CD-Turned-Author Self-Promotes without Spending. Much.

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CD and president Kelly Simmons of bubble, Philadelphia is sharpening her ad chops by promoting her own book, Standing Still. Released by Simon & Schuster, it's about a mom who exchanges her life for her kidnapped daughter's.

Publicity includes $200,000 of online, sweepstakes, broadcast, direct mail and guerilla efforts, allegedly all bartered.

The effort includes promotional postcards ("The ultimate beach read") stuffed in women's swimsuit orders, courtesy of Miracle Suit. A radio campaign will air on B101 FM, an indie station.

And when it rains, ziplocked flyers (via Tri-County Printers) promoting the book as "the perfect read for a stormy night" will appear on parked car windshields.

Check out Simmons' e-zine, bykellysimmons.com. You could win a Tiffany's bracelet that matches the one worn by the protagonist (product placement! Nice touch).

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Taco Bell, Sports Illustrated Toss Aspiring Photographers a Bone

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Want to photograph models like Daniella Sarahyba for a living? Go for it -- just not for money -- courtesy of Taco Bell and Sports Illustrated. Pick the location and plan her moves based on a series of options. She'll say things like, "Oh, are you the new photographer?" and play the spoilsport when it's too windy.

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by Angela Natividad    Feb-15-08    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity, Online, Product Placement



Just in Time For the Super Bowl...Idiotic Party Ideas

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We didn't expect much from these Ground Zero-created videos for ESPN Shorts which, in partnership with Domino's, highlight the art of the sports party and provide party tips for the sports lover but when a George Washington type hauled out a t-shirt cannon, we thought, "Damn! We gotta quit spending the entire Super Bowl writing about stupid commercials, pick up a six pack and actually watch the game...with friends...at a party...with other members of the human species."

We like good, stupid fun every once in a while to spice up our life. See the video here and here.

by Steve Hall    Jan-30-08    
Topic: Good, Product Placement, Promotions, Sponsorship, Video



Alluring Videos Turn Heads, Become Video Ad Model

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Several years ago, Patrick Sell, who has a history in marketing with stints at Doremus and Reuters, launched a site called I Do Nothing All Day. Aptly, the site contains nothing more than videos he takes while out and about in New York City. Of course, they aren't just any videos, they're videos of beautiful women walking down the sidewalk or in the park. Originally, Sell envisioned I Do Nothing All Day as a site where all kinds of New York City imagery would be captured and shared but as we all know, nothing attracts more attention than a beautiful woman walking down the sidewalk on a hot summer day.

Now, before you go and label Sell a perv, check out the site. It's nicely done and he asks everyone permission before he films them. He's not doing anything more salacious than you'd find in your average fashion magazine or on fashion show runways anywhere in the world. The work is just a simple appreciation of natural female beauty. Now that we have that clarified, Sell has expanded, launching Turning His Head, a site which sells women's clothing featured in I Do Nothing All Day videos.

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 5-07    
Topic: Good, Online, Product Placement, Racy, Trends and Culture, Video



David Lynch Speaks Truth on Product Placement in Films

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Freakazoid filmmaker David Lynch minces no words when asked his opinion on product placement in movies. Just watch. There's nothing else to say. Classic. Simply classic.

by Steve Hall    Apr- 3-07    
Topic: Celebrity, Product Placement



Lonelygirl15 Sells Out to Hershey's Icebreakers

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We knew Lonelygirl15's creators had this in the plan all along so it was without much surprise to see a blatant product placement in the middle of Bree's Lonelygirl15 video today. After she meets Jonas and Daniel at a truck stop and they drool over her tucker girl cut off jeans and tied plaid shirt, she hops in the car with the two and they take off. During a stop on the road, Bree pulls out a package of Icebreakers as the camera blatantly zooms in and the three discuss the sourness of the Icebreakers before they get on the road again. It;s not the first time brand names have been dropped in the series but this is one of the first formal deals.

Hey, nothing comes for free. There's only so many videos these guy can make before they need some cash to support the effort. The series' creators and Bree's talent rep, Creative Artists Agency worked with Hershey's agency, Tracy Locke on the deal.

by Steve Hall    Mar-21-07    
Topic: Product Placement, Video



Fat Freed, Product Placement Slows, Fast Company Grows

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- The MyPetFat guy is giving away free pet fat to the first 50 people who guess the "secret of the scale."

- Global product placement grew 37 percent in 2006 and is predicted to grow 30 percent in 2007 according to a PQ Media study.

- Fast Company magazine has just announced that its ad pages increased 9.1% in the first quarter of 2007 compared to the same period one year ago, according to The Publishers Information Bureau.

- San Francisco's BART has hopped on the subway tunnel advertising train.

- Madonna and H&M are together again on fashion networking site Trendmill.

- Travelocity's Traveling Gnome now has his own MySpace page. Tila will be sending a friend request any minute now.

- Riddle Productions has created a new game for MTV.com called Daily Rage will will incorporate brands into the actual game play.

by Steve Hall    Mar-16-07    
Topic: Magazine, Product Placement, Promotions, Research



Real Estate Firm Puts 'Felicity' in Luxury Loft, Slaps it On Youtube

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To promote its Donovan homes, Cressey Development Group launches Donovan Life, a well-produced but rather poorly-acted lifestyle series "about young urban professionals full of energy and ambition who are looking for a comfortable environment to enjoy the best the city has to offer," explains director Roger Evan Larry. The films are produced by his film and TV production company, Relevision.

The idea's a good strategy for getting people thinking inside the space. Who wouldn't want to own the apartments inhabited by the cast members of Friends?

Unfortunately this isn't Friends, or Felicity, or Will and Grace, or Sex and the City or anything else it's shooting for. But the series is shooting for pilot status, so maybe that will change and another ditsy but happy-go-lucky city ingenue will have her moment in the spotlight. Should the producers succeed in this noble quest, it'll be an awesome first for real estate marketing.

Check out an episode of Donovan Life here.

by Angela Natividad    Feb- 9-07    
Topic: Online, Product Placement, Video



Adverband Releases First Single For Symantec

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Formed in early October by NightAgency, the adverband RockDotRock is now out with their new video that promotes Norton Confidential for the agency's clint Symantec. We're no music expert so we're going to leave this wide open for you readers to comment on. Is this good? Is it bad? Are Adverbands the wave of the futer? Is is marketing gone crazy? Do tell.

by Steve Hall    Nov-21-06    
Topic: Guerilla, Product Placement, Strange, Trends and Culture



Wommies Wanted, Gamers Slammed, Subservients Strip

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- The Word of Mouth Marketing Association is hosting the Wommie Awards, an annual case study competition. The deadline for entry has been extended beyond the original Nov. 17 cut off.

- While the site suffers from long load times, EatBetterAmerica lets you submit fat-filled recipes for a allow-cal "recipe makeover." Just in time for Turkey Day. It's from General Mills.

- Like no one else can, George Parker wreaks havoc on Sony and all the other gamer idiots out there who think the PS3 is the second coming of Christ.

- If you liked Subservient Chicken but were angry the Chicken would never take his clothes off, here's yet another Subservient Stripper.

- Product placement in books continues to get more and more pervasive.

- Not everyone loves the new Sony PS3.

by Steve Hall    Nov-20-06    
Topic: Events, Games, Product Placement, Word of Mouth








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