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Droga5 Touts Jockey as ‘Supporting Greatness’

Droga5 has a new campaign for Jockey, positioning the brand as, ahem, “supporting greatness.”

The 30-second broadcast spot points to greats who have worn the brand, such as Babe Ruth, George S. Patton and Buzz Aldrin. Then the spot takes a sharp left turn with a “what if” proposal involving Aldrin, and things quickly get pretty goofy. But then we suppose an underwear brand shouldn’t take itself too seriously.

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Droga5 Challenges Newcastle Fans to Make Its Ads for Them

Droga5 knows user generated content. It also knows that UGC doesn’t have the best reputation in the ad world.

We almost feel like this new spot calling on Newcastle fans to submit their “mediocre” photos to create the brand’s upcoming ads is aimed at both cynical tweeters and ad creatives themselves.

Here’s the official description of the campaign:

“We love social content. Especially when you make it for us. Join us on Twitter (Twitter.com/Newcastle) and Facebook (Facebook.com/Newcastle), submit your photos with the #NewcastleAdAid tag between now and August 22, and we may make your photo into an ad (and we won’t have to pay for stock photography).”

The company’s brand director plays along, telling Marketing Daily:

“Newcastle spent a significant portion of its marketing budget on celebrity talent…Everyone knows user-generated content is a just ploy to get fans to do our work for us, and we’re just calling it like it is.”

We can’t imagine Stephen Merchant being all that expensive, but you will almost certainly be amused by the blatant mediocrity of some of the featured submissions after the jump.

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Droga5 Inspires for Under Armour

Droga5 takes Under Armour in a different direction with a new campaign called “I Will What I Want” aimed at women, starring Misty Copeland, a soloist with the American Ballet Theatre.

The spot opens with a young girl reading a rejection letter from a ballet academy over a sparse piano track as we see Copeland, poised on her taut ankles in a practice room. “…You lack the right feet, Achilles tendons, turnout, torso length and bust,” reads the girl. “You have the wrong body for ballet. And at 13, you are too old to be considered.” At this point, the soundtrack is set in motion and Copeland springs to life, twirling and gliding across the stage decked out in Under Armour. It is not until the conclusion of the 60-second spot that Copeland’s identity is revealed, her ultimate triumph over adversity implied.

Copeland, who is only the third African American soloist in the history of the American Ballet Theatre, told The New York Times “she never received a rejection letter that so starkly enumerated the reasons she was ill suited to be a ballet dancer,” but that “it accurately encapsulated the resistance she had faced throughout her career,” told from the time she was an adolescent that she had “the wrong body type” for ballet.

We see a lot of ads aim to be inspirational, but seldom do they succeed like “I Will What I Want,” which, unlike most spots with similar ambitions, doesn’t come across as forced or hokey. Coming from Under Armour, it’s an unexpected and refreshing new direction. Along with the broadcast spot, the campaign also includes digital and outdoor components, featuring Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn, tennis player Sloane Stephens and soccer player Kelley O’Hara in addition to Copeland. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

A Vulgar Elizabeth Hurley Stars in Droga5′s ‘If We Won’ for Newcastle

Elizabeth Hurley gets vulgar in the latest addition to Droga5′s “If We Won” campaign for Newcastle, which imagines how much better America would be if Great Britain had won the Revolutionary War.

The campaign kicked off last week, with a humorous spot featuring Stephen Merchant. Hurley’s spot borrows a bit from that one, as it devotes quite a bit of time to how many great curse words we’d have at our disposal had we remained British, something Merchant touched on in the original “If We Won.” Still, we suppose the subject doesn’t hurt from further exploration, and the video has over 300,000 views since being uploaded earlier today as people seem to be amused by seeing Hurley stringing together British expletives. Hurley’s 39-second video is just part of the wealth of material put out by Droga5 for the campaign, which also includes Zachary Quinto in a pair of spots and a second appearance from Merchant, who explains how his British accent helps him appear intelligent and get laid. If you’re wondering what American actor Zachary Quinto is doing in this campaign, you’ll just have to watch the video, along with the second Merchant spot, after the jump. Read more

Toyota Taps Droga5 to Hype Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle

droga5Earlier this week, Toyota announced the consumer release of a new Hydrogen Fuel Cell vehicle in Japan, the U.S. and Europe slated for 2015. Now, AdAge reports, Toyota has chosen New York agency Droga5 for the car’s pre-launch campaign.

The move marks the first auto marketer on Droga5′s roster. Although Saatchi & Saatchi LA is Toyota’s agency of record, the company looked to other agencies for new ideas for the breakthrough vehicle. “We approached Droga5 to give us some ideas, and they came back with something that blew us out of the water, said Kimberley Gardiner, director-digital marketing strategy for Toyota Motor Sales USA. “It ended up being a full campaign pre-launch proposal.”

