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Top 75 Ads and Marketing Trends in 2009

— January 1, 2010 — Micro Reports
As a lover of ads, I always look forward to our countdowns of the top ads and marketing trends. This ranking is based on our traffic to nearly 2,000 articles in our marketing trend database.

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Implications - From x-ray business cards to humiliating gym campaigns and guerilla graffiti film promos, advertising and marketing trends have pushed the limits to break through the clutter. Each idea more unique and odder than the previous, these ads and marketing trends in 2009 are going to be tough to beat.
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Popularity
Activity
Freshness
73
Obama Ice Cream
Obama Ice Cream
Russia's Duet Ice-Cream Ad Features Cartoon Obama and Tons of Rainbows
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72
Cultural Hotel Engineers
Cultural Hotel Engineers
Alex Calderwood Reinvents the Urban Hotel With ACE
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71
One-Second Ads
One-Second Ads
2009 Super Bowl Commercials Will Include Minimercial From Miller High Life
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70
Parodying The Financial Crisis
Parodying The Financial Crisis
Bianco Footwear Have a Stimulus Package of Their Own
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69
Fashionable Clothes For Free
Fashionable Clothes For Free
FreeFashionTees.com Gives Away Sponsored Tees to Young Adults
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68
DIY Fashion Crime Tickets
DIY Fashion Crime Tickets
Plantronics Lets You Issue Citations for ‘Laws of Fashion' V
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67
Selling Cars with Drag Queens
Selling Cars with Drag Queens
Renault Twingo Cross-Dressing Commercial
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66
iPhone Diss Ads
iPhone Diss Ads
Verizon Droid Phone Mocks Apple Favorite with iDon't Ad
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65
Marketing Your Bad Traits
Marketing Your Bad Traits
'Hans Brinker Budget Hotel in Amsterdam' Reveals Advertising Secrets
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64
Windblown Shockvertising
Windblown Shockvertising
Pretty Fast Delivery Makes Ugly Pictures But A Great Point
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63
Guerrilla Graffiti Film Promos
Guerrilla Graffiti Film Promos
"Watchmen" Street Art Pops Up All Over NYC, Toronto & London
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62
50 Crowdsourced Innovations
50 Crowdsourced Innovations
From Bathroom Breaks to Company Recipes
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61
Beer That Undresses
Beer That Undresses
The More 'Skinny Blonde Beer' You Drink, The More It Reveals
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60
Clever Adtography
Clever Adtography
Ken Anderson's Amusing Photographic Campaigns
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59
Ad Longevity Through Humor
Ad Longevity Through Humor
Hilarious Marketing Photos Still Make Us Laugh Years Later
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58
Advertising With Childhood Trauma
Advertising With Childhood Trauma
Tylenol Eases These Headache Inducing Questions
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57
Floating Signs
Floating Signs
Sky Clutter Advertisements That Have No Visible Means of Support
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56
Logo Fads
Logo Fads
LogoLounge.com Analyses Thousands of Logos to Predict Upcoming Logo Trends
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55
Starbucks on the Runway
Starbucks on the Runway
Dsquared Fall 2009 Show Had Runways Clinging to Branded Cups
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54
Turning Athletes into Smurfs
Turning Athletes into Smurfs
Nike ‘V is for Victory' Campaign
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53
Girl-On-Girl Supermodel Ads
Girl-On-Girl Supermodel Ads
Longchamp Campaign Evokes Lesbianism (UPDATE)
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52
Hamster Wheel Car Ads
Hamster Wheel Car Ads
Kia Soul Commercial Uses Pet Rodents to Show a New Way to Roll
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51
Brunette vs. Blonde Fashion Ads
Brunette vs. Blonde Fashion Ads
Daria Werbowy Goes for Both in Roberto Cavalli S/S '09
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50
Imaginative Alcoholic Ads
Imaginative Alcoholic Ads
Creative Campaigns to Make Booze Irresistible
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49
People-Pet Contrasts
People-Pet Contrasts
Peculiar Pooch and People Look Alikes Side-by-Side
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48
Paparazzi Fashion Campaigns
Paparazzi Fashion Campaigns
Michael Kors Cruise 2009 Ads Look Like Tabloid Shots
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47
Recession-Era Self-Marketing
Recession-Era Self-Marketing
Cardsofchange Emphasizes the Positive Side of Downsizing
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46
Rollercoaster Bra Testing
Rollercoaster Bra Testing
Ultimo & Alton Towers Resort Cross-Marketing Promo
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45
Copywriting Conundrums
Copywriting Conundrums
Gaviscon Ad Released With Unintentional Double-Entendre
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44
Super-Sized Swimmers
Super-Sized Swimmers
Discovery Unveils Giant Tattooed Statues for 'London Ink'
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43
Swine Flu Parodies
Swine Flu Parodies
Aussie Company Unit Riders Embraces ‘The Age of Panic'
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42
High-Profile Spokesdogs
High-Profile Spokesdogs
Despite Buzz Over Portuguese Water Dog, Milk-Bone Picks Great Dane
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41
Optical Illusion Sportsvertising
Optical Illusion Sportsvertising
Mammoth Mountain Ski Uses Bill(snow)boarding For Attention
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40
Sizzling Poolside Swimwear Ads
Sizzling Poolside Swimwear Ads
