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Let's Not Have a Baby: Sir Richard's Celebrates Birth Control Day

Posted by Sheila Shayon on November 13, 2012 12:56 PM

Colorado-based condom brand Sir Richard’s is a cheeky marketer, as we noted last year. How's it looking to make some noise this year for its all-natural brand? Supporting today's first annual Birth Control Day, "a holiday commemorating the responsible decision of choosing not to be a parent."

Their prophylactics have no spermicide, parabens or glycerin, and while the company "has nothing against parents, or even children for that matter,” it encourages “you and your significant other to celebrate the ability to fornicate to your heart’s content without procreating."

The campaign features 12 digital “Happy Birth Control Day” cards with Somecards-style messages to be disseminated on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or via email. Samples include: “Let’s not make the same mistake our parents did,” “I’d rather not remember we slept together in 9 months,” “You had me at ‘condoms’,” and “Let’s change positions, not diapers.”Continue reading...

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Go MU! Go MU! Pixar is Now Recruiting for Monsters University

Posted by Michael Waltzer on October 22, 2012 03:30 PM

As a viral marketing ploy for the upcoming film Monsters University, Disney's Pixar animation studion has launched a clever website promoting not the movie, but the university that Sully and Mike learned their chops for Monsters Inc. The website is real, but the university (unfortunately) isn't. This isn't your normal run of the mill movie website, either — there is plenty of depth and room to explore the world of the movie (which comes out in June) and its campus setting.Continue reading...

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Ben & Jerry's, Stephen Colbert Reveal 2012 Election AmeriCone Dream Edition

Posted by Michael Waltzer on October 5, 2012 02:53 PM

"It's time to get the dough out of politics." Maybe not in real life but we know that's at least how Stephen Colbert and Ben & Jerry's feels about it — by showing it (or tasting it).

The latest edition of "AmeriCone Dream" ice cream, first released as a tie-in with the Comedy Central wag back in 2007, is timed to the upcoming U.S. elections. This “2012 Collectable Election Year PACkage!” is also complete with election streamers, an Uncle Sam hat, red, white and blue motif and messaging around the company’s social mission to "Get The Dough Out" of politics, as cofounder/activist Ben Cohen has been promoting.

The container pays homage to Colbert’s own Super PAC, labeled on its lid skirt: “SUPERPACK!” and clearly noted (just in case you miss the PAC reference) on the front: “2012 Collectable Election Year PACkage!” The reverse side (see below) includes Colbert's editing notes and signature.Continue reading...

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Hipster Disney Princess Is Your Alt Gangnam Halloween Costume

Posted by Shirley Brady on October 2, 2012 12:22 PM

"Hipster Disney Princess: The Musical" has been going viral on social media and YouTube since it was posted on Oct. 1. Shot in Times Square (a la Enchanted) and dropping Urban Outfitters, Kombucha tea, Starbucks and Twitter references, the musical-a-week wags at AVByte present a quartet of geek-framed, F-bomb dropping, post-Disney princesses just in time for Halloween. Starring: Elizabeth Oldak (Belle), Tiger Darrow (Snow White), Molly Gallagher (Ariel) and Tanja Nagler (Cinderella).

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Giddy Up for Some Psy Gangnam Style Branding

Posted by Abe Sauer on September 14, 2012 12:21 PM

Just watching the video for Korean artist Psy's "Oppa Gangnam Style" is not going to cut it — you have to learn the dance and post your version online. That's helped the K-Pop video — with its catchy, pony-riding, wrist-crossing, hip-dangling dance — become a major global phenomenon.

The original video is now clocking in over 166 million views on YouTube, and has sparked hundreds, if not thousands, of Gangnam Style parodies and giving the cottage industry in Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" spoofs a run for the money.

Now, marketers are starting to take notice. In what might be the first instance of product placement in a Gangnam parody, Thai airline Nok Air has popped up in local spoof "Kamnam Style."Continue reading...

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Applebee's Now Selling Inflatable You, So Real You Can Sneak Out for Lunch

Posted by Dale Buss on July 26, 2012 12:27 PM

Life-size inflatable dolls can be used for all sorts of things. There's that trick of setting one in the passenger seat of your car to fool cops policing high-occupancy vehicle lanes, of course. And, well, anyway, an unusual new line of blow-up dolls is now being offered by a surprising source: Applebee's, the casual-dining chain.

They're called Lunch Decoys, and they can be propped up at desks and on assembly lines "to trick bosses and coworkers into thinking you're still hard at work while you're actually at Applebee's enjoying the delicious Pick 'N Pair Lunch menu," as a spokesperson put it. "Now Applebee’s not only offers a great lunch menu, but also a foolproof way to slip out of the office and get it." But wait, there's more!Continue reading...

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Funny or Die? That's ONE Way to Fight AIDS

Posted by Sheila Shayon on July 25, 2012 10:02 AM

Funny or Die has tapped a droll troupe of Hollywood talent — Zach Galifianakis, Sarah Silverman, Tracy Morgan, Chloe Moretz, Marisa Tomei and Isaiah Mustafa — to join forces with Bono's anti-poverty group ONE on a new campaign, part of a larger global initiative to reach "the beginning of the end of AIDS" by 2015. 

The star-studded video from Funny or Die asks viewers to sign a petition on ONE to reverse proposed budget cuts to the life-saving AIDS program, PEPFAR, and fulfill America’s commitments to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.Continue reading...

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A Small Insurer's Big Leap Into Branded Entertainment

Posted by Sheila Shayon on July 23, 2012 11:32 AM

Who said the little guys lack imagination and moxie? Hiscox insurance services target small businesses — direct, online, and in real-time. But how to get that message out and stand out from the crowd? Scripted web video programming — with a sense of humor, and some heavy-hitting talent.

This summer the brand is launching season two of original "entrepreneurial comedy series" Leap Year, the story of five friends who lose their jobs, follow their dreams and start their own business.Continue reading...

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