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Hello Flo Scores Viral Hit with ‘First Moon Party’

When a girl lies about getting her first period, her mother takes the ultimate revenge in a new spot for tampon subscription service (yes, that’s a thing) Hello Flo.

Company founder and CEO Naama Bloom once again teamed up with Jamie T. McCelland and Pete Marquis, the writers/directors of last year’s “Camp Gyno” spot for an even funnier follow-up.

Entitled “First Moon Party,” the 2:19 video begins with a girl who is frustrated to be the last of her friends to get her period. She decides to fake it in order to become a member of the “Cherry Slush Club.” When her mother questions her about a rubylicious nail polish-stained pad, she says “What do you think it is? I’m on my ladies days.” Angered by both the lie and her daughter’s tone, the mother decides to take the ultimate revenge, and goes way, way too far. Claiming that it’s “family tradition” she throws her daughter a “First Moon Party,” inviting friends, family, and co-workers to celebrate her menarche. With activities like “pin the pad on the period,” “bobbing for ovaries,” a uterus pinata, and a “vagician” the daughter is traumatized by the party. When the daughter inevitably reveals she was lying, the mother gives her a Hello Flo Period Starter kit, followed by a pretty hilarious punchline.

Like “Camp Gyno” the spot uses humor to frankly tackle a subject all too often treated as squeamish, while also perfectly tying it to their product/service. “First Moon Party” has already proven to be a huge success, racking up almost 1.5 million views since being posted two days ago. Given its humor and relatability, that shouldn’t come as a surprise. The Hello Flo team will have a hard time topping this one, but we look forward to seeing what they can come up with next. Stay tuned for credits and a “Camp Gyno” refresher after the jump. Read more

W+K Portland Takes Terry Crews, Old Spice to the Next Level of Craziness

W+K Portland and Terry Crews are back, dialing up the mishigas in a new spot for Old Spice entitled “Drill to Brazil.”

In what may be the craziest Old Spice spot yet, Crews attempts to drill to Brazil by spiraling himself into the ground, because Terry Crews is magic. After a few failed attempts see him end up in Egypt, an office, and a snowcone, Crews finally gets to Brazil, where he meets what appears to be Brazilian Crews. In Brazil, Crews shares (screams) the message, “Old Spice thinks you’re amazing and is now available in Brazil!” before heading off to an unexpected location. If you’ve seen any of the previous Crews spots you already know the drill, just expect even more random craziness than usual from this one.

Geometry Global’s ‘Pet Condoms’ Stunt Gets Some Love at Cannes

Back in December Geometry Global raised some eyebrows with their “Animal Instincts Pet Condoms” campaign.

The agency put up what appeared to be a free pet condom dispenser in a San Francisco park. When passers-by used the dispenser they received “condom shaped brochures explaining the importance of spaying and neutering pets.” People were directed to the Pet Condoms website, which appears to promote condom use for pets, but really just encourages spaying and neutering. The man’s face in the video above, when he receives what he believes to be a pet condom, pretty much says it all.

The campaign, which debuted back in December, generated “Over 30,000 + site visits, social chatter in over 166 countries” and became the number one trending topic on Reddit within 36 hours. All this buzz got Cannes’ attention, and the campaign was short listed at Cannes for the Direct Lion category.

Update: We previously reported that “Pet Condoms” was shortlisted for a”Promo & Activation Lion in two categories: Use of Guerrilla Marketing in a Promotional Campaign (Small Scale), Use of Promotional Stunts and Live Advertising” when, in fact, it was shortlisted in the Direct Lion category.

 

W+K NY Unveils New, High-Tech SportsCenter Set

W+K New York unveils the new high-tech SportsCenter set, complete with a few bugs, in the latest in their long-running “This Is SportsCenter” series.

SportsCenter is set to debut their new studio on June 22nd, and the new spot takes place on the set of the 194,000 square foot Digital Center 2. In the 30-second spot, entitled “Universal Remote,” anchor Kevin Negandhi shows off the studio’s capabilities to fellow host Hannah Storm using a universal remote. The button on the remote that’s supposed to control the desk appears to be faulty, however, with Washington Nationals’ mascot Theodore Roosevelt, along with anchors Jay Crawford and Jay Harris, taking full advantage of the unintended and comical consequences. It’s a fun introduction to the new studio that manages to show off some of its new capabilities without taking itself seriously. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

Horror Genre Informs Latest Wix Web Creation Campaign

While its recent TV spots have been fairly benign and dare we say, sappy, Wix, the brand that lets people build websites for free takes a detour with its latest ad above, which is inspired by of all things, horror films. Case in point, the opening moments recall Drew Barrymore’s classic opening sequence in Scream and is soon followed by the sounds of chainsaws, a Paranormal Activity-like sequence and more. Of course, the overall subject matter of the ad is a girl’s fear of building her own website about, uh, cupcakes. The never-ending screaming can get somewhat grating as the spot progresses, but us horror fans can appreciate the little wink at the genre, even if the minute-long effort is somewhat corny. Of course, one can only wonder how the spot would turn out if Rob Zombie put his imprint on it like he did with that somewhat creepy Woolite ad from a few years ago. Ah well, can’t win ‘em all. Credits after the jump.

