Counting Down the Top 10 Advertising Stories of 2012 (Part Two).

At FIVE THôT, we love us some good advertising. Here are some of our favorite advertising stories of 2012. Check out Part One here, and Part Two below.

5. Ray-Ban 75th Anniversary Campaign "NEVER HIDE" Salutes Those Who Flout Conventions in Plain Sight.

Ray-Ban did a great job at telling the story of their 75 years in business with this rebel-yell advertising campaign.

4. Please stop Photoshopping Celebrity Spokespeople.

We’ve been badgering the advertising industry for some time to stop photoshopping Hollywood stars within an inch of their celebrity in ad campaigns. If you paid millions of dollars for a celebrity spokesperson, don’t you want them to look like that person? Here’s our latest rant, targeting Jennifer Aniston.

3. Behind the Scenes at a McDonald’s Advertising Photo Shoot. 

McDonald’s Canada unveiled a few marketing secrets in a video it created showing how advertising images are created using food stylists. It is a great behind-the-scenes video worth a watch.

2. The Toilet Book: Landing a job on Madison Avenue from the Inside of a Bathroom Stall.

Getting your foot in the door at your first job out of college has been a challenge for generations. But one particularly creative approach has been getting a fair amount of notice across the Internet. Two twenty-somethings created a “Toilet Book,” a 16-page version of their creative portfolio strategically placed in the bathroom stalls of nine advertising agencies in New York City.

1. Amnesty International Turns Dictators into Dessert.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Amnesty International, the organization created a campaign featuring images of cakes decorated with the faces of notorious dictators--like Belarusian Alexander Lukashenko and Cuba's own Fidel Castro. The lifelike desserts have a giant piece taken out of them where the mouth would be. The ad's headline: "50 years together with you cutting down the voice of oppression."


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