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Rokkan Plays on Yule Log with ‘Winter Wondersteak’ for LongHorn Steakhouse

Rokkan offers up a meat lovers take on the yule log tradition with “Winter Wondersteak” for Longhorn Steakhouse.

The online ad replaces a warm fireplace with the enticing sizzle of a juicy steak, footage of which runs continuously for just over an hour. In addition to the obvious homage to The Yule Log television program, the effort also calls to mind Arby’s 13 hour live-streaming spot of a brisket being smoked this May. According to the agency, the effort was created to cut through holiday social media clutter in an appeal to a younger audience of “festive carnivores” and the “fireplace challenged.” If watching a steak sizzle for an hour straight is your kind of thing, you’re in luck, as we’ve included the video above. Read more

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Tribal Worldwide Strikes Up the ‘People’s Choir’ for Volkswagen UK

Tribal Worldwide, London created this online Christmas effort for Volkswagen UK, featuring a “People’s Choir” singing carols in public locations.

It’s a pretty straightforward approach, the “People’s Choir” is transported via Volkswagen Sharan to various locations where they spread some holiday cheer to random passsersby. The 90-second spot will run across Twitter, Facebook and YouTube starting today as “part of the brand’s social initiative to thank Volkswagen enthusiasts for their support during the year.”

“Volkswagen is a brand that’s all about people and making life better for them,” said James Hogwood, creative director, Tribal Worldwide. “So when we’re trying to put seasonal smiles on the faces of our Volkswagen fans, it felt natural to bring those values to the fore.” Read more

We Are Social Launches ‘#Holiday360′ for Lenovo

Global social media agency We Are Social launched a holiday 360° selfie video campaign for Lenovo entitled “#Holiday360.”

The campaign aims to drive a “deeper level of engagement and collaboration between Lenovo and its social community” by leveraging the selfie phenomenon, asking users to submit a selfie video documenting how the holiday season is celebrated in their hometown, along with their name, country, and city, to Lenovo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the #Holiday360 hashtag and @Lenovo. Lenovo will then curate a video comprised of user submissions to create “the world’s first global 360° selfie.” This campaign is the latest in a series of multi-platform initiatives from Lenovo. “We’ve found that our community enjoy sharing their own content with us, and as such, campaigns like this where fans are empowered and can express their creativity generate high levels of participation and engagement,” said Lenovo Director Rod Strother.

“Selfies have kept evolving over the years, and in this case we wanted to shift the focus to the festive surroundings as much as the people themselves,” added Sharim Gubbels, a creative director at We Are Social. “It’s fascinating to see how different countries and cultures celebrate the holiday season; Lenovo will help its community create a truly social, global celebration.”

BBDO NY Utilizes Time-Lapse for Lowe’s

BBDO New York is launching two new platform-based campaigns for Lowe’s utilizing time-lapse video on Vine and Instagram. In the Vine campaign, “Tap Thru How-To” viewers can watch a time-lapse, step-by-step video of a home improvement project, such as in the above “Fire Pit.”

This allows viewers to watch the entire project to get an idea of what they’re doing then click to pause step-by-step to follow along for what BBDO New York is calling “a new kind of home improvement how-to video.” It’s a clever idea, even if in practice it’s sometimes tricky to pause at the right moment. Aside from “Fire Pit” there are also instructional videos for a backsplash and pipe shelf. There’s also “Hypermade,” which takes a similar approach using Instagram’s Hyperlapse feature. So far there are two such Hyperlapse videos: “Lattice” and “Under Bed Drawers.”

Both campaigns were timed to coincide with the holiday season, with a third “Hypermade” video, entitled “Pipe Bench Square” going live tomorrow at 9 AM. Stick around after the jump for a preview of that video, along with “Backsplash,” after the jump. Read more

Merkley+Partners Launches Holiday Drunk Driving Prevention PSA

Merkley+Partners teamed up with the Ad Council to launch a holiday drunk driving PSA campaign focusing on the potential fines viewers could face if they’re caught driving buzzed this holiday season.

