Aliens Have Arrived And They Are...Elephants?

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Seriously? Seriously? There are still brands and agencies out there that still believe people exist in the world who can't see through their "32 hidden cameras," "hundreds of unsuspecting people," "accidental" camera pans over the promoted brand's outdoor billboard, lingering shots of said product, FTW lingo and...elephants who bungee jump out of a spaceship?

Oh wait, it's just a stupid YouTube video. Sorry. That makes everything OK.

by Steve Hall    Jul-20-09    
Topic: Strange, Video



Scion Pixelates, G.I. Joe Elevates, Vogue Vacillates

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- Scion is out with a new Brand Manifesto. It's "intended to inspire new youthful and creative trendleaders with its bold and edgy elements." There's Pixel Reveal, Speechifier, a TV spot and other elements.

- It's fake! It's fake! It's fake! Now that we have that out of the way, here's a promotion for the upcoming G.I. Joe movie. It's nothing like Demi Moore's G.I. Jane version.

- Vogue's ad page count isn't looking too good for September.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-20-09    
Topic: Campaigns, Video



Someday A Jolly 'Green' Giant Will Solve the World's Energy Problems

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If we're lucky a lost alien giant will land on earth and he'll be so kind and so nice that he'll walk all over the earth (carefully, of course) helping "green" the place up by "planting" wind farms, fixing broken high voltage wires and mining "clean" coal.

And he will be jolly. And sponsored by an energy company, of course.

by Steve Hall    Jul-19-09    
Topic: Good, Video



Would You Work on A Brand That Could Cause Death or Blindness?

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Last month we mentioned former Y&R CD James Othmer would publish a new book in September entitled ADLAND: Searching for the Meaning of Life on a Branded Planet. Today he sent us a video he, along with Y&R Art Director Kleber Menezes and composer Joey Spallina, made which asks some very important questions about the kinds of accounts a person in the advertising business would choose to work on.

It's an insightful examination of how a person's personal beliefs and political affiliations can sometimes take a back seat to what's required of the person while at work.

by Steve Hall    Jul-17-09    
Topic: Video



Meatloaf Sings For A1

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So A1 Steak Sauce is having a singing contest. People can submit videos of themselves singing about how much they love A1 Steak Sauce. Even Meatloaf (the singer, not the meat) is in on the act belting out his famous "I Would Do AnyThing For Love." ballad. Except, in this case, he'd do anything for A1.

It's sort of funny. But sad also. We'd love to see Meatloaf return to his Bat Out of Hell glory days but that sort of greatness usually only comes around just once so we'll just have to settle for an A1 commercial.

by Steve Hall    Jul-17-09    
Topic: Celebrity, Promotions, Social, Video



Roadkill Detective Explains Benefits of Job

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Kinda lame until the end but it's only one minute long so it's sort of worth the wait. Not sure what PETA would have to say about animal treatment in this video but Westwood College doesn't seem to have a problem. All they want is for people in less desirable careers to realize a little education can help a person land their ideal job. But this "roadkill detective" seems to be quite smitten right where he is.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-15-09    
Topic: Campaigns, Good, Strange, Video



Newsflash! Cannes Gold Lions Not Gold!

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Not that we didn't know this already but someone went to the effort to prove it anyway. Boondoggle took their five "gold" Lions to several goldsmiths to see just how gold they really are. The findings? According to one goldsmith, a Gold Lion is just "a bad piece of blunt casting." No goldsmith found any worth to the statues.

Anyway, Boondoggle is very happy and proud to have won five "yellow copper Lions."

by Steve Hall    Jul-15-09    
Topic: Industry Events, Video



Celebrities Hold Hands Up For Nelson Mandela Day

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OK, fine. A Nelson Mandela Day in New York on July 18th can't really be a bad thing, right? After all, the dude did a lot in his lifetime to help a lot of people. Why not celebrate him? But why do we need a video with celebrities holding their hands up for two minutes as some almost Simon and Garfunkel-sounding dude whines about how wonderful the world would be if people just helped make peace on earth with their own two hands.

Oh wait, this is all a good thing, right? Sorry, let's start over.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-14-09    
Topic: Cause, Celebrity, Video



Oh...My...God! Look At His Leads! They Are Soooo Hot!

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Last month inbound marketing firm HubSpot won a New England Direct Marketing Association Gold B2B award for its You Oughta Know About Inbound Marketing video. Now the firm, which specializes in doing everything that makes people come to marketers versus the other way around, is out with another video.

Created by HubSot's Rebecca Corliss, the video is called Baby Got Leads, And, yes, it is a Sir Mix-A-Lot rif but this one's got Sir Convert-A-Lot who gets sprung about things like targeted landing pages, offers, indexable blogs, podcasts, forms and organic leads.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-14-09    
Topic: Brands, Creative Commentary, Good, Promotions, Video



Concept Behind Duffy's Diet Coke Ad Revealed

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Ever wonder where the idea came from for the Duffy Diet Coke commercial in which the singer leaves the stage, grabs a Diet Coke, hops on a bike, sings, rides through a grocery store and then returns to the stage?

Now we know.

by Steve Hall    Jul-13-09    
Topic: Brands, Celebrity, Strange, Video







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