Cliff Kurtman, who has spent the last year closely following the social networking scene and segment giant MySpace has recently published a mini white paper, "Marketing to the MySpace Generation & The Economics of Social Networking," which examines MySpace's success path and the success of Kurtzman's own social networking entity, MyCityRocks. What? You thought white papers weren't thinly veiled promotions?
Virgin Mobile, which sponsors the UK's Virgin Mobile V Festival, is offering a chance to attend the sold out event with a base jumping game. If you land on the tour bus, you are able to enter a drawing for a pair of tickets. We made it on the third try but we're not flying to England just for a concert. The game is simple enough and unfettered by bloat which, of course, we like.
Sometimes the ideas just don't flow when you're trying to come up with a really cool campaign for a product as mundane as sunglasses. Apparently BluBlocker had that problem and hit the streets in search of someone who could do the job their creatives couldn't. Apparently, wordologist Dr. Geek was hanging around Venice Beach, was approached by a BluBlocker employee who gave him a pair of the glasses and came up with a rap for the glasses which, after viewing, you'll have one of the following reactions: barf and bow your head in shameful realization you work in the same industry from which this work emanated or let out a big, "Dude, this shit rocks. We gotta tap some of that bad ass mofo juice for our next campaign."
Going a bit retro, Nicktoons Network is giving kids everywhere a chance to learn about animation through the distribution of flip books that play back full-motion clips from two of the net's new original animated shows.
The flip books will be distributed free to kids all summer during Nicktoon Network's first cross-country mobile tour, held at Comic-Con International and during the Nicktoons Network Animation Festival at Nicktoons Studios. The flip books are a product of Flippies, an Adrants advertiser and a company that's doing some interesting things with an old-school medium.
If you just can't get enough out of Adobe's Creative Suite or you just need a reason to skip out of the office for half a day, Aquent can hook you up. The company, which teamed with Adobe, is launching a series of creative conferences called InDesign Inside Out which will offer product usage tips from Adobe and tips on finding great creatives from Aquent.
The road show will be held in the following cities: Charlotte, N.C., on July 25; New York City, N.Y., on July 26; Boston, Mass., on August 1; Washington, D.C. on August 2; San Francisco, Calif., on August 31; and San Jose, Calif. on September 14.
Brent Terrazas calls to our attention a magazine insert Crispin Porter + Bogusky created for Volkswagen called Backseat Driver's manual which humorously explains the proper behavior a backseat driver should adhere to and offers a Backseat Drivers License to those who pass the booklet's tests. Brent has scans of the entire insert here.
When we receive press releases about new commercials that include perfectly cropped images of the commercial's fleeting, gratuitous boob shot, we feel obliged to react in a manner which can only be described as predictable, lame and affirming of the male species' obsession with the female breast. So, we are pleased to present you this Leo-Burnett-created Beck's Boob...uh...Beer commercial which proves we spend way too much time brushing our teeth, eating, sleeping and "working" when we should be drinking Beck's Beer.
It would seem tug boats have enough to do pushing barges up New York's East River without slamming into one another but Dow seems to think adding gigantic billboards will make it easier for other tug boat captains...and a few thousand New Yorkers...to see the barges. Especially with meaningless ad drivel like "The Human Element is The Element of Change."
Jim Striebich's got some comments and a full sized version of the image.
As part of a new campaign which will included magazines and TV, Cadillac's new agency, Boston-based Modernista, will also use wild postings in several metro areas in an attempt to get its jiggy back and reel in some new demo segments the automaker is calling "alphas," move-ups" and "hot moms." Recent research the company did revealed many people younger than the typical Cadillac demo were familiar with the Escalade, likely due to its hip-hop status and appearances on HBO's The Sopranos, but didn't know the company had any other relevant vehicles. To address the desire to retain existing older customer while bringing in new, younger customers, the campaign will bring on a little attitude, highlight the insignia and explain the model line-up. The campaign breaks in August.
- On July 22, ML Rogers Art Director Bryan Murphy had some fun with his Find Bryan Murphy Project for which he posted images of his location in Manhattan, placed them on his blog and challenged people to find him. Of course it was all tied to a Yahoo and Dell promotion.
- Cool, new not-a-phone-company Helio has a couple of spots racking up some decent views on YouTube (here and here). They've always got a gatefold print campaign running in Entertainment Weekly, GQ and others.
- This is so incredibly bad but so is the compulsively obsessive belief anyone would actually want a pair of sneakers that came from a mid-eighties movie.
- Orbitz has a wedding microsite where you can upload a photo, choose a wedding dance and send it to a friend. Of course, along the way, you'll be told about travel deals on honeymoon destinations and general wedding travel.
- Hmm. Yet anoher ad blog launches.
- Chicago's Beachwood Reporter pokes holes in the math behind a Wal-Mart campaign opposing a city ordinance that sets special minimum wage for large retailers.