Today, Weblogs Inc. blog Joystiq reports receiving a slew of emails last week, apparently from individual readers tipping the site to the appearance of the game Perfect Dark Zero at Wal-Mart's Xbox 360 kiosks over the weekends.
Joystiq tracked all the emails back to the same IP address - a dead giveaway all the emails, even though they came from different names and email addresses, came from the same place. This is standard practice for spoof/spam/sham marketers who haven't yet figured out how to spoof their IP address prior to sending their marketing spam. Would it have been so bad to simply send Joystiq and honest email from Perfect Dark Zero's PR agency or their ad agency telling the editor that, gee, your readers might find it interesting that the product will be demoed at Wal-Mart this weekend? Why bother with all the "tips" when a simple email would have done the trick. Joysiq, knowing its readers interest in this product, would have certainly written about it anyway without having to have been duped.
It's hard to grasp the mindset of some marketers who, facing a media landscape with more enthusiast and niche sites willing to gush at length about particular topics like never before, would stoop to such clandestine stealth methods when these sites are just dying to gush forth endlessly about their area of expertise. Clearly, some marketers remain clueless about weblogs, fan sites, or whatever name you want to slap on this whole new genre of consumer generated media. Wake up and smell the blog, marketers!
Tomorrow, Ford Motor Company will launch Where Will Zephyr Take You for its 2006 Lincoln Zephyr. It's a sweepstakes site with prizes such as trips to New York, Miami and LA to feats at fancy eateries while staying in Hyatt Hotels. The site will be promoted with ad banners on Sports Illustrated, CBSsportsonline, New York Times MSNBC and MSN. Offline advertising will include magazine inserts and moving sidewalk ads. Currently, the site contains product placeholder information so we have no idea how goos or bad the promo is. We'll check it out tomorrow.
Recently, Geico launched Golden Gecko, an effort to encourage people to submit their own 15 second ads for the insurance company. Here's one that's fairly funny an employs the usual "you idiot" payoff at the end.
To promote the TBS global warming awareness show, Earth to America, LA-based agency/production company Stun Creative has produced Earth to America, a 2-minute short starring Jack Black and directed by Jay Roach. It also features the Six Feet Under dead dad guy.
Currently running in theaters to raise global warming awareness, the short stars Black, doing his usual shtick, as an attorney who sues corporate America on behalf of the nation's children. Earth to America also promotes two upcoming events: a full-length comedy special of the same name that will air on TBS in November and a star-studded comedy showcase taking place on November 19, 2005, the final day of the HBO Comedy Festival in Las Vegas. The Earth to America project is Executive Produced by celeb environmentalist Laurie David.
Created by Arnold as one of its last pieces of work in its ten year relationship with the car maker and five separate production companies, Volkswagen has launched 120 :15 web films, each of which highlight an individual feature of the new 2006 Passat. Twenty five films launch earlier this month and 25 more are due next week. The films can be viewed on VW's home page.
According to Whois, his site may have been around since Summer but if it has been, we missed it. So there's our disclaimer for all your freaks who think nothing less than two seconds old should find its way to these pages. Anyway, Levi's Dockers division has launched Say No To Metro and goes to great lengths to spoof the whole metrosexual thing all while selling Dockers. The site is set up like one of those affliction sites with areas such as "Are You At Risk?", Awareness" and "Prescriptions." Prescriptions, of course, being Dockers clothing designed to cure all Metrosexual ills.
There's a reflex text in which images such as burger versus phoofy sandwiches and beer versus cosmopolitan choices are presented. There's a "Stop the Plucker" test in which the amount of eyebrow plucking determines ones level of Metrosexual-ness. And there's a "Guy-cologist" area in which a hottie nurse offers a host of exams. Even if the site was launched this past summer, wasn't the whole metrosexual thing over like a year ago?
On October 15, Scion launched a Halloween-themed campaign consisting of wild postings, billboards and online banners promoting the 2006 Scion with the headline "Trick and Treat." The billboards went up on high-traffic locations in Atlanta, Austin, Denver, Los Angeles, New York and Portland and the wild postings are now appearing in the same cities plus Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia and Sacramento. The online banners debuted on the sites on the same date and will run through October 31. The "trick" part of the trick or treat aspect of the campaign relates to many Scion buyer's desire to trick out their vehicles. The "treat" part relates to Scion's extended accessory options.
The campaign was created by ATTIK and can be viewed here.
Brenner Thomas of Not Only But Also, noticed The New York Times has placed advertising on Site Meter, a website traffic measurement service that most every blogger uses to see how many people visit their blogs, where they come from and what stories they read. Thomas surmises its a strategy to get bloggers to simply write about the fact that The New York Times is advertising on Site Meter, as we're doing right now, to gain publicity among bloggers. As intriguing a strategy as that may be, it's more likely due to Site Meter's use of the Tribal Fusion ad network which serves ads to thousands of sites allowing the New York Times to reach a very broad audience. Site Meter just happens to be one of those thousands of sites.
Giving every rocker wannabe a chance force their music on us, Music network fuse, entertainment marketing agency Deep Focus and MySpace, today announced the launch of a promotion to find and launch the next big video star. From now until November 4, young musicians can go on to myspace.com/fuse and upload 1 - 3 minute videos for consideration to a dedicated fuse group page on MySpace. Judges from fuse and Deep Focus will select five finalist videos to be posted on the contest site beginning November 7. Site-goers will have a week to cast a vote for their favorite video. Beginning November 15, the number-one vote getter will receive airplay and promotion on fuse's VOD service, fuse Video On-Demand, and MySpace. Please, William Hung's need not apply.
It's a known fact there's nothing fun about health insurance. What with referrals, co-pays, "this is covered but that isn't" insanities and wallet-busting monthly premiums, insurance needs all the help it can get. eHealthInsurance hopes to help with a new online promotion, called Am I Covered, which features an animated series featuring the Wyndales, the "lovable, yet klutzy family with whom all Americans can identify." Led by Percy Wyndale, family patriarch and certified klutz, the adventures of the Wyndale family brings humor back to the insurance game.
The campaign was created by marketing agency RSA and Truelight Entertainment and used artists and producers from The Simpsons, King of the Hill, Dilbert and Ren and Stimpy.