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Carnival Cruise Lines Asks 'Didja Ever?'

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Carnival Cruise Lines has launched a new social media campaign which asks people to submit to the brand's Facebook page their "Didja Ever" firsts. Carnival is collecting the top 100 Firsts and will award some of them cruise vacations and other activities.

"The 'Didja Ever' campaign is all about sharing and fulfilling firsts, so Carnival's page on Facebook made perfect sense to be our home base for people to share, track and cheer others on," said Roger Baldacci, EVP, Executive Creative Director of Arnold Worldwide, the advertising agency that developed the campaign with Carnival. "We're bringing elements of the participatory fun experienced by guests on Carnival's vessels to anyone who wants to build a list of things they've always wished to do and maybe get a little help to make it happen."

To promote participation, television spots will air network daytime and primetime.

by Steve Hall    Jan- 5-11    
Topic: Social



I'm Drinkin' Dunkin' and Im' Lovin' It

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This week, Dunkin' Donuts launched a new ad campaign which features regular people answering the question, "What are you drinking?" They, of course, parrot back the brand's new tagline, "I'm drinkin' Dunkin'."

In November 2010, 1,000 people showed up for the casting call. Boston-based Hill Holiday created the campaign which Hill Holiday Group Creative Director Chris D'Amicco says, "celebrates Dunkin' Donuts consumers and their love affair with Dunkin' coffee."

The campaign will roll out on television, radio, out of home, POP and online.

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by Steve Hall    Jan- 5-11    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns



Kimberley Walsh Fronts Campaign for Puma's Booty Shaping Footwear

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It's not anything like this Puma campaign but it's still hot. English pop singer-songwriter, model, actress and dancer Kimberley Walsh is fronting a new campaign for Puma's Bodytrain line of footwear.

Much like Reebok's Reetone, the shoes are somehow suposed to miraculously give a girl the perfect ass...just by wearing them. As idiotic as that sounds, we must remember we live in a world where people are willing to buy products that scream Apply Directly to the Forehead! And pills that will make one's penis huge.

The campaign features Walsh stylized with a 50's look complete with full body coverage jumper/bathing suit. No cleavage here, people. Move right along. Or go here if you want to see more Kimberley fully dressed.

by Steve Hall    Jan- 5-11    
Topic: Campaigns, Celebrity



Dachis Group Continues Expansion With $30 Million in Funding

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Austin-based Dachis Group which just acquired Powered Inc., a roll up of StepChange, Drillteam and Crayon, has just completed $30 million in Series B funding. Led by Austin Ventures, the investment will be used to help the company expand and live up to its own self billing as the world's largest social business consultancy.

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by Steve Hall    Jan- 5-11    
Topic: Agencies



MWW Buys Itself Back From Interpublic

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After having been acquired by Interpublic ten years ago, public relations agency MWW Group has bought itself back through a management-led buyout. Led by MWW President and CEO Michael Kempner, the newly independent shop will also be minority owned by several MWW top execs along with undisclosed outside investors.

With 150 employees in East Rutherford, New Jersey and nine other offices around the globe, Kempner said of the buy back, "Ten years ago, it felt like the right time to become part of a global organization. en years later, the world is very different. Now is a great time to be independent again."

Is this the beginning of a trend? The unbundling of holding companies? A return to entrepreneurial independence? What are your thoughts?

by Steve Hall    Jan- 4-11    
Topic: Agencies



Pajamas Are the New Jeans

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Well, first of all, girls have been wearing pajamas to class for years. But, we're not talking about that style of pajama. No. We're talking Pajama Jeans, a pair of pants that's supposed to look like jeans but feel as comfortable as your favorite pajamas.

And what's a goofy product like that without a goofy infomercial to go along with it? Well, that's what we have for you here. The new pajama sensation! That look like designer jeans! With smooth butt-lifting design! They're like a sexy second skin!

Yes, ladies, don't struggle trying to pull your inflexible jeans up over your curvaceous ass. Run right over to the Pajama Jeans website and snag yourself a pair of forgiving Pajama Jeans. Your ass will thank you.

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by Steve Hall    Jan- 4-11    
Topic: Commercials, Strange



Corpsify Brings Collaboration to Creative Community

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Brooklyn, NY creative agency Big Spaceship has launched Corpsify, which, we are told, is a social design experience created by the agency to get artists, creatives, illustrators and others in the internet community to produce original, collaborative, fun works of art.

Corpsify allows three different users to collectively create a digital drawing without knowing what the other users have drawn. A user starts the first portion of a drawing with a set of drawing tools. They then invite others to add to the drawing based on cues revealed from the original artist. When complete, the drawing can be shared or uploaded to the Corpsify gallery.

To help generate interest in Corpsify, Big Spaceship is inviting artists and the creative community to come together to create collaborations that will be archived online for all to see with the best featured in a public display.

Feeling creative? Then head over to Corpsify and get drawing.

by Steve Hall    Jan- 4-11    
Topic: Social



Imagineer Steals LEGO Bricks From Kids to Fulfill Imagination

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LEGO is out with a video called The Brick Thief which, as the title indicates, is about the thief who steals LEGO bricks from unsuspecting children through magical doorways. As the thief's imagination conjurs LEGO creations, he "borrows" the bricks needed to bring his machinations to fruition.

While the message of stealing from a child to fulfill one's imagination is questionable, the overall tone of the video is quite pleasant and does a nice job sharing one of the best features of LEGO: the use of one's imagination to create one masterpiece of the mind after another.

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by Steve Hall    Jan- 4-11    
Topic: Brands, Creative Commentary, Video



Land Rover Freelander 2 Gets Claymation Treatment

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Online since October, a RKCR/Y&R + Wunderman-created :30 touting the land Rover Freelander 2 launched yesterday in the United Kingdom. While the commercial is full of the usual metaphors found on winding mountain roads and inner city streets, it was created within a Gumby-like plasticine environment which, well, makes it just different enough not to be boring.

Dorian Leroy, Global Communications Manager, Land Rover said: "We chose the animation theme for the campaign for its unique celebration of the overall versatility of the vehicle whilst showcasing the optimistic and active lifestyles of Freelander owners. This film is a departure for Land Rover. The Freelander 2, Land Rover's biggest-seller, is a supremely capable vehicle used the world over. We wanted to encapsulate this in a leading-edge global campaign."

We just say thanks for giving us something interesting to look at.

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by Steve Hall    Jan- 4-11    
Topic: Commercials



Bryce Dallas Howard to Front Kate Spade Campaign

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The impossibly cute Bryce Dallas Howard has been signed by Kate Spade to front the brand's spring and fall 2011 ad campaigns. Of the brand's choosing Howard, Kate Spade President and Chief Creative Officer Deborah Lloyd said, "Bryce is playful, gorgeous and multi-talented. She embraces and embodies the spirit of our brand. The moment she puts our clothes on they come to life in a new, spirited way."

Shot by fashion photographer Norman Jean Roy, Howard is the first celebrity the brand has tapped to appear in its advertising.

by Steve Hall    Jan- 4-11    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity



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