Posted by Sheila Shayon on February 27, 2014 11:51 AM
Unilever is using this weekend's Oscars broadcast, aka the “Super Bowl for Women,” to break its new "unified" campaign for its Lipton hot and iced tea brand with a 60-second ad featuring the Muppets and the brand's new slogan, "Be More Tea."
The 86th Academy Awards telecast will air this Sunday, and it’s no surprise that all ad inventory was sold-out months ago as the usual brand suspects step up to a price tag of $1.7 million to $1.8 million for a 30-second spot. On board are JCPenney, Johnson & Johnson, American Express, General Motors, Coldwell Banker, McDonald's, AARP, Mars, Pepsi, Samsung, Sprint and Unilever—which bought two spots, one for Dove and another for Lipton.
Teasing their Oscar campaign Super Bowl-style, Unilever published a 90-second spot on Wednesday to introduce consumers to the campaign.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on February 20, 2014 05:58 PM
Digital billboards in the UK are getting quite the workout lately. PepsiCo is just the latest brand to take advantage of the bright marketing mediums in a new campaign that projects Vine videos around the brand's Pepsi Max product.
The “Unbelievable" campaign invites British consumers to submit Vines of themselves doing something unbelievable, tagging their efforts with Pepsi's #LiveForNow hashtag. The campaign is a significant move for PepsiCo, a “media first” that signals a shift from campaigns led by television to digital as a driver.
The best Vines will be displayed across the Ocean Outdoor’s network of digital billboards in seven UK cities in the collaborative promotion from OMD, Talon Outdoor, AMV BBDO, Jaywing and Grand Visual. PepsiCo is also supporting the campaign with YouTube videos.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on February 5, 2014 10:39 AM
10 million children between the ages of 12 and 17 are particularly at risk for becoming addicted to cigarettes. Last month, a report from the US Surgeon General predicted that 5.6 million American children will die from tobacco-related illnesses unless something changes, and according to the Food and Drug Administration, more than 3,200 people under the age of 18 try their first cigarette every day and 90 percent of adult smokers started when they were kids. If teen smoking can be slowed, it could have broad effects.
And so with a $115 million marketing campaign, the FDA is hoping to change kids’ minds before they get addicted, Reuters reports. At-risk teens aren’t the only group that will be getting such targeted messaging through "The Real Cost" campaign. Other efforts will launch in the next two years that are aimed at rural, gay, African American, and American Indian youth as well. The hope is to wean 300,000 young smokers off cigarettes in the next three years.
"Our kids are the replacement customers for the addicted adult smokers who die or quit each day," said Mitch Zeller, the director of the FDA's Center for Tobacco Products, according to NBC News. "And that's why we think it's so important to reach out to them—not to lecture them, not to throw statistics at them—but to reach them in a way that will get them to rethink their relationship with tobacco use."Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on January 29, 2014 07:37 PM
The New York Lottery has generally marketed itself as a means to get rich quick. All you need is a dollar and a dream, after all.
But now the state-run system wants its low-stakes gamblers to know that there dollars—winners or not—are cycling back into the system to help public education. The new campaign, “Everybody Wins,” features South Bronx grade schoolers from the Gibson Group of Haven Academy singing “Thank you for being a friend” when someone buys a ticket at a convenience store.
New York is asking schools to upload videos of their kids singing the song to the brand’s Facebook page. There, the videos will compete to win a grand prize of $10,000 for their school, while others could earn $5,000 and $2,500 prizes.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on January 24, 2014 03:39 PM
Justin Timberlake has been around the endorsement block a few times, but MasterCard believes the singer-cum-actor can be an effective face for the new "Priceless Surprises" multichannel advertising campaign that the brand is launching Sunday during the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.
New ads will feature Timberlake himself involved in what MasterCard called an "unscripted surprise," while a social media and checkout-connected campaign will shower card customers with surprises right on up to a trip to see Timberlake perform anywhere on his world tour.
"He's very creative; he understands the pulse of his fans so well," Raja Rajamannar, CMO of MasterCard Worldwide, told brandchannel. "He brings insights about his fans with him. And when we created this concept, it was a delightful surprise in how it evolved with him."Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on January 23, 2014 01:07 PM
10 years ago, Dove launched its Campaign for Real Beauty—a global effort that set out to spread positivity among women, young and old, and alter the public perception of beauty.
Spun out of a photography exhibit in Toronto, the campaign, which officially launched in 2004, has grown from billboards and print ads to TV commercials and short films all in the pursuit of redefining how consumers view beauty. And while the core of any campaign—to grow sales—remains a significant motivator for the brand, in a decade it seems that Dove has in fact made an impact on women and men alike, both in the industry and outside of it.
In a survey funded by Unilever, Harvard psychologist Nancy Etcoff found that in relation to the campaign, more women today define beauty by other standards than just physical appearance, according to Ad Age. "62 percent of women in the US feel they are responsible for influencing their own definition of beauty, nearly triple from the 23 percent ten years ago," Dove said in a press release.
The campaign's various efforts have earned Dove and its agencies a handful of awards, including top honors at Cannes Lions in 2007 for its first "viral" video, "Evolution," and again in 2013 for "Sketches," which became the most-watched video ad of all time. Sales have gone from $2.5 billion in 2004 to $4 billion today as Dove hitched its product development to the campaign, transforming from a bar-soap brand to a comprehensive personal care line.
By casting average-sized women as models, challenging stereotypes through its "check-box" ads and consistently advocating for more positive body language and behavior, Dove has helped inspire a greater awareness of misogynistic advertising.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on January 22, 2014 01:41 PM
Next month's Winter Olympics in Sochi mark McDonald's 10th consecutive Olympic Games as the "Official Restaurant," and they are celebrating by launching a social media project to connect Olympic fans world-wide with their favorite athletes at the Sochi Games.
Fans can send a personalized message to athletes or teams using hashtag #CheersToSochi on social media or through the brand's dedicated microsite. A bulletin board in the Athletes Village in Sochi will display a curated stream of messages, and athletes can have their favorites printed on wrist-ribbons to wear during the Games, as well as tweet a personalized response.
McDonald’s athlete ambassadors include US hockey player Patrick Kane, Canadian hockey player Drew Doughty, US bobsledder Lolo Jones, US speed skater Shani Davis, Canadian figure skater Patrick Chan and US snowboarder Louie Vito.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on January 21, 2014 03:46 PM
Last year, the marketing and advertising industry went nutty over Metro Trains Melbourne's "Dumb Ways to Die" cross-platform campaign by McCann Australia. The public safety campaign, which went viral thanks to a catchy song for its PSA ads, online game and addictive mobile app, took home top honors at Cannes Lions and continue to collect accolades, have now inspired a curious new line of products.
Melbourne Metro has announced it's keeping the love going with a line of plush merchandise that is based on the characters in the campaign, and will be sure to appeal to kids of all ages in the same way that Uglydolls became a staple of dormitory rooms worldwide.
"We never set out for this to be a goal and it certainly didn't factor into anything around determining the creative," Metro General Manager-Corporate Relations Leah Waymark told Ad Age. "But countless people asked, 'Where can I get the t-shirt?' We had a lot of people who produce items approach us, from t-shirt makers to toy makers, to people who wanted to produce TV shows. But we narrowed it to what we thought would be most important, and that's the brand integrity."Continue reading...