For the Cannes Young Lions Ad Contest, Y&R Interactive/Israel/Mizbala entered a video on behalf of Oxfam Great Britain. All it does is drive climate change-conscious users to the Oxfam YouTube page -- kind of a cheap prize after sitting through virtually nothing of entertainment value and then clicking -- actually clicking! -- on a button embedded inside the video.
And it's crass as ever. (Be sure to watch the Firing Squad videos.)
For the unfortunate ad cogs that won't be making Cannes this year (cannes't!), there's always the Woods Witt Dealy & Sons' Wrath of Cannes.
Unlike last year, when we were shocked it even lasted two events, Wrath of Cannes is full steam ahead for the third: fueled by layoffs, budget cuts, more conservative advertising and all-around creative rage. Nice pink slip wallpaper, guys!
- Um...ad for barbecue sauce?
- At PSFK Conference NYC, Danielle Sacks from Fast Company led a discussion about the rise of the "New Idea Agencies" - companies that are thinking outside of the traditional client-agency model and creating their own products, brands, and intellectual property to launch direct to market.
- 38% of all US mobile subscribers recall seeing ads on their phones in Q1 2009.
- Oh look! It's the Cue Cat all over again. Will we ever learn?
- Yawn. Twitter all aflutter over supposedly sexist Dell website.
- In what feels like the world's longest commercial, food talks about how great Dixie's new paper plates are.
- Got a great logo? Submit it to Wolda, an annual worldwide logo award competition.
- Premium Channels has introduced Premium Campaign Echoes, advertorial mentions that "echo" banner creative.
- Think you're the fastest texter out there? Check out LG's annual US National Texting Championship. You could win $50,000.
- The world's weirdest Coke commercial.
- Paste Magazine is on it's last legs and will launch a "Save Paste" campaign later today.
A week or so ago we told you about this thing called RoadTwip. Surely, you thought we meant Road Trip, right. After all, there's typos on Adrants all the time. But no, We got it right this time. It really is RoadTwip.
So what the hell is RoadTwip. Well, it *is* a road trip but it's so much more as well. The goal of RoadTwip, as one third of the RoadTwip crew, Jolie O'Dell, writes on ReadWriteWeb, is to "stop spinning on the NYC/SF/LA axis of the tech world, get outside the echo chamber, test the IRL capabilities of social media, and get a glimpse of something new and authentic."
The One Show is debuting a Green Pencil award to honour "the one piece or campaign that best represents the highest standards of excellence in the field of environmental advertising" (...aaaaaand rake in more preliminary entry dosh).
Actually, it was agency BooneOakley/Charlotte's idea. Hoping to keep the institution relevant, it came up with the Green Pencil concept: an award composed of recycled glass, made in Taiwan (natch!) by Tittot, a "lost wax casting" glass art studio. Rapper and Battleground Earth co-host Ludacris will present the award on April 6.
Last week Current.tv launched the first-ever TwitteRFP. That is, it's on the hunt for agencies. And instead of soliciting RFPs the old-fashioned way, it was all, "Post that ish on Twitter."
What's cool about this method is it put both large and small agencies on an equal playing field: that incessant stream-of-consciousness noisebox where we blow 3-4 of our good working hours per day.
Attention young film...uh...commercial makers! YouTube and the Cannes Lions International
Advertising Festival want your best video. If they like it, they'll send you to Cannes all expenses paid. Yes, it's true.
If you were born born between June 27, 1980 and June 21, 1990, on May 15 you can access a creative brief which will give you the details to create your commercial. It will be a :60 for a particular charity. You will have 48 hours to make your ad which you will need to submit by May 17.
- If you attended ad:tech (or didn't), here are the pictures from The Media Social party held at Roe in San Francisco. If you were there, see if you can find yourself.
- Famed hip hop superstar and Hollywood film star Chris "Ludacris" Bridges will present The One Club's first-ever "Green Pencil" award honoring excellence in the field of environmentally conscious advertising at "The 34th Annual One Show" on May 6th.
- Eric Karjaluoto of smashLAB wrote an insightful article offering up a Bridge Over Troubled Water for the low point we're all in (but don't have to be) right now.
- The Smartphone, Smart Marketing study sponsored by Platform-A concluded that 53% of Smartphone users are clicking on advertisements, 35% request more information and 24% make purchases via their smart phone.
- Jill Hanner tweets, "my goal is to get on the @jimmyfallon show and talk about the ford fiesta! we both tweet and i live in nyc! lets do it!! #fiestamovement"
"When presented with bold new ideas, people reference what they know more than what they can conceive."
Senior Director Michael Perman of Levi's passed us oranges, recounted memories of his dad and deluged us with blue-jean trivia in an ad:tech sesh entitled "The Power of Storytelling."
See snippets of tweet coverage. It's apt that Levi's give us the skinny on storytelling's underrated appeal, given that its capacity to spin tales has beguiled us for years. Anyway, here's some videographic deja vu.