Starwood Hotels Joins Blogosphere

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Launched in late March by Starwood Hotels, TheLobby promises "to help keep Starwood Preferred Guests on top of the latest travel trends." The blog offers general travel information as well as programs available at it collection of hotels including the Westin, Sheraton, St. Regis and W. The Wall Street Journal analyzes the whole thing but we'll sum it up. It's a blog. Great. They don't accept comments. Bad.

by Steve Hall    Apr-12-06    
Topic: Good, Weblogs



Nikon Hires Kate Moss, Leaves Cocaine Behind

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It seems everyone's over the whole Kate Moss cocaine addiction thing. After all, it's not surprising given how fickle we are as an industry and how we love our celebs. Kate Moss, hot off returning to Calvin Klein, has signed with Nikon to help promote the company's new Coolpix S6 camera line. Moss will appear in print, TV and cinema ads as well as a promotional website which teases visitors to come back May 8 when "all will be revealed" even though the promotional site progresses to the Nikon site that tells you about the camera. MWW worked on the project concept. McCann-Erikson created the spots.

by Steve Hall    Apr-12-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Celebrity, Good, Online, Television



'March of The Penguins,' 'Thin Blue Line' Get Undocumentaried

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With the tagline, "some stories make better documentaries," director Kevin Donavon and McKinney Silver, Durham "remade" March of the Penguins and The Thin Blue Line for the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival held April 6-9. They're both very good. Watch them here.

by Steve Hall    Apr-12-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Industry Events



'Sexy Champions' Rise On Cox And MTV

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Here's a commercial with way too much word play to leave alone. Placing the words "Cox," "rise" and "sexy" all in the same 30 seconds along with an over sexed Bio teacher just, well, rocks MTV2 style. Yes, this is a commercial for both Cox cable and MTV2 that uses the "rising" band Sexy Champions to gain street cred. There's another longer version of the commercial here.

by Steve Hall    Apr-12-06    
Topic: Cable, Commercials, Good, Strange



'Star Trek' Returns With Weird Promo

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Cable channel G4 is trying to breathe new life into the original Star trek series by creating an entertainment mash-up to use the buzz word of the day. Working with LA agency 72andSunny, G4 came up with a play-while-you-watch game called The Spock Market that allows viewers to buy, sell and trade shares of characters, aliens, gadgets and ships. Stock values change based on events in the episodes. Now that's a pretty cool way to get today's Internet geeks in tune with yester-year's Star Trek geeks. There's some funny stop-motion commercial that promote the whole thing which you can view here and here.

by Steve Hall    Apr-11-06    
Topic: Cable, Games, Good, Online



McDonald's 'Mobile Whoa' Promotion Leverages SMS

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Tulsa area McDonald's have teamed with mobile marketing company Gamut Industries to create Mobile Whoa, a campaign that offers people an SMS scavenger hunt, mobile coupons and a mobile phone picture gallery. People can join the hunt by texting "hunt 62931" or at the website. Clues will be sent until the mystery is solved.

The coupons, dubbed "mCoup," are available beginning April 17 and will provide a free small order of fries or hash browns. Damn, I'm in! The mobile phone picture directory will offer ring tones and wallpapers to those who upload photos.

by Steve Hall    Apr-11-06    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Good, Mobile/Wireless



Magnetic Paper Promoted In Roundabout Manner

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Chicago Agency Hadrian's Wall has created an interesting campaign for its client Magnecote paper. Rather than simply advertise the product to its target, agency creatives and production people who can use the stuff to make magnetic posters, Hadrian's Wall took a different approach. They chose a public service cause, World Bicycle Relief, enlisted seven other agencies to create PSAs for WBR. Magnecote agreed to produce the campaign, WBT agreed to run it, the campaign had to use Magnecote paper and each campaign would be voted upon by the public. Now isn't that a whole lot more interesting that just placing a few boring ads in Creativity for a product as boring as magnetic paper?

by Steve Hall    Apr-11-06    
Topic: Agencies, Campaigns, Good, Outdoor, Specialty



'Alzheimer' Commercial Not About Alzheimer's

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Because this spot is labeled "Alzheimer," we figured it had something to do with the dreaded disease. It doesn't but has to do with an equally horrific situation, one that often never is revealed until the end if at all. Watch. The ad was created by Leo Burnett Lisbon.

by Steve Hall    Apr-11-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good



Toilet Floor Browser Provides Stall Time Entertainment

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Media Plaza places Internet browsers beneath the surface of bathroom floors to there's somethinf to do while you take a load off. After all, there's not going to be any newspapers to read in the stall soon since there all converting to online so there's needs to be something to do while on the can.

by Steve Hall    Apr-11-06    
Topic: Good, Online



advertising for peanuts: Apollo Optik

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Advertising For Peanuts points us to this ingenious ad for German eyewear retailer Apollo Optik which, as Advertising For Peanuts says, puts sex as a selling point to good use.

by Steve Hall    Apr-11-06    
Topic: Good, Poster







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