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W+K Sings ‘Dadsong’ for Old Spice

W+K has a new spot for Old Spice’s “#SmellcometoManhood” campaign entitled “Dadsong,” a follow-up to to the goofy musical “Momsong,” in which mothers lament Old Spice turning their sons into men while engaging in some pretty creepy behavior.

The follow-up, with music and lyrics written by Bret McKenzie (Flight of the Conchords, The Muppets), reprises the sad moms of that spot, but with an answer from the dads. It opens on one of the moms from “Momsong” singing, “Where’s my little boy, I miss him so? Who’s this man living in our home?” while clutching her sons teddy bear as he slow dances with a girl. Soon a chorus of fathers replies that they’re “overjoyed” that they’ll be using their son’s room “for storage pretty soon.” The song is a step up from its predecessor — not a surprise given McKenzie’s involvement — and strikes more of a balance between goofiness and creepiness (which mostly comes across through visual gags). And while it deals in over-the-top portrayals of stereotypical motherly clinginess and fatherly aloofness, it’s also pretty clear that it isn’t dealing in anything resembling reality. Fans of McKenzie’s distinct style of musical comedy, and anyone who enjoyed the original “#SmellcometoManhood” installment, should get a kick out of “Dadsong.” Read more

The Richards Group Clowns Around with the Spurs for H-E-B

The Richards Group once again teamed up with Sugar Film Production and director Chris Smith for a lighthearted series of ads starring the San Antonio Spurs.

The new ads — “Toga,” “Slogans,” “Barbie” and “Wise” follow much the same formula as last year’s campaign, employing lighthearted, self-depreciating humor. In “Toga,” Tim Duncan returns to find Tony Parker, Patty Mills, Kawhi Leonard and Manu Ginobili so enamored with H-E-B’s Greek yogurt that they’re all decked out in togas. ”Why is everyone Greek?” Duncan asks disdainfully upon seeing his teammates, before singling out Kawhi as looking particularly ridiculous. Other spots find different ways to poke fun at one or more of the Spurs players, whether its Patty Mills‘ accent in “Barbie” or Kawhi reprising a line from last year in “Slogans.” Spurs fans already know what kind of goofiness to expect from the annual campaign, and The Richards Group doesn’t disappoint.

“Working with these guys, you can really tell what makes them world champions”, said Chris Smith. “Their ability to go into a huddle, takes notes and run with them—while adding their own individual flavor—makes them a lot of fun to work with each year.” Read more

FCB West Gets Interactive for Dragon Age: Inquisition

FCB West created a campaign promoting the release of Electronic Art’s Dragon Age Inquisition, centered around broadcast and online trailers.

The trailers feature dramatic gameplay footage designed to pique viewers interest in the game, which was released this Thursday. In the 80-second broadcast spot, “The Breach,” for example, an epic battle ends with a dragon blowing fire at the screen, which turns into the title and release date, accompanied by the tagline “Lead them or fall.”

But FCB West’s campaign doesn’t end with the trailers, as the agency created a whole interactive experience which “both challenges and rewards fans with bonus content like no other advertising campaign to date.” The agency created “Quest for the Red Lyrium Reapers,” an interactive experience at DragonAge.com which challenges players with finding hidden content within the game’s campaign videos, and offers a unique incentive: an in-game weapons pack. It’s an interesting approach to get fans engaged with FCB’s campaign, and one that makes the content relevant past the release date. Stick around for the online trailer (along with credits) after the jump. Read more

Martin Williams Unveils ‘Sparkle’ for Mall of America

Martin Williams has unveiled its holiday campaign for Mall of America, focused around a 30-second broadcast spot entitled “Sparkle.”

The spot highlights all the different finds visitors can pick up at Mall of America, with an emphasis on women’s clothing and jewelry. Set to a “modernized” version of “Carol of the Bells,” the spot intersperses shots of models showing off different clothing, jewlery, makeup, etc. with messages like “Always elegant,” “Always stunning,” and “Always festive,” ending with the tagline, “Redefine your holiday.”

A print campaign running in newspapers regionally and nationally in magazines focuses on the message that Mall of America offers “More choices than anywhere else in the nation, all under one roof,” while additional support is provided by six different OOH executions. Additionally, Martin Williams created a Digital Buyers Guide for Mall of America, which will be released on a microsite on Black Friday. The campaign follows a rebranding effort from the agency for the Bloomington, Minnesota retail complex in April.

“The Mall of America has so many options to fit anyone’s need or mood,” said Laura Terry, SVP and chief marketing officer of Martin Williams, in a press release. “No matter what people are looking for, the new holiday television spot reminds them that there is always something new and fun at the mall.”

Jim Parsons Stars in mcgarrybowen’s First Efforts for Intel


Ubiquitous Big Bang Theory actor Jim Parsons stars in Intel’s new holiday campaign, the first work from agency McGarryBowen since being named agency of record in October.

The first spot for the holiday campaign (featured above) breaks Monday, and the campaign will run for six weeks as the other ads gradually roll out. In it Parsons plays himself, running amok a restricted access area at Intel and gawking at Intel’s RealSense technology, until he is eventually thrown out by a security guard who tells him not to talk about anything he saw. Parsons’ broadcast spots will be backed by a social media campaign featuring companion videos and photos.

