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Ad agencies often have bizarre, unorthodox websites. But how about an agency that moves its entire website over to YouTube?
posted by Vhanudux (27 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite

 
I remember being at a large candy company or cereal company site several months ago and all the pages on the site were links to outside social media pages. So the about page went to wikipedia. The images link went to flickr. Videos youtube, etc.

I can't for the life of me remember exactly what product is was, but it was a well know large product.
posted by travis08 at 1:48 PM on November 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


I found it - skittles. Taste the rainbow!
posted by travis08 at 1:51 PM on November 6, 2009


Boy howdy those folks at Boone ʎǝlʞɐO are sure convinced about how clever they are.
posted by dersins at 1:54 PM on November 6, 2009


It is quite impressive. I saw it on some google wave presentation recently.
posted by humannaire at 2:01 PM on November 6, 2009


Wake me up when an agency moves their website to the YouTube comment section.
posted by vectr at 2:02 PM on November 6, 2009


Well, I liked it.
posted by Sys Rq at 2:05 PM on November 6, 2009


I found it - skittles. Taste the rainbow!

They've realized they can't control the internet and what is said about their products, but they can participate in the discussion. It's pretty smart.
posted by bradbane at 2:28 PM on November 6, 2009


Pretty well executed. Now someone can do a really colorful good-looking version.
posted by autodidact at 2:29 PM on November 6, 2009


I am pleased to offer a dissenting view: Holy shit, where can I get some of the opium these guys are smoking?

Hey, "creatives," people who actually create stuff want their word back.
posted by killdevil at 2:41 PM on November 6, 2009 [2 favorites]


When the skittles came out, adpeeps (me included) were kvetching that it was a knockoff of Modernista!'s website.
posted by dabitch at 3:21 PM on November 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


They've realized they can't control the internet and what is said about their products, but they can participate in the discussion. It's pretty smart.

No, they found if they pull a cheap stunt, people will link to them, where they otherwise wouldn't.
posted by delmoi at 3:38 PM on November 6, 2009


Hey, "creatives," people who actually create stuff want their word back.

Video not stuff now?
posted by smackfu at 3:53 PM on November 6, 2009


That idea at the bottom of the video, pointing out different segments of the video along the progress bar, is an idea worth stealing.
posted by twoleftfeet at 4:07 PM on November 6, 2009


"...and come down and visit our corporate offices at our glamorous downtown Starbucks location."
posted by Rhomboid at 4:24 PM on November 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


I have a few problems with ad agencies web sites.

Web is a communication tool - put your fucking phone number somewhere prominent and easy to get to, and no, I don't want to see how awesome your flash developing skills are.

You mean you can get a cube to rotate? NO WAY! Fuck, sign me up.

Your awesome flash developing skills mean that I can't select text from your site meaning that I can't copy content from your site, or search google (or bing wtf that is) for that phrase.
posted by mattoxic at 4:48 PM on November 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


Typically you can chart trends in what production departments are rating as cool technologies to use in the execution of agency sites.

For instance, from a few years ago, Wieden + Kennedy by Marcos Weskamp, very taxonomy-heavy and timeline-y...

Last year, Hal Riney & Partners' webcam/hand controlled site...

We have yet to see an augmented reality agency site but mark my words, 2010, we will.
posted by paryshnikov at 5:07 PM on November 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


smart but I'm tired of it already
posted by philip-random at 8:04 PM on November 6, 2009


HA HA! NICE JOKES DUDES. VERY FUNNY. LOVED TEHM.
posted by Damn That Television at 9:34 PM on November 6, 2009


Why does the Skittles website demand I tell them my age? Is there some shocking R-rated skittles content I'm missing out on?
posted by mek at 1:40 AM on November 7, 2009


mattoxic cp+b's website is the antidote to all of that - it drags mentions of them in from twitter and god knows where else. I hear you about the flash websites. Tres annoying.
posted by dabitch at 2:56 AM on November 7, 2009


Hey, "creatives," people who actually create stuff want their word back.
since you're talking to me let me assure you I do actually create stuff and that nothing is stopping you from calling yourself whatever you like, including craftsman. I am however going to stop if you try to tell me what I cannot call myself.

bizarre, unorthodox websites.
republik and droga are terrible examples. there is nothing bizarre or unorthodox about their sites. for unorthodox consider the site modernista! has built. bizarre? perhaps the wieden+kennedy site, though it's nowhere near praystation, which I think is the spirit they were chanelling.

booneoakley on the other hand does have a great site. it's a cute idea and I applaud them for it though I am certain they would have preferred putting their energy to use on a great client instead.
posted by krautland at 8:21 AM on November 7, 2009


too bad the cliffbot won't be around for much longer, I suppose.
posted by krautland at 8:26 AM on November 7, 2009


Why does the Skittles website demand I tell them my age? Is there some shocking R-rated skittles content I'm missing out on?

Duh, of course there is. What did you think "Taste the Rainbow" meant?
posted by Sys Rq at 11:02 AM on November 7, 2009 [1 favorite]


hey, that modernisya thing is awesome. i am there now and typing this!

also: the "Hal Riney & Partners' webcam/hand controlled site" is terrible.
posted by marienbad at 11:54 AM on November 7, 2009


wow, it worked, that is all kinds of awesome
posted by marienbad at 11:54 AM on November 7, 2009


The Flash sites are stupid. That's not the web but a browser-delivered client-side binary.

Hosting your entire website on YouTube, however, is brilliant. Technically YouTube is Flash. You got me there, but parasitizing YouTube to pay your hosting fees and provide relatively high levels of uptime is clever and awesome.

It's like when someone realized email could be hosted through the web.
posted by mistersquid at 2:42 PM on November 7, 2009


It's like when someone realized email could be hosted through the web.

That hurts my head.
posted by rokusan at 3:29 AM on November 9, 2009


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