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Samsung has publicly disassociated itself with a "Wake Up" flashmob protest that was held outside of an Apple retail store in Australia earlier this week.

The stunt conducted this week in Sydney gained attention after a mob of people stood outside an Apple store holding black signs with "WAKE UP." written in white. Initial reports suggested Samsung was behind the stunt, but the company denied involvement in a statement to SlashGear on Friday.

The mock protesters spilled out of a large black bus to stage the event on Thursday. It was suggested that Tongue, a local Australian ad company, was behind the campaign and attempting to hype Samsung's forthcoming Galaxy S III smartphone, which is expected to launch next week on May 3.

In coordination with the flashmob, the campaign was accompanied by a number of billboards and the words "Wake Up." written on the bottom of the Bondi Ice Bergs pool.

"Samsung Electronics Australia has nothing to do with the Wake-Up Campaign," the company said in a statement.


Video of flashmob as captured by blogger Nate Burr.


Samsung did, however, suggest that iPhone users are mindless "sheep" in a teaser video released earlier this week. The promotional video states that users of the next-generation phone can stand out from "everyone else," while a bunch of sheep are shown in the ad, though Apple or the iPhone are not mentioned by name.

Samsung also mocked customers who wait in line for Apple's iPhone launches with a series of commercials that began last November. The commercials promoting the Galaxy S II smartphone used the tagline: "The next big thing is already here."
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Well, now it doesn't matter if they WERE behind it, as they've disassociated themselves from it.

 

Wonder what that countdown is, then.

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Now will all those who blasted Samsung for this heinous act apologize or at least retract their hateful statements?

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I told you, it was Apple telling you to wake up and buy the new iPad. Samsung only wished it had originality in advertising like this.

 

 

Wake up and buy the new iPad already!!

 

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Now will all those who blasted Samsung for this heinous act apologize or at least retract their hateful statements?

 

 

Signs point to no.

 

Doesn't matter, everyone will keep proclaiming Samsung as shallow IP thieves and Samsung will keep selling a crapton of phones.

 

I think it's particularly hilarious that while supposedly clearing Samsung, the article goes on to remind everyone that Samsung still hates Apple users and thinks they're dumb.  

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It's funny... they call us sheep, but they're sheep themselves. We're all sheep/fanboys of what we love.

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"Samsung Electronics Australia has nothing to do with the Wake-Up Campaign," the company said in a statement.

 

However, Samsung Electronics South Korea does.... ;)

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In other news, the United Kingdom says it is not involved with the London 2012 Olympics.

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Now will all those who blasted Samsung for this heinous act apologize or at least retract their hateful statements?

 

 

No, because we don't believe them, based on their ad campaigns.

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Now will all those who blasted Samsung for this heinous act apologize or at least retract their hateful statements?

How about we wait until that clock finishes and we see 100% that it had nothing to do with them

If it was the ad company Samsung till deserves a bam for not overseeing what they were up to.

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Now will all those who blasted Samsung for this heinous act apologize or at least retract their hateful statements?

 

Samsung is obviously lying though.  Other than Microsoft who else would it be but Samsung?  

 

Microsoft usually owns up to this kind of stuff when they do it.  Ergo: It's Samsung and they are just lying.  

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LMAO too funny.

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Now will all those who blasted Samsung for this heinous act apologize or at least retract their hateful statements?


To whom do we make the apology?

Dear Samsung,

I apologise.

Now come and take away your junk that litters my garage, the fridge that doesn't work, the home theatre system that doesn't work, the washing machine that doesn't work.

Once again please accept my humblest apologies, I prostrate myself at the feet of your greatness.

PS now that that's behind us, care to celebrate over a bowl of dog stew?.


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Now will all those who blasted Samsung for this heinous act apologize or at least retract their hateful statements?

 

I hate to tell you this but Samsung is broken into many independent units that can submit press releases that state, "We didn't do it," while another unit did it.

 

It's kind of like Proview selling the iPod name and still owning it.

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PS now that that's behind us, care to celebrate over a bowl of dog stew?.
 

 

Hey, the Germans and French used to eat dogs enthusiastically so it can't be all that bad.

Where do you think the term hot dog came from.

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Samsung is obviously lying though.  Other than Microsoft who else would it be but Samsung?  

 

Microsoft usually owns up to this kind of stuff when they do it.  Ergo: It's Samsung and they are just lying.  

 

RIM

 

Someone posted yesterday that advertising on the countdown site links to them, they use white on black in their marketing and they are just desperate enough to throw caution to the winds.

 

Does anyone know much about fonts?

 

That could provide an additional clue. 

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Samsung is obviously lying though.  Other than Microsoft who else would it be but Samsung?  

