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Skittles Rips the Modernista Model!

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To better represent the interest of its users, whose lives "[revolve] around social and user generated media," Skittles tore a sheet out of Modernista's playbook and relinquished control of its website.

Visits to Skittles.com drive users to the Wikipedia article about the company, with navs featured in a pop-up that explains what users are looking at (Modernista has one of these too):


"Don't sweat it, this is still Skittles.com. It just has a new twist. User this as your guide to find anything and everything Skittles that's online. Have fun."

Interesting. When Modernista surrendered itself to the Zeitgeist, we thought the move was brave and forward-moving, not least because it nods to pure transparency. (We saw that earlier this month, when Modernista's "n3wz" section, which points to either Google News or Google Blog Search, was deluged with articles about layoffs at the agency.)

It also opens the label up to just general meanness. Modernista hardly had its new "site" up 24 hours before Wikipedia yanked its page. Modernista.com now points to the Facebook Fan page.

Aaaanywho, the Skittles "site" model will work about the same way. The nav bar will drive you to places all over the "interwebs," including YouTube and flickr. We like that "CHATTER" points to a search for "skittles" on Summize, meaning you can read everything Twitter users are tweeting about Skittles in real-time.

Ballsy!

UPDATE, 9:45 AM EST on 2/28/09: Skittles.com now points directly to Summize results for "skittles." Looks like Wikipedia is an equal-opportunity antagonist -- although Wiki articles are still used in the "PRODUCTS" section.

by Angela Natividad    Feb-27-09    
Topic: Brands, Online, Trends and Culture



Clean Coal is So Clean It's An Air Freshener

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Hmm. So Crispin Porter + Bogusky asks the Coen Brothers to do a spot for their client, The Reality Coalition, to poke fun at the notion there's such a thing as clean coal. Aside from the irony of the word "coal" being in the cause group's name, the Coen Brothers do an OK job withe the cheesy spokesman approach.

In the commercial, the spokesman says, "clean coal harnesses the awesome power of the word clean," as the wife half of the couple he's speaking to sprays black clouds out of an aerosol can. Complete with coughing kids, the spots also claims "clean goal is supported by the coal industry, the most trusted name in coal."

You see? Just like the word clean guarantees your clothes will be clean in laundry detergent ads, the word clean in clean coal ads assures the same, right?

by Steve Hall    Feb-27-09    
Topic: Cause, Celebrity, Commercials, Strange



Picturesque Mountain Cabin + Lingerie = Seriously Twisted Ad

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As we have come to expect from Agent Provocateur, weird is normal. So, in this new commercial, it makes perfect sense a lingerie-clad woman in ironing on the front porch of a mountain cabin while the strangest of music plays in the background.

And that she then goes inside to go all S&M the guy laying in bed.

Yes. Agent Provocateur.

Provocative.

by Steve Hall    Feb-27-09    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Racy, Strange



Fast Girls, Fast Cars, Fast Hype-Hijack.

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Didn't You Hear pointed us in the direction of "Fast girls, Fast cars, One wild ride" -- two sponsors' attempt to penetrate the hype wormhole opened by the Ken Block Gymkhana practice video (which is also sponsored, just less obviously).

Sports Illustrated poster girls Melissa Haro, Jessica Hart and Damaris Lewis ease into respective Nissan 370Zs and demonstrate the car's uber-fun-and-fastness by grabbing onto things, throwing their arms up and shrieking like they're on Medusa.

The 370Z is cool and all, but this whole setup feels terrifically desperate. Then again, we usually react poorly to anyone who prefaces a pitch with "They're in for the ride of their lives!"

For you intellectual sadists, there are laughs to be had in the YouTube comment stream.

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by Angela Natividad    Feb-27-09    
Topic: Celebrity, Online, Sponsorship, Video



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By the Time You Get Those Golden Tickets, They May Be a Bit Weathered

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This year for the Australian Outdoor Awards, the Outdoor Media Association is giving away a grand prize of 10,000 one-dollar stratchies (scratch-to-win lotto tickets) -- all of which are currently being used to wallpaper a billboard over Sydney's Parramatta Rd.

