31 Mar 2020

Hello from lockdown. What a crazy world we live in. Sit back for 5 minutes and enjoy this month's Ad Picks. As you can imagine, Coronavirus ads feature quite heavily, I could almost have called it 'Ad Picks: The Coronavirus Edition'.

The first one this month is this billboard campaign I saw this morning, done by Miami Ad School. Some countries aren't following the rules of staying in as much as others, so they've come up with the Spoiler Billboards.

If people don't stay in, these billboards will ruin the endings of some of Netflix's best shows. I really hope Netflix picks this ups and runs with it.

This is another proactive ad for One Minute Briefs that the brand should run with. Especially how much free PR Guinness are getting from it. At least send the guy some Guinness.

Here's a break to step away from Coronavirus for 10 seconds. These ads bring together 2 of my favourite things: football and type. These beautifully crafted type posters bring these stats to life in a stunning way. Messi's stats are incredible.

Time for a stat shocker from this next piece.

They've created these screensavers to add to your phone to remind you that your phone could be another way to spread it. They look artistically scary. Clean your phone now people.

Add them to your phone by clicking here, if you're interested.

What's everyone's thoughts on the brands logo's doing social distancing? Some work better than others.

One of the best that isn't social distancing, instead swapping around the words is the NHS 'Don't send our NHS backwards', stay home now. Well done to the NHS and all the medical professionals around the world, you're doing an amazing job.

Hopefully we're all out of lockdown next month and things are slowly back to normal.

Stay safe.


27 Feb 2020

Welcome to February's Ad Picks. There has been a lot of good work released this month, so I've shared a couple more spots than usual for you to enjoy.

I feel you may have seen this spot for Jeep. I don't know if you've seen the full 1.45 version though, with even more gems. Persuading Bill Murray to star in his first ad would have been tough, but they couldn't have done it without him. Though the groundhog does steal the limelight, even over the impressive new Jeep.

'It's not personal, it's just a game' is my favourite line. How about yours?

Tesco, the UK supermarket giant have just released plasters for 3 skin tones. It integrates the product nicely in this simple headline driven ad, playing on what everyone thinks when they heard the news.

The next ad doesn't even show the product, which is a very hard sell to the client. Apart from the classic Coke Cola bottle and McDonalds arch's are there any other brand who can do ads like this?

We were all shocked when the NBA legend Kobe Bryant passed away at the end of January.

It's a pure graphic lead ad with audio clips from his career. I knew he was an NBA legend, I wasn't aware of some of these other impressive things he did before now, in this touching spot which came out on the day of his memorial.

This ad has been doing the rounds on every ad site last week, so I assume you've seen the video. The outdoor campaign promoting Burger Kings burgers have no artificial preservatives is extremely gross too and well crafted.

(I'm sorry if you're reading this over lunch).

I'll leave you this month with a crazy Skittles ad, that only this brand could do. This ad is promoting their yogurt covered Skittles. I would have loved to see the creatives present this idea to the client.


31 Jan 2020

Hello 2020. Let's jump straight into it.

How frustrating is it when you're waiting to cross a zebra crossing and people just speed through it?

Well, it seems SAAQ had a lot of fun making this zebra crossing a real barrier. There's been lots of really good ads using zebra crossings in the past, but I've never seen anything like this done before.

Broken toys are usually thrown away and pile up in trash yards, as there are no spare parts for them. This brand have cracked this problem creating 3D printable parts to fix your toys.

I know, I did think it too, I don't have a 3D printer lying around. Well no excuses France, as they have a map of people who have 3D printers who can print parts for others.

It's a shame it's only in France for now. I do hope they roll it out. Click here to check out their site for more info on this project.

The next ad is also trying to create a sustainable future. I never thought about this tennis ball problem before and this Kiwi ad has brought it to our attention in this very funny and engaging one minute video.

It's a perfectly timed with the Australia Open currently on and I would love it if they were selling the balls at the tournament too. Are they, Melbourne readers?

I'll leave you this month with my favourite Super Bowl ad so far this year. Pringles have jumped on the Rick and Morty bandwagon and created this crazy ad with Pringles taking over the world.

If you've never seen Rick and Morty you'll probably think 'what the f**k is this'. It's hitting it's demographic really well though.

I've already watched it about 5 times already, I just wish it was slightly longer.

See you next month.