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Here’s Your First Airbnb Spot by Pereira & O’Dell

Now that Airbnb, that controversial apartment “sharing” (read: renting) business, has grown beyond its startup roots to become a company with an estimated value greater than the entire Hyatt Corporation, it needs a little creative work to show the world what it’s all about.

Today Pereira & O’Dell provided that work in the form of the very first Airbnb spot:

We’re not sure whether the business will catch on with the public at large and we can’t imagine warming to the idea of swapping apartments with strangers, but we also can’t think of a better way to summarize Airbnb’s appeal than with a series of views from alternate windows in a “you could be here, or here, or here” montage.

Unfortunately, you may still have a tough time describing the company’s product to your grandmother.

Credits after the jump.

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Tool Welcomes Christopher Neff as Digital Executive Producer

Chris-NeffProduction company Tool has just announced the addition of Christopher Neff as executive producer for their digital team.

Neff joins Tool from 180LA, where he served as director of interactive production. While at 180LA, Neff worked on such notable projects as Pepsi’s “Now is What You Make It” World Cup campaign and HP’s award-winning interactive YouTube experience “2Days Beat.” He also won a One Show Interactive award in 2012 for his work on Sony’s Facebook-based, Google Earth-enabled, $1 million digital treasure hunt.

Tool Digital Managing Partner Dustin Callif was excited to welcome Neff aboard, saying, “Chris brings a passion for digital production that is a perfect fit for what we’re looking to accomplish. He is an ideal person to help evolve and grow our digital capabilities.”

Macklemore, Ryan Lewis Bring Grammy Life to NYC Bus

Most likely, this video of Macklemore and his Jazzy Jeff shadow Ryan Lewis is a staged marketing effort from TBWA\Chiat\Day LA to promote the 56th Grammy Awards. The two musicians hop on a New York City bus with a boombox and start performing an impromptu concert full of Macklemore’s signature exuberance and corny hand movements. The riders on the bus start dancing and feeling the music – the bus driver even starts clapping on (probably fake) closed circuit footage.

I’d probably react the same way if Macklemore came on the crosstown bus. But you know how I know it’s not real? Because if anyone came on NYC public transportation with a boombox and started making noise, there will undoubtedly be at least two people who hate it and tell them to shut it off before they turn into depressed and sarcastic versions of the Hulk.

But whether it is real or not, the question everyone wants to know is: where is Ray Dalton? Credits after the jump.

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WCRS, Tool Craft ‘Interactive 360° Film’ for New, Electric BMW

The next time some douchey middle-aged accountant cuts you off at a stoplight, it could be in an electric car!

BMW (the official car company of overly-entitled drivers in the tri-state area), is unveiling its first ever electric car, the BMW i3, in grand style with “the world’s first interactive 360° film.” Created by agency WCRS in collaboration with Mustard Films and Tool, the app entitled “Become Electric” is designed to promote a first-of-its-kind car with a unique visual experience. It was just made available for download worldwide.

“Our idea was to create the first ever 360° virtual test drive film. By producing it as an App for mobile and tablets we were able to put the viewer in control and give them a unique, personalised experience that would entertain as well as allow them to experience the car,” says WCRS Creative Director Ross Neil. BMW i Communications Manager Nicola Green hopes that the app will lead viewers to test drive the car in real life. Some drivers might take a little convincing to get on board with the idea of an electric car (especially those used to luxury/performance vehicles), and the immersive experience created by the parties involved could be the thing that helps convince them.

So the next time some entitled prick dangerously weaves in and out of lanes because he has an expensive car and therefore owns the road, at least he won’t be contributing to the greenhouse effect. Thanks, BMW!

You can download the app at the iTunes store here, or at the Google Play store here. Credits after the jump.

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TBWA, Tool Craft Passion Genome Campaign Extension for Nissan

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TBWA\Chiat\Day LA and Tool have created a neat social extension of the TVC from a couple of months ago to promote the Nissan 2014 Versa Note.

The Passion Genome site allows users to “see the passions they share with their friends illustrated in a Passion Portrait, a personalized, interactive visualization of themselves.” How does that work exactly? Well, basically you link your Facebook account to the site so it can analyze your info and you choose a photo to represent yourself. It didn’t work so well for me, but then I don’t have any decent portrait shots on Facebook (my profile pic is currently a sloth astronaut).

Nissan seems very excited about the project as Jon Brancheau, VP/marketing for the automaker’s North American ops, says in a statement,”The Passion Genome displays passions and connections in an extraordinary and fascinating way, and we at Nissan can’t wait to see how it resonates with everyone who explores it.” The project was inspired by the idea that the 2014 Versa Note has a “sculpted, modern look” that “reflects the active lives of its target buyers.” That may be a bit of a stretch, but that’s no matter. People will share this on Facebook and spread awareness for Nissan. Especially because if you share your Passion Portrait on Facebook or Twitter (using the #PassionPortrait hashtag) you could win one of eight $1,000 gift cards from Amazon.com and have your portrait featured on PassionGenome.com. Go try it for yourself, and feel free to link to your Passion Portrait in the comments section. Credits after the jump.  Read more

Sears’ Diehard Batteries Will Survive the Zombie Apocalypse

Including a narrative is usually a good way for a commercial to hook the audience with creativity, but this Y&R Midwest zombie spot for Sears actually overdoes the narrative focus to the point where the  brand association is almost negligible. We know, zombies are popular, but it seems like the creatives put more time into the character development of the actors than organically integrating the product. Somebody really enjoys The Walking Dead.

