Interesting. When every marketer is on a land grab for the latest Second Life, MySpace, Twitter or Facebook stunt, Metropolitan Life, perhaps being true to the blandness that if life insurance, has chosen old fashioned eBay (remember all those stupid auctions?) to place its MetLife Snoopy in Fashion promotion. Part of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, the promotion lets people bid on fashions designed by Heatherette, Isaac Mizrahi, Betsey Johnson and Pamella Roland, Kristin Chenoweth, Whoopi Goldberg, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, and Ingrid Hoffmann.
Design for a September seventh runway event, proceeds from the bids will go to Dress For Success, "a non-profit organization which promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life."
For once, an eBay auction that doesn't have anything to do with tattooing body parts or auctioning off pixels on a website. And who doesn't love Snoopy?
Renee Hobbs freaks us the fuck out.
Who is Renee Hobbs?
The director of My Pop Studio. And she's currently expounding on media education for girls at the YPulse conference.
My Pop Studio is a pretty interesting site. Founded on the notion that society promotes developing self through sales, it "pushes back" by imbuing girls with critical thinking skills for battling media messages.
A series of free online games teaches kids about how media works by letting them manufacture culture: you can observe how your feelings about a product (like lip gloss) change depending on the backgroud music, create a pop star, and practice multi-tasking.
This could be a great resource for kids. In fact, it probably already is - the site boasts partners like Alloy, and Hobbs champions her team as masters of viral and WOM marketing.
In the meantime, our experience of the product is colored entirely by Hobbs' own personality, who's an overwhelming real-life version of Nurse Ratchett.
It bears mentioning that Panasonic Ideas for Life - Saving Darfur was as much about advertisers' power to set global agendas as it was about the actual plight of Darfur. Call it a conceit, but there's method to the madness.
Advertising played a pivotal role in raising awareness about genocide in Darfur. Some members of the panel expressed having been inspired into their current professions after seeing ads about famine or others' suffering.
The college-bound doll at left is going for a steal at $19,995 on Marry Our Daughter, where families can safely sell stone-footed girls for a price soothing enough to eradicate in-law strife.
Harking back to arranged marriage in the Biblical sense, the site's a publicity stunt orchestrated by women who actually were sold into marriage. They hope to shed light on the mail order bride industry at large, and on loopholes across the nation that enable minors to marry, says Newsweek.
Leopold Ketel & Partners have created a campaign for the Oregon Humane Society to encourage the last 1/3 of the petless Oregonian populace to adopt. Campaign imagery reads, "End Petlessness: a pet for every man, woman and child." More prints here and here.
And if you have :30 seconds to burn on something that will make you go "awww" for as long as you can exhale and make noise at the same time, watch the TV spot, which looks like it would be more comfortable on CuteOverload.com than on gritty public TV.
- Tom Ford and Vulva fixate on a particular female body part and introduce a new advertising trend: Vaginads.
- Not that you frequent a laundromat all that often but if you do, you just might be assaulted by washing machines bearing gigantic advertising posters.
- We stir debate as to whether or not Mazda, which does still make cars, can still create good commercials.
- What's a week without an appearance by our favorite hottie, Obama Girl? This time she's hooked up with Giuliani Girl to support the troops on behalf of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Association.
- Look! Look! Look! Now you can blow an ad banner and make a website freeze!
PETA's digging deep now. Hitless for at least ten years, Alicia Silverstone (whom we still adore) has been tapped by PETA for their latest "let's get a celebrity nude" campaign. It's all to promote PETA's vegetarian stance and to share with us how much Silverstone's life has changed for the better by becoming a vegetarian. Watch as Silverstone get naked but not really. They always block the crucial parts. Anyway, see the video here.
Adfreak has drawn our eyes to a new line of sandals called Ipanema, designed by Gisele Bundchen, whose modeling career has lasted longer than a lot of her counterparts' lifespans.
The Ipanema line is part of an effort to help save the rain forest in South America, the continent Gisele calls home. We like the throwback flavor of the television ad, which plays up the history of the Brazilian natives with less focus on Gisele's own attention-drawing features.
Not to say those assets don't factor into the print variant of the campaign.
Barely Political, the organization that created the Obama Girl and Giuliani Girls videos have gone in a different direction with their latest release, I Like A Boy. Rather than focus on a presidential candidate, the video, which stars Obama Girl Amber Lee Ettinger, Giuliani Girl Rebeca Dipietro and rapper Mims, salutes U.S. troops.
Partnering with the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Association, the video features U.S. soldiers, their wives, girlfriends, friends and family singing along to the Leah Kaufman-penned and performed song, "I Like A Boy." Creator Ben Relles tells us, "It's sort of a a rockin' non-partisan salute to the US Troops - men and women - serving our county." Proceeds from the sale of the song, available on iTunes, will go to the Iraq Afghanistan Veterans Association.
Remember how in the late '80s or early '90s you had all those educational shows for kids where a rapper would come up and make a flow out of recycling or reading a book?
Imagine that, and plug in the London Fire Brigade. To get people to take advantage of its free smoke alarm service, it's put together a full-length track called "Got Mine Got Yours." It also (aptly) puts your local fireman on the same glamorous level as the local park gangster.