Communications company Cisco Systems has launched a new campaign centered around the typically nightmarish aspects of office life such as missed meetings, endless phone tag, conference call insanity, video headaches, wiring difficulties and all those other inane idiosyncrasies that make you wish for the days before the fax machine launched us into office technology hell. Ten videos cover just about every office technology nightmare except for the biggest one of them all. People. No matter how wonderful Cisco technology might be, no technology can connect people if there's no one there to connect to. If Cisco can solve that problem, office life might actually be something to look forward to.
Travel site Orbitz has launched Orbitz Games, a community site on which people can help Orbitz build an 18-hole golf course by designing a golf hole and voting on those designed by others. By designing and voting, people can win airfare for two to anywhere in the U.S. It's sponsored by Golfsmith Golf & Tennis.
- Two guys are following England around Germany as the 'Unofficial' Coca-cola mascots and reporting back to fans via their video blog.
- Here's a little Aussie viral for a roadside assistance company that puts a twist on on asking mom and Dad to use their car.
- Here's the third installment of the incredibly stupid Truth campaign in which the guy with the goofy hair calls attentions to jogging, M&M's and smoking addiction. It's just not working.
- Walking in on your hottie having sex with a bunch of other guys and not flinching is a poker face Poker.com would appreciate.
- Katherine Harris' U.S. Senate Campaign is getting some seriously hilarious spoof treatment and is racking up tons of views in the Huffington Post Contagious Viral contest.
- Here's what Aussies do to promote cricket in London.
- More Nike Joga Bonita football...uh...soccer fun.
Lynx is promoting its latest online stunt called Billions of Bikini Babes which will, apparently, air in the UK at 7:25PM on ITV1 just prior to the England versus Sweden football game. The trailer promises bikinis, babe, beaches and one guy that looks like he's in bikini nirvana.
For Match.com, Hanft Raboy has created a campaign that positions bachelorism as a disease with match.com as the cure. And, because so many men have some to Match.com for the cure, Match.com is promoting that fact to attract women to the dating site. It's an interesting twist on most dating site advertising which always targets the guy with images of hot women. This campaign is all dressed up like a medical campaign humorously urging women to check out the collection of men who have admitted to have bachelorism by explaining they are perfectly ready to lead a normal life as one half of a couple. You can check out the site here and three of the print ads here, here and here. (PDFs)
AtomFilms and Alltell have teamed to launch a new contest in which people can submit videos shot on mobile phones to win between $1,000 and $5,000 as well as distribution of their video on AtomFilms. Of course the contest, Are You Circle Worthy, promotes Alltel's My Circle calling plan which is similar to the old MCI Friends and Family plan.
You know, all you designers really ought to be testing your Flashtastic creations on a "normal" computer with the cache turned off. After all, most people who will visit your site won't have reloaded the thing a million times thereby having it readily and speedily available for viewing. For example, this site for Pepsi called MyDaDaDa which capiltalizes on the song, took agonizingly long to load. And once it did load, it never worked smoothly. Apparently, you can send the song around to your friends, watch ads, put the song and wallpapers on your phone, send a pre-recorded message to a friend, get screensavers and upload your own videos to the site. None of it worked well. Of course, it could just be our crappy laptop. Oh yea, the whole thing wraps itself around the World Cup Football craze.
Well, we were going to tell you about this Folgers commercial that FishNChimps thought was way too happy happy but the Folgers site took too damn long to load. Humorously, the load page of the site says, "A website dedicated to making your mornings more tolerable. Not this morning, dudes. Speed up your site and then maybe, just maybe we'll watch your stupid spot.
New mobile service provider Helio, with help from StreetVirus and Alt Terrain, has launched an influencer marketing campaign consisting of in-venue pop up stores, a print magazine, a blog and sponsorship of local artists. The in-venue stores include a mini-lounge and employees are given Helio phones. Each store receives free ad space in the Helio magazine and become an exclusive retailer of the devices.
The artists sponsorship provides artists with hard-to-come by public mural space to showcase their work, financial support for their gallery shows, exposure in the Helio blog and the print magazine that is nationally distributed, and artists are provided a Helio phone of their choice. For a new company without a lot of money and one whose services appeal to the social networking needs of tweens, teens and twenty-somethings, Helio has headed in the right direction with this influencer marketing approach. You can see some of the artist's work here.
With video the online advertising meme du jour, ad network Bluelithium has launched AdRoll, a streaming video ad network with behavioral targeting capabilities. Much like Tacoda does with banners across its network of sites, AdRoll will allow advertisers to serve video ads, both pre-roll and in-banner, based on a person's navigation behavior across all the sites in the Bluelithium network, of which there are over 1,000 according to the company. The targeting capabilities will also include demographics and geography. If you've got video, it seems bluelithium has the right place to put it.