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ESPN Sends Off U.S. Team with Revamped ‘I Believe’

With only two days until the 2014 World Cup kicks off in Brazil, ESPN has released a revamped version of their “I Believe” spot (which we covered back in April) as a send off to the U.S. team.

The new spot, created in-house, augments the crowd chants of “I believe that we will win” from the original with celebrities — such as Kevin Costner, Ice Cube, Whoopi Goldberg, Jon Hamm, Jimmy Kimmel, and Andrew McCutchen — slowly working their way through the line. Unfortunately, the approach doesn’t really add any life to the blase anthem. If you’re a big fan of the team, you’re already excited for the World Cup to start. If not, ESPN’s latest spot won’t really do anything to entice you.

McKinney NY Celebrates ‘Chef Collection’ for Samsung

McKinney New York just launched a new campaign for Samsung Home Appliances, the largest integrated marketing campaign for the brand to date.

At the center of the campaign are two spots, directed by Andrew Douglas, celebrating the “Chef Collection” as an extension of the passionate home cook. The above 30-second spot, for example, highlights Samsung’s range that offers the innovation of being able to cook at two temperatures at once. In “Crock,” it is the “revolutionary Water Wall technology” in Samsung’s dishwasher that gets the spotlight. Just in case you weren’t sure that the “Chef Collection” is for serious home cooks, the voiceover is done by a man with a heavy French accent, so it must legit. In addition to the television spots, the campaign is supported by “three full-page print executions with more than 50 insertions.” We’ve got credits and “Crock” after the jump. Read more

GSD&M Combines Drinking, Spearfishing for Pacifico

GSD&M has a new campaign for Pacifico, entitled “Yellow Caps,” set to roll out this summer.

“Yellow Caps” is a term “coined by bartenders and refers to Pacifico’s bright yellow bottle caps, which are easily identifiable in crowded beer coolers.” For GSD&M’s latest campaign they have utilized the iconic caps, with the underside used to engage consumers with printed GPS coordinates marking one of 21 incredible spots throughout Baja, mainland Mexico and on the Pacific coast of the U.S. Each cap also encourages consumers to visit the newly-designed DiscoverPacifico.com, where visitors can enter their GPS coordinates to “drop in to a unique locale and activity like spearfishing in Santa Maria Bay, surfing in Scorpion Bay or camping on Playa el Requesón.”

The initiative is designed as a tie-in to the agency’s new broadcast spots, which attempt to appeal to Pacifico drinkers’ sense of adventure. In “Spearfishing” (featured above), for example, a group of friends set out in a boat, drinking Pacifico and spearfishing. While you might question whether drinking and spearfishing are  the best combination, GSD&M make it appear fun. Nobody gets stabbed and the friends grill up the fish on the beach following their catch.

“Pacifico’s popularity has expanded significantly in the last five years; it is now available in all 50 states,” said Jim Sabia, chief marketing officer for Constellation Brands Beer Division, Pacifico’s exclusive U.S. importer. “This new campaign gives every Pacifico drinker the opportunity to  experience the Baja lifestyle that shapes the brand’s boundless spirit.” Credits after the jump. Read more

Farmville 2 Crops Up ‘Anytime, Anyplace’ in New Spots from BLT

BLT Communications, Hollywood has a new broadcast campaign for Zynga’s Farmville 2, entitled “Anytime is Farmville Time.”

The series of television spots all feature players enjoying Farmville 2 at different locations, with crops and animals from the game leaping to life off the screen and disturbing those around them. These range from the everyday — “Living Room” and “Office” — to “Spa” and “Airplane.” Each spot ends with the message that the game is “Available now, anytime, anywhere.”

