idsgn is a fantastic blog that focuses on design, branding and marketing. I think what makes them unique among all the design blogs out there, is that they have a strong point of view about the content they feature. As a result, a dialogue is created between their readers and it makes for a more interesting and inspiring read. Spend sometime on their site and get involved in the conversation.
The NYTimes has a great story about the gaining popularity of Bento Boxes. One of the bento creators they feature is "Bentomom" who posts the photos of the bentos she makes for her kids on Flickr. Her attention to detail is amazing and so cute. You can see more of her clever creations here and the full NYTimes here.
This weekend Google premiered their TV Ad campaign for Chrome, their new web browser . I personally love the spot and find it playful and clever. However, I wonder, would someone who doesn't know that they have a choice of browsers actually know what Chrome is? Does this make the ad any more or less effective? I think the ad certainly continues to spread Goggle's brand awareness, but may miss the mark for its intended audience.
Here is what Google posted yesterday on their blog about the launch:
Google Chrome ads on TV
A couple of months ago, the Google Japan team produced a fun video to demonstrate how clean and simple our Google Chrome user interface is. After releasing this video on the web, we got lots of positive feedback and thoughtful comments. In order to keep that conversation going, we invited some of our creative friends to make a collection of short films celebrating our browser. We released Chrome Shorts last week on our YouTube channel.
At the same time, we talked to our Google TV Ads team to see how we could show the video that our Japan team developed to a wider audience in a measurable way. Using some of the results from our placement-targeted ads on the Google Content Network, we designed a Google TV Ads campaign which we hope will raise awareness of our browser, and also help us better understand how television can supplement our other online media campaigns.
So today, we’re pleased to announce that we're using Google TV Ads to run our Chrome ad on various television networks starting this weekend. We're excited to see how this test goes and what impact television might have on creating more awareness of Google Chrome.