About a week ago, a video appeared on YouTube that advocates the creation of the Cannes Humanitarian Lion, an award honoring the agency which submitted the best idea and action plan to solve one of several pre-determined worldwide humanitarian issues. Each agency that submitted work to Cannes for any category would be required to also provide one Humanitarian Lion idea. Finalists would then be selected and have until the next year's Festival to execute the work at which time the work would be judged and the winner awarded the Humanitarian Lion.
This was probably fun to film but, um, huh? OK, so it's kind of fun but to promote a new phone, the Samsung Soul? Two minutes later, you don't even care what it's for. Oh the not so minor detail the Song site is down doesn't help.
You know her from that iPhone bill video. You love her for all the weirdly wacky videos she's made since. Justine Ezarik a.k.a iJustine, famous for, well, being internet famous, in another weirdly wacky video takes on, Gary Brolsma a.k.a. Numa Numa for booting her out of a chat room.
Apparently, Gary didn't like what Justine had to say in the chat room so she was slapped with the message "ijustine was blocked from the chat for inappropriate behavior." Ouch.
You'd think with $25,000 up for grabs and with industry creatives having a "leg up" on the competition, there'd be a flood of industry types entering Budget's Flip for Budget video contest. It's so simple. Easy money. Just whip up a concept explaining how to travel on a budget, grab the video camera, film the thing, submit it and cross your fingers for the $25,000.
Come on people! This is easy money! Screw all those non-industry types trying to cash in on the user-generated content craze when we ad people are the ones who are supposed to be making this stuff...and getting paid for it. Don't let consumers steal your job!
- This Korean bidet commercial looks more like some freakish S&M high colonic fantasy than the toilet ad it is supposed to be.
- Love this! Coolspotters is a new site that tracks which products are used by which celebrities so you, too, can choose your cool.
- MSN Sync video review of $299 v-book laptop explains how Windows XP can be installed using a USB stick with instructions found on Google...oops...MSN Live Search.
Tonight was the awards ceremony for the One Show College Competition, for which schools nationwide turned in their top student portolios. See some here.
Doritos -- which in the last couple of years has devoted much of its promotional budget to lobbing cash at "creative" users (1, 2, 3) -- also solicited a campaign brief seeking "Doritos advertising that is iconic as Doritos."
The word "iconic" sparked interesting conversation after the show. Links to video below.
OK so BMW did the Mini robot thing. Then Citroen did it. Then it got spoofed. Then Sony spoofed it to promote a game. Then some kid spoofed the Sony Spoof. Then Citroen returned with a skating robot. Then...nothing happend for two years.
Now, moving only as quickly as GM can, Chevrolet is out with its own nod to the roof top dancing car robot thing turning the whole thing into a lame, two years too late joke. OK, so it's a little bit funny. Strawberry Frog Amsterdam created it.
Remember the first time you asked your parents how you were born and they went into this awkward explanation that made you feel all freaked out? Well, now there's therapy to rid you of those nagging memories and it comes in the form of a "video" for MTV.
While everyone is clothed in the video, all the humping, grinding and moaning might not be the sort of thing you want to view anywhere near that director of yours who thinks you're busy at work crafting the next great Cannes-worthy piece of work.
There's really nothing else to say about this Mentos site on which you can choose a hottie of your liking, pop a Mentos and then have a virtual tongue twirl with the girl. Except, of course, to say that if you actually do go through with this, place your lips on your screen and embrace your computer like you've been missing the love for weeks, you are one sick sicko!
It would be easy to toss off this Renegade video which espouses its belief marketing should be a service to consumers rather than an intrusive method to get people to buy stuff. It's not new and it's been voiced by many an agency eager to illustrate they know marketing has to engage, enable conversation, provide benefit, offer participatory experiences and provide a service that goes beyond an excuse simply to sell product.