- Big spenders who can't be bothered to attend a fashion show: Prada wants your business. Click on "Prototypes Auction" at Prada.com to see what's bid-worthy.
- Product packaging can be vastly improved with the addition of Braille.
- Twitter, allegedly the 439th largest social networking site, is deemed niche but influential. (The niche aspect is part of what makes something influential in the first place ... right?)
- Yelp.com released a self-serving documentary to showcase its whole anti-Zagat, down-with-the-homies feel. The mini-doc was fast made mockumentary fodder by the anti-Yelp Elite, which seem to think Yelp's all about hair. No arguments here. And apparently Yelpers find the mock more amusing.
OK, this is definitely NSFW but it's really, really funny -- if you're into watching a playful, lingerie-clad hottie have sex with a puppet, filmed in Paris Hilton Sex Tape lighting. There's moaning. There's groaning. There's writhing. There's slapping. There's penetration. And, of course, there's "completion."
All for UK MTV One's Fur TV.
If your thing is perfect bodied hotties in tiny black bikinis, frolicking in the tropics (and come on, whose isn't?), you'll love this promotional site for Vegas Hard Rock Hotel's weekend pool party Rehab. The site's got all the usual goodies including a girl-on-girl fight game, a widget to bring the goodness to your own site, poolside concert info and a dose of celebrity.
Hey, it's raining in New York City today so a trip to this site just might put you in a better mood.
Here's a series of videos from Planned Parenthood that advocate the need to "take care down there." With comical videos that debate the whether or not one must spew in order to pass on a STD, the benefits of masturbation, the importance of communication or how to apply a squirt skirt, Planned Parenthood gets its message across without seeming too heavy handed or overly creepy. OK, well the teacher dude is pretty creepy but he seems to have all the answers.
This...is American Idol...oops...This...is a freaky commercial. It has nothing to do with American Idol but Ryan Seacrest's famed tonal delivery of the show' introduction is exactly the reaction this creepy spot for Norway's Tele2 mobile phone services causes though decidedly less upbeat than Seacrest's over dramatic delivery.
- OMD has won Intel's $300 million media planning and buying duties besting incumbent Universal Mccann and Starcom.
- The PSFK Conference will be held in San Francisco July 17 at Fort Mason. Speakers booked so far: Adrian Ho, Zeus Jones; Andrew Hoppin, NASA; Chris Riley, Apple; Ed Cotton, Influx Insights; Eric Ryan, Method; Jean-Marie Shields, Starbucks; Mark Lewis, DDB; Rohit Bhargava, Ogilvy PR.
- Follow @ischafer on Twitter if you want to know what's going on at the AAAA conference today.
The Akron Children's Hospital , with help from Cleveland's Marcus Thomas, is running a new campaign made up of video portraits highlighting the lives of two patients staying in the hospital. Nick and Roxanne, both 15, are seen in two commercials (1, 2) as well as several other videos hosted on the hospital's site. Along with videos from many other patients, the dour aspects childhood cancer are left behind in favor of the upside: the fact life goes on, one can live with cancer and one cab even beat cancer.
This one is called "Bing Bing." It's as sucky as the last one we played, but "Bing Bing" has comedic value: In lieu of traditional arcade sounds, a goofy recorded voice goes "Bing ... bing!" every time you smack into something.
We've seen weird shit sell razors before, but we've never seen an angle like this one.
For its Satinelle ice epilator, Philips explores the life of a transvestite. The premise is simple: he has feminine hair removal concerns AND a man's intolerance for pain.
I loved the spot's "tender journey" narrative. But that "Like all men he's not great with pain" jab? It's so wink-wink-nudge-nudge.
Jesus, Philips. You did a cool thing crossing the gender divide, but you screwed it all up with that last ra-ra for the Girls Team. We don't need to be coddled.
UPDATE, 5/19/08: Boinkology scored an interview with Karis, the dancer in the ad. The boobs were fake, and he thinks of himself as less of a "tranny" than a sexually evolved person. Neato.
The MySpace homepage has been invaded by concurrently-running banner ads for the NBA. Each features two different basketball players whose faces are cut down the middle and mashed together. Each player is repeating the same speech about fear and slowly ... sloooowly ... driving me mad.
The banners drive users to MySpace.com/NBA, which tells you nothing about the ads themselves. Too bad; I actually wanted to know, but not enough to dig through all that other crap.