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Jamba Juice Launches Twilight-Themed 'Berry Bitten'


Can't wait to to taste blood when the 4th and final Twilight movie, Breaking Dawn 2, opens? Well, you're in luck. Thanks to Santa Monica agency Neighbor which teamed with Jamba Juice and Lionsgate, Twilight fans will be able to suck down Berry Bitten, a mixed berry smoothie drink that, well, looks a lot like blood.

The drink and promotional tie in are being promoted to teens and their moms with print placements, banners, social and a Facebook-based sweepstakes that will award one person two tickets to the red carpet Breaking Dawn premiere November 12 in LA with airfare and hotel included. Additionally, 1,000 people two tickets each to 32 different Jamba Juice-sponsored advance screenings November 15 in 18 cities.

Winners also receive a $50 gift card, slap bracelets and poster. Fans enter by Tweeting their photo with a Berry Bitten smoothie and including the hashtag #jambatwilight.

by Steve Hall    Oct-23-12    
Topic: Campaigns

Shoe Brand Uses Instagram to Give Away Shoes


Israeli ad agency, Smoyz, has created an Instagram-fueled campaign for shoe brand ALDO. The agency set up a sign with a bell on it in the middle of a sidewalk. The sign instructed people to take a picture of their shoes, upload the photo to Instagram, tag the photo #aldo and add their shoe size. Each person, 457 of them, where delivered a pair of shoes by mobile ALDo show box.

The campaign video claims 798,385 interactions resulted from the stunt and the Instagram integration.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-22-12    
Topic: Guerilla, Social

Floating MINI Hits 'Head of the Charles'


Boston's annual Fall event, the Head of the Charles crew race, had an interested "boat" make an appearance over the weekend. Floating behind crew boats was a raft made to appear as if it were a MINI. Nice stunt.

by Steve Hall    Oct-22-12    
Topic: Guerilla

Coke Awards 'Skyfall' Tickets to Bond-Like...Actors?


Coke Zero, following its lackluster James Bond "Skyfall" tie-in commercial, has crafted an intriguing stunt that requires people to get to a particular train platform in 70 seconds. Sounds easy except for the fact there are plenty of obstacles to overcome on the way to the platform. Some have suggested the people accepting the stunt are actors, not random people. Which, of course, makes perfect sense as Coke's lawyers would certainly have something to say about placing people in harm's way just to win a free ticket to a movie.

That said, it's fun to watch and it's far more interesting than the lame commercial. And, apparently, it's been fun for many. The video has clocked 3,360,008 views since it launched October 18.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-22-12    
Topic: Guerilla

Top Secrets to Successful Viral Videos


This video of a Coca-Cola vending machine which uses Xbox Kinect technology and encourages Koreans to imitate the dance moves of Korean boy band 2PM has been out for about a month. It's accumulated 1,189,846 views on YouTube to date.

So what's made it so popular? Well let us share our years of experience reviewing such videos and the vast knowledge we have accumulated over the years. The secret to creating a successful video is simple. Ready?

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by Steve Hall    Oct-22-12    
Topic: Viral

PivotCon Explores Transformation From Social Media to Social Business


Last week, PivotCon was held in New York City. The conference, curated by Brian Solis, focused on the transformation of businesses from using social media as a marketing tool to becoming a full fledged social business. Topics explored how companies are shifting their philosophy, technology and business practices to the point where social becomes part of the corporate DNA, not something your marketing intern does in his spare time.

Representative from 3M, Bloomberg, Philips, GE, Citibank, DollarShaveClub, VirginMobile, Barclay, Coke and others shared how social has pervaded many corners of their company and the changes it has brought about. Perhaps my favorite was the transformation Philips made with it MRI machine transforming the usually antiseptic, intimidating experience into a relaxing, soothing and delightful one. Check out the video below.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-22-12    
Topic: Industry Events, Social

The Impact of Industry Consolidation on How Agencies Work Together


With (now denied) rumors having swirled about the advertising industry a while back that giant advertising holding company Publicis Groupe would swallow up Interpublic Group, the notion of agency consolidation has become almost comical. It wasn't so long ago that independent advertising agencies ruled the industry. Today behemoths like Publicis, MDC, Interpublic, Publicis WPP and Omnicom now control the lion's share of ad agencies.

This consolidation has wreaked havoc in many areas of agency operations - not the least of which are the numerous client conflicts that arise when one agency buys another and then the two realize they now handle competing brands, a no-no in the ad world.

But an area of concern that receives much less press and attention is agency operations - the plain, old, boring notion to how an agency gets work done. It's not sexy but, believe me, the fastest way to lose a client is complicated and confusing operational methodologies.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-17-12    
Topic: Agencies

Best Natural Breasts Hype Breast Cancer Awareness Month


- Honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Coed Magazine compiled a list of the 60 Best Natural Breasts (not nude).

- The Wall Street Journal Digital Network announced today the launch of a branded private ad exchange called "WSJ AUDEX." The invitation-only exchange will allow advertisers and marketers to leverage programmatic buying (RTB) of the network's first-party data across WSJ.com, MarketWatch.com, Barrons.com and SmartMoney.com.

- Who knew automotive oil could be used to lube up a hot, bikinied sunbather?

- Check out these singing eggs which tout the benefits of shopping for gorceries online at mySupermarket.

by Steve Hall    Oct-15-12    
Topic: Racy

Seven Ways to Improve Agency Efficiency


Nothing loses an agency client faster than inefficient process and the frustration it causes. Not even Cannes-winning work can keep a client if the agency can't manage the relationship properly. Previously, I wrote about the impact of industry consolidation and how it has affected the ability of the acquired agency and its holding company siblings to work smoothly and efficiently.

This week I'm sharing seven tips you can put to use right now to ensure your agency is serving your clients swiftly, effectively and efficiently - like the proverbial well-oiled machine.

Read the rest of my article on the Central Desktop blog.

by Steve Hall    Oct-15-12    
Topic: Agencies

Dell Helps Business Achieve Great Outcomes


I had a Dell. It served me well for six years. An Inspiron laptop. But now I have an Apple MacBook Pro. Love it. Doesn't mean I don't like Dell but I do like the MacBook better. None of which really matters but all of this popped into my head when viewing Dell's new Dell Outcomes commercial created by Y&R and produced by B-Reel.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-12-12    
Topic: Commercials

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