In the spot “Neon Signs,” released in a variety of lengths, the agency takes a rather straightforward and to the point approach. The ad (shown in its 30-second version above) shows a series of neon signs in bars alluding to the consequences of drunk driving. These range from”Lose Your $avings” to “Move In With Mom,” to “Lose Your Girlfriend” and “Sell Your Car.” The last two signs make the message clear, “Get caught buzzed driving” and “You could kiss $10,000 goodbye,” followed by the tagline “Buzzed driving is drunk driving.” That’s an important clarification for a lot of people, and a timely message leading up to the time of year (December 26-31) which the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has one of the highest rates of drunk driving fatalities. The ads will air on local broadcast stations and the campaign will be supported by social media and OOH initiatives.

“Fatalities related to drunk driving are horrific, and 100 percent preventable. The spike in driving while buzzed around the holiday season is especially alarming, and the Ad Council is proud to team up with these dedicated partners to prevent this issue,” said Lisa Sherman, president and CEO of the Ad Council, in a press release.

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Dick’s Asks Strangers to Play with Its Balls

Anomaly continues to “Spread Love” for Dick’s Sporting Goods, launching its “Holiday Hoops” extension of its “Gifts That Matter” campaign today on “Giving Tuesday.”

The ad follows on the heels of this heart-tugging spot and similarly explores how a basketball hoop can bring people together. This time around, though, Anomaly employs a “social experiment film” documenting people’s reactions when they leave basketball hoops, and a tray of balls with a “Play with me” sign, at various locations around Cleveland, Los Angeles and New York City. Naturally, the hoops caused strangers to bond over pick up games and Anomaly captured their genuine enthusiasm for the spot.

The video, however, is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of Dick’s “Spread Love” charitable initiative. Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love teamed up with The Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation today to surprise over 200 students at Scranton Elementary School in Cleveland with two new basketball hoops. The brand defines “Holiday Hoops” as a “‘pay it forward’ movement” which will ultimately donate over 100 hoops to organizations (all either schools or non-profits) across the country. Dick’s will select two such organizations every day, and then give them the chance to “pay if forward” to two of their own choosing, announcing the participants on social media with the #HolidayHoops hashtag.

“This holiday season, we wanted to enhance our “Gift That Matters” campaign by exploring the unique power a basketball hoop has to unite people and communities,” said Lauren Hobart, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Dick’s Sporting Goods and president of The Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation. “We believe that sports really do matter and Dick’s Foundation is thrilled to be able to provide 100 hoops to schools and communities across America.”

Clemenger BBDO Celebrates ‘Local Legends’ for New Zealand Transport Agency

Wellington agency Clemenger BBDO has a history of releasing intriguing road safety PSAs, forgoing the typical heavy-handed scare tactics in favor of nuanced spots that tell stories rather than beat viewers over the head with a message. Their track record includes last year’s “Blazed” stoned driving PSA and this effort from January. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the agency has once again delivered with “Local Legends,” but it just may be their best attempt yet.

The spot takes an intriguing approach to the problem of drunk driving, targeting not drivers themselves but bystanders who witness people getting into their cars drunk but are unsure how to act, or if it is their place to do so. In the ad, two elderly gentleman at a gas station see a group of rowdy youngsters getting into their car. “They’re just kids, if we don’t say something” one of them says, gesturing toward the group. “Why don’t you get a lift home tonight?” one of the men asks the boys, who are initially dismissive. Eventually, after much discussion, they convince the group to let one of them drive them home. What really sets the ad apart is how convincing the dialogue is, with awkwardness and humor that pulls the viewer into the story.

Clemenger BBDO also manages to incorporate a clever social extension, with local newspapers, radio and street posters asking public “What would you say?” and allowing them to respond via phone, text or Facebook, and then sharing the best responses. Rather than feeling tacked on, it engages viewers with a question the PSA implies and gets people thinking about what they’d do in a similar situation. Not only does this increase viewer engagement with the PSA, it may even help change bystander behavior, ultimately the goal of the campaign.

“The purpose of this strategy is to get people to be their own legends,” explains Linda Major, head of social marketing at Clemenger BBDO. “By thinking about what they would do in a similar situation people will be better prepared intervene in a way that defuses a real situation.” Read more

M&C Saatchi Celebrates ‘Twinkling Lights’ for UGG Australia

M&C Saatchi LA has launched a global holiday campaign for UGG Australia, centered around the 60-second broadcast spot “Twinkling Lights” promoting the brand’s holiday collection.

