Short shorts at Superette

Agency Network: 
February 2011

With both men and women now wearing their shorts at breathtaking heights, fashion chain Superette was presented with a unique opportunity to draw attention to their sale on short shorts. DDB Auckland ads were placed on the virgin thighs that are exposed in this latest trend, by putting indented plates across the inner city and fashion district bus stops, mall seats and park benches, so that when people sat down the message was imprinted on their thighs. This meant that as well as having branded seats, a veritable army of free media was created for Superette, with thousands of imprints being created and lasting up to an hour. Plus, by the nature of where the ads were placed, only the hippest young cats were seen advocating the brand.

Ambient advertisment created by DDB, New Zealand for Superette, within the category: Fashion.

Advertising Agency: DDB, Auckland, New Zealand
Executive Creative Director: Toby Talbot
Creative Director: Regan Grafton
Creatives: Damian Galvin, Rory Mckechnie
Account Director: Jenny Travers
Project Manager: Andy Robilliard

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AdBuzzer's picture
Activity Score 1174

Innovative ambient idea, but frankly I doubt it works as a medium. Probably it will bring some extra WOM for the brand in the advertising circles.
BTW, do men in New Zealand also wear their shorts at such "breathtaking heights"??

morse's picture
Activity Score 18024

It only works if the girls sit long enough to make such an impression. But I can see them doing it for the fun of it.

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Ron Burgundy
Activity Score 1630

lol,that needs to be a category in the "media" drop down menu above

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tack one
Activity Score 16

yah, it's a fun idea but mostly a wank as a real advertising initiative.

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jagadeesh's picture
Activity Score 743

i think we have to look very closely to notice that and no one likes to grab such attention...

scamhandler's picture
Activity Score 84

Awesome idea but the biggest scam ever, thousands of imprints? more like just the one from the picture (and I'm assuming that had some photoshop involved).

luispiter's picture
Activity Score 2756

jajaja its funny.. and new media

chapelier's picture
Activity Score 154

As tack one said, surely it's more a bit of fun than real advertising... and personally I absolutely hate grass/chair/whatever marks i get when i wear shorts, and having an ad imprinted on the back of my thighs definitely won't look that good.

keeping the right side of your head warm.

livvy's picture
Activity Score 84

Yeah, it reminds me of pigs getting stamped before being brought into the slaughter house lol

Keeping the right side of your head warm.

kholm's picture
Activity Score 69

Probably not effective, yet I still love it.

MMDPS's picture
Activity Score 34

Funny; however I feel like the general public won't like the idea of being the actual physical medium for an ad.

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Prasad Weerasekara
Activity Score 651

hey...he...... Funny & brilliant ambient idea......

Lazarus's picture
Activity Score 1536

Can someone hand them a box of tissues?

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theanc's picture
Activity Score 2783

Man, you can't see it on her legs. It's too subtle.

atb2005's picture
Activity Score 13557

Rubbish indeed.

elyoshiro's picture
Activity Score 546

Demasiada forzada la idea, se tienen que alinear los astros para que funcione.

saravoisietequi's picture
Activity Score 48

Impressive, really impressive.

Glut's picture
Activity Score 3935

Only fun not advertising. Next

bi_sign's picture
Activity Score 262

So cute

loraks's picture
Activity Score 28

new wnd interesting but don't think will be effective

bakamono's picture
Activity Score 1002

People jump on the "new" so fast even if it is crap in very pure form.

because therefore it is

SF's picture
Activity Score 126

oh god ! i doubt this would actually work unless your sitting there for ages or heavy.

Jenifer's picture
Activity Score 10

it's fun but not efficient advertisement

Cedars's picture
Activity Score 77

Beauty! Siberian winter lasts nine months - and as I would like to look at such media advertising :D

Advertising in Siberia via

midy's picture
Activity Score 3

I do think it's efficient, it send the right message to the right people, it really does. The idea is brilliant, it would definitely get my if I was the type that wears shorts. Brilliant work!