Posted by Dale Buss on December 8, 2011 05:31 PM
It's a border battle fit for the season. And with this new Michigan-Wisconsin dispute comes all the underlying tensions from a long and tenuous adjacency that include zebra mussels, Asian carp, rights to the Upper Peninsula, Packers-Lions, Badgers-Spartans, the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, beach envy, Lake Michigan mineral rights, and which state really has the fattest people.
Yes, Wisconsin's tourism department has appropriated mitten imagery for new web-based winter promotion of its mitten-shaped state. And that has made mavens of mitten-shaped Michigan — well, mightily miffed. The result is a frosty contretemps between pillars of the Upper Midwest that is only likely to get more icy.
You see, Michiganders clearly own the historical and traditional use of their right hands — with fingers straight up and together, they form a perfect mitten shape —when pointing out, usually with their left index fingers, where something is located in the state's Lower Peninsula.Continue reading...
brands under fire
Posted by Shirley Brady on December 8, 2011 09:45 AM
Still reeling from the Jerry Sandusky child abuse case, Penn State officials and fans groaned last night as the university's disgraced former football coach was arrested on fresh charges (which his lawyer says he's denying) ... while clearly wearing a Penn State jacket with the Nittany Lions logo as police hauled him off to jail, where he remains this morning. Above, a few of the responses on Twitter as the news broke.
Posted by Shirley Brady on December 6, 2011 04:07 PM
Old Spice kicked off day 2 of its social gift-giving holiday campaign with a video gift to the residents of Billings, Montana, who apparently can now check out a billboard thank you, too. W+K started marketing the return of Old Spice Man Isaiah Mustafa in earnest today, buying space on Yahoo (see below) and other highly trafficked websites.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on December 6, 2011 02:02 PM
The Philadelphia 76ers last visited the NBA Finals in 2000 and won the whole thing in 1983, but there hasn’t been a lot of Brotherly Love for the Sixers in recent years as the team has either not made the playoffs at all or lost in the first round since 2003.
But now the team has new ownership, a new hope as the season is getting set to begin on Dec. 25, and a new mascot that will debut early in the year. That last one, actually, hasn’t been decided on just yet — so the team is asking fans to help determine the next face of the franchise will be, according to CSNPhilly. After all, whether it is Big Ben, B. Franklin Dogg, or Phil E. Moose, it will likely be around long after everybody on the current roster is gone.
The last mascot the Sixers had, a rabbit named Hip Hop, spent most of its time strutting around and doing crazy dunks off of trampolines. Last month, he was bounced out after fans told the new ownership that he had to go. So now the team is trying to figure out whether it wants a mascot in the form of Benjamin Franklin, a dog, or, oddly, a moose.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on December 5, 2011 11:02 PM
Yes ladies (and men)... he's back! Isaiah Mustafa, aka Old Spice Man, is back in a white towel for a limited engagement as MANta Claus (tagline: "One man. Seven billion gifts"). The five-day digital holiday campaign for the P&G brand kicked off today with tweets and Facebook posts alerting commenters they had a gift waiting on YouTube. Watch the first day of the brand's latest social media response campaign by W+K featuring the award-winning character below.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on December 2, 2011 05:02 PM
Air New Zealand isn’t above doing something a little scandalous to bring in customers and publicity. Two years ago, it painted uniforms onto the skin of supposed members of a ANZ flight crew for an ad campaign, raising more than a few eyebrows.
Then a year ago, the airline introduced a brand mascot: a raunchy puppet named Rico, who starred in an online-only ad campaign in which he used “sexual innuendo and chats with B-grade celebrities,” such as David Hasselhoff, Richard Simmons, Snoop Dogg and Lindsay Lohan, to help sell the airline, according to New Zealand’s Stuff.
Rico found some success, collecting 4.5 million YouTube viewers and more than 48,000 Facebook fans along the way. ANZ is likely the only major airline that had a series of online ads starring a puppet that all opened with the text, “The following video contains language and themes of a sensitive nature. Viewer discretion is advised.”Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on December 1, 2011 02:07 PM
While McDonald’s is still the overwhelming powerhouse in fast-food burger chain, it appears that Burger King will soon be dethroned and it will come at the hands of a young pigtailed redhead.
The Orange County Register reports that Wendy’s is expected to surpass BK in the U.S., perhaps as early as this year, according to a report by Janney Capital Markets that was released Tuesday.
"We expect Wendy's to overtake privately-held Burger King for the number-two market-share position within the limited-service hamburger sector, perhaps as soon as this year," wrote analyst Mark Kalinowski in the report, according to the Register.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on November 27, 2011 10:40 PM
The International Olympic Committee has been using "The Best of Us" as a tagline in its ongoing marketing campaign to promote the Olympic Games.
Now, with less than 250 days to go before the London 2012 summer games, the New York Times notes that, in addition to TV commercials, the IOC and London Olympic organizers are using the tagline as the basis of a global campaign "to reach younger viewers through social media, user-generated content and other digital offerings." The goal is not only to engage the public, but particularly youths, in London 2012 via the web, mobile and social media.Continue reading...