Chevrolet Clarifies 'Ban' of the Word 'Chevy.' There's No Ban


Reacting to the outcry over an internal memo from Chevrolet's VP of Sales and Service Alan Batey and VP of Marketing Jim Campbell which instructed employees to stop using the word "Chevy" when referring to Chevrolet cars, GM, this morning, released a clarification that states the brand will not, in fact, urge people to discontinue the use of the word.

The intent of the memo, instead, was to aid the brand in its "move toward a consistent brand name for advertising and marketing purposes" in relation to its foray into global markets.

While we fully understand how important "managing the brand" can be, we do wonder what Batey was thinking while penning the memo. In any event, crisis averted. The full clarification release is below:

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by Steve Hall    Jun-10-10    
Topic: Brands

Chevrolet to Ban Use of the Word "Chevy"


Earlier this week, Chevrolet's VP of Marketing Alan Batey sent a memo to Detroit employees instructing them to stop using the word "Chevy" to describe a Chevrolet. The car maker aims to promote uniformity and believes the word Chevy dilutes the Chevrolet brand.

Claiming it's all about consistency, the memo read, "When you look at the most recognized brands throughout the world, such as Coke or Apple for instance, one of the things they all focus on is the consistency of their branding. Why is this consistency so important? The more consistent a brand becomes, the more prominent and recognizable it is with the consumer."

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by Steve Hall    Jun-10-10    
Topic: Brands, Opinion, Worst

VW Brings Back Sunday Drive


As if there weren't a care in the world regarding the world's resources some say are limited, Volkwagen Canada, with help from Toronto-based Red Urban and Montreal-based Palm + Havas, wants us all to hop in our cars and take an aimless Sunday drive.

Explaining the campaign, Volkswagen Canada Marketing and Communications Director Bruce Rosen said, "The Sunday Drive campaign re-ignites the emotional connection with the Volkswagen Brand. The new Golf Family epitomizes all the best characteristics of the Volkswagen Brand, including sleek European styling, proven affordable German engineering, eco-friendly technologies, and that they are really fun to drive. As a result of the new Golf winning 2009 World Car of the Year and the new Golf GTI winning 2010 Canadian Car of the Year, deliveries of the new Golf Family are up 165% so far over last year's pace. We wanted a marketing campaign that would live up to reputation of these cars and to the Brand, and fuel our continued sales momentum."

*pause to come up for air*

If anything, that litany should get some sort of award for cramming the most blatherfic bullshit into a single statement. Kudos to the PR person who stuck the words in Rosen's mouth.

See the new commercials here and here or below.

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by Steve Hall    Jun- 8-10    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Creative Commentary

There's Not Enough Shakira in This Univision Campaign


Barely making an appearance in this new Univision commercial that touts the network's exclusive Spanish-language coverage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Shakira sings "Waka Waka (Esto es Africa/This Time for Africa)," the official World Cup song and Univision's official theme for all of its coverage of this world-class event.

All the "cultural richness" and "exciting soccer moments" make their way into this :30. Additional campiagn elements will include print, outdoor, in-theater, radio, online and mobile. Hopefully we'll see more of Shakira in those media.

The ad might have been a bit more effective had it featured Shakira's best asset as illustrated in the accompanying image.

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by Steve Hall    Jun- 4-10    
Topic: Brands, Cable, Campaigns, Celebrity

Fragrance Celebrates Beauty of the Curve


Curve. It's a simple word. Yet a curve can be a very powerful thing. The curve of a well-architected building. The beauty of a well-formed automobile fender. The allure of meticulous industrial design. The sensation a curved object delivers when held in your hand. The feel of a football just prior to the game-making pass. The transfixing curves of the female (yes, and male) body.

We have no idea if this is what Curve for Men had in mind when they unleashed their fragrance upon the world but it seems a likely bet to us. Celebrating the curve - in human form - is the fragrance's Get Curve website on which you can ogle the beauty of the human form, both male and female.

by Steve Hall    Jun- 2-10    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online

Publicis CEO Loses Advertising's Game of Individual Immunity


So a new CMO took a gig at a brand and promptly proceeded to fire the agency his predecessor had hired. And the head of the jilted agency is upset? oh please. Get over it. This has been business as usual since companies stopped giving a shit about employees and work became a game of every man for himself.

There is no dedication any more. No employee loyalty. No corporate promises to employees. No pension plans. And no love lost when the door hits you on the ass after hearing, "your position is no longer available" or some other line of bullshit.

No. It's an all out war for personal survival. Everyone will now do anything to avoid being downsized and everything to insure they succeed and prosper. So it is without surprise GM VP of U.S. Marketing Joel Ewanick fired Publicis and handed creative duties for Chevrolet to Goodby Silverstein & Partners, an agency Ewanick has worked with before.

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by Steve Hall    May-24-10    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Opinion

Ad Creation Tool to Make Mad Men Lazy...And Rich


A New York Times story screams, "An Ad Engine to Put 'Mad Men' Out of business. it's a story about PlaceLocal, a program that creates an ad simply from a person entering the name and address. Then PlaceLocal spreads its tentacles and gathers images, video, hours of operation, phone number, blog commentary on the business and other information. Once that information is gathered, an ad magically appears, Yes, it's true. And it's impressive. But it's not going to put Mad Men out of business.

This sort of service is perfect for the local baker or car dealer or restaurant or any other small business that can't afford to pay for an agency or even a freelancer. Of course, it won't be long before agencies use this service for their pown clients, pass the work of as their own and then charge 20 times the actual cost.

Hmm. This really isn't a bad thing. Small business can make decent ads on their own. And lazy agencies can use it to up their revenue. What's not to love?

by Steve Hall    May-24-10    
Topic: Agencies, Brands, Tools

Southwest Says No to Racy PETA Ad


No stranger to racy ads, Southwest has dubbed a new PETA ad "too sexy" for its in-flight magazine, Spirit. Pimping a vegan diet, the ad shows a security scan of a woman in her underwear with the words, "Be Proud of Your Body Scan: Go Vegan."

Southwest Airlines Senior Account manager Diane Ciaglia told PETA the ad is "too provocative to run in our publication."

Countering Southwest, PETA Senior VP Dan Mathews said, "Our ad is less sensational than many of Southwest's own promotions. The airline may have canned it because the company is based in Dallas, the heart of the beef belt."

PETA may have a point when it claims Southwest might be talking out of both sides of its mouth. One need only take a look at Hostesses in Hotpants and Don't #$*!% Me Over.

by Steve Hall    May-21-10    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Racy

Nike Thinks A Soccer Loss Can Devastate a Country's Economy


OK. So let's get this straight. Maybe we're in a bad mood or something but what's up with the outpouring of love for Nike's new "epic" three minute commercial featuring a who's who of world famous soccer players? Oh it's well shot and meticulously produced (maybe even epically so) but it's as if Nike wants us to believe wins and losses effect the very fiber and economic health of a nation.

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by Steve Hall    May-21-10    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Creative Commentary, Opinion

Craftsman Makes Tool-Powered Video


OK so we could swear we had written about this new work from Craftsman before but, alas, a site search turns up nothing. Launched two weeks ago, Craftsman Labs is out with a music video created entirely from the sound of its tools.

Cap Gun's Alex Fendrich directed and the arrangement was done by musician, composer and producer Kutiman. It brings back memories of that not so real Home Depot commercial by Benni Benassi and a bunch of bootylicious babes. Sadly, Craftsman employs no booty babes in its creation but the work is far more impressive.

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by Steve Hall    May-19-10    
Topic: Brands, Video

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