So that site http://www.theneep.com/ has been making the blogrounds, as they are like CP&B but not CP&B and everyone and their aunt are weighing in their two cents on how funny that is.
A CP&B rep who's in the know said to me yesterday "As it made rounds here, we all got a huge kick out of it. But we don't know who made it. We tried to figure it out to no avail." - in other words CP&B have nothing to do with that site.
As soon as I heard that I phoned the number of the domain-owner to find out just exactly who was behind it, a man with a Korean-American accent answered the phone and I asked him if he owned theneep.com.
"No, I don't, what is that? This is the second phone call I'm getting about that today, do you know who they are?" I explained to the poor guy that CP&B are rather famous so that's probably why he's getting the calls, and that his number is listed on the WHOIS information, he was not amused.
"Could you tell them to stop calling and get my number off that?" he wondered, and all I can do is ask that anyone who reads this, don't call the WHOIS information domain owner number, it's an innocent third party.
Personally, I think the stunt went from funny-ish to crap at the moment they put someone elses phonenumber on the WHOIS info, if you are going to do that, at least put some robot-number or an answering machine, not another persons. For all I know I could have just called the korean neighbourhood deli in White Plains New York.
csiny-carboncopy.com is the latest online campaign from 20:20 london contains some of the freakiet personalisation technology ever created. The campaign for Five's CSI:NY puts the viewer into the story and directly in front of a crazed serial killer.
If you click the link it will take you to a page where you can fill in your first name and surname, and your email so that the viral can be sent to you. They aren't allowed to keep your details, which is cool.
The 8th of February Denmark heads to the polls. As you might know, Venstre [V] ("the left" which confusingly enough are the conservative right) the Conservative People Party Konservative Folkeparti [C] and the Danish People Party are in the current government and hope to be re-elected.
Well, that meme for switching to Macs, or PCs, or to wine over beer, or whatever isn't going to die just yet, so we bring you two more Apple Switch parodies.
Skyler switched. To a PC. To prepare her....
.....and over in the "switch to Linux" corner we have a super-villan stating "Linux gives us the power we need to crush those who oppose us", a Flash animation from Transbuddah.com.
Opel launches a online viral commercial as a pre-launch for their Pan European TV campaign.
In the viral commercial Opel promotes it's new Tigra TwinTop in a funny way. A guy so hilarious about his new car starts to do crazy stuff all the way to the men's room. The commercial was produced by McCann Erickson and MRM Partners (www.mrmworldwide.com ) and the wordwide tracking of the campaign is done with viraltracker (www.viraltracker.net ).
The commercial can be seen here on Opel.nl
The punchline will kill you.
(Scroll down to view the spot.)
Rumour Mill Update: As predicted, this volatile viral has been flagged as a fake at this time. However, if previous and similar events are any indication, the story will morph before it runs its course.
Rumour Mill Update 2: If you go to http://www.leeanddan.com and click on "Virals", then click on "Playstation", a "Volkswagan" (sic) link appears above it, but doesn't appear to go anywhere at this time (8:51pm Central). So... current buzzy status is now set at Spec Viral or True Viral.
What does the account exec mean when he talks like that? What do you mean? What is the client saying? Fear no more, use Dr. Gary's Jivedecoder to understand the buzzword inflated vague spiels dished out in every ad agency daily. "We are a full service integrated communications company" translates to: "seriously, do you have any odd jobs?" You knew that though, right?
You might have heard that annoying "Ding ding ding ding dididing ding bing bing pscht" as a ringtone, but the history of the noise is longer. Bloggerheads digs into the Evolution of Crazy Frog and tracks where the sound appears in games, ads and online pranks.
Erik Wernquist (creator of the Crazy Frog character) and Daniel Malmedahl (endorsed by Erik as the originator of the sound file) appear to have agreed to the use of their intellectual property by the companies Jamba! and Zed, so we can assume that they have been compensated for any/all commercial use (but how fairly they have been compensated, I do not know).
