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Secret Weapon CD on Deutsch McDonald’s Campaign: ‘Flattering’ but ‘Annoying’

Anyone notice that the recent Taco Bell “Ronald McDonald” spot bears a very slight resemblance to this 2002 Secret Weapon ad for Jack in the Box?

Secret Weapon founder/creative director Richard Sittig did–and he told Felix Gilette of Bloomberg Businessweek all about it today.

You know you want some key quotes after the jump.

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W+K, Maxwell House Shoot for Good, Not Great

In a world with Starbucks at every corner and small, fancy artisinal coffee shops sprouting up everywhere, it would be counterproductive for an instant coffee brand to try to compete. So W+K starts a different conversation for Maxwell House, asking, “Whatever happened to good?”

The new “Say Good Morning to a Good Day” campaign features a series of broadcast and web spots centering around an affable, middle-aged everyman (everydad?) who laments that with all the attention on phrases like “Awesome,” “Amazing,” and “That’s epic, bro!” people have forgotten about “good.” In the 30-second spot, he goes on to explain that good is “Swinging to get on base” or “choosing not to overshoot the moon, but instead to land right on it.” This all makes “good” seem pretty appealing, with the spot ending with the resurrected “Good to the Last Drop” tagline.

While some may question the choice of admitting your product isn’t “amazing,” the strategy makes sense for Maxwell House, whose coffee is, at best, “good enough,” and whose best bet is to convince the older generation that all the fuss over fancy coffee just isn’t worth it. W+K pull off the execution really well, making the “good” approach about as persuasive as it can be. Credits after the jump. Read more

BBDO Picks More Athletes to Mock for Foot Locker

BBDO New York continues its ”Approved” or “athletes not taking themselves too seriously” series for Foot Locker with “No Rings.”

The spot follows “All Is Right” and stars Damian Lillard and a crew of veterans–including Barry Sanders, Chris Webber, Karl Malone and a guy we’re too old to recognize–whose undisputed greatness never led to a title.

We mostly appreciate Lillard’s decision to enter the YouTube comment thread, which is something we will never ever do.

Echoing a couple of the commenters: where’s Charles Barkley? Patrick Ewing? Dan Marino? If we’re going edgy, why not Barry Bonds? That one would have rattled a few cages.

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Amsterdam Worldwide Launches New Global Brand Platform for Warsteiner

Last year, Amsterdam Worldwide was tapped to lead the Warsteiner Beer business, and their work with the brand can now be seen in their recent global brand platform, intended to “refresh the brand in its existing markets, and firmly establish it in emerging markets.”

The campaign, which kicked off in Germany on the 10th and will roll out gradually in over 60 markets worldwide, features television, print, and “high levels of digital media activity across the board.” Amsterdam Worldwide clearly wants to target the young and the young at heart (such as the 45 year-old skateboarder in the “Do It Right” television spot featured above), as evidenced by the online documentaries meant to supplement the television campaign which include profiles of a skydiver and a graffiti artist.

“Traditional beer advertising is cluttered with a lot of clichés and not particularly inspiring insights – we had a chance with Warsteiner to break away from that mould and celebrate a brand culture that lives and breathes an intense commitment to creating a truly premium beer,” explains Amsterdam Worldwide’ s Strategic Director, Uli Kurtenbach. “It was a natural step to inspire Warsteiner’s consumers to take on their own lives with the same enthusiasm.”

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Saatchi & Saatchi Belgrade Helps Solve Case of Murdered Journalist

In December, Saatchi & Saatchi Belgrade launched a provocative campaign called “Chronicles of Threats” for Serbian Commission for the Investigation of Murders of Journalists and Office of the OSCE’s Representative on Freedom of the Media.

The campaign featured a threatening letter in one of the country’s most widely circulated newspapers, with an accompanying video on the news outlet’s website, intended to shake public indifference to violence against journalists and rally “media outlets and journalists to document real and threatened acts of violence towards editorial staff, writers and photographers.”

“Chronicles of Threats” succeeded in getting the public’s attention. Thousands called the police in response to the threat, and soon it was featured on the news. When the stunt was revealed, it sparked debate about the kind of threats journalists receive daily. But the campaign also led to the reopening of three cases of murdered journalists, and in one case — Slavko Curuvija, “the most influential independent journalist reporting during the Milosevic regime,” who was murdered 15 years ago — to the arrest of the perpetrators of the crime.

