Cisco Validates Daddy's Tall Tales

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Cisco's trained us to expect a campy pitch for the ASR 9000 to accompany almost all holidays where we have to demonstrate undying loyalty with cash.

Father's Day is no exception. After giving Dad a pass on every cheap brag and unlikely childhood triumph he's ever told, Cisco poses profound questions like this one:

"...And In what freaking universe would argyle socks be more appealing than six times the mobile backhaul capacity?!!"

Not this one, I guess. That reference to Dad being "burly and barrel-chested" was kind of creepy though, but in keeping with that slightly-violating oddvertising vibe that we're all crazy about right now.

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by Angela Natividad    Jun-11-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Video



Reason #1 Why It's Not Okay to Slaughter a Classic to Justify an Ice Cream Pun.

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30Rock's Jane Krakowski appears in this tacky ravaging of Gone with the Wind for Breyer's ice cream.

And while we can appreciate the seamless integration of a contemporary (if hardly worthy) Scarlett O'Hara, it disgusts us to no end when she puts on the Southern simper and weds her crappy girls-night-out-fantasy dialogue to Rhett's timeless hot/cold leading man ditties.

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by Angela Natividad    Jun-11-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Online, Video, Worst



Diesel Messes With Your Mind For New Fragrance

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Make sure you sniff some glue before watching this Sub Rosa-created video or Diesel's fragrance, Only the Brave. Or smoke some weed. Or, better yet, heroin. No, we're not advocating drug use. It's just that the trippiness of this whacked creation would likely be be far more enjoyable under the influence of something.

by Steve Hall    Jun-11-09    
Topic: Brands, Good, Video



The Beatles Come to Rockband

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To get us all worked up over the Beatles library making its way to Rockband, Passion Pictures put together this sweet video with nods to famous moments from the Beatle's contribution to the world of music. It's very well done. Even people who have heard o the Beatles (do any exist?) will love it. Check it out on Creativity.

by Steve Hall    Jun-10-09    
Topic: Good, Video



Lenovo Incorporates (Possibly Literal) Kill Switch into Laptops

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When Lenovo told us about its laptop theft preventative, the SMS Kill Switch, we didn't think they actually meant "kill the thieves dead."

That's the vibe we got when we saw "Laptop Theft Goes with a Bang," a video promoting the new feature, seeded by The 7th Chamber.

But if it's any consolation, even as the street crook spontaneously combusts, you can rest assured your laptop remains both safe and scratch-free.

The SMS Kill Switch now comes stock in new Lenovo ThinkPads. Actual WCDs (weapons of crook destruction) probably need to be modded in -- but hey, if iPhones can open car doors, that can't be hard.

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by Angela Natividad    Jun-10-09    
Topic: Brands, Packaging, Promotions, Video



They May Not Smile; But Ask Nicely, and You'll Get a Pirhouette

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Heh. This is clever. For the New Directors Showcase at Cannes, Saatchi & Saatchi released a video in which some ordinary guy barks marching orders at the Buckingham Palace Guard -- and, amazingly, they obey, even when he asks them to do little leaps, jump on each other's backs, dance to reggae and "RIDE 'IM LIKE SEABISCUIT!"

At this point the stunned crowd gets the sense that this is a stunt, and there is much cheering and carrying-on.

Let's hope this wasn't an intern's stolen idea. In any event, if the New Director's Showcase is something you dig, hurry up and enter here.

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by Angela Natividad    Jun-10-09    
Topic: Agencies, Events, Industry Events, Promotions, Video



It's Like 'Conjunction Junction,' But So Much Hipper.

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EUTube -- the YouTube channel of the European Union -- is seeding a video called "Electrical Derby," whose job is to educate viewers about electricity, while propagating the Eurotrash pop culture aesthetic that gives spoofs like this a perpetually appreciative audience.

After a few watches we're fairly confident we'll be experts in how batteries work; but every time we start the video up again, we get caught up in fantasizing how RAD it would be to spend a few hours at a neon roller derby.

We like the idea, but imagine trying to explain supermagnets at a rave. (Actually, it's possible we've done that -- and it all went horribly wrong.) In any event, "Electrical Derby" is a follow up to "Chemical Party," last year's attempt to teach chemistry with synthesized music and mating rituals.

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by Angela Natividad    Jun- 9-09    
Topic: Cause, Good, Trends and Culture, Video



'Local Porno Buyer Jim Scott Has Been Taken Hostage. Along with His Pornography.'

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This shit's over-the-top, but we got one or two dry giggles out of it.

It's embarrassing enough to get called out for mumbling your porno mag of choice to an old Asian cashier with no sense of empathy, but then your high school crush shows up -- and the cashier starts offering you self-pleasure freebies, too?

Things only worsen from there, Judd Apatow-style. Think hostage situation, daytime TV, publicly humiliated mother, the whole nine: in other words, a morality tale parents tell their starch-collar boys when they're young, to keep them from wanting to touch their wees.

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by Angela Natividad    Jun- 9-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online, Video



Ingenious Drunken Hijinks Fail to Amuse in Light of Day

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On behalf of the UK Home Office, John Luke Roberts wanders city streets in broad daylight, trying to get people to do things they only do drunk and in the safety of darkness: piss in the street, spew vom over friends, dive into vehicles with strange men and abuse strange girls with traffic cones.

For the most part he fails, but that doesn't stop him from doing it all himself.

Roberts' shenanigans look nothing short of insane, but only because we don't have the Lush Googles on. After the guy belts out a war cry and shoves a trash bin through a store window, we're graced with a simple enough tagline: "If you wouldn't do it sober...", tying it to last year's effort, similarly (though less ambiguously) titled "You Wouldn't Do It Sober."

Harrowing shit, seeded by Team Rubber.

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by Angela Natividad    Jun- 8-09    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Guerilla, Video



Email Response Rates Got You Down? Try Adding Video

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Apparently, email is still alive and well and for those marketers who embed video within their emails, click through rates as high as 50% or more. Writing on Elastic Path's Get Elastic blog, Linda Bustos takes a look at a few retailers who have experimented with video in emails. She also examines the deliverability issue which can be quite challenging though there are strategies as well as new certification guidelines and increased email provider acceptance which can make these issues less of a hurdle.

by Steve Hall    Jun- 8-09    
Topic: Video










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