Monday, March 5, 2012

25. Well, I did it

Even though my computer crashed and I was cutting it close I did it. The library closes at 12 every night, so after I came home I waited until my roommate was done studying for her midterm and asleep to borrow her computer at 1:30.  See, I am not inconveniencing anyone but myself.  It was fun making my own website and trying out all the different layouts.  I changed mine at least 15 times and will continue to tinker with it. I hope to even include a little coding of my own on my website.  Instead of looking at Pinterest or Facebook this will be my new obsession. There is something about having something of your own, that you created. It's satisfying and I kind of want to show my mom..

Welp, here it is! This may not look like much but give it time. It will get there.

24. Things I learned

Creative Strategies has taught me a lot about .......

  • Back up all of your files at least once a week, it will save you a lot of pain.
  • Don't leave everything to the last minute because your hard drive will decide to stop working at the beginning of the weekend.
  • Let the Mac techs handle EVERYTHING. Again, it will save you a lot of pain.
  • Do more independent projects, things that interest you.
  • Be aware of the world around you and all it has to offer.
  • Read the newspaper.
  • Blog at least once a week
  • Don't be boring 

23.What Makes a Book Good?

Recently, the trilogy Hunger Games has become a phenomenon.  The books have been popular all over and my old high school even assigned every grade to read them over the summer.  They tell the story of human decisions that could be life threatening and really make you think about if you were placed in the Hunger Games.  Would you sacrifice yourself to save another? Would you kill another person to survive and maybe win?  This horrible display of Capital control changes adolescents into blood thirsty monsters.  It is hard to imagine a world like that where we would have to resort to violence in an arena, where 20 + children die every year.  Reading this book I was done in 8 hours and had finished the next two  within 3 days.  I had to figure out what happens next! Good books are the kind you can't put down and don't know what to do when you finish.

Here is a preview for what comes out in March!

22. All Time Favorites

I can remember some of my favorite commercials growing up. The ones that really stick with you through the years. My dad can still recite full commercials from when he was a kid. Here are some of my favorites:

I like the Pepsi commercials because they play to a younger audience and use a lot of celebrities for a fresher look. Coca Cola is more classic and timeless. If you asked me what kind of soda I liked better I'd go with Coke 100% of the time.

Then there are the seasonal commercials you look forward to each year. I love the M&M commercials and how they mix it up so its never the same scenario.

Then you have the classic sing along commercials you can't get out of your head at all, like this one:

I used to sing this alllll the time. These commercials I can always remember for their songs, use of celebrities or if I think its just a good advertisement.

21. Ellen is the $h!t

I love watching the Ellen show. I watch endless Ellen clips online of her interviews and die laughing.  She once came to University of Oregon to give away tickets to the BCS Championship game to whoever was the best dressed for a fiesta. Although it just turned out to be her camera crew, I still went and dressed up just in case I saw her. I'm the one in the middle.

I love how she's not afraid to be herself and starts every show off dancing. She finds internet sensations and makes them famous. Greyson Chance and Sophia Grace are the two most prominent examples. I was even Sophia Grace for Halloween!

 When you watch her show, you can't help but laugh and feel good. She knows how to address her audience and always makes her show memorable.  If Ellen had a cause she stood for she would have so much support for it through her fan base.  Her fight against bullying especially those targeting sexual orientations is especially important. Her emotional message talks about how there is hope and to not let ignorance get in the way of a person's happiness. With Ellen showing her support against cyber bullying she is taking a stand and will inspire others to do the same. Not only is Ellen hilarious, but she is also courageous.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

20. Constant Movement

Going across the country to attend college did not seem all that drastic to me.  I welcomed the move, because I was getting antsy staying in one place for too long. My dad is in the Navy so I have moved 9 times and been to 10 different schools. I am used to the constant change and unfamiliar places. Staying in Virginia for 6 years to finish high school in one place was making me a little stir crazy.  My friends thought I was insane for going 3,000 miles away from my comfort zone, and to Oregon, a place they knew nothing about.  For me, it was about a new experience and going somewhere unexpected.  I knew I wanted a football team, a small campus and my two potential majors to be offered and I'd be satisfied.

 Check, check anddddddddd check.