 

Microsoft usually owns up to this kind of stuff when they do it.  Ergo: It's Samsung and they are just lying.  

 

True. Besides, Microsoft's flash mob would have been throwing shoes, or something esoterically related to footwear or Jerry Seinfeld.

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I think it was a clever, aggressive marketing/PR play.

 

I also think the tables could--and perhaps should--be turned around on Android/Google/Samsung.  A bunch of people staring in at you kind of lends itself to the idea of "hey, we're watchiing every move you make and selling off your personal data"...hmmm.  Crayola colored peeping toms anyone?  Creepy clowns?

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If Ballsille was still on board, I'd say maybe. But RIM's ship is sinking so fast I don't think they'd gain anything from alienating potential customers.

 

Samsung has a proven track record that it is too stupid to realize that alienating potential customers is simply bad business.

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RIM

 

Someone posted yesterday that advertising on the countdown site links to them, they use white on black in their marketing and they are just desperate enough to throw caution to the winds.

 

Does anyone know much about fonts?

 

That could provide an additional clue. 

 

 

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Samsung did, however, suggest that iPhone users are mindless "sheep" in a teaser video released earlier this week...

 

Funny how DED knows who the sheep in Samsung's ad were. It takes one to know one, I guess...

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How original. A marketing company that would do anything to get attention. I'd say they've succeeded in their objective-
 
 
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Day in, day out, we strive to find the best possible ways to solve our clients’ problems. It could be a digital idea, a TV ad, a launch event, an online film, a PR stunt or a well orchestrated combination of all the above. To be honest, it may be something we can’t even imagine yet."
 
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Samsung did, however, suggest that iPhone users are mindless "sheep"...

 

 

Samsung posted a "Missing Persons" ad stating:

 

'Help!  Looking for lost mindless sheep.  Last seen spending money at Apple store on their cool innovative products.  Please come back to Samsung immediately so you can be our mindless sheep buying our knock-offs!'

 

Is there a Reward?  Only if you stay with your Apple products.  Oh Samsung you make me... lol.gif

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samsung isn't denigrating me because i'm a sheep; they're just pissed that i'm not a sheep in *their* flock ...

 

edit:  or, what Rot'nApple said before me :-)

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It's funny... they call us sheep, but they're sheep themselves. We're all sheep/fanboys of what we love.

 

All sheep/fanboys are just as pathetic on both sides of the fence. Personally I just buy want I works for me the best.

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To whom do we make the apology?
Dear Samsung,
I apologise.
Now come and take away your junk that litters my garage, the fridge that doesn't work, the home theatre system that doesn't work, the washing machine that doesn't work.
Once again please accept my humblest apologies, I prostrate myself at the feet of your greatness.
PS now that that's behind us, care to celebrate over a bowl of dog stew?.

Are you happy now, stelligent?

 

Did you also get rid of your Apple products that contain Samsung components?

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"Samsung Electronics Australia has nothing to do with..."

 

I'm suspicious of that (and the specificity of that statement). This seems quite like their recent advertising campaign, but it takes some balls to come out and say you had nothing to do with it when there's a good chance it will be traced back to you if you did. Some kind of entity was behind this. Quite coordinated. Some money changed hands.

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Did you also get rid of your Apple products that contain Samsung components?

 


Apparently not, as they were made by a different Samsung company.

 

Lesson for today: Know your Samsungs as well as you know your Proviews.

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How original. A marketing company that would do anything to get attention. I'd say they've succeeded in their objective-
 
 
"An ideas agency with a digital backbone.
 

I still think New Dialogue Pty Limited has something to do with it because the countdown website is registered to them.

 

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"Samsung Electronics Australia has nothing to do with..."

 

I'm suspicious of that (and the specificity of that statement). This seems quite like their recent advertising campaign, but it takes some balls to come out and say you had nothing to do with it when there's a good chance it will be traced back to you if you did. Some kind of entity was behind this. Quite coordinated. Some money changed hands.

 


THINK about it! Who's Logo was ALWAYS in the photos? That's who's behind this!

 

HINT: The bus full of people carrying the second set of signs reading, "And Think Different" broke down on the way to the Apple store.

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THINK about it! Who's Logo was ALWAYS in the photos? That's who's behind this!

 

HINT: The bus full of people carrying the second set of signs reading, "And Think Different" broke down on the way to the Apple store.

 

Why would anyone advertise to their own store? Why would Apple do an idiotic stunt like this, anyway?

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Poor fb's, can't handle the fact that people other than Samsung think they are sheep LOL.
 

