Barbarian Group Delivers More GE Flyovers

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Barbarian Group is out with some stellar new GE work that extends its recent work for the brand's GE Flyover work which takes people inside factories where GE technology is used.

In this version, visitors can select from one of three locations for each mission. These locations feature technology GE has placed in action and the goal is to highlight the people and the machines behind GE. Selections will be then voted upon and the GE helicopter will head out on its mission.

The work acts on recent GE and Buzzfeed study findings that indicate shared creative content yields far greater results than simple online paid placements.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-26-12    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Guerilla, Social



Honda Surprises Band, Gets Them on Jimmy Kimmel

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Honda gave the LA-based band Monsters Calling Home the surprise of a lifetime last night by giving them an unsuspected break as the special musical guest on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Part of the brand's Honda Loves You Back effort, the car maker took note of the band's Fight to Keep video which featured the band recording, performing and shooting in the band members' Accord, CR-V and Fit.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-19-12    
Topic: Guerilla



'Yawn-vertising' Aims to Enlist PGA Golfers As BMW Brand Ambassadors

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This weekend hoping to enlist PGA Tour golfers as brand ambassadors, BMW of North America, with help from Raleigh-based agency Baldwin& (no, that's not a typo), will affix posters above the beds in the Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, IN that show the front grill and logo of the BMW M.

When golfers turn out the lights for the night, the vehicle's headlights will glow and a headline will appear. It reads, "Don't count sheep. Count RPMs" followed by copy which reads, "To reserve your spot at the BMW M driving experience, visit the BMW hospitality concierge."

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 7-12    
Topic: Guerilla



You Won't Ignore These Flight Safety Instructions

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Once you've stepped on a plane, placed your bags in the overhead bin or under the seat in front of you and sent that last, very important "I'm on a plane" text, you sit back, relax and completely ignore the flight attendants doing their flight safety routine.

Unless, of course, the flight safety routine is really a guerrilla marketing stunt like the one in this video.

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 4-12    
Topic: Guerilla



eHarmony Brings Love Ballads to the Street

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This just goes to show if you hand a person a mic, they'll get in front of a crowd and make a fool of themselves. Or in this case, get themselves into a cheesy eHarmony ad. Conscious Minds grabbed a piano, a song book and a camera crew and headed to 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica to capture random people professing their love to one another. Of course now, it's a YouTube video.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-22-12    
Topic: Guerilla



Every Cup of Coffee Should Be A Starbucks Cup

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After a slow start, Starbucks is making headway in Russia. A recent promotion from BBDO consisted of postcards affixed with the Starbucks logo that could be converted into the familiar-looking warming wrap. The cards were placed in stores close to Starbuck's competitors and, as well, handed out to patrons leaving those competing coffee establishments. Ideally, the wraps would be placed around the non-Starbucks cups.

All well and good, we suppose. Unless people start associating the taste of competitor's coffee with that of Starbucks.

by Steve Hall    Aug-22-12    
Topic: Guerilla



Kids Shame Thailand Adults Into Quitting Smoking

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So this has been out for a while but it is too good not to share. Thailand's ThaiHealth enlisted kids to ask adults (some of which look like kids themselves) for a light for their cigarette. All the adults declined and proceeded to lecture the kids on why smoking is bad. The kids then asked," why do you smoke?", and handed the adults a brochure.

While enlisting kids to help in an effort like this is both questionable and brilliant, one this is clear; the campaign worked. After their encounter with the kids, adults put their cigarettes out and ThaiHealth saw a 40 percent increase in inquiries from smokers who wanted to quit.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-22-12    
Topic: Guerilla



Budweiser Helps Ecuadorians Extend Happy Hour

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So here's a campaign that would never air in America. Why? Because we don't condone binge drinking and beat-the-clock style happy hour boozefests. But in Ecuador? No problem whatsoever.

Y&R Ecuador developed a campaign called Budclock that resulted in the extension of happy hour by one minute for each Budweiser purchased (using QR codes, of course). In theory, happy hour might never end.

Since its inception on May 12, happy hours have been extended by 6,000 minutes

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by Steve Hall    Aug-20-12    
Topic: Guerilla



Slackliner Tightropes Between Two Speeding Volvo Trucks

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We have to agree with AdWeek's David Gianatasio on this one. To "demonstrate the precision and control of the new Volvo FH series truck," Swedish ad agency Forsman & Bodenfors set up a slacklining stunt whereby slickliner Faith Dickey would walk a tightrope between two moving trucks approaching tunnels.

As with other stunts similar to this that attempt to illustrate the superiority of a machine or vehicle, as Gianatasio argues, it's really the skill of the operator as opposed to the technical precision of the machine that truly matters. Volvo could have grabbed two 20 year old 18 wheelers, a pair of great stunt drivers and accomplished the same thing.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-17-12    
Topic: Guerilla



Guy Gets Locked in House For Six Days to Promote Schlage

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To call attention to a brand category no one ever thinks of, door locks, Indianapolis-based ad agency Young & Laramore, from June 23 - 27 held the first-ever Schlage "Key to Strong Challenge," locking a man in a tiny house in downtown Seattle and sending residents on a physical and digital scavenger hunt to track down the key to unlock him for a chance to win a $5,000 Grand Prize.

The event, which is part of a larger campaign which includes TV that launched last month, garnered some hefty exposure for Schlage and, we are told, fueling double-digit sales growth in stores.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-31-12    
Topic: Guerilla, Social










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