Now all that made me a little uneasy was the bipolar weather Oregon offered. Luckily I visited the school on the rare day sun comes out in Eugene.

I'm glad I made the decision to come experience Oregon and be closer to my family on the west coast. Living on two opposite coasts I can fully appreciate the difference in culture and still find the similarities.

 After college I hope to move again to an entirely new place. Whether it be San Fransisco or abroad I welcome the change.  I hope to continue this nomadic lifestyle to get as many points of view possible and to experience new things.

19. Mustache March

I first started noticing mustaches on people a couple weeks ago. Not real ones but the kind that are really bold and outlandish and look like part of a costume. I didn't really think anything of it, I just thought it was another trend like planking. Unfortunately I am guilty of being a planker..

But then March 1st rolls around and I finally caught on. It's Mustache March. All the mustaches I had been seeing was an ad campaign to raise money for charity.  Money raised goes to the MACC funds and will benefit medical research funds to fight childhood cancer. Instead of the traditional route like bake sales, this movement is strictly mustaches.  Creating a new, different way to raise money is refreshing and much more likely to receive donations.  This campaign is similar to "Livestrong" and was actually the start of  the "Temporary Cultural Movement for the Benefit of Charity."  This small campaign can spread awareness through subliminal mustaches and creative strategies. The quirky, sarcastic website is also appealing to viewers and potential participants because of its call to action.

18. #Pinning

Pinterest has taken over as the biggest time waster on the internet.  It is the new StumbleUpon and the upcoming trend. I see more people on Pinterest than Facebook in class and I am guilty of spending time on it when I should really be doing something else. 

Why is it so popular? Because it provides the viewer with so many different options to look at. So many different categories to peruse and imagine what it would be like to have that, do that, be that.  Pinterest can be inspirational, motivating and even become addicting. For me, I get inspired for possible decorating ideas, new recipes to try and what my next online shopping binge will include.  Companies have started to advertise their products on the site as well including the prices of items and where to buy them.  This newest trend is even trending on twitter!

17. Brand Karma

As I mentioned in a previous post, advertising agencies should use their superhuman powers for good.  If you don't, brand karma will smack you in the face.

"Companies should do good for the sake of doing good."

Many companies have charities they donate too and even foundations of their own. While researching for another project I came across a couple I really liked.

Baja Fresh has a program that helps build schools. 200 schools for 200 restaurants is their campaign to help schools raise funds for much needed educational supplies, equipment, or programs by donating 15% of total fundraiser sales back to the schools.This incentive process is not only a good motivator but good advertising for its company.  Baja Fresh was able to communicate a functional benefit along with promoting its own franchise.

Mini Coopers also have good brand karma. Their ads focus on having a carbon footprint on the world and to encourage others to buy minis to extend the carbon footprint. To help they have a program called Carfun Offset.  After purchasing a Mini Cooper, the costumer has the option to donate to 3 different charities that support sustainability and renewable energy. Mini Cooper will match your donation and send you a carbon footprint badge to display on your car to encourage others and raise awareness.

These companies are not only benefiting themselves but are also building more than just a piece of the whole.
Brand Karma not only puts the company in a positive light, it also can prevent the demise of a well known and trusted company.  Consumers will remember the positive campaigns and the work the company was involved in even if their new product is a failure or has to be recalled.

16. 100 Dollar Day

Another computer update!

I went in for my appointment at 3pm with the mac geniuses and don't cha know it, its not an easy fix. My computer would have to be confiscated for at least 3 days so they could figure out what was wrong and if they had to reset my whole computer. Which meant losing files. And I was not about to let that happen.
So I had 2 options.

Option 1: Pay $99 to let them transfer files for me onto my external hard drive and then turn my computer over

Option 2: Pay $40 if I used a friends computer to transfer my files onto my external hard drive.

I went with option 2. I thought I was being smart and saving money. Wrong. I ended up wasting more time. Just let the experts do it. Always. I managed to transfer half my files but on certain files, like my Documents folder did not make the transition. So I went back 2 hours later and asked them to do it and get all my files.

Then another techie who called himself a "boy genius" came up and offered to run my hard drive instead of making me wait 3 days. I said yes of course and I started to calm down a little. Yes, I could finally just have my computer back and wouldn't have the hassle of going to the library to get internet access and worrying about how loud I was typing.

