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MRY Launches ‘JägerBonds’ App for Jägermeister

Speaking of MRY today, the agency has teamed up with Jägermeister to create the new app, “JägerBonds.”

The new app “transforms images and videos from multiple users’ social media posts into a video highlight reel of a group’s night out with Jägermeister” — kind of a cool idea, and one that should appeal to the young folks who comprise Jägermeister’s target demographic. Since the app is free, and easy to use, it could catch on with the right crowd. It’s a good example of a social campaign that offers people a service tied to the brand rather than just trying to sell them something.

“When the average Jägermeister consumer goes out, they typically have a drink in one hand and a mobile phone in the other,” says Heather Kozera, director of digital marketing for Sidney Frank Importing Company, Inc. “The JägerBonds app puts Jägermeister in both hands of the consumer, creating a useful and meaningful connection between a great night out and this iconic brand.”

The JägerBonds app is available to download for free at the iTunes and Google Play stores. Users simply connect the app to their social media accounts and invite friends to join along with coded “Bonds.” Then, when everyone posts to social media during their night out, JägerBonds compiles the posts and pairs them with music to document the event.

MRY, which was named the brand’s digital agency of record last October, managed all promotions, in addition to designing and developing the app. Supporting executions include “online and mobile engagements, as well as Out of Home elements in close to a dozen target markets.” MRY described the campaign’s strategy as being “to evolve the way Millennials think of Jägermeister by making the brand name synonymous with ‘uncommonly great nights.’” Check out the video above to see the app in action.

 

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Virgin Mobile Has its Own ‘Obvious’ Campaign

Well, earlier this week we introduced you to Hotels.com’s obnoxious Captain Obvious character, and now we have another “obvious” related spot, this time for Virgin Mobile (which actually premiered a few days before CP+B’s spot), entitled “An Obvious Deal.” Are we sensing a theme?

“An Obvious Deal,” presumably created by Mother NY (we’re checking),  focuses on Virgin’s “obviously amazing” unlimited data and messaging for $35 per month deal. A spokesman laments that some people are missing out and says “Maybe we need to be more obvious” while drinking out of a mug advertising the deal. A bunch of obvious, over-the-top messages follow as the spokesman decides that a deal this obvious needs to be stated obviously. If you’re getting tired of reading “obvious” and “obviously” you probably shouldn’t watch the 30 second spot (featured above), which uses the word at least every 3 seconds. The similarities to CP+B’s spot are, well, obvious (sorry), with the closing “This is obviously our website” quite reminiscent of the “All these words are spelled correctly” line that closes “Captain Obvious.” Now let’s retire this whole direction before it’s completely milked dry.

 

Threshold Interactive Seeks to Stop Excessive Hashtags with New App

John Montgomery (chief innovation officer) and the folks over at Threshold Interactive want to rid the Internet of its biggest problem: over-hashtagging. So they’ve developed a free app called Hash Snag that “rids the world of useless, meaningless hashtags by replacing, clarifying or deleting them altogether.”

Hash Snag is pretty simple: you simply enter your message and/or hashtags, see if your hashtags get “hash snagged,” and then share your post, while learning a valuable life lesson about the responsible use of hashtags. We’re not sure what made Threshold the hashtag police, but someone had to do it, so we’re glad they took the initiative. So the next time you’re thinking about posting a hashtag filled tweet, make sure it clears Hash Snag first. The app is available for mobile devices or from Google Play.

Horror Channel Really Wants to Give You Nightmares

Been sleeping a little too well lately? Wish you could have some creepy nightmares instead of your usual, boring Angela Lansbury sex dreams? Horror Channel UK would like to help you out with that. They worked with Hamburg-based, BBDO Worldwide agency Interone to create “Night Terror,” a mobile app designed to give you nightmares.

Based on research showing that “the things we hear before we go to sleep and during the R.E.M phase affects our dreams,” the free app allows the user to choose from a list of horror stories, then place the phone next to their pillow and listen to the story as they fall asleep. When the phone detects that the user is in the R.E.M. phase of sleep (I’m not clear on how the app does this), “subtle story-related sound effects play to the subconscious,” presumably directing a nightmare in the user. Upon waking, the user can review his or her sleep cycle statistics, and share their experience across social media.

The app contains original stories as well as stories based on upcoming Horror Channel programming, so users of “Night Terror” can actually get a preview of future Horror Channel programming while asleep. The official launch date for “Night Terror” is scheduled for Feb. 28, at which time it will be available for free in both iPhone and Android formats. Credits after the jump. Read more

Zulu Alpha Kilo’s ‘Proof of Santa’ App Raises Money for Make-A-Wish Canada

If you’re looking for ways to “prove” to your young one that Santa is real, you should check out Zulu Alpha Kilo’s free “Kringl” app.

The app allows parents to create their own personal Christmas video scenes, which they can then share on YouTube, Facebook or Twitter. Users begin by selecting one of five Santa vignettes, then film a chosen location, and finally insert Santa, adjusting for lighting and size so that he fits seamlessly into the scene. They can then show their children Santa’s magical visit, dispelling any doubts the kids may feel about Saint Nick’s existence. The free app also collects donations for Make-A-Wish Canada, for those in the giving spirit. It’s a cute idea, and hopefully people will be pleased enough with the app that they’ll feel compelled to donate.

