Retaliation Marketing : Wikileaks vs Mastercard!

I did like a lot the original Mastercard advertising campaign, compairing the price of usual purchase to the "priceless" quality of the emotions and memories some of those purchases can provide us with.

However I did not know that Mastercard had blocked the donations to Wikileaks that used to be possible through its payment system (following pressures from the US?) Plus, they were not the only ones..

And I just love the way Julian Assange retaliates, thanks to this great parody of the Mastercard commercial.

A good David vs Goliath example, yet know David has the power of the Net to help spreads his message, and is much more powerful!

Thanks cread :)

P.S : This is not the first Parody of the Mastercard commercial, there have been many more ..but I doubt they like this new one.

PPS : You may also like the parody of the VW "stars wars" commercial by Greenpeace..:)

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Less is more

As I said in my last Neutrogena post, and like Kelly says on her blog, I covet simplicity in design ... and advertising!

albert exergian miami vice.jpgThanks to an old GQ issue (Yes, girls read GQ too!) I discovered the art works of graphic designer Albert Exergian, illustrating TV series. (Like Miami Vice here)

(And many other blogggers have commented them!)

Simple, evident, streamlined, ... just brilliant !

(though some imply a real good knowledge of the program to understand the references and humour..)

Enjoy some here, about Mac Gyver, Sex and the City, Prison Break or Star Trek..

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And more there on his website or his... printer. (yes! you can buy them!)







My personal favorite is this one (but you need to make it bigger.. :) )

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What else ?

He even did it for songs ! (see here)

well done!


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Would-be advertising ?

Thanks to the blog of Brand-development team, I can share with you the Ikea TV-web-to-be-buzzed advert

As Philip says..a little short of brilliant !

Components of the success?

  1. A tune that wriggles your mind for many hours after hearing it
  2. An extremely clever filming and editing
  3. Humour and wit
  4. Nothing tells you it's an advert... and yet so many people and sites talk about it that everybody knows now it's an IKEA ad!

In this case, like M. Cherifi-Buzzman was explaining  during the Nuit du marketing (and as he did for the Tipp-ex ad), most of the budget was used for the realisation of the film , and very little on the media space purchase ...because people and on-lookers did the media spread themselves!

Yes dear, I found my kitchen through the grapevine ...:)

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Xmas in the USA

Last week, as mentionned in my last post, I was travelling for my job in the USA

It first started quite well, as we were seated in Business Class for the transatlantic flight (my first and very enjoyable real sleep across the ocean). But upon landing on american grounds it went downhill very steeply !

For we had chosen the very worst week-end of the year to travel, right after Thanksgiving, when half the american population travels back home and air traffic is at its peak!
And rain and wind were pouring all over the east coast, delaying flights all over the zone.
And we had also chosen, for cost and destination reasons, the worst airport in the US and the worst airline, namely Philladelphia and US Airways!

So after our 5.30 PM connection flight was cancelled , and we negotiated to be booked on the following 11PM flight, we had a lot of time to visit the commercial zones and tour around souvenirs shops, or the GAP shop to buy nightgear and extra nickers (in case we had to sleepover without our luggage, which was waiting for the plane too...). We even tested the massage shops !

But then our plane was delayed to 12.15, then to 12.45 , then to 1.15AM, then to 1.40AM.......
By that time I had slept on my suitcase, on a chair, on the floor..
We finally took off at 2AM after 10 hours spent in the airport, and when we arrived at the hotel, I had been "awake" more than 28 hours!! A good start , huh ?

Luckily after that, all went well

We visited our cousin company to discover (if ever there was any doubt) that americans are far better organised than us to take care of their customers. It is quite amazing how their operations are optimised to help salespeople deal with sales only and not bother with administrative stuff, and how everybody is dedicated to doing business and delivering the best service possible.

And the trip was actually fun in terms of American-way-of-life observation :

866182083.jpgWe watched live on TV Obama announcing that Hillary Clinton was to be his Secretary of State (not as moving as watching the news from France the day he was elected, but still a big moment !)

We witnessed in real life, (and not through the TV series) the larger-than-life beverage and food serving in the restaurants, or the enormous SUV cars where every driver has a cup holder.

We looked in hilarious amazement as those huge billboards along the interstate highway, that were promoting hollywood-movie-looking lawyers ready to help you make money in case of medical malpractice or personal injury. Or doctors promoting in 1m large letters... a vasectomy !!

And we listened all day long to Christmas carols, in hotels, elevators, shops, gardens, restaurants, played on all rythms and style (I personnaly recognised "Jingle Bells" in classic, reggae, blues, groove, R&B, jazz and calypso style!!) But it all sounded really weird under the palm trees and 77°F (25°C) down in Florida !

It was finally quite interesting, despite the horrendously silly TV ads that spoilt my only "Dr House" TV night...

Merry Christmas to you all !

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