Belgian ad agency 20Something created a stunt for road safety organization IBSR/BIVV whereby loved ones were invited to their own funeral in an effort to, well, get them to stop speeding. Yea, they used a funeral scenario to deliver a marketing message.
Why these invitees didn't get up in the middle of the funeral and leave (or laugh) once they new they were in an ad makes us ponder. But from a marketing standpoint, the message seems to have succeeded. Or at least succeeded in being seen. Currently, it has 1.1 million views since being launched two days ago.
Following the recent launch of a New York Metropolitan Transit Authority campaign for a Queens-based plastic surgeon, Howard Glaser, aide to New York Governor Cuomo issued a stern letter to the MTA urging the authority to revisit its advertising standards.
In the letter, Glaser wrote,"Tens of thousands of children ride the transit system every day to go to school. The MTA is a public conveyance, subsidized by $190 million annually in the state budget, plus over $5 billion in dedicated taxes. The public has a right to expect that the MTA will strive for a family-friendly environment."
In perhaps the most entertaining talk given during Advertising Week Europe (or any conference for that matter), Bob Hoffman, legendary ad man and author of the Ad Contrarian ad blog, said marketers are bullshit artists who can't be trusted. He claims they have been wrong about almost everything that has happened in the last ten years.
In a new video created by TDA_Boulder for Sir Richards Condom Company, Andrew Kresge, director of operations for Sir Richards, says, "I'm doing my part to help the world. That's what we do here at Sir Richard's. For every condom you purchase, we donate one to a developing country. So far, Sir Richard's has donated over 2.5 million condoms."
In one of the drollest video deliveries we have ever seen, Barton F. Graf 9000's Gerry Graf and "spacial philosopher" Rose Sacktor offer a tour of the agency's office highlighting its amazing features such as its one continuous floor, see through materials otherwise known as windows, discontinuous desks and poles that prevent the floor above from falling on your head.
Now, Pim de Koel is back and he's pondering the question, "Can cool be taught?" In episode one of new video series, also created by Mustache, Holland's King of Cool grabs one American and teaches him Holland's original cool.
The Most Interesting Man is bummed out. He's depressed. He's sad. Why? Because Cinco de Mayo falls on a Monday. A Monday! What a bummer! No one wants to party on a Monday. That'd be like trying to get the Geico Camel to do his Hump Day thing on a Saturday.
These days, most enterprise marketers use a multichannel brand awareness and business development strategy to spread the word about their company, products and services via a variety of platforms including digital ads and social media marketing. But, sadly, television still gets the lion's share of ad spend. Isn't it time for enterprise brand marketers to demand their TV campaigns work harder and smarter?
It's been a while since we've seen shenanigans from American Apparel. But an image currently on their website promoting a new line of miniskirts features a women wearing a pleated miniskirt bent over exposing her underwear. And it caught our attention.
As many have noted, the brand seems uninterested in actually showing the skirt and far more interested in pervy titillation.
Movie critics are a tough bunch. They rarely, if ever, are impressed with "movie magic" such as computer-generated imagery and gee-whiz special effects. In their minds, if the script is weak, no amount of technical prowess will save the film.
So it is in the marketing world. Otherwise savvy executives are easily caught up in the "marketing magic" of social networks, online analytics, mobile services and the like. But without a strong plan for your brand in place, all the social campaigns, multi-dimensional database modeling, and mobile apps in the world won't accomplish your marketing goals.
To help promote the launch of Future's sophomore album, Honest, hip hop insider Karen Civil has released a video that pays homage to AT&T's It's Not Complicated campaign. The video, which as far as we can tell, is an unaired spot originally created for the campaign (we are confirming), features It's Not Complicated frontman Beck Bennett and the usual bunch of kids.