If something can attract 60 million to it, there must be something goo about it. We;re thinking that's the thinking behind the USA Network's launch of ShowUsYourCharacter, a site that features character from USA shows but also mimics the social community aspects of MySpace and other similar operations. On ShowUsYourCharacter, visitors can dig deep into the profiles of their favorite characters and then set up a profile of their own to highlight their uniqueness.
While the site is about creating a community, the network is also hoping to collect and identify profiles of unique individuals who, upon submitting a video and statement, will be selected as winners with the Grand Prize winner appearing in an on-air USA campaign. With Tagworld, Facebook, MySpace, Orkut, LinkedIn, Friendster and others, there seems to be no end to people's willingness to place themselves in front of the world for all to see. No doubt, USA will see return on this effort.
Lincoln Mercury, which previously launched a serial Internet-based movie called Meet The Lucky Ones, is launching two new webisodes featuring the Mercury Milan mid-size sedan and the new Zephyr, Lincoln's first entry-luxury sedan. The first installments of the five-week Web series debut today at LovelyBySurprise.com and TheNeverything.com, bringing together stars from Oscar-winning movies and hit television series, including "Grey's Anatomy," "A Beautiful Mind," "Amistad" and "Walk the Line." Written and directed by Kirt Gunn, they tell the story of an author whose fiction overtakes her real life. The two sides of the story are presented on two separate Web sites - one by Lincoln, the other by Mercury.
Our brief review of the work interests us. This isn't your standard web video stuff. This is stuff you'd expect to see on TV or in the movie theater. If this is truly where advertising is going, we're all for it.
What may once have been a one off is now a bonafide ad unit. Late last year, the New York Post emblazoned its Page Size with a Sex and the City watermark. Today, E! News is all over Page Six. We liked the ad unit back then and we still like it. Bucky Turco spotted this one for us.
Completely misunderstanding current culture, NBC, after forcing YouTube to remove several Saturday Night Live clips, has re-released on NBC.com the very same clips it said should not have been freely distributed. Explaining the twisted brilliance of the move, NBC VP of Interactive Stephen Andrade said, "We were concerned about building their corporation instead of ours since it's our video. We would like to make it as easy for people to share as we can, so we're trying to provide as many tools as we can to do that." Gee, if we were NBC.com, we'd be more than happy for YouTube and everyone else to suffer the bandwidth and infrastructure costs to freely publicize our content.
Publicis Dialog has created an Alien Film Competition for HP that lets' people upload a photo that will appear in a canned video. It's supposed to be funny but after watching tha same video over and over with a bunch or irrelevant baby and animal pictures inserted, we tired of the whole thing. But, for those who persevere and are chosen as having created the funniest video by simply slapping an image in a canned video, HP will award a Photosmart printer.
Following Time Magazine's lead, Nationwide Insurance is doing the consumer-generated Times Square billboard thing. Visitors to the Life Comes At You Fast site can submit a "moment" that somehow relates to the whole Life Comes At You Fast thing and, if accepted, it will appear on Natonwide's Time Square billboard. TM Advertising did the work.
We suppose there's a vanity play here and we're sure we're jaded by years of this stuff but...oh screw it...we were going to complain but whet the hell. People love to see their own faces in public places. We're just not the stand behind the GMA camera and wave like an idiot sort of guy.
Screw all those shows that try to make us believe do-it-yourself home repair is easy. To promote Discovery Channel Canada's new show Canada's Worst Handyman, a reality show that follows group of really bad do-it-yourselfers as they attempt to do minor home repairs, Fuel Industries and Karbon Arc created a microsite that let's anyone virtually screw up home repair. There's a chainsaw and a nail gun which, as you can imagine, easily do serious damage.
This is just weird and pointless. But, then again, that's the whole point when it comes to Mony Python. Oh, the thing is supposed to promote Monty Python's Personal Best DVD release.
List size is one of the strongest predictors of email response rates, including both open and click-through responses, according to a new study by email service provider ExactTarget (yes, ExactTarget advertises on this site all you transparency freaks). There appears to be an inverse relationship between list size and email responsiveness. According to the study, open and click-through rates both decrease steadily as list size increases. Exact Target claims this is indicative that list segmentation should be considered as list size grows. You can check out the entire study here.
Advertising For Peanuts highlights and ongoing self-promotional campaign, Bang the Streets, for Modernista, the Boston agency that just won a big chunk of Cadillac business. The campaign encourages people to place the agency's trademark red exclamation point, which the agency will send to anyone that requests it, anywhere they like, take a picture of it, send it in and Modernista will highlight it on the Bang the Streets site. Potential Photoshop trickery and defacing public property issues aside, We kinda like this campaign.