Microsoft SVP Clarifies Goals of Off-Putting Seinfeld Campaign

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In an internal letter obtained by TechCrunch, SVP Bill Veghte tries to explain WTF Microsoft was getting at with its Seinfeld campaign, which kicked off with this really weird ad.

Excerpt from Veghte's letter:


Today, we are kicking off a highly visible advertising campaign. The first phase of this campaign is designed to engage consumers and spark a new conversation about Windows - a conversation that will evolve as the campaign progresses, but will always be marked by humor and humanity. The first in this series [...] aims to re-ignite consumer excitement about the broader value of Windows.

[...]

This first set of ads features Bill Gates and comedian Jerry Seinfeld. Think of these ads as an icebreaker to reintroduce Microsoft to viewers in a consumer context.


The ad has definitely broken some kinda ice. Reviews on Adrants have been entirely negative, even angry.

It's not like we didn't see this coming. Like a pubescent boy discovering pomade, Microsoft's been trying to perfect its trendy offbeat vibe for awhile. See previous efforts, like Clearification, The Institute of Advanced Personhood (I mean, COME ON), Easy Easier, and Mommy, Why is There a Server in the House?, a book modeled after creepy kid fare like Once Upon a Potty.

And it picked Crispin, for Chrissakes. You know, the agency led the frat boy who still needs people to know about his nine inches. What else has to be said? If Microsoft wanted to play the irony card without pissing people off at outset, it would've tapped Wieden+Kennedy.

Looking forward to see how the Seinfeld campaign develops and whether Microsoft can dig itself out of this well of ire. Stick with something long enough, and people start coming around. The trick is being brave enough to commit, and continuing to develop the campaign naturally without letting blogosphere freak-outs force your hand.

Thanks to Adam Kmiec for sending over the TechCrunch link.

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Angela...
Holy shit... You really stuck it to the Florida Frat Boys... Alex should take that nine inch plate and stick it up the "Kings" arse. Obviously the MS guy is fucking nuts. He actually said... "The campaign aims to re-ignite consumer excitement about the broader value of Windows." What fucking excitement is that? Keep it up Angela, you're hot, and Steve - The Geek Genius... See Adscam, still owes me dinner!
Cheers/George

Posted by: george parker on September 5, 2008 10:35 PM

Does anyone realize the the picture on the Clown Club card is actually Bill Gates' mugs shot from the Albuquerque, New Mexico PD when he got in some sort of trouble way back when?

Posted by: Erik on September 8, 2008 9:20 PM

Erik -- yep, I thought that was an awesome touch.

Posted by: Angela on September 8, 2008 9:27 PM

Erik...
Everyone in the known universe knows that's an old mug shot... But... Do you know what the fuck he was arrested for... I do!!! A free copy of AdScam for the correct answer... Oh, and Angela... You are still uber-hot.
Cheers/george

Posted by: george parker on September 8, 2008 10:29 PM

Erik...
Everyone in the known universe knows that's an old mug shot... But... Do you know what the fuck he was arrested for... I do!!! A free copy of AdScam for the correct answer... Oh, and Angela... You are still uber-hot.
Cheers/george

Posted by: george parker on September 8, 2008 10:31 PM

Traffic Violation - Reckless Driving

Posted by: Erik on September 9, 2008 2:08 AM





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