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SMFB Shows ‘Where Good Days Start’ for IKEA

Norwegian agency SMFB is launching a new integrated campaign for IKEA’s latest collection, which, for the first time, centers around an interactive video rather than a traditional television commercial (although there’s one of those, too).

The interactive video, entitled “Where Good Days Start,” is a collaboration between SMFB and production company Media Monks. It follows the story of a young Scandinavian family as they go through their morning routine. Viewers can interact with the story and unlock “hidden” content, allowing them to explore how each family member gets ready for the day. You can check out the trailer above, and head here for the full experience (English speaking readers may want to turn on the subtitles in the upper right hand corner).

“The idea was to surprise viewers throughout the film,” said Jeroen van der Meer, MediaMonks interactive director, who collaborated with film director Tom Rijpert on the project. “With a score of extra content, you can diverge from the main storyline at any point during the film to learn more about the featured family members and products in short, interactive scenes.”

Stick around for the 60-second television spot, along with credits, after the jump. Read more

McCann & MRM Taps Craig Robinson for Verizon

McCann & MRM enlist the aid of actor/comedian Craig Robinson (who also stars in a campaign for Dodge Dart) in the latest spot for Verizon FiOS.

The spot is a mock infomercial, featuring Robinson crooning hits about Verizon’s service, touting the amount of recordable time provided. In one song, “I Save Every Show About Hoarders,” he admits that he records, and never deletes, shows about hoarders, currently up to 167 episodes. Other hits include “Damn, Fishing Gets All Dangerous,” “Sports Highlights on the Toilet” and “Zombie Movies in Bed.” It’s a funny approach, and Robinson is endearing as always. The only problem with a fake bad infomercial is that it will never be as funny as a real bad infomercial. But then the spot’s real competition is other ads from cable providers and it wins, hands down. There’s also a 15 second edit of the spot, but a lot is lost in the process. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

Droga5 Challenges Newcastle Fans to Make Its Ads for Them

Droga5 knows user generated content. It also knows that UGC doesn’t have the best reputation in the ad world.

We almost feel like this new spot calling on Newcastle fans to submit their “mediocre” photos to create the brand’s upcoming ads is aimed at both cynical tweeters and ad creatives themselves.

Here’s the official description of the campaign:

“We love social content. Especially when you make it for us. Join us on Twitter (Twitter.com/Newcastle) and Facebook (Facebook.com/Newcastle), submit your photos with the #NewcastleAdAid tag between now and August 22, and we may make your photo into an ad (and we won’t have to pay for stock photography).”

The company’s brand director plays along, telling Marketing Daily:

“Newcastle spent a significant portion of its marketing budget on celebrity talent…Everyone knows user-generated content is a just ploy to get fans to do our work for us, and we’re just calling it like it is.”

We can’t imagine Stephen Merchant being all that expensive, but you will almost certainly be amused by the blatant mediocrity of some of the featured submissions after the jump.

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W+K Promotes Sony’s Waterproof Phone with Underwater Apps

W+K worked with Sony and development partners Motim and SoftFacade to create a series of apps promoting the Xperia Z1S’ waterproof technology.

Several of the apps, including “Goldie” (featured above), “Plantimal,” “Photo Lab,” and “Sink Sunk,” are designed to be used underwater. As you might have imagined, “Goldie” is an on-screen goldfish. When submerged in water, the fish swims around contentedly, but if you remove your phone from the water he flops around, gasping for breath. It’s a clever little diversion, which can demonstrate the phones’ capabilities for a few minutes, although Sony recommends users don’t submerge their Xperia Z1S for more than a half hour. “Plantimal” offers up a cross between an underwater plant and animal, which is happier with larger amounts of water. “Sink Sunk” is perhaps the most reusable of the apps, offering up a submarine game you can play in your sink or kiddie pool (as demonstrated in the video), while “Photo Lab” lets you develop photos underwater.

