Ask.com: Dolla Make You Holla!, Political A-Listers, Blogging sans Byline, Gyro's Self-Aggrandizing Promotional Oeuvre

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- A handful of rich-ass celebrities use reverse psychology to cajole MySpace users into voting. What, does Jennifer Aniston not do it for you? Maybe Leonardo DiCaprio's poverty-ridden excuse for a blog will.

- The wife of David Warthen, founder of Ask.com, is facing tax evasion charges on money she made while working as a hooker to pay for law school.

- Three thought-provoking reasons not to blog anonymously if you're gonna blog at all.

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Bigger, Fuller, Bouncier ... Double-Breasted Burgers.

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Nobody ever tires of a transparent double entendre, right?

Bearing that wisdom in mind, Nando's released an ad where a blonde ditz flags down a waitress because her burger didn't come with chips. (That's British talk for "fries.")

"They're on your plate," the waitress points out.

"No they're not," the hungry hippo blasts back.

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by Angela Natividad    Oct- 6-08    
Topic: Bad, Brands, Commercials, Strange, Television, Video



'Sarah Palin's Glasses are a Maverick'

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The Swift Kids for Truth, a group of weebies that can't form complete sentences without lisping adorably, take the piss out of Sarah Palin in a video called "Maverick." The description's about as infantile as the content: "The kids are in awe of that lady who looks like their Mommy when she's mad."

Palin's status as "maverick," the munchkins argue with subtle irony, doesn't go much deeper than the frameless glasses on her nose.

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by Angela Natividad    Oct- 6-08    
Topic: Bad, Online, Political, Video



Brandstalkers Proclaim Label Love on the Torsos of Young Bucks

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A guy called James Neate just created a crew, Brandstalkers, whose mission it is to "virally" promote brands it loves -- as opposed to advertising them in conventional ways. (Frankly, "viral" is getting pretty conventional, in use of name if not in outcome. Repeat after me: VIRAL IS AN OUTCOME.) In return, the group takes a small "grant" from the companies it represents.

Its debut effort was for Guzman y Gomez, a Mexican taqueria based in Sydney. It involves half-naked guys and a lot of Sharpies.

Gotta love brand gospel writ on flesh. You can probably gauge the success of the campaign by the number of Japanese tourists it attracted.

by Angela Natividad    Oct- 6-08    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Events, Guerilla, Human, Trends and Culture, Video



Kangoo Be Bop Draws Influence from a Lighter, Peppier Era

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Isobar just built a new site for Renault's Kangoo Be Bop -- "a quirky car, filled with space and light." Once you've chosen your country (France or UK), hit "BeFun" and watch the film for some '60s-style frivolity.

Light and loose, bright but easy on the eyes. Very Target, but period-specific. It's like everything the Ford Fiesta wanted (but failed!) to achieve with the love factory.

by Angela Natividad    Oct- 6-08    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Good, Video



Cancer Bottled, Born Digital, Gawker Retools, Lingerie Objectified

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- There are many ways to call attention to breast cancer awareness. This is yet another one which makes an interesting association between the affected body part and the company behind the awareness campaign.

- Wonder what the "born digital" crowd does all day long? Here's your answer.

- Gawker Media's Nick Denton has announced cutbacks at his company and predicts a challenging year ahead in 2009.

- Perhaps due to genuine interest or perhaps to hear how many times Palin would utter yet another soccer mom-ism, 69.9 million viewers tuned in to the Biden/Palin debate, more than the 52.4 million who watched Obama debate McCain.

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by Steve Hall    Oct- 5-08    
Topic: Outdoor, Publishing, Racy, Video, Weblogs



Goldfish Burials Aren't Always What They Seem

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This soothing video opens on a beautiful but sad scene in which a girl is digging grave for her dead goldfish. The music lulls us into a relaxing mood as a neighbor approaches the girl to offer his condolences but asks here why she's digging such a large whole for a tiny goldfish. At this point, the mood, shall we say, changes quite dramatically. Give it a watch.

by Steve Hall    Oct- 3-08    
Topic: Strange, Video



Paley Center Wants Your Funny Video

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Oh look! It's another video contest! Calling Julia Roy! Calling all art directors, copywriters and other people who just...HAVE TO EXPRESS THEMSELVES or die. The Paley Center for Media, along with Human Giant, have launched A Giant Challenge. Apparently, they don't have enough entrants because the contest started September 13 and it seems they're just getting around to promoting it.

Those interested have until October 10 to submit their masterpiece which should be two minutes or less in length and focus on all things giant...as in big. The press release states, "Video submissions will be judged on comedic value, originality, creativity, quality, and adherence to theme'" which means the judges will just pick the once that makes them laugh the most becasue, well, the videos are supposed to be funny. All the details are on the Paley Center for Media website but it's easy to miss there so just go here. Oh and to watch the video, you have to install a player. WTF??? Maybe that's why no one's entered yet.

Oh, and winners will have their videos highlighted during New York Comedy Week.

by Steve Hall    Oct- 3-08    
Topic: Consumer Created, Video



Gossip Girl (OK, Kristen Bell) Urges People to Vote

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Kristen Bell, along with Mark Cuban, Olivia Munn, John Picard, Minka Kelly, Bill Maher, Matt White, Norman Lear, Perez Hilton and others are part of GAP's Vote For campaign. In the PSAs, the celebrities urge people to vote for those who can't, not to stay silent because an individual vote might not matter, to vote green whether or not you are red or blue, to vote for cleaner energy, to spport the troops and other bipartisan messages no one can really disagree with.

It's a nice effort. It's subtle. It's well crafted. And, thankfully, it's miles away from the usual, overtly leftist/rightist approach we see in so many other political PSAs.

by Steve Hall    Oct- 3-08    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Celebrity, Good, Political, Video



Chevy Plays Taxi Cab Confessions With College Students

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In what is sure to prompt all manner of debauchery, Chevy is bringing back its Aveo Livin' Large promotion to college students. this in time in the form of the Chevy Aveo5 Livin' Large College Cab. Students on six college campuses are filmed in the back of the Aveo5 College Cab as they go to class, the dorms or to parties. They then have seven days to get as many people to view their video as possible. The most viewed video from each school will compete in a final round of competition where the students in the video with the most votes at the end of the five days win brand new Aveo5s of their own.

by Steve Hall    Oct- 2-08    
Topic: Online, Promotions, Social, Video










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