Inspiration Being, You Know...

What do you do when you don't have a big budget or a lot of ideas? Homage! I don't mean a great spoof for spoof's safe, but actual commercials for products, like...

- The Cleveland Cavaliers add a twist to the Heinken shoe closet spot. Score! (The extended version, too long.)

- Next, Dear Jane Sample finds a damm good Obama impersonator for Lastman's Bad Boy Furniture in Toronto. (Extra points on the name alone.)

- Hold up a sec, Uncle Sam fires back with

by Bill Green    Apr-24-09    
Topic: Commercials, Spoofs, Television

Werther's Party Line.

"Hey Steve, what's up. Nah, just wanted to give you a heads-up on where I'm at before you guys get back. Trying to finish up a Werther's Caramel House Party thing. No, yeah, the grandfather chocolate people. From like the 80s, yeah. They're doing some kind of house party chocolate women thing this Saturday. No, just like housewives and shit for a girls' night in, but yeah, strippers and hot caramel takes it places too. Huh? About 15,000 people signed up so far.

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by Bill Green    Apr-24-09    
Topic: Announcements, Events

Alberta: Come For Our Beaches--Stay For, um, Their Beach?

Aka, when screwing up may not be such a bad thing. Tourism campaigns for the most part are boring. Few cut through the world of beauty shots and smiling families. So when Alberta Canada recently ran a photo of a beach taken in northeastern England as part of their latest campaign, they may have done themselves a favor. Sure there's production costs associated with redoing stuff, but buzz baby, buzz! Congrats Alberta, you just cut through.
by Bill Green    Apr-24-09    

ad:tech SF: Amielle Lake on Mobile Marketing, (Copper) Mining and Pinot-Friendly Cheese


Amielle Lake is the CEO of Tagga, a Vancouver-based company that helps agencies add a strategic mobile component to their campaigns. (Think broad SMS efforts, mobile websites, etc).

The service -- currently live in Canada and the US -- includes reporting and dashboard management, and payment models are flexy.

We sat down yesterday to talk about Tagga in a video interview. As luck would have it, I ended up gleaning a lot more than I expected. Amielle tells this great story about Tagga's birth and the state of agencies at that time; it also turns out she worked in mining and knows French cheese like this. (*crosses fingers*)

Funny what you can find out when the pressure's on (ad:tech was ending, hence the skulky suited man in the BG) and you know your first take MUST be perfect (I don't know how to use my video editing software. But you probably guessed that).

Compulsive Twitterers can hit the Follow button at: @tagga and @amiellel.

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In response to KFC's free Chicken Monday, Southern California-based El Pollo Loco is going them one better by inviting people to try their food free on Tuesday April 28th until 8:00 pm. FREE IS THE NEW...! See all the gory details here.

*waits for Burger King to announce counter-gueril... er, chicken stunt*

by Bill Green    Apr-24-09    
Topic: Announcements, Commercials, Television

ad:tech SF: Ryan Holmes Demonstrates Serious Interviewing Fortitude


Forget, for a second, about the vacuumy cafe noises and the girl with the crutches in the background. The weather is pretty, Schoggi is cozy and we have pistachio and rosewater macaroons.

Fun fact: Founder/CEO Ryan Holmes of Invoke Media, parent company of HootSuite, has never had a macaroon before. When I ordered them at the register, he asked if they were "Asian hamburgers." And then I died.

Notes on this video:

1. HootSuite is one of the cooler tools available to marketers on Twitter right now. It has a proprietary URL shortening feature ( with a built-in ad and revenue sharing model. HootSuite can also manage multiple accounts at once.

An update, slated for the near future, will boast still more features and turn the HootSuite UI into a cross between Firefox (with tabs!) and TweetDeck. Yeah, that sounds scary, but Ryan assures me they've got good info architecture/usability peeps back at Invoke.

I believe everything he says. EVERYTHING.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr-24-09    
Topic: Creative Commentary, Events, Industry Events

Stephen Cowbert's Product Placement.

Let's just call it what it is: Product placement. Branded entertainment? Documercials? Infotainment? Whatever. It's still product placement, just handled a little more deftly these days, (but not always). Last night, Colbert does his usual straight act on steroids routine and plugged away as Heifer International West African program director Elizabeth Bintliff took it in stride. Can't find fault with it though because it's for a good cause. Heifer is the latest to get some brand love outside of a commercial, even though they've been around since 1944.

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by Bill Green    Apr-24-09    
Topic: Announcements, Cause


Freaking. Love. This. Spot. It has such a great vibe in showing the idea of safe rides, doesn't even need the line at the end. [Post-jump.] Heineken almost has that Bud thing down now, where it can do both high-larry-tee and real. They just need a touching Super Bowl spot with an animal. Oh, and if you needed to know, yeah, it's from W+K. Guess you want the song too. Okay: Biz Markie's "Just a Friend."

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by Bill Green    Apr-24-09    
Topic: Commercials, Television

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