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Riney Creative Duo Spreads Luck of the Irish Across San Francisco

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To get their hometown of San Francisco in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit, Riney ACDs EJ Slody and Alex Palomo are now sending out a drone carrying a bag of real four-leaf clovers “flying over key locations” in the city.

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Dubbed the Good Luck Drone, the UAV will fulfill its mission of spreading just that over the city by flying to any destination given to it through Instagram. Visitors to http://instagram.com/goodluckdrone# can simply type a location on its flight map pic and the drone will fly to the destination and send you a pic or video to let you know that luck was spread to the desired location. The project has just started, so if you live in San Francisco, why not head on over to Instagram and give it a shot? It could give your St. Patrick’s Day an extra touch of drone-spread good fortune.

Want to See a Random Selfie?

Show Me A SelfieDaniel Blaser, friend of JD Beebe, and collaborator on projects like “Instead of Awesome” and the Hipstertest, is behind the new site showmeaselfie.com.

Blaser, in his own words, “realized how a simple selfie, decontextualized, actually has the power to spark a lot of questions and thoughts about the subject of the photo; why this pose? Where are they? Who did they expect to see this? Potential as a thought catalyst aside, there’s just something fun about seeing a randomly selfie one at a time.”

The site currently randomly generates a selfie from a database of 98 Instagram photos, but Blaser plans to update with new photo sets from time to time. It’s good for a quick chuckle, and saves you the trouble of sifting through Instagram for funny self-portraits. Check out the site for yourself, and let us know what you think of this continuation of the selfie trend in the comments section, if you’re so inclined.

 

Op-Ed: Filling in the $7.5 Billion Gap – What Marketers Want to See in a Twitter Redesign

Twitter-Logo-300x293We’re jumping back into the op-ed game with a debut entry from Jack Holt, a former strategic planner at the likes of Akamai and Broadwing who currently serves as co-founder/CEO of of Austin/SF-based brand research firm, Mattr. Below, the Austin-based Holt talks, you guessed it, Twitter redesign. Take it away, sir and if you care to follow Holt on Twitter, you can find him here.

As a social media platform, could anything be better than $665 million in revenue? Surprisingly, yes. You could have Facebook’s $8 billion.

But instead of taking Facebook’s approach to cashing in, Twitter has fallen behind, leaving marketers everywhere rushing to understand the value of a follower, a retweet, and a hashtag — and finding nothing.

Have you heard the expression “better abused than ignored”? Well, marketers have one big, fat, totally rational fear of the latter — or, more specifically, silence. After all, only 29 percent of tweets get a reaction of any kind.

If you’re struggling to find an effective Twitter advertising strategy, you’re in good company. Brands big and small are fretting over what to tweet or post, and Twitter’s losing cash as a result. So how can Twitter kick-start 2014 to make up the difference? By catering its application updates to what marketers want to see.

#WSTD: What Should Twitter Do?

The most recent update to Twitter was disappointingly aesthetic. From a usability standpoint, Twitter has significantly reduced the size of and moved the tweet text box, lowering that activity’s weight on the page. And, by adding an icon action to enter a tweet on the top right corner, they’ve increased the call to action a bit, but it’s still not nearly as visually heavy as it was before.

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Ignited Promotes New Bravo Series with Social Campaign

Ignited has a new social campaign promoting Bravo’s new series, Online Dating Rituals of the American Male, which premieres March 9th.

The new campaign is tied to a promoted post on Buzzfeed examining “The 10 Types of Guys You Find On Every Dating Website.” At the end of the post, readers are invited to take a short quiz to discover which of “six species of men that exist in the dating wild” they are or is their type. After completing the survey, @BravoDating will tweet one of six video results: Catchitis Perfecta (“Mr. Perfect”), Clinger Onis (“The Clinger”), Doublis Bookeris (“The Player”), Love Seekitis ( “The Romantic”), Liaris Apperancean (“The Liar”), and Predatorus Obnoxious (“The Predator”). As you can imagine (this is Bravo we’re talking about), these are pretty silly. The narrator treats the subjects like he’s narrating a nature documentary (thus the latin species names); it’s easy to imagine David Attenborough providing the narration. You can check out “Liaris Apperancean” above, and stay tuned for “Doublis Bookeris” and “Predatorus Obnoxious,” along with credits, after the jump. Read more

Iris Launches ‘Fast or Fail’ Game for Adidas Featuring Lionel Messi

Iris has launched a new campaign for Adidas called “Fast or Fail,” to promote Lionel Messi‘s new adiZero f50 Messi boot.

The campaign is centered around “an innovative real-time reactive game experience requiring players to beat opponents down an endless pitch and reach Rio de Janeiro in the fastest time possible.” Players will be given the opportunity to win tickets to the 2014 FIFA World Cup to see Lionel Messi play. In an interesting twist, the game is driven by social media — with “more mentions of Messi, the faster you go in the game.”

Iris also created a “Fast or Fail” video to promote the game and the new Messi boot. To create the video, they shot Messi on a green screen backdrop, and then worked with “Media Monks to create the CGI-built polygonised world you see in the game and film.” You can check out the 1:35 video above, and head here to try your hand at the #fastorfail game.