“The opportunity was very much in our wheelhouse,” Droga5 Creative Chairman David Droga said. “If you get a call from Toyota asking, ‘Do you want to help launch the new generation of vehicles?,’ that’s about as juicy an opportunity as you can get, so we took that very seriously, and here we are. It’s very validating to have a chance to work with a brand like this.”

Gardiner didn’t reveal any details about the campaign, but, according to AdAge,”pre-launch will begin in the coming months, rolling out initially in the U.S. in digital and non-traditional media” and will last from 12-18 months.

Droga 5 Taps Stephen Merchant in ‘If We Won’ for Newcastle

Since it’s hard to market a British beer on July 4th, Stephen Merchant implores viewers to enjoy a Newcastle while celebrating “Independence Eve” on July 3rd and imagining how great it would have been if Great Britain had won the Revolutionary War in a new online spot from Droga 5.

Entitled “If We Won,” the spot sees Merchant trying on an “incredibly convincing American accent” before asking, “Do you really still have to celebrate your emancipation from us? That’s like your girlfriend breaking up with you and then celebrating with fireworks. Every year. For 300 years.” He then goes on to list all the ways America would be better if it were still a British colony, including “better comedy, news, TV programs,”  and way better curse words.

“In the late 1700s, colonial Americans risked life and limb to fight for their freedom,” Newcastle Brown Ale Brand Director Quinn Kilbury told Adweek. “Today, we’re running the very real risk of people totally not getting the joke here, and we think that’s pretty patriotic.”

Judging from a cursory glimpse at the YouTube comments section, that was a very real risk indeed. Stick around for limited credits after the jump.  Read more

Droga5, Chobani Sued for Using the Word ‘How’

During last year’s Super Bowl, Droga5 and Chobani told us that “how matters.

How much does how matter? According to inspirational author/business consultant Dov Seidman, it matters quite a lot. Seidman, whose best-selling book bore the title How: Why How We Do Anything Means Everything, filed suit against both agency and client yesterday for “trademark and service mark infringement and unfair competition.”

He seems to think they intentionally ripped him off, and he bases his claim on this tweet, posted just before the campaign went live:

You may notice that Seidman’s company LRN retweeted the message before declaring it to be lawsuit-worthy. A little extra explanation after the jump.

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Droga5 Reveals Moto E for Motorola in Style

Droga5 reveals Motorola’s new entry-level smartphone, the Moto E, in an imaginative and inventive 60-second spot.

The spot, entitled “Meet Moto E,” utilizes time lapse footage to show the phone’s durability, while also communicating a host of other features, during a three second free fall during which the phone takes a wealth of abuse. Moto E runs around $130 and, as Adweek puts it, “isn’t going to win over gadget gurus looking for power and superlative specs.” So Droga5 markets the phone as a durable option with a long-lasting battery and enough features to please the consumer who’s just looking for an everyday phone that won’t break down or break the bank. Droga5 was able to accomplish this, with help from production company 1stAveMachine, while also crafting a fun, visually impressive ad with excellent attention to detail that makes the phone look good by association. Stick around for credits and behind-the-scenes footage after the jump. Read more

Working Not Working Lists Most Desirable Full-Time Gigs

wnwlogoanimated1Freelance network Working Not Working has unveiled a list of the top 46 companies its freelancers “would kill to work” for full-time, and the list includes several advertising agencies. Among the agencies Working Not Working freelancers would most like to work for are: 360i, 72andSunny, Barton F. Graf 9000, BBDO, BBH, Droga 5, Goodby Silverstein & Partners, Mother, Periera & O’Dell, Venables Bell & Partners, and Wieden+Kennedy. The list also included a wealth of design and production companies, as well as Google, HBO, Cartoon Network, Tesla, and NASA (for some reason). Stick around for the full list after the jump. Read more

You’re No Longer on (Diet) Coke

In March a lot of people–and by “a lot of people” we mean “a bunch of journalists on Twitter who may or may not speak from personal experience”–made fun of Diet Coke’s “You’re on” tagline (though very little was said about the accompanying Droga5/Taylor Swift spot). From Gothamist:

“…there’s little doubt that Droga5, New York, who created the campaign, didn’t realize this and giggle to themselves about how clever it was.”

While the mockery was far less severe than that attached to other campaigns and probably didn’t do much to damage the product’s “brand perception” ratings, today we learned that the company took it so seriously that they decided to turn to their in-house team and start over (though Droga5 remains their AOR).

For the new, summer-ready campaign, the company returned to the tagline they’ve brought back from the dead at least three times since the early 80′s:

The spot it replaced after the jump.

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