Clorox Hops Aboard the Soap Opera Redux


You have to be pretty old to remember the original slew of soap operas. While many are currently suffering cancellation, there was a day when soap operas ruled the airwaves with millions upon millions of viewers. And while they were always advertiser supported, they got there name from the fact household brands such as P&G, Lever, and Colgate-Palmolive sponsored and produced the shows when they were first broadcast on radio and then television.

As daytime television audiences dwindled, soap operas lost their luster and, sadly to many, have been getting cancelled after 25 - 35 year runs. But, leave it to the web to rescue and rejuvenate just about anything. While episodic online shows aren't a new thing and have been produced for quite some time, the genre is far from the mainstream glory days of televised soap operas.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-16-11    
Topic: Brands, Online, Product Placement, Television

Have Great Sex Without All the Mess


So here's the latest condom marketing idiocy. Durex is out with Digital Love, a site on which, so they say, you can have sex without actually coming into contact with a partner. Which, of course, is likely the best way not to get pregnant or contract a sexually transmitted disease. However, the site offers no such thing.

You get a slow loading site, a webcam experience (if you have one) and the chance to stare at a hot woman or man who will coo sexual innuendo in your ears until, surprise, you are told you are an idiot for actually thinking you could have sex without touching.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-11-11    
Topic: Commercials, Creative Commentary, Online, Opinion

Virgin Radio Says Louder is Better


This is awesome! Yea, yea, yea. We've seen all kinds of YouTube takeover efforts that mess with the standard layout but we like this one from Virgin Radio which, while watching any one of three videos, allows you to turn up the volume and, in turn, turn up the craziness that occurs with the YouTube page layout. And really, that's it. Simple. Fun. And effective.

Start by viewing the video below, which itself is pretty funny, and then click on one of the two options at the end.

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by Steve Hall    Oct- 5-11    
Topic: Online, Video

Hulu Offers Viewers Choice With Ad Swap


At the IAB MIXX Conference this morning during Advertising Week, Hulu announced Ad Swap, a new advertising product that allows watchers to swap out an ad they are watching for one that's more relevant.

As described on the Hulu blog by Hulu SVP of Advertising JP Colaco, "When an ad begins to play, a user can click on the Hulu Ad Swap icon in the top left corner of the player and bring up a number of ad choices, customized to that user's profile and previous ad viewing preferences."

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by Steve Hall    Oct- 3-11    
Topic: Online, Tools

'Parents' Launch Site to Highlight Sons' Creative


Ever wonder what your parents think about your advertising profession? Well, the parents of Maximilian Hoch and Manuel Urbanke care so much they created a website, My Son Does Advertising, on which they offer commentary about the work their sons have done.

Of course it's rather obvious Maximilian and Manuel have created this site themselves in an effort to get work since, according to their work experience listed on the site, both appear to be unemployed.

We won't hold that against these two fine gentlemen. After all, a guy's gotta work to eat, right? So if you need a copywriter or an art director, check the site out and the work they have done together. You might like it.

by Steve Hall    Sep-30-11    
Topic: Agencies, Online

Cheech and Chong's Flaming Pole Hijacked


By now, you've all seen the Cheech and Chong Magic Brownie movie in which the two stoners embark upon a road trip to Flaming Pole. If not, watch it below. What you might not know is that General Mills may have let an interesting opportunity pass them by as this video gains traction.

The video promotes the brand's 90 calorie Fiber One bar. But a big part of the video is the quest to reach Flaming Pole. Sounds like the marketer could and should have done something with Flaming Pole. Well they didn't. But someone did. Head over to

On the site it's pointed out Generals Mills did purchase their way to the top of "magic brownies" search results but they neglected to capitalize on Flaming Pole. Perhaps it's irrelevant but we think they could have had a lot of fun building out Flaming Pole to Burning Man-esque greatness.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-29-11    
Topic: Online

Starter Upper Helps Entrepreneurs Start Up


Barbarian Group is out with Starter Upper, a project for Aquent Vitamin T that helps startups, well, start up. On the site, entrepreneurs can easily craft a catchy name, a logo and a brand statement so they'll be ready to knock on venture capitalists' doors in hopes of scoring a bucket load of cash.

Of course, the whole thing is a joke but a witty promotion for Aquent Vitamin T which has on hand hundreds of people - with actual experience - who are eager to jump in and help a company create their brand the right way.

by Steve Hall    Sep-27-11    
Topic: Online

'Camry Effect' Collects Toyota Camry Owners' Stories


Toyota wants us to know that its Camry has effected more lives than any other car in America. With help from Saatchi & Saatchi LA, Resn and Qube Konstrukt Toyota has launched Camry Effect, a site which aims to collect personal stories from Camry owners by asking a few simple questions.

The result is a chronicle of each owner's experience with his or her car with added information taken from the collective Camry experiences. Each story changes the site with real-time dynamic data visualization pulled straight from visitors' shared experiences.

Properly executed, it could be a goldmine of information for the brand in terms of insightful, behavioral and demographic information that can then be used to further fine tune the brand's marketing efforts moving forward.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-19-11    
Topic: Online

Foursquare Used to Steal Agency Talent


Admitting it isn't at the top of the list when it comes to digital agencies, EURO RSCG Brussels set out to change that by becoming the most visible virtual agency. How? It set out to check in on Foursquare at 42 of its rivals until it became mayor. When it did, it posted the mayorship on Facebook along with a message encouraging area creatives to join the agency to help make it better. Sadly, no word on whether or not the effort actually paid off.

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by Steve Hall    Aug- 8-11    
Topic: Agencies, Guerilla, Online, Social

Browser Address Bar Becomes Ad Space


For their client Cellcom, McCann Erikson Israel invented a new advertising space to promote the brand's teen-focused First Love website. Cute little love messages - followed by a promotional message for the site - were displayed in the address bar next to the site's URL. See it in action here.

by Steve Hall    Aug- 3-11    
Topic: Online

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