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Young & Laramore Launches ‘The Keyless Era’ for Schlage

Indianapolis-based agency Young & Laramore has launched a new social campaign for Schlage today, entitled “The Keyless Era.”

The campaign debuted yesterday with a teaser (video above), promoting the company’s keyless electronic locks. Young & Laramore will roll out the rest of the campaign on October 1st, with a product launch video and eight pieces of video content exclusive to Schlage’s social media channels. The videos take a humorous approach, employing improvisational comedy captured over the course of one day, exploring themes like what people will lose in a “Keyless Era” and how mayors will have to award something other than “the keys to the city.” We’ve included a couple of these social videos (along with credits) after the jump. Read more

AKQA, Budweiser Let You Send Buds Beer Over Facebook

Budweiser teamed up with AKQA for a new social campaign allowing Facebook users to send beers to their buddies via the social media outlet. While right now the service is exclusive to those living in Chicago and Denver, it will soon roll out nationally.

The campaign debuted with a pilot on Facebook, in feeds for adults 21 and older in Chicago and Denver. Facebook users in those locations (and soon the rest of the country) will be prompted to share  a Budweiser with a friend when wishing them a happy birthday or celebrating other occasions. If they choose to share a Budweiser, the friend will be sent an online voucher, to be redeemed at a local bar or restaurant (with a valid ID). The service functions without any type of external download, as users are simply “taken to a customized mobile or desktop experience to send or claim a beer.”

“Beer is the original social network,” said Lucas Herscovici, Anheuser-Busch vice president of consumer connections. “This new campaign focuses not on a gift certificate or credit, but on bringing people together to celebrate life’s most anticipated moments. Whether you’re toasting your birthday, a job promotion, an engagement, or simply the end of a long work week, we want to encourage everyone to bridge the physical and digital worlds by allowing you to send your friend a beer over Facebook.”

Blast Radius Celebrates Amsterdam for Onitsuka Tiger

Blast Radius continues its “My Town My Tracks” campaign for ASICS’ Onitsuka Tiger, promoting the Harandia MT,  “a sneaker-boot inspired by winter running and crafted for the colder months in an urban environment.”

In the last installment of “My Town My Tracks,” Blast Radius focused on Erik Garbo, a student of Italian and Japanese descent living in Milan. This time, Blast Radius focuses on its own city, Amsterdam, and Tosao, a young entrepreneur of Japanese and Dutch descent. As in previous installments of the campaign, Tosao takes viewers on a tour of his neighborhood — De Jordaan, in the northwest section of the city — while introducing his friends and favorite hangouts.

“Onitsuka Tiger is a brand for all seasons and this is evident in our AW14 models,” said Lisa Hogg, Onitsuka Tiger’s head of brand management. “We present our new collection in Amsterdam, a city of cultural secrets where every street, canal and courtyard has a story. Tosao’s My Town My Tracks through De Jordaan reflects our brand values and belief in individuality and urban culture.”

In addition to the video, the campaign also includes print elements, with stills captured by photographer Fleur Bolt, and social components on Twitter and Instagram. Read more

Ogilvy Unveils Morning Anthem for IKEA

Ogilvy unveiled a new “Morning Anthem” ad for IKEA, the latest in the deluge of advertising from the brand in recent weeks.

The 30-second spot focuses on bedrooms and bathrooms and how the retailer can help make your morning rush a little less stressful. It does a good job of incorporating IKEA products like “organized wardrobes that help you pull it together” and a bathroom organizer that gets “big families out the door” into a peak at the morning routines of a couple of busy families.

The focus on mornings, bedrooms and bathrooms stems from a study IKEA conducted into the morning routines in eight major cities, which has informed all its recent morning-focused marketing, such as SMFB’s “Where Good Days Start” interactive campaign. Accompanying the new spot is a campaign extension called “First :59,” including a website hosting advice from bloggers and designers on how parents can make their mornings easier, as well as a “First 59″ Pinterest board.

One Trick Pony Unites Branson, Goldsmith for Virgin Hotels

One Trick Pony got together Virgin billionaire Richard Branson and Jonathan Goldsmith — the actor perhaps most well-known for playing “The Most Interesting Man in the World” in the ongoing Dos Equis campaign — to promote the launch of Virgin Hotels, starting with a single location in Chicago.

