Someday marketers are going to wake up and realize that humans are, in fact , a much needed entity in the creation and management of online ad campaigns and that some aspects of those campaigns shouldn't be left to a bunch of servers in some sever farm in the middle of nowhere. This latest contextual corrigendum comes courtesy of IntelliTXT, that company that places annoying roll over pop ups linked to text in articles on many sites such as the Atlanta Journal Constitution. In this AJC.com article about the sudden death of Anna Nicole Smith's son, we find an ad offering 10 to 20 percent off Smiths at Target as if Anna might want to drop by Target and pick up a new son with her credit card.
We're not even going to mention it. What we are going to mention is recent pro-bono work Agency.com did in conjunction with TBWA\Chiat/Day for the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation which seeks $170 million in private funding. The agency created a microsite which, in homage to the many actual flags that appeared after 9-11, consists of a flag people can add their names to show support for the WTC Memorial and Memorial Museum at Ground Zero.
The flag can be forwarded to friends and will also be incorporated into dynamic online banners that people can interact with. The microsite and the banners, part of an overall TBWA\Chiat\Dat multimedia campaign, will point people to the WTC Memorial Foundation website for more information on the project. Now there's some noble work that actually deserves a fist bump. Dammit. We mentioned it. Sorry.
Taking the phrase, "straight from the horses mouth," literally, Merial, a drug company for horses, has launched a promotion for its ulcer prevention medicine UlceGard and employed a talking horse to do it. On the site, visitors can pick their horse or upload any image of their choice, type in a phrase and have the horse speak it. Who knew horse ulcers could be so much fun?
Samsung has hooked up with Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction participant Justin Timberlake to promote its new a930 phone. Fifty people will win a free autographed phone from the one time Britney boy as well as his new CD FutureSex/LoveSounds. Not sure we want to hear Justin make love sounds but we're sure there are those who do. People who don't win or don't want to play can simply join the Samsung Fun Club and get Justin's SexyBack ringtone for free. Check it all out here.
Heeding the culture jam call, Dr. Strangelove took it upon himself to have a little bit of fun with the recently launched Koch Media Crusty Demon online promotion by editing together the various tattoo strip videos the site enables people to make. If you want to get the full force of the Crusty Demon promotion all in one sitting, check out Dr. Strangelove's creation. It's good. The music bed is also the creation of Dr. Strangelove.
Adrants reader Lisa adds to our growing list of contextual advertising oddities with this odd Vonage ad placement in a story in, oddly enough, Reuters' Oddly Enough, about the odd placement of cell phones inside the human body. If you were wondering, a cell phone, apparently, does fit up your ass as proved by four prisoners in an El Salvador jail. It's too bad the four prisoners weren't able to see this news story about how their anal activities were discovered which had an ad for Vonage's much slimmer, more bowel friendly keychain phone next to it. Of course, the keychain phone requires the use of a PC which we are certain is not bowel friendly.
- AdFreak doesn't like the new McDonald's talking burger spots from Leo Burnett.
- The final two book in the Lemony Snicket series, The Beatrice Letter and The End, are being promoted with a series of online videos conceived and produced in house with the help of A(x)iom.
- Heineken Netherlands is using Skpe's new feature in which 100 people can have a phone conversation at the same time to deliver a Skypecast of Dutch band Johan. Hopefully everyone will shut up so the band can be heard.
- Can't get sex? Eat chocolate instead.
- If you're a girl and you're in the know then Girls in the Know wants you to join their Celebrity Fantasy League, a virtual talent agency that awards points to the girl who "manages" the most newsworthy celeb.
Not that we didn't already know this buy in an LA Times article, the drama that is YouTube's Lonelygirl15 is unfolded and some compelling evidence - confirmed in a forum post here by the creators who say they are "building a website centered around video and interactivity - suggests the girl, the site and the videos are all creations of Hollywood talent shop Creative Artists Agency. Several sleuths did extensive research along with IP address tracking which led them to the conclusion, Lonelygirl15 is manufactured and, perhaps, was a lead up, Blair Witch Project-style, to a new film. If you haven't been following the saga, Lonelygirl15 is a teen who, in her videos, says she's home schooled, has a friend named Daniel, is part of a particularly strict religion and who, in her latest video said of stars in the sky, "They said I was doing something with my teacher, and that's when I stopped asking questions about stars." Ouch. Wonder where this is going next. Call us crazy but we do seem to remember reading, perhaps in Entertainment Weekly, about an upcoming movie that would center on an affair between a student and a teacher. Not that that subject hasn't been done hundreds of times before but the similarities are compelling. All of which is irrelevant since the creators say they are simply creating a website that "will allow everyone to enjoy the full potential of this new medium."
To promote the launch of Koch Media's Crusty Demons game, London's New Media Maze has created a virally-intended little game in which you decide where on a woman's body you want place a tattoo, write a message then send it to a friend. We found ourselves somewhere in the middle of two round objects with the message "Adrants Was Here."
Matthew Peschong from Caffeine Marketing takes a long look at the recent Facebook mess that introduced a "feature" that would update everyone via rss feeds of, among other things, changes to member's profile pages. A petition and several backlash groups have started to protest FaceBook's move and Peschong says Facebook had better listen up.