Since, in recent years YouTube has seen some fierce competition in a market they seemed to solely dominate for a long period (namely Vine), using one of its most popular channels to promote the service makes a lot of sense. It also helps that the schtick The Slow Mo Guys employ is pretty handily explained in under 30-seconds but engaging enough to capture people’s attention. The Guys also tout YouTube as an interactive community by showing how they take suggestions for their show. This format works well for YouTube, allowing its stars to champion the format while also gaining free exposure.
With the release of Activision’s Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare coming up on November 4th, Ant Farm has released a 60-second gameplay trailer, the last piece in the long advertising onslaught for the game, which kicked off with a reveal trailer starring Kevin Spacey (who voices a character in the game) back in May.
Lines from Spacey’s in-game character hold together the trailer, along with gameplay footage and quotes from advanced reviews of the title, such as Forbes‘ “…transcends the line between game and film…” The spot highlights the changes from previous iterations in the franchise, touting a more important plot and improved multiplayer while putting the game’s improved graphics on display. Fans of the franchise have probably already put in their pre-orders but emphasizing the changes in the franchise could bring some newcomers on board.
“We’ve been partners with Activision on the Call of Duty franchise from its infancy, and over the years we’ve had the fantastic opportunity to see it grow to become the massive pop culture phenomenon it is today,” said Rob Troy, chief creative officer at Ant Farm. “This year, the graphics and the multiplayer aspects of Advanced Warfare took a huge leap forward, so the creative aspects behind this campaign needed to pay homage to that.” Read more
Beats by Dre in collaboration with R/GA Los Angeles celebrates LeBron James‘ much discussed return to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a new campaign entitled “Re-Established 2014.”
The campaign is centered around a 2:15 ad crafted as a sort of love letter to James’ hometown of Akron, Ohio. The spot intersperses shots of the city, including signs in churches and movie theaters celebrating his return, with a shirtless James working out in an auditorium named after him at St. Vincent-St. Mary, the high school he attended in Akron, set to Hozier’s “Tale Me to the Church.” James wears Beats earbuds while working out, the only real nod to the brand in the spot. To add to the emotional impact, the voiceover is read by Gloria James, LeBron’s mother. “This is the city that raised you,” she says, “I’m so proud of you. Welcome home, son.”
Given James’ star status and the emotional tone of the ad, it was bound to attract attention. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the video has already received over four million YouTube views since its debut two days ago. Expect that number to balloon by the time the NBA season kicks off next Tuesday. Other, shorter supporting spots in the campaign highlight different aspects of Akron, LeBron’s upbringing and homecoming. Read more
This week marks the expiration of the Wright Amendment, a federal law governing air traffic at Dallas Love Field, Southwest Airline’s home airport. So to celebrate, the airline teamed up with agency David&Goliath and New York-New York Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, “spreading the luck” to passengers on the first-ever nonstop flight from Dallas Love Field to Las Vegas.
When passengers boarded the plane they each found a surprise gift under their seat, including a book of two-for-one deals and a free t-shirt. Then they played “Spread the Luck,” a game in which a spinning wheel selected a row to win prizes from New York-New York Hotel & Casino, including a suite upgrade. The airline saved the biggest surprise for last, with all passengers receiving a long list of items from the hotel and casino, including a free two-night stay. Read more
Agency Don’t Panic collaborated with production company Unit 9 to explore sightings of superheroes in remote locations in India, Kenya and Mexico in a new PSA for Save the Children.
“She flies with the clouds and she gives water,” says one girl. “He came and destroyed the mosquitoes,” says a small boy. “She came and now we have a new baby sister,” another child adds. “Every child deserves a superhero,” reads text at the end of the ad, when it is finally revealed that the “superheros” in question are, in fact, Save the Children workers. It’s a touching message, as the PSA displays just how important a role Save the Children plays in the lives of children in need, who see their efforts not just as extraordinary but even magical.
The PSA is part of Save the Children’s “Race for Survival” campaign, timed to coincide with the UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. It follows in the footsteps of previous collaborations between Don’t Panic and Unit 9 for Save the Children, including “Most Shocking Second a Day” and “Reverse.” The two companies also collaborated for the memorable “Everything Is Not Awesome” effort for Greenpeace, which led to the end of Lego’s partnership with Shell.
Mekanism has a new digital campaign for Jim Beam’s cinnamon-infused Kentucky Fire, entitled “#FiredUp.”
