Guy Proposes to Girlfriend with Online 'Engagement' Ad.

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Impressive if a little in-your-face. With help from SheKnows, Deep Focus and VideoEgg, NYC-based creative producer Fred Ehrhard used video banner ads, a Diggable top-10 list and Twitter hashtags to convince his girlfriend to marry him.

In the event that you want to help the stalwart Fred along, use the hashtag #sayyesD to tell Delila, the girl in question, why she should weld her life to his FOREVAH. Handy-dandy twitter search, however, has informed us that she's accepted, so now y'all can stop stressing about the additional work that's been imposed on the hive mind.

Wondering if this is the last we'll hear about Delila and Fred. Probably not. We can see the Caturday headlines now: IM IN UR SOCNETS, ARRANGING UR MARRIAGE!

by Angela Natividad    Aug-31-09    
Topic: Online, Strange, Trends and Culture



Hey, Soldier. Are You Good to Go?

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Being in the service is like living in a bubble: you do as you're told, go where you're sent, and live on-base, which has its own restaurants, shops and medical centers.

So one of the scariest things about leaving the military is knowing what to do afterward. Four years in, it's hard to remember what civilian life is like; worse still, you're rusty with the social and professional politics.

To help future former military members get a head start, Plaid created AreYouG2G, a clever little site that helps them construct outside lives based on what they did in uniform.

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by Angela Natividad    Aug-28-09    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Good, Online



Sears Does Geek Squad/Real-Time Price Match Thing

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Ho there. Know what we never get tired of? That retail-superhero crap that Best Buy did with Geek Squad and Dell tried doing with Nerd Buddy.

But that's cool, because this is Sears, and you know they're hurtin' for imagination.

In defense of the Sears Blue Electronics Crew, we will say real-time price-checking is neat if it works the way it does in the ad, and we dig how research-intensive purchases, like a new TV, are made to look like a rest-easy impulse-buy process.

The slogan is equally brief: "Sears: Life. Well Spent."

These are the parts we like. The parts we don't: it's derivative, as usual; the piece is too long; and we feel like they tossed in Brett Farve because a celebrity face will ensure at least some campaign love. Also, did they even do the price comparison before Farve OK'ed the buy?

Nice tie-in with the "waffle" joke though. High-five for that, Y&R/Chicago.

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by Angela Natividad    Aug-26-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Online, Video



GoDaddy Girl So Squeaky-Clean, It Chafes

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Danica deserted for the watch hustle. Just weeks later, GoDaddy's taken to deluging press boxes with potshots of its new It Girl: Erin Kalin.

Unless the company's planning a cruel media deflowering, don't expect many shower videos in the near future. Her premiere video is labeled, "She's Hot, She Sings, She's a Mom!" -- and we wouldn't advise you watch it unless you want to hear honey harp on about her idyllic church upbringing and how it's so neat that she's a singer now, because, gosh, she's just always wanted to be one. And look at the kids! The adorable kids!

In the event that you're deaf, can't see children and have X-ray eyes, GoDaddy takes great care to label the home-grown country shlock under "Warning: GoDaddy-esque content!"

Stalk Erin on Twitter. (Given her follower count of a whoppin' 47, you'd probably make Bob's day.) Prerequisite: high tolerance for emoticons.

by Angela Natividad    Aug-25-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online



Natural Women Make Comeback, Joy it Forward, Period Propaganda

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- Hey, little girl, feel better about your period.

- Joy it forward. Every time a beverage uses a happiness synonym that's not "happiness" (as in Happiness Factory), you can reasonably conclude you're dealing with Pepsi.

- "People like it, but they won't buy magazines with large women in them." More story here, props to MTLB for the link.

- Zippo makes branded entertainment leap.

- Intern-on-intern music video mayhem.

