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Curbing Extremities, Y! Personals Oozes Casual Confidence

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Imagine for a second that dating sites are people. There's something to be said about a dude that just seems comfortable in his own skin as opposed to one that's constantly changing tacks.

Ad text on this simple Yahoo! Personals piece reads, "If you're ready to settle down, but not ready to grow up ... then you're ready to meet someone on Yahoo! Personals."

Simple. No boob-tacularity or cock jokes. No cheesy love hook or douchey common interest talk (the ad equivalent of "Hey baby, what's your sign?").

And it works.

by Angela Natividad    Jul-19-07    
Topic: Brands, Online



Australian Virgin Mobile Campaign With Flickr Photos Stirs Debate

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There's a storm brewing over Virgin Mobile's use of a Creative Commons-covered photographs from Flickr users in a recent Australian print campaign. While Virgin Mobile clearly notes in the ads, created by Glue Society, where the photographs came from, some are concerned the people in the ads should have been given the chance to sign a model release and the Flickr users and photographers should have at least been asked permission to use the photographs.

With everything just a right click away, the issue of fair use, attribution, copyright or whatever name you want to apply, is a slippery slope indeed. Three days ago, one Flickr user who, apparently, has legal connections says he's sent a cease and desist letter to Virgin Mobile but has not yet received any acknowledgment regarding the letter. Flickr users, including the older brother of one of the girls who appears in one of the photos, are debating the issue here.

We've contacted Glue Society for comment and will report any response we receive as soon as we receive it.

UPDATE: Following an avalanche of complaints, Virgin Mobile has canceled this campaign.

by Steve Hall    Jul-19-07    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Consumer Created, Policy, Social



Cause Branding is Cool, Just Don't Forget the Cause

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I'm pretty fascinated by this campaign YouthNoise has been conducting alongside Virgin, which uses mobile in ways that are creative, considering its challenges.

To raise awareness about teen homelessness, the company put together a 46-part novella via text message. Every day an opt-in teen received a couple of texts a day that continued the story. And at the end of the campaign, the more emotionally involved got to make contributions to the ending.

Considering the subject matter, the novella was popular, but sort of a buzzkill. In retrospect, Ginger Thomson of YouthNoise said she wouldn't conduct that same campaign again with such a sad story.

Can you imagine throwing open a magazine full of bummed-out models that seem to hate life? Oh wait, most of them already look like that.

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by Angela Natividad    Jul-19-07    
Topic: Cause, Events