Digiday is out with an advertising technology-themed Hitler Reacts video. You've seen the video before. It's been parodied a million times with a million different topics; Leno moving back to late night, Justin Bieber not comprehending the word"German," the iPhone ending up with Gizmodo and many others.
The video skewers the present state of online advertiwsing and its ridiculously over complex fuckery which has caused the industry to foist upon us company after company whose sole missions are to fix the fucked up situation the company before it caused.
This is beyond hilarious. Popchips, with help from LA-based Zambezi, teamed up with Ashton Kutcher and, in one day, transformed Ashton into four different colorful characters - a flamboyant fashion designer, a sensitive Harley-loving biker, a new age hippie, and a Bollywood film producer.
The campaign promotes faux dating site, World Wide Lovers. The video leads to a Facebook page on which people can choose one of the four Ashton characters and have him deliver a message of love or, if things aren't quite so rosy on the relationship front, a Dear John message.
In addition to the online elements of the campaign, out-of-home will appear in six markets (Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco, Boston, Phoenix and Denver).
Be sure to check out additional video below which highlight each individual character.
Perhaps you've heard of the online media tactic retargeting. If you haven't, it's the practice (through retargeting ad networks) of placing online ads in front of people (wherever they go online) after they have visited the advertiser's site. It's a way of "following" a prospective customer around the web and "retargeting" them with ads for the site they initially visited.
But this can be done several ways. One of which is called search retargeting. This tactic follows people around the web with ads that align with a search they just completed on Google, Yahoo! or Bing. In theory, this tactic broadens an advertiser's reach because it targets potential new customers versus customers who may have already visited an advertiser's site.
Download this white paper (part of the Adrants white paper series) from Chango. It will educate you on all the various forms of retargeting as well as its newer form, search retargeting.
Red Tettemer + Partners and CP+B have created a campaign for Under Armour have created What's Beautiful, a social media contest that provides women with an online community designed to help them meet and exceed their physical goals through a series of training challenges. The three women who rise to the top of the challenge will receive a one year sponsorship deal with Under Armour.
After nine weeks, Under Armour will nominate 10 finalists based on the strength, drive, and determination highlighted in their stories and original content submissions to be featured on the What's Beautiful homepage and mobile app. Ultimately, three winners will be named - two by Under Armour selection and one by public vote.
At the Ad Age Digital Conference, Hulu announced it will now charge advertisers based on a 100 percent completion rate. In other words, Hulu will charge advertisers only when their advertisement has been 100 percent streamed and delivered. Hmm. You mean they used to charge for half delivered ads? Even old TV never did that. Well, mostly.
More seriously, before this announcement, Hulu would charge advertisers for an ad as long as a beacon fired. The beacon used to reside at the beginning of the ad. It has now been moved to the end.
OK so we've seen car configurators online before. But we don't think we've seen one that's used YouTube. With help from Saatchi & Saatchi, Toyota is out with, yes, a YouTube-based car configurator to promote the Prius C. While it's cool and all to do something first, sometimes reinventing the wheel isn't always the way to go. The process is slow and cumbersome and got our MacBook Pro heated up to the point where the fan was screaming.
Anyway, there are some other fun elements to the promotion such as a video featuring Danica McKeller (she's 36 now!) who speaks on the topic of Wallet Wisdom and how people can financially prepare for purchasing a car. And there's Bill Nye who talks about the vehicle's technical features.
From April 2 to April 15, Maybelline in Russia is inviting Russian women to submit their photos to Facebook and the popular Russian social network Vkontakte. The women's images are then selected (by votes and moderators) to appear on the Clear Channel Spectacolor billboard in Times Square where passersby can vote for their favorite girl on the promo site or Facebook page. The girl with the most likes wins a trip to New York.
At the launch event which took place in Times Square this week, a number of methods were used to get the attention of the crowd - such as a live HD cam that broadcast the crowd on the street to the billboard so passersby could see the contest participants from the billboard which is livestreamed online 24/7 on the project website. Also, street teams were encouraging people in Times Square to vote via iPads.
Captcha. You know it. You hate it. Well, organizers of a Scrabble tournament did something to alleviate Captcha hatred all while promoting the 21st Annual Gulf Scrabble Championship. The brand replaced the Captcha portion of Scrabble-related sites with a Scrabble game. Instead of trying to read illegible letters, people would unscrabble a word. Those who did were then presented with an ad for the Championship. Nifty. And it worked delivering 70 times the CTR of banners.
With a new campaign that unapologetically leverages the Rush Limbaugh situation, Sir Richard's Condoms offers support for the "Sex-Positive movement" in the form of an online "Slut's Oath" and 24 slutty, free-for-the-taking avatars. The campaign is created by advertising agency TDA_Boulder, Boulder, Colo.
Visitors to the slutsunite.org are invited to take and to tweet the five-part oath:
- "I believe that sex represents more than just the creation of children.
- "I believe it is an enjoyable, healthy and a profound part of the human experience.
- "I believe that the responsible use of birth control is an essential component of a mature, civilized society.
- "And if these beliefs make me a slut in some people's eyes, so be it.
- "I will stand united with my fellow sluts, now and always."
They can also select as their own any of 24 ready-made avatars, such as "In Sluts We Trust," "My Dad Is A Slut," "Slut Is My Co-Pilot," "Lil' Slut," and "I Think Therefore I Slut."
Adscam's George Parker brings to our attention an amazing ad for The Guardian created by BBH, London. The ad tells the well known story of the Three Little Pigs but with a modern twist. As the story unfolds, we see how it changes and how readers become intimately involved with the story through social media.
Parker writes, "A beautifully executed illustration of the power and interaction possible between traditional and digital media, and how this can rapidly and decisively change the public's perception and interpretation of the story."
Indeed. The ad truly captures how media works now and positions the paper (yea, an old school newspaper) as an important element in both telling the story and enabling other angles of the story to arise.