“The challenge was to make it look as realistic as possible while staying true to the design and characters of the FarmVille game,” explained director Roderick Fenske. To achieve this, Fenske and his team used a combination of in-camera effects using models of the crops, and CG animation elements augmenting the scenes. “By blurring the worlds of CG and real practical effects, we’re keeping the audience guessing and hopefully amazed as to how we pulled it off,” said Fenske. Stick around for “Airplane” and credits after the jump. Read more

David&Goliath, Adriana Lima Convert Fútbol Fans for Kia

David&Goliath have a new World Cup campaign for Kia featuring Brazilian supermodel Adriana Lima.

Each spot features Adriana Lima slow-motion walking onto the scene to convert new fans to soccer. In “Man Cave” (featured above) for example, some guys are chilling and watching baseball in their garage man cave when Lima shows up, exits her Kia, changes the channel to soccer and replaces all football and baseball memorabilia with soccer stuff. Because this is Adriana Lima, the guys involved just sit wide-eyed instead of complaining about trespassing/stolen property or wondering how exactly she got her hands on their garage door opener, ending with the tagline, “For One Month, Let’s All Be Fútbol Fans.” You can expect similarly ridiculous scenarios on the gridiron (“Football Vs. Fútbol”) and at a sports bar (“Adriana Lima Brings Fútbol to a Sports Bar”). The three spots will launch in both Hispanic media and general market TV on Thursday 6/12, running on all ESPN properties for six weeks. In addition to the broadcast spots, the campaign also includes radio, print, digital banners, point-of-sale, a dedicated FIFA landing page and social media elements. Stick around for “Football Vs. Fútbol” and “Adriana Lima Brings Fútbol to a Sports Bar,” along with credits, after the jump. Read more

World Famous Looks Forward for Volvo

Seattle full-service creative studio World Famous recently produced “Looking Forward,” the debut spot in Volvo’s “Wonder of Summer” campaign.

30 and 60-second versions of the spot, directed by Jesse Harris, are airing now across the U.S. The spot aims to capture “the brand’s comfortable nostalgia, resonating with millennials and adults who fondly remember sitting in the reverse third row of a Volvo wagon.” Our protagonist fondly remember seeing the world in reverse from the back of her mother’s Volvo wagon. Around the mid-way point of the spot, the tone changes from fond nostalgia to “looking forward,” which she decides is better than looking back, as World Famous attempts to convince viewers that the same company that made the station wagons of their youth now makes a vehicle that makes the summer something to look forward to.

Director Jesse Harris‘ relationship with Volvo dates back to when Harris launched the Seattle-based National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) in 2007, when he was still an up-and-coming film and commercial director. That festival has grown to attract over 12,000 attendees, with Volvo remaining a leading sponsor since its inception.

“Working with Volvo throughout the years I’ve really gotten to know the brand on a deep level,” explains Harris. “I’m also a Volvo owner myself and Volvos are so popular here in Seattle, so I see that brand loyalty firsthand. I wanted to do something that truly came from the heart and would strike a chord with anyone who’s ever been in one of those ubiquitous station wagons. It was really a passion project, and my colleagues at World Famous were instrumental from concept to finish in helping me bring this story to life.” Credits after the jump. Read more

Leo Burnett Satisfies Craving with ‘Hunter Gatherer’ for McDonald’s

Leo Burnett has unveiled the latest in their “Favorites” campaign for McDonald’s UK with a new spot entitled “Hunter Gatherer.”

“Hunter Gatherer” — which will appear in a 60-second version online (above) and a 40-second broadcast version — follows a man as he attempts to satisfy his pregnant partner’s food craving while their city is shutting down. He goes to several groceries and convenience stores, all of which are closed, just shutting down for the night, or don’t have what he’s looking for. Finally, the man spots a 24-hour McDonald’s. He returns, McDonald’s bag in hand, to his skeptical partner. When she opens the box, however, it’s filled with the pickles she’s craving. It’s a cute concept, and highlights McDonald’s’ “Hey, we never close” selling point in an imaginative way. (Although it does also raise the question: Can you really go to McDonald’s and order nothing but a box of pickles?) Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

Grey NY Takes on ‘Bedtime Stakes’ for Breathe Right

Breathe Right decided to capitalize on all the attention surrounding potential Triple Crown winner California Chrome’s nasal strip, handing out 50,000 of their own nasal strips (for human use) to those attending Belmont Stakes on Saturday, and also tapping Grey New York for a new broadcast spot.

