser this year (to cite just one example) also celebrated American veterans in a somewhat cheesy fashion. How you view the ad will depend largely on your opinion of such an approach (as either a welcome homage or emotional manipulation) but the 90-second “Empty Chair” is certainly well-crafted. It opens on a bartender pouring a Guinness and leaving it at an empty table, an act she repeats many times over the course of the ad, at one point even stopping someone from taking a chair from the table. A delayed reveal at the spot’s conclusion puts everything into perspective, followed by Guinness’ “Made of More” tagline, which syncs well with the ad’s message.

It’s worth noting that between this solemn spot from Guinness and the opposite approach taken by Newcastle, the most memorable ads of the Independence Day season came from non-American brewers. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

Bud Light Could Turn Your Town into ‘Whatever, USA’

We last encountered the #UpForWhatever tag in Bud Light’s spoof of the viral Mullen “World’s Toughest Job” ad (SPOILER: it was being a mom). That work came from Boston shop Relevant 24, but the newest sort-of-related spot comes to our inbox via BBDO’s Chicago and New York offices.

Here’s “Surprise Guest”:

You may notice that the spot is something of a tease: it’s only the latest in a series…

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BBDO NY Brings Together 3 Clients for Autism Awareness Month

BBDO New York collaborated with clients Johnson & Johnson, Campbell Soup Company and AT&T Wireless to create a commercial message designed to raise autism awareness and educate viewers of the importance of early detection, timed to coincide with the end of Autism Awareness Month.

Four 15 second spots that air sequentially combine to form a story arc of a child growing up with autism. Three of those spots also acts as ads for Band-Aid, Campbell’s Soup, and AT&T. Following the last spot, which features a recent graduate and his proud parents, played by a real autism sufferer and his parents (who appear in the other ads as well), the sequence concludes with the message, “You just saw how early diagnosis can make a lifetime of difference.  Watch again or learn the signs at www.autismspeaks.org/signs.” This sequence is scheduled to air one time today on the CNN program New Day, and will then live online at YouTube and the Autism Speaks website, with a digital extension expected to run courtesy of Undertone. Read more

BBDO New York Ruins Classic Beach Boys Song for AT&T

This one’s been making the rounds for awhile, but we figured we’d add our two cents since it involves the ruining of a classic Beach Boys track. BBDO New York employs the Beach Boy’s “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” for their latest AT&T campaign. In the debut spot, “Sing Anthem” people in everyday situations randomly start singing the song as if they’re on Glee or something.

To be fair, BBDO does a passable job of connecting the song to AT&T’s message of helping “people and things speak the same language” and a good job of illustrating the point visually. But people of various walks of life (including an operatic news reporter) randomly bursting into song is a lot to swallow, and that the song is a personal favorite makes it even harder to take. The spot, which BBDO collaborated with Biscuit Filmoworks and editorial company Rock Paper Scissors to make, is part of a broader campaign that employs “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” as a theme song in each of its commericals. Thankfully, “Sing Anthem” is the only one of these to turn everyday life into a cheesy impromptu musical. Stick around for credits and “Sing Network” after the jump. Read more

BBDO and Lowe’s Respond to Your March Madness Twitter Jokes

Ever feel like your tweets are answers to questions that no one asked? Are they trees falling in a forest so remote that no one even knows whether they existed (much less whether or not they made a sound)?

Snap out of it, dude. Accounts is listening.

BBDO tells us that the new NCAA-themed Lowe’s spot you just watched sprang, almost fully formed, from a few tweets insightful enough to compare collapsing March Madness brackets to…well, you get it.

There’s inspiration after the jump.

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BBDO NY, LeanIn.org Want to ‘Ban Bossy’ for Young Girls

Coming on the heels of International Women’s Day, BBDO New York has launched a new educational campaign for LeanIn.org and Girl Scouts of America encouraging achievement and leadership in girls.

The new campaign, entitled “Ban Bossy”offers “educational resources to help girls and women take the lead and give parents, teachers, troop leaders and managers hands-on strategies for supporting female leadership.” In addition to educational materials, the campaign includes celebrity endorsements, a new website, and the above 45 second PSA, “Change the Story.”