“The decision to approach this in a comedic way was one that intrigued me from the beginning,” Gordon Bowen, chairman and chief creative officer of McGarryBowen, told The New York Times. The campaign “is really just the beginning,” Bowen added. “It sets us up for a campaign that tells you there’s a new Intel that is bringing things to market that will surprise and delight you.”

BBH London Celebrates Girls’ Night Out for Bailey’s

BBH London targets millenial women with a new spot for Bailey’s entitled “Global Girls Night Out.”

As you may expect from that title, the ad follows several groups of friends from around the world as they celebrate a girls night out. It’s a simple concept, but BBH executes it rather well, with perfect pacing and an inspired soundtrack choice in girl group The Go-Gos hit “We Got The Beat.” The spot begins with each group getting ready and heading out for the night and ends with scenes of them enjoying Bailey’s at their respective bars.

According to The Drum, the 60-second spot “was directed by thirtytwo at Pulse Films with an all-female agency team and predominantly female production team.” In addition to the broadcast spot, the global “Here’s To Us” campaign is supported by a print component shot by fashion photographer Steve Heitt.

“Baileys was due a shake-up, a reintroduction to a new generation of women, a meaningful role in a girls night out – the brand having had been hidden at home for far too long,” Caroline Pay, creative director at BBH London, told The Drum. “We had a lot of fun shooting this, and I really hope that comes across on screen.”

“Here To Us” will debut in the UK, US and Western Europe before expanding globally.

Ogilvy Rings in the Holidays with Kevin Ross for Glade

Ogilvy & Mather worked with singer Kevin Ross on a holiday spot for Glade entitled “Feel Anticipation.”

For the spot, Ross wrote a song supposedly expressing how holiday scent Sparkling Spruce made him feel. Ross can be seen performing the song in an outdoor stage, surrounded by plenty of Glade candles ending with the “#FeelGlade” hashtag. While the “song inspired by a fragrance” premise can be a bit hard to swallow, it should appeal to fans of the emerging Motown singer, and maybe even net him — and the brand — a few new fans along the way. In addition to the 30-second broadcast spot, Glade also released a full-length music video for the song (featured after the jump), which is also available to download on iTunes.

It’s part of a larger rebranding campaign from Ogilvy for the brand, which is seeking to reposition itself as not just selling scents but the feelings they evoke. In another recent effort, Glade set up a pop-up shop, which they called the Glade Boutique, in New York’s meatpacking district. According to Adweek, the Glade Boutique saw “concierge” guide visitors through a “scent and emotion journey” in the Feelings Lounge, with scents such as Blooming Peony and Red Honeysuckle Nectar. The brand also teamed up with Cirque de Soleil for an October event in Madison Square Park. Read more

SportsCenter Experiences Technical Difficulties in W+K’s Latest, Starring James Harden

Houston Rockets star James Harden takes center stage in W+K’s latest “This is SportsCenter” installation, entitled “Satellite,” which also features SportsCenter anchors Neil Everett, Kenny Mayne and Stan Verrett.

In the 30-second spot, which will run for six weeks, Harden fields a call from a mission control center as Everett and Verrett call with a technical problem on the set of SportsCenter. From here things take an unexpected turn, with a cameo by Houston Astros mascot Orbit. Without giving too much away, we can say that as far as “This is SportsCenter” spots go, this one is certainly on the stranger end. Harden, who also appeared in this memorable spot for Foot Locker a few months back, plays his part well, but we think this one will leave some people scratching their heads. Read more

Team One Launches Annual ‘December to Remember’ Push for Lexus

Team One has launched the annual “December to Remember” holiday sales event for Lexus with a new integrated campaign built around three broadcast spots.

In each of the 30-second spots parents present a different explanation for how exactly Santa manages to deliver a luxury sedan. The parents in “Christmas Train” explain how an iconic holiday train made its way to their driveway, where elves helped unload it right to the driveway — complete with Lexus’ signature red bow. In “Magic Box,” the car magically self-assembles from a small box Santa places in the driveway, while in “Teleporter” it is beamed in directly from the North Pole.

The broadcast spots begin airing today on network and cable television, with “Christmas Train” also being translated for Hispanic and Asian-American markets. Additionally, the campaign is supported by print and OOH executions, as well as a digital partnership with The Weather Channel which will “provide targeted December Sales Event ads in real time based on local weather conditions.”

“The holidays are a time of year when people indulge their imaginations and share stories filled with magic and wonder,” said Brian Smith, Lexus vice president of marketing. “This year’s holiday campaign celebrates the tradition of storytelling and reminds us that children aren’t the only ones who get to have fun this time of year.” Read more

JWT Amsterdam Gets Quiet for New Electric BMW

JWT Amsterdam has launched a broadcast campaign for BMW’s new electric BMWi3 entitled “Driving Pleasure Reinvented.”

The 30-second spot highlights some of the car’s distinctive features, such as its carbon frame and use of materials such as eucalyptus wood, through a conversation two men have over lunch. One of the men brags about the car, with one of the men asking how it drives. “Like this,” the proud BMWi3 owner says and mimes driving without making a sound. The other man makes the sound of an engine revving up, with the BMWi3 owner correcting him that no, the ride is completely quiet. The spot ends with a shot of the vehicle and the “Driving Pleasure Reinvented’ tagline, fitting for a car that breaks with expectations. Of course, JWT is banking on the quiet ride being a selling point, which may or may not be the case. Read more

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