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72andSunny, Samsung Launch ‘Sport Doesn’t Care’ for Paralympics

 

“Sport Doesn’t Care” is the platform behind 72andSunny’s and Worldwide Paralympic Sponsor Samsung’s new campaign, showing that no matter who you are, your excuse doesn’t matter in the world of athletics.

The 90 second spot from 72andSunny Amsterdam, dubbed “What’s Your Problem? Sport Doesn’t Care,” features paralympic athletes Jessica Gallagher (alpine skiing), Seung-Hwan Jung (ice sledge hockey), Katarzyna Rogowiec (cross country skiing and biathlon), Anna Schaffelhuber (alpine skiing), Evan Strong (snowboard cross), and Greg Westlake (ice sledge hockey). These paralympians share their problems, such as “I am not a morning person,” “It’s so cold,” “Side wind. I don’t like it.” I hate the rain,” and “I’m too tired” and other problems any athlete might face, followed by the “Sport Doesn’t Care” message.

“Conversations around the Paralympic Games tend to focus on disability over athleticism,” explains Younghee Lee, EVP/global marketing, IT & mobile at Samsung Electronics. “As a brand with a passion for sport, Samsung aims to make the dialogue more empowering, focusing on the courage and performance of athletes and encouraging participation.”

Australian alpine skiier Jessica Gallagher expressed excitement at being involved in the campaign. “I think that Samsung’s commitment to the Paralympic movement is incredibly important. It calls much-needed attention to the fact that we as Paralympians are really not different from our Olympic Games counterparts — we work just as hard and want to win just as much,” she said. “I ski the same as any Olympian, I just use adaptive equipment to help negate my vision loss. Whether you’re a top athlete or a young child just starting out, sport doesn’t discriminate.”

The spot follows on the heels of a kickoff manifesto spot which launched February 20th, with a third spot in the series set for release on March 7th. Stick around for the manifesto spot after the jump. Read more

72andSunny Takes on truth

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Following a review that kicked off last July, Legacy, the public health foundation behind ongoing anti-smoking campaign, truth, has finally found a new creative agency partner in 72andSunny. The L.A./Amsterdam-based agency beat out finalists including 180LA, Droga5, Anomaly NY, and BBDO NY in the process, which was managed by Boston’s Pile + Co. 72andSunny now joins the truth agency roster that already includes MediaCom, which won media buying/planning duties for the brand last November.

Eric Asche, CMO of Legacy, which also brought on former Publicis Kaplan Thaler CEO Robin Koval as president/CEO last fall, says in a statement, “Historically, truth’s success has come from big ideas that impact youth culture. The challenge ahead of us is to build on this momentum in pursuit of the evolving youth audience.  72andSunny brought a transformative approach to the issue that we believe will impact youth culture from the inside.  We’re excited to have the agency as a partner in the fight to end this epidemic.

72andSunny replaces Arnold Worldwide on the truth biz. The latter agency solely handled the account since late 2007 (Arnold previously worked alongside CP+B on the biz). Below is a pic of the truth team greeting 72andSunny if you’re interested.

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72andSunny Launches Campaign for Square Featuring Little Dudes, Shih Tzus

72andSunny has unveiled a rather minimalist new campaign for Square, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey‘s mobile payments company.

The campaign is made up of 15-second spots, each of which begin with a dual colored screen with text on each side representing a merchant and a customer, followed by a card swiping through Square Register. In “Surf Instructor” (featured above), for example, the left-side of the screen reads “Dude,” while the right side reads “Little Dude.” The card is swiped through the Square Register on the right side of the screen, followed by a short scene of an enthusiastic young surfer in training. All of the spots follow this basic formula, demonstrating the kind of small business transactions Square’s product can open up for people in a simple, easy to understand way that perfectly matches the campaign’s message about the simplicity of using Square. Check out “Stylist” below to see a shih tzu getting a haircut, and stick around for “Designer” after the jump.

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72andSunny is Back with New Spot Promoting ‘Call of Duty: Ghosts’ Downloadable Content

This past October we covered 72andSunny’s exhaustive campaign for Activision’s Call of Duty: Ghosts. Now, 72andSunny is back with a new campaign promoting Call of Duty: Ghosts‘ new downloadable content pack, Onslaught.

