A press release rolled across our screen today which claimed a supposedly controversial video supposedly leaked virally last week was supposedly "under fire" from a Muslim group because the video supposedly poked fun at Muslims. The whole thing's a sham. Pokershow.com is behind it. They invented the cause group Muslim Media Watch under the guise of a plainly fake Blogger blog which just launched Feb. 17 according to Whois and the fact the blog has nearly no content. It's amateur hour again in poker marketing land. Of course we just did exactly what they wanted - give them publicity.
Jaunted points to a Scottish Tourism Board promotion called Date A Hot Scot where visitors can vote for the hottest Scot on the site and earn the chance to win a free trip to Scotland. And, by taking a quick survey, visitors can gain an additional entry into the drawing. It appears, though, Scotland is only interested in attracting women to its country.
While we certainly don't need any more useless widgets clogging up our precious and limited laptop memory, apparently some do and Crew Creative, with work for TNT's The Closer, is filling that need with downloadable desktop kitty in a nod the the show's lead actress Kyra Sedgwick's reluctant affinity to kittens. To wallow in desktop cuteness, click the kitty on the lower, left-hand side of the site.
While we've never watched the show, our two seconds of research leads us to believe this show is watched by an older crowd, not exactly the crowd which loves to clutter it's desktop with functionless widgets. We could be wrong. We could just be in a cranky mood right now. Or, we could be completely clueless and this cat will become the Internet's next Star Wars Kid.
Shell, in a seemingly innocent effort to give away a free phone card valued at $2 to students away from home during the Chinese New Year, has, according to Tian, distributed promotional pieces around the Arizona State University campus. In order to redeem the offer, students must fill out a web form including email address, name, address and some other optional demographic information. Certainly, this information is needed to send the actual card, however, the promotion's Terms and Conditions state the cards are only available first come first serve causing one to wonder why Shell needs to collect the information from any person who signs up after the cards run out. Surely, Shell knows exactly how many cards it has to give out and could very easily terminate the promotion once all cards have been claimed rather than continue to collect information up to an arbitrary end date thereby building itself a nice fat database of names for future use.
Rapping about babies and quirky coffee moments are the subject matter in two hilarious promotional commercials (1, 2) for BBC Three's new comedy sketch series Snuff Box. The series is written and performed by Matt Berry and Rick Fulcher. Since we don't live in England, we have no idea who these guys are but if their show is as funny as their promos, we're sure it'll get a few viewers.
BT has launched a promotion called The Great iTunes Giveaway which promises customers 500,000 free songs and 10,000 music videos from iTunes. Each day until March 10, BT will give away 15,000 songs and 300 music videos and on Fridays, the company will give away an additional 10,000 songs and 300 videos. The promotion is open only to BT Broadband customers
Creative Criminal, a blog based in India, reports Playboy has installed branded floor mirrors at the entrances of malls, movie theaters and stores and warns women might want to be careful walking past said mirrors. Or a certain "upskirt" crowd, this'll certainly get attention.
In a perfect tie-in with the movie's likely audience, American Pie wannabe Date Movie is getting comical promotion with Pimp My Profile a site on which visitors can have Tony Cox review one's MySpace profile, receive wise-ass criticism and have Tony give it a makeover worthy of a blinged-out Geocities site complete with a brace-faced Allison Hannigan. Interestingly, it appears you gave have Tony pimp any MySpace users profile simply by entering their MySPace ID. While some of Tony's comments are specific to an individual's profile, it seems, sadly, the end result is the same in all cases. We tried quite a few. We did, however, get a big kick out of the promotion's brazen acknowledgment of the site's tantalizing attraction to stalkers, currently a hot item in the news.
Today, with Valentine's Day quickly approaching, Pitney Bowes, along with actress Virginia Madsen and romance writers turned Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal in New York into Valentine's Day headquarters. Commuters were able to select and write Valentine's Day cards and send them to loved ones. Romance writers provided tips on how to write the perfect Valentine's Day card and those that wanted had the opportunity to send Valentine's Day cards to soldiers serving overseas through a partnership with Anysoldier, Inc.
AdFreak points to a release that announces skin-on-bones celebrity Nicole Ritchie will, on Valentine's Day in New York, hand out flyers for, humorously, Diet Dr. Pepper. While one wonders if Dr. Pepper isn't trying to kill the poor girl surrounding her with all this diet pressure, AdFreak properly asks, in reaction the company's claim there's nothing diet about Diet Dr. Pepper, "If you don't want people thinking diet, why hire a skeleton?"