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OK Go Take Honda Robotic Unicycles for Spin in New Video

Posted by Shirley Brady on October 27, 2014 10:14 AM

YouTube music video darlings OK Go are back with their latest trick shot music video—and a new spin on product placement.

"I Won't Let You Down," the band's Busby Berkeley-esque new video which debuted this morning on NBC's The Today Show, features Honda's penguin-resembling, Segway-like UNI-CUB motorized unicycle from Honda's robotics division, along with the brand's drone-like "multi-copter camera" for the stunning overhead shots.  

According to a press release, the video "was directed by OK Go's Damian Kulash and Kazuaki Seki, with creative direction by Morihiro Harano (of Mori Inc.). Honda lent the band the futuristic UNI-CUBs seen in the video. The UNI-CUB is a unique omni-directional driving wheel system that is currently in the development stage."

Check out the video, and take a closer look at the part office chair, part unicycle UNI-CUB below.Continue reading...

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Branded Content Watch: Chanel, GoPro, Canada Goose and more

Posted by Abe Sauer on October 17, 2014 12:31 PM

The Pitch: The One That I Want for Chanel No. 5
The Plot: Mysterious surfer model Gisele Bündchen rides a wave into Michiel Huisman's heart.
The Verdict: If this looks a little schmaltzy it should come as no surprise then that it was directed by Australia's king of overblown drama, Baz Luhrmann. Does it make sense? Nope. Is it on brand? Absolutely. Continue reading...

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Branded Content Watch: "Robert Redford is The Redwood"

Posted by Abe Sauer on October 10, 2014 01:01 PM

This week in branded content, Robert Redford and celebs speak for Mother Nature, Ouija board terror and more after the jump.

The Pitch: Your Dream Date Awaits: Saturday Night Live for Mastercard
The Plot: SNL stars Bobby Moynihan and Taran Killam play daters of very different quality. All part of a special SNL-MasterCard partnership with its own microsite.
The Verdict: We're not sure what it says that this branded bit was funnier than most recent SNL skits.Continue reading...

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Branded Content Watch: Origins On the Road, Miranda July Tells a Tale and more

Posted by Abe Sauer on September 19, 2014 06:52 PM

This week in branded content, Funny or Die continues to flex its content muscles as Moroccanoil hopes to inspire everyday consumers with super-duper supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Check out the latest branded entertainment and brand videos from Volkswagen, Origins, Canon and more after the jump.

The Project: The Way Too Helpful Neighbor (Volkswagen)

The Pitch: What happens when you drive the all-new Volkswagen Golf through a Target store?

The Verdict: There's a branded content arms race going on between Funny or Die and Vice, and as this VW video proves, Funny or Die owns the humor category. Also: nice cameo, Target!Continue reading...

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Pixlee Helps Brands Curate the Best in User-Generated Content

Posted by Sheila Shayon on October 29, 2013 06:12 PM

Pixlee, a leader in Personalized Visual Marketing (PVM), just released its Pixlee Platform, helping distinguish user-generated photo and short form video campaigns by its ability to surface the best photos and videos among the millions of pieces of brand-affiliated content uploaded daily. 

“Our vision is to replace stock imagery across the board with highly targeted user generated photos,” said Kyle Wong, co-founder and CEO of Pixlee in a release. 

Pixlee’s proprietary PhotoRank is the intersection of user photos and data PVM, and uses impression metrics (or hits) to serve the best photos to its clients who then choose which user-generated pictures to display on social media sites like Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram or Twitter.Continue reading...


Eminem Sues Audi, Chokes Other Brands in His Videos

Posted by Abe Sauer on July 11, 2011 08:00 PM

Music videos are the new wild west of product placement. Cars. Booze. Dating websites. Nothing is too absurd to work in. For example, Britney Spears recently had her way with a police officer on a shiny red new Volkswagen Beetle. As we said, anything goes.

But just because you can, doesn't mean you should. Consider the brands that seemed to think the new Eminem video, Space Bound, was prime real estate for a little product placement. But did Sun Chips and Net10 even bother listening to the track?Continue reading...


Gucci Gucci Who? RJ Reynolds Disowns Kreayshawn Camel Pack

Posted by Abe Sauer on June 16, 2011 07:00 PM

Gucci Gucci is a parasitically catchy tune with a (NSFW) video that has already rung up over 3 million views. The track is singlehandedly credited with landing the unknown and largely untested Oakland artist Kreayshawn (the self-styled 21-year-old 'creation' whose real name is Natassia Zolot) a $1 million recording contract with Sony.

And after pop artists Spears, Ke$ha, Lopez and Lady Gaga filled their recent videos with product, the anthem's chorus "Gucci Gucci, Louis Louis, Fendi Fendi, Prada" is at once an endorsement, and an indictment, of commercialism in pop.

As Kreayshawn recently told Complex magazine, "It’s not really to say ‘F**k Louis’ [Vuitton] or ‘F**k Gucci.’ I have a Louis belt. Basically, it’s saying don’t let the labels make you who you are. Sprinkle it in there, but have your own style."Continue reading...


The Lady Gaga Judas Video Product Placement Surprise

Posted by Abe Sauer on May 10, 2011 12:00 PM

The hottest video in rotation is currently Lady Gaga's Judas. With as much style as it lacks sense — it's a muddled religious metaphor; all you need to know is she's a Harley-loving Mary Magdalene, as her new album cover tipped off fans — it's characteristically Gaga.

Plus, unlike recent videos of fellow pop divas Britney Spears and J.Lo, it appears Gaga has eschewed the overt product placement of last year's Telephone — apart from the Harley Davidson bikes that open the video, and the Schott Perfecto leather motorcycle jackets — for brand cameos that would be more recognizable to fashion cognoscenti.

As the Haus of Gaga's creative director/stylist Nicola Formichetti notes on his Tumblr, the video's fashion credits include Thierry Mugler, vintage Christian Lacroix, Alexander McQueen shoes and a Versace bracelet that was a gift from her Japanese fans.

Judas also contains one prominent product placement that might surprise fans of the songbird who sports a peace sign tattoo on her wrist. Continue reading...

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