Earlier today, Dr. Pepper posted a picture on their Facebook page that shows an ape evolving into man after drinking a Dr. Pepper. Predictably, the image has created a firestorm of commentary with religious types decrying the imagery and less-that-religious types telling religious types not to let an ad determine their religious beliefs.
So far, the post has 16,000 likes and 1.355 comments.
You've gotta love a good old fashioned, knock down, drag out religious debate.
For Australian energy drink V, Jung von Matt has developed Switcheroo, a "game" that allows one person post anything they want on another person's Facebook profile...as long as you give them permission to do the same. It's set up in a way that no passwords are shared nor is access to private messages or settings granted.
Grey Poupon, that upper crust mustard which rose to prominence in the 80's with the famed "Pardon Me" campaign is, after a 15 year advertising hiatus, back with a Facebook campaign that takes a decidedly different tact than most other brands. Rather than accumulating as many Likes as possible, the brand will only accept "classy" fans who ask to join the brand's The Society of Good Taste page.
The campaign, developed by Crispin Porter + Bogusky, will employ an algorithm that will search and judge users' profiles based on their proper use of grammar, art taste, restaurant-check ins, books read, movie selections and other indicators of "classy." If the algorithm detects poor taste in music or TXT speak, for example, they could be rejected for membership. Those who do not qualify, will have their Like rescinded and asked to refine their profile before trying again.
Along the lines of Google Chrome Coffee and Happy Hour Fail, RankPop has created a hilarious video that takes a look at why girls love social media. Or, perhaps, more correctly, why guys might want to be wary.
Oh who would have thought? So we're checking out Mitsubishi's new Facebook app Unpretentious, a witty app that takes a look at your fiends, determines which are the most pretentious and then destroys some of their images and posts with the new 2013 Outlander.
The app, created by 180LA, chose none other than former Adrants Editor Angela Natividad as our most pretentious Facebook friend. While we'd never consider Angela to be pretentious in real life, we do sort of envy her Paris-based lifestyle which includes annual trips to the south of France and other exotic locations the world over. And, perhaps tricking up the app into thinking she actually is pretentious, no one can spin a phrase better than Angela.
So everyone's got their panties in a twist over the BIC for Her pen situation. It's being called a social media disaster, a debacle and, yes, yet another example of a brand asleep at the social media steering wheel. These are all valid points. But, perhaps, not to the degree we inside the inner circles of marketing would like them to be.
Writing in Advertising Age today, B.L Ochman, who is one of the most astute, bright and wonderfully friendly people on the planet wrote, "Judging by their clueless lack of response, BIC richly deserves its place in the anals of online brand goofs."
Pointing out how many missteps the brand took in this situation, Ochman continued, "Despite the fact that the buzz has been growing for weeks, the brand did not have the foresight to secure @BicForHer on Twitter, where a spoof account has already been launched, nor did they buy the URL www.bicforher.com, which is available for $12.99. A Tumblr blog is chronicling the funniest reviews and blog posts. An ad for BIC for Her launched last week, and is fast picking up derisive comments on YouTube. And through it all, BIC is silent."
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Well this is kind of creepy. Perhaps you've heard of the If I Die Facebook app. It allows you to set up your "last words" to be published on Facebook when you die. To promote the service, Mizbala Group and twentythree have launched If I Die First, a campaign that hypes the service and promises that if you are the first user to die, your last words will be featured on Mashable and elsewhere. All in the name of lasting world fame, or so the campaign claims.
Campaign or not, the first person using the service who dies is going to be news anyway. Why? Because we love twisted shit like this
The Pfaff Tweet Race is said to be the first contest of its kind. The idea is simple: it's a virtual race for a real car.
The race began this morning at 8:00 A.M. EST and users can join the race by signing in with their Twitter account at PfaffTweetRace.com. The first ten contestants to gain 2,500 new Twitter followers will each win a key. One of those keys unlocks the door to a 2013 Audi A4 with a one-year lease and a tuning package worth $5000 from Pfaff Auto.
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