Tweets on Rich Media, Meaty Love Messages, Jobs on the Wire

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- Finish the sentence: "Without advertising..." (LOL at "I'd have a savings account.")

- French agency Pourquoi tu cours (trans: "Why are you running?") is selling itself -- and its services -- via eBay and Facebook. The founder claims bids have exceeded 2,010 euros.

- Following fast in the footsteps of Volvo and Land Rover, Universal Studios will start incorporating live tweets in its rich media ads for certain films. Expect to see them in late June.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr-30-09    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Campaigns, Guerilla, Online, Packaging, Social



Consumer Reports Gets Its Snark On

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Consumer Reports is having a lot of fun these days with its online video product reviews. So much so the staid organization is...OMG...copping a 'tude. In it's latest video, Teresa Pinetta examines claims made by ShamWow, a rag-like product that's supposed to whole 20 times its weight in water. In other words, it's the Super Sponge.

Sadly for ShamWow, that's really not the case. CR determined the product holds no more than a typical sponge which costs exponentialy less than a ShamWow.

"It's like a rag!" "Make up your mind, ShamWow!" "So...this work...as opposed to this work...is twice as hard. Gotcha." "Or you could splurge on another ShamWow." You go girl!

by Steve Hall    Apr-30-09    
Topic: Brands, Good, Video



Even More Exciting Than A New Refrigerator!

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If you replace the words "laundry detergent," "washing machine," and "dryer," this video for Purex would take you in an entirely different direction. We can't wait for the spoof. Anyway, there's some interesting stuff brewing in the world of laundry detergent and Purex is on the front lines.

Change is coming to laundry, the campaign touts. So what's the big deal? The product, which isn't shown, is a stiff version Bounce. It's three in one action performs the duty of detergent, fabric softener and antistatic agent.

We just wish this campaign was running in the 50's or 60's. Can you imagine how much more elated the women in the ad would be? Yea. Back in the day, women would practically have an orgasm when they got a new refrigerator. We can't imagine the reactions to a new laundry product as cool as this.

by Steve Hall    Apr-30-09    
Topic: Brands, Online, Video



Sexist Pots/Pans Spot Upsets Australians

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We had to laugh when we saw this spot for Madison Avenue Cookware ("The only thing that cooks better ... is a woman!"), which uses an old-school sexist tenor to push its shiny pots and pans -- the perfect after-hours treat for a tired lady.

The piece aired in Australia after CEO Roger Hudson of Madison Avenue Products concluded the tone "worked very well for us in America."

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by Angela Natividad    Apr-29-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Good, Video



When All Else Fails, Hire an Internet Celebrity

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Yes! Yes! Yes! Oh, sorry. And no, we weren't just....oh come on! Get your head...no, not that one...out of the gutter. OK, now that we've got the required Adrants Filth for the Day (FFTD?) out of the way, we can tell you that, yes (not that kind of yes), it's time to celebrate yet another brand hooking up with an internet celebrity.

This time the brand is Marshalls and the internet celebrity is Liam Sullivan of Kelly Shoes fame. In the video, What R U Guys Talking About?, Liam just can get..her? his?...whatever...it's look right. His family and and a trio of mean girls trash on him but, in the end, the day is saved by...wait for it...yes (no, not that...oh, we said that already), the new, the hip, the oh-so-very cool...Marshalls? Wait, what? Did What Not to Wear just jump the shark? Wait, what? What are we talking about? Um, we forget. Doesn't matter. It's time to get all hip and shit with Liam and...yes (no, not...oh forget it), Marshalls.

Mr. Youth created the video which has achieved 100,000 views since Monday.

by Steve Hall    Apr-29-09    
Topic: Brands, Good, Social, Video



ABSOLUT World Replaces Currency with Kindness

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Imagine buying movie tickets with kisses instead of cash, or repaying your local streetside violinist with embraces and not cold change.

ABSOLUT Vodka builds upon its "In an ABSOLUT World" campaign with "Kindness as Currency," a soul-warming snapshot of a parallel universe where human contact is the end, not merely the means.

The charming piece is a jarring departure from past "ABSOLUT World" efforts that depicted Times Square slathered in costly art, or everyone alive winning the lotto.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr-29-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Good, Guerilla, Video



Apple Claims It Can Make You Mama's Favourite.

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Fresh out the Flagrant Email pile comes this subject line from Almighty Apple: "Last chance to give iPod for Mother's Day." We were like, okay, let's see how they work this angle, and popped the email open to meet eyes with the following header:

"Give Mom a reason to play favorites."

Need a blunter innuendo? Cast your gaze leftwards to see an iPod lovingly engraved, "No wonder you always liked me best."

Mac confidence at its most engorged state. Props to the shameless email marketers at Apple, whose capacity to self-promote -- for any holiday, or none at all -- knows no inhibitions. Might be time to swoop up another Shuffle; as things stand, we're lucky if Mom tells us we look nice in the morning.

by Angela Natividad    Apr-29-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online



Iggy Pop Jiggles Belly for Swiftcover

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We're a coupla months late on this one. But when a shirtless rambling Iggy Pop pushes insurance (--"ON MY INSURANCE!"), you can't let it lie without imposing it on others.

This is better than that one time Gene Simmons tried reigniting relevance through cola. Or almost anything Ozzy Osbourne's ever done for anybody.

Props to @tamega for sharing.

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by Angela Natividad    Apr-29-09    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity, Commercials, Television



Curation v. Scraping, Oprah Over Twitter, Financial Fortune Smiles on Facebook

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- One man's curation is another man's scraping: more on the ongoing drama between pubs that report and 'net-based pubs that aggregate.

- Oprah over Twitter? Guess that means ... absolutely nothing, now that we think about it.

- Stats on motivations of Twitter users. Features graph intros like "A Large Following Doesn't Equate with Intelligence" and "Mixed Feelings about Reciprocity."

- Perspective on your perspectives on Swine Flu.

- Facebook has plen'y of cash, and expects interactive advertising rev to boost sales 70%, COO Sheryl Sandberg ballsily proclaims.

- Stolichnaya is the premier sponsor of Babelgum, which will air exclusive live concert footage from artists like Franz Ferdinand, Stereophonics and Kaiser Chefs; as well as "Bananaz," a film about the Gorillaz.

- Aerocles deconstructs Dominos' approach to social media.

- Saw the Loud n' Clear infomercial on TV last night. This is why we love America. Hold 'til 1:27 for when Enthusiastic Geriatric shouts, "Bingo!" It don't get any better than that.

by Angela Natividad    Apr-29-09    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity, Opinion, Publishing, Social, Sponsorship



Agent Provocateur Delivers Sirens, Pirates, Witches and Virgins

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Wait, Sirens? Isn't that Victoria's Secret? Anyway, the sirens we're talking about here are the models in this very strange but very appropriate commercial for Agent Provocateur. We'd expect nothing less from a purveyor of lingerie fixated on sexualizing anything and everything to sell some bras and underwear.

Oh and there is a nipple in this ad so if that offends you or anyone near you, you have been warned. And there's a longer, very stylized version (along with others) at the Agent Provocateur site. It's interactive with asterisks you can click for product information.

Want more Agent Provocateur kinkyness? Have at it.

by Steve Hall    Apr-29-09    
Topic: Brands, Good, Racy, Video










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