Amar'e Stoudemire Joins LeBron James in Sheets Campaign


In the continuing saga of Sheets Brand Energy Strips, New York Knicks player Amar'e Stoudemire poses as a Duane Reade store clerk to see if he can pimp some product sales for a day. It's equally as bad as the initial outing from Lebron James but that doesn't really matter. fans will love the work anyway and that's all that matters, right? After all, no one in advertising actually cares about sales do they?

If you think you can do better, the whole thing is a contest. You can upload your commercial to Facebook, see how many likes it gets and see if you make it to the top six, from which James and a panel of judges will choose the winner.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-20-11    
Topic: Celebrity, Social, Video

Jim Beam Tattoo'd, More Holiday Wishes


- Jim Beam's Fred Noe, as part of a Strawberry Frog-created campaign, promised to get a tattoo if the brand's Facebook page gained million fans. The page did and Fred got his tattoo. The Jim Beam logo, of course.

- The evolution of television courtesy of UPC.

- If you can't physically be with your loved ones for Christmas dinner, Wieden + Kennedy's Virtual Holiday Dinner will have you interacting in no time.

- Well here's an interesting holiday card. Lights, inflatable characters and a snow machine in one of Design Kitchen's Conference rooms are all activated by tweeting a message tagged #holicray to @designkitchen.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-15-11    
Topic: Agencies, Social, Video

How to Use Lebron James to Further Your Social Media Campaign


Leveraging his celebrity and apparent desire to become a creative director, LeBron James, NBA great and founder of Sheets Energy Strips, has launched a Doritos Crash the Super Bowl-style social media campaign which encourages people to make their own Sheets commercial.

Convincing everyone that, well, anyone could do a better job at creating a commercial than himself, James has debuted his own commercial for Sheets. It's bad in a comically bad way. But that's what this contest is all about. Encouraging people to create something much better than LeBron did.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-13-11    
Topic: Celebrity, Consumer Created, Social

How Safe Are Your Pants From AT&T's Kent Wesley?


BBDO New York is out with You've Got A Case, a Facebook promotion which features legal wizard Kent Wesley, played by Will Arnett, who promises to build a case for your new AT&T smartphone. Get it? A case? Yea, we thought you'd get it. Check out the promotional videos below and the Facebook page here. Witty.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-12-11    
Topic: Social

VW's 'The Force' Tops 2011 Global Social Video Ads Chart


Today, Unruly, in partnership with Mashable, has released its list of the top twenty social video ads of 2011. Topping the list is the famed Volkswagen The Force ad which debuted earlier this year during the Super Bowl. The commercial, created by LA agency Deutsch, is the most shared branded video with 4.71 million social media shares and 46.05 million views since its online release February 2. Other brands appearing in the top 20 include T-Mobile, Kia, Nissan, Nestle, Carlsberg and Pepsi.

Check out the full list below

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by Steve Hall    Dec- 9-11    
Topic: Commercials, Social, Video

VML Shares Joy With Toys For Tots Sharing Campaign


Some holiday cheer from Kansas City's VML. The agency put together a promotion called What's Worth Sharing that will donate $1 to Toys for Tots each time the promotional video is shared. Give it a watch. And get into the spirit of giving.

by Steve Hall    Dec- 9-11    
Topic: Agencies, Cause, Social

Straight Girls Get Hired, Don't Get Married


So remember the two straight girls who promised to get married if they didn't get hired by October 9? If not, to summarize, Charli Hoffmann and Alex Otis, two students from the Miami Ad School in Brooklyn planned the stunbt to insure they get work and get to stay together. Charli is German and on October 9th her visa will expire unless she gets hired or married. Alex is and American and doesn't want her partner to leave.

Well, it seems the pair found work and won't be getting married. The girl's have put together a case study of sorts which summarizes the stunt and the results of their efforts.

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by Steve Hall    Dec- 7-11    
Topic: Social

Buddy Media, comScore Partner to Improve Social Media Metrics


comScore, Inc.and Buddy Media today announced a partnership that will help brands and agencies measure and improve their social marketing programs. Mutual clients using the Buddy Media social marketing suite and comScore Social Essentials measurement service will be able to optimize social communications with owned media as well as quantify the impact of the earned media using social media metrics such as reach/frequency, demographics, online behavior and benchmarking of competitive brands in the social landscape.

by Steve Hall    Dec- 7-11    
Topic: Social

Isaiah Mustafa's Manta Claus Brings Old Spice Holiday Cheer


With help from Wieden + Kennedy, Old Spice is out with yet another witty Isaiah Mustafa YouTube campaign. Called MANta Claus, it's holiday themed and promises to give gifts to all 7 billion people on the planet. In the first video, he gifts a pair of shoes made out of necklaces to @beautyjunkies.

Once again, W+K seems to have a hit on its hands. In one of the longer-running social media campaigns we've seen, the brand has been consistent (a rare feat these days) and has actually seen results from its efforts.

Check out all the videos on the brand's YouTube page.

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by Steve Hall    Dec- 6-11    
Topic: Social, Video

Condom Campaign Tests Limits of Facebook TOS


In a controversial effort to promote the use of condoms among young men, Age Isobar created a Facebook campaign which involved the creation of baby profiles that were then used to send friend requests to young men. The friend request came with the text, "Avoid surprises like this one. Use Olla Condoms."

One one hand, this is an ingenious way to literally frighten young men into buying condoms. After all, if you're not ready to have a child the notion of having one is pretty scary. On the other hand, some have taken issue with the campaign calling it a breach of Facebook's TOS (babies aren't 13 years old) and dubbing it spam.

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by Steve Hall    Dec- 1-11    
Topic: Social

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