72andSunny’s long spot for Onslaught, entitled “CODnapped,” imagines a task force, led by a CODnapper played by Stephen Graham of Boardwalk Empire, sent out to kidnap men from such terrible duties as work, child rearing, and spending time with their significant other, so that they can be brought to a room with comfy chairs and snacks to play Call of Duty. The elaborately imagined scheme runs for over three minutes, before the rest of the spot is devoted to Onslaught gameplay. It’s kind of a clever (although ridiculous and entirely sexist) concept that highlights gamers’ desire to spend time with the new content free of any real-life distractions. And although the spot is quite dragged out, at a 4:51 run length, fans of the franchise have responded. The video was uploaded to YouTube yesterday, and has already racked up almost 400,000 views. By the time of Onslaught‘s January 28th release, it could top the one million mark. Credits after the jump. Read more

72andSunny Celebrates ‘Busch Heroes’

72andSunny launched a new cross-platform campaign for Busch called “Busch Heroes,” which “celebrates hard workers on the job and in their communities.” The campaign, designed to embody the new brand tagline, “Here’s to Earning It,” includes “in-store signage, beer packaging, documentary style web videos and more.”

For the campaign, Busch scoured the country in search of everyday heroes from all walks of life who were both “truly passionate about what they do for a living, as well as going above and beyond to make a difference in their communities.” They selected a group of eight men and women from across the country to represent this ideal. Actually, it’s seven men and one woman (Jacqueline Gabelein), and the above online ad undermines the attempt at inclusion by solely using terms like “working man,” “manly,” and “his” — making the one female selection seem like an afterthought/tokenism. (“His hands may be both rough and hard,” delivers Gabelein, during her footage.) This is still, I suppose, a step in the right direction for a beer advertisement.

“Our goal with Busch Heroes is to shine a spotlight on those who aren’t afraid to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty, on and off the clock,” explains Edison Yu, vice president, value brands, Anheuser-Busch. It’s a refreshing approach, even with the gender issues. Who doesn’t want to see hardworking men and women who give back to their communities get a moment in the spotlight?

In addition to 30 and 60 second digital ads, the campaign features “special edition Busch and Busch Light packaging, print advertisements, retail displays and region-specific billboards.” Four of the Busch Heroes will be profiled in online mini documentaries: Justin Zoscsak, Andy Freeman, Travis Caldwell and Brandon Harris. Busch is looking to its fanbase for the next selection of Busch Heroes. Busch drinkers can head to Busch’s Facebook page to nominate someone they think deserves to be honored as a Busch Hero in 2015.

See below for a full list of Busch Heroes:

Snag Some ‘Eat Like You Mean It’ Boxers from 72andSunny, Carl’s Jr./Hardee’s

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This summer, 72andSunny debuted a design for “Eat Like You Mean it” boxers for Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s. CKE Restaurants fell in love with the design, and they decided to ask fans of the brand on Facebook if they would buy the boxers, given the opportunity. Fan response was enthusiastic enough that 72andSunny has made them available for sale, in a limited launch of 2,000 boxers for the holiday season. Having never enjoyed the pleasures of Carl’s Jr. or Hardee’s (one of the negatives of living in the northeast), I can’t truly understand the need to represent the fast food franchise. But this does seem like a funny gift for the burger lover in your life (although a bit expensive for a pair of boxers at $20). It’s also interesting that the brand used Facebook as a litmus test to see if their fans would be interested in the item. Seems like a smart move.

Since being released, the  boxers have made a big splash on the company’s Facebook page, as well as on Instagram. If you’re interested in purchasing “Eat Like You Mean It” boxers, you can do so here for a limited time.

So far, there are no plans to release the phrase on women’s underwear, where it would be given a significantly more suggestive connotation.

Activision, 72andSunny Bring the House Down with ‘Epic Night Out’

“Epic Night Out,” the splashy new 90-second Call of Duty: Ghosts spot from 72andSunny for Activision, is indeed epic, and easily riffs on the four-guys-who-have-fun-in-danger motif made popular by The Hangover. There are a few celebrity cameos, a crumbling Las Vegas set, and classic music, Sinatra’s “Live Until I Die.” Very epic. But no baby, though. Instead, the four heroes and their dog travel from desert wasteland, to cityscape, to outer space, and then to a frozen tundra. With the music and quick editing, it’s hard to pay attention to anything else.

