Looking to sip a pop while engaging in island frivolity? Look no further than CC Metro, an entertainment-filled virtual isle on There.com, courtesy of Coca-Cola.
The island will be Coke bottle-shaped and features music, games and other piped-in stuff that execs think will draw hipsters to the flame. Better yet, they've come up with a new buzzword (because "virtual island" is so passe): "realistic environment."
That sounds almost like something that wants to be confused for real life, except it can't be, because it isn't.
There's a new one for the bullshit dictionary.
Hey kids! Guess what? If you study hard and get good grades, guess what you'll get? No, not a college scholarship, sillys. That would be too boring. No, if you get good grades on your report card, you'll get a Happy Meal coupon on the card that you can use to get fat...uh...have a free lunch.
Yea, people, you read that right. In-school advertising's idiocy has spread to report cards. Yes, report cards. For covering the paltry $1,600 printing cost of Seminole County Florida's 2007-2008 report cards, McDonald's was able to place the coupon on the report cards of kids who received all A's and B's. Yes, you also read that right. Only smart kids are allowed to get fat.
Here are a couple of ads (Grip and Voyage) that promote the grips on Coke bottles. They involve a friendly green octopus that adds grip to the bottles with help from its handy-dandy suction cups.
Any campaign that improves the reputation of octopuses to children is a great campaign in our opinion, because we think they're a grossly underrated sea creature. (And to think -- every re-airing of The Little Mermaid will undo all this fine work.)
On the other hand, these might just freak people out and get them all sketchy about touching textured Coke bottles.
Finally a Zune ad we like. It is fun to watch, slightly nostalgic, and smacks a little of springtime (something we need right now because winter is sucking out our souls).
This spot is called Intergalactic Swap Meet. Think Sony Bravia with a dash of Little Deviants (because it's a bit dark, not all pop and Technicolor).
That whole "sharing is caring" thread is present as in the previous spots, but it's not sickening or otherwise objectively lame like in previous efforts (observe hither and yon).
Here's a Vodafone ad by BBH, London. The premise is that Vodafone can turn our accumulated in-between time into something truly meaningful.
We're pleased to say the ad itself surprised us. Not in that ostentatious way where you're like, "Hey, I thought there was sex involved but it was just somebody getting tattooed!" or "Hey, I never would have guessed that sex scene was going to devolve into slapstick comedy about sensitive teeth!"
We heard about this guy at our local mall who, under the guise of shoe shopping for his wife, convinced women to let him examine their shoes up close. Then, while they were primping and posing for him, he'd tear their shoes off and start sucking on their toes.
Eventually, this man was caught.
We're bringing this up because in early '08, Shoetube.tv will be launching.
For the Philips Sonicare UV Sanitizer toothbrush, Tribal DDB, NY gives us an opportunity to explore somebody else's bathroom. To scavenge its germs.
For its cavity-sweet Pass the Cheer campaign, Starbucks has opted to try warming hearts online and possibly on television.
In this spot, a bummed-out girl trudges out in the snow and hugs a bear.
Strangely, the bear hugs her back.
And stranger still, there's a bunny involved. We're not really sure why (aside from that it proves useful for nudging a warm drink into the shot with its nose), but it sure does amp up the cute overload.
Pass the cheer!
This new ad for Apple, dubbed Misprint, was inspired by PCMag, which called the MacBook Pro the fastest Windows Vista notebook for '07.
(We have a Pro. It is indeed amazing.)
But even knowing by experience, some part of us perpetually pities the stodgy and lovable PC in these spots. We kind of want to hug a PC afterwards.
We can't think of many gamers that cream their pants for box art, but for GTA IV -- which will generate drools anyway -- Rock Star Games decided to turn box art into an event unto itself.
The firm hired four mural artists to paint the art mural-size, a process that took about two days. The work was video-taped, sped up and edited for effect (you know, like Dove Evolution).
Liquid Liquid's "Optimo" helped add veneer to the finished product, and voila.
The video's cool and all, but in the end, the success of these things depends on where the spot appears and how fast it moves between gamers. (It definitely ain't this.) But hey, GTA IV will probably fly off the shelves at whiplash speed anyway (we're getting a copy), so if nothing else, this is a nice gesture in the direction of street art, and maybe it'll open up some interesting promotional doors.