Posted by Shirley Brady on July 2, 2014 09:14 AM
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World Cup Daily
Posted by Mark J. Miller on June 12, 2014 06:37 PM
With the first match won, there's no doubt Brazilian fans are celebrating in the Sao Paolo arena with an ice cold Budweiser—or three. The beer giant, one of the World Cups major official sponsors, is more than ready to reap the benefits of its massive cross-media marketing efforts.
“It’s incredible the impact digital is having,” on Budweiser’s World Cup activity, marketing manager Jennifer Anton told The Drum, though she noted that television is still important. “TV really drives affinity and will continue to be important,” she told the site. “We’re seeing the cross-over with video on demand and people watching our ads on YouTube. As consumers change their media habits, we’re changing along with them.”
To capture the video-loving audience, Bud has worked with VICE Media to create football-centric videos for its website and YouTube channel, creating documentary-style programming in keeping with the VICE News ethos.Continue reading...
World Cup Daily
Posted by Mark J. Miller on May 28, 2014 04:08 PM
With 15 days until the kickoff of the World Cup, brands are scrambling to lay claim to any piece of the action, but with only a limited number of official sponsorships available, many are turning to social media in hopes of capturing some real-time engagement.
According to Marketing Week, big brands such as adidas, Budweiser, Johnson and Johnson and Volkswagen are pouring cash and energy into preparations to use social media and data as much as possible during the Cup's month-logn run in order to capture the attention of second-screen viewers—of which there will be a lot. According to Comigo, game highlights and full match replays will be watched by 63 percent of viewers on their computers, and around a quarter of viewers will watch highlights on their tablets and smartphones.
”Facebook and Twitter are going to play a big role in how we activate around the World Cup," Jennifer Anton, marketing manager at World Cup sponsor Budweiser UK, told Marketing Week. "That’s not to say they weren’t in 2010 [during the last tournament] but we’re going to be using all the insights we have learnt during this time to connect with consumers around what we feel is going to be the biggest social media conversation ever.”Continue reading...
World Cup Daily
Posted by Mark J. Miller on May 26, 2014 01:05 PM
With the World Cup in Brazil kicking off on June 12, brands are going into overdrive to capitalize on the growing anticipation.
Budweiser, the official beer sponsor of the massive event, has embarked on a multi-faceted World Cup marketing campaign that includes a co-branded content web series—a first for the brand—in partnership with the Millennial magnet that is the VICE media brand these days.
The "Rise as One: Modern Stories" series started as a documentary on Fox and has been playing out in episodes on its YouTube channel as well as via its (age-gated) World Cup microsite, called (in line with its World Cup tagline), Rise as One.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on May 6, 2014 06:23 PM
May the Fourth be with Cinco de Mayo. Yes, there's a lot of real-time marketing going on this month, from brands tapping into Star Wars fever to U.S. marketers getting their arriba!-time marketing on for Cinco de Mayo—not Mexico's Independence Day, as Digiday rightly points out.
Multicultural marketing is always to be approached sensitively, as MSNBC found out this week, to its chagrin. Sadly, Cinco de Mayo has become an excuse for every frat-boy gringo to pull on a sombrero and holler random Spanish exclamations after downing their tequila. Like the shot girls, this version of the holiday is a fiction, a bastardization of the holiday that was originally created to honor underdog Mexican fighters who defeated French soldiers who had more bodies, better equipment, and finer training way back in 1862.
Those fighters, now mythologized and celebrated, have become symbols for oppressed Latino workers in America. Now the holiday that celebrates them has become oppressive as young drinkers enter the bars of America and play out every Latino stereotype imaginable. Fortunately, smart brands are looking beyond the stereotypes—including Coors Light, in its first-ever line extension.Continue reading...
sports in the spotlight
Posted by Mark J. Miller on May 5, 2014 04:43 PM
In just over a month, the world's top soccer players will take to the field and do battle from June 12 to July 13 in soccer's quadrennial blockbuster event, the FIFA World Cup. Big brands, though, are already tangling and showing their soccer cred in hopes of winning the hearts and minds of the billions that get a glimpse of the World Cup. The Super Bowl is nothing compared with this.
With a relationship with FIFA dating back to 1974, and as an official sponsor of the FIFA World Cup since 1978, Coca-Cola is celebrating this year's event with what it's billing as the largest marketing campaign in company history, entitled The World's Cup. Aimed at involving as many consumers as possible, the campaign kicked off in early April with a two-minute short film, called "One World, One Game."Continue reading...
Posted by Abe Sauer on February 27, 2014 02:04 PM
Welcome to brandchannel's annual Brandcameo Product Placement Awards.
For more than a decade, Brandcameo has tracked product placement and brand appearances in every No. 1 film in Hollywood. Since 2004, the Brandcameo Awards have been honoring the good, the bad, and the ugly (and the most) product placement in tandem with the annual Oscars buzz.
If one thing is evident in the product placement industry, it's that brand cameos in films are on a steady decline. 2013's average of 9.1 product placements per No. 1 film is the lowest since 2001, when we first started tracking this space. With directors looking to de-clutter their work, producers looking to wrangle more marketing tie-ins off-screen and new film technology proving challenging for brand placements, the big screen is becoming less and less of a billboard for brands.
This year, Brandcameo hands out awards for the best and worst product placement, the Lifetime Achievement Award, the Forrest Gump Award for Achievement in Reverse Product Placement, as well as awards in 14 other categories.
But there's no spoilers here. Check out the big winners (and losers) of the 2014 Brandcameo Product Placement Awards, covering films released in 2013, after the jump.Continue reading...
sports in the spotlight
Posted by Mark J. Miller on February 27, 2014 10:42 AM
With the Super Bowl done and over with, Americans and baseball fans the world over are looking forward to the start of the MLB season, with this year's Opening Day set for March 31. But this year, Budweiser and a Hall of Famer are hoping to turn the first day of America's favorite pastime into an actual holiday.
Bud and Hall of Fame player Ozzie Smith have launched a 30-day roadshow to convince fans to sign a petition that aims to get President Obama to declare Opening Day a national holiday. In order to make that happen, Smith will need at least 100,000 signatures from fans 21 and older in order for the US government to even consider responding to the movement. Other major brands including Fox Sports, Louisville Slugger and the MLB itself has backed Bud's campaign.
"There are 22 million people who have, some point in time, played hooky from work or school, so it's already an unofficial holiday," Smith told MLB.com. "We're just trying to make it an official holiday by getting those 100,000 signatures so I can march them up to the front of the White House."Continue reading...