Sony's Bloggie Touch Video Contest Offers Free Ride to SXSW Music

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180LA is out with new work for Sony's new Bloggie Touch. Launching this week, the campaign is going after 18-25 year olds. The campaign will include a contest and Facebook application, with webcam upload and video editor built in, that lets consumers create their own "You had to be there" video.

Running until January 10, participants will have a chance to win Sony Bloggie Touch cameras with the Grand Prize Winner getting a VIP package for two to SXSW Music in March 2011.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-24-10    
Topic: Online, Social, Video



Bruce Willis to Front Russian Bank's Ad Campaign

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Bruce Willis has signed a year-long deal with Trust Bank and will front the financial institution's ad campaign for the next year. Messaging will include the headline, "Trust is just like me, but a bank." How did Willis get the gig? Well, the previous frontman for the bank, weight-lifter Vladimir Turchinsky, unexpectedly died at the young age of 46. ANd the bank called WIllis.

Billboards carrying Willis' image will be placed in 170 cities across the country. Promotional and online efforts will be part of the campaign as well.

by Steve Hall    Nov-24-10    
Topic: Campaigns, Celebrity, Online, Outdoor, Point of Purchase



Mitsubishi Live Drive A Stupid Marketing Stunt

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Well this is pretty stupid. 180LA and B-Reel created a "technological first." Dubbed the Mitsubishi Live Drive, the companies created a way for people to test drive an Outlander Sport online. Or, "Live over the internet" as they like to say.

So let's just ponder this for a second. While it might be nice to play with a vehicle online like it was a motorized toy, what idiot would buy a car without physically touching the car and giving it a real world test drive?

This is the sort of work that makes headlines but does nothing for the car buying experience. Apparently the real reason they did it was to get into the Guinness Book of World records. Nice. But again, will this sell any cars?

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by Steve Hall    Nov-10-10    
Topic: Bad, Online



Happy Hunters Digital Flashmob Brings Happiness to Internet

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Bloggers are a lonely bunch. People don't comment enough. The internet isn't happy enough. Well, at least that's how Desigual sees it. And they've set out to make a change. A new campaign called Happy Hunters asks people to leave "happy" comments on selected blogs which are then picked up by the campaign and turned into...wait for it...a digital flashmob.

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by Steve Hall    Nov- 2-10    
Topic: Online



New York City Re-Launches 'You the Man' Campaign for Halloween

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With Halloween right around the corner, New York City is preparing for the usual deluge of idiots who can't figure out how to have fun without becoming assholes. Aimed at eliminating drunk driving among the males 21-39, the You the Man campaign includes online and radio with the copy, "You, who explained that the cop wasn't wearing a costume..." and "You, who convinced me that my costume didn't mean I was Superman..."

It's pretty basic but, hey, so is making sure you have a designated driver on hand before you head out on the town for some costume-fueled foolery.

by Steve Hall    Oct-28-10    
Topic: Campaigns, Online, Radio



Pepsi Takes Over AOL

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No, Pepsi didn't buy AOL. They just purchased a page takeover unit that's got the Coke delivery guy doing a Tom Cruise/Mission Impossible stealth stunt to check out Pepsi Max. Apparently, he doesn't realize millions of people have access to AOL.com on a daily basis. So much for stealth.

by Steve Hall    Oct-19-10    
Topic: Online



Hot Seductress Raises Interest in 4G Mobile WiFi

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Wearing high heels, a very short miniskirt and a low cut, cleavage-bearing mini-lab coat, a brunette seductress sells Clearwire's Rover Puck, a 4G device that shares internet with up to eight people. The Taxi NYC-created promotion employs the standard hottie-for-hire approach but, despite the distraction, the presentation does convey product information quite well. And for the adventurous who like to experience the full effect of the presentation, allow the presentaion to pause at the predetermined points for some extra sexy fun.

"Ha! 4G is fast!"

Oh and don't forget to watch the creepy emoticon baby video that teases you into the whole thing.

by Steve Hall    Oct- 7-10    
Topic: Online, Racy



IAB Announces Competition to Create New Ad Formats

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Hoping to "fuel online creativity and move brand marketing dollars to interactive" and spitting in the face of the notion the banner is dead, the Interactive Advertising Bureau, standards body for interactive advertising formats, is, for the first time, hosting a competition to develop new online advertising units.

IAB president and CEO Randall Rothenberg said, "We are launching a formal call to action today for creatives, technologists, publishers, marketers - the entire advertising and marketing ecosystem - to bring us their best ideas for ad formats. The Internet has opened a floodgate of creativity, and it is critical that we fashion an environment where both the art and science of advertising can flourish and deliver engaging experiences that resonate with consumers and build brands."

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by Steve Hall    Sep-27-10    
Topic: Online, Policy, Promotions



Google Now Selling Ads on Maps

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After a six month test in Australia, Google has opened up a new ad platform on its Maps product. Brands can place a logo on their locations within the application. The logos will replace the standard grey logos which already appear in the product.

The program is rolling out initially with four advertisers according to Advertising Age. Bank of America, Target, Public Storage and HSBC have signed on for the beta period. Soon, all. businesses will be able to claim their space on Maps.

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 2-10    
Topic: Mobile/Wireless, Online



Scion Uses Magazines to Drive Augmented Reality Game

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ATTIK will break a new commercial for the Scion tC's Take On the Machine campaign September 10. Until then, we have print ads in Inked, Giant Robot, Juxtapoz, XLR8R, Dsport, Modified and a few others. The print ads contain an augmented reality marker which can be used while playing the Take On the Machine game online.

by Steve Hall    Aug-30-10    
Topic: Magazine, Online










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