It would be so awesome to work in the Japanese ad world. All their work is so whacked. Can you imagine writing a creative brief for this stuff? Can you imagine concepting this stuff? Shooting it? Showing it to the client?
With Japan's apparent fixation with sex (seriously, just go search for a few sex-related videos) we guess it makes perfect sense that this ad for Energy Noodles which, it seems, gives guys hard bodies, also gives them super sturdy hard ons.
Apparently constricted by budgets that don't allow for original photography, two Vancouver art directors faced with using stock photography, Andrew and Bart, have launched Getty Critics, a blog on which they gleefully poke fun at the idiocy of staged stock photos. From poor framing to forgotten details to confusing messages to things that make absolutely no sense, Getty Critics has its way with the unrealistic world of stock photography.
In this case study from SwitchVideo, a company that develops explainer videos for barnds, the company shares how the creation and use of an explainer video increased online conversions 20% for social metrics company Rypple.
In the whitepaper, part of the Adrants Whitepaper Series, SwitchVideo takes you through the process of how it goes about creating a video including brand messaging, character development and animation.
Download this whitepaper now and find out how your brand can increase conversion with video.
We'd venture it's a sure bet the brand McAfee is none too pleased with a recent video released by founder John McAfee in which he trashes the software he created because the people who have run the company without him for the last 15 years have "fucked it up."
In the video, he hilariously reads profanity-laden emails he says he still receives even though he is no longer associated with the company.
Sharing, sharing, sharing. It's all the rage right now among brands that have discovered the power of social media and what it can do for them. But is there such a thing as oversharing? Can a brand become too active in social media channels for its own good? Can this harm any bond that has been made between consumer and brand?
Author, speaker and social media consultant C.C. Chapman weighs in on that dilemma: "Everyone assumes there is a magic formula to answer this question and the truth is that there isn't. I have years of experience developing award-winning content for clients and for myself and the one thing I know is that if it is one piece of content or a million, it doesn't matter if it does not create an emotional response from your hoped-for audience. If what is created doesn't educate, entertain or inspire them, then nothing else matters."
And so it would seem, oversharing is relative and to be determined based on a individual situations in which the brand participates - as well as how that content connects with a brand's audience. A slippery slope of sorts.
Is it just us or is this German Fanta commercial a whole lot like the Coke Happiness Factory commercials? Of course, Fanta being a division of Coke, we guess we can't much blame Jung Von Matt for giving us an homage. Alex & Steffen did the 2D and 3D work in the video.
The video gives us an epic, period piece battle in which a castle full of characters attempts to quell a giant, pillaging robot who, as it turns out, is just a cooler at a family picnic. Leave it to the hot princess to finally vanquish the mechanical foe.
Sapient Nitro is out with its second Cannes-themed inforgraphic, each of which highlights a decade of advertising memes and themes. What we have today, is a look at the sixties and, well, the fact that lots of guys now where red pants. Oh and the fact that Paula Green was a rockstar creative in the 1960's.
In yet another idiotic use of the jack off meme, a video entitled Awkward Shakes treats us to several awkward moment of guys polishing their knob in situations where polishing the knob would normally be taboo. Except, of course, they're not polishing their knobs? All their doing is shaking their protein shake.
Where have we seen this before? Aside from everywhere, who can forget the famed Shake Weight?
Hmm. maybe this is like a fart. No matter how many time you hear one, it's still funny.
Written in March following SXSW in Austin
While we knew this was the case for several years now, SXSW Interactive has become a huge event generating conversation the world over. This year's event generated 1.1 million tweets in 5 five days across 200 countries and 19 languages.
Social media monitoring company Synthesio created an infographic summarizing global social media conversation about the Austin, Texas event. Without surprise, the U.S generated the most (71%) conversation followed by the UK (4.6%) and Canada (4.4%).
Some say SXSW is the new Cannes. In some respects, it is. As the advertising industry moves more towards technology and content solutions versus Super Bowl-style creative solutions, this shift in mentality may make sense. But it will be a very long while before the advertising industry gives up its Rose-filled afternoons on the Carlton Terrace or the massive beach parties that occur every night which, by the way, put even the best parties at SXSW to shame.
So yesterday -- actually Sunday night -- some witty soul (and I use that phrase ever so graciously) decided it would be fun to hack Adrants on the eve of Cannes Lions making it impossible for us to share with you all the event's goodness. Well. we're back.
But does it really matter? Does anyone really care? When we have AdWeek's Tim Nudd and Gabriel Beltrone killing it in Cannes, an entire army of reporters from Ad Age, stellar tweets from Ogilvy, a One Question video series from Advertising Week, live coverage from Campaign and PR Week and the #canneslions Twitter hashtag which -- if you allowed yourself -- you could stare at 24/7...do we really need Adrants?
- Have some fun. Drop a name. You never know who you'll hook up with (or wish you had) while at Cannes Lions.
- If you missed it, here's the video of 13-year-old Nick LeGrande making the opening pitch at the Yankees Athletics game from 1,800 miles away courtesy of Google Fiber.
- Want to make a dolphin talk? Have at it with the Green Works Dolphin app. Hmm. Reminds us of SeaquestDSV.
- Today in pretentious car commercials, we have this Lexus IS ad entitled Crowd.
Twitter taught us we can communicate in 140 characters, Vine taught us that we can communicate in six seconds, the average number of words used in Facebook comments is eight and the length of consumer interaction with a brand online continues to decrease.
Building off the insight that, in today's landscape of content surplus -- coupled with serious attention deficit disorder -- lightweight and digestible content appears to be the best way to reach consumers. Acknowledging this scenarios, Visa has launched a new campaign that signifies the company's mission to be "social at the core." It's called #GoInSix.
Referencing the famed HBO Girls scene in which the Shiri Appleby character receives a "pearl necklace" quickie from her boyfriend, a Family Guy "for your consideration" Emmy ad carries the headline, "Here's A Load of Comedy to Shoot on Your Chest."
Both the scene and the ad were/are bold. But we think the timing is a bit late and even though there's certainly nothing wrong with "expressing oneself" to another as the Adam Driver character did to Appleby, it's all a bit gratuitous even by our standards.