- Twitter elevator pitch contest. You have until tomorrow to enter and win a Flip!

by Angela Natividad    Aug-25-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Magazine, Online, Trends and Culture



British PSA Razes Perception About Mental Disorders

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"Schizophrenic Man Terrifies Kids at Party" is a YouTube piece released by English mental health charities Mind and Rethink under their "Time to Change" campaign. We like how it plays on our expectation of crass amateur video fare to illustrate two important messages:

o That people with mental disorders can function in society
o That retaining the stereotype of the off-the-hinge crazy person is counterproductive for everyone involved

It also reminded us that as kids, we were always screamy-scared about stuff we couldn't see, however facile or harmless said "stuff" actually was. And then, lightbulb moment, it was like hey, tripping out about schizophrenia is kind of like that.

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by Angela Natividad    Aug-25-09    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Good, Online, Trends and Culture, Video



Times Tough? Reward Your Stalwart Family -- with Upholstery!

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"It's funny how new furniture has a way of restoring people. Add something special to your home and experience it firsthand."

Awww. Tent cities have hardly folded up and we're already being hawked side tables. The piece at left comes from "Is it Home Yet?", a campaign/sweepstakes meant to bring gunshy spenders back into furniture showrooms.

The World Market Center Last Vegas, a showroom and exhibition space for the furniture industry, is pushing the effort, with help from collaborators like the National Home Furnishings Association and the Western Home Furnishing Association. In addition to a nationwide multimedia push, it will receive still more attention from widespread celebration of "National Home Furnishings Month" -- September, a traditional (but cozy!) period of change.

Note the ornaments of an industry calibrated for battle: a couch that, according to its materials tag, meets or exceeds "comfort and happiness standards"; and a slogan that appears on a rustic welcome mat. You can also expect to be heavily exposed to soft-touch shots of smiling unbroken families, cushy stuffed couches and other timeless accoutrements of the resilient nuclear unit.

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by Angela Natividad    Aug-24-09    
Topic: Bad, Campaigns, Online, Outdoor, Promotions, Trends and Culture



Don't Be Fooled by the Desperation; Jack is Not a Nice Guy.

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Australia's ANZ Small Business tapped M&C Saatchi to develop an ad both funny and sympathetic to its target demo: small business owners.

That doesn't sound like tons of fun, so we didn't expect it to be, especially when we saw the length of the clip: 1:40? And in sepia? Why not force our eyes open with steel rods, too?

The spot itself starts out innocuously enough: a suited man is walking down the street, somebody calls his name: "Jack!" He starts to run. As the spot progresses, the variety of people -- butchers, mechanics, a Chinese restaurant owner -- that catch sight of him and give chase increases, adding to the dramatic tension and making way for a few semi-amusing stunt scenes. You lazily wonder what the punchline is.

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by Angela Natividad    Aug-21-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Good, Online, Video



Leaking Mad Men, Flipping for PR, Exorcist Mean Girls

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- Prior to the premier, Mad Men season 3 leaks on iTunes just long enough for a bunch of madcap bloggers to publish stuff like this.

- Social media cool-kid Jeremiah Owyang leaves Forrester, calls his time there "a grand adventure!"

- Defending the PR merits of the Flip camera. (Via.)

- Back to '69 with the Gap, on all your social media platforms (even iPhone!), courtesy of AKQA.

- ...and after Juno, Diablo Cody gives us an exorcist man-eating queen bee. With requisite dorky hot friend.

- Grey: wedding football and the Phantom. (Via.)

by Angela Natividad    Aug-21-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online, Strange



Even in Death, Obama Girl Remains Selflessly Political

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In what could, for some, be considered poetic justice, Barely Political contributes to the untimely-yet-prolonged death of its charmingest Frankenstein Monster: Obama Girl.

Amidst a campy new jingle and some ass-wiggling with a faux Republican, a reluctant Obama Girl -- recently informed that she's cheated vindictive Death -- is thrown into a wall of knives. The resulting perversion of a quaint Victorian pastime gives her the chance to perform something most actors salivate for: a death scene.

The chill demeanour she maintains, even as life leaks unconvincingly out of her sternum, is a tribute to our casually jaded generation. She even gets a dandy little healthcare message in.

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