To promote the launch of Koch Media's Crusty Demons game, London's New Media Maze has created a virally-intended little game in which you decide where on a woman's body you want place a tattoo, write a message then send it to a friend. We found ourselves somewhere in the middle of two round objects with the message "Adrants Was Here."
Matthew Peschong from Caffeine Marketing takes a long look at the recent Facebook mess that introduced a "feature" that would update everyone via rss feeds of, among other things, changes to member's profile pages. A petition and several backlash groups have started to protest FaceBook's move and Peschong says Facebook had better listen up.
Colle+McVoy has created a new campaign for the Minnesota State Lottery that reminds the state's residents the millions of dollars they hand over to the state lottery's coffers goes to maintaining the environment. The bear in this spot is doing his best to thank the human race for their kindness.
Production house Convert teamed with BBDO Atlanta to create and direct a live-action TV campaign to introduce Cingular's Pantech C300, the "world's smallest camera flip phone." The spots use a filmmaking technique that incorporates a graphical "hinge" in the ads to highlight the flipping of the phone. It's not like the second coming of that Gap/Matrix freeze and pivot technique (or whatever it's called) but it's perfect for the ad's messaging. There's two spots to view here but they load very slowly.
We knew it was coming. We knew it was only a matter of time. Well, now it's official. Anheuser-Busch, in February 2007, will launch Bud.tv, an online content channel with entertainment, news, celebrity interviews, comedy and sports and Bud Tube, a YouTube-like site whereby people can upload the usual consumer generated media type stuff. The brewer has invested 30 million on the project and content will come from Kevin Spacey, Vince Vaugh, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon-owned production companies as well as from the agencies that currently produce the brewer's advertising. With a February 2007 launch, it's likely we'll see Super Bowl spots promoting the launch - that is if the TV net doesn't see it as too competitive.
Boston interactive marketing agency FUSEideas has created an online game for Boston.com's promotion of the Brigham's Ice Cream Scoop campaign which offers coupons for free ice cream to those that play the online game. Running from September 12 to 17, the game will also incorporate a "Vote for the Wildcard" flavor which will then be served on the last day of three Scoop promotion. The game itself calls for players to move ice cream cone, Coney, from side to side on the screen and catch as many scoops of ice cream as possible.
To make up for all the seemingly less than noble behavior that goes on around here and to show we really do care about serious issues affecting the advertising industry, Adrants has teamed with Business Development Institute, producers of the recent Web Video Goes Mainstream Conference and diversity programs including Vault's Legal Diversity Job Fair & Conference and What To Do When Mother Is On Your Resume Diversity Career Workshops and Job Fair, to present a one day conference and job fair this Fall on diversity, a topic of great importance and one that was recently thrust into the limelight by the New York City Commission of Human Right's investigation of the advertising industry.
- Copyranter thinks Axe goes too far with its promises of the perfect life just because you use their deodorant. As if girls actually swoon to guys based on the flavor of their pits. The dude in this ad needs a lot more help than deodorant.
- The Art Directors Club will have a panel at its ADC Gallery on September 21 which will discuss how creatives can instigate social and political action. Esquire cover guru George Louis and "I Love NY" designer Milton Glaser will be on hand.
- Here's another one of those Akbank mass human choreography things.
- Consumer feedback to GM's Fastlane blog was part of the reason the company recently announced it would lengthen the warranty on all of its vehicle to 100,000 mile of five years beginning in 2007.
- ATTIK has designed and launched a website for MTV VMA Vanguard Award winner Hype Williams who was bestowed the honor last week during MTV's Music Video Awards.
- Online marketing magazine Adotas is hosting a dinner at Fiamma Osteria Tuesday night, November 7th to welcome incoming ad:tech Chair Drew Ianni.
Perhaps taking a lead from the Levi's Denim Monsters, French marketing firm TriBeCa, to promote the opening of a flagship LEE store, developed a street campaign for LEE jeans in which the jeans were placed over parking meters and hung from wires above the streets while manholes were painted with "LEE," banners were hung in metropolitan areas and bar coded stickers were handed out as coupons for use at retail locations. More street scene images here.
In perhaps an intriguing method of attracting attention to this commercial while giving a nod to citizens of Mumbai, India who close their windows to shut out the sounds of the country's Ganesh Festival, this ad for the Times of India highlights the tens day festival but contains no sound at all. And yes, we struggled with our volume control at first so now you don't have to.
Beginning its life as a greeting card company, shifting to developing a line of baby clothes then turning ad agency, uncooked has developed 11 animated IDs for MTV that follow the company's original greeting card sense of style and humor. It's not everyday a gretting card company goes to work for MTV and this time the work is actually good. Check it out here.