- And now that fashion brands are involved, we've relabeled the flashmob FlashWalk.
- Want to be Phamous in Vegas? Oops, that's another casino's thing. Anyway, Mandalay Bay has launched the Untamed Adventure Contest. Facebook. Untamed moments. Compromising positions. Pictures. Prizes.
- Dear PR people: Don't lie. You don't want to "gauge my interest." You want me to give you press. There's no need for code words.
- Please Hire Us. Crispin Porter + Bogusky interns beg for jobs. Complete with retro flashing logo.
- If you somehow missed it during the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, here's the :90 Michael Bay-directed commercial for your viewing pleasure.
Oh how we love a good flash mob. Remember the flash mob's quaint beginnings? Neither do we. It was so long ago and the "art form" has long been usurped by marketers. But hey, it's still fun to see a hundred or so people suddenly break into dance. Especially when the song is as catchy as the one that accompanies this Vegas-based Planet Hollywood flash mob.
The song, called "Phamous", and the flash mob performance were created in cooperation with the Planet Hollywood marketing department by Shay Carl and produced by Midi Mafia. None of the employees on duty at the time had any knowledge of the stunt.
So yea, it was planned. But we still like it.
Back for its fourth year, the popular ElfYourself from OfficeMax has more goodies than ever before. Now people can star in two dances, Hip Hop Elves and Singing Elves, along with favorites from past years. Of course, Facebook Connect has been added so people can easily use Facebook photos from within ElfYourself and post the video to walls. And, yes, Twitter's there as well.
In its past three year's existence, the game has garnered 284 million visits. There was also a flash mob stunt to hype this year's outing.
Place-based marketing? Yikes. Something that would be at home in the Dept. of Ad Creep, Mediacy, Inc. has found a way to cover up the graf found on the gajillion corrugated gates around cities using some type of specialty vinyl. Yeah full-color graphics with adhesive back! (Available only for NYC and LA markets as of right now.)
Coffee brand Douwe Egberts wants you talking more over coffee, because, well, coffee equals conversation. BUT DON'T TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT. From agency Duval Guillaume, Brussels in the house:
The coffee brand Douwe Egberts wanted to sell more coffee. They based their campaign on the insight that every good conversation is held while having a cup of coffee. At home, at work or at a restaurant. So how do we sell more coffee? Simple: create more conversations.
- And, yea, there was that whole KFC Colonel Sanders thing at the UN. Everyone's freaking out over the supposed security lapse. Or the stupidity of security guards who must have thought the Colonel was an actual delegate of some country called KFC.
- Something about a snake and Sigourney Weaver.
- This is kind of sad. Sometimes you just want to remember someone in their prime. Not when they should really be sitting on a porch somewhere peacefully enjoying the fact they had a good run.
OK. We've gotta admit. We love the work Improv Everywhere does for brands. While it might be seen as bothersome to have a group of people just randomly break out in song or dance in the middle of your day but don't we all need a pleasant distraction from time to time?
We're only seven days late to this but working with Gold n Fish Marketing, Improv Everywhere put together a grocery store musical for Trident Layers Gum. It's the story about fruit and how much better grocery store fruit would be if it were squished together.
OK, not literally. That would be gross. Figuratively, on the other hand, that'd make some pretty sweet tasting gum. Which, of course, is what this is all about. Nice work. And, as always, the gig got tons of coverage and was highlighted on CNN yesterday.
Joe Jaffe's Crayon (among other companies including Adam Brown at Coke) is behind a new program for Coke called Expedition 206. Beginning January 1, 2010, Coke will send three ambassadors around the world to visit 206 countries in 365 days. The purpose as Jaffe writes is to "seek out, discover and celebrate the epitome of 'happiness' as it presents itself across different people, places and cultures."
Sounds a bit like a corporate version of Matt Harding's work for Stride but hey, you can never leverage and monetize the power of "world happiness" enough. So it's all good.
With help from Crispin Porter + Bogusky (featuring built-in tweetage from @bogusky hisself!), two intrepid messengers from Brammo are on a mission to present President Obama with the most energy-efficient electric vehicle in America: the Brammo Enertia powercycle.
The pair adds a dash of bloggable epic to the quest by road-trippin' it from Detroit to Washington, DC: the route automotive CEOs took when they made their pilgrimages to beg for bailout aid.
"But instead of seeking aid, were going to present President Obama with a homegrown solution to the transportation crisis," the pair writes gleefully.
To succeed in their quest, dubbed ShockingBarack, they're depending on little more than "the kindness of everyday Americans." Visit the ShockingBarack website to offer them a place to crash, a source that'll help them get in touch with the President or an outlet to fuel their motorbikes. (They promise to reimburse you the $0.30 it takes to charge them.)
If you lack the inclination or the geographic convenience to do either, follow the journey. The latest video -- where they visit the Mayor of Adrian bearing a peace offering of donuts -- appears below.
- The Michelin Man is getting makeover. He's transforming into a "tire-chucking superhero." OK, then.
- WONGDOODY: The company, along with a few lucky staffers, will be featured on next week's Oct. 14 episode of "America's Next Top Model" as part of a "challenge" experienced by the season's petite models.
- Ooo. Ooo. Here's a good one from a reader: Bridge Worldwide, an ad agency in Ohio, is having employees spend the day selling the CMO's new book, Marketing With Meaning. They've sent my company four unsolicited emails about it, in addition to spamming social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter. Marketing With Meaning? I don't think these people understand what irony is.
- This is what those New York creatives who charge $750 per hour do with the money.
- Outside Magazine enters the world of Harry Potter moving media.
- Check out Milkquarious. It's about a rock idol, White Gold, who swears by the power of milk for strong bones, hair, teeth and nails.
- Yellow Pages guerrilla marketing campaign hits the target.