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W+K NY Taps Fred Armisen in Latest for Heineken

You can hardly blame people for not wanting to participate in Heineken’s latest “social experiment” for the brand’s “Routine Interruptions” campaign.

The spot, by W+K New York, sees Fred Armisen anonymously call a payphone and ask whoever picks up to come across the street. Of the thousands called, only five obliged the request, and those who did joined Armisen onstate at The Comedy Cellar (the New York City comedy club most well known from its inclusion in FX’s Louie). It’s a strange approach, but makes a little more sense in the context of Heineken’s “Routine Interruptions” series, which attempts to pull city dwellers out of their usual routines for an adventurous night. Still, the 90 second spot doesn’t do a lot to sell Heineken, as if it weren’t for the logo at the end there would be nothing to tie it to the brand.

“We believe that it’s not just by shouting loud and clear the brand name or brand image that you are going to get consumer engagement,” Heineken USA Chief Marketing Officer Nuno Teles told AdAge. “It’s far more important to share the brand point of view and to engage the consumer through the content.”

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W+K São Paulo, Nike Remind Brazil ‘Tomorrow Starts Now’

W+K São Paulo has a new spot for Nike entitled “Tomorrow Starts Now,” reminding Brazilians who have just had their hearts broken by the World Cup that they still have the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics to look forward to.

The well-produced 60-second spot, created in conjunction with PBA Cinema/Produtora Associados and director Nico Perez Veiga seeks to inspire with a montage of Brazilian athletes training and competing at their respective sports. While the inclusion of indoor soccer may poor a little salt in some still fresh wounds, the larger message is to forget the past and move forward. The dialogue and voiceover free spot relies entirely on its soundtrack and footage to get its message across, ending with the “Tomorrow Starts Now” tagline, which serves as both an inspiration for a nation in need of some cheering up and a more general Nike-style rallying call. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

Doogie Howser (Almost) Drinks Heineken Light for W+K NY

From a kid in scrubs to a man with an angry inch, Neil Patrick Harris is quite possibly our leading example of a Renaissance Dude. The star may now add “drinking beer” to his illustrious resume along with acting, singing, cooking and talking to Smurfs.

Well, sort of…

According to The New York Times and Stuart Elliott, NPH (as the cool kids call him) will help promote Heineken Light in a humorous campaign created by Wieden + Kennedy New York that includes television and online spots and a microsite: besttastinglight.com.

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W+K Portland Introduces Mandroid for Old Spice

Here’s yet another item from W+K today, as the agency has debuted its latest campaign for Old Spice, introducing a creepy new android character.

The new character makes his debut in the 30-second “Soccer” (featured above). When the robotic man goes to kick a soccer ball at the beach, he falls directly onto a sunbathing woman, crushing her ribs. Initially irked by the painful injury, she then notices that he smells amazing. When the android says that he can’t get up, she replies, suggestively “Maybe I don’t want you to.” Coming on the heels of the funny Terry Crews-filled World Cup spot, it’s pretty disappointing. It also marks something of a creepiness trend in W+K’s Old Spice work, with the campaign featuring anthropomorphic hair getting the creepy ball rolling earlier this year. Its “our products will make women want you” message is also vaguely reminiscent of Axe’s strategy of marketing to pubescent boys — the only demographic desperate/gullible enough to swallow such a claim. Either approach is irksome enough on its own, but combined they’re truly troubling. W+K’s latest campaign for Old Spice also features the 30-second online spot “Nightclub,” which takes a similar (but possibly even more ridiculous) approach. We’ve featured it after the jump for any interested parties. Read more

W+K NY, Rudy Hype College Football Playoffs for ESPN


Sean Astin reprises his role as Rudy in a new spot W+K New York created to hype the new college football playoff format for ESPN.

