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BBH Barn Hijacks Tinder for Social Tees Animal Rescue


The Barn at BBH, “a training program for emerging advertising talents” has a new social campaign hijacking popular dating app Tinder for Social Tees Animal Rescue, a non-profit animal charity that rescues animals from kill shelters and “provides them with a safe haven and veterinary care until they are placed in a proper home.”

Social Tees Animal Rescue and The Barn at BBH hope that some of the 10 million users browsing through Tinder daily looking for love will love fall in love with their dogs’ profiles instead and bring one home for adoption. Since some Tinder users are not into the whole commitment thing, BBH has set up “the option to foster an animal for two weeks or to adopt for good.” It’s a cute idea, and it has already proven successful.

The Barn at BBH began populating Tinder with animal adoption profiles on July 31st and received over 1,500 matches in the first 24 hours. The goal of the campaign is to raise awareness about pet adoption and the 7.6 million dogs sent to animal shelters yearly in the U.S., in addition to finding individual homes for the pets involved. Check out the video above for a better look at the campaign, and stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

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Does Your Agency Have a Big Wireless Client? Why the Hell Not?

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Attention all #WWDDD acolytes: “If Don Draper were working today, he’d want a wireless account,” writes Michael Learmonth in the International Business Times.

Does your agency have a wireless client? IBT provided some numbers to show us why the answer should be “oh yes.” Read more

Verizon Wireless Capitalizes on Consumers’ Rights to FREE Stuff

mobile phone privacy verizonWhile Americans are known to value their privacy (it’s an essential freedom guaranteed in the Bill of Rights!), there’s something we value more: free sh*t.

It’s in this spirit that Verizon Wireless launched a nationwide loyalty program that will offer its 100 million wireless subscribers rewards in exchange for information about their location and Web browsing (among other things).

It’s a “new way to make marketing work for YOU,” explains a friendly male voice on a video Verizon put out on its website about the Verizon Selects program.

And, hey—they make a good pitch…which is not embeddable, so you have to click the link above to watch it. Read more

Erwin Penland Remixes Classic Atari Games for Denny’s

Erwin Penland has a fun new campaign remixing classic Atari games promoting Denny’s “Greatest Hits Remixed” menu.

The agency worked with Atari on remixed mobile versions of the games Asteroids, Centipede, and Breakout. All three were reimagined to feature breakfast items, and reborn as Hashteroids, Centipup and Take-Out. The games come complete with bizarre, breakfast-related storylines, such as this one for Centipup, as related by Joystiq: “Once upon a time, a young boy named Danny came across a bottle of syrup and with just a slight squeeze the bottle’s sticky contents had the power to turn anyone or anything into a fried egg.”

The campaign aims to capitalize on the nostalgia of Gen-Xers, an oft-overlooked demographic as advertisers focus more and more energy on appealing to Millenials. It also marks the first partnership for Atari since filing for bankruptcy early last year. “We are excited to be partnering with Denny’s on this partnership,” said Atari CEO Fred Chesnais in Marketing Land. “Transforming our classic and beloved games into a retro, remixed promotion will be a natural way to expose our brand to a new generation and resonate with our long-time fans in a fun and unique way.”

You can check out a trailer for the games, which are available for iOS and Android devices, above.

Shazam and SoundHound Make Beautiful Phone Together at The Movies

screenvisionIn a move that will have avid moviegoers pulling their multicolored hair out at the root, one movie theater advertising company is now going to encourage people to turn their phones on when they sit down.

I know, right?

Musical discovery apps Shazam and SoundHound have partnered with National CineMedia and Screenvision (which merged with NCM earlier this year) to encourage the use of second screen advertising before the trailers begin. The goal is to allow movie advertisers to tie audio-recognition features into preshow promotions on consumers’ devices.

Just what you wanted.

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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.

 

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

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