Alltel is running a blog ad campaign created by Campbell Ewald with site development by GMD Studios which promotes a fake class action suit against the company's My Circle calling plan. The ad points to a page on which an Edward Maxwell Von Houten claims he and many others have been added to Alltel's My Circle plan without there consent. Some witty copy turns the tables and makes the argument that paying to call your friends is better because it will eliminate turning people into gaggling idiots and somehow lead to anarchy. There's even a second site that follows the so-called class action suit.
Perhaps it's just us but this morning we have been attacked by one of those porn-style redirect ads. We were checking out the cast of the upcoming James Bond flick, Casino Royale on IMDB when, after about five seconds, we were whisked away to a promotional sweepstakes eprize page for the movie V. No amount of reloading on use of the back button would stop the fucking ad page from forcing itself upon us. Someone over at Warner Brothers or IMBD better get their shit together or start kicking the shit out of whatever spammer is foisting this crap upon us.
NOTE: In comments, an IMDB representative explains the problem was a coding error on their part which occurred for a short period of time and they fixed it as soon as it was brought to their attention. Warner Brothers had nothing to do with the error.
Coke Zero, those zeros behind the fake blog Zero Movement thing are at it again. As if moving down a check list of social media tactics, the company, after checking off "blog," has moved on to video and has uploaded three videos to YouTube in which two hired lawyers/actors supposedly punk random, unsuspecting lawyers by telling them they want to sue Coke Zero because it tastes so much like Coke. Yup. Coke Zero has gone out and created "faux consumer generated content" as one commenter called it in hopes the viral gods will bless their efforts. To be fair, the videos are OK. Though you can instantly tell they are staged, they are amusing even if they have that "we're really trying hard to get into this social media thing so bear with us" feel. There's three videos here, here and here (though we can't get this last one to load.)
Cliff Kurtman, who has spent the last year closely following the social networking scene and segment giant MySpace has recently published a mini white paper, "Marketing to the MySpace Generation & The Economics of Social Networking," which examines MySpace's success path and the success of Kurtzman's own social networking entity, MyCityRocks. What? You thought white papers weren't thinly veiled promotions?
Virgin Mobile, which sponsors the UK's Virgin Mobile V Festival, is offering a chance to attend the sold out event with a base jumping game. If you land on the tour bus, you are able to enter a drawing for a pair of tickets. We made it on the third try but we're not flying to England just for a concert. The game is simple enough and unfettered by bloat which, of course, we like.
Sometimes the ideas just don't flow when you're trying to come up with a really cool campaign for a product as mundane as sunglasses. Apparently BluBlocker had that problem and hit the streets in search of someone who could do the job their creatives couldn't. Apparently, wordologist Dr. Geek was hanging around Venice Beach, was approached by a BluBlocker employee who gave him a pair of the glasses and came up with a rap for the glasses which, after viewing, you'll have one of the following reactions: barf and bow your head in shameful realization you work in the same industry from which this work emanated or let out a big, "Dude, this shit rocks. We gotta tap some of that bad ass mofo juice for our next campaign."
- On July 22, ML Rogers Art Director Bryan Murphy had some fun with his Find Bryan Murphy Project for which he posted images of his location in Manhattan, placed them on his blog and challenged people to find him. Of course it was all tied to a Yahoo and Dell promotion.
- Cool, new not-a-phone-company Helio has a couple of spots racking up some decent views on YouTube (here and here). They've always got a gatefold print campaign running in Entertainment Weekly, GQ and others.
- This is so incredibly bad but so is the compulsively obsessive belief anyone would actually want a pair of sneakers that came from a mid-eighties movie.
- Orbitz has a wedding microsite where you can upload a photo, choose a wedding dance and send it to a friend. Of course, along the way, you'll be told about travel deals on honeymoon destinations and general wedding travel.
- Hmm. Yet anoher ad blog launches.
- Chicago's Beachwood Reporter pokes holes in the math behind a Wal-Mart campaign opposing a city ordinance that sets special minimum wage for large retailers.
Yea, yea, yea. We know we're late on this but we were involved with actual live hotties for the past few days so we think you can forgive us for telling you about these virtual Burger King/Maxim hotties a few days late. Yes, Burger King, hoping to lure the drolling set has nabbed three of Maxim's Hometown Hotties to appear on the site and converse with visitors. Dennis Digital and Maxim.com worked with Burger King to provide the eye candy. We do, though, think it's a bit weird these Maxim Hometown Hotties seem to be sitting in the kid's playground section of Burger King. We wouldn't want those pre-pubescent boys to get all worked up and embarrassed now would we?
UPDATE: To give credit where credit is due, Adrants reader Ariel points out the concept was VML's idea and the agency produced all but the sweepstakes portion. Funny how that stuff gets left out of press releases from other companies involved in a multi-company project.
Television music network fuse has joined with the truth anti-smoking campaign, , for a documentary, called Warped: Inside & Out, which will look at the alternative music and extreme sports event, Vans Warped Tour 2006. The documentary will cover the three month-long music tour and will feature truth brand presence by incorporating the orange truth truck and its crew. The series also includes the tour¹s creator Kevin Lyman and his staff, roadies, guitar techs, tour bus drivers, members and managers of the 100+ bands that will be on the tour.
The documentary will include a supporting campaign with content accessible on fuseMobile, fuse On Demand and online at fuse.tv. which will have a micro-site designed to give tour-goers and non-attendees the details on Warped. The site will have a bunch of clips from Warped, along with photo galleries and blogs that will cover the tour.
Apparently, as indicated by this very sparsely attended ad:tech Chicago 2006 session, not many people are intrested in listening to creative types hyping their most recent creative endeavors. Moderating the collection of creatives, Click Here ACD Brian Linder, DesignKitchen CD Sam landers, Arc Worldwide Group CD Tim Irvine and AvenueA Razorish Disciplne lead (whatever that is) Brooke Nanberg, was Program Partners SVP David Hutchinson.
Landers, the most "creative looking" of the bunch, took the audience though the very Flashtastic work he had done for Motorola to promote the brand and, well, I'm not sure what else. The most telling bit of education here was the utterance by Landers, "oh, it's still loading." Linder shared the work his agency did for high end tequila Patron. Unfortunately, the campaign consisted mostly of low brow humor - not exactly the approach to position a high end brand. His agency also created a site, simplyperfect.com, that carried the campiagn's theme of debate but enabling people to take two side of an issue and post it for others to comment upon.
Irvine shared work for Cadillac that attempted to take the "old" out and inject the car with some "badass" as one critic said while describing the new Cadillacs. Irvine created a fairly cool online car racing game that appeared to be engaging. Within the first month of the campaign the site got 170,000 page views, 57,000 visitors and 150,000 downloads. Nanberg, in explaining her work for AT&T's Digital Lifestyle center - a site that illustrates how AT&T integrates with life, suffered the unfortunate side effect of Flashturbation. Pages took forever to load. Pages hung. Pages froze. And the kicker is the site actually has a Troubleshooting link right up top as if it was in the plan that many people would have trouble viewing this site. The one shining nugget she left us with as if it were an earth shattering insight was "creative is non-linear." Um. OK.