On January 15 at 11AM, a flashmob-style dance broke out in Liverpool station courtesy of T-Mobile. The point of the stunt? To illustrate the fact some things in life are worth sharing and T-mobile can help with that sharing. Simple enough. The work comes from Saatchi $ Saatchi.
And yes, before you jump all over Saatchi, they know the flashmob things has been done before.
So you're an agency executive on your way to make a presentation to your client. A big client. A really big client. You land. You get off the plane. You head to your destination. You launch Twitter and write, "True confession but I'm in one of those towns where I scratch my head and say 'I would die if I had to live here!'"
Then, an employee at the client company sees the tweet, gets upset and fires off an email expressing offense to the tweet...and cc's agency and client management.
Hoping to take the euphemistic "special" out of "Special Olympics," TDA ADVERTISING & DESIGN/Boulder developed a print campaign that focuses on the sporting similarities between the event you watch and that other one.
"The typical perception of 'Special Olympics' is young children with Down Syndrome, playing track and field. We want to change that," said VP-Marketing Heather Hill of the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games. "The majority of our athletes are serious, adult competitors."
There's a brand repositioning worth throwing some weight behind.
In ongoing efforts to align itself to Obama's message of hope, Pepsi worked with R/GA and Eyeblaster to launch a banner ad encouraging people to record videos for our new POTUS.
Maybe it should worry us that so many overzealous brands are falling all over themselves to clutter the Oval desk with glad tidings and unsolicited critiques.
IKEA -- freshly patriotic, despite its conspicuous Swedish roots -- is compiling a "WELCOME OBAMA!" guestbook. Facebook partnered with The New York Times to launch a Presidential Suggestion subsite. And just today, memelabs launched "Where Were You?", a consumer-generated video effort inviting people worldwide to reflect on where they were on the night of November 4.
All this in addition to Change.gov, an actual government site through which the Obama Administration already solicits your every mental meandering. We pity the armada of interns that's gonna have to sift through the Zeitgeist's stream of thought.
On January 18, 2009, Lebron James will announce his "first love." Will it be football? Will it be basketball? Will it be to become a rapper? Those are the speculations surrounding a recently released video in which James faces an audience and says, "First of all, I want to thank everyone for coming out here today. After having a long discussion with friends and family, I've decided to follow my first love."
Thankfully, we won't have to speculate for much longer but it's likely this is tied to Nike. If it were simply an announcement as to his desire to play another sport or become a rapper, there'd likely not be paid advertising on Google promoting the video.
Whatever. We'll know Sunday.
UPDATE: One theory points to his first love being Reebok and all this is is yet another marketing stunt.