Posted by Mark J. Miller on March 7, 2014 07:39 PM
Forget Gatorade—Drink Beer After Your Workout
Alcohol and exercise aren’t generally two topics that are combined, but a Canadian company has gone the counterintuitive route and is testing out a low-alcohol, high-protein “recovery ale” for athletes to enjoy, NPR reports. Called it Lean Machine, the brew from Vampt could be on shelves later this year.
"We just thought that maybe we could do something that would support a drinker, make it still socially fun, and help them accomplish what needs to be accomplished after an aggressive workout," Vampt founder Ian Toews said.Continue reading...
The Big Game
Posted by Dale Buss on February 2, 2014 10:52 AM
Increasingly, some of the most interesting moments in Super Bowl advertising are coming not in what the brands do but what the people do—the people America cares about, anyway. The Big Game has become a really Big Platform for more and more personal brands.
Perhaps none is more surprising that that of Tim Tebow. T-Mobile announced late this week that it would put the controversial ex-Denver Broncos quarterback in one of its two Super Bowl ads. And the brand is doing so in an interesting way that makes Tebow, arguably, the celebrity whose personal brand has been leveraged in the two most disparate ways on game day.
In 2010, recall, Tebow was controversially the star of a Super Bowl ad by Focus on the Family, along with his mom, who had decided against advice to abort him. But in its ad, T-Mobile is performing a bit of advertising jujitsu with Tebow's personal story that isn't likely to offend anyone, picturing him in a variety of fantastical roles—as an obstetrician, a bull rider and a rock star—that he could fulfill without a contract.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on January 31, 2014 08:25 PM
AB InBev Yanks at the Heartstrings
Having a whole Bud Light-themed ship moored on the West Side of Manhattan isn’t enough of an attention-getter for AB InBev, the official beer sponsor of the Super Bowl. The world’s largest brewer is set to air five commercials during Sunday's Super Bowl.
Like many other Big Game advertisers this year, it has released some of its ads ahead of time. Following a teaser, Budweiser's “Hero’s Welcome” shows the true tale of an American soldier returning home from Afghanistan, while it has also revealed half of the Bud Light “Epic Night” commercial, the second half of which will air during Sunday’s game.
In true AB InBev tradition, the brand's famous Clydesdales make an appearance in the spot “Puppy Love,” which pulls at the heartstrings with a charming relationship between a puppy and the iconic horses. In two days, the ad has already garnered over 26 million views, and saw the Budweiser puppy get its own (official) Twitter handle (@BudweiserPuppy), hashtag (#BestBuds) and take over the Budweiser Twitter feed. Awww.Continue reading...
The Big Game
Posted by Dale Buss on January 22, 2014 02:47 PM
Even as Volkswagen's Super Bowl teaser is spoofing previous ads in the Big Game and other commercials by automotive competitors, Toyota and Dannon are digging deep into the well of American cultural nostalgia also.
Dannon's teaser for its third consecutive Super Bowl appearance, this one on behalf of its Oikos Greek-yogurt brand, reunites previous spokesman John Stamos with the other two guys in the cast of the ancient sitcom, Full House, Bob Saget and Dave Coulier. The joke is that the three guys are still stuck in the same domestic arrangement nearly 20 years after the ABC show finally wrapped in 1995.
There's huge attention to Greek yogurt in this Super Bowl advertising season because Chobani, the creator of the segment in the US market, is planning its own first Super Bowl ad.Continue reading...
The Big Game
Posted by Dale Buss on January 16, 2014 07:12 PM
With GoDaddy.com and Axe forgoing their recent Big Game titillations this year in favor of more serious outreaches to their respective demographic targets, a perhaps-unlikely CPG brand apparently will be coming to the aid of Super Bowl viewers who count on some adverteasing along with their football.
Nestle-owned Butterfinger will air its first-ever Super Bowl spot on February 2 for its new Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups, and its teaser suggests that the ad will be what USA Today called "racy." The video online now shows a couple—peanut butter and chocolate—seeking couples counseling for their relational woes.
Among other snippets, the previous patients, cheese and crackers, are seen emerging from the therapist's office fondling a salami and snickering. The therapist jokes with the sweet and salty couple, "Don't you think it would be nice to try something new—and crunchy?"Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on January 15, 2014 06:41 PM
Anheuser-Busch InBev's Super Bowl XLVIII game plan is a mixed bag of old and new as the alcohol giant turns its focus to its core brands—Bud Light and Best Global Brand Budweiser—as competition from Coors Light, craft beers and imported brews heats up.
In total, AB InBev will air five ads, three for Bud Light and two for Budweiser.
A veteran Super Bowl advertiser, Budweiser will once again utilize its iconic Clydesdales in a new spot, "Puppy Love," as well as one that honor's returning military troops that is "particularly special because of the sheer number of troops coming home from Afghanistan," Budweiser VP Brian Perkins told USA Today.
Bud Light, on the other hand, will showcase an innovative re-sealable aluminum bottle, "Cool Twist," in spot called “So Cool” that is scheduled to air in the game's first timeslot along with two others that include celebrity tie-ins.
One thing that isn't resting on nostalgia is Bud Light's four-year-old tagline, "Here We Go."Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on January 15, 2014 09:21 AM
HP sets to announce two large smartphones today.
China Mobile receives 1.2 million iPhone pre-orders.
Cadillac updates its crest.
Axe strikes a more earnest tone in advertising.
Bud Light challenges football fans with digital gaming ad and prepares new tag line for A-B InBev's reduced Super Bowl effort.
Charter woos Time Warner Cable shareholders.
Coca-Cola releases interactive mini-bottles to honor World Cup.
Daimler wins as US Supreme Court throws out Argentine human-rights suit.
Dunkin' Donuts focuses on expansion and one-to-one marketing.
Facebook CEO calls Snapchat a "super interesting privacy phenomenon," and it makes inroads in Russia.
Fiat will give first batch of new Alfa Romeos to top-selling US dealers.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on January 10, 2014 08:20 PM
Absolut Drops the Vodka
General alcohol categories are no longer a good look for Pernod Ricard's Absolut. The vodka brand is in fact dropping the word 'vodka' from all of its marketing, though it will still use the label on its bottles.
According to Marketing Week, the "refreshed identity" will be rolled out in the coming months in hopes to “simplify, unify and amplify the brand’s messaging platforms," in a way that makes only knowing the "Absolut" name necessary for distinction among other alcohol brands.
Sure thing, Pernod.Continue reading...