We really ought to create a new category here for the increasing number of look-a-like, rip off and knowing nod ad campaign. Ben Popken from The Consumerist sends us a comparison of Volkswagen's My Fast character and Honda's Speedy Demon. Granted, they are different but there are similarities conceptually. No bid deal. We already know all the good ideas have been taken.
A couple days ago when we offered our insight on the Chevy Apprentice make your own ad site and wrote, "We think there are some voices inside G.M. that understand social media very well and knew this would happen," we felt strongly, we were right. "This" being the collection of anti-GM, anti-SUV ads people created. In today's New York Times, our assessment was proved correct when Chevrolet's Milisa Tezanos was quoted as saying, "We anticipated that there would be critical submissions. You do turn over your brand to the public, and we knew that we were going to get some bad with the good. But it's part of playing in this space." Exactly. This space is very different from old, ordered, one-way traditional media spaces of yesteryear and to expect new spaces to behave the same was is just plain dumb. Rock on GM. Now just makes some cars people want to buy and you'll be all set.
After viewing all the humorous, consumer-created SUV-bashing Tahoe ads born out of the Chevy Apprentice make-your-own ad promotion and reading some think GM is making a mistake with this, we thought we'd share out opinion that, lame as this might have been seen at first, it is, if left unedited, one of the better consumer-created marketing promotions. We think there are some voices inside GM that understand social media very well and knew this would happen. We're not surprised at all and we're not surprised they've left the negative ads up. If all we saw on that site were glowing praises of the vehicle, the promotion would simply be seen as just another lame attempt at capitalizing on a trend and a giant corporation trying to thrust it's twisted version of reality upon us.
This is whacked - as in whack-a-mole. Calling attention to its Adicolor customizable sneakers, Adidas, working with ad agency Idealogue and seven directors has released seven colorific videos, the first featuring none other than Jenna Jameson and her saline balloons.
Snowboarding makes you hungry so why not, as a marketer, make sure snowboarders have a clear view of your restaurant while they are out getting air. That's exactly what this Quebec McDonald's did by placing a see-through "slope" over the top of its restaurant, albeit a fake restaurant as a commenter corrects. Now, every time a boarder passes over, he's greeted with the view of tables full of McDonald's food.
We all know VISA's launched a huge, new campaign with the new tagline, which we like very much, "Life Takes VISA." We all know there's tons of TV spots supporting this campaign but one, which we saw a couple nights ago, just seemed to stand out from the crown. It's called Worm/Recycling and sort of makes you wonder what it is at first as it begins with line drawings of a worm breakdancing to electronica before it becomes obvious it's a commercial for the VISA check card.
The commercial was created by TBWA\Chiat\Day and the nifty special effects work was done by Brickyard VFX which did the special effects on the Comcast Slowskys ad.
To help promote its free music site/show, Stageside, Coca-Cola has signed a deal with Billboard R&B fave Ne-Yo to be the first feature artist on the the show. Subsequent episodes will feature other artists along with live concert footage and interviews. Each show will be subtlety branded by Coke. The segment with Ne-Yo is interesting enough but whether or not it gets peope to buy rather than file share his music is another story. Still, it's a good way for Coke to get its name in front of a hard to reach audience.
In one of the most hilarious American Copywriter podcasts yet, Tug and John discuss the latest ad campaign from Dannon which promotes their Activia yogurt with Bifidas Regularis, a bonified "nonsense word that's been trademarked" as Tug and John have categorized ridiculous, marketer-created terms like this one. Activia is a yogurt that helps women poop better. Yes, and Dannon actually trademarked the term Bifidas Regularis as if to make some kind of inside joke. I mean they might as well just have said "Dannon, the yogurt that helps women shit better." And the ads, oh the ads, Tug and John rip them with as much fervor as anyone would one of those goofy drug ads that ty to make a medical condition into some kind of normal lifestyle. You have to listen to this podcast. Especially to hear them try to understand what it must have been like to be the copywriter on this project.
MIT Advertising Lab points out Boakes.org has discovered a gigantic iPod ad built on an abandoned mineral mine in Australia. Reportedly, Steve Jobs acquired the land two years ago in a poker game. The ad, supposedly set to be unveiled Saturday is roughly one million square yards in size and looks like the new iPod video. Boakes surmises the unveiling will coincide with Apple's 30th anniversary and may be tied to the launch of Apple's touch screen iPod. The "ad" is viewable on Google Maps here.
Of course, as one commenter points out, it could all be a lead up to an elaborate April Fools Day joke. Or, even better, a new form of satellite map stealth advertising.
The joke is so overdone and we really wonder if anyone ever did it in the first place but this copy-your-ass co-op for the new Dodge Caliber, a car created for the 25-34 middle income crowd, just make us laugh. We don't know why. It just does. Maybe we copied our own ass in a drunken stuper years ago and this brings back memories. The campaign will include a slew of television commercials and additional print executions. Pardon the crappy scan.