Avid To Send Avid Creatives to Las Vegas

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Avid, that wizard behind commercial creation, is hosting a contest which will send the winner to NAB2006 in Las Vegas. The contest site says, "Cool ideas. Hot technology. That's what turns us on. What are you avid for? Maybe it's snowboarding on fresh corduroy. Or all-night poetry slams. Or your best friend 's band. Whatever it is, if you can convince us to love what you love in a 60-second video, you may win a trip to Las Vegas this April." If you're into the whole Las Vegas thing and you're creative, whip up a :60 and get yourself a free trip.

by Steve Hall    Mar-15-06    
Topic: Industry Events, Promotions, Tools



Radio Station Launches T & A College Ball Tournament

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Indianapolis radio station WFBQ has launched its own version of the NCAA tournament. Sponsored by Hardee's, Finlandia Vodka, Southern Comfort and Jack Daniels, WFBQ's version of the tournament throws basketball teams out and replaces them with hot models. Now, rather than tracking your team, you can track hotties.

Each division gets it's own set of models to select from. For someone who really doesn't give a crap about college basketball, this contest is way more fun.

by Steve Hall    Mar-15-06    
Topic: Good, Online, Promotions, Radio



Promotion Makes It OK to Put Hand Up Skirt

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To promote AxeFantasy, Lowe Dubai created the Axe Mmmousepad which has a bit of fun playing off the desires of men when in the presence of a short skirt. The mouse pad was placed in Internet cafes across the UAE hoping to reach young men. Once a guy puts his hand up the skirt, he discovers his Axe Fantasy. Precitably, many of the mouse pads where stolen from the cafes, perhaps for a bit of private enjoyment.

Sandeep Fernandes of Lowe Dubai tells us the effort drove over 3000 unique visitors to AxeFantasy and generated 115,000 page views during the month-long launch campaign. We're guessing these are UAE numbers since these sorts of numbers would occur in less than day for a campaign launched in the U.S. or the U.K. All the same, we like the approach. It definitely grabs attention and peaks interest. See additional images of the promotion here.

by Steve Hall    Mar- 5-06    
Topic: Good, Guerilla, Promotions



Mercedes Thinks AOL Is Icon of Pop Culture

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Laughably describing AOL as some sort of "icon of pop culture," Mercedes Benz has signed a deal with AOL to "spotlight a new generation of artists through the premier online music destination AOL Music." Mercedes-Benz and AOL Music launched "On Our Radar," a feature that lets fans wallow in discovery of new music. It's part of the car manufacturer's yearlong collaboration with AOL Music on its Breakers program, which showcases a selection of developing artists. The partnership will promote the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class while bringing new artists to what Mercedes and AOL believe to be "the eyes and ears of trendsetting, young music fans."

by Steve Hall    Mar- 2-06    
Topic: Brands, Online, Promotions, Sponsorship, Strange



Chewing Gum Game Let's You Kiss the World, Win An iPod

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Adverblog points to a little facial suckage contest called Kiss Off created by Dutch agency Qi for its client Stimorol Chewing Gum. It's a typical challenge game in which you choose your kissing character, your friend's character and the type of kiss. The challenge is then sent via email to the friend for viewing. The ubiquitous iPod is offered as a prize if your kiss is good enough. Britney won't be sending it to Kevin anytime soon.

by Steve Hall    Mar- 2-06    
Topic: Games, Good, Online, Promotions, Viral



P & G Launches $500 Watch And Win Soap Opera Promotion

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Beginning March 13 and continuing for six and one half months during episodes of Procter & Gamble Productions' Guiding Light and As The World Turns on CBS, a multi-digit numerical code will appear on screen which viewers can match with the code they obtained off DaytimeDollars.com to win $500. It's a win-win straight forward strategy to increase viewership and ratings providing increased visibility of Procter & Gamble's and other advertisers' products as well as potentially increased ad revenue for CBS.

by Steve Hall    Mar- 1-06    
Topic: Brands, Good, Online, Promotions, Television



Canadian Agency Turns On, Plugs In With Self Promotional Boards

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Because we've seen these images at least 3,000 times on Flickr in the last two days along with many people having sent them to us, we figure, hell, there must be something to them. While we're inclined to pass them off as a typical, ego-driven agency self-promotional effort, they are getting notice so there must be something good about these boards placed outside the offices of Brown Communications Group based out of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Brown describes its Light Switch board by saying, "Every corner of our building is supercharged with high energy strategy, advertising, interactive and public relations professionals. Stop by. Our lights are always on." Hasn't some wise-ass, eager to have a bit of fun, tried to turn off that light switch yet? Or try to plug something into the Wall Plug version of the board? Come on people. Get inventive.

by Steve Hall    Mar- 1-06    
Topic: Agencies, Good, Outdoor, Promotions



Giant Foosball Table Attacks Venice Beach

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It's All Advertising caught a glimpse of the gigantic foosball table Adidas erected at Venice beach in association with a World Cup promotion. The game is actually playable with giant steering wheels at the end of each rod. The table accompanied an event at which junior soccer games were played on small fields. Not a bad way to grab attention.

by Steve Hall    Feb-27-06    
Topic: Good, Guerilla, Outdoor, Promotions



Farm Equipment Maker Joins iPod Giveaway Party

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Just so we're clear "hip" New York companies aren't the only ones giving away iPods, New Holland, PA-based farm equipment company New Holland will load up an iPod with pictures, audio and video from the corn and soybean convention, Commodity Classic, held this week in Anaheim, CA. Also loaded on the iPod will be the new CD from country singer Michael Peterson currently available only on the iPod and at New Holland dealerships. Not that's a seriously country-focused promotion. You can enter to win your country-powered iPod at New Holland's booth at the show or at the company's website.

by Steve Hall    Feb-27-06    
Topic: Events, Promotions, Specialty



The Hills Have More Than Just Eyes

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Whatevs.org gets pitched by Fox Searchlight for its upcoming horror flick, The Hills Have Eyes, with a styrofoam-encased delicacy most, other than horror movie fans, would rather not see. See what's inside here.

by Steve Hall    Feb-24-06    
Topic: Direct, Good, Guerilla, Promotions, Specialty








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