Simple Pepsi Ice Block Game Amuses

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Considering our amazingly short attention span and simplistic mindset, here's an online game we can spend some serious time with. In fact, it's perfect for those who love Pavlovian-like response/reward simplicity. It's a game for Pepsi Japan in which you become a running man who must punch his way through ice block walls. Click at the right time, and the punch breaks through the ice. Click at the wrong time and you do a body slam into the wall. We made our way through about eight walls before figuring we'd better get back to work. Give it a go here.

by Steve Hall    May-11-06    
Topic: Brands, Games, Good, Online



Axe Wants Guys to Get A Girlfriend

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While it might be really cool to be some sort of world record holder for solving Rubik's Cube or making amazing quarters shots or creating little Jaws puppet movies, Axe thinks thinks otherwise and wants these guys to go out and get a girlfriend. Of course, Axe is there to help with its body deodorant. There's three spots in this South African campaign which you can view here, here and here.

by Steve Hall    May-10-06    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Online, Strange



Safetytown Follows Life of Phished Family

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To promote its line of online security products, Symantec has launched Safetytown. Created by Night Agency, the site contains "choose your own adventure" videos that follow the travels of a father who has been informed a mysterious charge has been made to his credit card. Full of overwrought melodrama and really bad fashion, the first installment shows the dad receiving a call from his credit card company informing him a charge was made to his card from a sporting goods store in Arkansas. Dressed only in his bathroom and a winter coat, the dad sets off to find out who used his card while his wife and child tearfully watch him leave.

The site's got other goodies such as wallpapers, music, the dad's bathrobe and a trial download of Norton Internet Security. If memory serves, this is the first time Symantec has done anything outside of the basic technology sell in its marketing.

by Steve Hall    May- 9-06    
Topic: Good, Online



MySpace Pointrolled, Timesheets Gamed, Handrail Ads Licensed

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Aap Global, the company that created the technology behind elevator handrail advertising, is now licensing the technology to partners internationally.

MySpace is now part of the PointRoll Include program. We're not sure how all those teens will take to the company's Fatboy, BadBoy, TomBoy, PaperBoy and TowelBoy expand-o-banners creeping all over their pages.

We're not quite sure how but this game, Maconomy X, is supposed to induce creatives into filling out their times sheets.

Doubleclick has released a new white paper, Best Practices for Optimizing Web Advertising Effectiveness, that aims to share help marketers improve their online advertising efforts.

by Steve Hall    May- 9-06    
Topic: Games, Online, Research



Online Game Brings Back Memories of Flunking College Physics

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OK, this online game is so totally for engineering geeks. But, that's the whole point because it's for GlobalSpec, a specialized search engine and information resource for engineers. We took one look at the game and didn't even try to play. We're sure it's good but we got an F in college physics so we've already had our fair share of shame.

by Steve Hall    May- 9-06    
Topic: Games, Good, Online



Brooke Burke Dumps the King

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Sadly, an endearing relationship has come to an end. We cheered, we cried, we vicariously lived a deep and meaningful relationship but, alas, it has all come to an end. AdFreak tells us they've received an email announcing the breakup of Brook Burke and the King. A sad day this is, indeed. Following the announcement, marketers could be heard weeping the world over.

by Steve Hall    May- 8-06    
Topic: Guerilla, Online, Strange



Oozinator Gets Cartooned, Moms Discuss Poop, Walmart Is Scary

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Words and Pictures has given their cartoon treatment to the messy Hasbro Oozinator ad.

Club Mom has introduced the web's first social network for moms. Now discussion about the consistency of baby poop can be taken to a global level.

IQ Interactive and Arnold have created a virtual tour website for the recently launched Royal Caribbean ship Freed of the Seas.

Gatorade and Just Ad Orange think Americans should care more about World Cup football and this ad asks them to consider it.

The growth of Walmart is scary, Really scary.

AdFreak asks, Is there anything breasts can't sell?

AdJab analyzes a Suzuki Forenza ad and wonders what a "smoking hot" woman stripping in an elevator has to do with selling cars.

by Steve Hall    May- 8-06    
Topic: Commercials, Online, Spoofs



Adidas Adicolor Goes Pink

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Here's another one of those weird, non-sensical, pointless Adidas adicolor videos. This time, it's all about pink. The room is pink. The bear is pink. The girl is cute so whatever.

by Steve Hall    May- 5-06    
Topic: Online



Trendio Launches As Stock Market For Buzz Words

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For those interested in examining trends and marketing buzz, Trendio.com has launched as a stock market for buzz-words: words that appear in the news are quoted in real time based on their presence in 3000 news sources. The goal is to provide a picture of what the media are talking about, which topics are in and which are out. There's also a game that allows users to manage a portfolio of words as if they were stocks. Users can buy and sell words and try to gain virtual dollars based on their feeling on which topics will get the most coverage, and rise the most in the coming hours, days or weeks. If trends and buzz words are you thing, then, I guess, so is Trendio.

by Steve Hall    May- 5-06    
Topic: Online, Research, Trends and Culture



Agency Celebrate Cinco De Mayo With Sheep Pinata Game

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Kansas City Agency Sullivan Higdon & Sink, home to the American Copywriter podcast's John January and Tug McTighe, has launched a fun Cinco (Sinko...get it?) de Mayo pinata game in which you can whack the agency's sheep mascot. You can play the game in any one of four rooms; the kitchen, the lobby, the living room and the ice ball lounge (whatever that is). Have at it because we couldn't seem to manage an effective sheep whack.

by Steve Hall    May- 4-06    
Topic: Games, Online










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