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Blast Radius Celebrates Amsterdam for Onitsuka Tiger

Blast Radius continues its “My Town My Tracks” campaign for ASICS’ Onitsuka Tiger, promoting the Harandia MT,  “a sneaker-boot inspired by winter running and crafted for the colder months in an urban environment.”

In the last installment of “My Town My Tracks,” Blast Radius focused on Erik Garbo, a student of Italian and Japanese descent living in Milan. This time, Blast Radius focuses on its own city, Amsterdam, and Tosao, a young entrepreneur of Japanese and Dutch descent. As in previous installments of the campaign, Tosao takes viewers on a tour of his neighborhood — De Jordaan, in the northwest section of the city — while introducing his friends and favorite hangouts.

“Onitsuka Tiger is a brand for all seasons and this is evident in our AW14 models,” said Lisa Hogg, Onitsuka Tiger’s head of brand management. “We present our new collection in Amsterdam, a city of cultural secrets where every street, canal and courtyard has a story. Tosao’s My Town My Tracks through De Jordaan reflects our brand values and belief in individuality and urban culture.”

In addition to the video, the campaign also includes print elements, with stills captured by photographer Fleur Bolt, and social components on Twitter and Instagram. Read more

W+K Portland Brings Back Mandroid for Old Spice

Back in July, W+K Portland introduced a new robot character with a series of ads in which Old Spice products help him smell like a man.

Now, the agency is a back with another spot for the campaign, featuring the (vaguely creepy) character, promoting Old Spice deodorant and body wash. This time around, he’s hanging out in a hot tub with a few giggly women in bikinis. Soon, however, he starts malfunctioning (again), because robots and water don’t mix. (The women, miraculously, are not electrocuted.) It’s very much in line with the previous spots, so if you liked those, chances are you’ll find this one amusing, too. If not, you’ll probably long for a screaming Terry Crews.

GSD&M Brings Back ‘Aim High’ for the Air Force

GSD&M has a new campaign for the Air Force, bringing back the slogan “Aim High,” after a fifteen year absence.

The campaign, entitled “American Airmen,” launched Monday with two spots and a website. In “New Frontiers,” Airforce Chief of Staff General Mark A. Welsh III becomes the first Air Force general to be featured in an advertisement. The 30-second spot seeks to inspire with a celebration of technological innovation from the Air Force, such as breaking the sound barrier, and space exploration. “America’s Future,” meanwhile, draws on U.S. Air Force Academy commencement speeches from former Presidents John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

The campaign also includes online video content entitled “Barrier Breakers’ hosted on the Air Force website, and a multi-platform digital media buy, which will make the Air Force the first military branch to partner with PlayStation via a link on the PlayStation store menu. It will also make use of mobile advertising platform TapJoy and Spotify, where “users will view ‘Barrier Breakers’ video content while a custom playlist generator suggests music based on their current selections.”

The campaign arrives as the Air Force faces bad publicity for its decision to deny reenlistment to an atheist airman for refusing to sign an oath including the phrase “So help me God.” Read more

OKRP Holds Pet Focus Group for Big Lots

Chicago-based agency O’Keefe Reinhard & Paul has a new campaign for Big Lots, promoting its pet food and merchandise offerings with a focus group for pets.

Instead of writing a scripted ad, the agency got a group of pets together for “Pet Focus Group,” a digital video series. The videos feature moderators treating the group of pets like a focus group, with actors asking questions about Big Lots products and interacting with dogs, cats, and other pets. O’Keefe Reinhard & Paul chose to cast improvisational actors to interact with the pets, under the assumption that the animals would create funny situations on their own.

“We realized that instead of scripting this, it would be so much more fun to let pets be pets, and get really good improvisers to react in real time to whatever those animals are doing,” explains Sue Gillan, creative director at OKRP. And because you have these human facilitators in the room with the pets, they get to do the heavy lifting around uncovering the quality of the products without the event feeling commercialized. The result feels like a genuine discovery of the products.”

Stick around for “Cats Only” and “Pets with Style.” Read more

Ogilvy Unveils Morning Anthem for IKEA

Ogilvy unveiled a new “Morning Anthem” ad for IKEA, the latest in the deluge of advertising from the brand in recent weeks.

The 30-second spot focuses on bedrooms and bathrooms and how the retailer can help make your morning rush a little less stressful. It does a good job of incorporating IKEA products like “organized wardrobes that help you pull it together” and a bathroom organizer that gets “big families out the door” into a peak at the morning routines of a couple of busy families.

The focus on mornings, bedrooms and bathrooms stems from a study IKEA conducted into the morning routines in eight major cities, which has informed all its recent morning-focused marketing, such as SMFB’s “Where Good Days Start” interactive campaign. Accompanying the new spot is a campaign extension called “First :59,” including a website hosting advice from bloggers and designers on how parents can make their mornings easier, as well as a “First 59″ Pinterest board.

BBDO NY Showcases Ease of Visa Checkout in ‘Surfer’

BBDO New York has a new campaign for Visa showcasing how quick and easy the brand’s Visa Checkout service is.

