FTD, Download Give Geeky Incentives for Romantic Gestures

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Here's an unlikely combination.

Right now if you buy flowers from FTD.com, you could get free software from Download.com. This is part of a Valentine's Day promotion to wise geeks up to the aphrodisiac merits of floral sharing.

Behind the scenes, TrialPay gleans ad revenue from FTD to pay Download.com for the software you select. Awww. Well, nothing says romance like a classic threesome.

Go to Download.com's Valentine subsite to cash in on all the love.

by Angela Natividad    Feb-12-08    
Topic: Good, Online, Promotions



Blackberry Dabbles in Comedy to Snare Fresh Demo

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So, 101 bellybuttons walk into a bar.

This is just one of the cliffhangers you won't revisit after checking out teasers for this Blackberry-sponsored improv troupe.

Add crappy video quality and comedians telling jokes on the phone (isn't that a social faux-pas? If it isn't, it SHOULD BE), and you've got yourself an unbeatable stench.

Ads for the effort were featured on the front page of the Times. Richard at Gawker pointed it out to us. Thanks for engaging us in the angst, Richard.

by Angela Natividad    Feb-11-08    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Events, Mobile/Wireless, Online



It's the Regulation Eco-Take on Valentine's Day!

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Because no holiday is legitimate until it gets its own eco-spin, feast your eyes on Winterwarm by Superhero (with assistance from photographer Richie Hopson).

The premise: don't use heating this winter; hug gratuitously and NEVER LEAVE BED!

The shirts were donated by American Apparel. We didn't get why they kept changing colour at first but then we read they're supposed to be thermometers. Get it?

And in the event that you actually care, the couple really is a couple. Their names are Angeliki Chatzi and Konstantinos Dagritzikos.

Cute. In a we-don't-live-in-sub-zero-temperatures sort of way.

by Angela Natividad    Feb-11-08    
Topic: Cause, Online, Video



For V-Day, Virgin Mobile Brings Sex to Text

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Phone sex too confrontational? Put the work where it belongs -- into your thumbs. Get into "promiscuous text."

Let's Have TXT is Virgin Mobile USA's raunchy rendition of a Valentine's Day mobile campaign. Play the voyeur as a trained professional of your choice -- housewife, plumber, cowboy, nurse or sexbot -- invites you to take part in sweaty handplay on that most seductive of QWERTY keyboards.

That clammy-palms feeling is also viral. Create invites for friends!

Brought to you by McKinney.

by Angela Natividad    Feb-11-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Mobile/Wireless, Online, Racy



UPS Wants to Deliver Body Parts In Continuing Contextual Corrigenda

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Oh how we love contextual advertising. Surely, it's a very effective form of online advertising and does it's thing quite well about 98 percent of the time. That's certainly worth celebrating but it's that other two percent we love so much.

You know it. It's that two percent that give us turpentine ads next to stories about a girl who committed suicide by drinking turpentine. "Card Shark" credit card copy next to an article about a woman killed by a shark. A free dinner for two offer from Olive Garden next to a story about how 250 people fot sick after eating at one of their restaurants.

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by Steve Hall    Feb- 9-08    
Topic: Bad, Online, Strange



CareerBuilder Gruntledness Index Highlights Hotpots of Happy

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To cash in on the quiet misery that ornaments cubicle life, CareerBuilder gives us the National Gruntledness Index, which highlights the happiest places to work. Results can be divvied by industry. But if the NGI is any indicator of reality, Oklahoma City is the best place in the nation no matter what you're doing.

Contribute to the index by getting a read on your Personal Gruntedness. The test is longer than it should be, condescending in tone (hey, like your boss!) and set to music like "Brutal Flute" and "Celtic Hip-Hop." All told, it's not dissimilar to water torture or an elective butt-wax.

The average of your money, career and lifestyle comprise your final score. This was ours.

CareerBuilder, why do you want to hurt us when all we did was love you?

by Angela Natividad    Feb- 8-08    
Topic: Brands, Games, Good, Online, Promotions



HP Exploits Idle Hands with Idolhands Contest

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HP is looking for the world's most talented hands.

Entrants to the Idolhands contest could win $10,000 or one of four TouchSmart PCs. Contest ends February 28.

Having sat through five or six of these, we don't imagine the expectations are super-ambitious. If you're Vera Wang or Jay-Z, that is.

Other brands have have relegated talent to fancy fingertips include Guinness, Elle MacPherson (in panties, no less!), and Phaeton.

Oh, and Campusfood, if soliciting handouts counts.

by Angela Natividad    Feb- 8-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Consumer Created, Online



One-Man Dodgeball + Flash = Shake & Bake Advergame

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Here's an advergame to promote Roscoe's Shake & Bake, which debuts February 8 for Universal Studios.

Austin-based Q1Media put it together in tangent with Makai. It's simple: all you have to do is dodge the food being thrown at Roscoe.

We've had more fun plucking our eyebrows. With quad-edge razors. It'll probably generate a lot of one-hit plays though, because it loads fast and is simple.

by Angela Natividad    Feb- 8-08    
Topic: Games, Online



Mazda Courts YouTube Car-Lovers with YouTube-Esque Demo

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Maybe because it has so much trouble getting people into actual cars, Mazda is inviting users to test-drive its virtual cars on Southern California roads: Angeles Crest, Arroyo Pkwy, the Pacific Coast Highway and Decker Canyon.

There's an explanation for the odd action angles (for example, the one where you get a birds-eye view of the front wheel). Mazda observed that on YouTube, car enthusiasts strap cameras to the sides of their cars to show you how gears shift and such.

Okay, then. Now excuse us while we head back to Problem Playground.

by Angela Natividad    Feb- 7-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online



Silk-Clad Singers Bring Us Cerealbox of Love

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It's not Justin Timberlake's Dick in a Box, but Dawn's Early Knights have our more immediate interests at heart: honey-sweet lovin', coated in chocolate romance.

Visit I Made You Breakfast in Bed, a Valentine's Day effort by Honey Bunches of Oats with Real Chocolate Clusters. (Score a $2-off coupon on the site, and visit The Pantry to find out how to make artificial roses seem less ... artificial.)

Props out to Eddie, who gave us exceptionally fresh morning creepage when he personalized the song for us. With rose petals.

by Angela Natividad    Feb- 7-08    
Topic: Brands, Good, Online, Promotions










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