Grey New York had a very limited amount of time to put that spot together. Written last Wednesday, the spot was awarded production on Thursday, cast Friday, underwent pre-production on Sunday, was shot Monday, and edited Tuesday. The 30-second spot, entitled “The Bedtime Stakes,” will air on NBC Saturday during the race. “The Bedtime Stakes” shows a congested jockey getting ready for bed with a Breathe Right nasal strip. An announcer calls the action as he goes “into the first stretch,” “tucks back into bedpost position,” and goes in “for the final turn.” Sure, it’s more than a little cheesy, and the rushed production may show a little, but leveraging the California Chrome nasal strip controversy is a smart strategy, and, coupled with the Belmont giveaway, should at least get the brand some attention. Credits after the jump. Read more

TDA Gets Creepy for Firstbank

TDA Boulder has a new ad for Firstbank highlighting the bank’s free checking entitled “Bargain Dummy.” If ventriloquism freaks you out, stay clear of this one.

In the spot, Firstbank’s free checking is contrasted with a less promising free giveaway. A man at a yard sale holds up a ventriloquist dummy and asks, “How much is this?”

“Oh, that’s free” replies the seller. When the man inquires what’s wrong with it, the woman replies, unconvincingly, “Nothing.” As the man walks away with the dummy on his shoulder, the dummy’s eyes shift and look around. “Free isn’t always a good thing,” says a voiceover, accompanied by eerie music, “except when it comes to free checking at Firstbank.”

The creepy 30-second spot is aimed at the 16-39 audience and will run on all broadcast networks, with an emphasis on sports and primetime, as well as more than 20 cable channels, including AMC, ESPN, Comedy Centeral, and USA Network. “Bargain Dummy” will also live online on sites such as EPSN, Pandora, Hulu, Yahoo, and Tremor, where it is sure to creep out unsuspecting site visitors. The geo-targeted online buy includes Colorado, Pheonix, Arizona, and Palm Springs, Califronia. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

Innocean Kicks Off ‘Because Futbol’ for Hyundai

With the 2014 World Cup in Brazil now just over a week away, Innocean has kicked off Hyundai’s World Cup campaign, entitled “Because Futbol.”

In the campaign, two new in-game 30-second spots featuring the redesigned 2015 Hyundai Sonata will accompany digital, social, CRM, and retail executions. The spots will air on ESPN and Univision “as part of Hyundai’s exclusive whistle-to-whistle automotive advertising sponsorship of the World Cup series broadcasts on the networks.” The creative theme behind both “Avoidance” and “Boom” is fan passion, with Innocean likening fans loyalty to their team to Hyundai’s number one ranking in customer loyalty. In “Avoidance” a passionate fan leaves the office having recorded the day’s match. Seeking to keep himself in the dark on the game’s outcome, he goes through all sorts of trouble to avoid interacting with those who would spoil the surprise. “Boom” looks at a completely different aspect of fan passion. The campaign also includes a “#BecauseFutbol” site, built on the Tumblr platform, which “inspires and engages fans with unique content and tools developed by dozens of leading Tumblr artists and content creators.” Tumblr artist content will also be featured on the Times Square Billboard in New York during the days leading up to the World Cup.

“Soccer fans are more than just supporters of the game – they are die hard, loyal fanatics for their teams and countries,” said Steve Shannon, vice president, marketing, Hyundai Motor America. “As the industry leader in customer loyalty, Hyundai knows a thing or two about passion. This year’s World Cup campaign shows what being a ‘true’ fan really means; and how for 30 days people come together, lives change, emotions rise and unexpected moments happen.”

Stay tuned for credits and “Boom” after the jump. Read more

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