Emanuela de Paula Gets Comfortable for NEXT S/S '09
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39
Scandalous Superheroines
Scandalous Superheroines
DC Direct Releases New 'Women of DC' Line of Sculptures
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38
Human Vending Machines
Human Vending Machines
Kit Kat's Man-Powered Promo at London Victoria
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37
Beach Bromance Fashion
Beach Bromance Fashion
H&M Shows Aquatic Male Bond For Summer 2009
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36
Vintage Badvertising
Vintage Badvertising
Hilarious Dated Slogans to Inspire Contemporary Mad Men
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35
Hedonistic Shop Windows
Hedonistic Shop Windows
Selfridges' Visual Merchandising Goes Greco-Roman
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34
Sad Salt Shakers
Sad Salt Shakers
Sidekicks is Made With 25% Less Sodium & Not Everyone's Happy About It
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33
Inked Brand Loyalty
Inked Brand Loyalty
Designer Label Tattoos Make Brand Allegiance a Permanent Affair
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32
Crowdsourcing Billboards
Crowdsourcing Billboards
American Apparel Wants You to Vote on Storefront Sign
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31
Overexposed Fashion Ads
Overexposed Fashion Ads
Super-Sunny Calvin Klein Spring ‘09 Campaign
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30
Pocket-Sized Netbooks
Pocket-Sized Netbooks
Sneak Peek at ‘Pocket Yoga' Inspires Some Serious Lenovo Lust
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29
Real Life vs. Photoshop Ads
Real Life vs. Photoshop Ads
Ray-Ban Colorize Campaign Asks You to Never Hide
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28
Humiliating Gym Campaigns
Humiliating Gym Campaigns
Fitness First's Giant Scales at Bus Stops Display Your Weight
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27
Russian Crassvertising
Russian Crassvertising
Alena Nikiforov Gets a Milk Facial to Promote Dairy
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26
Bromance Fashion Ads
Bromance Fashion Ads
Armani Jeans F/W 08-09 Shows Physical Male Bonding
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25
Sinister Hotel Room Fashion
Sinister Hotel Room Fashion
Rock & Republic's Forbidden Love in S/S 2009
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24
Summertime Lounging Ads
Summertime Lounging Ads
Sizzling Guess by Marciano S/S 2009 Campaign
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23
Controversial Criminal Ad Campaigns
Controversial Criminal Ad Campaigns
'Thelma & Louise' Relish Ad Promotes Violence Against Women?
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22
Gender-Bending Ad Campaigns
Gender-Bending Ad Campaigns
Raquel Zimmermann Plays a Man & Woman for Jean Paul Gaultier Fall '09
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21
Street Style Lookbooks
Street Style Lookbooks
Ctrl Autumn/Winter 2009/2010 Features Informal Photography
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20
Beach Fun Ads
Beach Fun Ads
Allen Cox Gets Aquatic For Spring/Summer 2009
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19
No Pants Sports
No Pants Sports
Freeballing Skateboarding & Cycling in Jimmy Hood Ads
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18
Guerrilla Adbusting
Guerrilla Adbusting
Street Artists FTW-Crew Add Photoshop Toolbox to Subway Ads
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17
Boutique Vending Machines
Boutique Vending Machines
‘U*tique' Upscale Automated Retail Shopping
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16
Breakable Packages
Breakable Packages
MoevereJean Underwear Encourage You to ‘Break The Rules'
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15
Visually Disturbing PSAs
Visually Disturbing PSAs
Juvenile Protective Association Ads Show Effect of Verbal Abuse
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14
Femme Fatale Swimwear
Femme Fatale Swimwear
Guess Goes For The Kill With Irina Shayk For S/S 09
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13
Creating Buzz on Low Budgets
Creating Buzz on Low Budgets
10 Clever Examples of Cheap Guerrilla Marketing
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12
Candy Floss Fantasies
Candy Floss Fantasies
MAC and Hello Kitty Channel Alice in Wonderland
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11
McPhotoshopping
McPhotoshopping
McDonalds Gets Creative With Digitally Modified Ad Campaigns
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10
Bizarre Tea Packaging
Bizarre Tea Packaging
Mnum's Little People Wear Tea Bags as Towels
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9
‘300'-Inspired Underwear Calendars
‘300'-Inspired Underwear Calendars
Spartan Warriors Promote ‘Macho' Undies
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8
Swimming in Clothes
Swimming in Clothes
Gant Dives Into The Pool Fashionably for Spring/Summer 2009
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7
Fashionably White Hair
Fashionably White Hair
Calvin Klein Collection S/S 09 Menswear Ads Go For Silver Look
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6
Bikini Baristas
Bikini Baristas
Cafe Di Vang 2 in Vietnam Serves Coffee With a Side of Skin
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5
Playful Panty Ads
Playful Panty Ads
Diesel Intimate Underwear Gets Cheeky For Fall/Winter 09-10
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4
Beach Romance Ads
Beach Romance Ads
Sizzling Seaside Fun in Armani Exchange S/S ‘09
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3
Overweight Toys
Overweight Toys
Fat Barbie, Superman and LEGO Figures Highlight Child Obesity
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2
X-ray Business Cards
X-ray Business Cards
10 Clever Ways to Help You Stand Out in a Recession
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1
Mysteriously Sexy Vampire Posters
Mysteriously Sexy Vampire Posters
Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart Usher in ‘New Moon̵
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