Ordinary Animals Jealous of Zoo Animals

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Not that any animal in their right mind would actually want to live in a zoo if they had the choice but these commercials for the Toronto Zoo would have us believe so. OK, so that statement was tinged with tree-hugging liberalism but would you want to live in a cage if you didn't have to? Anyway, there's three spots and they're sort of funny. There's also a website at which you can here other animals plea for a life in the zoo. They were created by Lowe Roche.

by Steve Hall    Jun-28-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Online, Television



Inc.com Poster Campaign Just Tells It

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Inc.com has launched a new outdoor campaign in New York City which will run through August 20th. The company tells us the campaign is intended to target business owners and C-level executives at privately held companies. The ads will appear on 20 public telephone kiosks located throughout the midtown Manhattan business district and will feature copy and artwork explaining what's available on Inc.com. Let's

by Steve Hall    Jun-27-06    
Topic: Campaigns, Good, Online, Outdoor



Professional Bull Riders Is Not PBR

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If we were writing a press release for our client Amp'd Mobile and we were talking about how the company was the official sponsor of the Professional Bull Riders and the client would be simalcasting events to Amp'd Mobile customers, we probobly wouldn't refer to the Professional Bull Riders Association as PBR unless the sponsorship also involved the actual PBR - Pabst Blue Ribbon beer. Even if the client insisted. Just a thought.

by Steve Hall    Jun-27-06    
Topic: Bad, Events, Games, Mobile/Wireless, Online



Captain Candidate Action Figure Helps Recruiters Recruit

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Following last year's launch of the Super Recruiter action figure, HotJobs has introduced Captain Candidate, a fully-flexible, multitasking machine at the 2006 Society of Human Resource Management conference. Somehow this is all supposed top help employers and recruiters find candidates for jobs. It's all cartoony and action figurish which, according to recent research which finds 95 percent of people think it's OK to have toys in the office, is a good thing.

by Steve Hall    Jun-27-06    
Topic: Online, Specialty



SunSilk Wingman Dispenses Advice

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To relaunch SunSilk to women aged 18-35, Australian agency Amnesia has created a mini-portal style website with personalized information on career, movies, music, travel and dating. The site site introduces The Wingman, an avatar that stands in as a personal adviser and collector of all things relevant. We suppose they're cute and all but we're not into all that girly stuff anyway so someone else will have to tell you if it's good or not.

by Steve Hall    Jun-27-06    
Topic: Online



TJ From Sonic Wants You to Make His Favorite Drink

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For you Sonic lovers, here's a website you can spend hours with trying to guess the favorite drink of TJ, one of the guys from the Two Guys campaign.. The site let's you mix various flavors with a possible 168,894 combinations. If you guess which on is the favorite, prizes abound. Well, at least a coupon to use at Sonic. We whipped up a few but TJ didn't like. Kansas city based Barkley Evergreen & Partners did the work.

by Steve Hall    Jun-26-06    
Topic: Games, Good, Online



Barber Brigade Says Get Sharp

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Those oddballs over at Wexley School for Girl (an agency, not a private school with plaid pleated mini-skirt wearing girls roaming around, silly) have created another weird site, this time for Sharps, a line of mens grooming products. The agency created Barber Brigade, a cheeky site designed old school barber shop style with lots of 'tude and wit. Honestly, we never new personal hygiene was such an involved process. Perhaps that's why we work at home.

Oh but wait. Lest we forget the most important aspects of this and seemingly every other recent campaign, the Barber Brigage have MySpace pages. (1, 2, 3, 4) Hmm. How original.

by Steve Hall    Jun-26-06    
Topic: Good, Online



Virtual Tomato Toss Somehow Sells Telecom

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We're told this is a viral campaign but we'll have to take the sender's word for it because the whole thing is in French. Along with a bunch of videos, there's a game which let's you hurl tomatoes at fellow office workers and that appears to be amusing enough at least for a few minutes. Apparently, it's all for French telecom company SFR. Oh, we get it now. It's tomato telecom. Oh wait, that only works in English, right?

by Steve Hall    Jun-26-06    
Topic: Games, Online



Sea-Doos, Experiential Markets, Nokia Blogs, Cement Speeds

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- AdFreak says two out of the three Sea-Doo films are pretty good. We'll take thier word for it since, like many bloated sites, it wouldn't load well for us. Then again, that could just be our crappy Internet connection. And if you're wondering what Eric Roberts is doing these days. Here's your answer.

- Jack Morton has published a white paper which finds experiential marketing to be more likely to "increase understanding, lead to action and inspire advocacy."

- Nokia is running a blog-based campaign in Toronto and Vancouver to promote its new 6682 phone. The company has promised to send bloggers the phone for free if they qualify (age, blog size, location, etc.)

- An Iowa construction company which is building the Iowa Speeday is promoting the track by outfitting ten of the company's cement trucks with Iowa Speedway decals.

- Crispin Porter + Bogusky's VW Configurator, which was developed in part by IQ Interactive, took home a Cyber Lions Grand Prix.

- It's in French so we're not sure what it's all about but we do know it's for Coke BlaK. We've also seen the hippy-dippy floral/bubble theme before. Yup, we have and it was for Coke's M5 project.

by Steve Hall    Jun-23-06    
Topic: Celebrity, Industry Events, Online, Outdoor, Research, Weblogs



AOL Gets Caught Trying to Badger Customer Into Retaining Account

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Now we know why AOL still has so many users. Try as they might, canceling an AOL account is, apparently, a nightmare, a point proved by one Vincent Ferrari who recorded his exchange with an AOL customer service rep while canceling his account. It took Ferarri a total of 21 minutes to complete the cancellation and the five minute he spent with an actual human being are simply priceless. The CSR berated Ferrari, who is 30, to the point of asking to speak to his father because he thought Ferrari was making wrong decision in canceling the account. While, AOL did reply to the MSNBC report on the incident with an apology and a statement it had fired the CSR in question, there are, according to Ferrari, many others who have had similar experiences with the company. In the world of social media, consumer-generated media and YouTube, there's no hiding shady business practices any longer.

by Steve Hall    Jun-22-06    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Online, Viral










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