digital marketing

Dos Equis Uses Oculus Rift for Most Interesting Halloween Masquerade

Posted by Sheila Shayon on October 24, 2014 05:12 PM

To celebrate Halloween, Dos Equis has created a multi-platform interactive platform, Masquerade, hosted by none other than The Most Interesting Man in the World.

This year's Masquerade, which "takes place" at the host's New Orleans manor, can be experienced both online (through the Dos Equis website) and also at bars and parties across the U.S. through virtual reality experiences in which fans don an Oculus Rift headset.

As Dos Equis parent Heineken notes in a press release, "This VR experience will allow fans to don a headset and enter into a virtual Masquerade as The Most Interesting Man’s guest of honor, encountering the unexpected and unusual."Continue reading...

branded entertainment

Branded Entertainment Watch: Air New Zealand and Virgin Airlines Take Off

Posted by Abe Sauer on October 24, 2014 01:21 PM

The Pitch: "The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made" for Air New Zealand 

The Plot: The stars and director of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy finale talk safety for passengers of Air New Zealand.

The Verdict: Air New Zealand has partnered with The Hobbit producers before. And while this certainly doesn't help move the nation away from the stereotype of "The Lord of the Rings country," it's definitely enjoyable. Continue reading...

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Chevrolet and Spike Lee Pay Tribute to Mo'ne Davis and the Magic of Baseball

Posted by Dale Buss on October 24, 2014 12:14 PM

By adding baseball ingenue Mo'ne Davis to the its starting rotation in a new TV ad for the World Series, Chevrolet is tapping into a new type of Americana—one that has been built around the 13-year-old girl who wowed opponents, spectators and baseball fans alike with her stellar performance in last summer's Little League Baseball World Series.

"Very few brands could tell the story on that stage and in as credible a fashion as Chevy can," Steve Majoros, an advertising and marketing director for Chevy, told brandchannel. "It's a nice, natural fit for us with the story and the magical summer [Davis] had." Continue reading...

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Lexus Puts a Velvet Rope on its Twitter Account for VIP Film Screening

Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 23, 2014 01:26 PM

Brands have found all sorts of ways to spread their messages via Twitter, but Lexus is breaking the mold with its latest campaign.

In a branded entertainment move, Toyota's luxury automotive brand is set to release two short films by indie filmmakers on October 27 that are being produced by the Weinstein Company and explore the theme “Life is Amazing.” 

The groundbreaking moment, though, happens one day earlier, when Lexus will become the first luxury brand to lock up its Twitter account to new followers, allowing those who are already following it to use a private link to watch the films before anyone else—and turning its Twitter fans into a VIP list for a private, virtual screening.Continue reading...

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Viral Video Watch: Jeremy Lin Heads to Taiwan to Work (Undercover) for adidas

Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 21, 2014 03:24 PM

For a short period back in 2012, the world could not escape Jeremy Lin. His brand equity, near the bottom of the heap when the year started, shot up within a few short games as one of the New York Knicks to be equal with Kobe Bryant’s. His mere existence (and the public’s insistence on seeing him) was enough to help settle a massive contract dispute between Time Warner Cable and MSG Network, and there was only one word to describe what has happening: Linsanity.

But that kind of nuttiness couldn’t be maintained. The Harvard grad knew that even then. Now the 26-year-old California native is on the same squad with Bryant and aiming to help the Los Angeles Lakers rise to power again by bringing a steady, workmanlike presence to the team.

That attitude spills over into his new ad for adidas China, “Employee of the Year,” in which he plays a modest, unassuming store employee. Continue reading...

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Jordan Brand Taps Funny Side of Blake Griffin and Chris Paul for Late-Night TV

Posted by Dale Buss on October 20, 2014 05:28 PM

They've both already demonstrated their commercial chops for a variety of brands. Now NBA stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin want to show off their comedic skills—and Nike's Jordan shoe brand is only too happy to showcase the two pro-basketball all stars. Call it Jordan Branded Entertainment.

The duo are natural funnymen for the brand's first foray into original programming. Paul has made his mark as an endorsement personality in campaigns such as State Farm's separated-at-birth scenario that focuses on "giving assists," while Griffin probably is best known for his work for Kia, including taking a flying leap over a Kia that was blocking him in the paint. Continue reading...

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Beats by Dre Buffs Up LeBron's Legend with Short Film

Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 20, 2014 01:27 PM

Basketball fans in Cleveland were so irate four years ago when LeBron James decided to leave the Cavaliers and join the Miami Heat that some took to the streets and burnt his jersey. But now, after winning two NBA titles, he’s back and they are ready to give him anything he may need.

No matter how great James was in his first run with the Cavs, he had a hard time attracting quality players to join a team that had a long history of losing. Now the Cavs are the city’s best hope to break a 50-year title drought. The NFL’s Browns took the top spot in the NFL in ’64.

But LeBron is back, baby, and one brand that is jumping onboard is Beats by Dre. In a new video campaign from the Apple-owned brand, James goes back to his hometown of Akron, Ohio, where he sees plenty of “Welcome Back” signs. Fans, meanwhile, get to see the shirtless James working out, sweating hard, and listening to tunes on his Beats. "Don't ever forget where you came from," James says.Continue reading...

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RedRug: IKEA Remake of The Shining Halloween Ad is Not to be Missed

Posted by Shirley Brady on October 20, 2014 10:12 AM

From the wags behind the award-winning Apple-mocking "bookbook" commercial extolling their visionary print catalog, IKEA's Singapore team is back with a Halloween ad that channels Stanley Kubrick's creepy Stephen King classic, The Shining, complete with a boy on a tricycle and a play on the "redrum" motif. Watch it (if you dare) below.Continue reading...

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