Thursday, December 15, 2011

Happy Holidays (in video form)

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Today's guest post comes from James Ellis. Ellis is the Digital Strategist at closerlook inc. and blogs at He also needs more activity on his Twitter account (@digital_pharma) if you'd like to tell him he's wrong. No, really.

Yes, it's that time of year again. You may have noticed more gift food in your office kitchen or all those paper snowflakes (We're in Chicago, so we occasionally get the real kind). Maybe you're hearing more bells ringing and folks singing on the streets than you're accustomed to. Maybe you were asked to wear your ugliest sweater for someone in the office.

It's "The Holidays." Not the presidential birthdays or the fireworks kind of holidays, but the big cluster of major holidays that span religious and secular borders and encourage use all to eat too much, drink too much, and waste time reading Top 100 Year End lists online until it's almost Groundhog day.

As you already know, part of "The Holidays" is that agencies like to keep temporarily-under-utilized resources from bringing booze into the office, so they give them projects, like decorating the office or managing the holiday party. Some of them are told to be clever, funny, original, derivative, or just productive and make a holiday video. Company hjoliday videos are a strange brew of production values, brand messaging, showing off, and walking that line between humor, satire, and having a meeting with your HR representative.

We made one. And in the hopes of giving this holiday season a great big hug, we've decided to show off the others we found this season, too. If you want us to post yours, let me know in the comments!

Festivex, for maximum holiday performance

If you go to the site, check out our celebrity endorsement by Lil Bobo, the greatest wrapper alive.

Klick Health Holiday

Klick clearly spent serious time cataloging the good, bad and ugly of Christmas movies from years past and rolled it up into one glorious, cringe-worthy video.

Fuel Generosity
Less funny than earnest and pretty, this video reminds us all about the spirit of giving this holiday season.

Occupy the North Pole
On the games side, we have Occupy the North Pole, in which Santa has outsourced all elf jobs overseas. The elves protest, and you have to throw cookies at a very naughty Santa. Ho ho hey!
Did your agency do a video? Let me know in the comments and I'll post it here.
Happy Holidays, folks. Be safe, be merry, and be ready to come back next year to produce more stellar work.
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