Crawl Sydney's Pubs Without Getting Drunk

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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.

by Steve Hall    Apr-15-09    
Topic: Brands, Good, Online



Suitehotel Courts Best Bed-Jumping Photos

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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.)

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by Angela Natividad    Apr-14-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online, Promotions



Nothing Warms the Heart Like a Sponsored BFF Pledge.

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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.

by Angela Natividad    Apr-14-09    
Topic: Brands, Online, Promotions



Stella Mashes Hollywood Grit Up with French Nouvelle Vague

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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.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr-13-09    
Topic: Best, Brands, Campaigns, Online, Trends and Culture, Video



Expresso Goes to Boston, Sapient Makes Coke Happy

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- 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.

by Steve Hall    Apr- 8-09    
Topic: Agencies, Online



Movie Site Opens Only if Mood is Right, Wins Award

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As if there weren't already a plethora of industry award shows, now (not that this is new or anything) we have agencies like Ypung & Rubicon handing out awards to individual agencies within its network for what it dubs great work.

The winner of the agency's annual Idea of the Year Award goes to Shalmor Avnon Amichay/Y&R Interactive Tel Aviv for its work on Orange Time, a site for Orange's entertainment and movie portal.

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by Steve Hall    Apr- 8-09    
Topic: Agencies, Good, Industry Events, Online



Chemistry.com Takes More Piss Out of eHarmony.

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Because Chemistry.com can no longer poke and prod at any blatant sexual discrimination on eHarmony's part, it's decided to produce a banner about how eHarmony's still a bigot, even if it's been forced to launch a homosexual dating site.

Chem, get over yourself.

Oh, and in case anybody forgot: Chemistry.com is a Match.com company. From the moment it launched, it would appear its entire raison d'etre is to kick shins without making Match look bad. And that's not to say eHarmony doesn't deserve a little shit for making life harder for our same-sex-love chums; that's to say this ongoing haterade campaign had its day, and the day's done.

by Angela Natividad    Apr- 6-09    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Campaigns, Online



Alaska Airlines Shames Touchless Bathroom Technology

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Isn't bathroom technology great? Urinals that flush themselves. Automated faucets. Automated soap dispensers. Hand-wave controlled towel dispensers. It all sounds like a germaphobe's wet-dream, right? Except for when these wonders of technology don't work. Which is like...all the time.

Alaska Airlines, with help from agency WONGDOODY (oh damn there is such a good bathroom humor joke in there), has launched a new campaign called North of Expected. The campaign juxtaposes bathroom technology FAIL with Alaska Airlines technology success and why the airline is so great because of it.

Supporting the television commercial are radio, newspaper, outdoor, transit and web.

Oh, and before we forget. Thank you Alaska Airlines. Thank you for taking us back to one of our earliest rants ever here on Adrants. Z-Fold FTW!

by Steve Hall    Apr- 6-09    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Good, Online, Outdoor, Radio



Pasty White Chicks and Desperate Virgins Need Vacation.

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Hyatt's running a sweepstakes called The Big Welcome, where you can win a bunch of free nights in Unspeakably Awesome parts of the world.

That's cool and all, but the effort's being promoted with two wristslash-worthy attempts at irony.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr- 6-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online, Worst



Forced to Sing For Simon Cowel or Cook For Bobby Flay?

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"We really click because we get each other."Say what? Oh wait. Yea. That's the definition of a BFF. Well, at least according to MySpace which has launched an online game show called BFF. No need for a lengthy explanation here. It's exactly the same thing as The Dating Game or The Newlyweds. Just more bubbleheaded.

Of course the questions really have nothing to do with the relationship between BFFs, rather what pop preferences each has and whether or not one half of the other BFF knows what the other likes. Deep, man. Really deep.

by Steve Hall    Apr- 2-09    
Topic: Games, Online










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