Jim Bean, and its "The Stuff Inside" campaign, have partnered with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver and owner Robby Gordon to save Chicago's Wrigley Field from being corporatized like every other stupid-sounding stadium in America. Seriously. How for a hundred years did stadiums survive without brand having to plaster their names all over them? Oh yea...those greedy agents and professional athletes are getting paid such obscene amounts of money someone has to pay for it. Why not a willing brand?
With a bitty boost from Digitas, the Holiday Inn Express launched the second season of The Smart Show, a semi-dorky, sponsor-heavy web series about business travel.
The site went live today. In the debut episode, host Henry Dittman -- who looks like an early Bob Saget -- asks strangers what their dream job would be. Then he reveals Condy Rice's fantasy calling, and in a random turn of events proceeds to sell us on the merits of virtual personal assistants with DSL lips.
Lenovo is maximizing its Summer Olympics sponsorship with a social media rollout dubbed "Voices of the Olympic Games." Rohit Bhargava, SVP of Ogilvy 360 Digital Influence, described the strategy in a sentence that would give William Faulkner brain freeze:
Use Lenovo products to power athletes sharing their real experiences leading up to and during the Olympic Games directly with fans around the world.
In an effort to squeeze as much out of Pink as it possibly can, Victoria's Secret launched a back-to-school campaign for co-eds, as well as the "exclusive!" Pink Collegiate Collection -- which boasts licensing partnerships with 33 schools.
Don't just rock your college sweater. Rock it with hearts and polka-dots.
The Collegiate Collection will be promoted with a green movement ("Recycle Your Sweats!"), an event called Pinkapalooza, and migrating brand ambassadors paid to push Pink at football games. Bleacher blowjobs optional. Just kidding.
Advertising Age calls this the label's "most comprehensive [launch] yet."
Michael Kors just launched a Mad Men-inspired fashion line. Purchases over $350 come with a DVD of Mad Men season 1. (JWT must be stoked.)
"It's body-consciously sexy without being overtly sexual," said costume designer Janie Bryant. I do love the smell of pomade in the morning. But more importantly, fur is back.
More photos here. It's creative department douchebag meets Daft Punk! -- except without the awesome helmets.
In this charming new spot for its "Save Today, Save Tomorrow" campaign (an unwieldy URL if you ask me), EDF Energy enlisted Miklha Singh, Anne Packer and Sammy Lee to reflect on their Olympic glories, using "recycled" footage of them in their prime.
The ad concludes with a shot of the adorable Lee and the tagline, "This commercial was made from recycled dreams." Better recycled than left broken, I guess.
The spot was created by FEEL Films for Euro RSCG/London. It marks Phase II of EDF's "It's not easy being green" campaign -- another effort that appears to have been shaped in the blistering flames of nostalgia.
I liked it a great deal, even with the epilepsy-inducing London 2012 Olympics logo at the end.
JWT plans to run a spot in Mad Men's upcoming DVD set, spelling MAD MEN out with letters and logos from its client roster. Tagline: "Making brands famous since 1864." See it right here.
"All I'm looking for is a nod of the head and recognition for what JWT is," CEO Bob Jeffrey whines. Which begs the question: from who?
To answer that riddle, AdWeek gleaned perspective from Chris Vollmer, a Booz Allen-based media guy: "It's an industry play rather than a consumer play, because I can't see how it would make sense to a consumer."
Aww. JWT needs a shoulder-punch from its peers. Before leaving work today, call your nearest JWT creative and tell 'em you really like what they're doing with, I don't know, Kit Kat.
The three consciously-casual males at left aren't new contenders for The Bachelorette.
They're competitors in Priest Academy, a French web-based reality show brought to you by the humble servants of the Besancon diocese.
A source in France said the premise behind Priest Academy is to encourage more men to become priests because there's apparently a shortage. Adrants reader Olivier Mermet, who sent us the link, exclaimed, "And do you want to know the worst about it? This is F***in' true stuff!!"
Indeed. The first episode, which debuted on June 12, generated 90,000 views.
For more social media fun and games with your immortal homeboy Jesus, check out the Pope blog. And hey, it's never too late to score one of those rad WWJD wristbands.
Looks like Batman film The Dark Knight is the sponsor for Phase I of MySpace's redesign, which went live today.
The homepage features a movie trailer, which is thankfully quiet unless you push the volume icon. And things do seem cleaner and faster.
It struck me as funny that under the heading "New to MySpace?" are buttons marked "Take a Tour" and "Latino." I indulged myself and pushed "Latino," and now I can't seem to get my ass back out in English-speaking MySpace. Curse you, AJAX, curse you!
Wait. I sorted it out. Just had to scroll to the bottom of the page and pick a new country. That definitely spiced up my day.
- matrixx pulls a fast one: to score coverage for a cross-promotion between Vespa, Subway and Get Smart, it produced a write-up for us. "Please do feel free to use or rewrite the whole thing," the matrixx rep said generously. What a nifty guy. And here we were thinking we had jobs to do.
- David and Goliath put together Jack's Track, a racing game that makes the most of Jack Daniel's NASCAR sponsorship.
- MoveOn says this anti-McCain ad is its most effective ad EVAR. It involves a baby. Meh.
- Bun in the oven? Learn how to troubleshoot.
- What a strange way to market a cola. I'm disgusted. But also sold.