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The Richards Group Gives Fiat the Blue Pill

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?

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The Richards Group Goes Minimalist for Prestone

The Richards Group’s latest campaign clearly operates under the “less is more” mantra, with a series of minimalist 15-second ads.

The campaign leans heavily on the brand’s product itself, without any bells and whistles. In “Beastly” for example, the visuals are restricted to a bottle of Prestone with an effect to make it look bulked up at one point as the voiceover says, “It’s like Prestone started working out, got buff…beasty.” Another spot, “Patented,” touts the company’s patented cor-guard inhibitors, asking who else has them before answering its own question with “Nobody…because they’re patented,” while displaying the actual patent numbers.

It’s an unusually restrained approach that emphasizes the product’s superior corrosion protection in a way that implies there’s no need for further discussion. By keeping the message simple and not dressing it up with storytelling or impressive visuals, The Richards Group hopes to lend that message a sense of authenticity. Read more

ULTA Beauty Splashes on Some Mullen

Ulta-Beauty

ULTA Beauty operates 675 retail stores across 46 states and also distributes its products through its website. Yet the company recently decided to spruce things up a bit with an agency review.

CEO Mary Dillon, who has been at the helm for just over a year, exceeded investors’ expectations before deciding to trade Dallas-based Richards Group for Boston’s Mullen this week.

“ULTA is focused on continuing to build a leadership brand in beauty, and Mullen’s combination of outstanding brand strategy and breakthrough creative will help us accelerate our efforts,” said Ulta chief marketing officer Dave Kimbell said in a statement.

ULTA spent $17.7 million in measured media in 2013, up from $13.5 million in 2012. The review was managed by Mercer Island Group.

Here’s the most recent campaign Richards created for ULTA, titled “Trading Faces.”

Richards Group (Almost) Borrows a GOP Slogan for New Chrysler Campaign

ICYMI: Saturday was a big day for Chrysler.

Its new advertising celebration, brought to you by Dallas’ Richards Group — the wunderkinds behind Motel 6′s left-on light and Chick-Fil-A’s chicken-loving bovines – kicked off the marketing campaign for the Chrysler 200 sedan.

Entitled “Born Makers,” the spot focuses on keeping American auto production red, white, and blue — a theme that hearkens back to the Eminem “Imported from Detroit” Super Bowl entry.

The end of the commercial, however, echoes a less successful campaign…

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