If you haven't watched HBO's Big Love, you really should. It doesn't matter that the show's about a polygamist family focusing on a guy with three wives and three houses and they're battle to "fit in" while navigating the difficult restrictions "their own kind" place upon them. What matters is the show's keen ability to make other lifestyles seem as normal and everyday as your own. Aligning perfectly with that notion or normality is this campaign from Seattle-based Creature which spoofs fragrance and Viagra ads in a way that makes the lifestyle seem normal while also poking fun at it.
The spots (here and here) have been released on YouTube and fake ads have been placed on the HBO Big Love site. Spoof-like print ads are also part of the campaign and will be placed in sections relevant to the individual ad's focus.
This has been circulating the 'net for awhile, but the information it conveys is so life-changing it merits a mention nonetheless.
Ever wonder what the difference is between marketing, public relations, advertising and branding? You probably have good textbook examples and some similar spoofs, but like anything else, the best way to learn is with an example involving sex. (Unless the topic you're learning is sex itself, in which case the best example involves Barbies or birds and bees.)
A reader points us to this series developed by Neutron, LLC.
The best thing about it is next time you're faced with any of the illustrated situations you'll know exactly what's going on. And knowing is half the battle. (That's a cheap meme.)
To demonstrate the super-awesomosity of its Fabia, Skoda lets users watch them build one.
Out of cake ingredients.
We've never felt more inclined to run a hand across the hood of a vehicle and hope against hope that the finish will come off. Plus, there's something so psychologically soothing about Poppins. Thanks Shedwa for the good word.
You know how much we love games. Find Altoids' Sindy in a game built right into Google Earth. We were never superkeen on Carmen Sandiego, but Sindy probably won't have trouble inspiring a chase.
Nice to see Altoids is over its frightening identity crisis. We salute you,
Hal Riney WDDG (oops, sorry about that, guys).
Atlanta-based agency WestWayne has modified it website to resemble the classic 404 Page Not Found page. Humorously, yet very insightfully, the page reads, "The consumer you are trying to sell products or services to has been disconnected from your brand."
The page then offers suggestions such as, "Stop calling them consumers, they are people" and "Build a relationship with them and they will return the favor."
It's a daring move for an agency to make. To forgo all that Flashtastic, ego-driven drivel no one cares about in favor of a simple, straight forward message is truly commendable.
- It is said NBC will, today, confirm the firing of Network Entertainment President Kevin Reilly. He will be replaced by William Morris Exec Ben Silverman.
- Facebook is getting in bed with marketers with a new release that lets software developers create branded applications which will integrate with the site.
- Miller Brewing is heading over to Saatchi & Saatchi for some Lovemarks goodness.
- All your feeds are belong to us.
- Julie Roehm goes after Wal-mart...again.
So 72andSunny got together with some esoteric music-makers to put some weird shit out on Zune-Arts.net. The most current of these is a little video called Los Corazones, animated by Punga, and set to ³Lex² by electro-rock band Ratatat.
The spot reminded us of Boy Meets Girl - it's got that noir innocence going for it. It also features self-conducted organ donation, which we're increasingly convinced is the only way to show love. How very Dirty Pretty Things.
Check out the spot at the Zune Arts site. It's the one with the two bear-looking things. One is yellow and one is dressed in a skeleton suit.
If you need more coaxing, there's a live heart transfusion, followed by plenty of dancing by said bear-looking things. Need we say more?
If you can make head or tail of these instructions, courtesy of Grupow.com for Unilever's Rexona, you'll have a competitive advantage over us in this game (because you'll actually know how to play it):
Rexona, a deodorant brand from Unilever, offers the possibility of going to England and drive 4 sports car if you can get one of the 4 lowest temperatures in this advergame, where you have to mix speed when typing your arrow keys and some coordination to type them alternate so you can avoid the guy inside the car to sweat while driving.
Despite our confusion we think the graphics and sound quality in this piece is really sexy. We actually felt our fingers tingle in competitive anticipation.
Our only qualm was waiting for it to load while it ticked off the seconds (over 100! Come ON). You know how we hate that.
Courtesy of Deep-Focus, here's an absolutely whacked promotional site for the absolutely whacked upcoming HBO show Flight of the Comchords. The show follows the trials and tribulations of the New Zealand-based digi-folk band as they, Bret McKenzie on guitar and vocals, and Jemaine Clement on guitar and vocals, make their way to New York. There's videos. There's a game. It's all as hipsteresque as they come.
- Cynopsis reports, "The disappointing Bud.tv may "fade away" later this year, admitted Anheuser-Busch CEO August Busch IV in a conference call to analysts" and "Rupert Murdoch's bid to acquire the Dow Jones & Co., which includes The Wall Street Journal, Barrons and the Dow Jones Newswires, isn't looking too promising."
- The Internet Advertising Bureau and PriceWaterhouseCooper report online ad revenue increased 35 percent in 2006 to $16.9 billion.
- Havas' MPG is certainly grinning over its recent $740 million Sear media account win. Unfortunately former media agency, Carat, is grinning an entirely different grin.
- This is just not all that much fun but hey, you have to sell office cooling systems somehow.