Santa Rocks, NBA Joosts, Banner Tickets, IT Socializes, Bzz Ups

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- This is just weird. A little Trans Siberian Orchestra. A little Santa Claus playing guitar. And a beard that won't stay on.

- The NBA has announced it will broadcast replays of memorable games on Joost.

- Working Tailgate Technologies, Paramount Vantage has launched a banner campaign for The Kite Runner which allows people to go through the entire ticket purchase process inside the banner. Check out one of the banners here.

- Rubicon Project CEO Frank Addante explains why Silicon Valley isn't the only place where dot com business occurs and why LA is carries just as much weight.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-17-07    
Topic: Online, Research, Social, Video, Word of Mouth



eBillme Lavishes Cash on Video Contest Whores!

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We smell something fishy behind the eBillme Confessions contest.

The $20,000 grand prize winner for eBillme Confessions was a girl who bought her boyfriend a Plasma TV so he'd give her an engagement ring.

Is it just us or does her boyfriend look suspiciously like this dude, who won $1,000 just weeks ago?

Adrants declares shenanigans!

by Angela Natividad    Dec-17-07    
Topic: Bad, Online, Research, Sponsorship, Video



Agent Provocateur Brings Lingerie to Kinky Manor Life

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Perhaps we missed Adventure Number One (oops, no we didn't) but Agency Provocateur, in its never ending quest to be as provocative as possible gives us Adventure Number Two, The Lady of the Manor, a full blown storybook-style glimpse inside the world of Manor living, the lady that runs the house and the maids who do her bidding. Of course, this isn't a story about your average manor living. It's a tricked out, male fantasy-focused version complete with lingerie-clad maids receiving spankings and morning frolics in bed.

We, of course, have absolutely no problem enjoying this creation to the fullest extent. However, we wonder what its appeal is to women. Apart from the few women who enjoy watching other women prance about in lingerie, we're curious how many women really want to witness the day in the life of an objectified, subservient maid. [Ed. Oh shut up you idiot. This is advertising. Can't you just leave a good T and A campaign alone?]

by Steve Hall    Dec-17-07    
Topic: Good, Online, Racy, Video



Putin on Call of Duty 4: 'Silent but Deadly, Like a Boris Yeltsin Fart'

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For Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, DDB, LA ran a campaign where real-life warmongers become video game reviewers.

We've been putting off covering it because watching all the spots (:60 EACH!) seems so labor-intensive. After sitting through all five, we've concluded they are less funny versions of this Hitler Xbox spoof.

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by Angela Natividad    Dec-15-07    
Topic: Campaigns, Online, Trends and Culture, Video



Damn It, America Wants Its Whopper!

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Ah yes, the Whopper Freakout. Or, "How Americans Obsess Over the Silliest Things." But don't listen to us bitch because this latest Burger King work from Cirspin Porter + Bogusky is good. Really good. They created an eight minute, candid camera-style video in which Burger King patrons are told the chain has removed the Whopper from its menu for good. People freak. We laugh. ANd the King shows up at the end to set the record straight: it's just a big joke. No worries. The Whopper is here to stay.

Particularly funny is a scene in which a man returns his bag to the counter because there's Wendy's burger in the bag. He gets angry. There were no fights though or they were edited out. It's nice piece of work. It's different. It's actually watchable.

by Steve Hall    Dec-14-07    
Topic: Brands, Good, Video



'Dirty Old Man' Interviews Suicide Girls Founder

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Who knew behind the grizzled, embattled facade of George Parker lay a man of intelligence, eloquence and insight? Well, we always did but for those who are new to George and his expletive-laden blog, AdScam, it might come as a surprise the man knows exactly what he's talking about when it comes to advertising having done it since the days of Mad Men.

For a recent PSFK Conference in LA, the self described "archetypal dirty old man" interviewed Suicide Girls Founder Missy (who apparently has no last name) talks about the community she started back in 2001 as an experimental art project as a way to give girls a place to express themselves. It's actually a nicely insightful look into something that's a whole lot more than a site full of hot women.

by Steve Hall    Dec-14-07    
Topic: Brands, Good, Publishing, Video



Bar Stools Cause Waitress Great Pain

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Now that Hal Riney has shit on Adrants, we thought it might be nice to offer up some related news courtesy of DulcoEase, a product that, in this commercial, is aligned with saving a waitress from a rogue stool. It's one of those monotonous videos with an excruciating slow set up that's so long it gives you plenty of time to figure out exactly what's going to happen. If you don't want to wait, just skip to half way through the video and you'll get the point.

by Steve Hall    Dec-14-07    
Topic: Good, Video



Copyright Nazis Come A-Hunting for Parody on YouTube

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Here's a bummer of significant proportions. SF group Richter Scales posted a parody video on YouTube about the impending pop of our rancidly ripe Web 2.0 bubble. It's a shame. We would've liked to see it.

The group used a bunch of images found online, mashed up to Billy Joel's We Didn't Start the Fire.

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by Angela Natividad    Dec-13-07    
Topic: Bad, Online, Spoofs, Video



Tased Guy Begged to Be Left Alone in The Iraq...For AOL News

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OMG! AOL did something funny! So where do you find taser guy Andrew Meyer, "leave Britney alone" guy Chris Crocker and "um...the Iraq" Miss Teen South Carolina all together in one place? In an AOL commercial for its new AOL News site, of course. Two other videos will be released and if they are as funny as this one, we just might forgive AOL for buying Time/Warner back in the day. The witty creative gurus over at AKQA are to blame for this brilliance.

by Steve Hall    Dec-13-07    
Topic: Good, Video



The Harry Situation Gets Hairy

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On Shake Well Before Use, Social Media Insights Consultant Ariel Waldman has written a detailed analysis and review of a campaign hair care company Garnier has launched which involves blog briber PayPerPost (now hiding behind the walls of social media company IZEA) and what is purported to be a new TV show called The Harry Situation. On the show's website, clips highlight the sexual innuendo and double entendre-laden theme of the show. It also covers what's being sold as dispute between the show's creators and Garnier who pulled their sponsorship because of the show's racy content.

Of course, the controversy isn't real. Either is the show. It's all part of an elaborate ad campaign complete with what appear to be paid blog posts and a YouTube video featuring Garnier SVP of Sales Steve Lutz who explains why the company pulled their sponsorship.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-13-07    
Topic: Bad, Online, Opinion, Social, Video, Weblogs










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