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Brand Bites: Doritos Brings Lady Gaga to SXSW 2014

Posted by Abe Sauer on March 9, 2014 06:13 PM

Little Monsters will be storming the Doritos #BoldStage at South by SouthWest this week, aka the next generation's Dylan-goes-electric moment.

Forget Grumpy Cat, 3D-printed Oreos and Cronut fever—this year's SXSW meme-tastic moment is happening with a hand from the PepsiCo-owned snack brand, which is bringing pop sensation Lady Gaga to Austin for an "intimate" performance to benefit the singer's Born This Way Foundation.

Of course, this isn't any old branded concert, as Gaga will perform inside a four story vending machine filled with—what else—Doritos bags. Fans will only gain admission to the exclusive concert after accepted a series of "bold challenges" from Doritos.Continue reading...

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Celebrity Parents Net a Win as Media Brands Commit to "No Kids" Photo Policy

Posted by Sheila Shayon on February 28, 2014 03:39 PM

Following a grassroots campaign by actors and couple Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard, People, Entertainment Tonight, NBC's Today Show, CBS's The Insider, E! News and Just Jared have sworn off publishing paparazzi photos of famous kids—an action that simultaneously invades their parents' privacy and exploits the children. 

Fed up with paparazzi snapping photos of their 11-month-old daughter, the celebrity couple took to social media in January to ask consumers to boycott magazines and media outlets that use "pedorazzi" photos.  

Shepard penned a blog post late last month, saying "We pray that one of the classier weeklies, like People, will enact a no-kids policy, and that they will be rewarded by the consumer for doing so,” Shepard wrote. “And we hope that leads to others following suit." 

Soon enough, Entertainment Tonight stepped forward, followed by People and Just Jared, a celebrity gossip site, and vowed to stop using the photos.Continue reading...

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MilkPEP Ditches Iconic Milk Mustache and "Got Milk?" Tagline

Posted by Dale Buss on February 24, 2014 04:47 PM

After nearly 20 years, the milk mustaches were kind of drying up—in their effectiveness, at least. So MilkPEP has finally ditched its iconic "Got Milk?" campaign in favor of a new positioning that pursues the theme du jour for much of the American CPG business these days: protein.

"Milk Life" is the new tagline of advertising for the US Milk Processor Education Program (MilkPEP), which borrowed the "Got Milk?" theme from the California Milk Processor Board and then made it iconic by slapping milk mustaches on hundreds of celebritries, ranging from Frankie Muniz to Heidi Klum, in print ads, billboards and TV commercials.

"We want to make sure that milk is relatable, relevant and meaningful to Americans," said Julia Kadison, interim CEO of MilkPEP, in a statement. "We love that 'Milk Life' has a powerful double meaning: It's about wringing every last drop out of every single moment, and it represents a way of living where milk helps power you to be your best."Continue reading...

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Mila Kunis Makes History with Jim Beam in New Global Campaign

Posted by Mark J. Miller on February 20, 2014 12:07 PM

It's not often you see a woman shilling for a hard liquor brand, but that's because they aren't Mila Kunis.

The red-hot Hollywood actress, who has starred in films like Black Swan and Forgetting Sarah Marshall and voices the character of Meg Griffin on Family Guy, is the new front-woman for Jim Beam in what is the company's largest global marketing campaign in its 219-year history. 

It's also a landmark deal for Kunis, who had never pitched for any other brand in the US. But it turns out that putting up a friendly, female face to promote your brand isn't such a bad idea now that 30 percent of bourbon drinkers are female, up 10 percent from years past. Flavored bourbon, which continues to grow, is consumed evenly across women and men, Ad Age notes.Continue reading...

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Calvin Klein Asks Fans to Snap Selfies in Their Skivvies for #MyCalvins Campaign

Posted by Sheila Shayon on February 19, 2014 02:52 PM

Calvin Klein is handing over the marketing reins to its fans for its latest line of designer underwear. The #mycalvins campaign is so hip, in fact, that it's encouraging bloggers, models, musicians and average fashionistas to snap selfies of themselves wearing the iconic waist-banded knickers and share them on social media. 

