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Tic Tac Hands Over Creative Duties to The Martin Agency


In news that somehow managed to slip through the cracks, Ferrero U.S.A handed over creative duties on Tic Tac to The Martin Agency following a six month review.

Back in July we reported that the review was down to three finalists, with incumbent agency Merkley + Partners defending against two unidentified agencies. Merkley + Partners had handled creative duties for Tic Tac since 2004. Martin Stoewahse, vice president of marketing for Ferrero, told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that the company chose to hand the account over to The Martin Agency “because they showed us an exciting brand platform that will help reinvigorate our brand … a fully integrated campaign that will make consumers take a fresh look at our iconic brand.”

According to The Martin Agency CEO Matt Williams, the agency aims to ““take a brand that everyone knows and loves and inject it with new energy.”

The agency expects to debut its first work for the brand in the first quarter of 2015, at which time we’ll find out if it will bear any resemblance to that of UK’s Aesop Agency (featured above).

FCB Inferno Stokes ‘Curiosity’ for BMW UK

FCB Inferno has just launched its first campaign for BMW UK with a 60-second spot promoting the hybrid i8, entitled “Curiosity.”

The spot is based off an idea “first presented in June 2013, when FCB Inferno pitched to win the BMW UK creative account,” according to The Drum. “Curiosity” shows an early human in the year 4000 BC as he becomes curious about a herd of horses. “Interesting thing curiosity: we can learn from it, we can die from it,” intones the voiceover. Although the man is frightened, he manages to mount one of the horses, taking an important step forward for civilization as the voiceover sums up the situation: “…sometimes it can lead us to places we never imagined we would reach.” The ad then pans to the BMW i8, introducing the vehicle as an important innovation for the company. A bit hyperbolic perhaps, but this isn’t a brand known for its modesty.

“In essence, driving a BMW is about exhilaration. The emotion behind the ultimate driving machine is very primal in some respects. The first man ever to have the breakthrough idea of riding a wild horse seemed a fitting parallel for the breakthrough idea that is the i8,” Al Young, FCB chief creative officer, explained to The Drum.

The ad is slated to premiere during the final ad break of the X Factor, and will then be broken up into smaller segments to air on broadcast and online.

W+K Delhi Celebrates ‘Warrior Princess’ for Forest Essentials


In international campaign news, W+K Delhi collaborated with production company Gang Films Paris for this lavish “Warrior Princess” ad promoting Forest Essentials.

Directed by Carole Denis, the spot has a cinematic feel and scope that makes it truly ambitious. “Warrior Princess” tells the story of “the transformation of a warrior maiden sent to battle,” according to a press release. While not all viewers will pick up on that, the spot is beautifully shot and produced while also incorporating the product well. It depicts a woman bathing and having a Forest Essentials cream rubbed on her forehead before suiting up, sheathing a small sword and riding off with a small group. While it’s hard to say a lot more without knowing much about the product in question, this is certainly one of the most visually stunning ads we’ve seen in awhile. Read more

Damian Lillard, ‘Rookie’ Tracy McGrady Star in New Foot Locker Spot from BBDO


Here’s another one from BBDO, which seems to be the only agency releasing major campaigns today. The agency continues its humorous approach for Foot Locker with the new spot “Rookie” featuring Damian Lillard and Tracy McGrady.

“Rookie” opens on the pair chatting about their Adidas kicks at a party, when McGrady drops the line, “Young guys like us, we can’t get caught looking old.” McGrady then informs a perplexed Lillard, “I play in China now, I’m a rookie” before having to deal with some unfortunate rookie responsibilities. BBDO has built a consistent and distinct humorous voice for Foot Locker, and while it’s not on par with the agency’s most memorable work for the brand, fans of the style should find plenty to like here.

Droga5 Debuts ‘Home is in the Air’ for Air Wick

Droga5 is debuting a new campaign for Air Wick entitled “Home is in the Air,” the agency’s first work for the brand since adding it to its client roster back in May.

In a long-form spot, Droga5 and Air Wick recreate the smells of home — a baseball glove, apple pie and a fireplace  — for an American soldier stationed in Qatar. The video begins with the soldier, Kearen, and his wife, Cortney, explaining the hardships of spending so much time apart (at the time of filming, Kearen has been deployed for 11 months) and introducing the project. Air Wick experts then use an instrument called a solid phase microextraction device to capture, and later recreate, the scents that remind Kearen of being at home with his wife and six children. They then send a package of Air Wick candles imbued with the scents to Kearen, who says, “This, this smells like home.” He adds, emotionally, “It’s something so simple, but it means so much to me.”

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BBDO Unveils ‘Struck By A Rainbow’ Mockumentary for Skittles

BBDO Toronto continues the absurdist tendencies of Skittle’s advertising with one of the brand’s strangest ads in recent memory.

