Tim Armstrong and Arianna Huffington took that stage at Cannes for a session entitled The Re-Calibration of Form and Function Online. The gist of the panel, aside from it being a bit of a pitch for AOL's newly tightened content belt, was all about the humanizing of the internet and how content, done right, can bring real-world humanity online.
Huffington outlined her four pillars of what she dubs the "grown up internet." First off is Trust. Huffington argued brands and online entities should work towards speaking in the sort of tone one might use when speaking with a friend or colleague in a non-business, social setting. As examples of this, she pointed to a few Huffington Post headlines which, in her opinion, made the experience more human.
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As a lame duck agency, what sort of work do you do to insure your legacy leaves a positive imprint on the industry? Well, if you're Crispin Porter + Bogusky's, you make damn sure a lot of people get their hands on your clients product. In this case, the product is the Whopper from Burger King.
CP+P launched a channel on Direct TV; channel 111. The only thing that airs on Channel 111 is an image of a spinning Whopper. Yes, that's it. But there's more. If people stare at the spinning burger long enough, they will see prompts that will give them information on how to get their hands on a Whopper. The longer they stare, the more Whoppers they can get.
So far, 50,000 Whoppers have been given away. We're told people have collectively stared at this channel for over 300,000 minutes so far. Thata figure is expected to hit 810,000 by the weekend. Nice work, CP+P.
Continuing her work with Candie's, High School Musical star and one-time nude internet celebrity, Vanessa Hudgens is fronting the brand's Candies's only at Kohl's campaign which will consist of print and television. The campaign will highlight "Candie-isms," trite little girly statements such as "Candie's girls believe you can do anything in heels," "Candie's girls know sprinkles are a food group" and "Candie's girls never forget to treat themselves."
Of her work on the campaign, Hudgens said, "I love Candie's because they have so many great pieces you can mix into your wardrobe. My style is very similar to the Candie's girl style in a sense where we just want to have fun."
And, of course, not leaving out the social element, brand fans can vote for one of three commercials which will air in late July.
Check out the full on hotness of Hudgens on this campaign highlight page.
Laden with the immense responsibility of promoting Nivea's 100-year anniversary, DraftFCB/London decided to veer from its existing "Beauty is..." position and bring the brand to basics.
Visually, the ad favours purity and it depicts people in intimate situations of all kinds. This is clearly also a good opportunity to see skin of all kinds -- young, old, pregnant -- while reminding people that Nivea's been the trusted brand for those you touch the most. Blended in nicely is the subliminal message that it is pure and nourishing enough to support both young skin and old.
T-Mobile makes another cultural coup with its ongoing and highly social "Life is for sharing" campaign. On May 11 in Barcelona, the firm set up a huge live Angry Birds installment inviting people to play.
A few curious stragglers were drawn to a booth, where they found a smartphone with Angry Birds loaded. They'd casually draw the slingshot back (the birth of an addiction) -- and find to their surprise that the result was replicated in real life. It goes without saying that a crowd formed fast.
...yeah, we said "want kids," not "screw maniacally" (which can sometimes lead to weebs, but ones this awesome? Less likely.)
This Tony Kelly-directed piece of beauty is about two boys, their intimacy, their engagement and their differences. The story is loose at best but you're not watching it for that; you're watching because it's beautiful, and because it all slips by you to the tune of Debussy's Clair de Lune.
If it feels aimless and ephemeral, that's part of what makes it precious.
Quirky yet delightful Spanish firm PeSeta has partnered with designer Marc Jacobs to produce the Marc Jacobs PeSeta Sailor Backpack, a harmonious marriage of sailor utility and sailor kitschy-chic.
And what better way to promote a line of sailor bags than with a sailor having an ass-shaking bag-inspired fetish fest all over a dock? At least that's what one of their ad people must have been thinking, and evidently the whole world unanimously agreed, because they gave us this magnificent piece of work.
We like to make cracks about English humor, but to be truthful we love it. There's stuff that passes in the UK that just never could here, especially when it comes to advertising.
This Aldi ad is one example. Its whimsical and decidedly naughty approach to competitive pricing falls together with an equally epic tongue-in-cheek tagline: "Aldi. Like brands. Only cheaper."
Here's an idea with interesting potential. For Diesel, European comms firm Fullsix had a baby burp of an epiphany:
Facebook's Like capability has become an online content standard. If Liking pages, content and brands online is so successful for spreading brand equity around, the Like ought to be replicated in the real world.
I know. You're thinking, "Why haven't all the perpetrators of this kicked-to-death gimmick been banned to an island yet...?" The easy answer is, brands still pay for them.
We give you Dodge's Rock N' Roll Marathon Flashmob. The brand was a title sponsor for the event this year.