While the eBay we know and love is busy terrorizing holiday icons, eBay France highlights buyers' individuality with a little bit of TV love.
Its new campaign, eBay c'est vous (eBay: it's you!), orchestrated by BETC EuroRSCG, encourages online sellers to buy ad space in TV spots for products in a given category.
Adverblog explains that 10 product categories will go up for grabs, with sellers bidding for each space. Money collected by eBay will be donated to a charity called Planete Urgence.
Very "web 2.0." (Can we ban that phrase forever?) The big question is how the ads are going to be put together. Our guess is that there will be guidelines similar to what sellers fill out when they put items up for auction. That'll keep things nice and organized.
Nike and Major League Baseball play on the United Colors of Benetton to give us the United Countries of Baseball, a world segmented by team allegiances instead of by states or countries.
The idea is to map the "borders of fan loyalty." Each baseball-playing country has its own map, alongside posters with player nicknames specific to each territory.
The campaign was orchestrated by Cole & Weber United.
We actually didn't think baseball had a rabid fan base any longer. Post-steroids scandal, it looks like basketball is taking the whole "American Dream" torch. See recent promotions for Dwyane Wade and Monta Ellis.
Time Warner Cable wants you to know it thinks like you think.
(And by that, what it means is, it can take your crappy ideas and turn them into products that sell in the mainstream market.)
The campaign site was put together by Ogilvy & Mather, with casting by sausage. It's actually pretty neat. Click on a character in the suburban setting to see what they've invented to make their lives better, and find out how Time Warner pwned their asses.
What do you get when you mash up the quirky language spots proffered by Berlitz, and self-deprecating animations for Virgin America?
You get Planeguage by Delta. (Or more accurately, by CAA.)
See the spot entitled "Middleman" here.
The music's a little jarring but the scenes -- unrestrained kids, the woman who keeps opening and closing her shade, the little dance you do when you've been holding your pee -- are too close to home not to crack a smile.
Nice to see airlines spending money on advertising again. Now, if only they could pull their CRM act together. Some watchers have commented a company like Delta should hold off on making jokes about their crap airline experience -- when it's you that gets stranded, and you that gets aisle-bumped, you're not laughing.
A cute campaign does not a great experience make.
Okay, this is only slightly horrifying. Watch your friends at eBay kidnap Santa.
This was part of an unbranded guerrilla campaign that went live last week.
The kidnapper's manifesto is stated at Santa Kidnap. Naturally, it's all in our best interest. (Kind of like Abu Ghraib?)
Credits: Total for digital and media work; Tequila for creative (man, we don't like most things they do, do we?); and LAVA comm for seeding.
Today, a group of privacy groups declared war on advertisers by asking the Federal Trade Commission to establish an online Do Not Track list similar to the offline Do Not Call list. The Consumer Federation of America and the World Privacy Forum, among others, want marketers to stop using cookies which enable behavioral targeting.
There has been much debate on the merit of cookies and their use to track online behavior. Marketers argue it makes the online experience better because ads are more closely targeted to the individual. Privacy advocates claim advertisers have no business collecting information about where on the internet someone has gone unless consent has been given.
There's little chance that pomade is going to affect how a member of the opposite sex feels about you. But Got2B claims its new Magnetik pomade and gel are infused with pheromones and scientifically proven to "positively influence the psychology of attraction."
It's more or less like believing underarm deodorant turns noncommittal girls into man-fucking hyenas, right?
Hit the Magnetik subsite, where you can make your own sex molecule. It's not super-exciting but the little bubble noises in the background are fun.
Put together by BBDO West.
Remember that Domestic God promotion where you have to consume all the Dan Fielding stuff and try to guess who the sponsor is? (We don't either.)
On Monday, November 5, when his last video clips are released, Dan is going to reveal all on his MySpace.
"The mystery surrounding Dan and his sponsor has baffled online communities," the pressie swears. "Dan has built up an online following with over 100,000 people watching his video clips on domestic life."
If you happen to be one of those people, tune in at Dan's MySpace. The winner of the scavenger hunt gets a prize "worth 700 quid." It will probably be something (or many somethings) that you don't want.
For client Garanti Bankasy -- an online bank in Turkey -- agency Rabarba created this site that we can't even begin to pronounce, so we aren't even going to try: Yazik Degil Mi Carlos'a.
The slogan: "Sending the fastest left back on the planet to the bank takes at least 40 minutes, doing it online takes 1." Playing on that, soccer star Roberto Carlos runs a series of user-selected errands while trying to navigate Istanbul.
We weren't really sure what was happening most of the time but we liked the dismayed look that flashed across Roberto's eyes when we picked a new task. (Strangely, watching him accomplish them never actually revealed to us what we set him off to do.)
Adrants reader Steve from Brand Canada Blog tips us to yet another contextual/text advertising oddity. Squeaky clean Disney site Disney Family has found itself hovering over a video of the stunningly curvaceous and undeniably hot "Andrea" as she fondles her (clothed) breasts, removes her shorts and tantalizingly plays with her thong while swinging her impossibly perfect booty in front of her webcam for horny guys to admire.
While we're sure guys who occasionally get horny and occasionally view racy webcam videos are also be fine, upstanding students, professionals, parents and role models, we're thinking this isn't exactly the mood Disney was hoping its potential target audience would be in when viewing its family-focused ads. After all, moods like horny tend to distract people quite a bit from just about everything except matters directly in hand. A captive audience for sure but captivated by something entirely other than an annoying text ad. Besides, thoughts of family fun aren't likely to be top of mind at this particular moment.