April Fools' Day is one of my favorite advertising holidays. It's a magical day when brands manage to be smart, relevant and amusing on their smallest budgets of the year. It's a lesson we could all learn, year round.
With a few exceptions like Google (including YouTube), Virgin and ThinkGeek, which have practically built the day into their business model, most brands are tossing a pittance of their marketing budget toward a daylong prank, just for the fool of it. And there's something beautifully foolish in that, don't you think?
See this year's roundup below. We'll be updating this story throughout the day. Yee-haw!