All 10,000 scratchies were sacrificed to form a silhouette of the show's golden pigeon logo. There's an armed guard standing watch 24/7 in the event some yahoo comes bearing a ladder in pursuit of some luck. (Scratchies can yield cash prizes of up to $20,000.)

Billboard conceptualized by The Glue Society. There was also a billboard truck, which drove around the country for 36 days to promote the event.

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by Angela Natividad    Feb-27-09    
Topic: Events, Industry Events, Outdoor, Promotions



Nike Conveys Jumpropers to the Happiness Factory

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Except there's no Coke, and lots of Domos.

"Jump Rope" -- chock full of delicious images and noises -- was put together for client Nike by AKQA. Creativity Online pegged its position "the escapism of exercise." Well-said.

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by Angela Natividad    Feb-27-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Good, Television



Chinese Commando, Kellogg Krumbling, Tropicana Talkback

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- Somebody just sent us a link to KillaBanker.com, a little CafePress store where you can buy knee-jerk reactions to economic despair.

- Hanzi Smatter, a site "dedicated to the misuse of Chinese characters in Western culture," is hilarious. See awkward interpretation of tattoo on a model featured in AussieBum's Commando ad.

- Kellogg's brand rep suffers following Phelps fallout.

- What ho, a Dairy Queen blog.

- More jibjab over Arnell/Tropicana.

by Angela Natividad    Feb-27-09    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Campaigns, Online, Opinion



You Mean People Actually Get Laid This Way?

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Witness with a growing sense of unease as a couple on its first date quotes lines from Romeo & Juliet.

$5 says they met on eHarmony.

"How Romeo Pulls Juliet," which vibes like a middling tribute to Baz Luhrmann's '96 oeuvre, was put together by Madeinmilan Wine. The company wanted to "tell a story about having fun with wine, indulging in intense pleasure" while incidentally promoting a suite of wines named after iconic characters, like Romeo. (There's also a bottle marked Brutus. Hrm.)

For requisite engagement purposes, check out the "wine pairing" section, where you (apparently...?) pair wine to other things, like "travel" or "chill out." (We have NO idea.)

Click on "sex" for an exciting shot of a mad couple crawling around on all fours. We're not sure why it's there, but it struck us as one of the few things worth mentioning at all.

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by Angela Natividad    Feb-27-09    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Campaigns, Online, Video



Hardee's Crowdsources Little Thickburger Campaign

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Remember those Little Thickburger commercials from last year? Riffing off that, Hardee's launched an ad generator app so fans could create their own Thickburger comparisons.

The company expected maybe one or two to shine, but it turns out about 16 spots turned out to be broadcast-quality. (Though when you think about it, it's a pretty tough formula to screw up: [Big thing. Little thing.] Extra points for wordplay.) See them here.

"And we didn't even offer them a million dollars. Or anything for that matter," Hardee's added, puffing its chest out for extra effect.

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Havas Does the Social Graph, Mullen Gets Diabetes, Winformercial Strides

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- Havas Digital has partnered with global social graph mapping company Media6Degrees to help the agency "integrate consumer insights with hyper-targeting and provide increased value for their advertisers." Damn, that was mouthful!

- Mullen has reeled in the American Diabetes Association account and has signed a three year contract with the organization.

- In the UK, they stick human beings inside vending machines to sell Kit Kats. Those witty Brits!

- Crispin Porter + Bogusky does the celebrity magazine thing for Old Navy.

- Not anywhere near as inspired as the Where the Hell is Matt Harding videos, this following "Winfomercial" attempts to...I don't know...turn a game show into a commercial?

- In case you needed even more proof America is the kingdom of the superficial, check out this Sarah Haskins Target Women video about skin care products.

by Steve Hall    Feb-26-09    
Topic: Agencies, Guerilla, Trends and Culture, Video



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