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ING Direct's Fables Probably Won't Survive a Retelling

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Beattie McGuinness Bungay's fables campaign for ING Direct UK are inviting at first glance, bearing a vague resemblance to The Wind in the Willows, but are most readily compared to Aesop's Fables -- except with "morals" only loosely tied to unmotivated plotlines.

The ads try compensating for this with an occasional stab at tongue-in-cheek humour, but that fails to compel. (Maybe it's the British/American divide?)

Otherwise, the work is beautiful -- typical Psyop. There's a lesson for you: without actual substance to the idea, even the best production firm can't save you.

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by Angela Natividad    Jun- 7-11    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Campaigns, Television



Philip Morris Doesn't Want Your Help Selling Ciggies

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Last week students Jennine Punzone and Manasvi Abrol of Miami Ad School Brooklyn incurred the wrath (well ... not really) of no less than Philip Morris, having used a class assignment to propose an app called Bump a Smoke.

If you're a social smoker, or just somebody who comes up a stick short once or twice too often a week, the idea is brilliant. The hypothetical app lets you buy virtual smokes, which you can then exchange for real ones.

What irked Philip Morris was the unauthorised use of its Marlboro brand in the app mockup, and AgencySpy, which has covered the project in past, received the following letter from one Bill Phelps of Altria Client Services:

Kiran: The "Bump a Smoke" concept you posted this morning is in no way related to Philip Morris USA or the Marlboro brand. The company does not approve of this use of its trademark. Could you please update your post to clarify this or remove the image? Thanks.

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by Angela Natividad    Jun- 7-11    
Topic: Brands, Mobile/Wireless, Online



Will 30 Betty Whites in Kitsch Regalia Get You to Join AARP?

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Here's the unholy union that you knew was coming. The AARP appeals to the self-deprecating golden-agers of 'morrow in a kitsch-ass ad called the "Get-Over-It-a-Thon," starring Betty White, Betty White and wicked senior poster girl Betty White!

The premise is simple: You're not too young to register for AARP, and it's only $16, so bite the bullet.

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by Angela Natividad    Jun- 7-11    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Online, Television



Vintage Barbie 'Fronts, Gaga-Style, for Nokia N8

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This isn't creepy at all. To plug its aggressively pink N8 smartphone, Nokia's produced "Freedom," a music video that Influencia describes as "a mix of Lady Gaga, Rihanna and The Exorcist." Its frontliner is none other than Mattel's Barbie, circa 1950s or around the time the pointy bra was born.

Barbie appears in all her plasticine antiquated glory, outfitted in a pink the same shade as the N8, sometimes with garishly coloured hair, other times with Sharpie tattoos, at least twice with Nokia signs covering her mammaries, and a few times -- disturbingly enough -- lounged on top of an N8 amid a circle of her own disembodied limbs.

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by Angela Natividad    Jun- 7-11    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Mobile/Wireless, Online, Strange



Get Your Geek on With Yahoo! Scene

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If you're interested in following what's going on during Internet Week this week, you'll want to be sure to visit Yahoo! Scene. Adrants has teamed with Yahoo! and its agency, Cake Group, for coverage of the conference and yours truly is editing the whole thing. We aim to make it the most complete coverage of the event we possible can.

Today's coverage includes a keynote from New York Senator Charles Schumer who believes New York can and will be the nation's tech center. he even went so far as to say the city will knock Silicon Valley from its pedestal. We'll have plenty of time to see if that comes true as Schumer has earmarked a distant 2035 for that leadership position to cement itself.

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by Steve Hall    Jun- 6-11    
Topic: Announcements, Industry Events, Publishing



Nike's 'Chosen' May Choose You for an X-Games Kinda Life

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Nike's ads are epic so often it's almost banal. But this latest, "Chosen," is an anthem like no other. Filmed over two years across seven locations (Hawaii, Florida, New York, Los Angeles, Whistler, Aspen and Bali), it whets your appetite for adventure with bruising sports too often relegated to boyish recreation: skating, surfing, BMXing, snowboarding.

Famous faces include skater Paul Rodriguez, snowboarder Danny Kass, and surfers Julian Wilson and Laura Enever. But as good as their cameos in pro form is the brand finale: the swoosh, and Nike's "Just Do It" slogan -- symbols tattooed into our cultural roots -- brought to the fore in flames. Perhaps the advertising you would expect from Volcom clothing , but this is a new step for a company such as Nike.

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by Angela Natividad    Jun- 6-11    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Games, Good, Online



Top Five Keys to a Successful Online Promotion

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This guest post comes to us from Brandmovers Co-Founder Hector Pages

Approximately 42.5 million people enter online sweepstakes every year and millions more participate in SMS and social media contests. In fact, contests and games are the most popular brand tactic used to grow followers and fans in the social media space. Twenty-four percent of the U.S. online audience play branded social games at least once a month with 68.7 million U.S. consumers expected to regularly play branded games of chance by 2012. (ComScore)

Contests, games, and sweepstakes are a key component of the social media marketing movement because they target specific demographic segments, cross diverse brand categories easily, and -- most importantly -- provide a measurable return on investment while creating meaningful engagement with consumers.

Here are the top five tips for success in online promotions.

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by Steve Hall    Jun- 6-11    
Topic: Promotions, Research, Social



Global Chaos, Gunmetal Violence, Power Ballads Collide in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

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For Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, TBWA\Chiat\Day Los Angeles and The Ant Farm produced four geo-specific teasers that reflect strategic Western-World locations, aired in their respective real-world counterparts and elsewhere.

The teasers ran globally offline and online, driving seething viewers who will likely never go to war -- but will fantasise about it anyway -- to watch the NBA Western Conference Finals and Champions Leagues Finals, where the :90 World Premier was aired.

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by Angela Natividad    Jun- 6-11    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Games, Good, Online, Television



Study: Most Sharing Occurs on Facebook

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At Internet Week this morning, ShareThis released a study that found 38 percent of all referral sharing emanates from Facebook. The study, done in conjunction with Starcom MediaVest Group and Rubinson Partners, examined the sharing habits of the 300 million people who use the ShareThis button each month.

The study found sharing now accounts for 10 percent of all internet traffic and 31 percent of referral traffic. Email and Twitter followed Facebook with a combined 17 percent of referral sharing. TwechCrunch has more on the study.

by Steve Hall    Jun- 6-11    
Topic: Research



New York Will Displace Silicon Valley As Tech Center by 2035

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In a keynote that sounded more stump speech than tech conference presentation, New York Senator Charles Schumer became New York City's biggest cheerleader hyping the city as an up and coming tech center. Schumer believes New York can, by 2035, can surpass Silicon Valley to become the tech center of the world.

Read the rest on Yahoo! Scene.

by Steve Hall    Jun- 6-11    
Topic: Industry Events



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