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Chocolate Brand Lacta Launches Feature Length Film

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Once again, Greece chocolate brand Lacta, which has become known as a symbol of "the sweetness of love" is out with another stellar piece of content marketing. This time it's a full blown movie that tells the story of three couples who meet, face challenges and, in the end, find happiness. Or so we hope. The full length movie won't be released until Valentine's Day.

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by Steve Hall    Feb-11-13    
Topic: Social



Who Owns Social Media? Brand or Agency?

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In the early days of social media, the market was flooded with "social media gurus" and agencies that added social media-related bullet points to their new business decks and called themselves experts in the space. Very thankfully, there is less of that nonsense today, the segment has grown up and the market has become more mature.

But it's still not exactly clear with which entity the responsibility for a brand's social media program sits. Some argue the specialized expertise of agencies and PR firms are still needed to guide brands through the maze of social media opportunities. Others argue it's inefficient and leads to less effective engagement when outside parties are involved and, therefore, advocate for social media to be handled internally. In fact, Edelman coined the term "social business" to describe the proliferation of social media practices at the enterprise level.

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by Steve Hall    Feb-10-13    
Topic: Opinion, Social



Jennifer Love Hewitt Struts Curves in 'Client List' Promo

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Remember all the uproar last year surrounding the exposure of Jennifer Love Hewitt's cavernous cleavage in ads for Lifetime's The Client List? Well, that will pale in comparison to the promotion the network is out with for the sophomore season of the series in which Hewitt "services" customers at a massage parlor called The Rub.

In the promotion, the curvaceous Hewitt can be seen seductively displaying her smoking hotness while wearing not much more than her underwear.

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by Steve Hall    Feb- 8-13    
Topic: Celebrity, Racy



Alabama Ad Agency 'Shocked and Offended' Over Onion Article

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OK this is hilarious. Alabama-based Red Square Agency is announcing that they are shocked and offended by a video report published on Feb. 6 by The Onion titled "PR Firm Advises U.S. To Cut Ties With Alabama."

Red Square Agency stated, "This is the newspaper that gave us such unforgettable headlines as 'CIA Realizes It's Been Using Black Highlighters All These Years,' 'Osprey Devours Lion in Massive Food-Chain Shake-Up' and 'Wealthy Teen Nearly Experiences Consequence.'"

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by Steve Hall    Feb- 8-13    
Topic: Agencies, Spoofs



Kit Kat Gets 2.5 Million Views With Dancing Babies Video

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What's the easiest, most sure-fire way to guarantee your branded video will get millions of YouTube views? Digitally-manipulated dancing babies, of course! Following this well-known fact, Kit Kay in India launched a video in mid-January which now has about 2.5 million views.

The ad is hilarious. The baby laugh track is guaranteed to make you giggle!

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by Steve Hall    Feb- 8-13    
Topic: Video, Viral



Infographic Summarizes Biggest Social Media Wins, Fails

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MBA in Marketing Guide (yes, it's link-baiting but it's good information too) created an infographic that details the biggest wins and fails in social media over the past year or so. Top wins include DollarShaveClub, Nike, Sephora and Honda. Top fails include McDonald's #McDStories, Chick-Fil-A anti-gay thing, American Apparel's Sandy-themed promotion and Kitchen Aid's tweet about Obama's grandmother.

Check out all the details in the infographic.

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by Steve Hall    Feb- 8-13    
Topic: Research, Social



Sports Drink Maker Does DollarShaveClub Ad

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OK, so it's not a shot for shot "homage" of DollarShaveClub's ad but it's the same concept; founder wanders through low key office/warehouse talking about the wonders of the product while dropping witty reparte and passing by randomly weird situations.

In this ad, Skratch Labs (wacky name for a sports drink company) co-founder Aaron delivers the very DollarShaveClub-like message that's all down homey and touts the brand's focus on natural ingredients.

We suppose everything is ultimately a copy of something else so to complain is really just a waste of breath, right?

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by Steve Hall    Feb- 8-13    
Topic: Commercials



Brands And Agencies: Sponsor Adrants Coverage of SXSW

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If you are a brand or an agency that wants to be a part of what's become the biggest marketing event of the year, SXSW, then we can help you do just that. A couple years ago it became clear SXSW had shifted from a geek-focused event to a marketer-focused event. And that shift will continue again this year as brands and agencies realize the event provides the perfect combination of B2B and B2C customer connection and publicity.

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by Steve Hall    Feb- 7-13    
Topic: Industry Events



Target Turns Tweets Into Everyday Collection Runway Show

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Well this is pretty interesting. On January 24, Target had a live fashion show which involved models reading tweets from people while holding products from Target's Everyday Collection. To participate, people could tweet their witty commentary with the hashtag #everydayshow and the models would stut thr runway and read the tweets. You can see a highlight reel below.

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by Steve Hall    Feb- 7-13    
Topic: Brands, Events, Social



Bugles Are Back And They're More Fun Than Ever!

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Remember Bugles? Bugles is that weird, odd shaped snack from General Mills that's been around since 1966. The snack you used to stick on your fingers like a thimble or nails.

Toronto-based Cossette created a campaign to revitalize the nostalgic brand and make it fun and top of mind again. Playing off this insight it was a novelty snack for many kids, the concept was to advertise Bugles as a game, rather than a snack. And so the snack has become The Game That You Can Eat!

Six quirky web videos take a look at the snack and just how much fin it can be.

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by Steve Hall    Feb- 6-13    
Topic: Campaigns



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