Do you remember Ben Southall, the lucky s*d who landed “the best job in the world”? He flew out from UK to Australia in 2009 to begin a work-cation as caretaker of an Australian tropical island, bolstered by a £75,000 salary and use of a luxury beach villa on Hamilton Island, Queensland.
According to the website, aprilfoolsdayontheweb.com, there were more than 350 April Fools’ Day pranks conducted by brands and bloggers across the web yesterday. We kept track of the automotive ones and of these, only 4 out of 9 embraced the medium of video – with one of those (Google’s driverless NASCAR race car) not even shareable.
All-Fools’ Day. It’s a great opportunity for PRs to drop the pretence of responsible behaviour and unleash the hidden child within, but it takes more than clowning around to produce an effective April Fool’s gag.
Following months of meticulous research, the experts at TomTom’s Navigation Laboratory (NavLab) have discovered a solution to stop babies crying in the backseat. Project GAGA evaluated the full range of TomTom navigation voices including Homer Simpson, Bugs Bunny and Yoda, but only Lord Vader possessed the necessary force to turn tears into laughter.
If you’ve followed some of my adventures in recent years, then you’ll know how much value I place on video as a medium for online marketers and publishers to engage with their audience.
When TomTom first came on the scene in the early 1990’s, I suspect being the purveyor of silly voices never featured in their business plan.
20 years later and what was once primarily a consumer electronics company is moving ever closer to becoming a pure-play software and services provider, as the market for navigation systems moves away from its proprietary roots.
“It doesn’t know what it’s trying to be, what’s it meant to be? Too schizophrenic for me.” These are the words of a fellow scribe who has also just spent the last 90 minutes in the East Midlands countryside driving Honda’s new hybrid offering – the CR-Z.
I personally don’t agree with this assessment, though even Honda themselves admit there’s no real competitor to its Honda Insight successor. Nevertheless, curious and intrigued by a car whose chassis designer claimed the Elise partly inspired the CR-Z, I popped along a week ahead of its UK launch to see what all the hype was about.