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.
Lynx Deodorant has launch yet another one of its mysterious promotions. This one arrive via email with nothing more than an image of a hot chick and an invitation to click. Once clicked, we arrived at a site called Clickmore and had to...yes...click more. Upon clicking, a big window opened where a collection of world flag-clad asses presented themselves for us to choose from . Once we chose our ass, we were whisked away to a page that asked for our email and and a promise that all would be revealed February 13. When we clicked on another ass, however, we were whisked away to an MSN page that contained a bunch of videos. Sadly, we navigated away from the page before we were able to fully explore its content. Perhaps we found a little hole into what will actually be revealed on February 13. Unfortunately, no amount of ass clicking would return us to the MSN page so we'll just have to wait like everyone else.
Perhaps it was all fire and brimstone or perhaps it really was the truth but Commercial Alert Executive Director Gary Ruskin Minced no words when he told ad execs at an Association of National Advertisers luncheon yesterday that "most Americans really despise what you do." He also told the audience what we all have known for a long time; we are not loved by people. Poll after poll ranks us right up there with car dealers in terms of trust. Citing yet another study, Ruskin said, "your industry is not yet as unpopular as the tobacco industry." It's not inconceivable that, with the increasing amount of ad-avoidance control people gain, that will happen quite soon.
He had no kind words to say about product placement or buzz marketing either and that's not surprising. The walls between advertising and content have long since disappeared because of media fragmentation which gave people more choice to avoid advertising and because of ad-avoidance platforms like pay-per-view, DVRs, bit torrent, file-sharing and the iPod. It's no surprise that marketers are grasping at straws to regain the control it once had over consumer eyeballs when a three network buy would reach every person in the country.
Pepsi's Mountain Dew and Plum TV are getting together during the Winter X Games in Aspen January 26-30 to promote Mountain Dew MDX. During the games, Mountain Dew will sponsor nightly shuttles outfitted with cameras to capture nocturnal reveler's escapades to be broadcast on Plum TV in Aspen, Vail and on the Mountain Dew MDX Be Noctural site. Also, a party hosted by Mountain Dew MDX will be held at the Sun Deck on Ajax Mountain where antics will also be captured for Plum TV broadcast.
Stay tuned for videos from the event. We'll post them as we receive them.