Happy Birthday, Hello Viking! Now Let's Smack Some Norse Pirates Around.

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I'm kinda digging Viking Smackdown, a game Hello Viking put out to celebrate its one year anniversary.

I'd probably like it more if I could play it though. (You can only play from an iPhone or iPod touch with sassy tilting capabilities. And as the "sorry, fuck off!" message states, "Shaking your laptop just won't cut it.")

Here's the next-best thing (not really): a video about the game! (Scroll down.) I'm digging the awkward vibe and bare feet.

by Angela Natividad    Jul-16-08    
Topic: Agencies, Games, Mobile/Wireless, Promotions



Starbucks Smoothies Up, Border Passes Make Ad Space, Draft FCB Dies Slowly, JWT Joins Border Patrol

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- Watch as Starbucks, flailing wildly, stumbles into smoothies.

- A company called Sojern has partnered with Delta, United, Continental, Northwest and US Airways to sell ad space on boarding passes printed off the 'net.

- It's another review site. The difference is, Culture Clique aspires to be the only review site you'll ever need or want. Think of it: review the iPhone, The Dark Knight, Twitter and Ana Karenina all from one place.

- Draft FCB is imploding, and its biggest antagonist is covering it with unrestrained gleeee. (Yeah, with four Es.) Well, what did you expect with nonsense like this?

- JWT keeps its hand in with a warm, fuzzy border patrol ad. Oh look, a little bunny girl on a bike.

by Angela Natividad    Jul-15-08    
Topic: Agencies, Bad, Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Online, Social, Television



Gary the Puppet Travels the 'Net with Help from a Magical Rolodex

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Watch while a refugee from the Sesame Street prop chest gets zapped into the offices of Next Net Networks, Tumblr, Gawker, College Humor and CBS Interactive. The story's moral involves throwing saucy parties and engaging users with authentic videos, but this line is priceless:

"I knew I shouldn't have left out that magical Rolodex. The power of our connections is just way too strong."

Put together for Media Kitchen and Venture Day. Kinda brings Puppet Agency to mind, except that was funnier. I'm sure all those internet companies got a buzz out of seeing themselves on video, though.

by Angela Natividad    Jul-15-08    
Topic: Agencies, Online



WPP Bids $2.2 Billion For TNS, Agency Dating Examined, Pig Spews

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- What is that white stuff on the back of the woman in this Trojan ad? It's not what you think but pigs and white stuff do make a compelling condom ad.

- WPP has made a $2.2 billion hostile takeover bid for research company Taylor Nelson Sofres.

- Want some more IKEA website freakiness? Check out this new site where two dudes dance backwards and do other weird things inside a closet the size of a room.

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by Steve Hall    Jul- 9-08    
Topic: Agencies, Research



Eddie Heads, Interns Boinked, Monkey's Advertise, Ketel One Hated

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- Eddie Murphy's head traverses the country in search of viewers for his new movie, Meet Dave.

- This...is just gross.

- If you don't want people to make fun of your goofy in-house video, don't send bloggers email attacking them for posting it. That's just dumb.

- Oops. Atlanta agency guy boinks college interns and gets home late for dinner. Accusatory emails ensue.

- Beyond Madison Avenue analyzes the theory of using monkeys in advertising.

- Writing for Animal, Copyranter continues his hatred for the Ketel One campaign and identifies a recent ad as one of the most annoying ads ever created.

by Steve Hall    Jul- 8-08    
Topic: Agencies, Celebrity, Guerilla



Wait! Wait! We Forgot the Viral!

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So the Mullen creative department just finishes presenting their work for the New England Aquarium shark exhibit to the 12 year old AE they are forced to work with because, ya know, it's a pro bono-ish account and the little tyke says, "Well I like it but where's the viral component? Every great campaign has viral, right?"

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by Steve Hall    Jul- 3-08    
Topic: Agencies, Bad, Campaigns, Video, Viral



The Social Path Takes Buzzwords, Superiority and Hype Out of Social Media

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David Griner of AdFreak fame has convinced his agency, Luckie & Co, to launch The Social Path. It's a clean, uncomplicated and sane place for learning about social media.

The blog went live Sunday. I don't want to gush much, but I spent most of the last half-hour reading the entries. If you're looking for rants or hype-ridden miracles, you will probably be disappointed.

What it will do is simplify topics that have become extremely noisy. And then it will walk you through them while clasping your hand -- not as an "expert," but as a person learning alongside you.

For a sense of what I mean, read his second entry, Five Myths of Social Media. It's a great place to get started.

by Angela Natividad    Jul- 2-08    
Topic: Agencies, Good, Online, Opinion, Social



Jet Blue Sports Leather to Regain Respect

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Royale leaps to the aid of JWT, whose "Happy Jetting" campaign for Jet Blue has been poorly received -- and not - just - by - us.

"Jetting" is set to ELO's Mr. Blue Sky and has a poppy feel-good Target vibe -- except, you know, more blue. It's also jam-packed with effortful Jet Blue-isms like "Jetting is decked out in leather," "Jetting means business," "Jetting isn't flying," and "Jetting thinks you deserve a snack."

Aww, Jet Blue gave us a coooookie.

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by Angela Natividad    Jun-30-08    
Topic: Agencies, Bad, Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Opinion, Television



Technology Advances, Draft Dorks Out, Yellow Pages Take Shot in the Dark

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- On her grandparents' 50th wedding anniversary, a Millennial reflects on how the advancement of technology in the last century have made life different.

- To distract from its increasing irrelevance, the Yellow Pages is engaging in a few guerrilla stunts. Nothing we haven't seen before.

- Draft FCB is a new breed agency with great analytics. It's gonna transform this industry in a modern way -- and that means holistic offerings with a strong Return On Ideas, not to mention rad rock music and awesome whitewash camera tricks. And then we choked on our rapidly-escaping brain cells and died. From George "Fuck Louie, that's some 'Analytics' you've got there!" Parker, via MTLB.

- Some mothers want John McCain to keep their babies out of war. Others are begging him to take theirs. (Via.)

by Angela Natividad    Jun-30-08    
Topic: Agencies, Bad, Guerilla, Political, Spoofs, Video, Worst



JWT Uses 'Mad Men' DVD Set to Wank Off

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JWT plans to run a spot in Mad Men's upcoming DVD set, spelling MAD MEN out with letters and logos from its client roster. Tagline: "Making brands famous since 1864." See it right here.

"All I'm looking for is a nod of the head and recognition for what JWT is," CEO Bob Jeffrey whines. Which begs the question: from who?

To answer that riddle, AdWeek gleaned perspective from Chris Vollmer, a Booz Allen-based media guy: "It's an industry play rather than a consumer play, because I can't see how it would make sense to a consumer."

Aww. JWT needs a shoulder-punch from its peers. Before leaving work today, call your nearest JWT creative and tell 'em you really like what they're doing with, I don't know, Kit Kat.










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