- Katie Holmes is the new face of Ann Taylor.
- Katy Perry is heading to Palo Alto to visit Facebook. Who knows why and who really cares. But if you do, tune in to Facebook Live January 19 at 2:30PM PST to see what it's all about.
- Need interns? Well, that's what Twitter is for according to Campbell Mithun.
- The backstory on why Carmax bought two spots in the Super Bowl.
- An ARG. For a feature film. Coming out in early 2011. Check it out. If you care.
- GoDaddy plans to unveil a new GoDaddy girl in one of their Super Bowl commercials. CEO Bob Parsons claims it will be a big surprise to all. We wait with baited breath.
Carnival Cruise Lines has launched a new social media campaign which asks people to submit to the brand's Facebook page their "Didja Ever" firsts. Carnival is collecting the top 100 Firsts and will award some of them cruise vacations and other activities.
"The 'Didja Ever' campaign is all about sharing and fulfilling firsts, so Carnival's page on Facebook made perfect sense to be our home base for people to share, track and cheer others on," said Roger Baldacci, EVP, Executive Creative Director of Arnold Worldwide, the advertising agency that developed the campaign with Carnival. "We're bringing elements of the participatory fun experienced by guests on Carnival's vessels to anyone who wants to build a list of things they've always wished to do and maybe get a little help to make it happen."
To promote participation, television spots will air network daytime and primetime.
Brooklyn, NY creative agency Big Spaceship has launched Corpsify, which, we are told, is a social design experience created by the agency to get artists, creatives, illustrators and others in the internet community to produce original, collaborative, fun works of art.
Corpsify allows three different users to collectively create a digital drawing without knowing what the other users have drawn. A user starts the first portion of a drawing with a set of drawing tools. They then invite others to add to the drawing based on cues revealed from the original artist. When complete, the drawing can be shared or uploaded to the Corpsify gallery.
To help generate interest in Corpsify, Big Spaceship is inviting artists and the creative community to come together to create collaborations that will be archived online for all to see with the best featured in a public display.
Feeling creative? Then head over to Corpsify and get drawing.
Yesterday, Austin-based Dachis Group announced the acquisition of Powered Inc. which recently rolled together StepChange, Drillteam and Crayon. Dachis Groups, which bills itself as the world's largest social business consultancy. The acquisition will create an international presence in ten cities across five countries with a total head count of 220 and it will make the organization the largest Facebook preferred developer.
Microsoft has hooked up with Diddy for an IZEA promotion called 12 Days of Tag that will donate $50,000 to charity over the course of 12 days. Each day, Diddy will tweet links to Microsoft Tags that relate to a charity. The charity with the most scans at the end of the day will receive the donation. Charities currently vying for a $10,000 donation include Doctors Without Borders, United Way and Greenpeace.
Check out Diddy's explanation of the campaign and download the tag smartphone app here to participate.
In a presentation about the future of social media at Le Web, industry analyst Jeremiah Owyang called 2011 the year of integration. Integration, you scoff? The ad industry tried that already, right? Well what Owyang is talking about is a bit different. He's not talking about pulling together several advertising-related functional areas into one giant holding company. He's talking about permeating the practice of social media across and throughout a company's DNA.
Social media efforts will integrate across across all departments from marketing to customer service to the customer themselves. A polished "Director of Social Media" will understand the purpose of aggregation and curation, the importance of socialized advertising, the need to create brand advocates among customers, the necessity of tying social media programs to and brand's CRM systems and, above all, to speak the language of the Board Room.
- Absolut is out with an iPad version of its Drinkspiration app.
- To help raise money for the United Way, Colle+McVoy has launched Happy Exchange where everyone is invited to join the effort by posting their smile for just $1.
- Calling McDonald's a "hip hangout" is never a good thing. Especially in a forced product placement.
- Former buy.at executives have launched Performance Horizon Group which is out with new products aimed at improving campaign management for agencies and lead generation for publishers.
- Gossip Girl's Blake Lively has been tapped (not literally, of course...because that would be gross) by Karl Lagerfeld to front his Winter/Spring 2011 Chanel ad campaign.
Not anywhere near as successful as Old Spice's customized video campaign, Axciom is out with a video campaign for Dell featuring a Dr. Ashley, P.D.A. (hahaha) who asks viewers to tweet him on Twitter at @AskDrAshley to, well, thumb wrestle him.
It's all to promote Dell's Streak. And it's lame. Very, very lame. But that's just our opinion, of course. You may feel otherwise. Not everyone aspires to be The Man You Wish Your Man Could Smell Like. No. Some people aspire to become an argyle sock-wearing geek with bad hair. To each their own.
First came Like. Then came Twitter. Then came Foursquare sitting in a Gap ad. OK, so that doesn't rhyme as well as the original but the point we're trying to make is that Foursquare has graduated to the level of relevancy that it can bnow be included as a call to action just like the URL and Twitter before it always were.
A new campaign for Gap features an Add to Foursquare button which, when clicked, adds a Gap To Do and offers a 30 percent discount. Mashable reports the online ads are also location aware allowing the To Do associated with a store to pop up when a person is nearby the location they choose.
180LA is out with new work for Sony's new Bloggie Touch. Launching this week, the campaign is going after 18-25 year olds. The campaign will include a contest and Facebook application, with webcam upload and video editor built in, that lets consumers create their own "You had to be there" video.
Running until January 10, participants will have a chance to win Sony Bloggie Touch cameras with the Grand Prize Winner getting a VIP package for two to SXSW Music in March 2011.