The setup: a girl and a guy running from zombies try to escape in separate cars. The guy’s car won’t start, but the girl’s car has a Diehard battery that is still kicking even after the apocalypse, which is conceptually clever. But, the 70-second running time is too long for the two-second insert shot of a Diehard battery at the very end. If the first 35 seconds of the ad were cut, the relevant story points would still be in tact. There’s also a #SurviveZombies for brand engagement, but if you want or need a reliable car battery, you probably don’t care about hashtags or zombies. Credits after jump.

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GoDaddy Finally Moves Away from Douchebag Ads with ‘TMI’

About a year ago, GoDaddy hired Deutsch New York as their creative agency, and the world wondered whether we’d see the end of the “GoDaddy Girls” gimmick, or even the beginning of a more nuanced campaign. Instead, during this year’s Super Bowl, GoDaddy offered us Bar Rafaeli (“sexy”) making out with a red-faced man named Walter (“smart”). Danica Patrick narrated and did her best not to look embarrassed. Our op-ed contributor at the time, WWD&S co-head Harry Woods, may have captured the most accurate reaction: “The whole ugly thing once again sent us reaching for a wing bone, nacho or beer bottle cap to dig our eyes out.”

Thankfully no eyeball gouging is necessary with GoDaddy’s latest spot. In it, a Ron Weasley-esque man is introduced to the GoDaddy team. His name and its closest iterations are already taken by his colleagues, so the team tosses around other possibilities. Anyone who’s thought about buying a domain name is familiar with this brainstorming process, and Deutsch did well personifying it. The whole thing is off-kilter and amusing, and finally we see Danica Patrick in racing gear, not heels. She’s still hot.

Here’s hoping GoDaddy continues the curve away from their signature blunt, sensationalist spots.

Credits after the jump. [Ed: Welcome back, Ella]

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Let’s Wind Down the Day with a Brutal Film Festival Promo from RPA & Tool, Shall We?

As the opening moments states, viewer discretion is advised with this lengthy promo from RPA and Tool, who for the fourth year in a row are teaming up to hype the Newport Beach Film Festival. If you haven’t seen Corbin’s Bernsen‘s epic, award-winning (ok, not really) The Dentist saga or better yet The Marathon Man, consider this clip called “Mandible” the Cliff’s Notes version.

Again, this is not for the squeamish (though as a horror fan it’s not all that shocking; as a guy who’s got a dentist appointment next week, that’s another story), but in a statement regarding “Mandible,” RPA creative director Scott McDonald says, “We wanted to demonstrate the power of film by taking audiences to a heightened state of emotion and then pulling them back to reality, reminding them that they’re watching particles of light on a screen.” Perhaps what we’re seeing is how RPA felt during the recent Honda review, but who knows, they came out of it pretty OK and so will you. The Newport Beach Film Festival begins April 25 and runs through May 2. Enjoy the show, kids. Credits after the jump.

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Wednesday Morning Stir

-Bi-coastal production company Tool has promoted four-year vet Dustin Callif, who founded said shop’s digital division back in 2009, to managing partner, digital.

-For those in their mid-30s like yours truly and older, perhaps you remember the “Pardon Me” Grey Poupon spots, which was  subsequently parodied ad nauseum. Now, CP+B has resurrected the ad and continues the story in a new spot called “The Chase” (not to be confused with another “The Chase” from back in the day).

-NY/Chicago/Dallas/L.A. editorial shop Red Car has welcomed editors Keith Kristinat and David Rosenblatt to its Chi-town roster.

-On the same note, post-production boutique Wild(child) has added editor Sven Herrmann to its roster. link

-Nashville/D.C.-based shop iostudio has been named AOR for Whisper Creek Tennessee Sipping Cream, the flagship product offered by SPEAKeasy Spirits. From what we’ve been told, the agreement with iostudio marks the brand’s first formal agency relationship that developed after iostudio completed an individual promotional project for the brand.

-Looks like the Office Depot/OfficeMax acquisition rumors were true. link

Out with the New, In with the Old for National Sweater Day

Turn up those hearing aids…Toronto agency john st. has brought back its Granny-themed National Sweater Day campaign for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Ruth, Florence, Audrey, and a few other lovely ladies from Granny Call Centre 82.0 are back to convince Canadians to wear sweaters and lower the heater on Feb. 7 in an effort to save energy. You should check out the campaign’s site to meet all the grannies and read background info for the cause. You also have the option of nominating your own grandmother if she’s into ugly sweaters and environmental awareness.

The aforementioned john st. which recently amused us with its “Buyral” spoof, tapped into the secret of advertising for this one: Either cute babies or charming grandparents equals success. The only thing missing from the videos is a cutaway to cute babies in ugly sweaters. That would’ve been the equivalent of back-to-back Bingo’s in the nursing home. But the National Sweater Day campaign is still a smart revival for a good cause. Betty White better watch her back. Credits after the jump.

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