Microsoft’s Golden Globes ads celebrate underdog status

Microsoft’s ads ask us to stand out from the crowd and “Be What’s Next.” OK, but I’m still not using Bing OR your phone.

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I confess to having a soft spot for much of Microsoft’s recent advertising. Mainly because it bothers to appeal to my soft spot.

The company decided to use the glamour of the Golden Globes ceremony to remind people of their innate love for the underdog. In this case, the struggling, table-waiting, eating-out-of-a-tin actor.

In new ads, we see what appears to be an audition. Actors express their love of their craft, their commitment to it. They end with a different Microsoft brand “precongratulating” the Golden Globes stars of tomorrow and offering the tagline “Be What’s Next.”

The most moving line is offered by an actor who says, “I’d rather fail at this than succeed at doing anything else.”

In showing such vulnerable emotions, Microsoft is, perhaps, trying to help you change your perception that it is this big, nasty monolith with all the warm feelings of a Nordic Genghis Khan.

Perhaps it is reminding you that Windows Phone and Bing are charming underdogs who, one day, with your undying support, could win the Golden Globes of mobile and search.

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Google shares “Display advertising is transforming rapidly, and is at a critical inflection point.”

Google has put together “Watch This Space” to see how advertisers are currently innovating in this space and to offer advertising solutions.


I found out about this site from a New York Times ad. I’m sure the Google analytic team sent me an email about it earlier. It must have gotten lost among their many, many, other emails, so I probably just ignored it. Interestingly enough, I found out about this new Google offering the good fashioned way, from a print newspaper ad. Go figure. Why do I find that simply hilarious!

Can You MAKE Content Go Viral? The Science Behind Viral Brand Marketing

I always hate it when a client says, “I want to do this, that and the other and then I want to make it go viral”. I shoot back you can’t make anything go viral. You sneeze and you may or may not pass on the virus. It’s the same on the Internet. You post good content and it may or may not catch on. Apparently I am incorrect and there is a science to sharing with platforms that inject data into the “art of going viral”.

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In 2001, grad student Jonah Peretti accidentally created an Internet sensation when e-mails of his attempts to put “sweatshop” on sneakers customized with Nike ID went viral. In 2005, he set out to repeat his unexpected success with far different content: Black People Love Us, a parody site of a quintessentially white couple’s efforts to ingratiate themselves with African Americans. It also became a viral hit.

This convinced Peretti that the “mysterious” world of viral content can be broken down and made somewhat predictable. He went on to found content-sharing platform BuzzFeed in 2006 on the proposition that science can be applied to content creation to up the chances of viral appeal.

“There’s an underlying human impulse to share ideas and experiences,” said Peretti. “There are certain types of content that make you want to share them because they’ve put you in a social mind-set.”

Now, BuzzFeed and other Web-sharing platforms such as StumbleUpon, Digg and even Twitter and Facebook are providing advertisers with an entrée into the stream of shared content by posting brand content on their sites. On top of this, they’re then using the viral data to help ignite sharing that can meld paid impressions with earned media.

They’ve done just that for advertisers like National Geographic, AOL and DonQ.

Last week, Pepsi began a test with BuzzFeed to see if it could generate what PepsiCo Beverages head of digital Shiv Singh calls “impressions plus.” Pepsi already had a TV spot that recently proved popular on YouTube, with 100,000 views in under a week. BuzzFeed, knowing that content with lists is more often shared, used the spot in a content package called “Top 10 Most Iconic Pepsi Commercials of All Time.” It has proven only mildly popular, netting 946 viral views on top of 2,700 seeded views.

Singh said Pepsi would evaluate the best way to utilize BuzzFeed based on its performance so far.

There’s a persistent argument that if a brand’s content is good enough — think: the recent Old Spice “The Man Your Man Could Smell Like” social media response campaign — it doesn’t need advertising. But that’s mostly a myth, Peretti contends, pointing out that even Burger King’s “Subservient Chicken” benefited from a national TV campaign promoting the site.


Fake Vintage Ads For Facebook, YouTube & Skype. Very FUNNY!!

I have a thing for vintage ads. These are a hoot!

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Sao Paulo ad agency Moma created a wondeful series of fake vintage ads for Facebook, YouTube and Skype as part of the “Everything Ages Fast” ad campaign for Maximidia Seminars.

via This Isn’t Happiness &Ads of The World