Hey, this is neat. In the style of the Periodic Table of Elements, Kolbrener put together a Table of Brand Evolution Terms. Each set is segmented by color under Advertising, Direct, Branding, Marketing Communications, M&A, and Misc.
We never thought we'd actually ever like playing with a table. If there were a way to incorporate it into an educational framework, that would be cooler still. (We remember learning a ton of these definitions in marketing class. There was no way to make that fun. Making it scientific, however, might add to the conceit that we're all going to go off and do something important with our lives.)
Play with your elements here. Thanks to Allie at PETA for pointing it out.
We always knew elections were partly spectacle but nothing beats Election '08 (unless you live in Belgium).
If only to prove how desperately our political society needs a clue, Stephen Colbert appeared as a guest columnist for The New York Times this weekend to trash-talk everyone relevant, including Obama and Jesus, and suggest that what the world needs is him (or his new book).
Read it all here. And to think we honestly believed we were the only ones drinking on the job. Ain't blogging grand?!
We all know how much the Japanese love their manga and how kinky they can be so it makes perfect sense they get their own version of the Axe campaign with their own fighting hotties presented Charlie's Angels-style. There's even a 16 year old hottie because, well, the laws about that sort of thing are different over there. We tried to play the game but we set of some sort of alarm. Perhaps they don't want Americans getting in on the fun.
Few things are funner on a Sunday than the prospect of watching 10 Canadian shorts on seduction. (Apparently Canada's inherited more from the French than just a moody passel of Quebecois.) But there's more to do on the Sundance Channel's Art of Seduction site than sit around watching politicians lie, pretty people lamenting their genetic burden, and devious webcammers (all of which we did).
The seduction style quiz was among the funner surveys we've taken in awhile. As an added incentive to blowing 20 minutes on 40 questions, the site strokes your ego with an illustrated seduction guide for your type. Yum.
This is neat. If you were ever a fan of that game show Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? you'll enjoy the hell out of this location locator game for DHL.
The object is to locate each state as it appears on your country's map. The faster you can do it, the higher your score. Your mistakes are also counted.
Our teachers will be happy to know that we finally know where Wyoming is. Seriously. We were beginning to think it didn't really exist.
In this ad by TBWA\Chiat\Day, LA for FAO Schwarz -- er, the Visa check card, we mean, a bunch of people wander around in a toy store while juggling toys.
The ad just doesn't hit the spot.
We never really got used to the "Life takes Visa" thing. It's like a second-rate "Priceless" -- which is ironic, because Mastercard's like a second-rate Visa.
We were trying very hard to watch this Bacardi spot called Made to Mix. But the media people stuck it on Veoh and there was this interactive MarketWatch ad playing right next to it. So our eyes darted frantically back and forth and in the end we decided neither was worth much of a damn.
We probably only think this is funny for two reasons:
1. We like the idea of poking a meaty fat guy into livid confrontation
2. The idea of leaving our mark on somebody's belly in big fat Magic Marker never loses appeal, no matter how old we get
The Hooliganograms are the classy invention of Cake, which is promoting Football Hooligans International, a new series on Discovery. It debuts in Europe this fall.
If it somehow manages to be the emotional trainwreck Footballers' Wives was, it will probably be a success.
Believe it or not, there are instances when associating your brand too closely to real life can hurt. This ad for Louis Vuitton is one of them. The clutter on the closely-packed desk, the slightly bent-in LV bag, the visible electrical outlets and empty glasses and open laptop, the rumpled hair and tired but sweet nuzzles -- the whole thing fills us with discomfort.
We're thinking everyday grind, exhaustion, and a longing for this brief moment in the day to last as long as possible before life calls us back to do the dishes. It's a frenetic and agonizing sensation.
What happened to soothingly ethereal Scarlett, or gangster-film angsty Gorbachev? Take us awaaaay.
Just in time for Halloween, TAMBA Intrnet has reprised its 2006 Halloween effort with Ask the Spirits II, a Ouija board-style game that answers your questions about dead relatives and other ghoulish type inquiries. That's really all there is to it. Give it a go.