Ehhhhhh no.

I now am the owner of Apple Care, to ensure they will back up my files and out $86 dollars. They did give me the student discount though which I appreciated. The boy genius was able to restart my computer no problem, after I had struggled and looked up every possible scenario to make it work on my iPhone. My internet browser connected and I was feeling good. To reward myself I bought myself and my friend dinner at Chipotle bringing my total spending for the day up to $101.70. I get home and everything is fine for about an hour. Then everything shuts down and refuses to open again.

I needed a fucking drink.

Mac store again today and maybe I'll see it in a week. I'm stressed out, frustrated and annoyed after this whole process but determined to finish everything. It was just one of those $100 dollar days.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

15. Effective Advertising

Again and again Volkswagen hits home with its advertising.

Their ad from 1960, "Think Small,"  courtesy of Bill Bernach, was a huge success.

Why? Because it was a different approach to the luxury of other automobiles and instead showed the simplicity of the car. The minimalistic approach to this ad campaign was successful because consumers wanted a car that was simple, affordable and durable.  These ads helped build brand loyalty and a positive connection to the brand.

Earlier in one of my blog posts I talked about Volkswagen's superbowl "Darth Vader" commercials.  Those commercials were successful because Volkswagen used an iconic movie that would appeal to multiple generations.  By creating a positive connection to Star Wars and Volkswagen, people will be more likely to purchase a car in the future.  Volkswagen plays off of its consumers and what they like.

Other simplistic ads include: "Big Truck" and "Wedding."

This ad focuses again on the simplicity of Volkswagen cars and their affordability.  With the bride and groom blurred out, it calls the attention to the background where a double decker bus has a Volkswagen advertisement on it.  The simple wedding advertisement is eye catching and conveys a simple message. Volkswagen always has ads that are to the point and find interesting ways to advertise it.

While other auto industries advertise the car and all its new features Volkswagen advertises the everyday experience of owning the car and gives consumers a little "slice of life."  By doing commercials or ads that show everyday experiences, Volkswagen is letting the consumers imagine what their lives would be like with its products.  Volkswagen knows how to connect with the consumer and make lasting impressions.


Before my computer decided to stop working, I had been watching an old episode of Grey's Anatomy on Netflix. I've seen every episode at least three times but I still keep going back to watch them. Why? Because its comforting. Its familiar. Its my fallback show, something to do when I am bored.  Certain episodes trigger memories of the days I first watched them.  I associate Grey's Anatomy with positive thoughts, like some people do with brands.

Without realizing it, brands make up a significant portion of our lives. We buy the brands we know and trust. Usually these are the brands from our childhood as well. As a broke college student, I usually buy whatever is on sale at the store or the generic brand because it is cheaper.  But with certain items, I'll stick with the brands I know and trust. For example JIF peanut butter.

Growing up I had peanut butter every single day for lunch. I was a notoriously picky eater but would always eat a PB&J so my mom didn't question it. JIF peanut butter I associate with my childhood and all the good memories with it. Making peanut butter cookies and adding pretzels to them to look like honey bees.  Sitting on my front steps with a spoonful of peanut butter in the middle of summer.  If people connect brands to good memories they will continue to buy the products. In their mind, it is the best product and have associated it with great things.

13. Really? Of course this would happen..

With the end of the term rapidly approaching and all my projects are computer based, this would be the perfect time to get a computer virus. But hey, thats life and maybe it will make a good story...later.  Right now I am going into "crisis" mode and adjusting my schedule so I can easily fix things.  Are glitches like this supposed to happen? Yes. Its how you handle it that matters. Currently I am writing out my blogs on paper while looking over at my computer with my disappointed face.  I've made the first available appointment at the Mac store today and am praying to God its some error computer illiterate people like me are oblivious to.  I'm at the library right now because its my best bet to internet connection.

I'm using this as an example for versatility. In the advertising world, your amazing idea may not be what the company is looking for. You will have to have back up plans, be able to go with the flow and expect major catastrophes. Now my problem right now may not be a catastrophe but until I have no other options left I am not going to freak out.  Just deal with whatever comes my way and let the apple employees work their magic.