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Pontiac, in partnership with failing "The Apprentice," is donating $500,000 to major charities nationwide in a campaign called Raise the Roof. Beginning May 30th at 12 PM, Pontiac will ask people to help donate a half a million dollars to their favorite charities. Pontiac, in turn, will make the donations. Those show choose to donate will have the chance to win one of two G6 hardtop convertibles. The winner gets one and the winner's favorite charity gets the other.
On June 5, Budget Rent-A-Car will re-launch its Up Your Budget Treasure Hunt game. Last time, physical clues were placed in 16 cities around the country with online videos hinting at their location. Upon finding the clues, winners would receive $10,000. This time, the game is "armchair" so everyone can play without leaving the comfort of their home. The contest will last for four weeks. Each day, Monday though Thursday of each of the four weeks, clues to a virtual journey will be provided. Contestants, using the clues, will guess the length of the journey weeks' journey and offer up their answer Friday. The person guessing the exact mileage or the closest to it wins $25,000. Second place gets $10,000, third gets $5,000.
The game, as it was before, is blog-based and users will be encouraged share their stories as they hunt for the contest's clues. The contest will be promoted with a nationwide, live-read radio buy and an online buy on the BlogAds blog advertising network. The campaign was concepted (oops, conceptualized) by Cendent Car Rental Group's (Budget's parent company) Becky Alseth and IMPAX Marketing's Jay Arnold and designed by Design4Results' Komra Moriko. The blog ads can be viewed here.
To celebrate the uselessness of a desk in the of the mobile office, Vodafone is promoting its mobile office solutions with a site that lets you choose a desk and then watch it be destroyed by a compacting machine. Hey, it's something to do.
While traveling over the memorial Day weekend to escape the world of advertising, American Copywriter's John January wasn't entirely successful and shares with us the marvel that is the Midwestern billboard. From tuxedo clad car salesman to well drillers to incessant church advertising to Kum & Go, the midwest is, apparently, full of entertaining outdoor advertising.
Those Europeans sure do love their football and this massive and unique outdoor board from Adidas placed over a bridge construction site is a clear representation of that love. The board features German goalkeeper Oliver Kahn making a killer save. If Americans displayed their love of things this way, we'd have a gigantic image of Tom Cruise jumping over a highway shaped like a couch or a floating Army of inflatable paparazzi chasing Britney Spears and she dropped her baby from the top of the Empire State Building. Thankfully, we're just not that creative.
We know the French aren't hung up about sex the way we Americans are who only hint at it in advertising and media in the most politically correct, conservative manner. While we might get our kicks out of America's version of a sexy ad such as Paris Hilton slithering over a Bentley for Carl's Jr or the Cleaning Hunk cleaning homes nearly naked for Xtra Pine or even Axe's many sexually laced ads but there's way more than a kick to be had from this promotional website for French fashion brand Shai which takes sex all the way to its full-on, X-rated orgasmic completion.
While we're not sure something as simple as winning a soccer game will always pull a country out of civil war, that's exactly what happened to Ivory Coast after it's team qualified for the World Cup. ESPN leveraged this to promote its coverage of the World Cup in a spot voiced by Bono with music from U2. The spot is one of four created by Wieden & Kennedy, produced by FilmCore and mixed by audioEngine. View the spot here.
It's usually the agencies that get all the glory when it comes to television and video production but without directors, producers, sound engineers and special effects expert, most TV spots would still be in story board form laying around the creative conference room next to half empty lattes. So, from time to time, we like to call attention to those behind the scene that make your spots pretty. This time, it's Stardust Studios which did some work for R/GA on their What's Your Game About? video featured on NikeBasketball.com. In the video, Kobe Bryant, Jason Kidd, Vince Carter, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobli, MVP Steve Nash and others do their thing while Stardust does theirs. Give it a look.
The city of Istanbul is promoting reading with book benches. Benches that look like an open book have been placed around the city and on each bench which carry poems from 18 famous Turkish poets. You can view a larger image of the bench here.
AdPulp points to a New York Times article which details a deal Snapple made with Boston radio station WFNX in which Snapple paid $2 million to be the sole sponsor on the station from Memorial Day to July 4. Under the deal, no other advertiser will be heard on WFNX and its two other station in Maine and New hampshire. The sponsorship will consist of integrated brand messaging including DJ acknowledgment of Snapple's "Summer Free For All' sponsorship, allusion to Snapple tagline by frequent mention WFNX is "playing the best stuff on Earth" and the Snapple "whoosh" sound effect.
WFNX, an alternative station, is probably the only station in the Boston that would touch this but its admirable and something Snapple project agency EMCI President Jay Coleman has wanted to do since 1982 when he was impressed with New York's WAPP going commercial free that summer for a format change. We eagerly look forward to the results of this move.