- Matt Seiler, Global CEO of Universal McCann, has been named the MediaWeek's 2009 Media All Star "Executive of the Year."
- Want to see the world's largest dog biscuit? One was created for the launch of Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins on DVD. It's now listed ass the largest by Guinness.
- The PIxar lamp gets the electric chair for killing the I.
Say hello to "My Home is Like Hell," a campaign that encourages the intrepid to move if their current residence feels anything like eternal damnation.
The effort is for Vlanimmo.be, a Belgian firm that specializes in helping users find new homes either to buy or rent. Agency Cherry and Cake plans to produce four videos that feature an actual home in hell, and the unhappy protagonist Matt Demon, whose Facebook and Twitter you can follow if you don't have enough fictional friends.
See Episode 1 in English below; Episode 2 follows but is only available in French.
"Okay dancers, show me 'crazy with happiness'!"
You gotta love whatever comes after a statement like that.
"Kinderkreis," a universe constructed for Gushers video "Danse Gooshers," is a fictional TV show where occasionally uncomfortable-looking German kids are offered a product. Then they tell the host how they feel about it -- think "crazy with happiness!" -- and a series of spandex-ensconced interpretive dancers pump out that sentiment to the best of their abilities.
Watch orange man go ballistic. He's feeling it! But for a real thrill, wait until the dancers are greenscreened in with the faces of inexplicably delighted children.
We ask you -- what on the internet is better than this? Curious work by Publicis Modem.
Nikon's COOLPIX S1000pj does this neat, if not evidently useful, thing where you can project your photos onto a wall. To promote this feature it came up with "Helicopter Boyz," an outdoor event at Yomiuri Land where two boys -- with cameras strapped to their bodies -- shake ass onstage while photos are projected behind them.
Lends a very cool effect. Watchy watchy. Note though that the music will be ricocheting from one end of your brain to the other for at least the next hour.
"Not only am I a terrible copywriter but my client actually approved this shit." That's the apparent confession of a DeVito Verdi New York creative during a Copywriters Anonymous meeting earlier this week. The copywriter was referring to recent television commercial created for client Meijer, a Midwest-based retailer. You can view the disaster here.
But that's not what we're really talking about here. The retailer recently launched a Halloween promotion that, OMG, lets you make a video of yourself wearing a Halloween mask! It's really easy. Here's what you do.
1. Fire up your webcam (Oops, don't have one)
2. Go to http://meijerhalloween.com and oops. You have to give Adobe Flash Player permission to access your webcam and microphone which you don't have. No worries, we'll just check it out anyway.
3. Click Allow and oops. "Total Immersion D'Fusion Web Plug-in Installation Required." Say what? Never heard of that. (Why do we need yet another plug in when Flash would have worked just fine?)
4. Throw your hands up and download the plug in anyway.
6. View screen as it reload and, again, tells you, "Total Immersion D'Fusion Web Plug-in Installation Required." (Um, say what? We already did that.)
7. Oh wait. Note onscreen verbiage, "You have to manually launch it."
8. Proceed to waste more time digging around your hard drive to find out where exactly that weird ass plug in downloaded to.
9. Give up and move on with your day.
And if you're the one reviewing this less than wonderful Halloween promotion:
10. Feel sorry for the creator who sent you the work and link to what one of these video creations would look like.
11. View the video and, again, feel sorry for the person who sent you this work because you know them.
12. Don't publicly out them because your not a dick and don't want to hurt their feelings by telling them this is one of the lamest pieces of shit you've reviewed in a long time.
13. Have second thoughts about mentioning this at all.
14. Then click the Publish button. Because it's your job.
- The Michelin Man is getting makeover. He's transforming into a "tire-chucking superhero." OK, then.
- WONGDOODY: The company, along with a few lucky staffers, will be featured on next week's Oct. 14 episode of "America's Next Top Model" as part of a "challenge" experienced by the season's petite models.
- Ooo. Ooo. Here's a good one from a reader: Bridge Worldwide, an ad agency in Ohio, is having employees spend the day selling the CMO's new book, Marketing With Meaning. They've sent my company four unsolicited emails about it, in addition to spamming social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter. Marketing With Meaning? I don't think these people understand what irony is.
- This is what those New York creatives who charge $750 per hour do with the money.
- Outside Magazine enters the world of Harry Potter moving media.
- Check out Milkquarious. It's about a rock idol, White Gold, who swears by the power of milk for strong bones, hair, teeth and nails.
- Yellow Pages guerrilla marketing campaign hits the target.
Hello? Hello? The helium-fueled floating viral thing has already been done people! Don't you pay attention to YouTube everyday? Apparently you don't because now you're blowing bubbles with helium and floating into the air like those idiots in the Levi's video.
Oops. Wait. This is different. For Blue Film Production, Rapp France created the video and is pimping to any brand that would like to slap its logo on it with the apparent intention of getting some viral goodness. Trouble is if everyone's already seen the unbranded version, why would anyone want to see a branded version?
As Loren Feldman loves to say, "It doesn't matter." It's all a ruse to get people to check out a case study covering the steps it takes to create a successful viral campaign.
So...to sell cars you...promote a detergent? Yes, it's the way of things in this crazy new world of Advertising 2.085736298. And that's exactly what Subaru is doing to promote the new Outback. Complete with a full blown infomercial in which outlandish claims and disclaimers are the norm, Hungry Man has Scott Vincent telling us why wives should no longer worry when their husbands come homes after a day of four wheeling and sit down on the all white couch. That and other sill infomercial stuff. Not bad.
You know those ratings that precede every movie you see in the theater? Well, the Vancouver International Film Festival has a new one. It's "V" and it states, "An Open Mind is Advised." So how do they creatively make people aware of this "new" rating? They employ a collection of sexual proclivities designed to widen our acceptance level of, by association we assume, new and different forms of film making.
The work was created by TBWAVancouver and directed by Tim Godsall. It's all about sexuality. We think.
Never mind Birkin bags and pretty scarves. The object at left is a new and insanely luxurious piece of social currency dubbed WHY -- the Wally Hermes Yacht. Outfitted with 900 meters squared of thermophotovoltaic panels (that's their way of saying it's also green), it was designed in partnership with Hermes and a company called Wally, which specializes in futuristic boats and yachts.
The pricey contentment-eating boat porn was dropped into our laps by Wisey, author of The Digestif, who told us that WHY takes Hermes' luxury ethos to a new level: don't just sport your means around your neck or on your arm: LIVE INSIDE IT. Alongside whales or off the coast of Greece!