Entitled “Struck By A Rainbow,” the ad is a mockumentary about a man named David who is hit by a rainbow, changing his skin to Skittles. Directed by Conor Byrne, the video, while never laugh out loud funny, convincingly mirrors and parodies the tropes of documentaries about people combating adversity, getting the feel just right. The long running time (“Struck By A Rainbow” clock in at well over three minutes) is used to show most of the implications of David’s condition and show David’s journey from struggle to acceptance. In case you’re wondering, a doctor points out that “From a medical perspective, there’s nothing wrong with David. His skin is just now Skittles.” The spot saves one of its more obvious jokes for the end, as David’s wife leans in to kiss him on the cheek and bites off a Skittle. While over three minutes is a very long time to spend watching an ad, and the premise is stretched a bit thin by the long running time, this should still appeal to fans of the brand’s distinctly oddball humor, and anyone creeped out too much by the idea would stop watching immediately anyway.

“Struck By A Rainbow” debuted on YouTube and the brand’s Facebook page on December 8th, but the campaign also includes a digital buy featuring 30-second teasers to drive additional views. Media support for the spot will continue around four weeks.

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ACE Content Takes Unsuspecting Cab Riders on Adventures for North Face

Anomaly’s content and entertainment division, ACE Content teamed up with production company Decon to produce “See For Yourself Cab” for North Face.

The North Face branded cab drove around New York City picking up unsuspecting passengers and offering them the opportunity to take an adventure, asking them, “Do you want to see for yourself?” Passengers who answered in the affirmative were then driven to such locations as Rockaway Beach, Windham Mountain, The Gunks, and even Canyon Lakes, Utah — 2,138 miles from New York City — for surfing, mountain biking, kayaking and mountain climbing excursions. It’s a pretty fun concept, perfect for the brand, and those involved seemed to genuinely have a blast. The video has gained some attention online, too, with almost 500,000 views on YouTube since being posted a week ago. Read more

FCB Chicago Unleashes ‘Masters of Madness’ for Kmart

FCB Chicago has launched another goofy spot for Kmart, promoting the chain’s in-store pickup of online purchases with a new holiday ad entitled “Masters of Madness.”

The 60-second spot follows a family as they receive notification that their order is ready for pickup, and then bust some choreographed dance moves to “Just Got A Check” by DJ Milad as they strut through the store to pick up those items. “Masters of Madness” follows the same basic formula as this summer’s “Shop Like A Boss” spot, swapping out that ad’s grandmother for a young family. Unsurprisingly, the joke isn’t as funny the second time around, although the actors turn in some convincing performances. Anyone familiar with the previous ad will recognize the Kmart shoppers acting like they’re in a hip-hop formula immediately, pleasing those not already tired of the joke but turning off those who’ve had enough of it. Either way, it’s hard to imagine this schtick having much more life to it.

Dick’s Asks Strangers to Play with Its Balls

Anomaly continues to “Spread Love” for Dick’s Sporting Goods, launching its “Holiday Hoops” extension of its “Gifts That Matter” campaign today on “Giving Tuesday.”

The ad follows on the heels of this heart-tugging spot and similarly explores how a basketball hoop can bring people together. This time around, though, Anomaly employs a “social experiment film” documenting people’s reactions when they leave basketball hoops, and a tray of balls with a “Play with me” sign, at various locations around Cleveland, Los Angeles and New York City. Naturally, the hoops caused strangers to bond over pick up games and Anomaly captured their genuine enthusiasm for the spot.

The video, however, is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of Dick’s “Spread Love” charitable initiative. Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love teamed up with The Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation today to surprise over 200 students at Scranton Elementary School in Cleveland with two new basketball hoops. The brand defines “Holiday Hoops” as a “‘pay it forward’ movement” which will ultimately donate over 100 hoops to organizations (all either schools or non-profits) across the country. Dick’s will select two such organizations every day, and then give them the chance to “pay if forward” to two of their own choosing, announcing the participants on social media with the #HolidayHoops hashtag.

“This holiday season, we wanted to enhance our “Gift That Matters” campaign by exploring the unique power a basketball hoop has to unite people and communities,” said Lauren Hobart, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Dick’s Sporting Goods and president of The Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation. “We believe that sports really do matter and Dick’s Foundation is thrilled to be able to provide 100 hoops to schools and communities across America.”

FitzCo//McCann Earns it for Coca-Cola, Walmart


FitzCo//McCann created a holiday spot for Coca-Cola and Walmart entitled “Earn It” which features a sentimental twist designed to tug at heartstrings for the holidays.

The spot shows a teenager working odd jobs around the holidays to earn some extra money. After finally earning enough money he heads to Walmart to make his purchase, which is revealed in the next scene. Without giving too much away we can say that the spot is built around this reveal, which positions Coca-Cola and Walmart alongside some cute holiday sentimentality. Splitting an ad between two brands is no easy feet, but FitzCo//McCann manages to avoid shortchanging either party. In the opening shot, the protagonist is seen thumbing through a Walmart catalog while drinking a Coke. One of his money making schemes involves selling bottles of the soft drink for $1.25 each and he drinks a bottle again at the conclusion of “Earn It.” It also works surprisingly well with Coca-Cola’s larger “Open Happiness” campaign, albeit with the kind of sentimentality that might seem too much at any other time of year. Read more

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