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Chevy Sonic Robot Helps Make Street Art

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So far the Chevy Sonic has been promoted by being tossed out of a plane, creating a music video, performing a kick flip and doing a bungee jump. Now it's being promoted witha a bit more mundane but equally interesting tactic; street art. More exactly, Chevy teamed with street artist Jeff Soto to outfit a Sonic with a robot that would help Soto create a mural. The end result is pretty inspiring.

by Steve Hall    Apr-25-12    
Topic: Guerilla



Mullen Helps You Kill For A One Show Pencil

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It's almost Creative Week. And that means it's almost time for the annual One Show. Are you biding your time before the festivities kick off? Are you anxious? WIll you win a Pencil? Well if you simply can;'t wait, here's something to help you pass the time. Mullen created Kill for a Pencil, a marriage of HTML5 and 8 bit gaming.

In Kill for a Pencil, players help ad man "Jon Scraper" navigate the streets of "Madville," challenging famous advertising icons for the right to a coveted One Show Pencil. Players will recognize some familiar characters, from a lizard hawking car insurance to a well-constructed deodorant spokesman best known for his small white towel and massive pecs.

"We're hoping this crazy ad game becomes sticky," said Mark Wenneker, Chief Creative Officer at Mullen. "The One Show is a perfect place to see how people like it."

Have fun.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-25-12    
Topic: Games, Industry Events



Corona Light Rescues Man From Monotonous Boredom

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We'll just let the press release do the talking for this one: "The campaign is targeted towards the post-college young male. As a young graduate, they start to realize how routine their life is becoming. Because they are going in an endless cycle, nothing out of the ordinary happens. A routine beer for this demographic to order would be a "Light" beer in a brown bottle. A break from tradition would be something different - like ordering a Corona Light. When you break your traditions, the possibilities for the rest of your night are endless."

The result? Odd. Weird. Interesting. Right on target, actually. From Goodby Silverstein & Partners.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-24-12    
Topic: Commercials, Strange



Only in Agency Provocateur Ads Do Lingerie-Clad Hotties Tackle Robbers

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Um, like, yea. This would totally happen. Maybe in the Penthouse Forum section (does that still even exist?) but certainly not in your real life. Likely, you'd get some sweaty pig with too much body hair and a beer gut chasing you in tighty whities than some hot chick whose dress happens to rip off revealing her super hot lingerie.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-24-12    
Topic: Racy



How Brands Leveraged Earth Day

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The latest version of Future of Engagement takes a look at how brands leveraged Earth Day. Host Murray Newlands takes a look at which brands were involved and how their content was shared. He also uses Earth Day as an example of the many other special events brands can leverage and offers tips and steps on how to do so.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-24-12    
Topic: Video



Agency Creates Facebook Timeline-Inspired RFP

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Every time we receive something from an agency that falls into the category of self promotion or that promises to offer an "inside look" at how the agency works, we cringe as memories of the tragic Agency.com Subway pitch video engulf our mind.

Thankfully that wasn't the case when we received and reviewed the Facebook Timeline-based RFP Santa Rosa agency The Engine is Red submitted to the North Lake Tahoe Marketing Cooperative which is seeking an ad agency.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-24-12    
Topic: Agencies



Yet Another Study Downgrades Importance of Click Through

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comScore and Pretarget have released results of an online advertising study which found ad viewability and hover time are more strongly correlated with conversions (defined as purchases and requests for information) than clicks or total impressions.

"Your ad being seen matters more than your ad being clicked - if you have a back-end conversion metric," said Pretarget Founder Keith Pieper. "After all, what good is an ad that can't be seen? It's intuitive that an ad must be seen to make an impact, and it's even more intuitive than someone hovering and engaging with an ad might convert, even absent a click."

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by Steve Hall    Apr-24-12    
Topic: Research



Zippo Lights Up Concert Tours

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Zippo is out with a new campaign that integrates musical events, sweepstakes, giveaways, social media and online marketing with retail sales. The Zippo Encore campaign comes courtesy of East Aurora, NY advertising agency Cenergy

Intended to increase Zippo's social media presence and product awareness among males 18 to 35, and to generate sales, Zippo Encore consists of three national, active rock music tours, in succession. The Avalanche tour runs until April 25 and includes 21 performances in 17 states, from California to Rhode Island. At each of the concerts Zippo will be the presenting sponsor. The feature act is Shinedown.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-24-12    
Topic: Sponsorship



'Naturally Powered Athletes' Get Behind ZICO Coconut Water

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LA-based agency Ignited is out with a new video for ZICO Pure Premium Coconut Water that celebrates "naturally powered athletes" such as NBA All-Star player Kevin Garnett, Olympic Gold Medal decathlete Bryan Clay and professional surfer Bethany Hamilton. In addition to the video, the campaign includes online display, social media and search, as well as billboard ads in markets such as New York, Los Angeles and Boston.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-24-12    




Red Bull Air Drop Hitting Colleges Worldwide Today

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As we write, the Red Bull Air Drop is underway. The brand is delivering, by helicopter, Red Bull to 400 campuses in 55 countries across six continents today. Way to get attention! Check out the promo video below and a few images of Red Bull crates that have landed. Archrival and Dachis Group are said to have had a hand in developing the campaign.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-24-12    




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