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Agency Spoofs iPhone 5c With iCrocs Video

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Here's a bit of distraction for your rainy (at least where we are) Thursday afternoon. Vienna-based agency PKP BBDO decided to have a little bit of fun at the expense of Apple's just-announced iPhone 5c which comes in five colors. Perhaps attempting to align the new iPhone with the much-maligned Crocs brand, the agency took a lunch break to shoot this shoe-tastic spoof.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-12-13    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Spoofs



Honda Aims to Save Drive-Ins With Vine Auction

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Well this is certainly sad. In less than three months, many of the 368 remaining drive-ins across the U.S. will go dark forever if they can't afford to convert to digital projection, estimated at $75,000+ per screen. Honda aims to change that. In support of Project Drive-In, Honda's effort to save as many drive-ins as possible, the automaker is hosting a one-day live Twitter Vine auction today with film critic Leonard Maltin as auctioneer. Proceeds will go directly to Project Drive-In: Save the Drive-In Fund.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-12-13    
Topic: Brands, Social



Hamster Steers Dump Truck in Death-Defying Volvo Stunt

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On the Heels of its Steve Wynn-style stunt, The Hook, in which Volvo Truck President Claes Nilsson stood atop a truck held high in the air by a crane, the brand is out with another stunt in which a hamster steers a big Volvo dump truck out of quarry in Spain to illustrate the simplicity of the truck's power steering system.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-12-13    
Topic: Brands, Guerilla



Chipotle Hits Home Run Again With Darkly Dystopian Processed Food Statement

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Darkly dystopian yet magically hopeful, this CAA Marketing/Moonbot Studious-created three minute animated film, "The Scarecrow," flips things on its head and tells the story of an out-of-work, disintermediated scarecrow who goes to work for a bunch of crows running a processed foods factory called Crow Foods.

In this bleak, barren new world, our scarecrow gets a peek inside the Crow factory at chickens pumped with hormones and cows kept in boxes. The experience, for both the scarecrow and the viewer, is depressing and hits all too close to home. It's no secret much of what we eat can barely be called food any longer but Chipotle, which two years ago delighted us with it award-winning "Back to the Start," aims to change all that.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-12-13    
Topic: Brands, Cause, Video



Why Kenneth Cole's Syria Tweet Was Smart Marketing

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You've heard the old adage "any publicity is good publicity," right? When marketers are on the receiving end of "any publicity," that usually means bad publicity. And it's usually not intentional. Oh, sure, there are marketers like GoDaddy and others who play the "banned ad" PR card by claiming a network banned their commercial from the Super Bowl when, in fact, the brand never had any intentions of running the submitted version. But for the most part, marketers avoid bad publicity like the plague.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-11-13    
Topic: Opinion



Robert De Niro Asks Us to Remember 9/11

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In an effort to get people to pause and reflect on the tragic losses of September 11, 2001, BBDO New York has created a video for the National September 11 Memorial Museum. In the video, 9/11 Memorial Board Member Robert De Niro asks people "to pause, to reflect, to explore, to learn and to honor the best in humanity."

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by Steve Hall    Sep-11-13    
Topic: Cause, Celebrity



If Farmers Farmed Like Fisherman Fish

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World Wildlife Foundation in Canada is out with a john st.-created video, part of the organization's Sustainable Seafood campaign, that asks the question, "We don't farm like this. Why do you fish like this?"

In the animated video, we see a catch-all net of sorts collecting a huge pile of animals, trees, earth and whatever else gets caught in the net. It's meant to be a metaphor for unsustainable fishing practices that, while more efficient, catch much more than they should.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-11-13    
Topic: Cause



Colgate Makes It Easy to Tell Friends They Have Food in Their Teeth

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Colgate-Palmolive in Canada, with help from UNION, has launched a Twitter-based campaign entitled, "There's Something In Your Tweet," to support the introduction of the new Colgate Slim Soft toothbrush in Canada. The campaign includes a service that allows people to anonymously alert others they have food stuck in their teeth.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-11-13    
Topic: Social



Nat Bailey Stadium UFO Sighting A Marketing Stunt For Space Center

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A video entitled "UFO at Baseball Game" was uploaded to YouTube on September 5 and, to date, has been seen by 245,184 people. In the video, what is purported to be a UFO is seen hovering in the sky just beyond the outfield of Vancouver's Nat Bailey Stadium during a September 3rd Vancouver Canadians game.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-11-13    
Topic: Spoofs



Agency Says YouTube is Awesome! No, Seriously, They Really Do!

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Gleefully heaping praise on YouTube as if it had just launched yesterday, MDG Advertising is out with a video infographic (yes, that's a thing, too) that touts the benefits of creating video content and using YouTube to feature that content.

The video begins with the wonders of the Old Spice campaign and how the Gangnam style video generated $870,000 in revenue. We are then told top brand have, on average, 35,000 subscribers and 884,000 monthly video views. These brands have 203,000 Twitter followers and 2.6 million Facebook Likes.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-11-13    
Topic: Agencies, Video



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