If the World Has to Be Divvied, It Might As Well Be for a Sport

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Nike and Major League Baseball play on the United Colors of Benetton to give us the United Countries of Baseball, a world segmented by team allegiances instead of by states or countries.

The idea is to map the "borders of fan loyalty." Each baseball-playing country has its own map, alongside posters with player nicknames specific to each territory.

The campaign was orchestrated by Cole & Weber United.

We actually didn't think baseball had a rabid fan base any longer. Post-steroids scandal, it looks like basketball is taking the whole "American Dream" torch. See recent promotions for Dwyane Wade and Monta Ellis.

by Angela Natividad    Nov- 1-07    
Topic: Online, Promotions, Sponsorship



Time Warner: We Think Like You -- But We Make Money! HA!

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Time Warner Cable wants you to know it thinks like you think.

(And by that, what it means is, it can take your crappy ideas and turn them into products that sell in the mainstream market.)

The campaign site was put together by Ogilvy & Mather, with casting by sausage. It's actually pretty neat. Click on a character in the suburban setting to see what they've invented to make their lives better, and find out how Time Warner pwned their asses.

by Angela Natividad    Nov- 1-07    
Topic: Brands, Online, Promotions



Aquent Awards Prizes For Halloween Site Makeover

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It's one day late but Kevin Bonixe of Bridgewater, MA one a contest Aquent held to privide Aquent's website with a bit of Halloween spookiness for a day. Out of a filed of 40 contestants, Kevin's revision of the top banner on the Aquent site was chosen as the winner. He received a prize of $275 and his work will be featured on Aquent's Talent Blog. He also received honorable mention for an additional submission and for that, Kevin will receive some Adobe reference books. You can view his winning entry here.

by Steve Hall    Nov- 1-07    
Topic: Promotions



Dwyane Wade Love Letter Becomes Promotional Vehicle for Converse

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Aww. Miami Heat player Dwyane Wade's letter to basketball reads like an earnest, and early, version of Common's "I Used to Love Her," a love letter to hip-hop.

But unlike hip-hop, the game doesn't start turning tricks in adulthood.

The letter is the inspiration for a Converse promotion by Anomaly. The spot, "From Robbins, Illinois," started airing on October 28th. Around that time, the Wade 3 signature basketball shoe was also released.

See the spot and behind-the-scenes footage here. The :60 piece does a good job of capturing a moment that apparently meant a lot to him.

Also, Wade is really into triangles.

by Angela Natividad    Oct-31-07    
Topic: Celebrity, Commercials, Good, Promotions, Sponsorship



Dan Fielding Domestic God Mystery to Be Solved Soon

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Remember that Domestic God promotion where you have to consume all the Dan Fielding stuff and try to guess who the sponsor is? (We don't either.)

On Monday, November 5, when his last video clips are released, Dan is going to reveal all on his MySpace.

"The mystery surrounding Dan and his sponsor has baffled online communities," the pressie swears. "Dan has built up an online following with over 100,000 people watching his video clips on domestic life."

If you happen to be one of those people, tune in at Dan's MySpace. The winner of the scavenger hunt gets a prize "worth 700 quid." It will probably be something (or many somethings) that you don't want.

by Angela Natividad    Oct-31-07    
Topic: Games, Online, Promotions



One Could Do Worse than Having Roberto Carlos for a Slave

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For client Garanti Bankasy -- an online bank in Turkey -- agency Rabarba created this site that we can't even begin to pronounce, so we aren't even going to try: Yazik Degil Mi Carlos'a.

The slogan: "Sending the fastest left back on the planet to the bank takes at least 40 minutes, doing it online takes 1." Playing on that, soccer star Roberto Carlos runs a series of user-selected errands while trying to navigate Istanbul.

We weren't really sure what was happening most of the time but we liked the dismayed look that flashed across Roberto's eyes when we picked a new task. (Strangely, watching him accomplish them never actually revealed to us what we set him off to do.)

by Angela Natividad    Oct-30-07    
Topic: Celebrity, Online, Promotions



Ty Takes Pains to Prove Dolls Care About Real Issues

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Ty's Ty Girlz hit us with their latest effort, Ty Girlz Q&A. Watch a doll ask members of the general public questions about shoes, Obama and hybrid cars. It's a little like Sesame Street's Word on the Street, except ditzier and less funny.

We think this is Ty's way of telling us the Ty Girlz care about what matters.

Anywho, thanks out to Animax for sharing it.

by Angela Natividad    Oct-30-07    
Topic: Online, Promotions



Playtex Airs Bunch of Bra-Sporting Bloopers on YouTube

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Look: a bunch of women making noises. And they seem to have forgotten their shirts. See more at the Playtex Fits YouTube channel.

One actually pulls a harmonica out of her bra and starts to play it.

Until we did more research, we thought these (bra) ads were for tampons. Boy were we confused.

If you happen to have a funny bra story lying around, you can upload it here.

by Angela Natividad    Oct-30-07    
Topic: Brands, Online, Promotions, Video



Out of Stuff to Rescue? Try Tile

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People like to over-care about stuff. That's why we have the PC police monitoring everything movie stars say, and Arianna Huffington.

But if saving toast seems like too futile a mission for you, try your hand at saving tile.

Save the Tile is a Delta Faucet campaign by Young & Laramore. The idea is to promote quality tile that's aesthetically friendly (so you don't hammer it all away at your first opportunity).

The campaign includes print ads narrated by disgruntled bathroom items. See Scent Stick (who owns these?), Loofah and Toothbrush.

Or, you know, go out and try saving something you actually care about. (Like puppies or hungry kids.) But who actually does that?

by Angela Natividad    Oct-29-07    
Topic: Brands, Magazine, Online, Promotions



Country Crock Campaigns for Toast Salvation

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This brainteaser killed about 45 seconds of our time. It is part of a new effort called Save the Toast, where a bunch of characters try saving toast by defaming stick butter.

The campaign, for Country Crock, is orchestrated Presidential election-style and only slightly less ridiculous than Election '08. Each animated character has a MySpace. See Bobby Biscuit's.

A petition and -- more to the point -- digital coupons are available at the website.

by Angela Natividad    Oct-29-07    
Topic: Online, Promotions, Spoofs








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