A Halloween Promotion Disaster Detailed in 14 Easy Steps

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"Not only am I a terrible copywriter but my client actually approved this shit." That's the apparent confession of a DeVito Verdi New York creative during a Copywriters Anonymous meeting earlier this week. The copywriter was referring to recent television commercial created for client Meijer, a Midwest-based retailer. You can view the disaster here.

But that's not what we're really talking about here. The retailer recently launched a Halloween promotion that, OMG, lets you make a video of yourself wearing a Halloween mask! It's really easy. Here's what you do.

1. Fire up your webcam (Oops, don't have one)
2. Go to http://meijerhalloween.com and oops. You have to give Adobe Flash Player permission to access your webcam and microphone which you don't have. No worries, we'll just check it out anyway.
3. Click Allow and oops. "Total Immersion D'Fusion Web Plug-in Installation Required." Say what? Never heard of that. (Why do we need yet another plug in when Flash would have worked just fine?)
4. Throw your hands up and download the plug in anyway.
5. Refresh.
6. View screen as it reload and, again, tells you, "Total Immersion D'Fusion Web Plug-in Installation Required." (Um, say what? We already did that.)
7. Oh wait. Note onscreen verbiage, "You have to manually launch it."
8. Proceed to waste more time digging around your hard drive to find out where exactly that weird ass plug in downloaded to.
9. Give up and move on with your day.

And if you're the one reviewing this less than wonderful Halloween promotion:

10. Feel sorry for the creator who sent you the work and link to what one of these video creations would look like.
11. View the video and, again, feel sorry for the person who sent you this work because you know them.
12. Don't publicly out them because your not a dick and don't want to hurt their feelings by telling them this is one of the lamest pieces of shit you've reviewed in a long time.
13. Have second thoughts about mentioning this at all.
14. Then click the Publish button. Because it's your job.

by Steve Hall    Oct-13-09    
Topic: Consumer Created, Online, Social, Video, Worst



Million Dollar Homepage Concept Nets Google Calendar Copycat

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Wow. This goes way back. We thought the days of Million Dollar Homepage knock offs were over. After all, none of them actually made money. The latest is 365DaysAds, a "viral experiment where advertisers can catch the attention of the public by buying advertising days" on a Google calendar.

Our prediction? No one will care. No one will notice. No one will buy. We could be wrong. But we're pretty confident we're not.

by Steve Hall    Oct-13-09    
Topic: Online



Toyota Sued, Brand Slavery, Viral Vetting, Court Orders on Twitter

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- Toyota and Saatchi get sued for freaking a woman out with their stalkerish Matrix campaign.

- If you guys are in NYC next week, join me at an AdForum social media sesh called Brand Servants or Brand Masters?. I think you can guess what it's about and why it might be relevant. Entry's $95; it'll be two hours long.

- Social media summed up.

- The October 23 deadline for the Viral Film Festival, held by Vanksen, fast approaches! Get your cool viral work in and see it projected over a panoply of drunk people in Paris on November 26. No cost to enter; this is all for the love of the crowd. (And some goodwill for Vanksen, natch.)

- One tweet you probably don't want.

- Something about nosepicking.

- NPR wants hyperlocal journos.

by Angela Natividad    Oct- 2-09    
Topic: Online, Social



Kleenex Lectures Us on Brand Identity With Grammar Fail

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Love the comments we get from readers.

Somebody claiming to be Kevin wrote:

Did you see the banner/display ad on the AdAge newsletter this AM? from Kleenex, "Help us keep our brand identity COMMA ours." And a click-thru to some dopey microsite.

misplaced comma

Are they friggin kidding?

Oops.

by Steve Hall    Sep-21-09    
Topic: Bad, Online



Creativity Shared, Legends Made, Taglines Trashed

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- Maybe creating advertising isn't the only thing you create. If you've got creativity you want to share with the world, check out The Rogue's Gallery.

- Want to become an ad legend but don't want to wait around 40 years for it to happen? Check out Instant Ad Legend. Oh wait, it's just a portfolio for a couple of college students. Still check it out though. It's,,,well...it's OK.