 

W+K Portland Explores ‘The 7 Wonders of Oregon’

W+K Portland has a new campaign for the Oregon Tourism Commison, extolling the virtues of their home state with a video called “The 7 Wonders of Oregon.”

The :60 anthem spot features all 7 “wonders of Oregon,” attempting to “inspire active travelers looking for authentic experiences” with Oregon’s natural landmarks. While Oregon’s natural beauty speaks for itself, the production of the spot was no small task. It was “carried out by a crew of 15 people shooting for 14 days straight and driving more than 3,000 miles across Oregon, often camping along the way.” All of the individuals involved were “Oregonians with a genuine passion for the wonders they are representing” and the spot is clearly a labor of love.

“This is some of the strongest work for Travel Oregon in our 25-year history of working together,” W+K chairman co-namesake Dan Wieden says, adding, “What I really like about the creative, aside from how beautiful Oregon looks, is it gives people a checklist of things to see and do.”

In addition to the anthem spot, the integrated campaign includes digital, social, search, public relations and consumer engagement elements. The latter includes “an influencer tour, targeted media outreach, a program to surprise and delight visitors, and a Facebook sweepstakes to drive visibility and fan acquisition.” In the social realm, visitors are invited to share their Oregon photos with the hashtag #traveloregon, with top picks on Travel Oregon content channels “to inspire others long after the paid media portion of the campaign concludes.” In a nice touch, the digital campaign includes not only trip inspiration, but also trip planning tools and resources such as itineraries, links to purchase plane tickets and special travel deals on TravelOregon.com. If I wasn’t already dying to get to the Pacific Northwest, this campaign would do a pretty good job convincing me that Oregon is a great travel destination. Stick around for credits after the jump and go here for more :30 efforts for the campaign. Read more

W+K Launches New Facebook Campaign, On Couch Skis

Well, W+K has certainly moved on from the “Everything is like Facebook” approach they used in 2012 to launch their relationship with the social media giant. The agency’s newest campaign demonstrates how Facebook can facilitate events like a couch ski race.

The “Couch Skis” spot (featured above) shows a group of youngsters getting the word out about their winter “couch race” via Facebook. A large group of friends cheer as the two couches speed down the snowy hill, followed by the tagline, “Whatever the event you always have a team.” The new approach makes a lot more sense than the one W+K employed early on, and they certainly make couch racing look like fun.

Another spot in W+K’s new campaign shows how Facebook can help you find the right tango instructor, working backwards chronologically from a successful lesson to a friend’s suggestion of the instructor on Facebook. A third spot shows a series of wedding photo and poses the question, “Why have one photographer when you can have a hundred?”

The new ads have been shared by Facebook on YouTube, and, of course, on Facebook — where, Mashable reports the social network has disseminated the videos in users’ News Feeds using Promoted Posts. There are currently no plans to air the new spots on TV according to the site. Stick around for “Tango” and “Photographer” after the jump. Read more

Care to ‘Share the Sofa’ with Champions League Stars for Heineken?

DDB and Tribal Worldwide Amsterdam have an interesting social campaign brewing for the beermeisters at Heineken.

Entitled “Share the Sofa,” the campaign invites fans to join star UEFA Champions League players on Twitter for a chat during select games. Players involved include Ruud Gullit, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Owen Hargreaves, Hernan Crespo and Fernando Morientes. Owen Hargreaves was featured recently, with his “Share the Sofa” generating 2,600 tweets and 55.6 million social impressions. Dutch star Patrick Kluivert was the most recent player to be featured, during Tuesday’s Manchester City Vs. Barcelona match.

Fans questions need not be about sports, but can range from “What’s your favorite sandwich?” to just about anything. While it’s easy to be cynical about the overcrowded social media marketing space, this seems like a fun initiative offering fans real insights into their favorite players (even if it’s just their favorite sandwich) with a unique opportunity to ask them just about anything. The initiative makes good sense for Heineken as well, offering a large part of their fan base (those looking for watery beer to guzzle during matches) a unique second screen experience they’ll associate with the brand.

Yes, #Vegas is Handing Out Presidential Pardons Today

In honor of Presidents Day, the folks behind LasVegas.com/Vegas tourism are offering full presidential pardons for your long weekend debauchery. To get your Twitter-based absolution, just confess your sins and tweet #VegasPardon. Or if you just so happen to be at the Las Vegas airport today, you can get pardoned in person and start your shortened work week anew tomorrow.

And Now, a Quick Thank You from 10-Year-Old Facebook

My my, where does the time go? Well, Facebook as you may know has officially turned 10, and with that, the social network has teamed up with L.A.-based production company Strike Anywhere to say thanks in a matter of  60 seconds. Seeing as Facebook’s 10, the parties involved probably figured why not show how other kids from across cultures celebrate this auspicious birthday? The clip above is quick, cute and brings back those ol’ childhood memories. We’re gonna go shed some tears now. Credits after the jump.

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