Samsung Strong, Windows 7 Phone Weak

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- Samsung memory cards are strong. Very very strong. Shock proof. Water proof. Magnet proof. And idiot proof.

- Texting and Driving Don't MiRobin Landa, Professor at Robert Busch School of Design and her publisher John Wiley & Sons are asking students throughout the country to create a 30 second video or ad to dissuade people from texting while driving.

- Here's a commercial for Anna Sui cosmetics. There's nothing all that special about it but there's nothing all that wrong with it either.

- A silent auction and cash bar will be held this Wednesday evening, September 29, at Highbar in New York City to benefit Samantha Tuttlebee, an independent sales rep and former staff rep at 89 Editorial and BlueRock who is in dire need of a heart transplant.

- Two new commercials (one, two) for Windows 7 Phone. Yawn.

by Steve Hall    Sep-28-10    
Topic: Cause, Consumer Created, Social, Video



Stemilt Fruit's Clem and Milty Reenact Classic Viral Videos

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Re-imagining the Star Wars Kid, BMW's Tablecloth Trick, Charlie Bit My Finger, the Diet Coke Mentos Experiment and our favorite, Where the Hell is Matt, Stemilt Growers' Clem and Milty have some fun re-enacting classic viral video clips.

Of the campaign, Stemilt Marketing director Roger Pepprl said, "Clem and Milty are fun characters that have a tough time successfully recreating these videos, many of which have become sensations on YouTube. We teamed up with Howell at the Moon to create these videos in hopes of entertaining people online, as well as educating them that Washington produces the best apples in the world."

See the videos here. They're kinda funny. And they bring back warm memories of video's early days...when a viral really was a viral.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-23-10    
Topic: Video, Viral



Dana Ford Gives Us 1-900-Buy-A-Car

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Video blogger Jill Hanner is in a few commercials for Tri-State area Dana Ford car dealer. In one, looking all 1-900 dial-a-date sultry-like, she seductively coos, "Wanna save even more? Text the word 'fusion' to me, Jill at 50123. I'm waiting for your text."

Of course some creep called the car dealer asking if he could have Jill's phone number so he could call her.

Hanner was an "agent" for Ford's Fiesta Movement campaign which gave Ford Fiestas to 100 social media elite so they could record their every experience with the car during a 6 month period.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-22-10    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Racy, Video



VideoEgg Acquires Six Apart to Form Say Media

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Video ad network VideoEgg, tomorrow, will announce it has acquired blogging platform Six Apart. The new entity will be known as Say Media and will combine "VideoEgg's engagement technologies with Six Apart's social publishing platform to power advertising campaigns that are more conversational and interactive."

Say Media claims it will have reach to a global audience of 345 million. A platitude filled video on the site (currently password-protected) explains the offering which, in a nutshell, delivers the scale advertisers need from the individual voices of independent publishers.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-21-10    
Topic: Brands, Social, Video, Weblogs



Hot School Teacher Pimps Cologne For Playboy

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There's a few ways to sell a fragrance. Hire Britney Spears. Hire Beyonce. Hire Sean Combs. Overpay Nicole Kidman. Or, if you're Playboy, grab a Playmate, dress her like a school teacher and have her lecture about how to choose a fragrance while sitting on a desk.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-21-10    
Topic: Racy, Video



Art Director's Club Launches Video Series

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The Art Director's Club has launched "The Creative Process Illustrated - on YouTube", a new series of with leading creatives. The first group of interviewees for this ongoing film project are:

- Kevin Roddy, CCO, BBH New York
- Benjamin Palmer, co-founder/CEO, The Barbarian Group
- Wieden+Kennedy's Eric Kallman and Craig Allen (the team behind the Old Spice campaign)
- Terrence Kelleman, president/designer, Dynomighty Design

The interviews were done by University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communications professor Deborah Morrison and Southern Methodist University-Temerlin Advertising Institute professor Glenn Griffin. The pair co-author a new book The Creative Process - Illustrated.

These and other creatives will speak at the series premiere at an Advertising Week event on Tuesday, September 28, 7:00-9:00 pm (free drinks, snacks) at the ADC Gallery. The interview series will later be posted on the ADC-YouTube Show & Tell brand channel ) with new interviews added quarterly.

by Steve Hall    Sep-20-10    
Topic: Industry Events, Video



Guy Gets Busy in Amsterdam With 1,000 Euros

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Big Shots, which defines itself as a "collective of young creatives that specializes in making video content for web, tv and cinema" just release some work they did for the city of Amsterdam. Entitled How to Spend 1,000 Euros in Amsterdamn, the video follows the day in the life of one random guy from a first person perspective. The get definitely gets busy.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-15-10    
Topic: Video



Microsoft Seeks Budding Filmmakers For Film Festival

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A new campaign is being seeded for Microsoft 7. The campaign takes the form of a video competition (on a site which currently doesn't seem to work...at least with Firefox...which might be why) which seeks seven second videos from filmmakers who could end up having their submissions shown at this year's 54th BFI London Film Festival. Video's should reflect the budding filmmaker's favorite film or genre.

Here's the first promotional clip which will soon be followed by four others.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-15-10    
Topic: Promotions, Social, Video



'Lemonade: Detroit' Trailer Released

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Erik Proulx, creator of Lemonade: The Movie, in which I had the great honor and pleasure to appear, has released the trailer for Lemonade: Detroit, a documentary that looks deep inside Detroit and what a few individuals are doing to transform that city from an industrial wasteland into an idea-fueled metropolis full of vibrancy and life.

Ford social media guy Scott Monty figures prominently in the film. Along with Scott, others tell their stories about how they lifted themselves up, headed in a new direction and enriched the city with their new endeavors.

Check out the trailer below and the movie's website. I have no doubt the finished product will be amazing.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-13-10    
Topic: Social, Video



2 Girls 1 Cup Makes Appearance in Domino's Ad

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A just launched Dominoes campaign, For Real, includes clips from such famed videos including Chris Crocker's Leave Britney Alone, the elephant on the trampoline, car skating, the puking Swedish hostess and, yes, 2 Girls 1 Cup. (Don't worry. Not the gross part)

Not all of these videos are "official" of course as some are not on the Domino's YouTube channel nor anything the brand would approve. We suspect some YouTubers are just having a bit of fun with the campaign inserting whatever they choose into the commercials doughnut hole.

by Steve Hall    Sep-10-10    
Topic: Consumer Created, Video










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