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Ron Burgundy Is Absolutely Everywhere As "Anchorman 2" Debut Nears

Posted by Dale Buss on December 9, 2013 12:04 PM

By now, it really doesn't matter if Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is any good or not, or even if it appeals only to true Will Ferrell aficionados. Several days ahead of its release, the movie already could qualify for its own new category in any Hollywood awards show: Most Outrageously Successful Advance Promotion for a Film.

Ferrell, in his signature Anchorman burgundy--and Burgundy--garb has been everywhere promotionally, sometimes with fellow cast members including Steve Carrell, in one of the most overwhelmingly memorable integrated-marketing pre-launch campaigns in movie history. Or certainly Ron Burgundy might put it that way.

All the stuff with the Dodge Durango and horses and dancers turned out to be only a tease. Since that campaign began a few weeks ago, Burgundy also has been seen shilling for everything from Riviera Imports' "Great Odin's Raven Special Reserve" to Ben & Jerry's very real new flavor, "Scotchy Scotch Scotch" (which, surely to his dismay, contains no real alcohol). Continue reading...

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Van Damme Stands Tall—and Wide—In Slick Stunt on Viral Volvo Video

Posted by Dale Buss on November 18, 2013 06:49 PM

The Muscles from Brussels has gotten plenty a movie workout with his martial-arts legerdemain. But seldom has Jean-Claude Van Damme had so many people see one of his physical feats of flexibility and strength so quickly as in the new ad for Volvo Truck's steering technology. At least 27 million people and rising have seen Volvo's new online-only ad in less than a week.

In the spot, Van Damme straddles the space between two Volvo trucks moving side by side and backward only by resting his feet on a side mirror of each truck. The stunt is meant to demonstrate the equilibrium and precision and reliability of the brand's new dynamic-steering system, as Van Damme "stands," all spread out, for what seems like interminable seconds in the video.

Yes, Van Damme ultimately was secured from a grisly accident by thin safety wires that aren't visible in the video. Van Damme’s feet aren’t lashed to the mirrors, video director Andreas Nilsson told the Wall Street Journal, "but we had him rigged so that if he would fall off he wouldn’t die obviously. We didn’t want to be responsible for killing the Muscles from Brussels.”Continue reading...

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Ron Burgundy Knew This Would Happen: Durango Sales, Consideration Soar

Posted by Dale Buss on November 5, 2013 03:53 PM

Ron Burgundy always knew he was made of potent stuff. Now Dodge's marketing moves and brand metrics are affirming the self-confidence of the Will Ferrell character from Anchorman—the star of the current series of TV and video ads for the Dodge Durango SUV and the returning star of the Anchorman 2 sequel that is due out from Paramount Pictures in December.

Dodge now is breaking out two new TV ads that feature Ferrell pitching the entire Dodge auto lineup—Dart, Durango, Charger and Challenger—as well as Durango, Marketing Daily reported. That's an aspect of the campaign the brand didn't previously report. And it still has most of 70 videos in the can with the Burgundy character riffing about Dodge, Durango, horsepower and all sorts of other things.

In the new ads, Ferrell's anchorman remains clueless, at points pronouncing "Dodge" as "Yodge," for instance, the publication reported. Two new spots also have come out with Ferrell promoting Durango per se.Continue reading...

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That Escalated Quickly: Dodge Deploys 'Anchorman' Will Ferrell for Dual Promo

Posted by Abe Sauer on October 8, 2013 11:02 AM

There may be no automotive brand that's doing a better job of marrying entertainment and marketing than Dodge.

And if there is a Hollywood A-lister who's doing a better job endorsing products while avoiding the stigma of being a walking billboard than Will Ferrell, we don't know who it is. So it almost seems inevitable that they would end up together.

Coming off an extraordinary coup that saw the Dodge Charger (aka the "Bravado Buffalo") play a major role in the blockbuster new video game Grand Theft Auto 5, Dodge has released a cross-platform campaign featuring Will Ferrell that ties into the upcoming release of Anchorman 2.Continue reading...

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Making Out Well: Ferrell's Old Milwaukee Ad Airs Regionally, But Spreads Virally

Posted by Mark J. Miller on February 5, 2013 11:59 AM

While many brands paid as much as $4 million to air a Super Bowl ad, one figured out a way to get a lot of attention for much less.

Old Milwaukee aired an ad during the game featuring mustachioed comedian Will Ferrell in an extended kiss with a fellow bus passenger — but only in three tiny markets: Sherman, Tex.; Ardmore, Okla., and Glendive, Mont.

It wasn't immediately clear what the residents of those locales thought of "their" Super Bowl spot. But given its high-profile smoocher, it has resulted in the brewer getting a decent amount of attention compared to the brands that shelled out big bucks to have their ad seen by the huge Super Bowl viewing audience. USA Today, Yahoo!, and other highly watched media outlets had written about the Ferrell spot. 

Ferrell’s ad had received more than 1.5 million YouTube views by midday Tuesday, and seemed to be posted online only by fans of the ad itself. (Budweiser's popular Super Bowl ad featuring the adventures of a young Clydesdale had received more than 9 million by that point, but spent a comparative fortune.)Continue reading...

political season

Barack Obama Goes Down to the Wire with Jay-Z, Will Ferrell and the Boss

Posted by Mark J. Miller on November 5, 2012 04:32 PM

As Barack Obama campaigns at his final rally today in the vital swing state of Ohio with his pals Jay-Z (who sang, "I've got 99 problems, but Mitt ain't one) and Bruce Springsteen, apparently some voters may be confused. And not because they're undecided.

The hard-fought, long-awaited presidential election will finally take place on Tuesday and America will decide which leader it wants to follow: President Barack Obama or Governor Mitt Romney. This pair has done pretty much everything it can on the marketing front, short of skywriting and Potter-style notes delivered by owl, to get their respective messages out to voters. Combined, their campaigns have spent more than a billion dollars on television ads alone this election, an almost embarrassing sum of money given the state of the U.S. economy.

And online was no different. The two candidates have dedicated digital teams that have been trying to push their message through every online channel imaginable. One of those, though, is getting some negative attention: brand hijacking. That's when a brand buys search-engine ad space for when a consumer searches for a competing brand. In some parts of the US, when someone searches for “Barack Obama” in Google or Facebook, ads for Romney appear. And when some Americans search for “Mitt Romney,” ads for Barack Obama appear.Continue reading...

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In the News: Burberry, Gap, P&G and more

Posted by Dale Buss on September 18, 2012 09:06 AM

In the News

Apple shares reach $700 as iPhone 5 shatters sales record.

Belvedere owes Bruce Willis for years of representing Sobieski vodka.

Burberry says strategy won't change as brand brings capes to London Fashion Week.

Chrysler and GM will get a chance at deal similar to new labor accord between Ford and Canadian Auto Workers.

Conde Nast plans French Vanity Fair.

Dole Food to sell businesses to Itochu.

Dos Equis finds some fans unimpressed with Obama endorsement by its "most interesting man" actor.Continue reading...

brand bites

Brand Bites: Scarlett Hearts Coke, Brand it Like Beckham & more

Posted by Abe Sauer on February 17, 2012 12:07 PM

Toyota teams with Marvel for a Yaris viral video, above.

Ford hooks up with the 2012 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue for product placement.

The king(size) Snickers bar is dead. Make way for the fun size.

Below: Coke and ScarJo, Will Ferrell, Jeremy Linsanity and more.Continue reading...

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