Visa Launches Crippled Olympic Advergame

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For some inexplicable reason, some marketers and their agencies still think it's OK to create a website, in this case, an advergame, that only works with Internet Explorer on a PC. Given the horrid user experience Internet Explorer provides with it's gaping holes through which scumware of all forms permeates to the proliferation of far superior browsers such as Firefox, let alone a cadre of Mac users, it's just plain shortsighted idiocy to create anything limited only to IE.

This time the idiocy comes courtesy of VISA and its agency Wild Tangent who created some kind of promotional advergame for the Torino 2006 Olympic Games. That's all we can tell you about the game because, yes, we gave up IE years ago and have avidly used Firefox ever since. And this time, we aren't even going to fire up our stale copy of IE so we can perform our journalistic duty and describe the game's merits or demerits to you. Suffice to say, based on the marketer's ignorance of a huge audience segment, it's safe to say all the effort is worthy of is a giant pile of demerits.

by Steve Hall    Oct-10-05    
Topic: Brands, Games, Online, Opinion



Muppets Appear in Charity Spot

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PuppetVision points out New Zealand charity, CanTeen, an organization supporting young people living with cancer has launched a spot featuring the Muppets singing their famed "Mahna Mahna" song to promote National Bandanna Week and the group's green CanTeen bandanna. FCB created the commercial and got Disney in LA to quickly approved character usage and then shot the spot just two days later with the Muppets cast.

by Steve Hall    Oct-10-05    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Online



Burger King Gets Farked, Sells Halloween Masks

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Burger King has scored a branding coup. It's Burger "King" has been Farked. After being posted to Fark October 4, there are hundreds of images of the "King" taking on all sorts of personas such as the Army's "I Want You" guy, Bush's Supreme Court pick, Santa, Jesus, Larry King, Colonel Sanders and even Ronald McDonald himself. Not to be one-upped by it all, Crispin Porter + Bogusky is capitalizing on mask mania with the launch of BK Masks, a site where visitors can buy masks of the King himself and the famed Subservient Chicken. Wouldn't it just be sweet for Burger King and CP + B if this actually took off and kids across the country appeared at your doorstep wearing these masks? That would be successful marketing.

by Steve Hall    Oct-10-05    
Topic: Brands, Online, Viral



McDonald's Hosts Net-Wide Breakdancing Contest

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Here's a fun little time-waster from McDonald's. Pick a character, listen to the beat, whack a few numbers keys on your keyboard and, homey, you're breakdancin'. After practicing, visitors can log in and compare their dance move scores with others. That's it. Simple. No overbearing marketing crap. Just plain fun.

by Steve Hall    Oct- 7-05    
Topic: Brands, Creative Commentary, Online



DC Girls Are Rumpalicious

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Advertising and design agency 72andSunny has launched a campaign called "I Have A Secret" for DC Shoes' new girls division. The centerpiece of the campaign is a 44-page book, called Girls Who Have Secrets Are Sexy, showcasing the DC Girls snowboarding team and the Holiday 05-06 line of apparel, footwear, outerwear and snowboard boots. The book will be available at retailers and poly-bagged with fashion and lifestyle magazines. Other components of the campaign include a 12-page teaser book, print ads in ELLEGirl and SG magazines, and a website slated to launch soon.

The book is a collection of sassy, hip and slightly rebellious girls with attitude who snowboard. Each page features photography of DC-sponsored pro snowboarders outfitted in DC Shoes gear, including Priscilla Levac, the top-ranked female rider in the world, as well as Erin Valverde, Jacqui Berg, Drea Russell and DC Girls' skateboard team rider Lyn-Z Adams Hawkins.

The book is quite beautiful looking and we particularly like the image with the headline, "I am Rumpalicious, Trunktastic, Assmerizing, the Caboosiest."

by Steve Hall    Oct- 6-05    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns



Absolut APeach Launched With Video Series

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To introduce its new Peach flavored vodka, Absolut has come up with a series of quirky videos that reveal how Absolut APeach, as they call it, was created. The first episode reveals it was created by accident after the company had planned to introduce Absolut Cinnamon Roll only to find out Wyrskybogg Vodka had already release the same flavor. So, it was back to the drawing board with the company's top secret development team, originally formed in 1982, pulled back into action to create a new flavor. Dry wit ensues.

by Steve Hall    Oct- 6-05    
Topic: Brands, Online



Distribution in Jeopardy, Rimmel May Drop Kate Moss

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Our tipsters are telling us cosmetics company Rimmel, the last Kate Moss holdout, may, after all, drop Moss as spokesmodel. The company is getting pressure form number two distributor Walgreens who, apparently, has said "She goes or we go." Not wanting to risk a serious distribution channel, Rimmel is seriously considering eradicating themselves from association with Moss. Also looming in Rimmel's rear view mirror is retail colossus Wal-Mart who may also a "Moss or us" edict essentially putting Rimmel out of business. It's a fair bet Rimmel will be saying goodbye to Kate Moss very soon.

by Steve Hall    Oct- 4-05    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity



Wieden + Kennedy Angered Over Nike Defection For Golf Site

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We're tipped to the fact Wieden + Kennedy is a bit miffed Nike jumped ship for another agency to promote its new Sasquatch driver. Apparently, Nike didn't think W + K could cut it and went to New York agency Trollback, which has done work for Nike before, to create a promotional video/commercial for the new driver. The commercial will air on NBC and on the Golf Channel throughout the month of October. You can view the work here. Oh for the days when clients clients weren't fickle and didn't jump ship every few months. OK, so that's exaggerating a bit. Clients go elsewhere for project work all the time but, for the the agency of record, it's never a pretty subject.

by Steve Hall    Sep-30-05    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Online



Sienna Miller Could Replace Kate Moss As Burberry Spokesmodel

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Following Kate Moss's trouble with the white stuff and her losing marketing deals with H&M, Burberry and Chanel, it looks like actress Sienna Miller is talking to Burberry's to become the company's spokes model. In other news, Burberry photographer Mario Testino is throwing a hissy fit and may quit because he, apparently, wanted to work with Moss.

by Steve Hall    Sep-23-05    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity



American Apparel Not Completely Made in America

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One of the pillars of Dov Charney's American Apparel is that the organization prides itself on its "Made in America" product so we reacted with great humor to these images, sent to us by the ever present Bucky Turco, which shows the new American Apparel store at 119-121 East 23rd Street in New York under construction with "Made in Canada" boxes all over the place. Now we're quite sure Canada is no sweat shop but we're sure whatever's in those boxes could certainly have been found somewhere in America if someone looked hard enough. View more of the new store here.

by Steve Hall    Sep-20-05    
Topic: Brands










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