Saatchi & Saatchi Belgrade’s executive creative director Veljko Golubovic commented: “I think the “Chronicles of Threats” campaign is a great example of true power of modern communications. Even one simple idea can move mountains and push the whole society forward. What was impossible yesterday is today’s reality. Our idea was initiation of the chain reaction that led to solving a murder case. And more than that it changed the way people feel and think about journalists.” Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

Here’s a Quick Horror Primer from the Folks at FEARnet

Having watched a couple of horror films on the cable channel FEARnet (currently on FiOS at least) over the weekend, figured why the hell not ride the blood-soaked waves and mention this little promo from the network, which to be honest offers a great slate of old-school, cult and slasher films mixed with a total bevy of garbage. Still, us horror fans can’t play choosers in this and so we support whatever medium the genre gets exposed. Above is a brief promo as part of a new TV image campaign for FEARnet from L.A.-based Stun Creative’s graphics/animation division, Buster, which tries to offer a quick manual on the do’s and dont’s of horror films. Think Jamie Kennedy‘s character Randy in the first couple of Scream films and there you have it. Don’t worry, as long as idiots still won’t listen, the genre will be very much alive and kicking. Credits after the jump.

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Digital Kitchen Satirizes Gamer Marketing, Gets Gross for Cards Against Humanity

Digital Kitchen worked with Cards Against Humanity, “the party game for horrible people,” to satirize gamer marketing at the Pax East conference in Boston. The resulting 30 second video is absolutely disgusting.

Digital Kitchen and Cards Against Humanity launched a fake, caffeinated oatmeal called “PWNmeal,”which they dubbed, “The official porridge of e-sports.” The project was meant to satirize the onslaught of marketing targeting gamers are targeted with at conventions, from caffeinated gum to beef jerky (which don’t combine so well). In addition to the above video created by Digital Kitchen, Cards Against Humanity also put together an @pwnmeal Twitter account and pwnmeal.com to make the product seem legit. Gross enough just as an idea, the 30 second video takes things to the next, breakfast evacuating level. Proceed with caution.

W+K Amsterdam Debuts ‘There’s Power in Every Game’ for Powerade

W+K Amsterdam have a launched a new, global World Cup 2014 campaign for Powerade, “the official sports drink of FIFA.”In addition to television, the campaign also includes print/out of home, digital, and online documentary films (more on that later).

“There’s Power in Every Game” centers around Andrés Iniesta, the Spanish star who scored the winning goal in the 2010 World Cup. He takes center stage in the 60-second spot (featured above), which also features five amateur athletes from around the world. Each of these athletes has “overcome challenges in their lives and in the process have lifted their teammates, rallied supporters and inspired communities through their dedication and achievements in the sport” — which exemplifies the campaign’s #PowerThrough message.

Each of these amateur athletes will be featured in their own documentary, starting with the inspirational story of Nicolai “Nico” Calabria. Debuted at the Kicking + Screaming Football Festival in New York last week and being released as a television spot in addition to its online release, the two minute film tells Nico’s story growing up with one leg and defying expectations to succeed as an athlete. Incorporating an impressively-edited mix of home video footage and live action film, it’s a powerful telling of Nico’s story, and well worth a watch.

“Nico’s story is one of unwavering determination,” said Brynn Bardacke, global group creative director for Powerade. “He truly embodies what we mean when we say there’s power in every player and power in every game.”

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French Drunk Driving PSA Needs No Words

Yes, this spot from Paris agency La Chose is tres French–but its message is clear enough.

Created for drunk driving advocacy group Victimes et Citoyens, the spot recounts an all-too-familiar narrative with the help of an audio track and some dramatic use of the zoom lens.

The firm’s PR team also came up with unusual ways to promote it.

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Kid Takes Netflix to Junior Prom

Back in January, high school student Muthana Sweis tweeted to Netflix, “Hey @netflix, if this gets 1,000 retweets will you go to my junior prom with me?” One day later, he already had 1,000 retweets and Netflix said yes.

This of course begs the quetion, “How does Netflix take someone to prom?” The agency involved isn’t allowed to claim credit for the stunt, but they came up with a pretty clever answer. Netflix gave Sweis a series of three choices to make: suit, ride and driver — all, of course, coming from movie and TV references. Sweis went with James Bond’s suit from Skyfall (good choice), the 55 Buick from Grease (dude, you could have had the Breaking Bad Winnebago, what were you thinking!?), and Danny from Grease for the driver (apparently the guy really likes Grease). To see how it panned out on prom night, check out the video above. It seems like Sweis had a very memorable prom experience.

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