This unnecessarily long article by Forbes, chock-full of handy-dandy survey data, tells us one -- well, two -- important things:
- A new concept is born: "shopper marketing." (Known to you traditionalists -- har har -- as in-store advertising.)
- Concept shopping carts are getting outfitted with a text messaging device, courtesy of Modstream. It's appearing at Home Depots in 8 states.
The idea is that shoppers, which haven't warmed much to video-outfitted shopping carts, will take advantage of coupons, or marketing messages, or whatever-else, at their fingertips.
Alongside agency Wieden + Kennedy, Nike put together this two-part print campaign featuring LeBron James. Part I is at left; Part II is right here.
Ahh. Nike is never too pushy. In this spread you've got all the force and drama of a Jay-Z song, except the neighbors won't complain.
With the reported launch of OpenSocial, which enables developers to build apps for a multiplicity of social networks and not just one -- including a Google social network that spreads its net over its other properties -- Google has enlisted MySpace as a partner.
And that's just the headliner. Others include Engage.com, Friendster, hi5, Hyves, imeem, LinkedIn, Ning, Oracle, orkut, Plaxo, Salesforce.com, Six Apart, Tianji, Viadeo, and XING as founding partners in OpenSocial.
According to Fortune, Facebook was pointedly not invited to the knitting circle. "Despite reports, Facebook has still not been briefed on OpenSocial," said (obviously butthurt) spokesperson Brandee Barker.
There may be just cause. John Battelle says Facebook's coming out with an AdWords killer next week.
The plot thickens.
If you don't know your place, the Queen Bee will find you. And kill you. < / maniacal laughter >
In support of her new fragrance, Can Can, Paris Hilton will appear atop Times Square on the Jumbotron in a 30-second commercial which will run 2,700 times beginning November 5 and running over the course of eight weeks. The video, part of a recently launched $5 million campaign, will feature scenes from the print campaign photo shoot.
Video of the shoot is already floating around here and here if you're interested in a peek.
What with everyone using their TiVos and DVRs to skip ads, we really can't see why Dolby had to go out and actually spend time creating a technology that levels the volume of programming and commercials on TV putting a top to advertiser's trickery that makes their ads louder than the programming. Personally, the few times we haven't skipped ads, any change in volume is so insignificant it seems foolish a company would actually spend time and resources on a problem that really isn't a problem. But, this is about geeks in a technology company and they simply can't help themselves.
Page Six tells us Vicent Gallo of Brown Bunny and Buffalo 66 fame will be shot by Terry Richardson for the new Belvedere Vodka ad campaign. Gallo has hawked Levis in the past and will now bring his signature messiness to the premium vodka. We're not quite sure this is a good move but hey, what do we know? We just write about this stuff.
- San Francisco's Bay Area Interactive Group parties Facebook-style for its REACH Mixer.
- Five agencies, Optimedia, Initiative, Havas Media, Horizon Media and Carat are in a shoot out for the $800 million Hyundai/Kia account.
- A former Draft/FCB employee is contemplating filing a lawsuit against the company claiming it routes all work through the agency's "PUSH" process when it could have been done more cheaply outside the network.
- IPG, today posted a third quarter loss of $21.9 million.
- MDC has upped its stake in Crispin Porter + Bogusky from 49 percent to a controlling 77 percent. And there goes another "independent."
- Newsweek has dropped its rate base 500,000 to 2.6 million. The trees are having a party.
While we thought our Maria Sharapova/Dentsu lawsuit headline, "Maria Sharapova's Crotch A Key Element in Dentsu Lawsuit" was good, this one, "Make Every Shot, a Crotch Shot," is pretty good too. We think Canon might like that word play on its "Make Every Shot A Powershot" tagline. Oddly, the Sharapova photo that has the world all aflutter was taken during a Canon photo shoot.
This is just too much fun. And it's over nothing at all. It's a stupid photo originally shared among co-workers and a cultural misunderstanding of what passes for normal behavior in Japan. We're told the whole hot tub thing is as normal as being invited to play golf with your boss. And the crotch shot? It's hardly a celebrity snatch shot the likes of Britney Spears or Paris Hilton sans underwear. Sharapova was fully clothed in tennis attire when the shot was taken. If she was worried about anyone seeing her underwear, she wouldn't have been sitting the way she was in the photo. This is about as racy as a picture of a woman wearing a bikini while sitting on the beach.
Once upon a time there was a social networking site called MySpace. Everyone was on it. Everyone loved it. It was the place to be. Then came the pedophiles. Then came the spam. Then came News Corp. Then came Facebook.
Oh, who are we kidding? It's still the largest social networking site in the world. It's just lost a bit of its shininess since Facebook took the spotlight. Well, MySpace isn't fooling around and has hooked up with Google as a premiere supporter of Google's recently announced OpenSocial development platform. OpenSocial hopes to bring some standards to social network development with its open API.
You know how the Leo Burnett website does that cute (but sort of messy) thing with the pencil? Labov & Beyond must've seen it and gone, "Hey, we should turn that whole 'scribble' concept into the core model of our site redesign."
Because that's exactly what it did.