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W+K Portland Looks Way Back for Nike Golf

As the golf world awaits the start of the Masters, W+K Portland takes a look back at golf history for their new Nike Golf spot — way back.

The 60-second spot, directed by Biscuit Filmworks’ Steve Rogers, begins with a player admonishing another for using Nike’s new RZN balls. From there, the spot takes leap after leap back in time, showing how each progression in the history of golf was met with great resistance. This goes all the way back to the game’s formation, leading into the tagline, “Play in the Now.” While not exactly funny, the spot gels perfectly with the tagline and silences any opposition from “traditionalists” to Nike’s RZN ball by making them seem utterly ridiculous. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

Mr. President Brings Bacardi Bat to Life with ‘Bat Beats’

In case you missed it, newly formed creative agency Mr. President treated SXSW attendees to the creation of a live music track using the movements of 100,000 bats at Austin’s “Bat Mecca,” Congress Bridge, a means of bringing the brand’s iconic bat logo to life.

The track was created by “using a bespoke software app, which allows the user to interact with a series of composed sounds triggered by the bats movements. Capture of the bats movement was then “streamed into a digital grid, with each square triggering and affecting specific sounds, beats, pitches and tempos.” The software was designed by Immsersive represented by Partizan, one of the companies responsible for the opening and closing ceremonies at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics (the Paralympics closing ceremony was arguably the real grand finale). Music producer Craig Richards will release a remix of the track some time next month.

“Defying convention and expectation is part of the Bacardi rum DNA and continues to be today. The Bat Beats music experience is just that – a demonstration of the brand values that still alive and strong today,” says Kofi Amoo-Gottfried, Bacardi rum global communications director.

Stick around after the jump to hear the Bacardi “Bat Beats” track, along with credits. Read more

BETC Paris Teases ‘Baby and Me’ Follow-Up for Evian…with Spider-Man

BETC Paris has just released a teaser trailer for their follow up to the viral success and award-winning spot “Baby and Me” they produced for evian last year.

Entitled “The Amazing Baby and Me 2,” the new spot will feature none other than Spider-Man, along with, we’re told (it’s not clear from the trailer), “a special guest star” (you guessed it…Frank Stallone). The trailer teases the new spot by showing Spider-Man swinging his way through New York when he’s suddenly struck by seeing Baby Spider-Man reflected in a window. So we can expect much the same concept as “Baby and Me,” it would seem, but with a Spider-Man tie in. That certainly could be fun, the best word to describe last year’s “Baby and Me,” which has racked up over 73 millions views on YouTube. Stay tuned for the release of “The Amazing Baby and Me 2″ on Wednesday, April 2nd, and stick around for a refresher of last year’s “Baby and Me” spot after the jump. Read more

McKinney Ruins Integrity of Battle for Mentos

McKinney continues in the wacky route with their new spot for Mentos, the 30-second “Never Surrender.”

“Never Surrender,” which marks both the first U.S. television spot for Mentos Gum and the first work for Mentos out of McKinney’s New York office, is set at an actual medieval castle and employs Monty Python and the Holy Grail-style goofiness. The hero of the ad is a happy-go-lucky soldier who is impaled by a dozen or so arrows but will not surrender until his gum loses its freshness. “You are ruining the integrity of battle!” exclaims a disgruntled enemy combatant. The spot ends by introducing the new tagline, “Long Last the Fresh.” While not quite funny, the ad does succeed at least at being memorable for its utter goofiness, and it’s easy to imagine a certain type of viewer repeating the “You are ruining the integrity of battle!” line, so the spot could work to spread awareness for Mentos’ new-ish product. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

DigitasLBi SF Launches Taco Bell Breakfast Menu

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Taco Bell and DigitasLBi San Francisco (their digital AOR) are launching their new breakfast menu (the proper response: “Gross”) with a different kind of social campaign.

