US Cellular launched a really neat program called Battery Swap. If you're on the road without a charger and your phone's dying, or your battery is just really crappy in general, visit a US Cellular store to exchange your old or uncharged battery for a new one -- at no charge.
To promote the program, Publicis & Hal Riney went diving in the generic mascot bargain bin. The result of that pursuit is a poindexterish robot character who dances and slaughters multi-generational slang
(*shakes head sadly*) How far some robots fall while others penetrate untold heights of stardom.
To promote its Versa handheld, LG's offering users a trip to Vegas if they upload a 12-second vid of their cell phone vice on LGVersaVice.com.
The vices of others appear in a clickable mobile phone gallery; suck in the sin without worrying whether somebody's drawn-out story is gonna eat two minutes of your life. (Time constraints FTW!)
Confessions range from the mundane ("manima" checks Twitter and Facebook from the toilet ... but who doesn't?) to the insane (when "bateatsbat" wants to cut ties with crappy dates, she tells the dudes she has AIDS).
In "Wedding," Goodby Silverstein & Partners explore what it'd be like if film crews ran the world. Gotta say, crucial moments in your life -- like your wedding, par instance -- would run a lot more smoothly. 'Specially if Hub-to-Be gets the cold feet.
"Need the stunt groom -- now!"
All this is to say that Sprint Nextel's Now Network can organize your life in such a way that you will feel like a film crew's behind the scenes, keeping the perilous course between your professional and private lives neat and tidy.
Weather machine probably costs extra though. ("No rain, no rainbows." Lawl.)
Amielle Lake is the CEO of Tagga, a Vancouver-based company that helps agencies add a strategic mobile component to their campaigns. (Think broad SMS efforts, mobile websites, etc).
The service -- currently live in Canada and the US -- includes reporting and dashboard management, and payment models are flexy.
We sat down yesterday to talk about Tagga in a video interview. As luck would have it, I ended up gleaning a lot more than I expected. Amielle tells this great story about Tagga's birth and the state of agencies at that time; it also turns out she worked in mining and knows French cheese like this. (*crosses fingers*)
Funny what you can find out when the pressure's on (ad:tech was ending, hence the skulky suited man in the BG) and you know your first take MUST be perfect (I don't know how to use my video editing software. But you probably guessed that).
Compulsive Twitterers can hit the Follow button at: @tagga and @amiellel.
Because everyone needs tools, right?
- Level with me, you do be liking the new Stanley Tools iPhone app for their level. (From Mullen with Aurnhammer.)
- Hey, Tommy Boy, hit a deer? Make a claim on your iPhone with Nationwide's new app. (From Rosetta.)
- While not an iPhone app yet, mugshot finder should be.
- If only Powerpoint were this cool.
@emmanuelvivier of Buzz Paradise drew our glances to the first-ever Sprint ad to feature the delectable Palm Pre.
Yeah, we know how you feel about iPhone killers (death of the Storm, anyone?) but after seeing the Pre demo at CES we're feeling optimistic about it.
Saturday's session at SXSW 2009 on Emerging Trends in Mobile gave audience members food for thought and panelists a run for their money.
The heavily international crowd (which included an estimated 25 percent non-American attendants) seemed to be, from a show of hands, a well-informed group with a good number of mobile developers in attendance.
Topics ranged from better device-charging solutions to developing for devices that come closer to standard Internet browsing every year. All in all, it was given that WAP technology is dead, fully Flash-enabled devices are the next step, image recognition capabilities and more detailed location-based information are crucial, and the idea that you'd have to actually plug a device into an outlet for any reason is becoming increasingly laughable.
What does this mean for marketers?
Dockers finally produces an ad that enables you to realize a fantasy you've probably had more than once: the ability to shake the living crap out of it.
The ad features urban street dancer Orbitron (Dufon) of Circle of Fire. He'll appear in iPhone games "iBasketball," "iGolf" and "iBowl," as well as lifestyle application iTV, AdAge says. At various intervals, users have to shake the iPhone to get Dufon to bust a move.
Riding Ad Land's current obsession with breaking into Guinness, Cricket has just produced the world's largest cell phone -- a gigantosaur Samsung Messager composed of "wood, metal, lights, wizardry, and love."
The phone -- so big you risk cardiac arrest if you happen to be lying on it in vibrate mode -- kicks off Cricket's Get Some Respekt campaign. See it in person through March 15th in Chicago; the monster of mobile hits Philly on the 20th.
Orchestrated by Seattle's Cultural Engineers and events firm NEVERSTOP.
Boost Mobile's "UNwrong'D" campaign continues with two fine-dining pigs that like ham. (Think of it as enjoying the flavours of a fallen friend. Don't act like you're too good to tear into the carcasses of the downtrodden, literally or otherwise.)
The talkier pig puts their behaviour in perspective by telling users the real wrong in life lies in mobile carriers charging hidden fees. In contrast, Boost Mobile charges a flat fee for dependable, unlimited nationwide service.
Hear-to-the-fucking-hear, then, and pass that human flank real quick.
At a loss for words? Doff your hats to 180LA.