Once again, ridiculous over reaction has occurred, this time over a Publicis-created Toronto Blue Jays spot that shows two kids having a pillow fight which designated hitter frank Thomas then joins and whacks one of the kids off the bed with a pillow. The Television Bureau of Canada, a watchdog for Canada's private broadcasters would not approve the spot to air. Blue Jays VP of Marketing sums it all up saying, "I think we are taking ourselves a little too seriously if we're saying a pillow fight cannot air because it's viewed as too aggressive, or Frank's too big versus a small child."
Chicago's Flow Creative has whipped up a fun campaign for what sounds like a seriously mundane business, Chicago Board Options Exchange which has fun with clown surgeons who don't know how to operate and boxers who think oven mitts will do the trick. This is one of those campaigns that only makes sense if your in the financial industry. Otherwise, when you hear the close of the clown spot which says "when it comes to options, there's no substitute for CBOE." you'll just respond by asking, "Huh?"
You've got to wonder about a person who would accept money to sleep on a desk...in public..all day long. On second thought, what's to wonder? It's a perfect gig. Get paid to sleep. That's what FedEx Kinko's did as part of its No More Allnighters promotion which promotes the company's Print Online service. There's also an "explore the cubicle" website and a video in which a guy consumes the necessary liquid to perform an allnighter. Good stuff.
The New York Times' Stuart Elliott reports The Week will publish an issue that focuses on environmental issues and in true tree hugger fashion, the issue will only be published online. On April 20, the issue will be available to all, not just subscribers to the magazine. Lexus is sponsoring it and will use the site to promote its hybrid vehicles.
In true fashion, Stuart goes on endlessly so if you're interested in how this will affect the magazine's readership, what other print publications have taken to online either by choice or out of sheer economics, how Lexus is challenging other media to change their game, the pop up stores Lexus created last fall in tandem with Conde Nast and Hearst, the previous promotion The Week did with Philips and this gem: "Single sponsorships, in print and on TV, are becoming popular among marketers as they seek to stand out from the commercial clutter," be sure to read the article in its entirety.
Molecular and Carat Fusion have put together a site called Run Easy for Reebok. The site allows runners to enter and share their favorite running routes as well as discuss routes in a forum, view run route images and listen to play lists people have created for those routes. The site is smarlt designed and allows for the traditional use of the back button unlike most overly designed Flash sites. They get points alone just for that. Check it out. We like.
Our friends over at Duval Guillaume in Antwerp have created another intriguing piece of creative for Brother's Inobella printing technology. Three guys dressed in colorful suits babble on endlessly in an existential-ish manner about mindless topics at a bar late at night. The tagline? "Colors that stay longer." Get it? We thought so. Take a look at the spot here.
Following its long running strategy of attracting men with the most powerful aphrodisiac, women, and its latest Bom Chica Wah Wah theme, Lynx, with help from the Lynx Mynxes, has launched Lynx Players and the Bom Chicka Wah Wah Rally - some kind of flirting contest. Anyway, it's all about bodacious babes and Florida sunshine. Oh, and, apparently, some deodorant gets sold along the way.
For their ongoing Want 2 B Square campaign (whose Boy Meets Girl video we're still fawning over), Scion throws out the last of its six worlds, The Beat. It's music-themed and contains a Dance Dance Revolution-type game, which we like but are ashamed of liking.
We've grown fond of Want 2 B Square and are even starting to think the xB's aren't bad on the eyes. But sentimentality aside, Scion has done a good job of using alternative forms of marketing and subculture inclusions to push the weird customizable vehicle. Which is more than what we can say for some.
This is a really nice retrospective of Porsche's racing history. Firstborn and Carmichael Lynch have created new website for the Porsche Cayenne that contains a video which highlights the automaker's Trophy Girls who narrate the video and talk about their past involvement. A nice piece of work.
Some things are creepy and then there's just cringe worthy gagginess. Keta Keta is up to its tricks again, this time for 21clips. This guy gets much more than a birthday cake for his 21st birthday.