I’m all for first-person shooters, and I don’t think they are ruining kids. If this spot were for the U.S. Armed Forces, that would be different. But, it’s worth pointing out that guns, explosions, apocalyptic Vegas, Frank Sinatra, and Megan Fox is way past the boiling point of glorying violence for a TV spot. That’s sensory overload for all of the juiced up gamer-guys who are going to sit in the basements and pretend not to pee in empty soda bottles. It’s also brilliant misdirection.  And if not for the Grand Theft Auto V ads, this would be the best video game spot I’ve ever seen. Credits after the jump.

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LeBron Kicks Back with Family, Friends for Samsung Galaxy

We are now in the season of LeBron James commercials. He’s like Victor Cruz, only taller, better, richer, and not a Time Warner Cable lackey. If you happened to watch the opening night of the NBA season, you saw three different LeBron endorsements, including a new two-minute Samsung spot (:60 version with just the family after the jump) that gives viewers a glimpse into the family life of the best basketball player in the world.

If you care about such things, you may remember last year’s Samsung/LBJ launch, which also premiered on opening night as the Miami Heat were getting their first set of rings. That 2012 spot was more about LeBron and his friends ruling Miami in barber shops and ice cream trucks. This year’s version is all about LeBron and his family: his sons hanging out in the pool or on a driveway basketball court as his wife films from a Samsung Galaxy. ”The Next Big Thing is Here” flashes on the screen as LeBron’s son celebrates after swishing a jump shot. We get it, but it’s still fairly interesting to let two little boys take some of the spotlight away from the real star.

The spot is an easy watch, a relaxing tone that rubs off on the viewer. Life is good for LeBron, and even though I typically prefer product-focused ads to lifestyle ads, when the spokesman is one of the most famous people on the planet, customers may take notice. Smiles all around and credits after the jump.

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‘Call of Duty’ Goes Domestic in UK Spot ‘Faboom’

Another day, another commercial from the Call of Duty: Ghosts marketing blitzkrieg. “Faboom,” a 40-second spot for UK audiences comes from 72andSunny and shows regular folk reenacting their favorite moments from the game at work, out to dinner, even in the doctor’s office during a proctology exam – well played, 72.

The spot comes a week after Eminem premiered his “Survival” music video that also acts as a Call of Duty promo. “Faboom” doesn’t have any white rappers – however, most of the people in the commercial happen to be white – but despite the lack of celebrity punch, the energy and occasional humor gives this ad a universal feel that should work whether televised or shown online. The clip evokes a bit of the Dave Chappelle skit about a real-life version of Grand Theft Auto. Clearly, the sentiment has aged well, and appealing to the human connection to video games, rather than just showing out-of-context graphics for 30 seconds, seems to be the new go-to technique for gaming ads. Call of Duty: Ghosts comes out September 5. Credits after the jump.

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‘Call of Duty: Ghosts’ Collides with Eminem in ‘Survival’ Video

It used to be that music video premieres from popular artists were a highly anticipated event. You know, back when MTV actually showed music videos, and before songs were streaming the second they were released. Now they’re advertisement fodder, as evidenced by Eminem’s new music video that doubles as a Call of Duty: Ghosts spot. Since August’s Call of Duty: Ghosts’ trailer featured Eminem‘s single “Survival” in the background, Slim Shady’s new single “Survival” features Call of Duty: Ghosts in the background. Tit for tat if you will.

The latest in the partnership between Activision, 72andSunny, and Eminem features projected footage from the game in the background as Eminem does his thing, in a (kind of) new song about surviving adversity. “This is survival of the fittest,” goes the songs’ chorus, doubling as a tag line for the aforementioned game, in which “the fittest” is some acne-scarred high school freshman who spends all his free time playing first person shooters while downing Doritos and energy drinks. There’s obviously some audience overlap between the popular shooter and the hip-hop vet, and this partnership takes advantage of that.

Since the launch of the new Call of Duty game is, arguably, more hotly anticipated than a new Eminem video, you may wonder why the game is featured so much in the background, but whatever the case, this is Eminem’s show. You could argue that he’s using the association with the game to sell his music at least as much as he’s helping to sell the game, so it works out pretty well for all parties involved. It’s really easy to overlook the COD footage unspooling in the background, especially since (if I’m not mistaken) the title of is never mentioned. But then that game’s fanboys will undoubtedly have remembered the song from the Call of Duty: Ghosts trailer, which may be why they’re watching the video in the first place. And anyone who can’t tell what the game in the background is probably isn’t buying the new Call of Duty in the first place.

The mix of violent gaming and explicit rapping should anger a few parents, so this video/spot has that going for it… Credits after the jump.

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