The spot features what appears to be a large group of women dressed in identical white outfits performing a choreographed dance routine, with the dancers dropping twinkling lights to create a snowflake pattern. In reality, only eight dancers were used in the making of the video, with those dancers digitally duplicated to give the impression that there’s a larger group. The ad, which channels a kind of throwback vibe with its choreographed spectacle and unfettered holiday cheeriness, ends with the tagline, “This is magic. This is UGG.”

“We really wanted to tap into the spirit of the season, the emotional connections that people have around the holidays and how UGG figures into that equation,” explained Nancy Mamann, vice president, global marketing, UGG Australia. “We really think that this multi-channel campaign epitomizes our brand positioning and highlights the beautiful holiday product we have this season in a campaign that is both premium and engaging.”

The global campaign featuring “Twinkling Lights” is rolling out in markets including the US, Canada, France, UK, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Germany and Italy, with a second spot entitled “Passing Out Presents” set to break later in the season. Aside from the digital ads, the campaign includes a social element encompassing a shoppable gift guide on Instagram and “additional content stories that speak to the season and themes of the broader campaign across Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter,” as well as OOH and in-store components.

R/GA Toasts the Holidays for Bailey’s

R/GA London rolled out a digital holiday campaign for Bailey’s, an extension of the brand’s global “Here’s To Us” campaign targeting millenial women, created by BBH London.

The digital extension celebrates getting together with friends — whether it’s going out and trying new places, as in “Here’s To Getting Together” (above), or staying in and hanging out, as in “Here’s To Staying In” (after the jump). Both videos, which launched in the UK last month and are now rolling out across Europe, feature montages of quick shots which together tell the story of a night with friends. In “Here’s To Getting Together” it’s “trying new places,” “catching up… on everything,” waiting for that one friend who’s always late and having just one more side dish. Each spot ends with the group of women toasting with a glass or shot of Bailey’s, implying the brand is part of the perfect evening.

In addition to the online spots there is also a campaign Tumblr page functioning as part of “a unique influencer campaign featuring women such as Daisy Lowe and blogger Eleanora Carisi.” The influencer campaign will include editorial interviews, Instagram content creation, and cocktails created by Daisy Lowe (UK), Jessica Weiss (Germany, of Journelles Blog) and Eleanora Carisi (Italy, of JouJou Villeroy blog) alongside “London Mixology icon” Missy Flynn.

“Our ambition is to create unique online content that captures the magic you feel when you’re with your best girlfriends and inspires women to raise a toast to each other with,” explains Dawn Allison, global digital marketing manager, Baileys, in a press release, adding that the campaign “marks a critical phase in our journey to re-ignite performance by putting consumer behaviour – serve and occasion – at the heart of every brand execution.” Read more

RPA Rolls Out ‘Happy Honda Days’ Social Extension

RPA teamed up with creative studio Psyop to  launch a social extension of its “Happy Honda Days” campaign, which launched last month featuring nostalgic toys of yesteryear.

The new extension consists of three new videos featuring Skeletor and He-Man, Jem and G.I. Joe, and Gumby and Pokey. The extension was launched yesterday with Skeletor taking over Honda’s Twitter account. Each duo sings a new version of a classic Christmas song (except for Gumby and Pokey, because they don’t know any Christmas songs) and calls on viewers to vote for their rendition. Honda will donate a total of $100,000 to three charities – Children’s Hospital of Orange County, the Little League Urban Initiative and the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation — with $50,000 going to the charity associated with the winning video and the other two receiving $25,000 each.

In the most amusing of the three videos, Skeletor sings of his newfound bromance with He-Man to a rendition of “Jingle Bells,” which has been rechristened “Jingle Bros.” According to Skeletor, the duo are now Facebook friends and even got matching tattoos, although it ends with a not-so-surprising twist. In the other videos, G.I. Joe wins over Gem with some Kung Fu moves, and Gumby and Pokey interact with random items. You can watch them on Honda’s YouTube page and vote for your favorite (or just for the associated charity you’d most like to receive money). We’ve included “Jingle Bros” above and the other two videos after the jump. Read more

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