For McCain, British Potatoes Go on Parade

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To reinvigorate love of starchy spud fare, McCain, makers of "the best damn chips in England" according to our in-house British consultant, tapped the expertise of Glue London, which developed the campaign; Aardman Animations; and Rubber Republic, which did the seeding.

The result was Potato Parade. For a friend, you could get a dancing line of spuds to spout praise and glory with little wooden signs.

Last year Benetton taught us that potatoes come from seeds, so madd props to Rubber Republic for "seeding" an all-singing, all-dancing parade.

Okay, that joke was just lame.

by Angela Natividad    Nov-16-07    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online, Promotions



Starbucks to Kick Dunkin's Ass With 1,600 Stores and National TV Campaign

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As if there weren't already enough Starbucks on every corner of every city and town in the nation, the chain plans to open 1,600 more in the next year. Partially in support of that and partially to stave off a minor (one percent) decline in transactions per store, Strabucks, in a conference call yesterday announced it would launch a new (it's first) national TV campaign (three spots now, two later in November) as well as an online initiative where visitors can share holiday cheer. Wieden + Kennedy is behind the campaign.

Hmm. Does America really run on Dunkin' or is Starbucks out to change that once and for all?

by Steve Hall    Nov-16-07    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online, Television



Tree-Hugging Pedal Pushers: Innovate or Die!

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Pedaling to save the world -- or at least fuel advertising -- has endless appeal because we'll probably never run out of human energy or youthful tenacity.

The idea of driving people to oblivion for not doing the right thing (Vote or die!, Funny or die!, Assimilate with Android or die!) is also insanely appealing.

So Google and Specialized give us Innovate or Die(!), a rewards-driven invitation for young engineers to invent eco-friendly, zero-emission machines that operate on human pedal power.

If you're crazy enough to do it, or need to kill time until FlugTag, make a film about it and post it on YouTube by December 15.

Prize for the most innovative submission includes $5K and a Specialized Globe bike. Five runners-up will also get Specialized Globe bikes. We don't actually know what those are.

by Angela Natividad    Nov-15-07    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Cause, Online



Zack and Tanner Want Wives, Let Public Decide, Offer $50K to Winners

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Boston's Barbarian Group had a hand in the creation of the2husbands, an online reality entertainment site on which women can pine for Zach or Tanner by submitting video pleas from which the general public will choose as wives for Zach and Tanner. Hey, finding a wife is hard work. A guy can use all the help he can get.

Complete with heart wrenching emo-vids (on the MySpace page) from Zach and Tanner, a kick off party and a MySpace page, the campaign promises to find the pair true love and $50,000 for each of the winning brides. Hey, who said marrying for money was a bad thing?

Oh, and let's not forget the little added twist. Tanner is gay but he still wants to marry a woman. Hmm. Stay tuned for the real reason behind all this.

by Steve Hall    Nov-15-07    
Topic: Online, Promotions, Strange



RCRD LBL Means Free MP3s -- Sponsored by You, Of Course

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We just found out about an online music label called RCRD LBL, which lets users download MP3 tracks from new and seasoned artists for free.

This is a decent contender to what's already out there for the following three reasons:

- It's legitimately sponsored, and sponsors don't mess with the tracks
- It's not all ad-heavy and slow like OHHLA.com
- It's gritty and cool without feeling seedy as hell like AllofMP3.com before it got pwned by The Man

On iTunes, just below the album art and above the artist name, you get a little line of text that says, "Get free music at RCRDLBL.com." That's something we can live with.

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by Angela Natividad    Nov-15-07    
Topic: Good, Online, Radio, Sponsorship



E.ON Energy Champions Ensures You'll See Janitors with New Eyes

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Here's a fun little game. E.ON Energy Champions is a simple effort by TAMBA in which you have to pick up the trash of careless employees and recycle them in the proper bins.

What makes it tricky is the speed and the stacking of trash when you get too slow, and the wildcard trash bags that could contain anything.

We tried a few times, improved our scores by mere pennies on the dollar, and ultimately decided we like it.

by Angela Natividad    Nov-15-07    
Topic: Cause, Games, Online



Stanley Works Wants You to F#@k Things Up

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Without really saying it because, after all, what marketer really can in their ad campaigns, Stanley Works is telling us to fuck things up or, more precisely, to fuck things up beyond all repair using its Stanley Fubar site. So if you want to get your aggression out smashing toilets, sinks, pianos, armoires and even a bunny (well, not really) with the strangest tool you've ever seen, Stanley provides you those items and a burly construction crew to aid you with your destructive tendencies.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-15-07    
Topic: Creative Commentary, Games, Good, Online



Oprah to Fight Genocide, AIDS, Poverty with Bracelets

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We can't think of anybody more media-savvy than Oprah. At this point in time, it's only Oprah that could revive the idea behind the Lance Armstrong wristband. Except her version is dotted with rocks from Rwanda and guaranteed to help a woman in need.

Snatch a limited edition (of course) O Bracelet at Macy's. And check out this email campaign they're sending out. It's practically a work of art -- from the genocide survivor quote at top (you know, near Oprah's head) to the woven "path to peace" baskets that modestly ornament the bottom.

We can really only shake our heads in quiet wonder.

by Angela Natividad    Nov-14-07    
Topic: Celebrity, Online, Promotions



Google Debuts Contextual Email Security. Hrm.

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Postini just released a few updates that include contextual email security. If your email, or an attachment to it, has a social security or credit card number in it, the message will be automatically gobbledy-gooked as it wizzes through the tubes.

If this all doesn't go to shit, Google will probably debut Postini-esque security offerings for wikis, blogs and instant messages, says Google rep Adam Swidler to Internet News.

We know Google's really married to this "contextual" thing but we just wanted to point out "contextual" can give rise to both appropriate and inappropriate algorithmic activities. Observe the dumb-fuckery resulting from bad (or maybe just inopportune?) contextual advertising: 1, 2, 3, 4 (and we could go on).

by Angela Natividad    Nov-14-07    
Topic: Brands, Online, Opinion



BFGoodrich Tracks Baja 1,000 Racers With GPS-Enabled Site

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Part documentary, part GPS-enabled tracking system, this Martin Agency-created website for BFGoodrich celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Baja 1000. The GPS-enabled component of the site lets people track the position and stats of drivers as the traverse the thousand mile course. It's pretty simple and strait forward but we're sure there's some interesting technology behind the site powering the GPS component. If you're into this race, this seems to be one of the ways to stay in touch with the action

by Steve Hall    Nov-14-07    
Topic: Good, Mobile/Wireless, Online










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