What Jennifer Lopez Can Teach Us About Home Entertainment


Harmon Kardon Europe has hired Jenifer Lopez to tell us a few things about home entertainment and how it can help create a beautiful space. In the commercial, Lopez witnesses the shabby fall away as a kick ass Harmon Kardon sound system creates beauty in its place. If only that was all it took to redecorate!

Of the campaign, Harman Kardon President and CEO Dinesh C. Paliwal said, "We have found a perfect fit in megastar Jennifer Lopez to be a global ambassador for Harman Kardon's 'Beautiful Sound' message. She personifies beauty, elegance, and style, and consistently delivers outstanding musical performances."

Created by Doner, the ad was directed by Martin Campbell who directed the James Bond film, Casino Royale.

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by Steve Hall    Dec-13-11    
Topic: Celebrity, Commercials, Video

VW's 'The Force' Tops 2011 Global Social Video Ads Chart


Today, Unruly, in partnership with Mashable, has released its list of the top twenty social video ads of 2011. Topping the list is the famed Volkswagen The Force ad which debuted earlier this year during the Super Bowl. The commercial, created by LA agency Deutsch, is the most shared branded video with 4.71 million social media shares and 46.05 million views since its online release February 2. Other brands appearing in the top 20 include T-Mobile, Kia, Nissan, Nestle, Carlsberg and Pepsi.

Check out the full list below

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by Steve Hall    Dec- 9-11    
Topic: Commercials, Social, Video

Isaiah Mustafa's Manta Claus Brings Old Spice Holiday Cheer


With help from Wieden + Kennedy, Old Spice is out with yet another witty Isaiah Mustafa YouTube campaign. Called MANta Claus, it's holiday themed and promises to give gifts to all 7 billion people on the planet. In the first video, he gifts a pair of shoes made out of necklaces to @beautyjunkies.

Once again, W+K seems to have a hit on its hands. In one of the longer-running social media campaigns we've seen, the brand has been consistent (a rare feat these days) and has actually seen results from its efforts.

Check out all the videos on the brand's YouTube page.

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by Steve Hall    Dec- 6-11    
Topic: Social, Video

Audi Skid Marks Become Ad For Soccer Match


In what looks, at first, like yet another demonstration of an auto manufacturer's obsession with proving its vehicles are high performance race cars even though that speed and agility is never needed on public roadways, DDB Spain has created an interesting promotional sponsorship device for Audi's association with Real Madrid and FC Barcelona.

The two teams, both of which have Audi as an official vehicle sponsor, are set to go head to head next Saturday, December 10 in the Spanish Derbi. A video, which looks like a couple of Audis just drifting around a few pylons turns out to be a pretty ingenious approach at creating a layout for an ad which ultimately appeared in print. Watch the video to see the result.

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by Steve Hall    Dec- 5-11    
Topic: Sponsorship, Video

Smarmy Lessons in How to Get a Girl


Joop, some kind of fancy fragrance brand, has hooked up with "James Charm," a smarmy fellow who has all kinds of atypical strategies for picking up women. In his third video, he advises one of the best places to get the girl is in the ladies room. Seriously. After offering a detailed, step by step approach to leveraging the ladies room, Charm reminds viewers not to forget your secret weapon, Joop fragrance

We have just one thing to say about this. Any man who buys cologne in a pink bottle deserves to spend his life in the ladies room.

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by Steve Hall    Dec- 5-11    
Topic: Video

Sony Gets Us That Much Closer to Star Trek's Holodeck


Hmm. It looks like Star Trek's Halodeck technology may be here sooner than we thought. Or at least a really cool new way to experience movies. It comes from Sony and highlights the brand's PlayStation Move controller.

The technology is described thusly, "In the past, projection mapping worked only from a single, static view point, and thus was very limited. By attaching the PlayStation Move to the camera, we can track projections to screens in real time, enhancing the effect of spatial deformation and false perspective on the projections and allowing viewers to look round (virtual) corners, bend walls, create a hole in the wall, or remove the walls altogether to reveal vast expanses of virtual worlds."

Check it out below. Will we all have holodecks in our home within the next 50 years? Sooner?

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by Steve Hall    Dec- 1-11    
Topic: Video

HandVibes Does the finger Breakdance


Remember breakdancing? Or, more correctly, breaking? Of course you don't. You'd have to be over 40 and no one in advertising is over 40, right? Anyway, breaking, a form of street dancing, is still around but a bit less popular than it was in its eighties heyday.

HandVibes, a company that makes collectible, rubber-like rings has, with help from nkown lab, created Finger Breakdance, a video that, as the title suggest, features breakdancing fingers. Back in our DJing days (yes, we had a life prior to advertising), we witnessed all manner of toprock, downrock, power moving and freezing so this little video brought back a few memories. Most specifically, a night when campus cops broke up a rather large outdoor dance party because, well, we really don't know why. A fight or something.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-29-11    
Topic: Video

Be Very Careful Who You Friend (And Pick Up) on Facebook


Admit you've done it. Met someone on Facebook and transformed that digital relationship to a physical one. Come on. Admit it. But how well did you know that person? Did you trust everything they told you? Do you have a true understanding of who they are? Or, if you're a guy, did you just let your little head do the thinking.

That's the scenario that plays out in this video in which we see what happens when a guy friends a girl and then ends up taking her home after a night of fun and frivolity. Be careful, people. Be very, very careful.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-22-11    
Topic: Social, Video

Obama Kisses, Damon Swears, Situation Sues, Altoids Explains


- President Obama kisses China's Hu Jinto all in the name of Benneton's campaign urging the end of hate.

- See Matt Damon talk shit.

- Remember when Abercrombie & Fitch offered to pay The Situation if he would stop wearing their clothing? Well A&F may end up paying big as The Situation just filed a law suit against the brand.

- Here's Ubisoft's Tom Clancy Ghost Recon Future Soldier promotional video.

- Curious about the curious nature of Altoids? Check out the brand's Hall of Curiosity from Energy BBDO.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-17-11    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Policy, Video

Winter Coat Maker Uses Guy Who Doesn't Need Coat to Sell Coat


You've probably seen plenty of those people who can withstand freezing cold weather; those people who jump in ice cold water and it doesn't phase them. Well meet Wim Hof, a man who says he has a mental thermostat and he simply doesn't feel the cold when he doesn't want to.

What's this all about? Oddly enough, selling a heated jacket that keeps you really, really warm. Wim won't need it but you will. Here's a a couple of promotional videos from Columbia, makers of said heated jacket.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-17-11    
Topic: Campaigns, Strange, Video

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