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Guinness Generates Online 'Beer ARG,' Launches Mystery Site

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If the Guinness ad scavenger hunt actually sparks your curiosity, we've got news for you: Guinness Tipping, the official campaign site, has been launched, courtesy of iChameleon Group.

The plot thickens with the inclusion of dominoes and mystery numbers. There are also people in an unfiction forum calling the ad-hunt a "beer ARG" comparable to a previous Stella Artois effort which we thought was interesting but never heard about again.

Happy hunting. We're getting curious about the treasure on the other side of this rainbow.

by Angela Natividad    Oct-29-07    
Topic: Games, Guerilla, Online, Promotions



Gyro Worldwide Celebrates Philadelphia's Ugliness

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We admire an agency that'll create a campaign, publish the fact they've done so, highlight the fact its city has the ugliest people and do it all without any client approval or charging a penny. Yup, Philadelphia's Gyro Worldwide has embraced the fact its city was just named the ugliest city in America by Travel & Leisure Magazine readers.

Before Philadelphia was crowned the ugliest, John Waters, during an episode of John Favreau's Dinner For Five, tried to get the mayor of the former ugliest city, Baltimore to embrace its hideousness and create a tourism campaign out of the fact. He reasoned the rest of the country would flock to Baltimore like paparazzi to Britney Spears' cooch.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-29-07    
Topic: Agencies, Campaigns, Good



Lunch Lady Blogs, Ad Air Explained, Gydget Gadgets

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- You know a magazine is having a tough time when it hosts a promotion allowing potential subscribers to name their own subscription price.

- Here's a video explaining the launch of Ad Air, the company that recently placed a gigantic board on the ground next to the Dubai airport.

- If you're a fan of widgets, you might like Gydget. You can use it in you marketing programs to spread your brand throughout the world of social media.

- Survivor's got a lunch lady but Wieden + Kennedy's got a lunch lady blog!

- To promote its service from Sao Paulo, Emirates Airlines created a commercial the length of the flight, 14 hours and 40 minutes.

- If you like NBC's Bionic Woman - which seems to waffle between decent TV and crap not worthy of air time - you can visit NBCs Bionic site to see how...uh...bionic you are? Huh?

- Teen makes commercial for Apple iPod Touch.

by Steve Hall    Oct-29-07    
Topic: Magazine, Outdoor, Weblogs



Meaty Bone Game Competes With Sexy Intern

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If for no other reason than to talk about pissing, this Agency.com-created game for Meaty Bone, Mark Your Territory, lets you empty your doggy bladder all over various objects as they float by. Just don't piss on the cat and you'll be OK.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-29-07    
Topic: Games, Good, Online



If You Need to Go, ING Has A Toilet For You

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It's not often you see a financial institution engage in bathroom humor but ING has gone all the way with i-needtogo.com, a site that let's you choose what you need to do in the stall and then hear from the madame pipi why you do not need to pay her. Yea, we didn't get it at first either but in Europe, as it was explained, these madame pipis are like bathroom attendants. The keep the bathrooms clean and get paid with change from those who use the bathrooms.

Created by Belgian agency Emakina, the site uses an interesting side to side sliding technique which allows one to move back and forth between the promotional bathroom site and the bank's site. In fact, as the madame pipi is explaining the ING account, the ING site slides in and out automatically so you can see what she's talking about. Nifty

by Steve Hall    Oct-29-07    
Topic: Good, Online, Strange



Frozen Babies Found In Grocery Freezers, Child Abuse Prevented

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If you live in France and happen to have found a baby in the frozen food section of your local grocer, fear not. This isn't the latest baby dumping stunt by a distraught teenager; it's just a home-grown campaign to promote France's national child abuse phone number, 119. Another clue this isn't one of those baby-in-a-trash-barrel things: the babies here are tiny, plastic and wrapped in bags like toys.

It's not a sanctioned campaign but a one-off from a group of people who think the cause needs greater promotion. We're not sure what we'd do if we found a frozen baby while reaching for a bag of frozen peas but we sure like the approach these guys took to call attention to the issue. Watch the video.

by Steve Hall    Oct-29-07    
Topic: Good, Guerilla, Point of Purchase, Specialty, Strange



Tea-Sipping Monkey Channels Plush Socks in New PG Tips Ads

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Fans of the long-running PG Tips chimp ads will be happy to know the simian is back. (As a sock puppet, sure, but CAPS may call this innovation.)

Founder Duncan Richardson of JDI Integrated Advertising told us that the PG Tips chimps are among the most beloved ad icons in the UK, with campaigns running 20 years deep, give or take a little.

Now the monkey's got an up-to-date left-field wit, a broader sense of drama, and a strange kind of innocence that can only be conjured by braided cotton and beaded eyes -- all of which you can see in The Return.

Monkey (or triangle teabag?) fans can hit PG Tips' Monkey Store to buy shirts, or monkeys wearing shirts, with stuff like "Mr. Shifter?," "3% invisible" and "Monkeh!" printed on them -- none of which we understand, but that only makes it funnier. (And we're not even high!)

We are leaning toward the flirty pink "Back to mine for a cuppa?" That monkey is raunchy.

by Angela Natividad    Oct-28-07    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Online, Trends and Culture



Some Ads Just Don't Age Well. We Blame the Music

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We realize how old this DHL ad is, but we're going to review it anyway because it saddens us that over the past few years we have paid DHL's efforts no mind whatsoever, and now it does next to nothing ad-wise. (Unless you count this, but we sure don't.)

Point of fact: If every DHL delivery actually did come with a passel of ass-shaking Miami Dolphins cheerleaders, the First World may actually use the service. It could be like a sassy singing telegram.

Second point: Disclosure is important. But sometimes, it can be sad. (See comments section.)

One more: Any ad that tries making serious use of an MC Hammer track is just begging to be associated with 1990. And not too much happened there. (Unless you count Manuel Noriega's surrender and the first McD's to open in Moscow, but we sure don't.)

by Angela Natividad    Oct-28-07    
Topic: Commercials, Sponsorship, Television



SF Zoo Uses Word Associations to Drive Traffic to Animal Kingdom

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This simple three-note spot convinced us, in just 10 seconds, that we need to visit the zoo.

Badly.

And you probably do too. Props to Fresh Creation for pointing it out.

by Angela Natividad    Oct-26-07    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Promotions, Video



League of the Blind Turns 'Blind Calls' into Generous Gestures

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Our name starts with A. So when people we know slam or rub their phones against something, we're often the unfortunate recipients of an accidental call. Because of this, we've heard a lot of conversations we didn't exactly want to hear, including:

- A business acquaintance fight with his girlfriend
- Our best friend having sex
- Something that sounded really painful involving a cat (maybe?) and a bird

To save us from this mishap and help raise money on the side, Belgium's League of the Blind turned this common occurrence into a marketing campaign.

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by Angela Natividad    Oct-26-07    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Good



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