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FCB West Gets Interactive for Dragon Age: Inquisition

FCB West created a campaign promoting the release of Electronic Art’s Dragon Age Inquisition, centered around broadcast and online trailers.

The trailers feature dramatic gameplay footage designed to pique viewers interest in the game, which was released this Thursday. In the 80-second broadcast spot, “The Breach,” for example, an epic battle ends with a dragon blowing fire at the screen, which turns into the title and release date, accompanied by the tagline “Lead them or fall.”

But FCB West’s campaign doesn’t end with the trailers, as the agency created a whole interactive experience which “both challenges and rewards fans with bonus content like no other advertising campaign to date.” The agency created “Quest for the Red Lyrium Reapers,” an interactive experience at DragonAge.com which challenges players with finding hidden content within the game’s campaign videos, and offers a unique incentive: an in-game weapons pack. It’s an interesting approach to get fans engaged with FCB’s campaign, and one that makes the content relevant past the release date. Stick around for the online trailer (along with credits) after the jump. Read more

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twofifteenmccann Crafts ‘#ThumbMoments’ for Pandora

twofifteenmccann have created a new campaign for online radio service Pandora, entitled “#ThumbMoments.”

Users of the service typically give a song a thumbs up to favorite a song, and a thumbs down to not hear the song on their station again. But on September 5th, twofifteenmccann and Pandora made the thumbs up much more meaningful. Fans who favorited a song by Lindsey Sterling, the song was interrupted by a live message from the star, followed by a one-on-one concert for the fan. Over the course of three hours, Sterling performed seven of these concerts for Pandora listeners. Their reactions form the backbone of the new online campaign, which debuted today.

The emphasis on the thumbs up emphasizes one of the service’s more recognizable features, and allows for Pandora to surprise fans of other artists with similar concerts in the future. Indeed, The New York Times reports that future “commercials will follow the same format, but Pandora declined to name participating musicians.” Additionally, hitting thumbs up for certain (unspecified) artists in the future will result in fans receiving “thumb gifts,” such as signed instruments.

“It was very emotional for listeners, and very emotional for Lindsey, too, because she could see them one-to-one in a way that she doesn’t even get to in a concert,” James Robinson, chief creative officer of twofifteenmccann, told The New York Times of the campaign. “She could see what her music meant to these people.” Read more

Muh-Tay-Zik | Hof-fer Launches New Golden State Warriors Spot, ‘Fast Break’

San Francisco-based agency MUH-TAY-ZIK | HOF-FER just launched “Fast Break,” the third installment in their#WeAreWarriors campaign for the NBA’s Golden State Warriors, featuring real-life fans and Golden State Warriors players.

“Fast Break” features Warriors forward Harrison Barnes dunking over fan Romel Marquez of SEC 213, ROW 12 ((just barely, though, as dude almost took a crotch to the face). Everyone likes to see fans interact with their favorite players, imaging the excitement they must be feeling meeting one of their favorite athletes and getting a kind of vicarious thrill through that, and referring to the fans’ seat number is a nice touch. It makes the leap from the ad to the action on the court, while suggesting a connection between the team and its most devoted fans.

“Fast Break” follows on the heels of “Assist” and “A Little Help,” which kicked off the #WeAreWarriors campaign at the beginning of the season. “Ice Bath” will follow and conclude the campaign. Stick around for credits and “Assist,” starring Klay Thompson, after the jump. Read more

Muhtayzik Hoffer Study Reveals Kids Have Self-Control If Promised Annie’s Mac and Cheese Pizza

If you could immediately eat a slice of pizza and a bowl of mac and cheese or wait 10 minutes for an entire mac and cheese pizza, would you have the discipline to hold out? Would you want to hold out? Personally, I’d choose the separate dishes, but the question is the basis for a new experimental video from Muhtayzik Hoffer for the Annie’s “Good and Good” campaign.

The behavioral study is a riff on the Stanford Unviersity Marshmallow experiment from the 1960s and 70s, where kids were offered one small reward immediately versus two rewards after a waiting period. The Annie’s study is actually an inverse of this, two rewards to one, but the sentiment still comes across. The kids are all cute, and a few of them can’t wait any longer to destroy the two comfort foods. Some of the other cute kids wait it out. We aren’t given specific data, but the video is a unique, intellectual advertisement. And for the followup study, Annie’s can always track the elevated cholesterol levels of kids who become obsessed with mac and cheese pizza. Credits after the jump.

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Muh-Tay-Zik Hof-fer Lets Fans Take the Court Against Golden State Warriors

#WeAreWarriors, the latest social and broadcast Golden State Warriors campaign from MUH·TAY·ZIK HOF·FER, shows what would happen if NBA fans got to take the court with their favorite team’s NBA players. The sentiment is spot-on, especially considering how fans like to use the first-person plural when talking about their teams, even though these fans are not paid to play basketball for a living. The Warriors have always been progressive with their social media and fan interaction – including last year’s promotional Social Media Night – and this is another way for the organization to connect on and off the court with fans.

The 30-second spot titled “A Little Help” shows one average Joe getting posted up by Warriors 7-foot Australian behemoth Andrew Bogut. Unfortunately, because of the height difference, the fan’s face keeps bouncing against Bogut’s butt. But like most crazy sports fans, he probably liked it. And he probably bragged about it to his friends. And deep down, his friends were probably jealous. There will be three additional #WeAreWarriors spots in the future, all of which are focused on the team’s fans. Here’s to hoping they will also include Warriors guard Kent Bazemore (seen here as the other guy offering a hand to help up the fallen fan). Bazemore is the NBA’s best and most-celebrated benchwarmer. You can see why here. Yes, a fan created a compilation video of Bazemore’s bench celebrations. That’s wonderful.

The ad is directed by MTZHF co-founder/ECD John Matejczyk and written by its ACD/CW, Josh Bogdan. Credits and some behind-the-scenes footage after the jump.

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Microsoft Advertising, twofifteenmccann Talk to Unlikely Visionaries

Tapping into kids’ insight is no new tactic, but who can fault an agency for once again asking wide-eyed young “visionaries” to inspire the future? Kids are so charmingly stuttering, so clearly genuine, that they bring a persuasive power to any cause. San Francisco’s twofifteenmccann’s latest work for Microsoft Advertising is no exception.

The agency debuted this film at Cannes last week. Backed by uplifting piano notes, a handful of children talk about their visions for technological innovation, including smart refrigerators (“…Pizza! It’d be like, ‘whooosh!’”) and virtual dressing rooms (for ninja outfits in particular). As each child recounts their vision, an animated prototype of the technology floats next to them.

As hopeful as this ad is, there inevitably comes a point when kids stop thinking quite so big, and instead adopt trademark adult cynicism. Let’s hope Microsoft Advertising really can activate child-like wonder and imagination as they do their work. Many of these kids’ ideas are already on their way—what will they (adults and children) think of next?

Credits after the jump.

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