 

Are you for real? Who are these 'people other than Samsung'? Is this a random group of everyday people who got together and decided to wear those outtfits, make those signs, buy those black vans, and pull this stunt, because they truly believe, in their heart of hearts, that people buying Apple products are 'sheep'? No, they were hired by some entity for a certain purpose, and would have carried whatever the hell signs they were given and yelled whatever they were asked to yell. They no doubt believed whatever they were doing was ridiculous themselves, but thats irrelevant, its a gig they were hired to do. 

 

Nobody thinks people who buy Apple products are 'sheep' except angry nerds living in their mother's basements who post on messageboards evangelizing their 'other' device of choice because it makes them believe they're independantly minded, and gives meaning to their otherwise pathetic lives. In the real world, people buy whatever the hell they want and noone gives a shit what phone you have. Also, when you have products selling 40+million in a quarter, I think it's safe to say that it's more than 'fanboys' buying your stuff, and more like the mainstream. Also, it's funny that you accuse them of being both fanboys and sheep at the same time, which is an inherent contradiction. A fanboy by essence is someone who is ultra-passionate about the product/company, while a sheep has no passion and simply does what everyone around them does. It's one or the other, but in your haste to troll logic isn't really all that important. 

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I really think Samsung would server its own interests a lot better if they contrasted and compared features between phones instead of indiscriminately labeling iPhone users idiots.

 

If they day comes that I stop using an iPhone (due to my company or economics or geography), a Samsung would not be my next phone. Samsung would have my business if they highlighted how their widget is better than Apple's widget.

 

Corporate version of a whining little bitch whose ass on the playground gets kicked. 

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I really think Samsung would server its own interests a lot better if they contrasted and compared features between phones instead of indiscriminately labeling iPhone users idiots.

 

If they day comes that I stop using an iPhone (due to my company or economics or geography), a Samsung would not be my next phone. Samsung would have my business if they highlighted how their widget is better than Apple's widget.

 

Corporate version of a whining little bitch whose ass on the playground gets kicked. 

 

Precisely. The GSIII trailer got me hyped until the last part, which made me lose all interest. 

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Dude, some people that post here really need that 15 mins of fame even if it's just on a website. It's pathetic and totally not worth it.

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Are you for real? Who are these 'people other than Samsung'? Is this a random group of everyday people who got together and decided to wear those outtfits, make those signs, buy those black vans, and pull this stunt, because they truly believe, in their heart of hearts, that people buying Apple products are 'sheep'? No, they were hired by some entity for a certain purpose, and would have carried whatever the hell signs they were given and yelled whatever they were asked to yell. They no doubt believed whatever they were doing was ridiculous themselves, but thats irrelevant, its a gig they were hired to do. 

 

Nobody thinks people who buy Apple products are 'sheep' except angry nerds living in their mother's basements who post on messageboards evangelizing their 'other' device of choice because it makes them believe they're independantly minded, and gives meaning to their otherwise pathetic lives. In the real world, people buy whatever the hell they want and noone gives a shit what phone you have. Also, when you have products selling 40+million in a quarter, I think it's safe to say that it's more than 'fanboys' buying your stuff, and more like the mainstream. Also, it's funny that you accuse them of being both fanboys and sheep at the same time, which is an inherent contradiction. A fanboy by essence is someone who is ultra-passionate about the product/company, while a sheep has no passion and simply does what everyone around them does. It's one or the other, but in your haste to troll logic isn't really all that important. 

 

 

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Samsung: "It wasn't us. We swear!"
Everbody else: "{COUGHS}Bullsh*t!{COUGHS}"
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Corporate version of a whining little bitch whose ass on the playground gets kicked. 

 

This is exactly what is going to happen when wannabe Apple tries to enter the TV market.

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Now will all those who blasted Samsung for this heinous act apologize or at least retract their hateful statements?

 

Umm no no apology here. If you believe Samsung's statement, I know a bridge for sale in Brooklyn NY Doesn't Samsung say they didn't copy the iPhone? 

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What total bullshit! Samsung was absolutely behind it. And why is the ignorant press calling this a "flash mob". It WAS NOT A FLASH MOB. It was a publicity stunt with paid "actors" and has nothing to do with a flash mob so please quit showing your ignorance.

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What total bullshit! Samsung was absolutely behind it. And why is the ignorant press calling this a "flash mob". It WAS NOT A FLASH MOB. It was a publicity stunt with paid "actors" and has nothing to do with a flash mob so please quit showing your ignorance.

 

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wake-up-australia.com.au
 

 

Domain Name: Wake-up-australia.com.au
IP Address: 46.137.210.133
IP Location: UK
Registrant: New Dialogue Pty Limited
Registrant ID: ABN 25111086938

>> The domain is NOT owned by Samsung.

 

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The Samsung Galaxy S3 launch date is 3 May 2012.

 

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