Travelocity Gnome Joins Chatroulette

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Chatroulette, a random video chat service that's similar to speed dating, now has the Travelocity Gnome jumping aboard the chat-fest. It's not the first brand to try the service. French Connection did that early last month.

Travelocity agency McKinney mans the gnome who holds up signs with various messages including "This would be more fun if we were in Rio." Hmm. How long before some enterprising hacker invents an "auto-next" feature so everyone can avoid chatting with a brand while they are busy having cybersex (remember that term?)?

Regarding some people's natural inclination to work sex into every media form, Travelocity's Joel Frey told AdWeek, "If we run across that type of person we're not going to engage we him. We'll leave it at that. It's something that's a concern with a new and different form like this. As long as we're being disciplined, we can overcome that and keep it to conversations with people who should be thinking about trips."

So here we have a yet another new "social media" service and within months, brands are all over it. Is this a good thing? Is there a place for brands on Chatroulette? Do people really want to chat with a brand? Thoughts?

by Steve Hall    Apr- 1-10    
Topic: Brands, Online, Social, Video



Cause Group Asks Ronald McDonald to Retire

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AgencySpy reports activist group Corporate Accountability International staged a "Retirement Party" protest outside a Chicago McDonald's Wednesday afternoon.

AgencySpy's Kaitlin Madden spoke with CAI spokesperson Karla Pippa who said, "For the last fifty years Ronald McDonald has been hooking our kids on unhealthy foods, spurring an epidemic of diet related disease, and we are calling on McDonald's to retire this icon so that he can have a break, and we can have one too."

She hopes "Ronald McDonald will go the way of Joe Camel." And in a study touted by CAI in a press release, nearly half of those surveyed were found to favor Ronald's retirement.

by Steve Hall    Mar-31-10    
Topic: Brands, Policy



Taunting Cows, Kinky Crocs, Sexist Coffee, Nesting Canaries

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- Southwest and AirTran continue to taunt each other. This time with cow suits.

- Cramer-Krasselt overshares letting us in on the fact Crocs have a kinky foot fetish.

- And in the over-thinking category, a sweet little Folgers ad is sexist. Shut up. Just shut up.

- For its eightieth birthday, Ad Age asked VCU Brandcenter students to re-imagine its logo.

- SapientNitro is out with a new site for Coca-Cola's Powerade. Using "deep-dive" technology, viewers can interact with the movie and find points where they can see inside the minds and bodies of each character in the story about a football match.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-31-10    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Strange



Dance Anomoly From Diesel Has the Stink

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Doesn't everyone randomly get up in the middle of a cafe an break into dance? If you're in a Diesel commercial you do. All hipsteresque and all, this commercial highlights both the supposedly hipsterrific qualities of Diesel as well as its fashions. All we really care about is the curvaceous girl in the yellow bikini/shorts with the killer ass and legs.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-31-10    
Topic: Brands, Strange, Video



Grab the Diapers! The E*Trade Babies Are Coming to A Theater Near You!

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Please make it stop. Geico tried it with the caveman dude and it failed miserably. Is there any reason to believe a movie about the E*Trade babies won't equally suck? The babies are (occasionally) funny because they are a gag. And a tired one at that. It's like Saturday Night Live turning a skit into a movie. Most fail.

Of course, we'd love for Lindsay Lohan to make an appearance halfway through the flick and wreak havoc when Lindsay the milkaholic pops in. Now that would make the movie worth watching.

by Steve Hall    Mar-31-10    
Topic: Brands, Worst



Lacta's Love At First Site Begets Love in Action

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Following its amazing, IAB MIXX Award winning Love at First site long form ad, Lacta, along with help from consumers, has crowdsourced another gem, Love in Action. Yes, we are a sucker for these things. Thank you OgilvyOne. Will we see you onstage at this year's IAB MIXX Awards?

by Steve Hall    Mar-29-10    
Topic: Brands, Video



The King Hits Spring Break

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Looking as out of place as a polar bear on the Lost island, the King is, along with MTV, making his way to Spring Break to hang with the hotties, the hunks and the rest of the idiots who will, no doubt, drink themselves into a stupor and cause their parents to wonder what the hell they were thinking when they sent checks for tens of thousands of dollars to institutions of higher learning.

by Steve Hall    Mar-25-10    
Topic: Brands, Commercials



Adidas Take House Party to the Street

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David Beckham, Snoop Dogg, Ciara, Whitney Port, Jeremy Scott, Adrienne Bailon, Stan Smith, Franz Beckenbauer and others appear in this Sid Lee produced long form ad for adidas which aims to celebrate originality on the streets. Yea, it's a hipster-fest and we're going to have to endure it all year long. On TV. In print. In stores. Online. At events.

Run for cover. Unless, of course, you're a hipster and you like this sort of thing.

by Steve Hall    Mar-22-10    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns



Puppets Re-Enact Zappos Customer Service Call

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You know those OnStar commercial that are based on actual customer calls? Boring right? Aside from a few really famous customer service calls where the callers freak out, most calls are just plain boring. So if a brand is going to highlight them in a campaign, they kinda need a little help to maintain interest.

This new Zappos commercial from Mullen accomplishes this with a simple customer service call re-enacted by puppets.

by Steve Hall    Mar- 9-10    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Commercials, Good



Coke Can't Clone You But it Can Clone It's Taste

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Guys, don't you wish you could clone yourself when your girlfriend babbles on endlessly in your ear about the fact her make up isn't what she wants it to be while you're busy playing a game? Or travel back in time to erase all the stupid things you did? Well, Coke can't help you but they think they've done a pretty good job cloning the taste of original Coke for its Coke Zero line.

Created by Crispin Porter + Bogusky, these three commercials were produced by Hungry Man and directed by Bryan Buckley.

by Steve Hall    Mar- 5-10    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials










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