There are also a pair of apps, “Little Umbrella” and “Rainy-oke” designed for use with precipitation. Stick around for “Sink Sunk” and “Rainy-oke,” along with credits, after the jump. Read more

Wednesday Morning Stir

-Pinterest introduces its new messaging feature with long-form ad (video above). link

-Jeff Benjamin challenges Gerry Graf, Bob Jeffrey, Martin Sorrell and Ted Royer to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. link

-MRY copywriter attempts to eat only food found around the agency for a month. link

-The history of e-commerce. link

-Brands jump on the “Ice Bucket Challenge” bandwagon. link

-Mobile traffic surpasses desktop for top U.K. magazine and newspaper publishers. link

-Joinery announced the addition of director Georgi Banks-Davies for US representation. link

-Saatchi & Saatchi Singapore and Malaysia announced the appointment of Shannon Cullum as chief executive officer. link

-News and ads to debut on Snapchat. link

-The media industry responds to the accusation that advertising was the Internet’s “original sin.” link

Commonwealth//McCann Wants to Play for Manchester United, Too

In case you thought that the world of football…sorry, soccer…stopped operating after Germany triumphed in Rio this summer, Commonwealth//McCann would like to correct you on behalf of client Chevrolet.

The spot, which stars eleven young people from around the world who jumped at the chance to prove their dedication to Manchester, first aired last weekend to coincide with the team’s first Premier League match.

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Tuesday Odds and Ends


-Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul reunite in Audi’s Emmy promo, which also features Julia Louis-Dreyfus (video above). link

-General Electric launches Isaac Asimov-inspired digital campaign imagining what technology will look like in 2064. link

-DNA announces the addition of Sanaa Hamri to its directorial roster. link

-Copyranter asks “What in the hell has happened to beer advertising?” link

-Young & Rubicam Group Seattle announced the addition of Jennifer Patterson as chief strategy officer yesterday. link

-Sprint introduces rolls out b-to-b brand Sprint Business with new campaign. link

-Design agency HUSH announces the addition of design director Claudia Chagüi. link

W+K Taps Neymar for Nike

With the world’s biggest soccer star set to lace up his cleats again, W+K tapped Neymar Jr. for a new Nike spot promoting the brand’s Hypervenom Phantom Boot worn by the Brazilian forward.

The 60-second spot, entitled “Mirrors,” likens Neymar’s speed and agility to playing with a field full of mirrors. As he makes his way down the field, opponents are unable to tell which is the real Neymar, and end up sliding into glass. Neymar dances around opponents and easily lands a shot in the back of the net, which is followed by the “Deceptive by Nature” tagline. W+K decided to forgo any voiceover or narrative in favor of showing Neymar in action, and the approach works, as the mirrors, coupled with Neymar’s considerable talent make for a visually interesting and entertaining spot. The soundtrack, “Rivers of Blood” by Wu.

Credits below.

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Arnold Gets Critical for PUR Water

PUR Water, provider of filtration systems and the like, has been looking for a new face. After being acquired by P&G in 2012 (marketing by subsidiary Kaz), PUR wanted to redefine its brand.

Creative on the account had been handled by TBWA\Chiat\Day, but the incumbent agency did not participate in the subsequent review, which ended with a win for Arnold Worldwide last December.

This week, Arnold’s ads for the new client launched, marking both the company’s first new campaign since 2008 and the first use of a TV spokesperson for a water filtration brand (store that one somewhere for trivia night).

Here, then, is Arthur Tweedie, water critic:

More spots below.

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Tim Howard Travels (with Love) for Marriott

Today Marriott launched the extension of its earlier #LoveTravels promo campaign with the help of Grey New York on the PR side and its own creative agency behind the scenes.

#LoveTravels initially served to celebrate the D.C. area’s Capital Pride event via a “provocative portrait series” featuring Jason Collins and other gay athletes.

This extension starring newly minted football superstar Tim Howard, however, is another thing. Its first spot is less an ad than an interview:

There are more in that vein.

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