Pepsi Tricks People Into Downloading Music Site Promotion

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In what BBDO Canada calls inventive, the agency has created a campaign for Pepsi's Pepsi Access Canada, a site that provides people with "access to ultra exclusive music, downloads, concerts, merchandise and events." To promote the site, BBDO Canada seeded will seed (although BBDO, as of June 8, says the client has not yet given approval) peer to peer sites like Acquisition and Kazaa with MP3s that appear to be unreleased tracks from major artists but when the user downloads the song, this (removed from YouTube at the request of BBDO Canada) is what they hear. Basically, BBDO and Pepsi are tricking people into believing they are downloading new music when, in fact, they are downloading an ad promoting Pepsi and its association with really cutting edge groups like...oh...INXS which almost may have been cutting edge about 20 years ago.

Anyway, less "inventive" are several (1, 2, 3, 4) ads BBDO created to promote the site which humorously follow the actions of a couple guys as they try to obtain access to popular Canadian groups such as Kardinal Offishal, Swollen Members, and Dashboard Confessional.

UPDATE: The MP3 file that was to have been seeded has been removed from YouTube at the request of BBDO Canada who claims (or had to based on the choices YouTube provides when a cancellation request is made) they were used without permission even though they were sent to us by someone from BBDO Canada to be featured here on Adrants. Twisted. Consequently, because of this and other companies who have sent in content and then had other entities with the company or partner companies make complaints, our YouTube account has been closed. With bandwidth constraints in mind, we'll host what we can here or we will rely on the marketer/agency to host things themselves. The frustrating thing here is everyone wants there work seen by everyone - and we want to show it - until those nasty usage fees and other issues come into play.

UPDATE II: We've been told the file that will be seeded has not yet been approved by Pepsi and that is why BBDO Canada asked YouTube to remove the file and has asked us to clarify that here.

by Steve Hall    Jun- 7-06    
Topic: Brands, Guerilla, Online, Viral



Bob Garfield Hates New BMW Campaign, We Have to Like It

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Bob Garfield hates the new BMW campaign from GSD&M which, of course, means we have to like it. Bob thinks GSD&M's use of the bureaucracy-kills-ideas concept with images of old, retro boardroom dudes portrayed as pompous fools without a good idea left in their bones reflected against BMW's refreshingly idea-centric, independent approach is really, really bad. He goes on to explain how that concept is old are tired and how it mirrors a creative process he claims had something to do with killing what could have been a good concept. All potentially true.

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by Steve Hall    Jun- 6-06    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Creative Commentary, Good, Opinion, Television



See Windows Vista Site Explains Features

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Seattle-based Worktank created the See Windows Vista site for Microsoft to illustrate how companies are using Vista to develop applications. The site is full of videos and is hosted by Tom Skerritt (where's he been lately?). It's pretty good. Does the job and seems to make good use of video.

by Steve Hall    Jun- 5-06    
Topic: Brands, Good, Online, Tools



Old School TV Announcer Illustrates What's Right For Chevrolet

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Bringing back the goofiness of yesteryear's advertising, this Canadian campaign for Chevrolet offers the perfect mash up of Ward Cleaver morals and today's penchant for doing whatever the hell we want. Using old school TV style, A Past School Special covers bad influence, peer pressure and principles while promoting Chevrolet's Cobalt, HHR and Aveo. There's a companion website to the campaign and, of course, MySpace profiles.

by Steve Hall    Jun- 1-06    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Good, Online, Strange, Television



Boorman Burns Brands to Promote Brand

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Neil Boorman is going to gather together all his branded possessions, place them in a pile, douse them with lighter fluid and set the whole thing on fire. He's doing it as some sort of protest against the ruling power brands have over an individual's life and one's definition of that life. Of course, in a sick twist, he's doing it all to promote his own brand, a new book called Bonfire of the Brands.

by Steve Hall    May-26-06    
Topic: Brands, Promotions, Publishing, Trends and Culture



Pepsi Launches Yet Another BBDO Pop-mercial

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You've probably seen the new over-the-top Mariah Carey Pepsi spot in which she promotes ring tones and Pepsi in a production very similar to...oh...I don't know...those Pepsi spots from a few years back that took the exact same approach except with Britney Spears. Apparently, Britney wasn't available since she decided to hook up with that Federline dude and has been busy running away from paparazzi who can't seem to get enough picture of her dropping her baby.

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by Steve Hall    May-25-06    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Television



GM Honors Veterans With Memorial Day Donation

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GM, in honor of Memorial Day and the veterans the holiday was created for, GM is supporting the the families at the VFW National Home by donating $100 for every Pontiac, Buick and GMC sold between May 22 and May 31. The spot says "If your at all serious about getting a new car, this would be a good time to do it." Indeed. You can view the spot here.

by Steve Hall    May-24-06    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Good, Television



HP Gets Personal In New Campaign

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Speaking about the computer as if it were an extension of one's self, HP has launched a new ad campaign that celebrates (over analyzes?) the relationship between computer and human and how it is "one of the most personal things you own," " your own broadcast network," "your private media empire" and "it's your life." There are tinges of past Apple campaigns the the recent HP images campaign embedded in this campaign. One spot, hosted online, ends with a virtual desktop which you can drill into as if it were your own. Unfortunately, one of the spots ends with that nasty, consistency-ruining Intel ending. But, with all the monet Intel throws at computer makers just to show that logo and sound bite, we're stuck with that for a long time.

by Steve Hall    May-23-06    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Good, Magazine, Online, Television



Illustrator of Visa Dancing Worm Patrick Smith Interviewed

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One of the coolest Visa "Life Takes Visa" commercials, in my opinion, is the one with the work which dances to Afrika Bambaataa's "Looking for the Perfect Beat." Blended Films has posted an interview with Patrick Smith, the man behind that dancing worm who talks about the creation of the worm, the spot and the choice of music. On the site, there's also promotional AIM icons and the spot itself.

by Steve Hall    May-23-06    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Good, Television



Apple Leads Pavlov's Dogs to Store Opening

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Yesterday, we shared a few pictures of Apple's New York store opening. Today, we have a video that further captures the insanity and the power the Apple brand holds over us. It's just a computer store, people! Relax. Go home. Have a beer. Seeing James Woods and Kevin Bacon really isn't that exciting. Unless, of course, your life is meaningless and ll you need is a few pieces of geeky white electronics to spice it up.

by Steve Hall    May-23-06    
Topic: Brands, Good, Point of Purchase







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