Second Life Redlights, Viral Film Fest, Denmark Defends Honour

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- Allan Gray graciously exploits the late James Dean.

- Denmark pulls tourism vid that (apparently?) depicts it as slutty.

- Vanksen's second annual Viral Film Festival is now accepting entries. Dust off your amateur vid brainchild, that tops short film you did, or an audiovisual tale whose launch got shafted, and turn it in before October 23rd. The Festival goes down in Paris on November 26th.

- GOOG to open DoubleClick ad exchange to AdWords and AdSense customers.

- Second Life sued by sex toy guy for sex toy knock-offs. Yeah. Virtual ones. We have no idea.

by Angela Natividad    Sep-18-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online



Play-Doh Caters to Mommy's Little Sociopath

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Fresh out of Singapore, and under the catchy slogan "Safe no matter what you make," Play-Doh's launched a series of magazine ads that depict weapons of suburban destruction made out of the claylike substance.

We like it, but only because we've relinquished all ties to the Kingdom of Heaven. On the serious though, the ads are running in at least one alt weekly rag that caters to free-thinking cafe-goers that are okay with this kind of humor without necessarily being god-awful parents.

See variants below the drop.

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by Angela Natividad    Sep-18-09    
Topic: Brands, Bright Ones, Campaigns, Magazine



Milk Won't Just Do a Body Good; It'll Do a Body SHATTERPROOF.

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Milk's seen a fine trajectory: from nondescript white cereal enhancer to mustache marks on famous faces.

Ladies and gents, we have come a long way from the Dixie Chick days. In partnership with X-Men Origins, Wolverine's whipping out his indestructible talons for the Body By Milk campaign.

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by Angela Natividad    Sep-18-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Magazine



Attention All Cereal Eaters! Wheaties is for Hard-Asses.

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So Wheaties, the wholesome man's man cereal that once sported Michael Jordan on the box, has rebranded to reflect our taurine-powered, chrome-enhanced times.

Powering down on all that orange, the new Wheaties box is Basic Black with a metallic new brand name: FUEL. Just above is a casual (and yet not) assembly of sporty dudes with features that bring both Star Trek and Axe to mind. Yes, simultaneously.

No word on whether the Bom Chika Wah-Wah will be penetrating TV ads; we just hope all that FUEL doesn't manifest itself on unwitting tastebuds.

Make the Logo Bigger has a good assessment of why this approach sucks for cereal. In contrast, Plaid's Brand Flakes for Breakfast admits the box'll stand out -- that is, until all the other breakfasts of champions start following suit.

by Angela Natividad    Sep-18-09    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Packaging



Imagine Chases Voyeur Out the Vaults of HBO

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HBO follows up on the ridiculously-lauded Voyeur campaign with Imagine.

Visually, it's a storytelling mashup of the social cloud and the Mac Cube: a series of stories are told from different perspectives, and you'll need to see all four sides of each to get a complete picture of what's going on.

Production quality is, as always, Home Box Office-caliber. The first one we saw was Art Heist, and it sucked us into its drama-ridden tentacles with a quickness -- once we got the damn site to load. (Small price to pay for good ol'-fashioned passive entertainment.)

Also, doesn't seem to work on Firefox. Fix, somebody, fix!

by Angela Natividad    Sep-18-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Good, Online



BFGoodrich Goes Social With Nation of Go

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For those who are into driving and obsessively cataloging their excursions social media style, BFGoodrich has launched Nation of Go. Created by The Martin Agency, the site lets people map and share their travles, upload and geotag photos, connect with professional drivers and all kinds of other driving-related obsessions.

And who knew this comes from a company that makes the most basic and boring of automotive parts, tires.

Hmm. It's kind of like Foursquare for driving enthusiasts, right?

by Steve Hall    Sep-16-09    
Topic: Brands, Social



Two Untamed Unveil New MINIs

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Oh wow. Way to introduce a new car! To hype the new MINI convertible and coupe, two twins who are referred to as Two Untamed prep us for the vehicles, unveiling at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The pair have done several other videos leading up to this one which tease and don't show the vehicles. This last one shows us the goods. Sweet ride.

by Steve Hall    Sep-16-09    
Topic: Brands, Good, Video



Newsflash! Brands Still Making Virals!

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Yawn. Sorry. We just can't help it. Viral. Viral Viral. It just makes us wish the word never existed. Well, at least for describing advertising efforts otherwise known as videos. Yes, people, videos. They are, after all, just videos. THEY AREN"T VIRAL UNTIL A SHIT TON OF PEOPLE VIEW THEM!

OK, sorry, we tend to off on that one.

Anyway, Audi's out with a collection of new VIDEOS (oops, sorry) that depict freakty electrical happenings like a lawnmower gone crazy, static electricity that sends a kid across the room and a lightning storm that attack Frankfurt.

All to promote a new car. Yea. A new car. Makes one long for those boring winding mountain road commercials that just, well, show the car. Which is, after all, what everyone wants to see in the first place.

by Steve Hall    Sep- 9-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Video, Viral



ad:tech Chicago: Sharpie, Ben & Jerry's Squeeze Merit Out of Social Media Sphinx

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My last ad:tech Chicago session was the Social Media Industry Forum, presented by Geoff Ramsey of eMarketer.

The sesh had a festive air for many reasons, not least that it was Ramsey's birthday. ad:tech's Warren Pickett burst in near the end to furnish him with candle-lit cupcakes.

But the company was also lively: we had a frothy, sometimes cynical and perennially candid band that included Digital Marketing Manager Katie O'Brien of Ben & Jerry's, President Rick Murray of Edelman Digital (which does interactive stuff for B&J's), PR/Social Media Manager Susan Wassel of Sanford Brands (here to rep Sharpie), and Digital Strategist Akash Pathak of DraftFCB, which worked with Wassel to bring life to Sharpie's label.

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ad:tech Chicago: Weighing Hearts and Brands on Ancient Scales

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ad:tech Chicago's "Love for Sale -- How Great Creative Seduces Its Target" session was broken into two discernably useful parts: statistics on online dating, and seduction as a metaphor for marketing.

We'll begin at the beginning.

The Online Dating Crowd

Accompanied by Liz Ross of Digitas US, Fusion Idea Lab's Matt Brennock regaled us with both statistics and close-to-home anecdotes -- the kind that's fueled many a romantic comedy.

I heard one guy say the pair had great chemistry, and he commended them for "[opening] the kimono" the way they did. Given the topic matter, and Brennock's zeal for reminding us (first once, then twice, then...) that men really do just wanna get laid, the geisha metaphor was oddly appropriate.

Some stats:


  • The average online dater is 42 years old.

  • Match.com remains tops, with 3.4 million uniques/month, but people increasingly drift away from these big-box dating sites and into more niche fare: j-date, veggiedate, Christian singles. (AdAge blogger Kelly Eidson seized this opportunity to send me a link to STD Match, a dating site targeted to people living with sexually transmitted diseases. There are also -- as if you didn't know -- ethnicity-specific sites.)

    If the world wasn't our oyster before, the marvelous advances of the internet, coupled with mankind's enterprising creative spirit, have ensured it certainly is now. There's a match worth blogging.

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