Made up of 15-second spots, Mekanism employs tongue-in-cheek humor to help introduce the new product with advice on how to enjoy it. In “The Slow Burn” for example, step one for “How to get #FiredUp” is to prepare your palette. Step two is to “take it slow,” as the spot shows a group of friends bringing a shot of Kentucky Fire to their mouths in slow motion. “The Kentucky Standard” makes things even simpler ( Step One: Order a round of Kentucky Fire; Step Two: Drink it), while “The Kentucky Tycoon” takes generosity to the next level. The ads will run on Jim Beam’s social channels, and “various online, mobile, social and experiential channels such as ESPN, AOL, Kargo, Viacom, and NBCUniversal” through early November. Read more
DDB-owned agency Ant Farm teamed up with rapper Childish Gambino for a new Far Cry 4 gameplay trailer set to the Gambino track “Crawl.”
In a lead-in to the gameplay footage, Gambino discusses his choice of “Crawl” for the trailer while hanging out with friends playing the game. The Ubisoft logo then appears onscreen, and a variety of in-game action plays out to the track for the remainder of the ad. It does a good job of mixing a variation of game footage — from what appear to be cut scenes to actual gameplay — to keep things from getting monotonous, and the footage does seem carefully tailored and edited to fit the song.
“Our goal for this trailer was to emphasize the perfect pairing of the song and game, and give fans a memorable musical and visual experience that is authentic to both artistic groups” said Ant Farm VP/Creative Director Scott Cookson. “The chance to merge cutting-edge gameplay footage with a unique musical talent was an exciting and welcomed opportunity to produce a unique and stylized film that is both memorable and compelling to the brand.”
So how did Fiat make the new 500X? According to this spot from The Richard Group the answer is a certain blue pill.
The ad opens on a woman making amorous advances on an elderly gentlemen. He tells her he will be back in a minute, rushes to the bathroom, gets out a bottle of erectile dysfunction pills (presumably) and goes to take the very last one. But he misses his mouth and the pill falls out the window, slowly, and improbably, making its way into the gas tank of a nearby Fiat, which transforms the car into the new Fiat 500X.
And that has to be one of the most ridiculous premises for an ad to come across our desks in some time. The spot is beautifully shot, — in Pitigliano, Tuscany, according to Adweek, — but it doesn’t do a whole lot to sell the Fiat 500X, amorous glances of women following its transformation aside. Plus, if the Fiat 500X is the result of a Fiat on a certain impotence-treating drug, what does that say about the rest of Fiat’s vehicles?
Doremus and DDB Colombia have released a new campaign for O-I, the largest manufacturer of glass packaging in the world, touting the benefits of glass over cans and plastic.
While a campaign for glass bottles may sound like a pretty boring proposition, the agencies do a good job at keeping things entertaining. In the above spot, probably the best of the bunch, a group of friends get glass envy when they realize the shortcomings of clunking beer cans together. In other spots a man stranded on an island has poor luck sending a distress signal with a plastic bottle and a guy’s cardboard box of whiskey ruins his chances with a lady. While the spots vary in effectiveness and entertainment value they largely do a good job at showing the benefits of glass over other options in inventive ways. The ads broke online earlier this month and will extend to television in Colombia and Peru later this week. Read more
San Francisco agency Eleven has a strange new campaign for Virgin America centered around an extremely long online video.
The ad, entitled “Have you been flying BLAH Airlines?” depicts, in real time, a flight on the imagined rival airline from Newark to San Francisco: a five hour and forty-five minute flight. If that sounds boring, well, that’s the point. It’s also a bit strange and creepy, since the passengers are all mannequins. There are long shots of the mannequins doing absolutely nothing in their cramped seats, punctuated by occasional “action” such as a woman devouring some ribs.
“There’s a very distinct odor coming from somewhere nearby,” says a man on the flight, while the woman goes on and on about the ribs she’s eating. And that’s about as much action you can expect as you (inevitably) skip around. Still, there’s actually a kind of strange charm to the ad and its surreal humor when taken in small doses, and you kind of have to appreciate the great lengths Eleven went to to make its point.
“The passengers have no choice but to be on ‘autopilot’ to get through the tedious journey,” Virgin told Adweek. “Just trying to watch the video is downright painful—and that’s the point. If you wouldn’t sit through the entire film, why would you pay money to experience it in real life?”
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