Following the launch of the NFL season last week, as well as ESPN’s new NFL studio, 72andSunny has launched a new campaign for the network’s Sunday NFL Countdown, entitled “Count on Countdown.”
The campaign launched with a 30-second broadcast spot starring Eagles running back LeSean McCoy. In the spot, McCoy prepares for a Sunday game by following Countdown from his hotel, en route to the stadium and in the locker room. “Every Sunday, I count on Countdown,” McCoy says at the spot’s conclusion. Future spots in the campaign will shift the focus to fans around the country, such as Quin Kilgore’s Tattoo League of Omaha, Nebraska, which gained notoriety in a Countdown feature last season. Read more
The campaign aims to introduce Cigna as a global health network in over 30 countries, with “one million doctors and health facilities, and 85 million customer relationships around the world.” In the debut spot, appearing in both 60-second and 30-second iterations, McCann presents Cigna as not just health insurance but “a partner who’s with you all the way.” The spot lists all the ways people try to stay well, such as exercising, looking both ways before crossing the street and choosing “the salad, occasionally” before stating that staying well is hard to do alone, and that you need a partner like Cigna, ending with the new tagline “Together, all the way.”
The broadcast spots are supported by digital and print executions. Additionally, ads will launch in China in October and India in November, followed by digital and social components extending the campaign into 2015. Read more
The spot opens with Siri looking into a mirror and repeating that classic line “I feel pretty, oh so pretty” before engaging in a conversation with HTC One’s Cortana. Obviously, the conversation is intended to make Siri look silly by comparison, both via Cortana’s less computerized-sounding voice and the HTC One’s fancy features (including not one but two speakers).
This spot works better than most in its surprisingly large family, but how many more Apple-bashing ads can viewers stomach? Read more
AMV BBDO, London has a new spot for Guiness Africa entitled “Made of Black” that gets a little awkward.
Well intentioned as it may have been, the spot comes across as a bit tone deaf, homogenizing a continent of diverse cultural groups with the term “black,” because that’s also the color of Guinness. Opening with the question “What is black?,” lines like “Black is an attitude” and “Black got swag” come across as either pandering or condescending. (Several YouTube commenters even go as far as to call the spot racist.) Add to that the poor soundtrack selection of Kanye West (why would you not select an African artist in a spot that supposedly celebrates Africa?) and you’ve got quite the headscratcher. To be fair, the spot’s visuals are quite impressive, but somehow we don’t think that’s what people are going to be talking about. Read more
JWT launched a campaign for Stouffer’s new Mac Cups, a snack-sized version of the brand’s classic mac and cheese line.
Mac Cups were launched with the revelation that Americans now eat snacks at meal times 40 percent of the time, and are often no longer following the three meals a day pattern. As Tom Moe, the director of marketing at Stouffer’s, told The New York Times:
“This notion of eating five meals a day, where consumers are grazing throughout the day depending on their need, has opened up a complete new territory.”
So, JWT’s 15-second stop-motion animated spot fits with this strategy. Mac Cups are presented as a tempting snack to eat any time, dancing around to Supertramp’s “Give A Little Bit” and at one point hiding behind the toaster. The interspersed footage of the mac and cheese touting its “real aged cheddar” doesn’t necessarily endear us to the product itself, though.
72andSunny has just released a live action trailer for Activision’s new game Destiny, from the creators of the popular Halo franchise, which will be released on September 9th.
72andSunny and Activision went big for the trailer, teaming up with Academy Award winning VFX studio Digital Domain, Academy Award nominated FX studio Legacy Effects, and director Joseph Kosinski, who created most of the worlds for the ad in-camera, shooting at locations in Mexico, Arizona and Utah. The spot follows the adventures of Fireteam as they attempt to reclaim locations in our solar system from alien invaders. Levitating AI character Ghost is voiced by Peter Dinklage (who also voices the character in the game) and the spot mixes humor, action and Led Zeppelin’s iconic “Immigrant Song” to hype up the game and give a sense of its feel without any game footage. Read more
At the end of last month we brought news of Lincoln’s partnership with Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey for a new campaign promoting the Lincoln MKC, to be handled by a shop within WPP’s Team Detroit division.
