"New Ad Stays in View While Users Scroll, Making Content Work Harder for Brand Advertisers" Well that, from a VideoEgg press release, ought to go over well. Um, no. So, yea, everyone has to make money and ads, though becoming less important, are part of that equation. Enter Twig.
VideoEgg CMO Troy Young explains, "Twig addresses a key challenge in the online media environment--ads that aren't in frame long enough to drive user engagement. By offering a unit that's always in view, VideoEgg provides bloggers and publishers with a powerful new way to monetize content. Like everything we do, Twig is performance based and expands to a highly rich full-page experience, so brands love it as well."
We were all ready to hate this new ad unit until we saw it in action. It's very subtle. it sits at the top (or the bottom) of the page much like the Google Friend Connect bar does here on Adrants. When you roll over it, it expands to a full page unit with video. For sure, many will hate it. But there are far worse ad units out there compared to this one.
Microsoft's objectively douchey "Laptop Hunters" was overripe for parody from moment of launch, hence this spoof featuring Homeless Frank, who's offered a grand to buy a PC.
He's surprisingly savvier than the ever-certain Giampaolo -- who, as you recall, gets all wiggy about computers with built-in cameras. In contrast, the discerning Homeless Frank is all, "Second-rate Korean components. Terrible anti-virus software." He also manages to give Apple its props without calling the laptops "sexy."
Sucks about that chronic cough though.
Just a wee bit o' magic, brought to you by Landline TV.
Lifelock touts its identity theft protection capabilities with this online video about the biggest identity theft scandal in the world.
The premise: one person has won the chance to meet "the Donald." (I like how he's now so important, he's preceded by an article.) As a result, hundreds of thousands of people are claiming to be the person named.
Renault's launched a microsite for the Nouveau Grand Scenic et Les Tests Cretins des Lapins Cretins, which translates to "The New Grand Scenic -- and Moronic Tests by Moronic Rabbits."
Resulting spots -- in which hyperactive buck-toothed rabbits quality-test Grand Scenics en masse and sans inhibition -- don't need any translating. The effort reminds us of Scion's Little Deviants, except more frenetic and somehow scarier.
- Volvo embeds Twitter feed into YouTube ad. (Via.)
- The Domino's YouTube brand bust.
- Lindsay Lohan spoofs self -- and eHarmony -- for Funny or Die. Hey, that's almost (but not quite) as funny as...
- Manifesto on how Gaia made users love branded stuff that's not real. (Via.)
- Burger King pisses Mexico off. *condescending sigh.* What else is new.
If you've ever been on a pub crawl, you realize after a while you're unlikely to actually remember which pubs you (literally) crawled to. Lovells Lager can help with that. Working with Tequila, Lovells Lager has launched the Hangover Free Pub Crawl.
Mashing together Google Street maps, geo-targeting and informatively witty commentary, the Hangover Free Pub Crawl lets you - soberly and from the comfort of the internet - check out the finest pubs in Sydney.
A pub crawl isn't just about getting drunk. It's learning interesting facts about where you get drunk. OK, so yea, it really is about getting drunk but after taking the Hangover Free Pub Crawl, at least some of you will be able to drop a bit of trivia the next time you're in Sydney.
With help from Vincenzo Castrogiovanni of The Viral Factory, Accor's Suitehotel orchestrated The Suite Jump Games -- the largest international bed-jumping contest ever held.
The Suite Jump Games launched on April 4th at the Stade de France near Paris. Five villages were arranged in front of the stadium and equipped with beds for anyone achin' to do some mattress-leaping. (At the time, a rugby match was taking place between Stade Francais and Clermont-Ferrand, so 80,000 spectators were on-hand to both watch the festivities and potentially convert into bed-jumping contest entrants.)
This is the kind of thing that gives us chills, even if we cracked our heads open as kids while engaged in this specific activity. (12 stitches! But for the joy of the jump, possibly worth it.)
Why tote a friendship bracelet when you can upload pictures of your friends, make promises and broadcast them to the world, all on Downy's tab?
The "Feel more" fabric softener is on the prowl for pledges. Think Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants or, if you're old-school like that, Baby-Sitters Club chain letters. When you enter your pledge to a far-off friend (complete with photo and touchy-feely headline), you're automatically entered to win The Ultimate Reunion Trip. Just pray it's not in Missouri.
Okay. Just imagine for a sec that 24 were -- work with us here -- a French New Wave film.
Beautifully-coiffed, but crucially helpless, blonde in bath towel: Millions of people are going to die ... and we only have 24 hours to save them!
Blase half-dressed hubby: Yeah, but, oh, it's Saturday. Then he lifts a copy of The Stranger back up to his face and adds, 24 hours is tons of time. I could do save them in two.
The lady over-protests, as women are wont to do, so he gets all existentialist on her ass: Aren't we all going to die eventually?
Outfitted with Brigitte Bardot knockoffs, abstract antiheroes and -- in the instances of 8 Kilometres -- a painfully mod '60s style battle of linguists, Stella Artois re-imagines three contemporary action flicks in the style of old-school French cinema. The videos are best seen with the stunna shades off, a glass of vermouth, and an extra-long unfiltered cigarette, held in that special way.
- Toronto-based Expresso is bucking the economic odds and opening an office in Boston. The office will be headed by Managing Director Marta Kagan, formerly VP of Marketing at Viximo.
- Sapient has updated the Coke Happiness site which now includes a game allowing people to take on the persona of Factory workers.
- "The e-mail system, like the phone system, helps with communications both internally (i.e., with Agency employees) and externally (i.e., with clients, vendors and media)." Check out this and other gems from an un-named agency's IT policy.