So Halo 3 is out. Everyone's happy. As part of the promotional fun, Pead PR held an event called Halo 3 Ice Block Buster. The promotion placed a one ton block of ice in Queen Elizabeth Square in Aukland which gamers, who were lined up at midnight yesterday to get their hands on the game could squirt water pistols at the block until it melted. Inside the block were 50 numbered tokens which awarded such prizes as Samsung LCD TVs, Xbox 360 consoles and Halo 3 games. It took four hours to get all 50 coupons out of the block. Game on.
This is just awesome. We don't know why but it is. Maybe it's because anytime you place a cute, cuddly character on the street it attracts a lot of attention and makes everyone happy. That's what's happening in Holland with a fish named Guppie, a forlorn looking red fish who ambles about from town to town capturing the public eye.
While no one new at firts, Guppie's purpose was to call attention to a GreenPeace website called MaakSchoonSchap which makes people aware of endangered fish being sold in their supermarkets and asks that they stop buying them.
What's not to like about a cuddly, sad looking fish? It worked for Nemo.
- Next week, Union Square Park in San Francisco will be transformed into a Zen garden with 25 tins of gravel, stepping stone and bamboo courtesy of the Westin Hotels & Resorts.
- I got my Adsturbation T-shirt (Thanks, Deutsch). Did you get yours?
MediaBuyerPlanner observed this campaign running in LA and New York for Desperate Housewives. Apparently nearly a dozen parking lots in the respective counties have lots reserved "For Desperate Housewives" to draw attention to the fact that the new season starts this Sunday.
The minds behind the campaign are Parking Stripe Advertising from Colorado. According to NPR this morning, the move might have drawn attention for all the wrong reasons. Nobody really likes being dubbed a "desperate housewife" -- "even if they're 'desperate' for parking!" the broadcaster quipped.
Interestingly, some strip malls in Fremont, CA reserve parking for "expecting mothers." Guess the secret is all in how you label privileged parking.
- Here's a making of video highlighting the creation of a 3D graffiti project for Reebok in Cracow.
- Arnold and fashion-focused No. 11 have teamed to launch ArnoldEleven, an entity which will serve the fashion, beauty and luxury industries.
The New York Times is throwing in the towel on its subscription based Times Select product saying the growth of online advertising allows for far more revenue.
- Check this out for some face licking goodness from Guinness.
Every time we think we've written, "Just when you thought every last square inch of space has been plastered with advertising...," yet another new form of ad creep rears its ugly head. Though this new laundromat promotion for the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory isn't so ugly. Working with Laundromedia Inc. (who new such companies existed?) CBS placed banners across four washing machines. Hey, there's nothing else to do while your clothes are washing. You might as well stare at ads.
Just how do companies like Laundromedia Inc. get there start? Very simply and very mundanely as Foounder David Kessler explains, "I was standing in front of the washers, waiting for the spin to stop, just staring at a sea of white and I went, 'Wait -- these machines could have ads on them.'" We still think an enterprising house painting company is, one day, going to knock on our door, offer to paint our house for free as long as they can turn the house into a gigantic Home Depot ad.
This is completely left-field. Eager to associate itself with Who's Next '07, an international fashion show, Wrangler (yeah, did you see that coming? We didn't) somehow deluded itself into thinking that setting mannequins all over Paris would be really clever and avant-garde.
We are overwhelmed by deja-vu.
Why do people think mannequins in human settings are going to be a big deal-maker?
Whatever. See the video here. It's a little long. The effort took 60 dummies, disseminated through the city in the wee hours of the morning preceding the September 7-8 show. We kind of think this one is sexy if you ignore the fact that Wrangler's logo is in desperate need of some contemporary TLC.
Far from the world of Sex and the City and closets full of Manolos comes this street campaign for Marshalls which has a team of Shoe Divas dressed in bathrobes sporting shoes the retailer calls stylish. Apparently, they are stylish since Marshalls buyers traveled to Italy to seek them out. The campaign's hook? "An outfit isn't complete without the perfect pair of shoes," so says Marshalls spokesperson Amy Cafazzo.
OK, let's forget the shoes for a minute and talk about that cool, red stiletto mobile that's accompanying the Shoes Divas in DC, Philadelphia, Dallas, Houston and Atlanta. Is there such a thing as a fuck me car? Damn, that thing is hot!
AdFreak reminded us that the Denver Water stunt just took place over the weekend during the Colorado-Colorado State game. During the fourth quarter, the toilet mascot went running across the green, only to be tackled by a zealous security guard. (Looks like they forgot to wear their signs.)
So there you go. Unless you want all your favourite sports games interrupted in equally vexing manner, fix your goddamn running toilets.
For its S9 headphones, Motorola's Wirebreakers leap back into the streets, accosting cheerleaders, bus patrons, library-goers and general loiterers with their love of dance.
It's cute and all but we are so tired of the Wirebreakers thing. It must suck to be milling around minding your own business, when some bug-eyed kid pops out and forces you to sit there with a frozen grin on your face until he or she has stopped wilding out in front of you.
Thankfully, behind a monitor we don't have to smile.