In a SXSW panel which took on a refreshing discussion-based approach entitled Bend Over? Surprise! Agencies Are Screwing You, one of the attendees made the point brands should be wary of paying an agency to use a free tool to speak the brand's voice calling it a slippery slope and a waste of money.
Agencies are paying good money for the so called social media guru who, if just a little bit of background research were done, could easily be found to have no experience at all. Be wary of the sharks was the advice given.
With a series on online videos and radio commercials, Chicken of the Sea is giving life to its iconic mermaid. In the videos, we see the mermaid sitting on a rock conversing with different characters and sharing the reasons why Chicken of the Sea is so great.
One video features a boy who, as children often do, continuously asks "whay" after every answer the mermaid gives until she distracts him with, well, yet another entity that isn't as real as some would have us believe.
As is true with movies, art and any other form of creativity, a classic can never really be re-invented. Oh it's not that they aren't continuously re-invented . It's just that when they are, the results is usually much less than stellar and a sad knock off of the original.
We wouldn't entirely say Wieden + Kennedy's continued work for Old Spice was heading down that path but, really, has any of the agency's work for the brand been as inventive and as inspiring as the original? We think not. But we aren't necessarily complaining either. Why?
New work from Gotham, Jason Bateman's production studio DumbDumb and Ben Silverman's studio Electus for Denny's brings us Always Open, an online celebrity talk show of sorts. Hosted by comedy actor David Koechner, the series debuted today and has Bateman and Koechner exchanging some witty banter at a local Denny's.
Future episodes will feature Will Arnett, Sarah Silverman, Amy Poehler, Will Forte and - oh yes - Kristen Bell. The content of each three minute video will center around questions asked by Koechner of the various celebrities with the resulting videos distributed on College Humor, Denny's website, Bateman's DumbDumb, YouTube, Facebook and other platforms.
Yesterday in New York at the Global Team Ford offices of Ogilvy & Mather, Ford's James Farley and WPP's Sir Martin Sorrell unveiled a new global campaign for the Ford Focus. Breaking Tuesday in America during American Idol, the campaign will highlight several of the vehicle's features such as assisted parking and ability to become a wifi hotspot.
Fifty commercials, all :15 to :20 in length, highlighting 14 individual features will air throughout the duration of the campaign across Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa and will carry the tagline, "Feel the difference." While the television ads will be tailored to air globally, a first for the brand, country-specific efforts will play out online and in social media.
When Canadian home apparel retailer HomeSense decided to sell posters depicting images of old Gold Dust ads in which two black children are seen cleaning, a fan posted pictures of them on the Homesense Facebook page. Along with the image, the fan wrote, "I realize that recreating old advertising and media is an art form but this goes far beyond that, in my opinion."
Quite humorously...and idiotically, HomeSense responded with the comment, "Please contact Customer Service at 1-800-646-9466 for more information."
Quite predictably, commenters lambasted the brand for its complete mis-understanding of social media communication. Commenter Elizabeth Laurin Kells wrote, "If you are going to use this site to represent your company you need to do something about issues and not just pass out a standard customer service number."
First Coke's Happiness Machine was just virtual and existed only within the creativity of the brand's television commercials. Then, it took on physical form as a vending machine that would dispense everything from a simple soda to a ten foot long sub sandwich.
Now, the Coke Happiness Machine has become fully mobile in the form of a truck that dispenses everything from the ubiquitous Coke bottle to soccer balls to t-shirts all the way up to a full sized surf board to residents of Rio De Janeiro.
We like the continued effort which comes courtesy of Definition6.
The SuperModelquins have been retired. We now have Jennie. Yes, Old Navy, with help from Crispin Porter + Bogusky has given us that perfect marketing tactic: the composite customer. Jennie is defined as "a 25 to 35 year old woman looking for on-trend fashion at great prices for herself and her family." And the campaign will "connect with her through her love of music and fashion."
The campaign consists of music and videos produced by music house Honor Roll and directed by Joseph Kahn who is known for producing videos such as Eminem and Rihanna's "Love the Way You Lie," and Britney Spears "Toxic."
In an effort to distance itself from Mexican food marketing stereotypes, Sterling-Rice Group has created a digital and television campaign for Ruiz Foods that pokes fun at the very stereotypical Mexican telenovela. Called, El Monterey, the effort includes a full on cast in multiple episodes that center on stereotypical telenovela plotlines such as forbidden love affairs, backstabbing, babies being switched at birth and mysterious illnesses.
Wait, what? Isn't that just playing into stereotypes as opposed to shifting away from them?
If your commercial is deemed too hot to TV, what's a reputable fashion brand to do? Head to Las Vegas and host your own catwalk, of course. And that's just what Lane Bryant is doing. Early last year, the brand ran a commercial with a plus sized model whose boobs were apparently deemed too big for TV by Fox and ABC.
The ad featured 5'4" 22-year-old Ashley Graham who is a 38D...apparently far too enormous for the networks to handle. They need to get out more. 38D is really not that big if you just look around a bit. But we digress.
On February 20 at Planet Hollywood, Lane Bryant will stage its first fashion show in almost a decade. And, yes, Graham will be there along with other lane Bryant models Lizzie Miller and Sydni Sales.