This guest post is written by Alex Kutsishin, Co-Founder & President, FiddleFly
Like cautious children learning to swim or ride a bicycle without training wheels, an astounding number of agencies have done little more than dip their collective toes into mobile space waters. Rather than develop ad campaigns tailored specifically for smartphone users, many are content or are resigned to posting staid print and broadcast copy on company websites rather than creating dynamic and interactive copy targeted at savvy, often prosperous mobile phone users.
Back in the day when the web was born, the first thing everyone thought it would be good for, aside from porn, was ordering pizza. Today, porn still rules the internet and you can still order a pizza online. But things have gotten more sophisticated. And simpler.
We're not really going to discuss the online advancements of porn but we are going to highlight a very interesting development from Dubai-based Red Tomato Pizza. They've created a VIP button that you affixe to your refrigerator. When you press it, your favorite pizza is delivered to you.
- Michael Glass is out with a Pinterest collection of advertising agency office space. Very cool.
Cultural Strategies is launching "The Social Revolución", the first official SXSWi Latino Awards, Lounge & After Party in 2012. They are actively seeking sponsors and nominees.
- Really, really love the new Volkswagen Golf R? Well, there's an iPad app for that. From AKQA.
- Top Gear is celebrating there approach to 10 million fans on Facebook...by blowing up a caravan when they do.
- Another agency holiday card stop motion chalk board-style.
- KLM, you know, the airline that now lets you socially hookup with a seatmate, is out with Passport, an app which "turns people's journeys into inspiring movies."
- Time Magazine has named Jim Beam's Bold Choices one of its top ten TV commercial of 2011.
- Blammo Worldwide unleashes the truth behind the myth of Santa Claus. And it isn't pretty.
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- Modea's Wisdom Tree of Wishful Wonders app ties with Facebook, where you can select the friend for whom you need a gift suggestion. Then, after answering a series of (not-so-serious) questions, the app will serve up a gift suggestion for that friend, which can be shared via Facebook.
- Wow. That wasn't very exciting.
Brooklyn creative agency Big Spaceship is out with Taco Finder, an iPhone app that directs you to the nearest taco shop using GPS technology. How the app works:
- Open Taco Finder on your iPhone or iPod Touch.
- Follow the whimsical wooden arrow to your taco.
- Note the informative bottom bar - it displays the distance to your taco destination.
- Optional: Celebrate your taco tracking skills with a taco!
And there you have it. Tacos found.
Here's a bit of hilarity for your day. Everyone who's ever worked in any sort of business has heard the bullshit bingo that gets spewed forth like verbal diarrhea from the mouths of wannabe important types. Everything from "hard stop" to circle back" to "analysis paralysis" to "ideation" to "peel the onion" to "take that offline" and everything in between is getting the "there's an app for that" treatment from Organic.
The agency has created an app called BizWords for its client Hilton Garden Inn. It's designed to "help business travelers decode and navigate the business speak that has become so common in the workplace." App users can peruse buzz words and add their own once they've created a profile.
This ought to be a fun time-waster while your trying to endure your co-worker's or client's endless babblings about what they did last weekend or how they want to "whiteboard" a few new ideas.
- Dildos and sausages. Only in advertising.
- L.L. Bean has hired Weber Shandwick to create a campaign for its upcoming 100th anniversary celebration.
- Here's Andy, Arby's new commercial boy.
- Sam Pepper thinks he has the answer to the challenge of ending riots in the UK.
- What to look for in an app according to L'Oreal's Men Expert.
- AOL is out with an iPad magazine.
We've used Groupon for a while though "used" may be a bit of an overstatement. We have the app but we've never actually purchased anything. Each day the offers come in and we sort of go "hmm." Today an offer came in for Fancy Fortune Cookies. But when we opened the app, we were stunned to see an image that looked very much like two legs and an ass covered in chocolate and candy.
Has porn hit Groupon?
T-Mobile makes another cultural coup with its ongoing and highly social "Life is for sharing" campaign. On May 11 in Barcelona, the firm set up a huge live Angry Birds installment inviting people to play.
A few curious stragglers were drawn to a booth, where they found a smartphone with Angry Birds loaded. They'd casually draw the slingshot back (the birth of an addiction) -- and find to their surprise that the result was replicated in real life. It goes without saying that a crowd formed fast.
Here's an idea with interesting potential. For Diesel, European comms firm Fullsix had a baby burp of an epiphany:
Facebook's Like capability has become an online content standard. If Liking pages, content and brands online is so successful for spreading brand equity around, the Like ought to be replicated in the real world.