- Love to wallow in the hideousness of bad creative? Bad over to the Bad Taglines Twitter stream. (Oops. It seems to have disappeared. Oh well.)

- The Cheesecake Factory has partnered with Feeding America for The 'Drive Out Hunger' Tour. Throughout the month of September, in support of Hunger Action Month, they'll be touring 30 cities in 30 days holding an event each day to collect cans of soup benefiting the local food bank

by Steve Hall    Sep-21-09    
Topic: Online, Promotions



Relationship Retards Bare Warts, Lapsed STD Checks and All

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Love in the Dumps has the unlikely, and possibly masochistic, ambition of becoming the non-dating site of dating sites. The homepage makes a show of highlighting everything we hate about romantic relations: a section titled Date Dispatch headlines a manifesto on white guys that date Asian girls, Pop Goes the Culture reviews "Hud" 46 years late, and Featured Impersonals showcase various users by antidepressent stats, among other things.

We like the Dr. Damage and Bitch Whispers sections best.

AAAAANYwho, to promote the site, a series of videos are hitting YouTube under the cheerful premise relationship retard. Witness a bunch of for-the-most-part dateable people proclaim, with glee, all the ways in which they'll ruin your life after a couple of months' nesting-time. One will smash you with sarcasm; another vows he'll probably leave you for the neighbour.

If only you could gauge that stuff beforehand. But, given that you can't, might as well admit that you, too, are prone to some retarded relationship shit.

more »

by Angela Natividad    Sep-18-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online, Promotions, Video



Second Life Redlights, Viral Film Fest, Denmark Defends Honour

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- Allan Gray graciously exploits the late James Dean.

- Denmark pulls tourism vid that (apparently?) depicts it as slutty.

- Vanksen's second annual Viral Film Festival is now accepting entries. Dust off your amateur vid brainchild, that tops short film you did, or an audiovisual tale whose launch got shafted, and turn it in before October 23rd. The Festival goes down in Paris on November 26th.

- GOOG to open DoubleClick ad exchange to AdWords and AdSense customers.

- Second Life sued by sex toy guy for sex toy knock-offs. Yeah. Virtual ones. We have no idea.

by Angela Natividad    Sep-18-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online



Imagine Chases Voyeur Out the Vaults of HBO

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HBO follows up on the ridiculously-lauded Voyeur campaign with Imagine.

Visually, it's a storytelling mashup of the social cloud and the Mac Cube: a series of stories are told from different perspectives, and you'll need to see all four sides of each to get a complete picture of what's going on.

Production quality is, as always, Home Box Office-caliber. The first one we saw was Art Heist, and it sucked us into its drama-ridden tentacles with a quickness -- once we got the damn site to load. (Small price to pay for good ol'-fashioned passive entertainment.)

Also, doesn't seem to work on Firefox. Fix, somebody, fix!

by Angela Natividad    Sep-18-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Good, Online



Mutant Animals Pimp Converse's Customizable Kicks

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To convey the endless possibilities to those choosing to avail themselves of Converse's new customizable sneakers, Anomoly created a collection of mutant (customized, get it?) animals which will appear on banners and on wild postings throughout New York.

The work is freaky but interestingly original. You can see it all here.

by Steve Hall    Sep-17-09    
Topic: Good, Online, Outdoor



Richard Does Resumes, Cadbury Goes Gold, Vagina's OK's

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- It's OK to put a giant vagina on top of a building. But a simple statement criticizing an insurance company? Not in LA.

- Wanna know how to create a great resume? Resume Richard is here to help.

- Something about Cadbury. Something about WispaGold. We have no idea but it's all here if you're really that interested.

- Art Directors Club-Nissan Student Cube competition. Playing off ADC's prestigious Cube award, students will be asked to respond to a creative brief for the new Nissan Cube, a stylish car targeted at the 18-24 year old market. Participants will develop a creative campaign, and be eligible for a $2,500 ADC scholarship and and ADC Gold, Silver or Bronze Cube awards. Judging will be done by a five-person jury made up of executives from Nissan North America and TBWA\Chiat\Day, the car company's ad agency.

by Steve Hall    Sep-11-09    
Topic: Online, Outdoor








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