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Volvo Trucks President Has 32 Ton Balls in Crazy YouTube Stunt

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We thought Steve Wynn sitting atop his new hotel in Las Vegas was a cool stunt. That's nothing compared to the stunt Volvo Truck President Claes Nilsson just pulled. In a video that has garnered upwards of 750,000 views since September 1, Nilsson stands atop a Volvo FMX truck and says, "I've learned that when you want to make a YouTube hit, you need a hook at the beginning of the film."

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 3-13    
Topic: Brands, Guerilla, Video, Viral



Son Buys Promoted Tweet to Complain About British Airways After Airline Lost His Father's Luggage

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This, quite possibly, might be a first. We're all used to brand after brand after brand mucking up our Twitter feed with promoted tweets. But have you ever seen an individual purchase a promoted tweet to better guarantee his complaint won't go unnoticed?

After British Airways lost his father's luggage, Husan Syed took to Twitter to complain. But rather than simply tweet a rant as most do, Syed bought a promoted tweet in New York and UK markets Monday night which aviation marketing consultancy SimplyFlying said garnered 25,000 tweets in the first six hours.

The tweet read, "Don't fly @BritishAirways. Their customer service is horrendous."

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 3-13    
Topic: Brands, Social, Worst



There Is Something Wrong With This UGG For Men Ad Featuring Tom Brady

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In an analogy of his career and love for the team bus, Tom Brady can be seen walking through a 250 foot bus in this M&C Saatchi LA-created UGG For Men ad entitled "For Gamechangers." The ad chronicles Brady's journey from high school athlete to Super Bowl-winning NFL player and consummate man of character.

It's too bad that 250 feet of awesomeness isn't actually 250 feet. Take note when he gets off the bus at the end of the spot. We know, we know, it's supposed to be a metaphor. But still.

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 3-13    
Topic: Celebrity, Commercials



Ted Dhanik, engageBDR CEO, Touts Ad Serving's Need For Speed

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As you may have heard, real-time time bidding is a burgeoning practice in the interactive space. And, since we're talking real-time here ans in, you know, real-time, making sure your ads get served as fast as possible is, well, kind of important. In this interview, engageBDR CEO Ted Dhanik explains why speed is important and why it's crucial to a brand's online advertising.

In the interview, Dhanik note that brands running global campaigns from servers in the US risk the possibility of consumers leaving the page before ad load.

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 3-13    
Topic: Online



Facebook Bans Boobs Again, Can't Tell Difference Between Birds And Boobs

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Let's just put it out there. Facebook is very puritanical when it comes to breastfeeding and boobs. The social network just can't handle the fact they are a part of life. The most recent "offense" to Facebook's distaste for boobs was illustrated when it banned an an for Christmas Island's Bird'n'Nature Week.

Wait, what? Yes, you read that right. Facebook banned an ad promoting a nature appreciation week. The ad from the Australian island invited eco-tourists to come appreciate the island's offerings, specifically, the Red-footed Booby, the Brown Booby and the Abbott Booby. Yes, they banned the ad because they didn't like the fact these birds are referred to as Boobies.

OK, OK, it might have been the ad's suggestive headline which read,"Some gorgeous shots here of some juvenile boobies." Facebook claims the ad breached the site's guidelines by "addressing the age, gender or sexual orientation of users on Facebook." Wait. So Facebook users are birds? We're confused.

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 3-13    
Topic: Policy, Strange



Two Cops, One Hole: The Worst 'Viral Video' You Will Ever See

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Jesus. Where do we start. OK, the easy stuff first. At 2:32, this "viral video," created by Hamburg-based Kinematograph 27/7, is two minutes longer than it needs to be. Second, these are supposed to be cops in NYC? With those accents? Third, why would a cop be such an asshole to a couple of onlookers? Fourth, who the hell would stick their arm into a dark hole without knowing what's in it? And fifth, who the hell takes a cow for a walk in New York city? Watch at your own risk.

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 3-13    
Topic: Strange, Viral, Worst



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