Tom Biro at The Media Drop has spotted an ad from the Dallas/Fort Worth radio station KLIF 570AM, which was 'banned' or rather not broadcast due to it's content according to the Dallas Morning News. (Reg. Req.) Comcast asked KLIF 570AM to remove a small section of the ad, and the radio-station marketing geniuses who've just read some buzzbook or another decided to blow it all out of proportion in hopes of getting a big viral on their hands (not to mention the free PR).
Shots.net reports about the upcoming viral awards and lists the nominees here. I think I might be having a few ad deja vus.....
The Trojan Games released in 2003 won not only a cyberlion 2004 (google cache link) but also the 2004 Creative showcase Viral awards, yet here it is again nominated for Best Campaign, this is getting a bit like the award-sweep done by the Honda Cogs march all over the award-world - where year-later respect can be explained by entry "air-dates" requirement. In this viral award case it's explained by their entry requirements: "All work must have been completed since July 1st 2002". To win a 2005 award? Weird.
In the Word of Mouth category Obey the suit is nominated which was released in 2003 as well.
Napsters (#1, #2, #3) animated series is nominated in Best Art Direction & Design, and again was released in 2003.
Mazda 2 Smooth Parking is nominated in Most Creative Use of Technology, though BrandRepublic announced the campaign way back in April 2003.
I'm beginning to think this is rather funny....
Converse is looking for you to make a film that "embodies the values and spirit of Converse." If your film is chosen to be used as an ad, you will get $10,000. Not too shabby. And much better than some of the other "make an ad for free" type things we've seen recently. All films must be 24-seconds. They will not be edited except for films chosen for TV use will have a 6-second tag with the Converse logo added on at the end. Some of the films are already airing on MTV and other channels.
In the Converse Gallery you can check out the already submitted films, and sumbit your own.
Let's face it. We've all been out of work. Some more than others these last few trying years. But I got sick of it! Plain sick. Fed up. So I stepped up and kicked my pride right out the window. Humiliation is my middle name. I (Joe Leih, director) joined up with out of work copywriter Marc Guttesman and out of work art director Tom Millar and together we made a public service announcement. That’s right. Our own PSA. Pleading, no crying, for a job. Never take charity, hell no, we take charity. Check it out at http://www.marcandtom.com. And check out the spot credits too. Help those in need.
Bacardi is seeding a new viral ad which seems to follow somebodies unwritten rule that virals need to have sophomoric crude and often sexist humor in it in order to spread. These are the virals we usually don't pass around, remember what you were showing your friends last week? Yeah that apple mini iPod ad wasn't it? Not a titty in sight.
Spoiler alert, the punchline is a woman has four breasts and meets her perfect man, with four hands.. ha. ha.. ha.. No that's not funny, and I really tried to smile at it, but it just wasn't clever anywhere.
You can view the ads on Bacardis microsite Planet-party.net (not planet-party.com which is for sale in case anyone feels like pulling a prank), the two ads are called "Come" and "Suckers" and you'll have to click and guess your way through a very unfortunate interface designed as a party crowd shot before you can find the actual films. My advice is, don't bother.
For all you google fans, there is a new toy on the ever encompassing searchengine, Google Suggest. Start typing a word and Google will suggest words that might be the one you are looking for. So what happens if you type the letter "I"? Ikea beats both Ipod and imdb to the top slot.
Amazon is the first suggestion on "A", and "Nokia" is the second suggestion on "N". How many brands can you find in this new toy?
Read more about this idea and how it works at googles blog, I have a suggestion.
CNN has done a humorous ad campaign on the web where they poke a little fun at themselves. Anderson Cooper knows everything, Christiane Amanpour has a bug-a-boo peeve when people mispronounce Iraq, and to top it all off the site even shares some out takes and behind the scenes of each ad that are funny as well. CNN: at your command taken to the extreme.
In the words of Wolf Blitzer.. It's the drama, the passion, the blood, the guts.. It's a commercial. Lou Dobbs will not have a sitcom with his co-actor in the future though. ;)
Since there is a such a hype about advertising on blogs lately, with strange inventions like Marqui who pay bloggers to blog about Marqui (I did not get paid to blog that) I thought you might be interested in some blog-statistics. Yes I know, torture the numbers long enough and they'll admit to anything, but I find this valid.
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