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Hill Holliday, Leslie Mann Make ‘Mom Confessions’ for LG


Hill Holliday, Boston tapped Leslie Mann (Knocked Up, This Is 40, Freaks and Geeks) to voice the inner musings of a jaded mom in their latest campaign for LG appliances.

Mann voices the internal monologue of a character Adweek described as “a cross between FX’s Louie and Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler.” While that may be a slight exaggeration — the character is far more in line with Mann’s roles in Knocked Up and This Is 40 — the spots are certainly far more cynical than anything we’ve come to expect from appliance ads aimed at women, and in fact play off those happy family conventions.

In the most edgy, and, not coincidentally, most successful of these spots, Mann’s character notes that her new LG washing machine is very fast. But what’s a good quality in a washing machine is not necessarily a good quality in a husband, as the character suggestively muses. It’s this kind of honesty and portrayal of a less-than-perfect reality that makes the campaign stand out. Other spots in the campaign trade in the sexual innuendo for goofiness, and while none of them are quite as entertaining as “Too Fast” the approach still feels like a welcome departure from typical daytime TV fare, thanks largely to Mann’s comedic timing. Stick around for credits and “Hot Cookies” after the jump. Read more

Ogilvy Japan Turns Sleeping Drunks into Billboards

In Japan, hard work and a low alcohol tolerance mean that at the end of the week countless people literally drink until they drop and fall asleep on the street. In Tokyo, for instance, the sight of drunks sleeping in the street on a Friday night is considered normal. To help curb this phenomenon, bar chain Yaocho got together with Ogilvy Japan to turn sleeping drunks into human billboards.

In an effort to shame people into more responsible drinking habits, Ogilvy Japan found sleeping drunks and outlined their bodies in white tape, with the message, “#Nomisugi,” which translates roughly to “Too drunk.” Passers-by around Japan have been sharing the impromptu outdoor ads on Instagram and Twitter. Whether or not the stunt was staged, it certainly has made its presence known, and most likely influenced a few bar-goers into taking it a little easy. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

Kids React to New McDonald’s Mascot

McDonald’s executives have undoubtedly been telling themselves that the reactions to the new mascot Happy as “creepy” are just a bunch of cynical adults on the Internet and surely children, the target demographic, would react differently. They would turn to their mother and say, “Mother, this mascot makes me want a Happy Meal — one with carrot sticks and apple slices as a healthier alternative to french fries. That would make me ever so happy, mother.”

Grub Street got a bunch of kids together to see how they would really react to the new mascot, and their reactions are pretty much what you’d expect. “What the heck is that?” one girl responds upon seeing Happy for the first time, which is basically a cleaned-up version of our initial reaction. “Creepy” and “weird” are two words that get thrown around a lot by the kids, which, again, doesn’t really come as a surprise. Our favorite response is probably, “It’s like a little box that’s alive that’s saying, ‘Oh finally, I found a human that I can eat.’” The kids also offer up some ways of fixing Happy, because, as one kid puts it, “People are going to make a joke out of it and it’s going to totally ruin their business.” That may be a bit drastic, but the verdict appears to be in on Happy (if it wasn’t already). Check out the video for yourself above, as a description can only go so far.

W+K New York Taps Strasburg in Latest for SportsCenter

W+K New York called on the services of Stephen Strasburg for the latest in their “This is SportsCenter” series and the Washington Nationals ace doesn’t disappoint.

In the 30-second spot, “Frozen Lunch,” SportsCenter host Bram Weinstein angrily searches the break room for his Lean Cuisine while Strasburg ices his arm. Weinstein decides that the best way to find the culprit is to send out an angry email and storms out, while the true whereabouts of his “glazed turkey tenderloins” are revealed. Strasburg and Weinstein’s interactions make for some pretty entertaining moments, including a funny throwaway line from Weinstein near the spot’s conclusion, and it’s nice to see Strasburg getting the spotlight from W+K and ESPN. When successful,”This is SportsCenter” spots can be a lot of fun, and this latest entry from W+K New York definitely qualifies as a success. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

360i Celebrates ‘The Unsung Bacon’ for Oscar Mayer


360i and Oscar Mayer have a new campaign championing unsung bacons — turkey bacon, always in the shadow of its porcine relative; and Michael Bacon, whose popularity also pales in comparison to a certain member of his family.

The goal of the campaign, which lives at the landing site www.unsungbacon.com is simple: Oscar Mayer wants to help Michael Bacon gain more Twitter followers than his famous brother. So far, it’s quite the uphill battle. As of press time, Michael trails 1,361 to 430,943. Michael, in case you didn’t know, is an Emmy award winning composer and a member of The Bacon Brothers. The landing site will host videos, photos and facts about the campaign. It’s a clever idea which may get people to reconsider an item they’d otherwise ignore. 360i’s spot, with production company Mssng Peces is pretty funny and well worth a view, noting similarities between the two unsung bacons. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

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