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This Classy Drink Safely Campaign Isn't Afraid to Drop the F-Bomb

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Drinkwise Australia is out with a decidedly elegant approach to convincing young people to stay classy and drink properly. Two animated videos are narrated by a very proper Englishman who makes even the words "fuck-eyed" and "shit-faced" sound Shakespearean.

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by Steve Hall    Feb-28-14    
Topic: Cause



Pennzoil to Give SXSW Attendees Real-Life Mario Cart Racing Experience

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Last year, JWT launched a pop up ad agency at SXSW called Walter. It's aim was to meet with 25 startups with the goal of working with a few of them. This year, JWT Atlanta will launch an experiential marketing effort called Pennzoil Presents Mario Karting Reimagined which aims to pimp Mario 8. All SXSW Gaming and Interactive attendees will be able to race their friends on a custom-built track.

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by Steve Hall    Feb-28-14    
Topic: Industry Events



5 Content Marketing Strategies to Guarantee Success

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Content comprises one of three pillars in online marketing with the other two being search and social. Indeed, online content feeds these other two pillars and, according to statistics released by CMO, 20% of the average company's content drives 90% of its web traffic.

This is one reason the landscape has seen such a shift in terms of top brands becoming publishers. The reason for this strong focus on content is simple: increased engagement with the target audience. Over 50% of in-house and agency marketers cite high engagement as one of their top three business objectives, and online content acts as a direct vehicle to engage with customers and prospects.

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by Steve Hall    Feb-28-14    
Topic: Social



Watch YouTube Celebrity Grace Helbig Sell St. Ives Hydration Spray

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On behalf of Unilever, Arnold New York hooked up with YouTube sensation Grace Helbig to create a video promoting St. Ives Fresh Hydration Lotion Spray. So far, the video has achieved 113,000 views since its launch February 24.

It's also got 13,000 likes and over 1,000 comments. In addition, Grace's 5:40 "Behind the Scenes of My St. Ives Commercial" video has received just upwards of 150,000 views. Not blockbuster numbers but not too shabby either.

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by Steve Hall    Feb-28-14    
Topic: Video



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Moovd Enables Marketers to Create Video For the Price of A Gourmet Sandwich

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Remember that all-type T-Mobile ad that ran during the Super Bowl? Wonder how much it cost? So do we but we can bet it cost several tens of thousands. And only a handful of marketers will ever be able to afford to produce a spot like that let alone air it during the Super Bowl.

Enter Moovd, a new video creation platform that centers on kinetic typography technology, or, in plain english, moving type. You know what we're talking about. Those ad that are all text and accompanied with a voiceover and.or music. Yea, yeah, you just want to yawn, right?

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by Steve Hall    Feb-28-14    




New Company to Make Sure Your Brand Isn't Misrepresented Online

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Over the last few years, as the online marketing industry has continued to grow and evolve, its practices and technologies have become increasingly complex. There are new marketing channels popping up all around us and opening up previously unknown revenue streams that are lucrative to both brand manufacturers and resellers alike.

The challenge for brands though is in taking advantage of these new opportunities, because despite their ability to generate more revenue, they also generate more potential risks for large brands because of the number and anonymity of the affiliates involved. Thus, companies often forfeit control over the ways in which their brand is represented in the hopes of earning more profit, but this is a dangerous game.

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by Steve Hall    Feb-27-14    
Topic: Tools



Creative 'Wet Dream' Has Mirands Kerr in Bed With Sneakers

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Ladies? You wear sneakers to bed right? Partners of ladies, you love when she kicks the covers off and reveals her new Reebok Skyscape kicks, right? Well, apparently, the folks over at DDB New York do and they've snagged international supermodel Miranda Kerr to show you just how sexy wearing shoes to bed (and into the shower) can be.

And this wouldn't be a campaign featuring international supermodel Miranda Kerr if there weren't a TV commercial which voyeuristically drools all over Kerr as she returns home from a run, strips off her top, wriggles out of her thong-style panties and climbs into the shower.

Yup, another frustrated creative's wet dream in action.

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by Steve Hall    Feb-27-14    
Topic: Celebrity



This German DIY Store Promoted Renovation Products by Renovating Buildings

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Here's an interesting use of outdoor advertising. Engaged in a epic price war with the competition, German do-it-yourself store OBI hooked up with Jung von Matt which create billboards with a unique goal.

Answering the question "Why promote things that make our homes more beautiful, with advertising that makes everything look uglier?", Jung von Matt created billboards by actually renovating sections on run down buildings near OBI stores.

The boards demonstrate what can be done with OBI products in real world scenarios people can understand. And the billboards permanently beautify the area. Instead of making it uglier with price-war messaging.

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by Steve Hall    Feb-26-14    
Topic: Outdoor



Here's One Excuse to Go to Cannes Early This Year

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If you didn't have reason to be in Cannes longer than a week, perhaps now you do. Well, as long as you're active in the health space. The first ever Lions Health will take place in the Palais des Festivals, Cannes, France, 13-14 June 2014 and will welcome to the stage a speaker line-up that will include some of the most awarded creatives in healthcare and top marketers from around the world.

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by Steve Hall    Feb-26-14    
Topic: Industry Events



Here's Why You Should Crowdsource Lead Generation

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Imagine if the entire world was your sales force. Imagine that any time, a potential buyer of your product or services was "in market," one of your current customers told them about you - in a very positive manner. Talk about real-time marketing. What if you had an army of "friends" who were telling their friends about your products and services? Sound too good to be true?

It's already a reality for many big brands that are reaching out to customers who can influence their potential prospects' buying decisions, and they are recruiting them as a lead generation channel. Customers are a great source of leads. So are employees. And so is anyone else who could influence a buyer's decision. Every brand has people that will advocate on their behalf. As we used to say at IBM - "all you have to do is ask".

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by Steve Hall    Feb-26-14    
Topic: Social



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