In the spot, Branson recites some supposed rumors about the hotel — “The beds are so springy, they had to lift the ceilings 16 inches,” for example — while Goldsmith acts them out. Goldsmith’s involvement leaves no doubt from where One Trick Pony took its inspiration, and Branson’s acting can be a bit stiff, but the 55-second spot is not without its charm. Where the campaign really shines, though, is its social component, which invites consumers to tweet their own rumors about the hotel from the Virgin Hotels site. Users who submit some of the best tweets will be entered for a chance to win a two-night stay at the first Virgin Hotels location, where it’s rumored that Richard Branson tucks everyone in at night. Read more

RPA Spreads ‘Summer Cheerance’ for Honda

RPA has launched a new integrated campaign for Honda highlighting the brand’s summer clearance event and attempting to spread summer cheer, under the face-palm worthy title “Summer Cheerance.”

To be fair, “Summer Cheerance” is at least memorable, however irksome the title may be. The campaign includes broadcast spots, print, digital, radio, “an abundance of smile-inducing videos, memes, GIFs and visual jokes via social media” and special events from August 4th until August 8th to promote the Honda Summer Clearance event. As part of the campaign, Honda will donate $100,000 to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.

“Summer Cheerance” launched today with an introduction video (featured above), as well as a series of short videos designed to be shared on social media to spread summer cheer. For example, one video shows a pig swatting its tail for six seconds, followed by the message “We hope this video added some cheer to your day” and promotes Honda’s event with the #Cheerance hashtag. Other videos include dancing dolphins, an exhausted puppy and an “Epic Gopher.” Additionally, the brand has teamed up with YouTube star Andrew Hales, who will promote the brand with two videos on his YouTube channel. Stick around for a few examples, along with credits, after the jump. Read more

DDB California Brings Back ‘Snap Into a Slim Jim’

DDB California brings back Slim Jim’s classic “Snap Into a Slim Jim” tagline in their latest campaign for the brand.

The new campaign targets the 18-25 crowd, most of whom are probably too young to remember the line as delivered by Randy Savage in its original incarnation. Still, it’s a memorable tagline and bringing it back will stoke nostalgia in the slightly older set. The 30-second spot reintroducing the line “Snap Into It,” unfortunately, is less memorable. With the only lines in the ad rhymes playing on meat sticks: bro sticks, pro sticks, hooray sticks, meat chicks, tree sticks, etc., the onscreen action focuses on one group of friends’ epic day, concluding with a goat party. “Snap into a goat party, snap into a slim jim,” the spot concludes. As you can imagine, it’s a tad on the goofy side, but the tagline’s return is a welcome one. A series of 15-second ads, also featuring the classic tagline, pit Slim Jims against a generic competitor in a series of ridiculous situations.

“It’s what people know and love about the brand,” group creative director Travis Parr told Adweek, reffering to the old tagline. “ConAgra worried it had too much baggage or might make them seem old. But they finally decided it was cool.” Credits and the 15-second “Possum” after the jump. Read more

Wongdoody Channels Cartman for Coffee Bean

Wongdoody has launched a new campaign for The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, their first for the beverage retailer, and the brand’s largest campaign to date.

A 30-second online spot entitled “Cool Kew” (featured above), debuted late last month. It consists almost entirely of an argument between two guys on whether their drinks are “cool” or “kew” (a pronunciation they clearly stole from Eric Cartman). You think their argument is finally over around the 20 second mark, but it just starts up again, in an attempt to find humor in audience expectations that really doesn’t work. There’s also a 15-second version of the spot (which makes sense) and an extended 90-second version (which does not).

More interesting is the campaign’s Instagram component, called #PurpleStrawCam, which encourages consumers to cut off a piece of their purple Coffee Bean straw to use as a makeshift camera filter and submit the results to The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’s Instagram page. The purple straw creates an unusual effect and contributes to some interesting photos. The campaign also includes Pinterest, Vine and other social components, as well as outdoor and radio.

Move Over, #YOLO; Pfizer Brings the #FOGO

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If someone asked you what sort of business would spark the next social media trend, odds are that the word pharmaceuticals would not come to mind.

Pfizer hopes to defy convention by capitalizing on its “Get Old” campaign–launched back in 2012–and introducing “FOGO“: fear of getting old.

The company thought that the initiative, intended to stimulate conversations on subjects like the challenges of aging, needed a boost. As reported in The New York Times, they traded original AOR SS&K in an effort to go HUGE.

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Dutch Agency Promotes ’99 Days of Freedom’ in Response to Facebook Mood Experiment

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The Netherlands’ Just (part of the Dutch Digital Agencies network) recently made global news because of a non-profit initiative called “99 Days of Freedom” designed to encourage everyone to avoid Facebook for that long.

Why would creatives do something so drastic?

It’s not such a big deal, really: all you have to do to join the experiment is throw up a “99 Days …” logo as your profile photo and refrain from liking, sharing, commenting, trolling, or even using the site to check up on your ex’s family for a little over three months.

So…who’s in?

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