You Will Like This Film Festival or Your Hand Will be Cut Off

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So DraftFCB in Lisbon came up with an interesting way to leverage awareness of social media to promote the sponsorship of a film festival. To call attention to Jornal de Noticias' sponsorship of the 31st FantaPorto Oporto International Film Festival, the agency did a little modification to the Facebook Like icon bringing it more in line with the subject matter of the film festival.

Like it or die. Or something like that.

by Steve Hall    Feb-21-11    
Topic: Events, Strange



Lane Bryant to Celebrate Plus Size Models With Las Vegas Fashion Show

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If your commercial is deemed too hot to TV, what's a reputable fashion brand to do? Head to Las Vegas and host your own catwalk, of course. And that's just what Lane Bryant is doing. Early last year, the brand ran a commercial with a plus sized model whose boobs were apparently deemed too big for TV by Fox and ABC.

The ad featured 5'4" 22-year-old Ashley Graham who is a 38D...apparently far too enormous for the networks to handle. They need to get out more. 38D is really not that big if you just look around a bit. But we digress.

On February 20 at Planet Hollywood, Lane Bryant will stage its first fashion show in almost a decade. And, yes, Graham will be there along with other lane Bryant models Lizzie Miller and Sydni Sales.

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by Steve Hall    Feb-17-11    
Topic: Brands, Events, Racy



Taylor Momsen is Hot. But Not With All That Eyeshadow

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Yesterday Macy's Girl, along with the Material Girl and her daughter, Lourdes appeared at Macy's in New York for the launch of Lourde's Material Girl clothing line. Macy's Girl Momsen, looking like some sort of character out of a vampire flick, had so much eye shadow on it...um...overshadowed the fact she really is a very pretty woman. OK, girl. She's 17.

Of her fashion line, Lourdes told The Huffington Post, "I've always been really interested in fashion. My outfits when I was little and started dressing myself were awful. But I think the '80s are really back right now. I think it's really changing, a whole new scene is coming in. The geek chic is totally where we're going."

Just leave the over done black eyeshadow in the cosmetic case, Taylor.

by Steve Hall    Sep-23-10    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity, Events



18 Free Tips For Great Social Media Ads

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1. Use the right celebrity photo in context.
2. Using the word "free' always grabs people's attention.
3. Animating banners increases response rates by up to 25% on average. (Who knew?)
4. Using terms such as "Click Here", "Visit Now" and "Enter Here" increases click-rate by 15%
5. People love lists and statistics, 56% of which are made up.
6. Images grab attention more than words.
7. Smiling faces of hot girls work. (No, seriously)

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by Steve Hall    Aug-23-10    
Topic: Events



Cheddar Explodes, Bing Bings, Wired Connects, Pirelli Prances

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- In an effort to bring life to their "Cheddar Explosion" campaign, Kraft Macaroni & Cheese is sponsoring the demolition of Texas Stadium.

- Microsoft visited with 100 year old Dr. Richard J. Bing, made a story of the man's life and sent the result off to Sundance.

- Wired magazine is having a Super Bowl party. They'll have beer, food...and biometric devices attached to you to determine which ads you like.

- And here's the Pirelli calender again. NSFW.

- Not as bad as Agency.com fist bumping itself but this video highlighting Colle + McVoy's office signage approaches.

by Steve Hall    Jan-29-10    
Topic: Events



Old Ads Browsed, Conferences Buzzed

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- Like old ads? Check out Vintage Ad Browser.

- Are you at CES this week? See who else is with this Fuel Industries-created buzz tracker which visualizes the conversations occurring at the conference.

- Into video advertising? Tremor Media has a collection of new products and ad formats.

- Another calendar-based advertising option: Shane Rich, a photographer in Boulder,CO has just launched a 365-day photographic marketing project at oncemany.com. He's booking each day in 2010 for one client to have their business or individual message endorsed through his photography. He'll work with each client to create their message, then utilize his blog and other means of social media to document and market the results to the masses.

by Steve Hall    Jan- 6-10    
Topic: Events, Tools



'Lemonade' Will Motivate Your Lazy Laid Off Ass

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Last night the movie Lemonade premiered at the Brattle Street theater in Cambridge, MA. Erik Proulx, who publishes Please Feed the Animals, is the masteind and executive producer of the film.

Lemonade is a 40 minute documentary about how people changed their lives for the better after having been laid off. In the film 16 people, including yours truly, tell their individual stories. There's the guy who got laid off and posed nude Burt Reynolds-style to find a new job. There's the woman who lost her job and launched a yoga business. There's the guy who went to an interview and ended up in a truth campaign commercial. There's the guy who lost his job and decided to change his gender. And there's the guy who lost his job, got colon cancer and started a little blog called Adrants.

Each story is unique. Each story is heart warming. Each story illustrates the fact there is life after the pink slip.

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by Steve Hall    Dec- 1-09    
Topic: Events



Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa 'Funk Off'

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This comment may best sum up this recent work from LAVA Communications in Sydney promoting the December appearance of The Dalai Lama in Australia for a series of talks and teachings: "A band dressed up as old famous people. It's been done. Fail."

A video, called The Nobel Funk Off, is being sold as having been created by "An anonymous private supporter of His Holiness the Dalai Lama." In other words, it was created by the agency which also says it will "shift focus" in a couple of weeks to reveal more about the event.

Hey, it's all in good fun. right?

by Steve Hall    Nov-23-09    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Celebrity, Events



A Marine Speaks, Brangelina Snakes, $1,000 Beer and a Greener NBC

- Spend five with this PSA, it's worth it.

- Friendly, enjoyable and good natured cash-back initiative--or riot

- Redskins will remain Redskins.

- Walk the Walk for Designism and bid on some cool artists' shoes.

- Surrendering to the Olympics.

- Calling all media all-star rock star freaks.

- At a $1,000 a bottle, drink this brew s-l-o-w.

- NBC goes green for primetime shows.

- It's about the Brangelina jewelery snakes people.

by Bill Green    Nov-16-09    
Topic: Announcements, Cause, Celebrity, Events



Colored Balloons Flood River to Hype Camera

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Seems this stunt was a missed opportunity to use the song 99 Red Balloons. Of course, there were more than 99 balloons in this stunt and they weren't al red so we guess it makes sense they chose other music to accompany.

What the hell are we talking about? Yet another stunt to promote yet another goofy hook to get people to buy a camera. In this case the camera comes from Sony Ericsson and the goofy hook is a character called Hopper which is basically a bouncing balloon you get to design.

The event, called Hopper Invasion, that's highlighted in this video took place November 4 on the Spree river in Berlin. Thousands of colored balloons were dropped and corralled on the river while a DJ spun tunes and people...well...just started at the balloons. Seriously. That's all it was. Who knew watching a bunch of balloons float on water could be so exciting. Guess we don't get out much.

by Steve Hall    Nov-10-09    
Topic: Events










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