In the campaign’s first spot, “Surfer,” BBDO New York teamed up with professional surfer Kolohe Andino, with voiceover from the inimitable Morgan Freeman. Over the course of the 60-second ad, Andino demonstrates how quick and easy Visa Checkout is by using it to order a Pizza Hut pizza while surfing a giant wave. The spot ends with the tagline, “Everywhere you want to be” (it appears they’ve dropped the “it’s”) before directing viewers to sign up for the service at visacheckout.com. “Surfer” debuted this past Sunday during FOX’s NFL broadcast, as Visa is using its NFL sponsorship to promote the campaign and get the word out about its recently-launched payment service.  Read more

Grey NY Lands Lean Cuisine

lean-cuisine-220Nestlé brand Stouffer’s Lean Cuisine is handing off its creative business to Grey New York, following a review that also included 360i, Santo and incumbent agency JWT New York, Adweek reports. According to Kantar Media, the brand spent $30 million on measured media last year, down from $33 million in 2012.

JWT New York won creative duties on Lean Cuisine back in 2011, following its split with Havas Worldwide (then Euro RSCG) in late 2010, after over ten years with the agency. Adweek initially reported the review back in June. The review was just the latest shake up for Nestlé, which is also in the process of searching for an agency for a new corporate image effort, as well as conducting a digital review, as the company attempts to shift to a perception as a “health and wellness” company. It also follows the company’s decision to award its U.S. media and planning business to WPP’s GroupM media group last year. Both Grey New York and Nestlé declined comment to Adweek on the agency’s appointment.

Aamco Talks Transmissions

Aamco has a new campaign which takes a more serious approach, touting the brand as the transmission experts.

The 90-second spot (which is also being released in 60 and 30-second versions), entitled “800 Pieces” highlights the transmission and its 800 parts. “That means there are 800 things can go wrong,” says an actor, while the camera focuses on a transmission coming apart in slow motion. “When the day comes when something goes wrong with one of those 800 pieces, there’s only one place to go: Aamco,” he says, before explaining that Aamco are the “transmission experts,” having fixed over 40 million of them.

While “800 pieces” takes a more serious tone, we can expect a more lighthearted effort to follow. “We are very excited about our two new campaigns. ’800 Pieces”’is serious with an educational tone and addresses the difficulty of understanding the transmission,” said Mike Ganjei, president of the National AAMCO Dealers Association and chairman of AAMCO National Creative. “At the same time, we will continue with our tradition of using humor in our creative, which our second campaign accomplishes.”

Aamco’s follow-up campaign is expected to debut before the end of the year. Read more

Panera Names Anomaly Lead Creative Agency

panera-logo-jpgPanera Bread has named Anomaly as its new lead creative agency following a review that included two other agencies which the casual dining chain declined to identify, Adweek reports. Spending on the assignment is estimated at $90 million, according to that publication, and the review did not include media buying and spending, which will remain at Maxus.

As you may recall, Anomaly succeeds Cramer-Krasselt, who ended its relationship with the brand back in June. Cramer-Krasselt CEO Peter Krivkovich announced the agency’s resignation from the account via an internal memo, citing creative differences which he called “too much even in this crazy business.” Panera Bread Chief Marketing Officer Michael Simon responded by claiming the brand had issued a creative review, which Cramer-Krasselt opted out of.

Simon told Adweek that Anomaly’s recent work for brands including Budweiser (for whom the agency crafted World Cup and Super Bowl campaigns) and Dick’s Sporting Goods landed them on Panera list of agencies for initial consideration, and that “its strategic thinking and ability to deliver more than just advertising (content, new product ideas, etc.)…set it apart from other contenders.”

An idea the agency pitched in the review is currently being refined into a new campaign, which is expected to debut early next year. Read more

Droga5 Celebrates ‘Not Broken’ Families for Honey Maid

Earlier this year, Droga5 and Honey Maid celebrated families of all kinds with a campaign called “This Is Wholesome” that quickly went viral.

Now, the agency continues its celebration of diversity with a new ad entitled “#NotBroken,” a reference to the outdated phrase “broken home” that refers to families of divorce. As the two-minute ad points out, “More than 40% of Americans are part of a blended family,” so it seems odd that so few of them have appeared in major ad campaigns.

“#NotBroken” is constructed as a sort of two-minute documentary (it will also debut as a 30 second broadcast spot today). “Sometimes it’s hard to explain our family to people. I have two moms, and I’ve got two dads,” says a boy named Isaac at the opening of the ad. We then follow Isaac and his family, which is celebrated as well-functioning and supportive.

“At first I didn’t think there were a lot of families like ours, but now I realize that we aren’t that different,” he eventually concludes. The spot ends by inviting people to celebrate their own blended families with the #NotBroken and #ThisIsWholesome hashtags, which are sure to get some love.

So far, the “This Is Wholesome” campaign has proven to be a success for the brand, with both increased sales figures and Google searches for “Honey Maid,” as Adweek points out.
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