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Google Galaxy Nexus Gives iPhone Run For It's Money

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Mullen is out with new work for the Google Galaxy Nexus phone with the Android 4.0 OS. Each of three spots focuses on a specific feature of the phone and a fourth wraps it all up in one. Smile highlights the facial recognition unlock feature. Bohemiams and Social MC's focuses on Google+ Hangouts. And Calling All focuses on everything else; Beam, the panoramic camera and voice typing.

Check out all the commercial below.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-15-11    
Topic: Campaigns



The Best Holiday Card of the Year

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This holiday message from Metal Creative is, by far, the best (in our opinion, of course) holiday message of the year. Why? Because it focuses on what's really important in life and how the work people in advertising affects the lives of others. Namely, the kids of people who work in advertising. So give this video a watch and marvel at the appreciation these kids have for the work their parents do.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-15-11    
Topic: Agencies



Germany Invades France With...Lingerie

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In what Illegal Advertising properly dubs a guerrilla catwalk, German lingerie label Blush takes on the French with a bit of guerrilla warfare in Paris. The brand sent a model clad in underwear to roam the famous landmarks and streets of Paris. Heads do turn but this being Paris, not so much as you would think. We especially like the well planted group of camera-wielding Asians as the model struts her way to the Eiffel Tower.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-15-11    
Topic: Guerilla, Racy



Agencies Get Peep Hole...And Other Holiday Shenanigans

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- Allow us to introduce you to AgencyPeephole, an Instagram-y holiday activity mashup that lets agencies aggregate their holiday party pictures on Instagram.

- Infographic: 7 Best Practices For Building A Smarter Ad. From MediaMind.

- NBC Politics has partnered with Foursquare to launch Presidential election campaign check ins.

- Pandora and Pepsi have teamed with the Recording Academy for a Grammy Awards promotion. fans will be given a Grammy mixtape. a video series and a special Grammy-themed Pandora station.

- A very powerful spot on the topic of school bullying.

- eMarketer is out with its latest forecast on time spent with media. Mobile jumped 20% rom 2010.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-14-11    
Topic: Agencies, Games, Racy



How to Eliminate the "I Have No Cash" For Charity Excuse

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So Christmas caroling for charity is a thing in the UK. Maybe it is here too. We just haven't noticed it so much. Carolers carry buckets around and hope those who listen will donate to a given cause. Well, capitalizing on the fact no one carries cash any longer or the use of it as an excuse not to donate to charity, Barclays and Barclaycard have come up with the cashless collection bucket, a credit card-enabled device to collect donations. Check it out in action in the video below.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-14-11    
Topic: Brands, Cause, Video



Y&R Building Elevator Accident Kills Woman, Injures Two

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Today, an elevator at 285 Madison Avenue, home to Y&R for 85 years, malfunctioned resulting in the death of a 41 year old woman, Y&R employee Suzanne Hart, and the injury of two others. Apparently, the elevator rose suddenly as the woman stepped on and she was crushed. The accident occurred around 10AM according to the New York Times. Emergency personnel are on the scene and people are being told no one can enter or leave the building. The elevator is question services floors 2-12.

Elevator inspection records indicate several violations have been cited at the 85 year old building but it's unclear whether or not the elevator that malfunctioned was issued a citation. Y&R had previously announced plans to move out of the building.

by Steve Hall    Dec-14-11    
Topic: Agencies



Skittles Helps You Gif Rap the Rainbow

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Here's an ingeniously witty creation from BBDO Toronto for Skittles. It's called Gif Rap the Rainbow. And that's exactly what it is. You pick an animated gif (a dancing elf, a cookie baking gramma or a snow-covered Santa), choose one of four tunes and share it with your friends. Simple. We love simple. Give it a try.

by Steve Hall    Dec-14-11    
Topic: Agencies, Games



SEO Is For Tail Chasers. Brand Awareness Is For Pack Leaders

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Here's an interesting take on SEO versus branding that's sure to stir debate from guest contributor marketing executive Andy Havard.

Search Engine Optimization has been like a marketing drug over the past few years, with businesses, brands and organisations cramming every resource into climbing up the search engine rankings. In fact SEO isn't so much a marketing drug, as a marketing placebo, and not very good one at that.

Focusing on SEO is a sure-fire way to make your brand disappear. It's little more than a strategy that makes marketing moguls chase their tails around every day in the office. Now brand awareness on the other hand is a marketing strategy that separates the tail chasers from the industry pack leaders and the following article explains why.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-14-11    
Topic: Online, Opinion



Justine Jaro and Sister Dawn Get Primitive For Kicks

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You may remember Justine Jaro from her earlier work with footwear retailer Primitive Shoes. If not, you've been asleep at the wheel. Allow us to refresh your memory. Awake yet? We think so. Now, in what can only be summed up as hyper-sexualized Doublemint work, Justine's sister Dawn has joined the Primitive Shoes campaign for yet another deliciously racy video.

Watch in wonder as the sisters engage in every conceivable porn cliche from the feathery pillow fight (while wearing lingerie, of course) to hand bra poses atop a skyline to pleated, plaid, miniskirt school girl antics to frolicking in bed to the liquor facial to alluring candy chewing to the gratuitous booty shot to hairbrush singing. Yes, this video has got it all.

And somehow it's supposed to convince you to by sneakers.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-14-11    
Topic: Commercials, Racy



How to Be Disgusting While Promoting Your Company

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This is just gross. But it's also whacked and funny. And, we suppose, the point is made. If a company can make cow shit sound good, they can probably make just about anything sound good. And that's a very special quality if you're a production studio. Give this KOKO Productions holiday message a look.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-13-11    
Topic: Strange



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