To encourage use of its new version of Messenger, MSN has launched a promotion, created by Fallon, called ESP Billy, a microsite with episodic videos featuring ESP Billy, a white trash online psychic played by Ricky Jay who communicates with his clients through MSN Messenger video chat. There's a pilot episode that introduces the characters, and then three interactive episodes where the user can decode the fate of the main character, Travis, but choosing an ending based on ESP Billy's predictions of the future. The catch to the promotion - and the entire point of the promotion - is the three videos can only be viewed using MSN Messenger for which a convenient download botton is provided. The pilot episode, which, itself, is quite good, can be viewed in a browser. The online element will be supported by print and online media beginning in a couple of weeks
While there's plenty of places to search for and look at viral advertising, Viral HQ has gathered together an expansive collection of viral ads and categorized them by name along with the brand they were created for. Like many other viral accumulators, Viral HQ also has plans to offer seeding and tracking services. While hosting virals is a great way to sell other services, Viral HQ has done a respectable job of gathering together a huge collection. That said, it needs a search feature so virals can be found based on the brands as well as the name. Currently, it's just an alphabetical directory.
CareerBuilder just can't give up those chimps. They're in ads, They,re on the website. Now they're going to be in your email if CareerBuilder has its way. The job site has launched a five step, create-an-email microsite, called Monk-e-mail, on which visitors can pick a chimp, dress it up, give it something to say, preview it and send it to a friend. It's humorous enough nut just not as funny as that Wedding Crashers Trailer Crashers thing.
Certainly, it was destined to happen sooner or later. Afterall, if Playboy goes after Wal-mart hotties, they're sure to see better luck with hotties found on MySpace given that most can't seem to post a fully clothed picture if their life depended on it. Playboy is seeking "the sexiest women of the MySpace community to pose for a nude Playboy pictorial." The only requirement, of course, is that the girl must be hot and at least 18 years old. No doubt, Playboy will receive millions of submissions for this and will likely be its most popular "Girls of..." issue ever.
Back in June, we noted Hilary Duff would become the face of Candie's. Perhaps because the poor girl's just not quite weighty enough to carry the role herself, Candie's has decided to add a few more celebrities to heavy up its campaign adding "Entourage" and former 'The O.C.' star Samaire Armstrong, "EuroTrip" hottie and "Ice Princess: sweetie Michelle Trachtenberg and relative newcomer Crunk & B artist Ciara. The celebs will appear in TV, print and online ads to support the roll out of the brand in Kohl's stores.
Japanese footwear company Onitsuka Tiger, known as ASICS in the States, has launched an online karaoke game, Lovely Football, in support of the company's new football (soccer) shoe Injector DX. On the site, the Onitsuka Tiger National Choir performs and after viewing the competition, visitors can sing along with the choir karaoke style and enter their performance in a contest to win a pair of Injector DX or other Onitsuka Tiger goodies.
"We've pretty much stopped with TV ads or radio ads or branded ads. It just wasn't worth it anymore. Online, there are just many more possibilities." That's a refrain we've hearing more on more over the next few years as marketers realize traditional advertising ain't all it's cracked up to be anymore. Amsterdam Tourism Board Internet manager Sebastian Paauw uttered that phrase when commenting on the Board's deal with BlogAds under which the Board, in connection with BlogAds, will send 25 bloggers to Amsterdam in exchange for ad space on their blogs. While the bloggers are not required to write anything about their trip, bloggers being bloggers, there will, no doubt, be a litany of posts covering their escapades during their five day stay.
The promotion, called "Bloggers in Amsterdam," calls for bloggers to be interviewed by the Tourism Board and provide the Board with one month of advertising on their blogs. The program is an extension of standard industry practices in which travel journalists are given a free ride so they can experience a destination and write about it.
We're sure this isn't quite what Warner Brothers and UPN had in mind for their new TheCW website following the merger of The WB and UPN but if they want to put the cat back in the bag and launch a proper network television website, they're going to have to transfer some cat treats to this cat lover.
As Adland properly comments, "what the hell were the creatives on this job smoking?" Yes, it's unlikely this came from the U.S. Government. They have no sense of humor when it comes to taxes. Someone's just having a bit of fun here.
Next week, ExxonMobil will announce it turned a profit of about $32 billion in 2005 and it's not going unnoticed by a group called Exxpose Exxon who pokes fun at the giant's earnings with a humorous video entitled, Toasting the Earth, in which ExxonMobil execs are shown toasting the earth in a less than environmentally friendly manner. With an extra $32 billion in ExxonMobil's coffers, Exxpose Exxon feels the organization should take a more active roll in protecting the earth's assets.