- 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.
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.
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?
- 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.
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.
To drum up a bit of excitement for the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, The International Olympic Committee has launched The Best of Us Challenge, a collection of fake sporting events which wil pit Olympic athletes against regular people. For those who win, a free trip for to to Vancouver is in their future.
There will be hula-hooping, cartwheeling, juggling, plastic cup golfing and many more made up sports. Head over to The Best of Us Challenge site and you can watch Michael Phelps, Rafael Nadal, Lindssey Jacobellis and Shawn Johnson engage in this silliness. The site loads very slowly...or not at all.
Once upon a time plain old skiing and skating excited people. Hmm. How times have changed.
OK so now we know why those silly little Smart cars exist. They're really not good for much and look like they'll blow over in the wind but cupcake maker Little Debbie has a use for them. The brand is launching a new cupcake and, along with a Facebook page, a 125,000 carton cupcake giveaway, a mobile tour, a Twitter feed, a YouTube channel, a Flickr photostream, event marketing, TV spots and blogger bribes..,uh...blogger outreach, will giveaway two Smart cars.
Se the spots here.
At ad:tech Chicago last week, and prior to his opening talk, I approached Denuo CEO Rishad Tobaccowala in hopes of scoring an interview later on. He was in a hurry and answered in a way I found brusque and upsetting -- which ended up colouring my feelings about the keynote.
Tobaccowala emailed to apologize immediately after reading the article I wrote, and was also good enough to give me almost three hours of his time in an interview -- more of a conversation, really -- later that week.
We never did get around to a formal Q/A. But I learned so much about branding and relationships from him that most of the gems would be lost if I didn't whip out the cam and start recording.
See the footage below the drop.
My last ad:tech Chicago session was the Social Media Industry Forum, presented by Geoff Ramsey of eMarketer.
The sesh had a festive air for many reasons, not least that it was Ramsey's birthday. ad:tech's Warren Pickett burst in near the end to furnish him with candle-lit cupcakes.
But the company was also lively: we had a frothy, sometimes cynical and perennially candid band that included Digital Marketing Manager Katie O'Brien of Ben & Jerry's, President Rick Murray of Edelman Digital (which does interactive stuff for B&J's), PR/Social Media Manager Susan Wassel of Sanford Brands (here to rep Sharpie), and Digital Strategist Akash Pathak of DraftFCB, which worked with Wassel to bring life to Sharpie's label.
ad:tech Chicago's "Love for Sale -- How Great Creative Seduces Its Target" session was broken into two discernably useful parts: statistics on online dating, and seduction as a metaphor for marketing.
We'll begin at the beginning.
The Online Dating Crowd
Accompanied by Liz Ross of Digitas US, Fusion Idea Lab's Matt Brennock regaled us with both statistics and close-to-home anecdotes -- the kind that's fueled many a romantic comedy.
I heard one guy say the pair had great chemistry, and he commended them for "[opening] the kimono" the way they did. Given the topic matter, and Brennock's zeal for reminding us (first once, then twice, then...) that men really do just wanna get laid, the geisha metaphor was oddly appropriate.
- The average online dater is 42 years old.
- Match.com remains tops, with 3.4 million uniques/month, but people increasingly drift away from these big-box dating sites and into more niche fare: j-date, veggiedate, Christian singles. (AdAge blogger Kelly Eidson seized this opportunity to send me a link to STD Match, a dating site targeted to people living with sexually transmitted diseases. There are also -- as if you didn't know -- ethnicity-specific sites.)
If the world wasn't our oyster before, the marvelous advances of the internet, coupled with mankind's enterprising creative spirit, have ensured it certainly is now. There's a match worth blogging.