Posted by Dale Buss on January 20, 2015 09:09 PM
A lot has been made of NBC's late closing of inventory for Super Bowl ad spots. But really, you can just blame it all on automakers: At least a half-dozen car brands that have been reliable Big Game advertisers during the last few years have decided, this year at least, to bow out.
Audi is the latest to join the Big Game holdouts. Confirming what both auto and branding observers suspected for a while, the company said today that it won't participate in Super Bowl advertising this year, marking the first time in seven years it won't be suiting up. Ford and Lincoln also confirmed this week that the sibling brands won't be in the Big Game.
What's going on here? For a start, the most common explanation by the automakers that have bowed out this year: in 2015 at least, even the world's biggest marketing stage just didn't fit their "product launch cadence" in a way that would justify the estimated $4.5 million price tag for 30-second spots this year.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on January 20, 2015 01:01 PM
Super Bowl Sunday is fast approaching on the first of February, and brands are either busy suiting up—or booking their beach vacations and skipping the fray, as automakers such as Audi, Ford and Volkswagen are doing this year.
While the on-field battle will be between the AFC’s New England Patriots and the NFC’s Seattle Seahawks, there is a separate skirmish occurring in the branding world: Is it more effective to endlessly tease a Super Bowl ad before the big game and even pre-release the commercial online, or is there more value in surprising consumers with your mega-bucks ad on Super Bowl Sunday?
The Wall Street Journal explored this vexing question by looking at a few brands' pre-Game Day strategies. Lexus, for example, is taking the pre-release route this year, already releasing its Super Bowl ad online: "Make Some Noise," which incorporates sounds from its new NX hybrid to underscore the action.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on December 10, 2014 04:04 PM
As Super Bowl XLIX nears, the lineup of advertisers is beginning to look more familiar. Dove Men+Care and GoDaddy are two of the latest brands to confirm that they're returning to the Big Game platform and also that their Super Bowl campaigns will reinforce essentially the same messages that they had last year.
There have been some notable defections from brands that have advertised in the past, including Volkswagen. But reliable returning brands include AB InBev's Budweiser and Bud Light, Coca-Cola, Doritos, Mars and Pepsi, while new players include Loctite, Mophie—and McDonald's, whose need for marketing impact has become glaringly evident lately.
Unilever's Dove Men+Care brand debuted in the Super Bowl in 2010 with an ad that featured a man's "real and unsung moments from birth to fatherhood." The campaign was based on research that had revealed how 73 percent of men felt falsely or inaccurately portrayed in advertising.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on June 13, 2014 11:34 AM
Father's Day is this Sunday in much of the world, prompting brands to pay tributes to Dad. Outstanding examples include Ford's heartstring-tugging "Great Stories" about dads and cars and Chevrolet's sentimental series by MOFILM filmmakers, a continuing branded content partnership for the automaker. Check out them out below, along with other noteworthy nods to Dad (and yes, Moms are welcome too):Continue reading...
sports in the spotlight
Posted by Dale Buss on March 15, 2013 06:46 PM
Beginning Sunday with the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament selection show on CBS, March Madness will get a grip on America. And that's the cue once again for a number of prominent brands to try to get a grip on March Madness fans.
Among brands that will be either sponsoring March Madness telecasts or advertising heavily during the next few weeks on the broadcast and cable networks that carry the 68-team tournament are Buick, Acura, Dove Men+Care and ING.
"The goal with March Madness advertising is reaching that core target and gaining prestige with them by associating with a prestigious event, as well as reaching next-generation fans and that passion of the recent graduate," Gary Robinson, manager of advertising and brand for Acura in the U.S., told brandchannel.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on March 8, 2012 02:01 PM
With conference tournaments dominating this week in men's college basketball, it means that official March Madness is just around the corner. And when the NCAA men's tournament begins next week, brands are going to be more ready than ever to take advantage. That's because March Madness has become a multifaceted, extended marketing "season" much as the NFL Super Bowl represents earlier each year.
In fact, in some ways, March Madness arguably has become an even more effective tentpole marketing platform than the Super Bowl.Continue reading...
Posted by Abe Sauer on March 21, 2011 10:00 AM
On November 7, 1991 five-time NBA champion and three-time league MVP Irving "Magic" Johnson announced his immediate retirement from the Los Angeles Lakers and pro basketball. Johnson further said that he had tested positive for HIV.
The announcement shocked America, and Johnson became the public face of HIV, challenging Americans who had until then seen (and celebrated) the illness as afflicting only the gay community to come to terms with one its most celebrated athletes being HIV-positive.
So, not a soul would have believed anyone who had said at the time, "In 20 years, Magic Johnson will be the spokesperson for a major brand's line of men's hygiene products." But that's just what happened. During the NCAA tournament, Dove introduced its new campaign — "Journey to Comfort with Magic Johnson."Continue reading...
Posted by Abe Sauer on March 11, 2011 12:30 PM
Here's the official Lady Gaga for MAC Cosmetics' Viva Glam commercial. More brandbitems this week:
• Toyota tweets from Japan. Open for business.
• Chrysler's Twitter feed got in hot water over tweeting that nobody in Motor City "knows how to (bleeped!) drive."Continue reading...