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M:United Mocks Siri, Apple for HTC One

Happy Monday! Since today is unofficially Apple Week, here’s yet another brand trying to co-opt a bit of that company’s publicity.

M: United has a new campaign for the HTC One in which the agency once again takes on Apple.

Following on the heels of its August campaign promoting the Surface Pro 3 comes a spot in which the agency takes aim at Apple’s Siri, or “Robot Scarlett Johansson.”

The spot opens with Siri looking into a mirror and repeating that classic line “I feel pretty, oh so pretty” before engaging in a conversation with HTC One’s Cortana. Obviously, the conversation is intended to make Siri look silly by comparison, both via Cortana’s less computerized-sounding voice and the HTC One’s fancy features (including not one but two speakers).

This spot works better than most in its surprisingly large family, but how many more Apple-bashing ads can viewers stomach? Read more

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M:United Takes on Apple for Surface Pro 3

M:United has a new campaign for Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 which takes square aim at Apple’s MacBook Air.

Each of the three spots in the campaign focuses on comparing the Surface Pro 3 with its Apple-made competitor, in an attempt to prove the tablet/laptop’s superiority and sway potential customers to go with Microsoft. In “Crowded” (featured above) for example, an Apple fan is forced to carry around a laptop, tablet, pen and notepad, in order to compete with his boastful Surface Pro pal. “Head to Head” is a simple comparison of features and capabilities, highlighting the MacBook Air’s shortcomings (of course); while “Power” sees a smug Apple user changing his tune.

It’s a simple approach, as each add focuses on computer screens, with their users mostly out of sight. But the spots do offer some pretty persuasive arguments for the Surface Pro 3′s capabilities, probably enough to sway undecided consumers but not to change the allegiance of Apple loyalists. Stick around for credits and two more spots after the jump. Read more

Mentos Continues Fairly Provocative Streak with Juxtaposed Print Effort

Yeah, yeah, Breaking Bad mashup aside, we can appreciate that Mentos has become a bit randier over the summer as “the freshmaker” has followed up its “do the deed and make some babies effort” from Singapore earlier this month with a Stateside print campaign brought to you by the Martin Agency. You can call this Mentos and its Richmond, VA AOR’s version of contextual advertising as fairly naughty ads will launch next week in various mags including Maxim, InTouch, People and Sports Illustrated that go hand-in-hand with the content within.  We received four ads in all, though only three will be appearing in multiple publications (the raciest one above will, aptly enough, stay put in Maxim). Check out one below and one more after the jump along with credits.

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Martin Agency Promotes Lear to VP/CD

The Martin Agency promotions continue as Mike Lear has been bumped up from VP/ACD to VP/creative director at the Richmond, VA operation. During the last year alone, Lear has served as a copywriter on the Mentos digital shorts starring that hippie character Dragee and helped the brand launch its UP2U gum line. Lear has actually been with Martin since 2004, joining initially as a senior copywriter before being promoted to ACD at the end of 2006. While at his current employer, Lear has also moonlighted as an instructor/lecturer at VCU Brandcenter.

Before Martin Agency, Lear spent two years as a senior copywriter at Crispin Porter + Bogusky and held the same title at the ikes of WestWayne (which rebranded as 22squared in 2007) during his career. Now as VP/CD, Lear will continue to primarily focus on Mentos as well as American Cancer Society efforts.

Martin Puts Dragee in Harm’s Way Again in New Mentos Short

That dirty hippie known as Dragee returns in Martin Agency’s latest digital short for Mentos, which follows up the blood-spattered effort from February. This time, the character, who’s living in perpetual zen mode even though he’s always a glutton for punishment, attempts to cross a busy street in Cape Town, South Africa after swallowing some of those minty pills. With positivity in mind and straight man Rick once again by his side, Dragee barely makes it a few steps before fate and a host of vehicles intervene, turning our protagonist into a jaywalking rag doll.

In Dragee’s mind,  it seems nothing is impossible, though unlike Boston Celtics star Kevin Garnett, the former’s never made it to the promised land in this social media-driven campaign, which once again leads to the Mentos Facebook page. Credits after the jump.

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Can Mentos Empower One to Dodge a Sword Blindfolded? Not A Chance

After being named U.S. social media AOR for Mentos in January, The Martin Agency has debuted a new social/digital campaign for the freshmaker.

Named after the word for a single Mentos candy or gum, Dragee (drä zhēˈ), the star in this spot (fueled with the spirit of optimism), maintains a fresh take on life even after a sword courses through his body, spewing blood everywhere while attempting to avoid a swordsman’s blade blindfolded. Though unsuccessful, he remains ever positive, ever committed to his charge, especially in front of his protege, Rick.

Keith Cartwright, SVP/group creative director at The Martin Agency says in a statement, “When Mentos approached us, we jumped at the opportunity to create a comprehensive social/digital U.S.-based campaign for a global brand. The chance to build this campaign solely on Facebook offered creative challenges and opportunities. In the end, we’re incredibly proud of the work and what we were able to accomplish in this space.”

Should the brand have just stuck to relying on its “fresh maker” tag instead? You can be the judge of that. Credits after the jump…

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