DigitasLBi and Taco Bell are sending out 1,000 burner phones across the country as part of a teaser campaign for Taco Bell’s largest menu expansion in their 50 year history this Thursday with the introduction of the new breakfast menu, offering people the opportunity to make a terrible decision on their way to work. The phones serve as “a direct line to Taco Bell Breakfast and a chance to win epic swag by challenging fans to create social content.” Preloaded text messages on the phones offer usersinstructions on how to activate the phones and accept the terms and conditions.

Then, throughout the week, “phones will be called and texted at various times throughout the day, prompting participants to complete missions” using the hashtag #wakeuplivemas, for a chance to win prizes (like a waffle taco hoodie). Tumblr will act as the hub for all the created content, while winners will be notified via their phone and Twitter. Mobile marketing firm Hipcricket was responsible for powering the voice and text messages on the phone. The idea is to create a “retro guerilla social network that generates excitement to create compelling social chatter and content.” We’ll give DigitasLBi and Taco Bell this: the breakfast menu launch is certainly unusual. You can follow along with this campaign on Tumblr, Instagram and Twitter, and if you feel like being sick by lunch, head to Taco Bell for breakfast this Thursday.

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BBDO Hypes Opening Day for MLB

A month or so ago, BBDO joined up with Major League Baseball as its creative partner, and the agency has just released their opening day spot.

In case you’re confused, yes, the Dodgers and Diamondbacks did technically open the season this past weekend in Australia, but the official opening day is slated for Monday, March 31. For BBDO’s opening day commercial, they focused on the important historical moments that have occurred on opening day: Clayton Kershaw‘s home run/shutout, Bryce Harper‘s pair of opening day home runs to launch his career, Hank Aaron‘s 714th home run, and, arguably the most important moment in baseball history, when Jackie Robinson first took the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers. As a baseball nerd, I love this approach, and it’s hard to imagine any fan watching this and not getting at least a little bit excited for baseball season following the long winter.

72andSunny Marries X-Men, Bacon for Carl’s Jr./Hardee’s

72andSunny have launched a new campaign for Carl’s Jr./Hardee’s’ X-Tra Bacon promotional tie-in for 20th Century Fox’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, which premieres May 23rd.

The X-Men themed campaign from 72andSunny features appearances from iconic characters using their mutant powers to take down the extra bacon on the  Western X-Tra Bacon Cheeseburger and X-Tra Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit. 72andSunny’s campaign kicks off with “Mystique” in which Mystique takes on the Western X-Tra Bacon Cheeseburger, morphing into just some dude who loves Carl’s Jr. and back over the course of the spot. Additional spots starring two more characters yet to be revealed will be unveiled this April.

In addition to the broadcast campaign, Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s are inviting fans to engage in “X-Men Digital Makeover.” By submitting a photo of themselves eating or drinking at a Carl’s Jr. or Hardee’s, on Instagram using the hashtag #EatLikeYouMeanIt (#That’sWhatSheSaid, replies @MichaelScott) fans get a chance of receiving a mutant makeover transforming them into an X-Men character. Stick around for campaign credits and the actual trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past after the jump. Read more

MRY Launches ‘JägerBonds’ App for Jägermeister

Speaking of MRY today, the agency has teamed up with Jägermeister to create the new app, “JägerBonds.”

The new app “transforms images and videos from multiple users’ social media posts into a video highlight reel of a group’s night out with Jägermeister” — kind of a cool idea, and one that should appeal to the young folks who comprise Jägermeister’s target demographic. Since the app is free, and easy to use, it could catch on with the right crowd. It’s a good example of a social campaign that offers people a service tied to the brand rather than just trying to sell them something.

“When the average Jägermeister consumer goes out, they typically have a drink in one hand and a mobile phone in the other,” says Heather Kozera, director of digital marketing for Sidney Frank Importing Company, Inc. “The JägerBonds app puts Jägermeister in both hands of the consumer, creating a useful and meaningful connection between a great night out and this iconic brand.”

