Posted by Abe Sauer on September 4, 2014 12:04 PM
Two giants of Chinese celebrity stand to be big losers if a new product endorsement law in China is enforced. (It won't be, but humor us.)
First, there is Jackie Chan, the acrobatic movie star who never uses a stunt double or met a product he wouldn't pitch.
The other is recently minted mega-star Fan Bingbing, who seems just as happy as the face of Louis Vuitton, L'Oreal, Cartier and Moet and Chandon as the face of a local laundry detergent and Lu Shou ("Thin Green") weight loss pills (below). Fan is also a fervent video gamer, apparently.
And then there are the foreigners.Continue reading...
Posted by Rami Levi on September 2, 2014 03:03 PM
Call it a modern day miracle, but a candy brand has firmly associated itself with athleticism. The beautiful branded partnership between Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch and the Mars-owned Skittles continued today with the release of a hilariously branded “training video.”
The video features the Seahawks star pushing through a rigorous training session with the help of his sugary friends. In light of the astronomical bidding war between Nike and Under Armour over the coveted feet of Kevin Durant, the video demonstrates the power a partnership born organically from genuine mutual interest between endorser and brand.
The love affair between Skittles and Lynch, aka Beast Mode, has been well-documented. After a few seasons of free publicity—TV broadcasts often catch Lynch snacking on Skittles during games—Skittles signed Lynch to a deal just before Super Bowl 48. Immediately following the signing, Skittles implemented a fairly standard sponsorship strategy with the launch of a limited edition Seattle Mix and donating to Lynch’s foundation during the Super Bowl.
But Skittles, known for its eccentric mastery of social media content, is just beginning to explore the creative possibilities of a “beast mode brand.”Continue reading...
Posted by Jacob Huval on June 3, 2014 11:02 AM
As with the reactions to Tupac Shakur’s 2012 appearance at Coachella, reactions to Michael Jackson’s recent holographic appearance at the Billboard Music Awards varied were a mixed bag, with some calling it more hollowgraphic than holographic and a “hollow tribute” at best. Whether you find it moving or morbid (and we'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below), there's no question that it's big business. Jackson is the reigning top-earning late celebrity according to Forbes, which estimates his estate's earnings from June 2012 to June 2013 at $130 million.
There have been other such cases of digitally bringing celebrities back to life, of course: consider Audrey Hepburn in a Galaxy/Dove chocolate campaign, John Wayne in a Coors Light campaign, and Gene Kelly singing in the rain for Volkswagen. The controversy that such post-mortem celebrity-driven campaigns generate isn’t surprising—and may actually be part of the point since controversy generates more conversation about the ad and the brand that presented it.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on March 12, 2014 02:07 PM
Danone dropped the other shoe in its repositioning of the flagging Activia brand worldwide -- and it's the Cinderella dance slipper of Shakira, the globally admired pop songstress. She will be the face of the company's biggest-ever dairy ad campaign under the tagline, "Feeling good starts from the inside."
The Shakira campaign (watch a behind-the-scenes video here) emphasizing the probiotic, digestive-health benefits of Activia will launch in 55 countries with print, outdoor and digital as well as TV ads featuring the Colombia-born singer and her new song, "Dare (La La La)." It helps takes the place of advertising that used to feature American actress Jamie Lee Curtis, who was phased out in January.
"For the first time we are using a global celebrity so we aim to have a global impact," Santiago Mier, CMO of Danone Dairy, told Reuters. "It's different also in the way we communicate with people, in a more modern and updated way."Continue reading...
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...
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...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on November 11, 2013 05:31 PM
Parents, brace yourselves: Justin Bieber has invested $1.1 million in Shots of Me, a mobile selfie-sharing network that's targeting his own fan base, teens and pre-teens. With almost 47 million Twitter followers—second only to Katy Perry—Bieber is a big catch as an investor and a pop-culture influencer of unprecedented power.
He joins investors Shervin Pishevar, Tom McInerney and boxer Floyd Mayweather, and John and Sam Shahidi, whose RockLive social startup is behind the new selfie-enabling app, which is exclusively available for download starting this week in the iTunes App Store.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 30, 2013 06:35 PM
Actor Ashton Kutcher is as much known for his on-screen skills as his off-screen antics, most of which revolve around technology and his various entrepreneurial endeavors. In fact, along with his 15 million Twitter followers, Kutcher just wrapped up his role depicting Apple's Steve Jobs in a biopic.
The number of people interested in Kutcher's tech-driven activities did not go unnoticed by Lenovo, which struck a deal with Kutcher to serve as the computer maker's new brand ambassador and one-man focus group. On Tuesday night, the company livestreamed a press conference annoucing the relationship before shipping the actor to China to toy around with its new Yoga tablet and share his thoughts with product engineers.
"Ashton Kutcher is the ultimate super user," David Roman, Lenovo's chief marketing officer, told Ad Age. "The super user is helpful to us in defining products and experiences that consumers want. His sense of what technology can do through his own use and the technology he's seen through his other startups [helps us.] And his celebrity helps us in marketing."Continue reading...