Coca-Cola is in a bit of hot water over a bilingual promotion in Canada which resulted in "You Retard" being printed on Vitaminwater bottle caps. The bottle cap was found by Blake Loates whose sister, Fiona, has cerebral palsy. Fiona's father, Doug Loates was angered and wrote a scathing letter to Coke.
In the letter, Loates wrote in part,"The R-word is considered a swear word in our family. What would YOU do if you opened up your bottle of Vitamin Water and on the bottom of the lid it read, 'YOU RETARD? I bet you'd be pissed if you had a Fiona in your life! ... Can you imagine if SHE [Fiona] had opened this bottle???"
Well this one's going to sting for life. After finding out her daughter lied about sleeping over with friends at an older boy's house, the girl's mother placed four One Direction tickets she had bought for her daughter and some friends for sale on eBay.
And she didn't just place them on sale. Accompanying the ad was a scathing letter publicly chastising her daughter for her behavior. While punishment in this case is likely warranted, doing so publicly is questionable. Yes, it sent a strong message to the daughter but does she need to be scarred for life for committing a "crime" her mother basically admits to doing herself when she was a kid? Or at least that the mother's friends did when they were kids. Of course, this doesn't make what the daughter did right.
Social media is great. It's great for marketing efforts but what about your business as a whole? That's where social business comes in. Today, marketing teams have to work smarter and faster across a growing range of activities and an increasingly diverse array of participants. Improving cross-functional collaboration is the new marketing mandate, and social business is the enabler, allowing marketing teams to drive more leads, increase sales and cut operational costs.
If you decide to watch this four minute Mediacom-created Audi ad that touts the vehicle's awesome gas mileage and which features Homeland star Claire Danes, you'll have to wait until the very end for the payoff. But if you were a fan of Danes when she played Angela Chase on My So-Called Life, you'll absolutely love it.
Oh to be a creative working on a game account. It's like the perfect storm of childhood dreams and adult access to big boy toys. In this case, the creatives are from twofifteenmccann and the game is Forza Motorsports 5 for Xbox One.
The creative team bolted a camera onto the engine block of a McLaren 12 supercar and turned that camera on 680 printed aluminum panels while the car drove at 120 miles per hour turning the whole thing into the coolest flipbook ever.
George Takei, perhaps more famous now for his social media wit than for his role on Star Trek, has teamed with AARP for a video series which aims to provide older Americans with interesting and educational technology-focus content. AARP says the series, called Takei's Take,"takes a smart, funny, irreverent look at what is happening in the world of the Internet and how it infiltrates our lives."
So perhaps you've seen her videos already but if you haven't you should head over to AdWeek and check them out. We're talking about Lauren Reeves who is a comedian and has been brought in by AdWeek to comment on advertising. In her second outing, Lauren, who's quite hot herself, comments on brands' penchant for likening hot women to cars.
Next week is Advertising Week. Are you excited? Can you wait until Monday when it all begins? Do you need a promotional video to get you in the mood? San Francisco-based Mekanism is here to help with a hipster-ific take on the advertising business that celebrates the event's 10th anniversary. If we didn't know better, we'd think the entire industry was staffed by a bunch of 20-somethings who like to twirl around in a circle while enjoying X. Oh, wait.
A new campaign from The Martin Agency would like to convince us that Moen bathroom faucets are so fashionable, they can be worn as jewelry. Hey, ask your grandparents if they thought a telephone would ever become a fashion statement. Stranger things have happened.
In New Zealand, Royal Caribbean has launched what it claims is the world's first Instagram film festival. Created by Hulsbosch and Circul8, a campaign leading up to the festival will encourage people to film and hashtag Instagram videos which represent "wow" moments.
The InstaFilm Festival, as it's called, invites people to upload their "wow" moments using Instagram's video feature via the hashtag #InstaFilmFest. Passengers, friends and family can also vote on their favorite short film captured anywhere, anytime not just on board a Royal Caribbean cruise.
Those films receiving the most votes will be celebrated at a special VIP on board screening event to be announced for February 2014. An expert panel of judges to be announced late 2013 will choose the winners.