The JägerBonds app is available to download for free at the iTunes and Google Play stores. Users simply connect the app to their social media accounts and invite friends to join along with coded “Bonds.” Then, when everyone posts to social media during their night out, JägerBonds compiles the posts and pairs them with music to document the event.

MRY, which was named the brand’s digital agency of record last October, managed all promotions, in addition to designing and developing the app. Supporting executions include “online and mobile engagements, as well as Out of Home elements in close to a dozen target markets.” MRY described the campaign’s strategy as being “to evolve the way Millennials think of Jägermeister by making the brand name synonymous with ‘uncommonly great nights.’” Check out the video above to see the app in action.

 

Figliulo & Partners Coins New Term, Defies Laws of Nature for Sprint

Figliulo&Partners, who partnered with Sprint in November, have just launched the new integrated campaign called the “Frobinsons,” promoting the Sprint Family plan, a new pricing plan allowing consumers to decide who they consider family.

“The American family has changed. Our families today are more than our relatives, but also our friends, our neighbors – basically all the people we love,”explains Jeff Hallock, Sprint’s chief marketing officer.

The “Frobinsons” campaign, which was created in partnership with DigitasLBi and MediaVest, will unfold as an episodic story over the coming months and, we’re told we can expect “surprising cameos from stars of sports, music, screen and stage” in the future. For now, the campaign has launched with two, 30-second spots introducing the framily Frobinsons. The first, “Meet the Frobinsons” introduces all the different friends and family making up the group, as well as the word “framily” itself, and should give us an idea what to expect from Figliulo&Partners in the future. The Frobinsons, we learn in the spot, are a strange bunch. There’s the daughter, constantly surrounded by animated birds, who appears to only speak French. Then there’s the son with the southern accent who spends his time crafting miniatures.

Strangest of all, though, is the father, a hamster voiced by Andrew Dice Clay who objects the “framily” term. Yeah, a hamster. Obviously they’re going for the “families come in all shapes and sizes” message here, but is having a hamster dad really the way to go about this? The mother is presented as the sane voice of reason in the group, despite the fact that she is married to a frucking hamster. “Framily Portrait” spends some time examining each member of the extended framily, including a few characters you don’t meet in “Meet the Frobinsons.” The characters (especially the new additions) in the spot and the way they’re presented give “Framily Portrait” a quirky Wes Anderson quality, probably the direction this campaign will take going forward.

The two broadcast spots will air tonight across national network and cable TV, with an angry rant from One Million Moms expected by the end of the week. In addition to broadcast the campaign also includes “in-store along with a number of digital and social extensions,” with print and out-of-home extensions of the campaign in the coming weeks. Stick around for “Framily Portrait” after the jump. Read more

DigitasLBi Lets Lady Liberty’s Hair Down for John Frieda

DigitasLBi has just released “A Girl’s Got to be Free,” a new digital spot for John Frieda’s Frizz Ease Hair Care products.

Set at night in New York, the 60-second video features a team of rogue women dressed in black who make their way to Ellis Island. Once there, the crew pulls out harnesses, climbing gear and other equipment and makes their way up the Statue of Liberty. Upon reaching the top, they free Lady Liberty of the bun that has been constricting her for over a century and let her hair down.

“We wanted to create an unexpected online experience that captures the simple, universal truth that when women pull their hair back in resignation to frizz, they pull themselves back. Frizz Ease Hair Care gives her an alternative to this daily struggle and empowers her to step out and conquer each day with confidence. ” explains Melissa Pruessing, VP/Group Account Director at DigitasLBi Chicago.

“A Girl’s Got to be Free” is part of DigitasLBi’s new “Never Pull Back” campaign, which features a new website, as well as “digital paid, owned and earned media” executed by Click 3X. Kao’s USA’s media agency Spark, meanwhile, handled media planning and buying for the campaign. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

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