If a girl signed up for this Plastic Assets credit card, we wonder if a Paris Hilton spending level would cause her breasts to explode or, perhaps, hang to her knees. Yes, The Plastic Assets credit card offers FeelGood Points for each dollar spent which can be redeemed for various surgeries such as tummy tucks, lips injections and breast implants. Applicants can sign up for various card programs ranging from the B card to the DD card. Yes, of course this site is fake and was created solely for the purpose of climbing to the top, which it did, of The Huffington Post's Contagious Festival. It also appears to be created by or at least sponsored by AOL as their banners are plastered all over the site. AdFeak links.
Vancouver agency Wasserman and Partners has created a series of don't drink and drive commercials for the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia which illustrate just how un-fun it can be trying to do something when you're dead. While the scenarios are ridiculous, the message is fairly clear: there just ain't much to do if you're dead.
Adweek Magazines today released its magazine "Hot List," honoring the inustry's best publications and the people behind them. People magazine is the top winner, ranking No. 1 on the list, with Managing Editor Martha Nelson named Adweek's Editor of the Year. Rounding out the list are O, Real Simple, US, More, Lucky, In Syle, Cooking Light, Glamour and Teen Vogue.
Selection to Adweek Magazine's annual "Hot List" is based on several factors, including ad page and revenue gains, performance within a magazine's competitive category, circulation gains, interviews with media buyers and consultants, and Adweek's own editorial judgment. Magazines must have at least $50 million in advertising revenues and publish ten issues or more annually. The entire report can be viewed here (pdf).
We wish FastClick/ValueClick, Casale Media and all other ad networks and their advertisers would take note of a recent ad campaign by Australian agency NetX for Virgin's sponsorship of Clean Up Australia Day which placed blank ad banners all over Australia's Yahoo home page this past Saturday. The ads remained blank unless the mouse was rolled over them which then revealed the messaging you can view here.
Please. PLEASE ad networks and cheesy advertisers, is there really any need at all to place vibrating banners and pop unders which defy blockers? Do you care about consumer sentiment? Your brand? Have you no pride in the industry you represent? Or is it that you don't give a shit and you'll take money from anyone who has it? I thought so.
Bucky Turco snapped this image of a Sopranos bus side in New York City promoting the re-emergence of the series on HBO. Turco notes he poster doesn't mention Sporanos anywhere on the board. While this certainly isn't earth shattering, it is a sign of a confident brand.
CBS SportsLine in partnership with CBS Sports, CSTV and the NCAA today launched NCAA March Madness on Demand, an online video player that will stream the first 56 games of the 2006 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship as they are broadcast by CBS Sports beginning on March 16th. The broadcasts will be available on NCAASports.com for free. Users can also access MMOD via links on CBS SportsLine and CSTV.com.
CBS thinks MMOD will attract one of the largest audiences in the history of live streaming events on the Internet. Capacity will be available to provide millions of video streams over the course of the Tournament but to manage the anticipated demand during Thursday and Friday, March 16th and 17th, access to the MMOD video player will be managed using a "virtual waiting room." When demand exceeds peak capacity virtual lines will form. Viewers need to apply for a VIP status to insure quicker access.
Umm...wouldn't it be a hell of a lot easier to just turn on the TV?
The deliciously delectable WireGirl points out Christina Aguilera has signed a marketing deal with mobile service provider Orange, cell phone maker Sony Ericcson and record label SonyBMG. The nine month deal calls for Aguilera to promote the Orange Music service and Sony's new Walkman phones by Ericcson. The last time we saw Christina, she was having a fake orgasms in an office chair for Virgin Atlantic and dressing in hottie nurse, schoolgirl and police woman outfits for Skechers.
Beyond this latest deal, we'll be seeing a lot of Christina in the coming months and years as she has applied to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to have her name attached to 450 yet to be introduced products from crayons to deodorant to badminton.
I didn't watch the entire broadcast of The Oscars but I will tell you this: many of the ads during the broadcast were, far and away, superior to those that aired during the Super Bowl. Miller ran an ad that actually treated beer drinkers as intelligent people. American Express (say what you will about celebrity selling out to that campaign) created an amazing and very quirky commercial featuring M. Night Shamalan. It was brilliant. The ad is currently viewable on the My Life My Card site.
Aside from the ads, the presentation of the honorary Oscar to Robert Altman by Meryl Streep and Lily Tomlin was one of the best presentations in Oscar history. The performance put teleprompters and most other actors to shame.
We're told this is a viral effort from Coke. It's a video called The Mouth which shows a bunch of guys (agency creatives goofing off perhaps?) talking into their video camera phones while pointing their phone at another camera to capture it all. The video ends with a product shot of Coke and a guy drinking a bottle of Coke while filming himself doing so. Weird. But weird usually works. Pointless does too. In fact, this could easily be swapped out for a cell phone company promoting its video cam. The video, posted on YouTube March 2, now, as of March 5, has 16,000 views. Hardly network television numbers but we'll watch where it goes.
To promote AxeFantasy, Lowe Dubai created the Axe Mmmousepad which has a bit of fun playing off the desires of men when in the presence of a short skirt. The mouse pad was placed in Internet cafes across the UAE hoping to reach young men. Once a guy puts his hand up the skirt, he discovers his Axe Fantasy. Precitably, many of the mouse pads where stolen from the cafes, perhaps for a bit of private enjoyment.
Sandeep Fernandes of Lowe Dubai tells us the effort drove over 3000 unique visitors to AxeFantasy and generated 115,000 page views during the month-long launch campaign. We're guessing these are UAE numbers since these sorts of numbers would occur in less than day for a campaign launched in the U.S. or the U.K. All the same, we like the approach. It definitely grabs attention and peaks interest. See additional images of the promotion here.