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T-Mobile Takes Over Train Station With Spontaneous Dance


Nothing else can put a smile on your face quite like a mob flash dance made of several hundred strangers when you’re least expecting it.  On January 15th, London’s Liverpool Street Station was transformed into a massive dance floor thanks to T-Mobile.

The tagline, ‘€œLife’s for Sharing,’€ is exactly how you feel after watching the YouTube video that was shot with hidden cameras.  What begins with a handful of people quickly molds into an entire train station gettin’ down (grandmas and mohawk rockers alike) to the upbeat music blaring overhead.  Intrigued onlookers’€”no doubt questioning their sanity’€”filmed the whole event via cell phones to later share with family and friends.


Kudos to T-Mobile, and agency Saatchi & Saatchi, for giving us something to laugh at and talk about . . . which was probably the point.  I also love that they thought outside the silos (is it online . . . guerrilla . . . out of home?) and instead focused on building a connection between the experience and the brand, using all the relevant tools at their disposal.

Although many people are criticizing T-Mobile and Saatchi & Saatchi for using regurgitated material, I say anything that brings huge numbers of people together in a way that makes us all feel good just by watching it is a success.  After all, the very message here is that T-Mobile makes it possible for you to share any meaningful moment with the people that matter most.

STAR Showcase Recap


It’s hard to believe that another OAAA STAR Showcase has come and gone. DOmedia made its industry debut at the same event last year and what a difference 12 little months made! While we followed the same itinerary as ’07, everything was bigger, bolder and better in ’08. Continue reading →

The Sky’s the Limit…or not

cloudsx-large.jpgYou may remember us talking about Google advertising on the moon, and then Virgin and Google joining forces to conquer Mars. While those seem to have been elaborate April Fools’ hoaxes, we just ran across another far-fetched advertising opportunity that is, in fact, the real deal.

Remember when you were a kid and you could lay outside looking up at the sky making pictures out of the clouds? Some looked like flowers dancing in the breeze. Others looked like playful dolphins swimming in a vast sea of blue. You get the idea. Well, it seems an Alabama entrepreneur has found a way to customize those cloud shapes into recognizable products and logos. Special effects gurus Francisco Guerra and Brian Glover have parlayed their movie magic talent into the branding world, launching Flogos, “logos that float.” (If you want to see exactly how it works, check out their video on YouTube.”

According to the USA Today article,

“Francisco Guerra, who’s also a former magician, developed a machine that produces tiny bubbles filled with air and a little helium, forms the foam into shapes and pumps them into the sky.

The Walt Disney Co. will use one of the machines next month to send clouds shaped like Mickey Mouse heads into the air at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Guerra said.”

I can see the Targets, Nikes and Apples floating by now. Oh wait, that’s a real cloud.

Orange Barrel Media wins OBIE

nationwide-wallscape-obie.jpgSpecial congrats to Columbus’ own Pete Scantland and the entire team at Orange Barrel on their 2008 OBIE win for their Nationwide “Paint Spill” wallscape. Who says Columbus isn’t on the cutting edge of advertising! Way to go, guys!!

DOmedia & OOH Connect: Happy Together

domedia-oohc-logos.jpgHave you heard the news? Effective today, DOmedia has merged with OOH Connect (aka Out of Home Connect), an industry website with a similar vision to simplify the discovery and coordination of alternative advertising media. Managing partner, Kim Ramser, is a veteran of the outdoor advertising world, having built her career with such notable organizations as Clear Channel Outdoor and the Outdoor Advertising Association of America (OAAA). She brings a wealth of experience and a well-rounded perspective to the DOmedia team. We are looking forward to working with her going forward.

Now, as excited as we are about this news (heck, we’ve been looking forward to this day for several weeks now) perhaps more surprising has been the amazing media response we’ve received following the press release (which hit the news wires this morning). Already, blue-chip publications Adweek, Mediaweek and Columbus Business Journal have covered our announcement. We also hit the Yahoo! Finance News. Given the fact that the news officially broke less than 12 hours ago, that’s not bad coverage.

We’re still working through the details of the integration, but in the short term, you will begin to notice a lot of cross-promotion between our two sites and we’ll each begin leveraging each other’s strengths (information on the OOH Connect site, marketplace tools on the DOmedia site) via cross-links to richen the experience for all of our users.

The best news out of this is the simple fact that working together will allow us to accelerate our development of a content- and feature-rich online resource that will make our customers’ lives just a little easier…and have a lot of fun getting there!