Small Businesses Don’t Like Rogue Consumers’ Negative Opinions

Consumer generated content gets a lot of media attention these days, but there’s one form of CGC that’s generating bad feelings and legal action. According to The New York Times, consumer review site, Yelp, has been hit with three class-action lawsuits from businesses claiming that Yelp sales representatives tried to press the businesses into advertising […]

Consumers Who Make Commercials Are Not Typical Consumers

Shannon Stephaniuk of Glossy was just saying the other day how tired she is of Doritos’ user generated videos. So when her friend, director Aleysa Young, shared her spot for Doritos Viralcity, she was worried that she’d hate it. But she didn’t. Share

All The Science I Don’t Understand

The Rocket Project, created for Sony by 180/Los Angeles is world’s most literal product launch. Eight high school science students are being given Sony VAIO CW series laptops to design and build a high power rocket. The rocket will be 25 feet tall, weigh over 500 pounds and be capable of reaching the stratosphere. It […]

Walgreens Wants To Celebrate Your Love

Walgreens is asking consumers to send in photos of themselves kissing as part of the chain’s Valentine’s Day promotion. Starting today, couples can upload their best kissing photo online at shareakiss.walgreens.com, or get their picture taken in-person at One Times Square. The image will then appear for all to see in Times Square. The billboard […]

Do You Look Good On Webcam? Then You Might Look Good To Playboy.

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Anybody Can Make A Super Bowl Spot. No, Seriously.

Pepsi isn’t going to air any commercials during the Super Bowl this year, but Frito-Lay, the $12 billion unit of PepsiCo will, via their annual consumer generated Crash the Super Bowl campaign. Last year, two unemployed brothers from Batesville, Indiana received $1million from the Frito-Lay’s Doritos brand for trumping the Madison Avenue-made commercials and ranking […]

Sony’s Got The Directions, So Sing, Sing A Song…

Sony’s Singing in the Car campaign relies on consumers vetted by a contest, not actors, in the following spot to promote the nav-u, a vehicle navigation system. According to Japan Trends, the nav-u has all the usual map and GPS functions, plus live updates on traffic and congestion. It can also be taken in and […]

Cali’s Casting Call

California Travel and Tourism Commission is working hard to entice Brits to the Golden State via its new consumer-generated video promotion, California Calling. And what better organic carrot to dangle than the chance to be on TV!? This particular pitch also has an old-fashioned sweeps–the winner gets a seven-day VIP experience in Tinsel Town. Here’s […]

Canadian Celebrity Steve Nash and 50 Cent Appear In Fake Informercial For Real Promotion

Want to create a new flavor of vitaminwater? Great. The brand is asking its fans to help develop the next vitaminwater flavor which will be sold in stores in the spring of 2010. [via Make the Logo Bigger] Share

Maybe Agencies Do Have Reason To Fear The Crowd

The other day I mentioned that I’d look into Ed Cotton’s claim that Unilever brand, Peperami, dropped their agency of record in favor of a more democratic process. Indeed, they did. The pork sausage snack brand is now teamed with Idea Bounty of South Africa to crowdsource the concept for an upcoming campaign. Unilever has […]