Now, Team Detroit and Lincoln are rolling out the new campaign with a series of (purportedly unscripted) spots that take a somewhat unorthodox approach. In the 60-second introductory spot (featured above), McConaughey drives around pontificating on what it means to “go back” and how some people say you can’t do it but really you just have to look in the right places. What is he talking about exactly? How does it relate to the MKC? Your guess is as good as ours.
In the similarly strange “Bull,” the actor admires the majesty of a large bull blocking the road, before deciding to turn around and take the long route. The 30-second “I Just Liked It” is a little more straightforward, with McConaughey explaining that he drove a Lincoln long before he was paid to, not to look cool or make a statement, but because he “just liked it.” Read more
Ogilvy&Mather is unveiling a revamped Nationwide logo with a new campaign starring Peyton Manning.
The campaign will debut Thursday with a new spot (featured above) during the NFL’s first regular season game on NBC. Nationwide’s new logo, which features an eagle as a revamped nod to the company’s original logo, appears on a flag at the start of the 30-second spot. Entitled “Jingle,” the spot features Manning repeatedly humming Nationwide’s jingle, as well as setting it to different words in varying situations, such as calling an audible, taking an ice bath after a hard practice, and chowing down at home. It’s straightforward but memorable, allowing the focus to be on the new logo.
In addition to the logo change, AdAge reports that the rebranding effort from Nationwide also includes switching to a “one brand approach.” Services the company previously marketed under names such as VPI Pet Insurance, Allied Insurance and Harleysville Insurance will now all be sold under the Nationwide name.
“We need to align the entire company behind the most powerful brand asset we have, which is ‘Nationwide’ and ‘Nationwide is on Your Side,’” Nationwide Chief Marketing Officer Matt Jauchius told AdAge.
While McKinney remains Nationwide’s lead creative agency, Ogilvy & Mather was brought in to handle a multi-year marketing agreement with Manning which kicks off with this campaign. Last month, Nationwide also signed an agreement with the NFL, which allows for more authentic NFL imagery in the company’s advertising. Read more
mOcean helped FXX keep the fun rolling during the network’s record-breaking twelve-day marathon of every episode of The Simpsons with a series of Springfield-inspired promos.
Instead of just recycling footage from the show (which might get a bit redundant during a marathon, after all), mOcean took creative license with the Springfield universe, such as in the above promo superimposing Homer’s head and voice on footage of stunts gone wrong. Another spot takes Ned Flanders’ characteristic “Deedley” and gives it a musical makeover. Clearly, the agency had a lot of fun with these.
“This was by far the biggest, most exciting project with the FX family yet,” said mOcean SVP, Creative Director Greg Harrison. “The inherent challenge was doing justice to one of the funniest, most beloved TV franchises in history, not to mention the legacy of its creators Matt Groening and James L. Brooks.” Read more
M&C Saatchi is launching UGG’s first-ever global marketing campaign, entitled “This Is UGG,” which enlists the help of veteran brand ambassadorTom Brady in the brand’s latest effort to change its perception as the official fuzzy boot of Starbucks-toting girls everywhere.
Launching today, the campaign focuses on life’s smaller moments, centered around the 60-second spot “Time Out.” In the spot, Brady shares the message that in life you only get so many time outs and you need to make them count, because you can’t back pocket them or carry them over to another day. Tom’s voiceover plays out over a scene of him driving to play golf with his father, a pastime the two have shared since Tom was old enough to play. Another spot, featuring Brady and his mother, is set to follow in October, with a third entitled “Down Time” arriving in December.
“For the new UGG for Men campaign, we started with this premise: small moments can carry as much weight as the big moments,” explained Nancy Mamann, vice president of marketing for UGG Australia. “We conceptualized the spots to capture authentic moments that relate to men across the world. For Tom Brady in particular, we explored his life off the field, along with more personal settings, to show some of the moments that he considers meaningful.”
Whether that will convince men to rush out and buy UGG remains to be seen. Stick around for behind-the-scenes footage after the jump. Read more