Moblogic Asks SXSW Attendees What's Wrong With TV News

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MobLogic, an online "tv" network (from CBS, no less) that aims to offer up what the networks seemingly don't was wandering the hallways of the Austin Convention Center last week during SXSW. Host Lindsay Campbell was asking conference attendees what they think is wrong with current television news programming and what news operations might do to improve.

How I came up with the lame comment I made, I do not know but maybe if you watch, you can tell me what the hell I was taking about. Oh yea baby, "more and more companies are getting it!" Whatever.

by Steve Hall    Mar-15-08    
Topic: Industry Events, Television, Video



PayPerPost Dupes Adrants Into Beatboxing 'Endorsement' at SXSW

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I was tricked! Duped! Misled! Mis-informed! Arrgg! You all know how much I hate PayPerPost and yet, there I am. In a PayPerPost Blogger Beatbox video the company made while in the Bloghaus at this year's SXSW Interactive conference in Austin. OK, OK. It's not so bad. It was actually kind of fun.

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by Steve Hall    Mar-15-08    
Topic: Industry Events, Strange, Video



UGC Can Reinforce Existing Brand Messages? Yes, Says Dove

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According to Collective Intellect, which tracked brand lift for advertisers before and after the Academy Awards, Dove outdid 10 other major advertisers, elevating its position 500 percent with pre-show buzz.

Consistency, and refining an old model, were probably key. Dove rehashed last year's campaign strategy: appealing to audience members to produce and rate ads for its Cream Oil product. The winner was a woman named Celeste Wouden, whose spot lacks the slapstick, paging-Cartoon-Network! feel we've come to expect from UGC efforts. In fact, it looks like a stock Dove commercial (and for WAY less money).

Watch the ad at DoveCreamOil.com. Runners-up can be seen in the gallery.

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Naked Woman Dances Amongst Sea of Balloons

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Now let's see. If we were a Hollywood visual content company that created stuff for music, fashion and advertising, what would be do to call attention to ourselves and win awards? Well, we'd film a naked woman frolicking in a room full of balloons, of course. Apparently this tactic is a good one because it won Best Web Film at the first annual Swerve Festival which celebrates "West Coast creative culture."

Called Tons of Balloons, the video does nothing but swallow the beauty of a half naked woman dancing around while white balloons gracefully move about in reaction to her movements. And, yes, it's very likely NSFW.

by Steve Hall    Mar-14-08    
Topic: Good, Industry Events, Video



Killer Vines Bring Varicose Nightmares to Waking Life

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Yarg. To promote The Ruins -- a movie that, from what we can tell, is all about evil parasitic vines -- Ralph & Co. is encouraging internet users to disseminate this genuinely icky video. It literally hurts to watch and reminds us of this one time we had an ingrown hair that kept growing under our skin until finally... well, forget it.

Killer vines. Okay. Guess that's scarier than improbable monsters. But is it scarier than toothy vaginas and randy chlamydia?!! Well, maybe.

by Angela Natividad    Mar-14-08    
Topic: Good, Online, Promotions, Strange, Video



Filth, Squalor and Vice Generate Pot Noodle Domino Effect

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Pot Noodle's latest spot (released just in time for St. Patrick's Day!) isn't super-appetizing, but it kept us watching. It's a spoof on Guinness' Tipping Point, where a domino effect travels from a luxe office to the seedy interior of a village overflowing with costumed extras from every movie set ever.

Alternatively, Pot Noodle's Tipping Pot starts out with farts, bars and cigarette cartons before traveling through somebody's working-class home and ending ... well, you can guess.

We're not eating that. But we did make a dry coughing sound that approached a laugh, so ... cheers. See AKQA's previous Pot Noodle viral effort.

by Angela Natividad    Mar-14-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Online, Strange, Video



Loaded Pizza Pops Burst When Provoked

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To show consumers their wannabe Hot Pockets are loaded with pizza stuff, Pizza Pops enlisted Cossette, Toronto, which got some boys that remind us of Smosh to star in these spots, Woodchipper and Campers. In each, the boys get a Pizza Pop to explode -- with results that would make Wes Craven beam. (Guess this whole dumbing-down-for-YouTube thing isn't over yet.)

The spots drive traffic to www.PizzaPopsareLoaded.com, which was hijacked by Citizens Against Pizza Pops, which is actually located at www.PizzaPops.ca. It has testimonials from people with pizza guts on their faces.

And that's about it, really.

by Angela Natividad    Mar-14-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Online, Video



Oh Look! Abercrombie & Fitch Does Nudity. How Novel

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OK, OK, we'll cover it. Geez. Just because all everyone thinks we write about here are boobs and booty doesn't mean we're always going to cover the latest nudie film from Abercrombie & Fitch. But, since you beg, we aim to oblige so here it is in all it's NSFW glory.

We could comment on how it degrades human morality or how, conversely, it celebrates one of the most normal human states we know, nudity, but we're not going to burden you with endless pontification that would amount to nothing more than endless babble. Speaking of endless babble, have we reached our word count so this text will properly wrap around the ubiquitous (obligatory?) racy image we've included here for you?

by Steve Hall    Mar-13-08    
Topic: Brands, Online, Racy, Video



One Reason Why the 'Net is No Place for Hobbits

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Imagine if the characters of Lord of the Rings had internet, mobile phones and ... Yahoo Messenger and Mail?

The journey would probably look a lot like this video by Pod Design, Lexington for Yahoo. More hack-jobs of your favourite films to come, probably with a similar premise, hopefully funnier. In any case, it's a neat way to showcase Y! chat's many merits. You know: spinning smileys, green fonts... bleh.

by Angela Natividad    Mar-11-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Spoofs, Video



PR News Channel Launches 'YouTube for Businesses'

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...and it looks slightly left of lame. But we can see how, in the farfetched event it were to catch on like wildfire, the site would make useful Channel 6 fodder. See featured videos, including Back to School Diet Tips and (grimace) Dangers of Cigar Smoking.

by Angela Natividad    Mar- 9-08    
Topic: Online, Promotions, Video










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