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FCB Chicago Launches The Paint Studio for Ace Hardware with ‘Helpful is Beautiful’

Ace Hardware tapped FCB Chicago to help introduce The Paint Studio, which seeks to provide a “more style-inspired and personal paint shopping experience” for Ace customers with exclusive paint collections from Clark+Kensington, Valspar Optimus and Valspar Aspire. The resulting campaign, “Helpful Is Beautiful” is the largest ever for Ace Hardware, spanning television, radio, print, social and digital.

“Helpful Is Beautiful,” which was developed by FCB Chicago in association with Ace and Valspar, riffs on tropes from beauty advertising in an effort to emphasize the more design-oriented aspects of The Paint Studio. The attempts at humor fall flat (painfully so), but the spots do get across the more personalized approach Ace’s new Paint Studio takes when compared to other hardware mega-stores. Still, the three 30-second spots are pretty tough to watch.

“For years, women have expressed loyalty to their favorite cosmetics brands and the inspiring shopping experience that comes along with it,” explains John Surane, executive vice president, marketing, merchandising, and sales for Ace Hardware. “Ace and Valspar recognize the emotional response evoked by color and built the ‘Helpful is Beautiful’ campaign and The Paint Studio at Ace around this connection as a way to offer consumers a differentiating paint shopping experience featuring the brands they know and trust.”

Ace also launched a new website for The Paint Studio today, created by GSD&M, and will be featuring special offers to get customers to experience The Paint Studio throughout the month of May. Stick around for credits and a second spot after the jump. Read more

The Richards Group Takes on Flowers for Edible Arrangements


The Richards Group debuted a new creative direction for Edible Arrangements, the originator of the “fresh” (if you’ve ever tasted their product, you know otherwise) fruit bouquet and global category leader, in their first integrated marketing campaign for the brand. The new campaign “marks an evolution from several different creative campaigns for different media to one streamlined positioning played out from storefronts to social media to broadcast to banner ads.” As you may recall, Edible Arrangements named The Richards Group their agency of record last summer.

The Richards Group’s new multi-million dollar campaign (the brand’s largest advertising campaign to date) centers around the new tagline “Pick Fruit. It’s Fresher.” with an integrated effort championing the choice of fruit over flowers. “Reaction,” the 30-second television spot featured above, typifies the approach. Various mothers’ open-mouthed reactions to flowers appear at first to be enthusiastic, but are revealed to be bored yawns. The spot debuts in advance of Mother’s Day on April 28, with both a 30-second and 15-second version.

“This advertising, across all channels, pokes a little fun at the same old gift and encourages families to celebrate mom in a fresh way. And our research shows that moms really appreciate creativity and ingenuity in gift-giving,” said Edible Arrangements’ chief marketing officer Jeff Lobb. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

McCann Launches ‘Gator Golf’ for Zurich Insurance

Zurich Insurance is launching “Gator Golf,” an online video tutorial series, created by McCann Worldgroup, instructing golfers on how to deal with playing in close proximity to alligators.

The series was created to build buzz around the upcoming PGA Tour, Zurich Classic of New Orleans, where an alligator famously wandered onto the course during last year’s games. While not everyone finds alligators on the golf course a laughing matter, the series is tied to the larger “For Those Who Truly Love” brand platform, the idea being that those who truly love golf won’t let an alligator on the course stand in their way.  The “Gator Golf” series features “golfing and alligator expert” Jim Shanks offering up absurd solutions to gator-filled golf course problems. In the above video, for example, he recommends turning around and driving left-handed so that the gator behind you is “out of sight, out of mind,” while adding that if you’re attacked you should follow course etiquette and “die quietly.”

Gator Golf” is the social component of a larger integrated campaign including TV, print, online advertising and a microsite, and will appear on YouTube and on saud microsite in the lead up to the tournament, which takes place April 24 – 27.

Of course, when we read “Gator Golf,” we can’t help but think of this…

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House of Radon Takes Electrolux’s Tumblr Live

Stockholm-based creative agency House of Radon is taking Electrolux‘s food-based Tumblr, “Now We’re Cooking,” live this April 22-24th for its over one million followers.

The agency will be live-streaming 15 different recipes from an early breakfast to a bedtime snack. It will have the “same look and feel” the site normally maintains, but with the difference that everything is being done live, with creatives grading everything in real time. This is no small venture, as “Over 1,000 props will be used to style all dishes and approximately 100 different “Now You’re Cooking” posters will be used in the live-stream.” Check out the teaser above for a glimpse of the campaign, and head on over to “Now We’re Cooking” on April 22nd to see how House of Radon pulls it off. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

Team One Launches Digital Souvenir App for JW Marriott

Team One has launched a new digital scrapbooking app for JW Marriott called CUR8.

CUR8 is described as “an experience-oriented app that allows guests to share their favorite travel moments through digital videos on their social media networks.” Simply download the app at the Apple store, upload photos and videos, choose a few of JW Marriott’s property images and the app will automatically create a sharable digital video of your vacation. Users of the app also have the option of customizing their videos with music and added text and can then share the video on social media networks using the hashtag #CUR8byJWM. CUR8 is currently available free of charge at 65 locations. Check out the video above to learn more and stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

‘Let’s Get Social’ Will Make Your Ears Bleed, Steal Your Soul

Warning: For your own safety, do not attempt to watch the video embedded above unless you are an extreme masochist.

We were kind of hoping that if we ignored it, this one would just go away but it appears we’re not that lucky, so let’s talk about “Let’s Get Social,” the social media marketing anthem from hell.

