Yeah, Another Candystand Game. Who Works on Thursdays Anyway?

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Here's a distraction that's sure to derail your workday. In the interest of going simpler, Candystand gives us Jetboost, a game where all you have to do is make the little jetpack-wearing man jump as high as he can.

Each level lasts just a few seconds, which strangely makes you want to do a bunch. Oh, the marketing magic of bite-size.

Addictive. But then again, shiny objects usually are when you have something more important to do.

Keep the volume down if you're in your cubby hole -- er, cubicle. To note, we've long since stopped noticing what candy is advertised - but, foreseeing this, Candystand since began forcing users to sit through a short ad while the game loads. Those clever candy peddling rogues.

by Angela Natividad    Aug-16-07    
Topic: Brands, Games, Good, Online



Camel No.9 Attacked, AustinIMA Launched, 'The Ten' MySpaced

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- The American Legacy Foundation and 45 other groups have written a letter to RJ Reynolds asking the company to take Camel No. 9 off the market claiming it is "nothing more than a veiled attempt to sell more cigarettes to girls and young women."

- The film The Ten is getting MySpace play courtesy of Special Ops Media.

- The Advertising Softball World Series has launched a new website introducing its 25th silver anniversary tournament party that will be played out this October 7-11 in Las Vegas.

- Austin has launched its first intractive marketing group, the AustinIMA. To celebrate the launch, the organization is holding an event next Thursday. Roy Spence and Yvonne Tocquigny along with speakers from Austin Ventures, nFusion, Sicola Martin, and T3 will address the group.

- Disney's Family Fun and Wondertime have reported ad page increases of 28 and 61 percent respectively.

- Imus may return and so may some advertisers. Like this is s surprise.

by Steve Hall    Aug-15-07    
Topic: Brands, Industry Events, Magazine, Online



Coke's 'Happiness Factory' Does Second Life Press Play

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Brentter has the full story on Coke's Weiden + Kennedy-created Happiness Factory film which made its "global premiere" in Second Life yesterday. The three and a half minute film (oops, sorry. we're drinking the Kool-Aid here)...um...commercial follows the travails of a Coke factory worker who travels across Happiness Land in a quest to get the factory working again.

We passed on the story yesterday since anything remotely related to Second Life makes us laugh...uh...sorry. We should have said "take less seriously." After dumping millions into Second Life six to 12 months ago, didn't marketers conclude it was a waste of money? Call us callous but YouTube has greater reach than SL by far. Oh but, oops. The vid is on YouTube also...with a whopping 434 views. Hmm.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-15-07    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Online, Social



Keira Knightley Gets Nude (Sort of) For Chanel

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Finally! It's been, like, forever since we've been able to slather over a celebu-campaign. It's like they all decided to heed that research that claims celebu-tising doesn't work. Or, we're so immune to it all, we've missed any recent campaign that might have barfed itself up from the bowels of desperate marketers and their agencies who can't find anything meaningful to say so they grab a celeb and slap on a logo.

Anyway, the latest celebu-campaign comes courtesy of Chanel which has photographed Keira Knightley wearing nothing but a top hat over her breasts and a shirt draped across her lap. Stunningly beautiful as she is, we can't help but wonder, as we do with all her appearances, how much photoshopping the girl received this time around. After all, the marketers behind her not so recent appearance on a King Aurthur movie poster didn't think she had enough curves up top and manufactured some for her.

We're not saying anything's manufactured in this poster nor are we going to taunt the agency which created the ad. We're just going to sit back and drink in the beauty that is Keira Kightley and appreciate her - and Chanel - for sharing it with us.

by Steve Hall    Aug-14-07    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity



Dell Laptops: Powered with Care by Mod Devotchkas

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While the '90s can't yet be packaged vintage, the '80s are fair game. This spot for the Dell XPS m1330 by Smoke & Mirrors and Mother brings us back to the stark black-and-whites, the bad music and the inaccessible pre-fembot women that so characterized that most disastrous of times for fashion.

Witness while a bunch of immaculately-dressed '80s gamines put together an oversized engine that then slides into the frame of a Dell XPS.

If Dell insists on pursuing every throwback avenue it can (note multi-color madness here), this effort is at least a decent one.

by Angela Natividad    Aug-14-07    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Good, Television



BooneOakley Runs For Saucony Account, Literally

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Charlotte-based BooneOakley is in the running for the Saucony account. Leaving it at that, though, would be a giant understatement regarding the lengths the agency went to to deliver the RFP to Saucony's Boston office. A team from the agency literally ran for the account - 859 miles to be exact - from Charlotte to Boston and documented the entire trip on a blog with videos.

Sadly, it seems, no one at Saucony is aware of the agency's extreme efforts as no one but a lone intern website coordinator from the marketing department was in the office last Friday to receive the RFP when the running team finally arrived. Contents of the RFP aside, Saucony should hire BooneOakley for the intense dedication and effort it put into running for this account. If it's any indication of the ongoing dedication the agency would give the account, Saucony would be wise to choose BooneOakley.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-13-07    
Topic: Agencies, Best, Brands



P&G: Whiter, Brighter Clothes Make Good in a Shipwreck

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Witness here the unnecessary loss of a whole minute.

Duller than dishwater, man. Put together for P&G by Leo Burnett, Puerto Rico.

by Angela Natividad    Aug-13-07    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Television



New Big Fat Camels Get All Freudian on Us

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Our dirty-minded friend Freud once said a cigar is just a cigar. But there's something deliciously perverse about the outdoor ads for Camel's new menthol Wides, which are "big fat delicious."

For some, it may be all too tempting to set a new Wide between their lips and...

Suck?

Blow some smoke?

Light that fire?

There's no way this can end nicely.

by Angela Natividad    Aug- 9-07    
Topic: Brands, Outdoor, Racy



Windorphins Prove that Outdoor Still Works

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We were stalking the streets of NYC one night when we saw this compromised poster that said "Windorphins are like a ticker tape parade for your soul." A ticker tape parade is too exciting to turn down so we dashed drunkenly home and plugged windorphins.com into our browser.

After 10 or 11 tries we arrived at the site and discovered that Windorphins are a "natural byproduct of eBay" and are the hormonal result of a victory. The site features studies, celebrity comparisons ("Who's got more Windorphins?"), an opportunity to make your own "Windorphs" (like Weemees, except in your bloodstream!) -- and of course a place to conduct searches on eBay.

The campaign wasn't super-imaginative but we're fairly sure it's more successful than a lot of online efforts out there, mainly because eBay advertises outdoor. Which brings up a good point: just because you're running an online campaign doesn't mean you should only advertise over the internet.

by Angela Natividad    Aug- 9-07    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Good, Online, Outdoor



New Balance Revives Road Kill with Electrifying Technology

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New Balance, which hopes for a brand revival with help from its parent company Payless (we don't see it happening), tapped Almighty, Boston to help them push their brand-spankin'-new NB Zip shoe technology.

We're not really sure what the NB Zips do and aren't really digging the idea of foraging through the requisite (and probably pointless) web destination, which has sprung up, all Flashed-up and interactive-like, to explain the mystery.

The ad, in which a potentially addled boy brings roadkill back to life by shocking it into consciousness with his shoes, has us hoping New Balance will come out with a Taser footwear variant of this promising technology.

Chances are, though, that "NB Zips" are really just a revival of those horrifying LA Gears that did so badly when we were kids.

by Angela Natividad    Aug- 8-07    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Television










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