ooVoo Wants Your Money -- for a Tea Party Larger than Three, Anyway

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ooVoo, a six-way video conferencing site that most of us used exactly ONCE -- and probably never again -- is converting to a paid model for PCs, according to an email from Deb Wiseman of Crayon.

Users that participated in My ooVoo Day in February get a month of free use. Mac owners, expect to cash in on that glorious month in a year -- which is when Mac joins the paid model.

Options on the ooVoo site now enable Windows users to "purchase ooVoo options." The charge could be per-use, per-person or time-based; Windows users, any insight?

Aaaanywho, Deb's email is below. And if you're in a nostalgic mood, check out the My ooVoo Day commemorative video.

UPDATE: Deb responded to this post with a detailed purchasing plan (see comments). It's a lot to swallow but at a glance it seems to make sense. One cannot live on sponsorships alone.

Three-person video chat will continue to be free, along with "unlimited one-minute video messages" -- the audiovisual version of Twitter.

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by Angela Natividad    Jun-24-08    
Topic: Online, Strange, Video



The Werewolves are Coming ... and They Want that Awesome-Smelling Bucket

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Here's to hoping weepy bobby soxers, blood-splattered chicken and scowling Brits get your appetite going. This spoof trailer for pulp film Night Hunger is an (unofficial!) ad ploy for guess-which-fried-chicken-company. (Catch subliminal branding action around 1:25.)

The film was shot by director Ben Whitehouse of RSA Films, the parent company of Little Minx -- the wild and wonderful folks that hope to make film gods out of ad directors. Guffaw.

by Angela Natividad    Jun-23-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online, Spoofs, Strange, Video



Don't Drink Or Else You'll Pee, Puke and Fight in Public

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Though we are certain we saw this weeks ago, that doesn't appear to be the case. Calling attention to the plight of binge drinking. the UK's Home Office has launched a new commercial targeting 18-25 year olds which somehow relates to high fashion models peeing, puking and fighting on the runway.

The UK leads all other countries in the European Union for heavy alcohol consumption. A recent study found 40 percent of 18-25 year olds binge drink on a regular basis. The commercial is part of a broader campaign created by VCCP.

by Steve Hall    Jun-20-08    
Topic: Good, Video



Sometimes Bigger Really Is Better

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OK so Trojan has what's probably the world's smallest vibrator; good for sneaking into the conference room to alleviate boredom during some douchebag's elongated presentation. But sometimes, small isn't always good. Sometimes size does matter and you just really, really WANT a big ass vibrator to shove up your...oops, sorry. We're supposed to be talking about advertising here.

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by Steve Hall    Jun-19-08    
Topic: Racy, Video



'Music is' a Fusion of Good Beats, Pretty Sights and Heartstrings

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To promote its all-music TV network, Fuse.tv launched "Music Is," a $15 million ad campaign that taps into emotional connections with music.

The tagline ("Get your music on") is pretty lame but the the videos are good. Haven't seen any bad ones but I'm partial to Soulmates, probably because Lamp Chop died before I could grow out of his show.

Videos below.

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by Angela Natividad    Jun-19-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Good, Online, Television, Video



'Son, I'm Glad You Like Your New Phone, But Let's Discuss Your Window-Wanking.'

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To promote the Secret touchscreen and 5-mp camera phone, LG puts it in the hands of a stalker who uses it to "interact" with a sleeping woman in another apartment. Wait for the part where he sighs, and the phone shakes, and the covers come off!

Engadget's take: "early-90s softcore voodoo porn." But it gets better. No promo porn is complete without the cheap comedic ending that makes everything feel safely commercial again. Well, unless you're P. Diddy.

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by Angela Natividad    Jun-19-08    
Topic: Brands, Promotions, Racy, Strange, Video, Worst



Ladies, Wonderbra Wants Your Boobs. But Only If They're Big

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To promote its new collection of D to G cup sized bras, Wonderbra is looking for 1,000 women to take part in a photoshoot on June 28 and has created a video to build interest. The video consists of a collection of metaphors for breasts such as watermelons, coconuts, puppies, pillows, knockers, cupcakes and more. The video will be distributed with hopes it will spread like this one's beginning to.

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by Steve Hall    Jun-18-08    
Topic: Good, Outdoor, Promotions, Video



Saatchi & Saatchi China CEO Predicts Double Digit Growth

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Continuing his coverage of Cannes, Asa Bailey from CannesFringe sat down with Saatchi & Saatchi China CEO Pully Chau to discuss the Chinese advertising market and how it has grown since it's "birth" in 1989 with the launch of some Procter & Gamble hair care products. China currently boasts the world's third largest ad spend and Chau expects growth to continue at a rate of 15 to 18 percent per year. Check out the three minute video for more on the growing Chinese market and advertising's role in that growth.

by Steve Hall    Jun-18-08    
Topic: Industry Events, Video



Wanna Party? Leave McCain with Mom and Dad

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Hoping to recruit film buffs to the Democratic Party, Truth Through Action launched its first indy production, Blue Balled. Where it lacks political depth, it compensates in party-line zeal.

Nice use of the Requiem for a Dream theme music. And we totally caught that nod to The Graduate!

It's a failsafe ploy for fast appeal: No one ever gets tired of the "I'm 19! Tonight's my lucky night!" plotline, right? I'm guessing not; otherwise, Porky's, American Pie and Chico State would be fresh out of relevance.

Crappy jokes aside, we look forward to seeing future stuff from Truth Through Action.

by Angela Natividad    Jun-17-08    
Topic: Online, Political, Video



Little Girl Defines YouTube

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YouTube is a lot of things to a lot of people but now we have the definitive description from a little girl who seems to know the truth. Finally, all that social media crap can be set aside for a definition that actually makes sense.

by Steve Hall    Jun-17-08    
Topic: Video










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