Belgium Supports Winter Olympics Athletes With Eerie Dirt Snowboarding Video

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Belgium has never hosted the Winter Olympics. Why? The answer is simple. The country has no mountains. Well that hasn't stopped the country from producing a World Champion snowboarder. And to celebrate that fact, BBDO Belgium created a TV spot with a group of snowboarders led by Seppe Smits, boarding across the flat landscape of Belgium.

It's a great way to ruin your snowboard -- they're snowboarding on dirt -- but it's an inspiring message set to the tune of Jacques Brel's Le Plat Pays (The Flat Land), a popular song in Belgium.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-25-13    
Topic: Video



Naked Culture Discovers Clothing in Super Strange Long Form Ad

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In a quaint village where everyone walks around naked because, one assumes, no one has ever heard of clothing before, one man, during his morning walk in the woods, stumbles across an epic discovery; a pair of jeans.

At first, he doesn't even understand the function of the jeans. He tries to eat them and make tea with them. Finally, he tosses them on the bed and sits next to them. He glances over and notices they are shaped like his legs.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-21-13    
Topic: Video



Gizmogul Will Save You From Ordering A Taco Naked

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You might feel like you're watching Ben Affleck and his Boston buddies in The Town as you view this Gizmogul video touting the services digital device recycling services offering. With a thick Boston accent, we are informed it is very important to properly dispose of your old digital devices so as to avoid the embarrassment of your social dalliances ending up on the internet for your boss to see.

The video was written by the Gizmogul co-founders and brothers Stephen, Barry, and Cory Schneider, and MTV Catfish's co-host Max Joseph.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-20-13    
Topic: Video



These Hand Jobs Will Put Your Latest Hand Job to Shame

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As, ahem, hand jobs go, the gig is pretty straight forward. Not much skill is required. Unless, of course, you have the finesses of an elephant operating a bulldozer with a bear trap as a back hoe attachment.

However, when it comes to hands given the job of selling LG Smart TVs, the gig is a little bit more difficult and requires a bit more skill as you will see in these six, hand-powered ads illustrating epic battles for the remote.

Seriously. We've never before seen such skilled hands. The jobs these hands do are simply amazing. It makes regular hand jobs look, well, positively fruitless, limp and entirely unsatisfying.

Ukraine-based Escape created the...ahem...hand jobs.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-18-13    
Topic: Best, Racy, Strange, Video



How Video Can Increase Conversion Rates

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Since the advent of YouTube, and even before, online video has become (or most certainly should become) an integral component of every marketer's tool kit. Why? Because people are visual, they like to be entertained and when they want the answer to a question, they don't want to work too hard to get it. Video delivers on all three fronts.

Check out video usage stats from comScore, eMarketer and Internet Retailer and six ways you use video on your brand's site to improve ROI here.

by Steve Hall    Nov- 6-13    
Topic: Research, Video



Yup. This Skype Ad Will Make You Cry

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Long ago two girls on opposite ends of the Earth were born with out full left arms. Their parents connected in the child's early years for support and encouragement. After a time, the girls, themselves, became friends and began conversing over Skype...for eight years.

The girls, Sarah from Nappanee, Indianna and Paige from Aukland, Neew Zealand, formed a strong bond and formed a deep friendship. But they had never met. Until, as part of Skype's Family Portrait Series, the two were able to meet.

Their story, incredibly heartwarming, is beautifully told in a three minute video created by Pereira & O'Dell. In the video, we learn the history of the girls, how their mothers connected the girls and we get top see the two girls meet for the first time. This is when the heart strings are yanked to their fullest but in a decidedly unmanipulative manner. Via.

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by Steve Hall    Nov- 4-13    
Topic: Best, Video



Cats Can Sell Anything!

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As cat videos go, this one's not interesting, not funny, not entertaining. In fact, it's just plain boring. But 854,674 have watched it since October 21 which just goes to prove that, yes, cats can, in fact, sell anything. Or at least be used to sell anything. Or at least trick 854,674 people into watching a video. Anyway. In this case, these cats have been corralled to help sell Vileda house cleaning tools in Italy.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-29-13    
Topic: Video



Ogilvy Johannesburg Gives Us Yet Another Silly Rendition of 'Real-World Social Media'

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Really? Really? Have we not seen enough silly iterations of the whole "what if the real world were like social media" stunts? This latest "social media buffoon in public" schtick comes to us from South African mobile provider Cell C which thinks, well, we're not even quite sure.

We suppose the Ogilvy Johannesburg-created ad asks the question "what would happen if you ran out of data?" Well, you'd probably run around town like an idiot slapping Like stickies on everything and creepily following girls down the sidewalk. Or maybe plastering the wall with Polaroids. Or poking complete strangers.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-28-13    
Topic: Bad, Video



Overly Attached Girlfriend, Bad Luck Brian Hook Up in Haunted House

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If you're into internet memes, you'll likely love this video, out late last month, from RealNetworks entitled Meme Hunters. It's got Overly Attached Girlfriend, Bad Luck Brian, Good Girl Gina, Sheltered College Freshman and others who appear in the haunted house-themed video that aims to tout RealNetworks RealPlayer Cloud, a service that supposedly makes it easier to share videos.

The video is filled with an endless litany of internet memes that qill keep you giggling all the way through. How sharing a video can get any easier than sending someone a link we know not. Nor do we care. But, dammit, someone needs to find OAG a boyfriend!

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by Steve Hall    Oct-21-13    
Topic: Video, Viral



Doritos and College Humor Deliver Unbold, Unfunny Lunchtime Stunt

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Hmm. Is this even funny? Is this even good advertising? Check out all that product placement! And how about that stupid red sticker covering the Apple logo on the guy's MacBook. We'll be placing this squarely within the forced fun category and not really all that worth of College Humor work. Alas, that's exactly what it is. Doritos might be bold but this stunt isn't.

by Steve Hall    Oct-21-13    
Topic: Bad, Video








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