The digital initiative kicked-off with supermodel Miranda Kerr and R&B artist Trey Songz, who both posted photos of themselves stripped down and showing off their branded waist-bands. The second wave of brand ambassadors includes popular bloggers Chiara Ferragni of The Blonde Salad and Leandra Medine of the Man Repeller. 

The company reports that the first of the three influencer photos had more than 1 million total fan interactions among an audience of over 50 million in less than 24 hours.Continue reading...

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Pharrell Transitions to Designer with Launch of Recycled Plastic Denim Line

Posted by Sheila Shayon on February 17, 2014 05:20 PM

Super-producer Pharrell Williams, the recent recipient of a Grammy for record of the year and scheduled to perform his Academy Award-nominated song “Happy” at the Oscars on March 2, is turning his creative attention to a new environmentally-friendly denim collection. 

RAW for the Oceans is a collaboration between Dutch fashion label G-Star RAW and eco-thread company Bionic Yarn, where Pharrell is creative director. 

The jeans, which will be available in August, are made from yarn that consists of plastic litter from the ocean. Pharrell announced the collaboration at New York Fashion Week, saying that he had been looking for an in to fashion and this opportunity was the first that "made sense." 

“Everyone has jeans in their closet,” he said, according to the Wall Street Journal. “Bionic Yarn is a company built around performance, and denim is the perfect category to show the world what Bionic Yarn can do.”Continue reading...

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Brands Cut Out Media Middleman as P&G's Dreft Tweets Exclusive News of Jonas Birth

Posted by Dale Buss on February 5, 2014 11:47 AM

Branded content, meet The Truman Show. When Kevin and Danielle Jonas stuck with their sponsorship deal with Dreft detergent and actually announced the birth of their baby girl over the weekend through Dreft via Twitter, it marked a new opportunity in social media and in the relationship between celebrities and brands.

Alena Rose Jonas was born on Feb, 2, but only followers of the Procter & Gamble brand on Twitter knew right away. The brand, along with Jonas, tweeted continuous updates from its account using hashtag #BabyJonas and #BabyJonasIsComing. But once the newborn made her entrance, Jonas' account fell silent and Dreft was the one to post the first photo of mom and baby.Continue reading...

The Big Game

Super Bowl Ads See Celebs, Car Brands Take Center Stage

Posted by Dale Buss on January 28, 2014 05:43 PM

No industry has come to define Super Bowl advertising quite like the car business. Automakers, after all, are among the biggest US advertisers and marketers by dollar volume. According to Kantar Media, the auto sector will be the biggest advertiser at the Super Bowl for the third straight year.

“It’s the right place,” Jon Swallen, Kantar Media’s research chief, told Bloomberg. “The Super Bowl attracts a broader audience than core sports fans who are male, skews higher income and is a perfect audience for auto brands.”

While some automakers such as BMW are saving their marketing dollars for the Sochi Olympics and other platforms, at least eight auto brands are planning to use Super Bowl commercials this Sunday as a platform to help achieve their greater goals for 2014—and beyond.

Hyundai and Chrysler, according to Kantar research cited by USA Today, made the top five biggest spenders in the past five Super Bowls, along with Bud Lite and Budweiser parent Anheuser Busch InBev, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola.

This year, 30-second Big Game spot on NBC costs $4 million, according to Adweek, while it has become standard practice to run pre-Game teasers (trailers, in a sense, of the Game Day spot), and viral videos promoted across YouTube, Twitter and Facebook with hashtags. One question is how much the pre-Game sneak peeks and reveals steals the thunder and surprise from in-game ads. A bigger question, for marketers' bosses, is whether watercooler buzz leads to sales.

Here's a snapshot of what auto brands are planning for Super Bowl XLVII, much of which has been revealed already by teasers and even full commercials and related cross-platform, digital and social campaigns. Watch below, and let us know your favorite so far in the comments below.Continue reading...

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