Nandos vs Santam: are you kidding me

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This time last week I posted about South Africa is getting ready for their annual ad awards the Loeries, well it looks like the agencies are trying to push themselves to be in-front of the judging panels. Recently the fast food retail chain spoofed the Santam’s TVC. Firstly let’s be fair this is exactly the kind of behaviour you would expect from Nando’s and Black River FC, Nando’s wicked agency. But then why is a fast food chain taking on a financial services company? Do they have  something against Sir Ben Kingsley or maybe in the past Santam was the bank for Nandos and lost them quite a lot of money of the FTSE, just saying. Well you never know but lets just be safe cause that’s how rumours are started, so please don’t listen to me.

For those who don’t follow South African advertising shame on you because you are missing out on some symbolic radvertising, but I’ll forgive you this time and just because I’m a really really nice guy, I’ve been holding out waiting for Nandos second response before post this because I care about you.

Any how this little gun fight is just far to good to miss out on.

The first symbolic ad by Santam:


Then in the traditional Nandos style they got naughty by spoofing the iconic ad.


Cheeky very cheeky, but then Santam hit back by dropping the gauntlet with this little number.


We love it not only does Santam get cleaver and witty but they also open their hearts to help those in need but seems no one can keep Nandos quite as they were not finished yet.


Now that’s what you call giving the bird, how’s that for a great advertising sparring?

Nandos did accept the challenge and they even delivered a day early and then they went a step further, proving they are not chicken. Hold on that can’t be right I thought they were chicken. Ok lets just call them Portuguese chicken, happy?

They delivered the entire order to Johannesburg Children’s Home on Wednesday and not only that but they are going to continue to do so once every month for a year. Touché Nandos, gotta love a man when he admits his loss but is this really a loss?

What would clients pay these days to achieve one of the best  symbolic moving advertising campaign of the year, where the free media and viral WOM out ranks that spent at least 5 fold.

Quentin Cronje, marketing director for Nando’s, told Radio 702′s Bruce Whitfield: it was “nice” to have fun with other brands.

Great stuff by King James and Black River FC, hats off to the teams who worked on this.

Thanks to Pharside and Source from 2 Oceans Vibe


Friday fun: Mad Men – The game

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Don’t ever say I didn’t look after you. Have fun killing your Friday afternoon..



Men fear for your lives’

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It’s that time again when every man from all around the world are frightened for their bachelorhood. Ok I lie not all men, only those who are single trying to live the dream and then there are married men, you guys don’t count, you have already buckled. Everyone to his own I say and I’m happy for you.

The trap

But tomorrow is the 29th of February and this only happens every 4 years where for some stupid reason the all almighty has given the chance for our female counter parts to fight back and try claim what they think is rightfully theirs – YOU..

Yes guys be afraid be very afraid especially those guys who have been holding out for so long you know who you are, you guys need to be worried the most. Because your dream lifestyle could soon all come to an end, FOR EVER. I know a few lads like that and even one who has been so good at it, that he has managed to hold out for 9 years whilst sidestepping/tiptoeing past 2 chances of opposing proposals.

Luckily for you, he told me his little secret and he tells me there are plenty of creative methods to “sidestep” the inevitable. Now the art for doing such is pure subtleness, less is more he says. You don’t want to go to the extreme on this touchy matter in order to warrant that you don’t lose your beloved one altogether. After all you don’t want to bite the hand that feeds you or cleans up after you or takes care of you when you’re busy dying from the killer man flu.

The trick to this is being subtle but don’t do anything out of unordinary, yes you can be a monster for a week or two leading up to the 29th trying to turn her off being the big idea. Like farting at the dinner table, leaving the toilet seat up or even leaving a present for her in the toilet, stealing the blanket at night or falling asleep only seconds after a quick “smash and grab” ensuring that only you were pleased. But men we are men and we cannot lower our standards for even such a big even as this. We need to hold our heads up high and approach such days with honour. Therefore the only true solution is to run and hide.

Planning will be needed before and then on the day wake up really early for “work”, fake an international business meeting if you have to you are the boss of your fate you decide. Once you have finished with your 2/3 hour gym session continue your day as per normal.

Now the tricky part is to avoid being snuck up on at work this is where you will need to use your initiative sorry but I can’t watch all your backs at the same time I’m good but I’m not that good, maybe get another work mate in the same situation to sit back to back.

Then at Lunch do something out of the ordinary and at a later time than usual you might need the stomach lining for the after work drinks with all your single mates. When you’re at the pub/bar/club/ strip club be sure to drink yourself into oblivion whilst enjoying the freedom with your buddies. Please note this is the only time you will ever be allowed to spill a little bit of that shot on yourself, just to ensure that she can smell the alcohol on you. Now if she finds you while you are out and ropes you in and drops down to only one knee then you can always use the booze as an excuse and say that you don’t remember a thing from last night. However if you miss time it and do get home before midnight then firstly you’re soft and deserved to get served and for those who did hold out to after 12. Then my friend you are a for away, carry on living the dream my brothers.

For another 4 years at least.

Just another reason to get down to the pub? You decide.

Designers be inspired

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Sorry that it took me so long to find this little beaut but you will be glad that I have.

Makes you wanna play with your Macbook now, doesn’t it..

It all started off brilliantly and then!

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This is what happens when you hire two comedians to not only be the talent but also to make their very own promotional video. A very brave move by Australia’s Central Institute of Technology where they hired  Henry Inglis and Aaron McCann. Somehow I told you so just doesn’t work, they should have known that they were going to get a little fuck load more than they asked for.


Amazingly this Dark and officially approved spot has been viewed almost 1.5 million times after only being on youtube for 10 days. Gizmodo rate it’s the “Best Technical College Ad Ever”, while Business Insider say it’s the best overall college ad ever.

Our lips are sealed, but what do you think?