Category Archives: web randomness

Stuff Worth Reading/Watching this week

Every once and a while I run across some cool stuff on the web that I think is worth sharing.  Instead of posting a bunch of links to Facebook, I thought this was better.

Their Christmas video was better than our card:

Watts Family Christmas Photo

Watts Family Christmas Photo

Arriving in mailboxes everywhere this year!

A Map of how educated the US is

A Map of how educated the US is

Apple Christmas Video (tear jerkier):

Stop complaining about your weather:

Do you remember 1994?

This is a long one, but pretty cool if you want to watch:

A one-hour show on the Making of Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark:

For F1 Fans, this one is an hour long so give yourself some time:

And I think that is enough for this time.


Emily Victoria – our second li’l girl

Emily is growing so quickly.  At her one-month appointment 10/09/2013, she weighed 10 lbs. 14 oz. and was 23 in. long.  Today, 10/18/2013, she rolled over for the first time.  Since birth, she's been able to lift her head up.  Samantha is a very helpful and loving big sister.

Emily was born at St. Jude Medical Center, Fullerton, CA on September 7, 2013 at 3:45PM.  She weighed 9 lbs. and was 20.5 in. long.  She’s growing so quickly.  At her one-month appointment 10/09/2013, she weighed 10 lbs. 14 oz. and was 23 in. long.  Today, 10/18/2013, she rolled over for the first time.  Since birth, she’s been able to lift her head up.  Samantha is a very helpful and loving big sister.


The word “Array” on my wordpress site

I have a little podcast that is located at  For the last three years, if I include <?php wp_footer(); ?> in the footer file, I get the word Array appearing either at the bottom of the website or after the widgets on the right hand side of the index page.  I had fixed this by removing:

<?php wp_footer(); ?>

from the footer.php file.  This make most of the plugins you have stop working.  Don’t do this.  Instead look for a plugin called Simplescripts Footer.  Deactivate this plugin and see what happens.  For me it fixed the issue.  If you installed your wordpress instance using simplescripts from bluehost you probably have this issue.  I hope this helps some of you out there in the ether!


Audi’s Superbowl Ad

The Story: Audi means progress and they believe in giving back to the “world around us.” Lesser part of the message, but still there, Audi is luxury, new and exciting.

Medium: Television
The commercial during the Superbowl depicted the progress part of the story by saying the old guy whose dad had a mercedes-benz is old school. To be progressive choose the Audi and be set free. The commercial also contained features to be used in two different online programs.

Medium: Youtube
The youtube video is used in the Facebook competition. It also furthers the reach of Audi on this social media website. It has over 1.5 million views and almost two thousand likes and only 70 dislikes (probably mercedes-benz die hards and employees).

Medium: Twitter (
At the end of the commercial they quickly showed a twitter hash tag to be used in an online competition. Twitter users must submit what progress means to them along with a link to the contest page on audi’s website. Other twitter users who re-tweet that user’s post/hash tag are voting for that user. The user with the most mentions will be able to give $25,000 to the charity of their choice. Thus, proving that Audi is about giving back to the world, while of course raising awareness of the brand Audi.

Medium: Facebook (
On Facebook, Audio has launched another program called “The Real Estate Sale.” In which, users are invited to watch the ad and click on luxury items. Each item represents a certain cash value. At the end of the video, your total is figured and and you can submit your score. Everyone who participates in the challenge will be entered to win an Audi sports car experience.

Each medium works for the different part of the story. This campaign was well thought out and takes advantage of all three major players in the social media space: Youtube, Twitter and Facebook. Youtube plays the video on Facebook and The Twitter program utilizes the hash tag feature of Twitter to spread the word. The Facebook program utilizes the social game play/competition addiction that has already been leveraged by the likes of Zynga games like Farmville, Cityville and Mafia Wars.

This narrative did not depend upon audience participation. When the audience participates it drives the reach of the companies name online. The narrative would survive with out audience participation. This campaign was all narrative based. They wanted to get across two core beliefs of Audi: Progress and giving back/charity.


Ken and Barbie Transmedia Storytelling Campaign

UPDATE:  Saw the below at Toys’rUs with my daughter yesterday.

You all know that Ken and Barbie, “Were made for each other” as Ken says in Toy Story 3. Their story actually goes back to 1961 when they first met. They met doing a commercial. The story starts to build from there for the next 43 years their relationship blossomed. But on Valentine’s Day 2004, Barbie dumped Ken for Blain®. Poor Ken, what was he to do? But Ken was okay, he was back on the prowl as American’s more eligible bachelor. He hit social media like a storm with new profiles on Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare. Now Ken will fight to win the heart of his one true love. You can follow the excitement on Twitter:  @BarbieStyle and @OfficialKen

By the way, stop by and help a guy out poor Ken only has 32,562 followers, and Barbie has over 1.7 million.

Mattel is using all the elements of storytelling. The message is hey remember Ken, yeah that guy in Toy Story, they are reminding consumers of the great American love story that is Ken and Barbie. The plot is the story of Barbie and Ken and will they get back together again. The conflict is that Barbie dumped Ken and may turn his advances down. The characters we know: Barbie and Ken. The narrative is very successful it is one that all Americans know. It includes consumers in the narrative as consumers get to vote for whether or not Barbie should accept Ken back into her life. Consumers can vote by texting thumbs up or thumbs down to 51684 or they can vote at, then post about it on Twitter or Facebook.

I think this campaign is doing well, it has already increased the number of Twitter followers for Barbie and Ken. Hopefully, Mashable or someone else will follow up and let us know if the sales of Barbie and Ken dolls (or action-figure in Ken’s case) went up, revenue being the only silver bullet. By next week, we should know if Barbie took Ken back or not. If you haven’t already read the article on Mashable I encourage you to do so.


Transmedia Case Study: Dexter

I’m taking this really cool class at UCI, called Transmedia Marketing Through Storytelling.  This is the case study that I found and wrote about for the class. Here is a great youtube video that goes over the whole campaign:

Modernista! a Boston-based creative and communications agency was hired to create an alternative reality game (ARG) for the Showtime television program Dexter. The goal was to increase excitement leading up the the premiere of a new season of Dexter.

It started with mock murder scene at 2010 Comic-Con in San Diego. Then it moved online. Two characters engaged players across two main sites ( and, as well as countless microsites, social media profiles, mobile components, and real-world locations. The outcome of the game was actually determined by player participation, and elements from the ARG appeared in the new season of DEXTER.

The primary medium was two websites that players could become members of. The platforms used consisted of fake websites, blogs, twitter accounts, ustream, audio, youtube videos, flash, foursquare, and even an ebay listing. Modernista! used any media that was appropriate to move the story along, to hide clues, to create suspense, and to entertain.

I put together a timeline to show the extent of the campaign:

Hunterprey is a blog that goes over the whole campaign. Modernista! has the case study on their website.