Introduced as “a very special treat,” which could just as accurately be applied to waterboarding, the song is an assault on the ears and any semblance of intelligence in the listener. With soul-sucking lines like “I’m hoping you’ll share my stuff, and tweet it to the world,” over a bland generic backing track, there are really no redeeming qualities about “Let’s Get Social.” The lead singer (who I’ve chosen not to name out of compassion) doesn’t have a bad voice, and that’s about the only positive thing you can say. Unfortunately, during the chorus the guy who introduced her (again, not including names) joins in with some truly awful backing vocals. After about a minute, when you think there’s no way they could possibly keep this going and/or about the time you start banging your head against the desk hoping to render yourself unconscious, the second verse begins. The audience is invited to join in for a break to post selfies and shit, because this is a song about social media, after all. Just when you think it couldn’t get any worse, background guy begins the most terrible rap you’ve ever heard, which forms a bridge back to the chorus (just what you were hoping for!). It’s an unholy clusterfuck of social media marketing self-importance and people making music who really shouldn’t have anything to do with music. You’ve been warned.

This abomination, in case you were wondering, was a warm-up for a keynote panel at this year’s Social Media Marketing World. Hopefully none of you people were there to suffer through this first-hand.

Union Delivers Libretto Pizza to Instagram

LIBRETTOGRAMToronto-based agency photographed every pizza on Toronto hot-spot Pizzeria Libretto’s menu for a new social media campaign via Instagram.

With business booming at the Verace Pizza Napoletana (VPN) approved restaurants, “there was no time or space for servers or menus to give diners the in-depth details they were looking for.” Union realized that Instagram posed the solution and created Librettogram. They photographed each pizza on the menu and cropped them into nine separate shots that re-from into indivudal pizzas in Instagram’s Grid View. When users log on to Libretto’s Instagram, they can scroll through the entire menu with a flick of their finger, and click on a picture to bring up a closer view and more detailed information. In Union’s words, “By reframing the VPN story into a format and medium our target engages with every day, we were able to deepen customers’ appreciation for what Pizzeria Libretto does and strengthen their connection to the restaurant.” Credits after the jump. Read more

DDB New Zealand to Bring Down King Joffrey for SKY TV

Bring Down The KingTo stoke viewers’ (already feverish) anticipation for season 4 of international hit Game of Thrones, DDB New Zealand has crafted a unique social media/experiential event for SKY Television’s premium entertainment channel SoHo, entitled “Bring Down The King.”

With help from production company Finch, DDB has erected a seven meter statue of the show’s much hated King Joffrey in Aotea Square, one of the largest public squares in Auckland. A rope is positioned around the statue’s neck, attached to a winch, and fans are challenged to topple the statue using the hashtag #bringdowntheking on Twitter. For every tweet using the hashtag, the statue will be one step closer to toppling, but it will take one million such tweets to bring down Joffrey.

Game of Thrones is a worldwide phenomenon and King Joffrey is quite possibly the most hated fictional television character of all time,” explained SKY’s director of programming, Travis Dunbar. “It’s exciting to give fans an opportunity they are dying for; to assist in the demise of the King of the Iron Throne.”

DDB executive creative director Shane Bradnick was equally enthused, saying, “It’s great to be working with clients that want to create ideas that bring the fictional, digital and real worlds together. Let’s bring the bastard down!”

You can keep up with the campaign at bringdowntheking.com. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

Rokkan Takes to Tumblr for TAG Heuer

New York digital agency Rokkan has launched “Owners Circle,” described as “a Tumblr dedicated to haute horology lovers” for luxury watch brand TAG Heuer.

The launch is timed to kick off the brand’s presence at Basel World, the world’s largest luxury watch and jewelry show. Drawn by the visual nature of Tumblr, TAG Heuer is one of the first luxury brands to explore the possibilities of the platform. “Owner’s Circle” features photos and GIFs “to inspire fans to share, collect and learn more about each model,” as well as “videos [see above] that weave in stories of precision craftsmanship and history, immersing viewers in the brand’s rich heritage.” TAG Heuer is hoping their foray into relatively new social territory (only 31% of the Interbrand Top 100 Brands have created Tumblr accounts) helps them to engage their audience in new ways and wins them a few converts.

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DigitasLBi SF Launches Taco Bell Breakfast Menu

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Taco Bell and DigitasLBi San Francisco (their digital AOR) are launching their new breakfast menu (the proper response: “Gross”) with a different kind of social campaign.

DigitasLBi and Taco Bell are sending out 1,000 burner phones across the country as part of a teaser campaign for Taco Bell’s largest menu expansion in their 50 year history this Thursday with the introduction of the new breakfast menu, offering people the opportunity to make a terrible decision on their way to work. The phones serve as “a direct line to Taco Bell Breakfast and a chance to win epic swag by challenging fans to create social content.” Preloaded text messages on the phones offer usersinstructions on how to activate the phones and accept the terms and conditions.

Then, throughout the week, “phones will be called and texted at various times throughout the day, prompting participants to complete missions” using the hashtag #wakeuplivemas, for a chance to win prizes (like a waffle taco hoodie). Tumblr will act as the hub for all the created content, while winners will be notified via their phone and Twitter. Mobile marketing firm Hipcricket was responsible for powering the voice and text messages on the phone. The idea is to create a “retro guerilla social network that generates excitement to create compelling social chatter and content.” We’ll give DigitasLBi and Taco Bell this: the breakfast menu launch is certainly unusual. You can follow along with this campaign on Tumblr, Instagram and Twitter, and if you feel like being sick by lunch, head to Taco Bell for breakfast this Thursday.

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