Calling All Marketers — Inspiraton, Anyone?

InspirationAnyone Following up from the Microsoft teaser, the full-length video is now available.

With the first instalment in this series entitled The Breakup, the intention was to raise debate. Microsoft boldly tackled the issue around the shifting nature of the consumer-advertiser relationship, and invited marketers into the conversation. It certainly was not the type of communication or advertising I expected from Microsoft — and it did capture a lot of attention at the time of launch.

But with this sequel there is a wholly different challenge. Geert Desager and Kris Hoet are clearly taking another step — to facilitate the establishment of a marketing community (moving from conversation to action?). In the process, they are taking a sweep at brands, agencies and all the folks who inhabit them. There are some great lines, including “I tried to look up that Web 2.0 thing you told be about, I just couldn’t find the exact URL”. Let’s face it both agencies and marketers are easy targets (and we provide so much fodder) … so you are bound to raise a chuckle or two.

However, if you do want to move beyond the banter, the site Get Inspired Here is the place you can go. Over the coming weeks (and in the wake of Cannes), there is bound to be plenty of discussion, taunting and maybe even a little creativity. Get your full feed here. Hopefully there are more surprises in store!

Microsoft Digital Advertising’s Inspiration, Anyone?

If you were lucky enough, last week you would have seen some constructed outtakes of Geert Desager’s next instalment of Bring the Love Back on Facebook. But now, you can get a preview of it right here!

It is called "Inspiration, Anyone?" (prompting calls of Bueller, Bueller?), and it looks at the ongoing fallout between brands and consumers. Interestingly, it looks like there could be some collateral damage — with the preview taking a swipe at advertising agencies as well. Looks like the sacred cow, may in fact, be purple. Can’t wait for the full release.