Check out the above video to see a preview of the app in action, along with a variety of adorable responses. Credits after the jump.  Read more

YouShouldTotallyMeet Attempts to Make Blind Dates A Little Less Awkward

YouShouldTotallyMeet, an online/mobile dating app built by four advertising workers from Toronto, is kind of like Tinder meets Linkedin’s endorse feature. Using Facebook networks, someone can get matched up with a date who is verified by mutual friends (or mutual friends of mutual friends). The goal is to take out some of the randomness, guesswork, and at times, flat out BS that spits out of big-name dating site algorithms. Even if the name is a few syllables too long, the idea seems to have some potential in the crowded dating-app ecosystem.

The creators are actively seeking $25,000 of funding on Indiegogo, and in a cool gesture of commitment to the project, one of the cofounders, Anne Ngo, is offering a date to anyone who donates $1,000 or more. There are other incentives, such as dinner vouchers, free premium access to the app when it’s operational, a professional photo shoot, etc., but at least you know the creators like their own product enough to use it themselves. And one person has already claimed a $1,000 contribution. Imagine if all ten $1,000 are filled by the end of the campaign. Plenty of dates for Anne. Are we sure this isn’t just an elaborate plan to fill up her dating card?

Ad Guys Just Talking, Part III: Some Thoughts on the Third Screen

Alas, the roundtable (well, minus table) chat between PSFK’s Piers Fawkes, Huge creative director Ross Maupin and MEC’s Scott Schwartz concludes with a discussion on, yes, mobile advertising, which we’re hearing would break through since at least 2005. But has it? Well, according to the IAB, brand marketer mobile budgets have skyrocketed 142 percent since 2011, so just maybe. Anyhow, now that they’ve discussed Advertising Week and Publicis-Omnicom, let’s let the lad wind things down with a little chat about the third screen (or is it fourth now?).

 

Leo Burnett Crafts Well-Produced Head-Scratcher for Samung’s Galaxy Note 3

Leo Burnett’s “Design Your Life” campaign for the new Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear, which the agency hopes to present as “vehicles of inspiration,” kicks off with the 2:51 length “Sweet Dreams.”

“Sweet Dreams” tells the story of a young woman who wants to save her grandfather’s failing toy shop. The ad follows the woman around as she utilizes six of the phone’s distinct features, all leading to a puppet performance that presumably will help revive the shop (somehow). While “Sweet Dreams,” directed by music video veteran Paul Hunter, sets the bar very high in terms of production, direction and cinematography — Samsung and Leo Burnett go as far as to call it a “digital short film” (a bit self-congratulatory if you ask me) — the writing and overall concept are a bit of a head-scratcher. Why isn’t anyone going to the toy store, it looks awesome? Is the puppet show really going to help? The store is closed at the time of performance and the stage seems to be blocking any view of the store itself.

If you can put aside the strange and poorly realized premise, the stylization works well, and Leo Burnett does a good job of showing the phone’s features in action. Plus, what’s not to love about dancing puppets? (Although the “puppets” in question were actually real dancers converted to CGI, rather than actual marionettes.) Whether or not it works as a story (or “digital short film”), “Sweet Dreams” does a good job of showcasing Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear. A promising start to the campaign, hopefully next time Leo Burnett can pull off a better realized concept to fulfill the potential of their impressive production.  Read more

Parents Get Feisty in New Microsoft Advert from CP+B, Roman Coppola

In CP+B’s new Roman Coppola-directed spot for Microsoft, sweet children sing in asparagus suits while their parents frantically capture every moment using their iPhones and Androids. A brawl ensues, with parents fighting for the perfect panorama, jostling one another to avoid phone photobombing, and climbing into the ceiling pipes for the ideal aerial shot. Of course, the couple with a Nokia Lumia 1020 sits calmly in the back with their superior cameraphone, knowing they got a great photo of their daughter dressed as a carrot.

This spot is in line with Microsoft’s last video, “The Wedding,” where the same scene occurs, but at a church. Both ads end, “Don’t fight. Switch.” Considering photo sharing has become one of the most important parts of owning a phone, it’s not a bad idea. Ad-wise, this spot is a great portrait of modern day life. If only an unintelligible child vegetable chorus could always soundtrack petty adult hysteria.

Credits after the jump.

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Zoosk, C+K Unleash ‘Heart Friend’ for Love Advice

In early June, San Fran-based Camp + King took over as the first AOR for the mobile dating site Zoosk. Seven weeks later, we herald the return of Heart Friend, the chatty heart-shaped mascot who is now doling out dating advice for inquiring users. Zoosk asked its users to post questions on Facebook, and then the Zoosk team selected the best posts for our little buddy, Heart Friend.

Each week, Heart Friend will answer one question by video for the site’s YouTube channel. This week: what to wear on a first date. Heart Friend does some rambling about men being bulls and then goes into an awkward aside about a red dress. Heart Friend has a man’s voice, but then shows up wearing a dress, which is supposed to make you laugh, I think? Cupid must already be under contract elsewhere. Credits after the jump.

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