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Google Places First Animated Ad on Homepage

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When Marisa Mayer was at Google, one of the things she did was oversee the development of the brand's clean homepage design and the establishment of that design as a hallmark of the brand.

Now that Mayer has left Google for Yahoo, it seems some things are changing. Today, an animated ad for Google's own Nexus 7 tablet can be seen on the homepage. It's not the first time advertising has appeared on the page (a small text ad for the Nexus smartphone ran in 2010) but it's the first time it's been so prominent.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-28-12    
Topic: Online



Mentos Gets Naked

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Well no sooner do we highlight a Mentos spoof that's quite racy for the quirky brand do we receive a very racy new campaign for the brand created by The Martin Agency. Designed to align with the sort of content one might see in various categories of magazines, the agency created ads that would feel right at home in Maxim (shot of a hot ass), InTouch/People/US Weekly (a wardrobe malfunction) and ESPN/Sports Illustrated (a streaker).

The campaign is said to "spotlight the juxtaposition between the innocent quirkiness of Mentos and the not-so-innocent content of the ads."

We'd have to wholeheartedly agree!

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by Steve Hall    Aug-28-12    
Topic: Campaigns, Racy



UK Shopping Center A Rotating Island of Cool

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London ad agency isobel along with Aardman Animations have created an interesting, new campaign for Bullring - one of the UK's biggest shopping centers.

Leveraging the brand's Life's Even More Exciting at The Centre positioning, the new campaign features a very cool, four-tier revolving mechanical model, said to be a quirky, playful interpretation of Bullring and Birmingham. A collection of products including lipsticks, illuminated ladles, cheese graters and perfume sit alongside a number of recognizable (to those in the UK) architectural landmarks.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-28-12    
Topic: Commercials



Why Social Marketing Will Deliver Positive ROI for Your Brand

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If you are an agency or a brand trying to decide whether or not social media marketing is worth the investment, consider these numbers from recent studies of social media users:

  • 78% are directly influenced by branded posts when making purchases
  • 74% encourage friends to try new products
  • 80% try new things based on friends' suggestions
Given that Facebook alone has nearly a billion users, the possibilities are too significant to ignore. But how does a brand tap into the full potential of social media marketing? A new best practices ROI report from Wildfire, part of the Adrants white paper series, focuses on 6 social marketing success stories from 5 different industries, each demonstrating a significant positive ROI for the featured brand.

Download the free report now to find out how your brand can maximize its social media investment.

by Steve Hall    Aug-28-12    
Topic: Research, Social



Goofs Get Goofy For Little Caesars $5 Hot-N-Ready Pepperoni Pizza

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Barton F. Graf 9000 is out with new work for Little Caesars that's in keeping with both the brand's and the agency's penchant for witty goofiness. Promoting the establishment's $5 Hot-n-Ready pepperoni pizzas, two commercials center on just how goofy goofy people can get over a goofy little pepperoni special.

We like to call it nut ball intelligence. Yea, that works.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-28-12    
Topic: Campaigns



Avis Drops 'We Try Harder' For 'It's Your Space'

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While we won't likely know for a year or so, Avis' tagline shift from "We Try Harder" to "It's Your Space" will either go down as the biggest ad flop in history or the crucial change the brand needed to pull itself back to the number two spot (Recently, it slipped to third behing Hertz and Enterprise).

The tagline, "We Try Harder" was created in 1962 by DDB. And it worked, pulling Avis out of a decade-long slump and into a position of profit.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-28-12    
Topic: Campaigns, Creative Commentary, Opinion



18 Again Makes Women Feel Like A Virgin

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A campaign from Mumbai-based pharmaceutical company Ultratech for 18 Again cream, which promises to tighten a woman's vagina making here "feel like a virgin again," is causing a bit of controversy. On the one hand, it's said to empower women making them feel youthful. On the other hand, its said the product reinforces the fact premarital sex is still seen as taboo and the patriarchal viewpoint that all men want a virgin on their wedding night.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-28-12    
Topic: Racy, Strange



If You Die First, Mashable Will Publish Your Last Words

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Well this is kind of creepy. Perhaps you've heard of the If I Die Facebook app. It allows you to set up your "last words" to be published on Facebook when you die. To promote the service, Mizbala Group and twentythree have launched If I Die First, a campaign that hypes the service and promises that if you are the first user to die, your last words will be featured on Mashable and elsewhere. All in the name of lasting world fame, or so the campaign claims.

Campaign or not, the first person using the service who dies is going to be news anyway. Why? Because we love twisted shit like this

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by Steve Hall    Aug-27-12    
Topic: Social



Auto Dealer Hosts Tweet Race for Real Audi A4

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The Pfaff Tweet Race is said to be the first contest of its kind. The idea is simple: it's a virtual race for a real car.

The race began this morning at 8:00 A.M. EST and users can join the race by signing in with their Twitter account at PfaffTweetRace.com. The first ten contestants to gain 2,500 new Twitter followers will each win a key. One of those keys unlocks the door to a 2013 Audi A4 with a one-year lease and a tuning package worth $5000 from Pfaff Auto.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-27-12    
Topic: Promotions, Social



Scorchingly Hot Squabbling Hotties Have Burger Sex For Carl's Jr.

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Sort of like a sexed up version of the classic 1980's Reeses Peanut Butter Cups commercial, Carl's Jr. has delivered a couple of smoking hot barbecue babes appropriately clad in cleavage-enhancing halter tops, ass cheek revealing short shorts and stem-enhancing FM footwear to tout the marriage of pulled pork and hamburger.

In the ad, the two distractingly delicious ladies, each embodying the qualities of both the girl next door you want to introduce to your mother and the tantalizingly drool-worthy girl you want to slam up against the wall and...oh...sorry...back to the business at hand, tussle at the grill until their gyrations result in the "invention" of the Carl's Jr. Memphis BBQ Burger.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-27-12    
Topic: Racy



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