Back in October of 2004, we wrote about Advercan, a company that affixed labels to soda can tops so marketers could place advertising on cans. While we liked the idea, we chided the company pointing out all those labels would do a good job keeping landfills busy. Making nice, the company has now introduced a new labeling product that is pulp-based, biodegradable and completely hygienic. Advercan is working with Innovia, 3M and Alcan as well as beverage companies pepsi, Coke, Cadbury Schweppes, Miller and others to make cans a viable advertising medium. Not a bad idea since no one watches TV anymore but everyone still drinks flavored sugar water from a can.
With the cell phone fast becoming the single most popular device for...well...everything, it only makes sense for "old" media such as magazines to capitalize. Conde Nast has teamed with mobile couponing company Cellfire to offer steeply discounted magazine subscriptions. Those who use the free Cellfire mobile application can subscribe to Wired, Glamour, Allure, Teen Vogue, Details and Vanity Fair.
Auto blog Jalopnik nabbed an early look at Cadillac's new spot for its XLR-V. The spot is progressive collage of vehicles beginning with the earliest Cadillac models up throuogh the new XLR-V. Watching this, we can't help bit notice things went downhill badly in the seventies and never quite returned. Though the XLR-V isn't half bad.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has introduced an online flying game called Fly for Fortune in which players fly to catch certain objects and avoid others. Those who are successful, are eligible to win tickets to anywhere in the world. There's a great movie trailer-style video that promotes the game and features a Cars-style talking airplane. Hmm. Disney? Maybe KLM will license their lane boy to you for your next animated blockbuster.
Launched quietly last week, Immese LLC has introduced a product called Walnuts, contextual advertising which appears at the end of videos on the Blip.tv video service and others as the service expands. Currently, ads are priced at 22 cents per click. Adding to Revver's post-roll approach, Immense intends to make contextual advertising a mainstay in online video.
For its client Sprint, Organic teamed with Reactrix Media Network, the company that places those six foot by eight foot interactive floor videos in malls, movie theaters and other public spaces, to develop a new game. In the game, anyone passing by the projection can kick teed up footballs in a virtual football stadium while - this is advertising, after all - Sprint branded images and the tagline, "The Power to Make Every Day Sunday. NFL Mobile, only from Sprint" appears. There's even a Sprint branded blimp in the background. The game ends with a message that urges people to visit the Sprint retailer nearby for more information about NFL Mobile.
Continuing the stem cell debate that's risen into public salience because of the Michael J. Fox ad, this ad asks us to imagine what life would be like if FDR looked at penicillin the way Bush looks at stem cell research.
It's a provocative context to say the least. And not to change the subject or anything, but doesn't FDR sound kind of like the Wizard of Oz? - Contributed by Angela Natividad
On Kancept users can load prototype photos of their ideas, describe what they do and get feedback with a simple "Would you buy this? Yes or no." Kind of like Hot or Not but a little more straightforward.
Clever. See? A lot of inspiration can come out of watching a showcase of drunk co-eds waiting to be bought - er, rated. - Angela Natividad
In a spoof on Cribs, segment producer Jonah Rothelsberg appreciates fictional rapper P-Krunk's "unique taste" but "[a] rapper who doesn't capriciously spend all his money on cars and 100-inch plasmas is an anomaly that strains credibility." Seems hyping minivans just isn't Cribs-savvy.
We tried to come up with something further to say about this but Rothelsberg made all the jokes before we could. Guess that's what makes him the producer. - Contributed by Angela Natividad
Nodding to the adage that no advertising is bad advertising, the Dixie Chicks are riding a torrent of criticism to promote their documentary "Shut Up and Sing." The campaign includes a Technorati-fed Myspace page created by Deep Focus claiming to be "the largest discussion of free speech the web has ever seen," which is funny because the comments are screened.
Deep Focus CEO Ian Schafer explains that all political views are represented on the site but "jibberish" or threats of violence get filtered out. That's logical. It's not like anybody is interested in hearing fringey deviant opinions anyway. - Contributed by Angela Natividad