December 17, 2011
It is that time of the year to pick Top 10s. Here is my list of 10 favourite ads in 2011. Please share your favourite ad or ads in the comment section.
The T-Mobile Royal Wedding – who would forget this timely and well-produced ad? :)
Maria Aragon – Born This Way (Cover) by Lady Gaga – A self-promotional video by the 7-year-old Maria. A video that connected her with Lady Gaga and the rest is history and legend. I say a win-win for Maria and Gaga.
BORN THIS WAY – Lady Gaga performs with Maria Aragon live in Toronto (March 3rd) – One small promise kept by Lady Gaga has helped Maria fulfill some of her dreams for sure.
Motorola – Empower the People – Good ad, too bad the product was priced too high and the product never sell too well. [blogged in Feb 2011]
NextBigThing 60 Final – Samsung
Lenovo “Boot Or Bust” Air Drop – Turning something as boring/technical as a 10 seconds boot time into a dramatic ad with its “behind the scene” making of video is definitely a great idea executed well.
Zeitgeist 2011: Year In Review – A great way to advertise a whole bunch of Google products in a way that you want to watch the video! Nicely done.
Time Is Love 2011電視廣告「這三年間」- 2分鐘電視劇場版 – (Chinese ad, love this short version)
Google Chrome: Lady Gaga – Google: “The Web Is What You Make of It” Agency: Google Creative Lab Launch date: May 2 Views: 21.2 million [HT AdAge]
Google Chrome: Justin Bieber – Google: “The Web Is What You Make of It” Agency: Google Creative Lab Launch date: May 2 Views: 21.2 million [HT AdAge]
Jennifer Lopez – Papi – Fiat: “Life Is Best When Driven” Agency: Doner Launch date: Sept. 12 Views: 27.4 million. I didn’t like it at first but have grown to enjoy it by the end of the 5+ minutes music video/ad. [HT AdAge]
April 25, 2011
Went to check out Calgary Farmers’ Market at its new location this past weekend and I am happy to see the market back in business. At the same time, I wasn’t alone in noticing the parking problem as I ended up parking further away to avoid the lineup. Mind you, I was a bit surprised to find a gun store/shooting range next door from the Farmers’ Market ! When reporting about the parking situation, CTV Calgary even has this bit (emphasis added),
“At the shooting range next door, the owner says it’s been a little tough having to watch over their designated parking spots.
“We’re trying to police politely our stalls. I mean we don’t want to get into a confrontation over parking but because our members, especially the membership that come in, they’re carrying firearms, they’re coming here to shoot so we want them to be with the firearms a short a distance as possible,” says JR Cox.”
Here is a video of Calgary Farmers’ Market.
See also Calgary Herald, “Calgary Farmers’ Market reopens today at new S.E. location“