Nike Puts Slick Spin on Consumer-Gen Ad Craze

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For a marketing trend to be legit, Nike jumps on board and makes it legit, letting everybody else make mistakes before it swoops in with its gigantor marketing team and victorious hear-me-roar worldview.

To illustrate, they improved on Dove's decent but docile Real Beauty campaign, not just representing imperfections but embracing them with manic ferocity, even writing little manifestos about the merits of thunder thighs - which would be crazy-lame if done by anybody else but Nike.

So it's apt that they call their take on consumer-generated ads The Second Coming. And instead of begging for whatever you can pull out of your ass (a method yielding only ironic or lackluster results), they've wrapped an iron fist around the potential outcomes.

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by Angela Natividad    Jan-25-07    
Topic: Brands, Consumer Created, Good, Online



Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon Becomes Charity Promotion

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Either Kevin Bacon has a great sense of humor or he finally got sick of the whole "six degrees of Kevin Bacon" and decided to cash in. Adland received a promotional email from "Kevin Bacon" promoting a program called Six Degrees which "makes it easy for you to raise awareness and support for a charity that's important to you." The email urges recipients to make their own Six Degrees AIM page to highlight charity an individual is interested in and promises to help the individual raise money for that charity. It's a social networking play that's a nod to the "six degrees of separation" thing that was, itself, social networking before it was called social networking.

As Adland properly states, the choice of Kevin Bacon is the "best choice of celebrity spokesperson for 2007." We'd have to agree.

by Steve Hall    Jan-25-07    
Topic: Celebrity, Good, Online, Social



Campaign Says Exposure to Other's Work Yields Great Creativity

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Following its belief that exposing oneself to great ads from other advertising professionals will better one's own creativity, Ad of the World, with help from JWT Bangkok, has launched a promotional campaign that highlights how copying...uh...acknowledging others great creative will results in great creative of one's own.

To be fair, inspiration is a powerful motivator that fuels creativity. knowing what others have done and why helps align one's own creative thinking and, ideally, fosters new, original creativity along the way. The campaign visually illustrates how exposure to, and mashup of, great creative can produce interesting results. We're not sure about that twisted pig, though. See the entire campaign here.

by Steve Hall    Jan-25-07    
Topic: Campaigns, Good, Magazine, Online



ad:tech Amps Up Annual Awards Show

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ad:tech has expanded its annual Awards show, moved it from New York to San Francisco and added a People's Choice Award. The awards, which honor online marketing work, will be held April 25 at 5:45 PM during the organization's San Francisco conference April 24-26 at the Moscone North Center. Additionally, ad:tech has added an Executive Panel of Judges (including yours truly) to, apparently, minimize any squabbles that might arise...uh...I mean to lend an air of importance to the event. Altogether, there will be 130 judges examining all the categories.

Also part of the Awards will be the addition of Industry Achievement Awards to honor three long-time industry contributors who have added greatly to the industry as a whole. While the show has a price tag to attend, there will be a full on event with open bar, hors d'oeuvres, entertainment and, of course the awards presentation.

by Steve Hall    Jan-24-07    
Topic: Industry Events, Online



Microsoft Does More Viral Kitsch Stuff for Vista

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You might be wondering who the odd man at left is. He's Dr. Woodrow I. Lovett, Director for the Institute of Advanced Personhood, or Microsoft's latest attempt to make good on neurotic left-of-center Woody Allen-esque humour. While their Clearification effort invents HANDTOSS, an overachiever disease, the IAP promises solace for such sufferers.

The success of the spoofy sites depend heavily on Demetri Martin, whose latest Comedy Central special was heavily sponsored by Microsoft. We thought Clearification was neat but are now over it. What's Vista got to offer us? We hear it's pretty lackluster. When they can invent a cure for underachieving maybe we'll start paying attention.

by Angela Natividad    Jan-24-07    
Topic: Campaigns, Online, Packaging, Promotions



Big Shocker: Even Citizen Marketers Get a Little Lazy

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Chevy's running Super Bowl College Ad contest draws to a close as February creeps closer. And this teaser for the reality webisode series that started Monday is the sugar they've got to show for it.

By gad, the Chevy Aveo is textured, spacious and roomy? Good use of $5 words. And we love how the ad devolves into a beer-keg yell. These guys are geniuses. Really.

by Angela Natividad    Jan-24-07    
Topic: Bad, Games, Online, Super Bowl 2007, Television



Get a First Life Advises On What to Do with Pesky Bodies

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It's your world. Sorry about that, says the latest Second Life satire.

With all the ado about Second Life and everything we can do on the internet now, somebody just had to ask: what's the world like outside the monitor?

Get a First Life answers that question in addition to other critical ones, like What's this body thing, and what do I do with the dangly bits? Why can't I build a dirigible with my mind? Penguins, spoons and you -- what's life like among the flightless? Even teens can get involved - in this zany analog world outside high-speed, you can experience the angst of gym class in real-time, get acne and experiment with recreational drugs.

Of course a service hawking the answers for these types of existential questions, including the one between the lines (that being, why is inet life so much catchier than a stroll in the park or a one-night stand?), can't quite get away scott-free. There's already mad bitchin' going down about the problems with the game of First Life, like laggage. Granted there isn't a server, so to speed up, users may just have to run.

by Angela Natividad    Jan-24-07    
Topic: Online, Spoofs



Adrants Gives Equal Time to Male Underwear Model Hotties

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Since we are often accused of featuring items on Adrants purely for their prurient, female-focused nature, we thought we'd tip the scales a bit and bring you some pruriently male-focused news. Undergear, an online retailer has been given a website makeover by NetPlus Marketing to offer a "cleaner, bolder, fashion-forward look and feel." We're also told the "enhanced site boasts a modern, sophisticated look and feel, as well as updated navigation and shopping tools to make the online shopping experience easy and enjoyable." Screw that. Check out those abs, people!

by Steve Hall    Jan-24-07    
Topic: Online, Racy



Sound Effects Get Big Breaks, Creative Directors Should Too

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For Recruit Ireland, agencies Head Gear in Toronto and Chemistry Dublin create Beep and Creak, two took-for-granted everyday noises who depart answering machines and door hinges in favour of the big-time. Now Beep censors F-bombs and Creak adds a creepy extra something to coffin doors.

If your lowly house noises can pursue the bigger picture, why not you? Just one catch. To use Recruit Ireland, you have to beep and creak in a twang. And it's too bad we're not Irish considering even our employment boards have been bit by the consumer-gen bug. You know what would be awesome? A little bit of beep and creak for some Creative Directors. Because we need new ones. Badly.

by Angela Natividad    Jan-24-07    
Topic: Agencies, Good, Online



Ad Generator Mashes and Rips Slogans, Images with Coherent Results

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For her MFA thesis in Design/Tech at Parsons, Alexis Lloyd brings us the ad generator.

The ad generator mixes corporate slogans around and pairs the new phrases with related Flickr images. The results come out clean and surprisingly provocative most of the time.

The object is to show how ad language reflects cultural values and desires, and simultaneously demonstrate how meaningless it can be as the message is generally unrelated to the product being sold.

We've seen similar mix-and-match ad generators but this one is impressively seamless. We dig the idea of scavenging to create a new whole because that's how we often create new stories or render old values coherent again. Good job Madame Lloyd.

by Angela Natividad    Jan-23-07    
Topic: Good, Online










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