Keeping up the action on its Candystand site, WM. Wrigley Jr. Company has released a new advergame created by Stimunation. The game is called Monster Trucks and you get to brand your truck and drive it over all kinds of obstacles and, best of all, crash it. Mmm. Going out to buy some Lifesavers now.
Earlier, we said, "We're not a teen and we're not going to try to pretend we know who will.i.am, Fergie, Taboo and apl.de.ap are because, well, we're already only almost sorta hip and we don't want to slide over into the tragically un-hip column." So, again, we're not going to try. We'll just say this is part two of Instant Def, an online video series featuring the artists as superheroes. Oh, and the picture of Fergie in stockings pushing a hospital bed? As we've said many times before, we don't create this stuff. We just share what the PR types end us. Of course, it's always our pleasure to share images like this one with readers because we know you appreciate it. Well, some of you, at least. To the others, we offer our sincere apology on behalf of the entire sex-fixated advertising industry.
In this heartwarmingly witty Bridgestone tire commercial, a poor dog scorned by his lover takes matters into his own hands the only way a lover can. But, Bridgestone is there to prevent unfortunate things from happening. Now only if Bridgestone could heal a broken heart.
The Sheraton Hotel is continuing its foray into the world of social media. Back in April, the hotel launched The Lobby, a blog ab out travel trends and featured destinations. Today, Sheraton has relaunched its corporate website to include travel stories submitted by anyone whether or not they stayed at a Sheraton hotel during theit travels. Called Our Global Neighborhood, asks people to indicate where they traveled to, where they stayed, to share a picture and to write a short summary of their experience. The summary then appears on a map so other travelers interested in checking out particular locations can read what travelers have experienced.
With this effort, Sheraton is specifically moving away from typical hotel sites which are transaction-based and towards a more complete travel experience. While there's no lack of places on the Internet people can go to check out other's travel experiences, placing these experiences on a major travel brand's site just makes it that much easier for people to find and participate with.
Acknowledging nothing could be more boring than the topic of workers' compensation, the Workers' Compensation Board of Nova Scotia has launched a site that calls attention to the 4,754 bodily injuries that occur each year to workers by displaying "lost" body parts in a retail store setting. The store comes complete with the usual displays but these displays contain legs, arms, feet, fingers, ears, backs and a friendly sales person with witty comments to assist you with your shopping. Created by Halifax-based Extreme Group, the site offers safety tips to young workers, how to handle workers' compensation issues and how to return to work.
If the premise of Ford's new Bold Moves documentary, which promises to rip the bullshit out of the company, holds true, the company may actually live up to the promise of its new "Bold Moves" ad campaign. The online documentary series promises an unfettered look inside the company and how it plans to return to profitability by 2008. The first episode of the series recounts Ford's glory days but very quickly admits its tenuous position in the face of superior foreign automotive companies which continue to take more and more market share. With the documentary, Ford promises to tell the honest story of how it will engineer its own comeback.
While YouTube wanted to partner all along, NBC saw the existence of its content on YouTube as some sort of horrific abuse of copyright law and forced the video site to remove various NBC clips such as the famed "Lazy Sunday." Now, the net has reversed its line of thinking, realizing that keeping content off YouTube is similar to telling a 13 year old she can't use MySpace. In a deal between the two, NBC will have a branded area on YouTube where various network programming clips will be uploaded on a weekly basis insuring far better reach and distribution than the net using just its own site. NBC will also promote the partnership on-air including a contest which calls for people to submit their own promotional spots for The Office. The winner will get their submission aired in August during the show.
Not that any animal in their right mind would actually want to live in a zoo if they had the choice but these commercials for the Toronto Zoo would have us believe so. OK, so that statement was tinged with tree-hugging liberalism but would you want to live in a cage if you didn't have to? Anyway, there's three spots and they're sort of funny. There's also a website at which you can here other animals plea for a life in the zoo. They were created by Lowe Roche.
When you travel a lot and sometimes find yourself peering out that tiny little fish eye hole in your hotel room door, you don't usually expect to see the Papa Johns pizza delivery man staring you back in the face. It's a little off putting especially if you don't expect it but that's exactly what Saatchi & Saatchi dod for Papa Johns and they got an awards for in at Cannes. Nice work.
Inc.com has launched a new outdoor campaign in New York City which will run through August 20th. The company tells us the campaign is intended to target business owners and C-level executives at privately held companies. The ads will appear on 20 public telephone kiosks located throughout the midtown Manhattan business district and will feature copy and artwork explaining what's available on Inc.com. Let's