Smoking Scholar Rhapsodizes on Smoker Suffering

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In his long-winded mod-turtleneck way, Youtube philosopher Sergei explains why anti-smoking scare tactics like this fuel stigma but don't actually help serious smokers, who just feel alienated and become more defensive about their right to smoke.

Sergei makes some good points even if he's probably preaching to the choir. We also like that he smokes throughout, and puts points in subtitles. That's panache. In fact we're pretty sure that most people who like to puff while listening to themselves talk in a small cafe would elect for subtitles or at least bullets to illustrate their wisdom if they could. (We would anyway.)

Unfortunately, even savvy marketers are hard-pressed to work out how to foster a non-smoking culture in a way that encourages non-smokers to pursue a better quality of life but doesn't insult their intelligence.

by Angela Natividad    Feb-15-07    
Topic: Good, Online, Video



Blog Seeks Attention of Ari Gold in HBO 'Entourage' Promotion

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Hmm. Must be time for the next season of Entourage on HBO. Hmm. Paging Ari Gold? Hmm. Yup. It's time. Looks like we've got a cute little bloggy blog and YouTube video action here promoting the February 24th return of the series. We love how we get these tips from gmail addresses as if the sender is stupid enough to think we won't know this is an HBO-created promotion.

UPDATE: OK, OK. We give. The denials are coming in from left and right. This dude is freakishly on his own in his attempts to get Ari's attention.

by Steve Hall    Feb-15-07    
Topic: Cable, Video, Weblogs



Dump Your Smary Business Partner With IHateMyPartner.com

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Who knew there were companies created specifically to assist you if you find yourself in a position of irreconcilable differences with your business partner and the shotgun clause gets invoked? Well, thanks to Dentsu Canada, we know know of at least one: Argosy's Shotgun Fund. Since our friend over at Dentsu did such an eloquent job describing the work to us, we're going to let him do for you here.

Dentsu's Glen Hunt tells us, "OK. So you're a creative partner in a business, say, an Ad Agency. You've got a partner, say, a suit. He thinks it might be a good idea to churn out crap for your biggest paying client and resign all the other businesses that landed you a Clio, 2 lions and a couple of pencils last year. What to do? Invoke the Shotgun Clause in your partnership agreement, buy that smarmy prick out and send him back to his Mom and Dad where he developed small man syndrome in the first place.

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by Steve Hall    Feb-15-07    
Topic: Good, Guerilla, Online, Video



Microsoft Taps Jefferson Airplane for Intergalactic Rock Festival

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Back in our heady days of diapers, drool and a band known as Jefferson Airplane, Windows Vista was but an inactive brain cell in a small boy named Bill Gates. Today, Windows Vista is all the rage and Jefferson Airplane is now known (has been for a long time) as Jefferson Starship. We have to wonder if back in the good old days of Jefferson Airplane, anyone in the band could have conceived of being an integral component of one of the biggest marketing campaigns of all time. With all those drugs, we highly doubt it but today, what's not to like about a classic (the time, not the style) rock band headlining a concert tour to promote software. A lot but that's beside the point.

The agency with our favorite name, Wexley School for Girls, developed a free lunch concert series featuring Jefferson Airplane, a cosmonaut street team, wild postings, a teaser video and a website filled with galactic goodies all to promote Windows Vista and its partnership with T-Mobile. It's kind of fun. Check it out.

by Steve Hall    Feb-15-07    
Topic: Brands, Events, Good, Online, Poster, Video



Pretzel Girl Used to Sell Real Pretzels

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We reported Auntie Anne's V-day viral blast once already but we just noticed She's So Twisted for the first time and thought, how awesome would it be to hang out with someone who was bent out of shape all the time?

Not very. But this chick seems good-natured enough and we like how her little friend drags her around on a little rollie-board. Having a pretzel friend must be way funner than having a puppy or a ferret. We'd try being pretzels for a day but our drunker companions might eat us.

by Angela Natividad    Feb-14-07    
Topic: Good, Human, Online, Video, Viral



Chunky Pam Rejects Diamonds for Doritos

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We all sort of wondered what happened to would-be rap star Chunky Pam, and as if to satisfy our wildest dreams she mysteriously reappears just in time for the heart-shaped holiday.

In a new MTV-produced video celebrating the merits of griddles and grills, Pam says she wants to be pampered in a way only a blinged-out pizza epicure can. Our favourite line involves Swedish fish and Swedish massage.

Unlike other sultry blondes who slinked into skinnier skins, Pam embraces decadent consumption wholeheartedly and makes it her forte. What talent. What art. What size. If only everyone were so easy to please on the 14th of February.

by Angela Natividad    Feb-14-07    
Topic: Online, Spoofs, Television, Video



Celebrate the 14th with the Travails of One Small Stick

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In our humble quest to find a Valentine's Day campaign that didn't leave us feeling sick or pressured, we came across Don Hertzfeldt's 1995 classic Ah l'Amour.

The video illustrates one small stick figure's attempt to find romance. Thankfully, he has a lot of lives to spare. In the end, there's only one realistic way to win a little stick woman's heart - and no, it's not sex. Weird, right? Because, like, sex gets us every time.

by Angela Natividad    Feb-14-07    
Topic: Good, Online, Video



Wieden Wants, PSFK Conferences, JC Penny Matters

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- Wieden + Kennedy London is seeking four people from outside the ad world to partake in its WKSide3 program which offers three month work at the agency.

- PSFK is organizing a future of marketing conference at which the likes of George Parker (now that's funny), Peter Rojas, Elizabeth Spiers, Cunning's Floyd Hayes, Anomaly's Mike Byrne and others will chat about where the industry is going.

- JC Penny Says "Every Day Matters."

- XM Radio does the Valentine's Day card generator thing.

- Suzuki does the webisode thing. Calls it The Briefcase.

by Steve Hall    Feb-13-07    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Industry Events, Online, Video



Turbo Tax Does Tax Rap With Vanilla Ice

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Sort of along the lines of logic (or complete and purposeful lack there of) that resulted in Robert Goulet appearing in an Emerald Nuts Super Bowl commercial, Intuit has tapped Vanilla Ice (where the hell has he been all these years?) to front a Tax Wrap promotion for Turbo Tax. The promotion offers $25,000 to the person who makes the best homemade rap demo about taxes. So far, there aren't too many submissions and they are all embarrassingly horrible. We really don't know what to do with this one. Trash it for its use of a has-been to get all jiggy with one of the most financially serious periods in a person's life or praise it for its brilliant quirkiness and kitschy badness.

by Steve Hall    Feb-12-07    
Topic: Online, Promotions, Social, Strange, Video



Real Estate Firm Puts 'Felicity' in Luxury Loft, Slaps it On Youtube

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To promote its Donovan homes, Cressey Development Group launches Donovan Life, a well-produced but rather poorly-acted lifestyle series "about young urban professionals full of energy and ambition who are looking for a comfortable environment to enjoy the best the city has to offer," explains director Roger Evan Larry. The films are produced by his film and TV production company, Relevision.

The idea's a good strategy for getting people thinking inside the space. Who wouldn't want to own the apartments inhabited by the cast members of Friends?

Unfortunately this isn't Friends, or Felicity, or Will and Grace, or Sex and the City or anything else it's shooting for. But the series is shooting for pilot status, so maybe that will change and another ditsy but happy-go-lucky city ingenue will have her moment in the spotlight. Should the producers succeed in this noble quest, it'll be an awesome first for real estate marketing.

Check out an episode of Donovan Life here.

by Angela Natividad    Feb- 9-07    
Topic: Online, Product Placement, Video










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