Next Time You're in Quicksand, Lie Still. (Thanks, Samsung!)

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Test Your Instincts is a free (brought to you by Samsung Instinct!) quiz that gauges a person's wildlife savvy: what do you do when a jellyfish stings, when a shark comes angling for your surfboard, or when you're stuck in quicksand (which happens to me all the time)?

The scenarios are wordy, but you'll at least learn something* and there's no registration process. I fared pretty terribly. Oddly, the answers I did know were mostly culled from Captain Planet.

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by Angela Natividad    Jul-23-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Games, Online, Promotions



Be Creative. Cut Hair.

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Social media firm Votigo partnered with L'Oreal to promote its Shue Uemura Art of Hair Product Line.

The result: what else? -- UGC! A style challenge, to be exact. Go do somebody's hair and take a picture. Be sure to claim you used an Art of Hair product.

Entrants will be graded, in part by their peers, based on artistic approach, technical difficulty and stylist's pick. The winner gets a trip to Tokyo.

by Angela Natividad    Jul-22-08    
Topic: Online



Shoot My Blog's Game Plan Could Use a Little Something Extra

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Renaud, the author of Shoot My Blog, asked a bunch of other bloggers (including us; we declined) to shoot a digital photo of something with his blog in the background. Here are the results.

It's cool that he got a bunch of people to go out of their way and do this for him, but what's it all for? Like Paris Hilton circa 2006, the blog apparently only exists to be photographed. You wanna put an ad on that bad-boy or what?

by Angela Natividad    Jul-22-08    
Topic: Bad, Online, Promotions



You Mean the World's Not Flat in Vista-ville?

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Looks like CP+B's finally doing something with the $300 million in ad money Microsoft gave it. Oops, this isn't a CP+B campaign.

The divine task: reposition Vista.

"Vista is now actually better than its reputation. That's a marketing issue," observed Tim Anderson of the ailing OS -- which, to be fair, was getting panned even before it went live. (Warts and all.)

One of the new ads, at left, reads, "At one point, everyone thought the Earth was flat. Get the facts about Windows Vista." Clicking on that brings you to this page, which in part reads:

When Windows Vista debuted in January 2007, we declared it the best operating system we had ever made. "Windows Vista is beautiful," The New York Times raved. It's humbling that millions of you agree.

But we know a few of you were disappointed by your early encounter. Printers didn't work. Games felt sluggish. You told us--loudly at times--that the latest Windows wasn't always living up to your high expectations for a Microsoft product.

Well, we've been taking notes and addressing issues.

That's charming. Touching, even. But do they mean it? And what happens now?

by Angela Natividad    Jul-22-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Good, Online



Parrot Makes Noise, Shark Spotted, White World Wrinkled

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- We got to check out the Facebook redesign yesterday. There's tabs and room for more ads (I'm seeing TWO now instead of just ONE!). Also, personal information is intuitively distributed so you don't have to read everything from one long column. A lot of people are annoyed because it's heavy with the social media vibe, but we'll be used to it in, like, two weeks.

- For Parrot, Feed Company started a video campaign featuring a nightmarish kid on a driving lesson. "We're done, we're done! FUCK IT!" Heh.

- Shark sighting. Or not. By Mullen for the sharks and rays exhibit at NE Aquarium.

- New spot by BBH/NY and Partizan/LA for LG Steam Washer. It's called "World of Steam" and takes place in a wrinkly fabric world. It's weird, but not as weird as this was, and I guess sort of passively pleasant.

- Another Parrot thing: Parrot Not Quail. (I'm not really down to make a parrot the state bird, but we did make the Terminator governor.)

by Angela Natividad    Jul-22-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Online, Strange, Television, Video



Make Your Own Fear Photo.

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Cheaper than a trip to Disney's Haunted Mansion -- and the souvenir is free.

Here's mine! (For such an emotionally unrewarding effect, it takes bloody days to load.)

To note: some of your creations will probably appear in PointRoll banner ads for the DVD release of Fox's Shutter, an objectively crappy movie. If you'd prefer to avoid being associated with it ALL OVER THE INTERNET!, I'd suggest using a picture you're not featured in.

by Angela Natividad    Jul-21-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Online, Promotions



Virgin Wants to Put You on TV!

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To nurture the creative minds of future filmmakers, Virgin's "What Happens Next?" campaign poses three unfinished scenarios: "Kidnap," "Police" and "UFO." Each starts at a nowhere-ville diner called the Rattle 'n' Hum.

The snapshots are only a few seconds each and have a Tarantino sheen, so feel free to make use of your local leather-clad gimp. There's also a "designing" tool to help bring the pieces to their conclusions, which range from Devastatingly Minimal to Comic-Con.

Best entry wins TV time! Put together by Host/Sydney.

by Angela Natividad    Jul-21-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Consumer Created, Online, Television



'Hey Look, It's Like My Thumb is My Cock.'

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What, do genital jokes just make better advergames?

The above inanity is a promotion for Pineapple Express, a movie by the same winners that brought you Superbad. Put together by agency Soap Creative.

by Angela Natividad    Jul-18-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Games, Online, Promotions



Oh Noooo, the Atomium's Collapsing

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Tant pis. Anyway, haven't we seen this gimmick (twice) before?

The video is part of a wannabe-viral seeding campaign called "Le Grand Souffle." Belgian residents, if you have insight on who's behind the campaign, we probably won't care. But we'll cover it anyway.

by Angela Natividad    Jul-18-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Online, Video



Not Every Suicide Note Looks Like a Suicide Note. (Some Look Like Kate Moss)

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For the Looking Glass Foundation, which assists adolescents with eating disorders, DDB, Canada launched a PG-rated but poignant awareness campaign in British Columbia.

The "Pencil Marks" PSA features a girl charting her waist-slimming progress with pencil marks on a wall. The agency also distributed broken toothbrushes in baggies that read, "Attempting to purge, Jane B. broke a toothbrush off in her throat and choked."

See, if you're gonna be all pro-Mia, you need to get over your squeamies and use a finger.*

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by Angela Natividad    Jul-18-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Commercials, Guerilla, Online, Television










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