Imagine for a minute you are a brand. Feel the monetary hurricane at your back pushing you towards the unwanting consumer. Wallow in pain as people pass you by without a care. Take offense as everyone fast forwards past you as you try to deliver your message. Feel the frustration as you and your fellow brands are yanked out of the Sunday paper tossed into the trash en mass. Sense the rage as you are digitally eradicated from a web page by an ad blocker.
Now, picture yourself empowered with the ability to fight back. Envision those pesky little consumers as helpless, tiny flies. Imagine yourself holding a fly swatter ready to attack. Feel the pleasure of whacking the consumer upside the head with a vengeance that requires...no...demands attention! Now, go watch this YouTube video and revel in a world where brands actually get noticed.
Here's a couple of spots created by TBWA Dubai for an "online matrimonials" site called Bentelhalal (we're guessing that's their version of a dating...arranged marriage?...site) that capture perfectly long-held stereotypes about men and women living together. We won't spoil. Just watch. (1, 2) They're very simple and we like simple. We're not sure about arranged marriages though.
To push HP Total Care for small and mid-sized businesses, Moxie Interactive put together a few digital spots that depict hard-up SMB owners raising money for hardware. See Carwash and Experts.
Total Care acts as a kind of financing and product lifecycle management service. We dig the spots, even if we'd prefer to see a younger demographic whoring out carwashes in their underpants.
Our big question (and really, this is always our big question): how do they get into the hands of small business owners? Are you gonna mail them laptops with the ads on loop, HP?
It's a camera. It's a movie player. A bottle opener. An electric razor. A mousetrap. Lip gloss. A condiment dispenser. A cheese grater. A treadmill. A children's thermometer. A portable shower. Sideburns. And a condom. Know what it is yet? It's an iPhone spoof courtesy of Conan O'brien. Yes, the much-rumored, yet, if ever, to be released Apple iPhone is the star of this send up of all gadgetry that rules our lives today.
It seems no one wants to see the Kristen Bell Pulse movie so the studio continues to pump out ever more odd promotional websites. Sent to us by Proximity Spain and created by, according to the Policy section, production house DeAPlaneta, a site called I Want to See A Ghost (customized Adrants version here) resembles a blog with the first post urging readers to view a video. After viewing the video, the site is taken over with Flashtastic drama incorporating your name (if it was forwarded to you by someone). The site follows an earlier effort that "attacked" a person's computer with hundreds of IM windows.
It's fairly freaky and an impressive use of Flash to turn the site into something other than what it's supposed to be. After the Flashtastic drama subsides, the site then goes black, serves up more "shocking" imagery then reveals it's a promotion for Pulse which opens in Spain February 2. It's a nice effort. Even if the movie garnered poor reviews.
Brazilians can keep things hot. YouTube was recently shut down in Brazil after model Daniela Cicarelli won an injunction against them for perpetuating a video of her and a boyfriend having sex on the beach.
Why do celebrities act confounded after getting caught having sex in public? Let's just make it a rule of thumb that, famous or not, public sex conceives sex tapes. We've accepted it. Why can't they?
Agency Brown of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada throws together a little Spinal Tap tribute to demonstrate why it's just cooler to be "one louder" than the other cats out there. These are the same guys who did that "we're always on" lightswitch thing that we made fun of last year.
We'll cut them some slack this time because we like that weird skeleton shirt that Nigel Tufnel has on. It's funny the things that endear a campaign to you. We still, however, think Brown can be corny as all hell with this somewhat feeble "toot our own horns" shtick.
Apparently Greenpeace attended Macworld for no better reason than to throw a wrench in Apple's game, projecting green backgrounds across large company logos as well as shots of Asian scrap yards.
Better still, they have a video of Steve Jobs crooning the sweet nothings they really want to hear in '07. There's even a website dedicated to getting Apple greener.
Hm. Greenpeace is a lot like that scary ex who insists you were wrong but keeps lurking around long after you've moved on in order to spread the word. We feel greener just thinking about it.
For client General Electric, BBDO New York creates Samurai, fable about a Japanese fluff-ball on whose shoulders is set an Algieresque task to save the world from an evil emperor. With animation by Three Legged Legs, Samurai is part of GE's Imagination Theatre effort which marries the brand giant's proclaimed passion for innovation and imagination. It also serves as an illustrative and musical platform for their most current technological offerings.
The concept brings Toyota's misguided and busy world of Flash to mind, except without the misguided and busy world of Flash. GE also does Suzuki one better by taking the branded film idea and blessing it with their own personality instead of copying somebody else's and throwing in Fast-and-the-Furious-style cast members.
We like it. But who can hate on anime? It's the only sanctioned form of animation that gets to be both adorable and violent without pissing the PC police off. Plus it has ninjas, and we've already established that anything involving ninjas is automatically cool.
Cahan Associates Founder Bill Cahan who, in a video on his agency's site and on YouTube, says he's concerned about the video featuring just him but them proceeds to feature just himself in the video. In oh-so-tired, oh-so-overdone close crop, shaky camera, ego-centric style, the video goes on in wondrously blatherific style explaining how the agency wants people/clients whose hearts beat a little faster, whose palms are sweaty and who are not quite sure what they are going to get. Now that sounds like a smart client doesn't it? Anyway, Cahan says he's not going to use buzzwords and then, yes, proceeds to use them.