Zales Helps People Pin Mother's Day Gifts on Pinterest


This Mother's Day, Zales is launching "Celebrate Your SuperMom" campaign. Through Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, TV, in-store and catalog efforts, Zales, with help from GSD&M, will invite users to share why their mom is a SuperMom for the opportunity to win a $2,500 Zales shopping spree.

Using a Pinterest board, the campaign will ask users to pin SuperMom - worthy gift ideas as well as other cool things to celebrate SuperMoms everywhere.

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by Steve Hall    May- 8-12    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Promotions, Social, Video

Stolen Concept Syndrome Still Alive And Well


And here we go with yet another copycat scenario. This time it comes from Anna Echiverri who, when a student at SVA, created some work for Nike which you can see here. It's a bench without a seat to encourage runners to keep running.

Now we see work from F/Nazca Saatchi & Saatchi for Nike displayed on Creativity Online that's, well, identical in concept to Echiverri's original work. Her work may have been noticed by the agency as it won a Bronze student award at CLIO 2009 and an ANDY Gold in 2009.

Of course it's entirely possible this same idea originated separately, on its own at two separate times. After all, it's not a stretch to conceptualize the removal of a place to sit as a motivator to keep running.

by Steve Hall    May- 8-12    
Topic: Brands

Women's Privates 'Locked,' Dior Meets Depeche Mode


- Paddy Power protects the English mens soccer team from feminine distraction by outfitting Polish and Ukrainian women with "goal line technology" for their vaginas.

- The top 100 digital marketing-related boards on Pinterest.

- Dior meets Depeche Mode. 11,649,743 views since May 3. Impressive.

- B-Reel created the game Battle For Everything for Coke Zero as part of its sponsorship of the movie Battleship.

- Marks & Spencer signs Rosie Huntington-Whitley...and undresses her just as Burberry did last year.

- The Swedish Armed Forces looked for locking a guy in a box. Interesting story.

by Steve Hall    May- 7-12    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity, Games, Guerilla, Racy, Social

RIM Admits It Was Behind 'Wake Up' Stunt


Last Thursday we reported on a stunt held at an Apple store in Sydney. Protesters hopped off a bus and stood in front of an Apple store with placards which read, "Wake Up." Samsung was thought to be behind the stunt as the date the Wake Up site was counting down to aligned with an upcoming Samsung Galaxy S3. Turns out, the date differed and actually aligned with the launch of a new OS for Blackberry.

In a statement, RIM said, "We can confirm that the Australian 'Wake Up' campaign, which involves a series of experiential activities taking place across Sydney and Melbourne, was created by RIM Australia."

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by Steve Hall    May- 1-12    
Topic: Brands, Guerilla

Xerox Makes Life Simpler (So Says Their Corporate Video)


Here's a nice piece of work from Y&R New York along with Psyop and Blacklist for Xerox. It's a corporate video of sorts that highlights some of the more interesting accomplishments of Xerox. The production was shot in one room and includes an interesting use of printed paper, stop-motion and a little CG. Give it a watch.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-30-12    
Topic: Brands

River Island Asks 'What's So Funny A Cucumber?'


Fashion brand River Island is out with yet another one of its kooky videos featuring their famed voice over guy who speaks to models as they figure out what do do with various props including a sock, a pineapple, a cucumber, a toilet seat, a lollipop and other random items.

Somehow this sells clothes.

by Steve Hall    Apr-30-12    
Topic: Brands, Strange, Video

Tennis Pro Mardy Fish, Bumble Bee Team to Promote Healthy Living


Tennis pro Mardy Fish teamed with Bumble Bee to create a a video documentary chronicling his quest for a healthy lifestyle and how, through his Mardy Fish Foundation, he helps influence children to adopt a healthy liefstyle at an early age.

The work is part of Bumble Bee's Be Well For Life program which is all about promoting wellness and healthy lifestyles.

His video encourages kids to get outside and engage in sports as well as to eat well.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-27-12    
Topic: Brands

Kraft Thanks Facebook Fans With 'Likeapella'


After receiving 4,632 Likes on a recent Facebook post, Kraft Mac & Cheese, with help from Crispin Porter + Bogusky, created a video to than every fan. The brand hired acapella group YellowJackets to whip together a thank you tune naming and listin all 4,632 fans,.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-27-12    
Topic: Brands, Social, Video

TBWA Madrid Captures the Art of Storytelling in McDonald's Ad


Isn't story telling a key component of any good advertising effort? Yes, it's ultimately all about selling a product but if you can't keep your viewer at least mildly interested in the channel through which you are passing that sales message then what's the point of even trying?

We'd argue this new work from TBWA Madrid does a beautiful job at story telling and an admirable job at keeping the viewer interested in the storyline. Entitled "Writer," this :90 commercial tells the story of a writer and a boy who works at the MsDonald's she frequents. GIve it a watch and let us know if you think it's effective advertising.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-26-12    
Topic: Brands, Commercials

We're Going to Miss T-Mobile's Carly Foulkes


Over time we've grown to like T-Mobile Girl Carly Foulkes. Even to the point where we looked forward to seeing her prance about in her pink dresses in the latest T-Mobile ad. Not that she showed all kinds of skin or anything but because she had an attractive, feminine demeanor about her when she spoke to the benefits of T-Mobile's 4G awesomeness.

We're not so sure we're going to love her as much now that she's become the "bad girl" and, accordingly to T-Mobile's latest commercial, will be clad in black leather biker gear. We're sure (we hope) she'll still utter T-Mobile's messaging with the same girlishness but we're not so sure about her total transformation to "bad girl."

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by Steve Hall    Apr-18-12    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Commercials

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