10 Ton Says Entertainment is Key to Engagement

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With a dependable combination of vivid colour, fast cuts, screenplay dialogue and campy melodrama, the video at Get Engaged Quickly accomplishes what we thought it wouldn't: it had us watching until the end.

Get Engaged Quickly is a promotional effort for 10 Ton, an agency that posits the rules of audience engagement have changed, and they hold the golden key: entertaining, rather than intrusive, video.

It's not like we didn't already know people want to be entertained and not pitched. But now that there's somebody to pay to think on behalf of the major players, perhaps we'll start seeing some good stuff.

We don't buy the notion that the best virals are by nature non-corporate. The best virals are by nature authentic. If you can be authentic, you're going to move people. Consider the (exhaustive) success of Dove Evolution.

Guess it helps to have Oprah accolades too.

by Angela Natividad    May- 7-07    
Topic: Agencies, Online, Video



Axe Does More Bom Chicka Blah Blah

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We are not a fan of Axe's new "Bom Chicka Wah Wah" thing but since we're not Bob Garfield who claims he's always right when he reviews commercial work, we're gonna let you have a look and decide for yourselves. We will say with rampant rebellion against the stuff trickling up from the hallways of high schools across America from girls who can't stand guys who wear the stuff and end up smelling like they just finished a shift at a Macy's fragrance counter, this current idiocy isn't going to help matters much. Oops, that was an opinion, wasn't it? Sorry.

Oh and the two videos here and here are supposed to be part of one of them new fangled viral campaign thingies everyone's been talking so much about. Call us crazy but doesn't something have to "go viral" before it can be labeled viral? We really need a new term here.

by Steve Hall    May- 6-07    
Topic: Bad, Campaigns, Video, Viral



Even Dogs Need A 'Lift'

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While doing a bit of research on the side effects of various drugs, B.L. Ochman stumbled upon this little gem that offers up full-on direct to consumer drug advertising treatment to dogs who have trouble getting their energy level up.

by Steve Hall    May- 6-07    
Topic: Spoofs, Video



One Time...At Brand Camp, I Copied Apple's Commercials

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Does anyone really have time to go to yet another ad industry conference? Apparently, Brand Manage Camp thinks so and they've decided to convince people why their conference is so special by using Apple commercial-style videos. Unfortunately, it's pitch sounds the same as every other industry conference; "If you only attend one conference this year - this should be the one! The best and brightest minds in branding will deliver the actionable insights and tools you need to do more with less, find your brand's next big idea, enhance the customer experience, and tap your brand's true potential." Yup, that sounds radically different.

by Steve Hall    May- 6-07    
Topic: Good, Industry Events, Video



MTV Movie Awards Adds Consumer-Generated Category, Contest

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Hopping on the now very crowded consumer-generated media train, MTV has launched a consumer-generated movie spoof to coincide with its upcoming Movie Awards. MTV has added this new User Generated spoof category to the show and will award the top submission just as it does other category winners. To get the ball rolling, SecretSauce.TV's Andy Signore has submitted spoofs of 300, Little Miss Sunshine and The Departed. We particularly like The Departed spoof which is entitled The Defarted. You can just imagine what that's all about.

If you're interested in getting yet another award to place on your ego mantle, check out all the contest details here in a video by director Brett Ratner.

by Steve Hall    May- 5-07    
Topic: Cable, Consumer Created, Spoofs, Video



Unreel Sports Not So Unreel-istic

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The guys at left, Adam and Dave, are "Top Emerging Talent" according to Boards magazine. After seeing their Unreel Sports features (sponsored by the zany folk at Fuel TV), we could only shake our heads and wonder to ourselves why nobody else ever came up with pool pool or Segway jousting.

Don't both just seem like things you'd fall into one lame Sunday with your spoiled pothead friend from Tampa?

by Angela Natividad    May- 3-07    
Topic: Campaigns, Strange, Video



Desjardins Gets Down with the Demographic in Amateur-Style Viral

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Canadian firm Desjardins General Insurance draws the young and fickle to its microsite Geared4U by using weird little amateur-style spots like this one, which features a car that crumples up before its owners' eyes. Try explaining that to mom and dad.

The work comes courtesy of Youthography, whose name just screams "GET YOUR GEN-Y HERE!" But there's dignity in a well-chosen euphemism, isn't there?

by Angela Natividad    May- 2-07    
Topic: Strange, Video



Originalcast Gives Literal Legs to 'Objectification'

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Okay. The whole half-naked gyrating, preening chick thing? So unimaginative. Every artist's used that shtick to draw eyeballs to otherwise poorly thought-out music videos.

Here's a really awesome way to ensure your crappy single sticks out while maximizing the fullest potential of your props. Thank you Originalcast.

We should mention we have no problem with objectification in general. In fact, we kind of like it. Possibly the pseudo-'80s context, shitty hats, bad music and pretentious posturing put us over the edge. Or maybe it was the drumming over immobile breasts. Sometimes it's hard to tell.

by Angela Natividad    May- 2-07    
Topic: Racy, Strange, Video



YouTube's Abbergirl Hooks Up With ShareThis

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Lonelygirl15 isn't the only girl selling out...uh...getting paid to do what she already does. Uber social connector ShareThis hooked up with Digital Influence Group to partner with YouTuber Abbegirl "to create a series of videos on how you share represents who you are." Her first video, Fashionista, has been viewed 37,000 times since its launch April 14 and points people to HowYouShare which explains how ShareThis works.

Purists might disdain this "soiling" of so-called "sacred" ground on which consumer-generated media walks but, like anything, if content is well done, sponsored or not, people will enjoy it. We enjoyed this.

by Steve Hall    May- 1-07    
Topic: Online, Opinion, Social, Video



Consumer-Generated Confessions Come Clean For Mom

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Damn! Just when we thought this consumer-generated trendlet was dying down, online video network Capessa and Dawn had to go and partner to create Come Clean For Mother's Day...The World's Cleanest Video Contest. Now we have to watch random people confess to their mothers such gems as stealing wine from the fridge (oh, the horror!), eloping three months before the real wedding (that's pretty shocking), dating mom's co-worker, getting a tattoo (Angela?), Lake Acapulco cliff diving and all sorts of other mundane escapades. Thankfully Mom doesn't have to watch all these videos but she does get a year of free maid service if her kid's confession is the best. Even so, we're thinking Mom would much prefer to watch Xtra-pine's Cleaning Hunk rather than their sons and daughters copping to their adolescent dirty deeds.

by Steve Hall    Apr-29-07    
Topic: Brands, Consumer Created, Video










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