The thought-provoking PSA begins with girls listing all the things they won’t do, like “designing a building that reshapes the skyline” and “ask the questions that change the whole conversation.” This leads seamlessly into what stops these girls from accomplishing those things: “Here’s where I start to doubt myself,” one girl says. Finally, this leads into the name calling that causes the girls to stop asserting themselves, names like “stubborn,” “pushy,” “know-it-all” and, as you might expect, “bossy.” Ending on a positive note, a girl says “Here’s where I will change it all,” followed by the message: “Ban Bossy. Encourage girls to lead. Take the pledge at banbossy.org. The important message here is delivered in a way that works backwards from consequences to actions. It’s a great way to show all that is lost when we tell girls not to assert themselves, implicitly or explicitly.

“We need to recognize the many ways we systematically discourage leadership in girls from a young age—and instead, we need to encourage them,” explains Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO and founder of LeanIn.Org.

“Girls are twice as likely as boys to avoid leadership roles for fear of being disliked or deemed ‘bossy’ by their peers,” Girl Scouts of the USA CEO Anna Maria Chávez adds.

Since launching, many organizations and individuals have pledged support for Ban Bossy, including Teach for America, Common Sense Media, National Council of La Raza (NCLR), Edmodo, KIPP, AARP, Free The Children, Kids in the House, UrbanSitter, Babble, BlogHer, Upworthy, BBYO, Pantene and Always. Lifetime has also partnered with the initiative to create a PSA entitled “I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss,” featuring celebrities like Beyoncé, Jennifer Garner, Condoleezza Rice, Jimmie Johnson, and Jane Lynch. Stick around for that PSA, along with credits, after the jump. And don’t forget to head over the the Ban Bossy site to make your own personal pledge to ban it yourself. Read more

BBDO NY Crafts Flights of Fancy for GE’s ‘Childlike Imagination’

If you’ve been watching the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at all, chances are you’ve seen the above spot for GE by BBDO New York.

The 60 second spot, “Childlike Imagination,” portrays GE’s range of individual businesses (turbines, aviation, 3-D printing, and others) through the imagination of the daughter of a GE employee. Its artful approach marks a departure from previous GE campaigns, which tended to focus on just one of these businesses. This change of approach works well for GE. The girl imagines “underwater fans that are powered by the moon,” “airplane engines that can talk,” “hospitals you can hold in your hand,” and “trains that are friends with trees.” The imaginative concept makes for a fun, visually interesting effort designed to capture your attention. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

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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BBDO, AT&T Debut ‘Pet Turkey’ for ‘It’s Not Complicated’

BBDO’s “It’s Not Complicated”series for AT&T has been one of the most recognizable campaigns on television for a while now, offering up different variations on the “kids saying cute, funny things in a classroom discussion” theme with straight man Beck Bennett. Indeed, the campaign has been so ubiquitous and well-received that it basically landed him a spot on SNL.

The agency’s latest, Thanksgiving-themed “Pet Turkey,” while enjoyable, is not the greatest effort in the series. If you’re a fan of the approach, you’ll probably enjoy this new one; if you’re getting tired of this direction, chances are it won’t do anything to dissuade you.

“Pet Turkey” sees Bennett asking the group of kids, “What’s better on Thanksgiving?” When one boy suggests, “a pet turkey,” Bennett offers his rational take on that answer. Again, nothing new here, just more of the same approach from BBDO. Since this brand of cute funny has worked so well for them in the past, it’s understandable that they don’t see the need to change things up. But something about “Pet Turkey” makes it feel like BBDO is treading water, like the approach is finally losing steam and they need to inject “It’s Not Complicated” with some fresh ideas if they want to prolong its shelf life. Although with Bennett’s star on the rise, the campaign’s days may already be numbered.

“Pet Turkey” will debut this Sunday, November 24th and will run throughout the Thanksgiving holiday season. Credits after the jump. Read more

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