In the spot, Astin apes his inspirational speech from Rudy, this time riling up the locker room with the promise of a playoff format for college football. When he reveals that the format won’t take effect until 2014 however, the reception falls somewhat flat. Filmed at St. Joseph High School in Brooklyn, New York, the spot takes place in 1975, the year Rudy Ruettiger played for Notre Dame. While the famously cheesy movie certainly deserved a satirical send up, W+K’s spot fails to really hit the mark and feels a bit drawn out at 90 seconds. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

W+K NY, Metallica Rock out ‘This is SportsCenter’


W+K New York have a new “This is SportsCenter” spot for ESPN featuring Metallica.

The agency has some fun with the idea that with Mariano Rivera now retired, Metallica doesn’t have a lot to do around the ESPN offices. Metallica looks for other athletes in need of entrance music, with less than satisfactory results, as well as other things to do around the office. Hosts Jay Harris, Scott Van Pelt and Stuart Scott also appear in the spot, which debuts today in anticipation of tonight’s Gillette Home Run Derby. The spot neglects to mention that Metallica still provide entrance/walk-up music for players including Rays reliever Grant Balfour, Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon and White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko, but then that would kind of ruin the premise. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

Bryce Harper Gets Emotional in W+K NY’s Latest ‘This is SportsCenter’ Spot

W+K New York tapped young Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper for their latest “This is SportsCenter” spot for ESPN, choosing to go an unexpected route with the outfielder.

In the 30-second spot, Harper sits in an office watching Field of Dreams with SportsCenter host Hannah Storm. During the movie’s concluding scene, both Harper and Storm get emotional. When Harper leaves to call his dad, he passes hosts John Anderson and Bram Weinstein in the hallway, who remark on Harper’s intimidating eye black — although by now viewers know better. It follows in the successful “This is SportsCenter” formula of toying with a star athlete’s perceived persona, and while it doesn’t add anything new to the approach it feels like a welcome addition, especially with the All-Star Game right around the corner. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

W+K, Three Apologize for ‘Holiday Spam’

Wieden+Kennedy have a clever new spot for U.K.-based mobile provider Three, in which the company makes a timely apology.

The 60-second spot sees Three apologize for the rash of “holiday spam” resulting from the company allowing users to utilize their phone in 16 worldwide destinations without any extra cost for calls. texts or data. Three “thought this was a good thing,” but “failed to consider the consequences: the holiday spam,” says a contrite Three representative. It’s a clever approach, employing dry British humor to let Three brag about their coverage while leveraging a cultural phenomenon anyone can relate to. “Holiday Spam” also manages to be memorable without spending much money (it’s basically just one actor and a series of backgrounds). At the conclusion of the spot, viewers are prompted to visit the campaign landing site at stopholidayspam.com, which includes a heat map of spam levels in various locations. The campaign is also supported by the #holidayspam hashtag, a pretty seamless social integration.

W+K NY Rolls Out Pair of Social Campaigns for Heineken

Wieden+Kennedy New York has rolled out two timely social campaigns for Heineken: “#BrazilianNoShow” and “Like for Love.”

“#BrazilianNoShow,” as you might have guessed, is a World Cup-related campaign. W+K New York and Heineken are “challenging CMOs, bosses, and people across America to give their employees time off to watch a game, with their new challenge #BrazilianNoShow!” The idea followed Team USA’s unexpected win against Ghana in their opening game, but is as relevant as ever following the team’s advancement past the group stage. Since game times coincide with the work day here in the U.S., Heineken CMO Nuno Teles appears (video above) to implore American workers and bosses to play hooky and support their team — after all, this opportunity only comes along once every four years.

“Like for Love” sees Heineken supporting Gay Pride Month by “encouraging consumers to ‘spread love’ through the ubiquitous double tap on Instagram, using six photos of real couples to create an interactive virtual Pride flag right in users’ feeds.” The real couple photos all have a single color background, but create an interactive, virtual Pride flag users’ feeds after they are liked. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

W+K NY Introduces the ‘Young Gun’ for Southern Comfort

W+K New York introduce a new character for Southern Comfort in the new, 60-second spot entitled “Young Gun.”

Apparently, the real name of the “Young Gun” is Stephen, “an accomplished bartending journeyman,” with a self-described “not neat” style. “If you can’t be comfortable with yourself, how can you expect to make anyone else comfortable?” is his very brand-appropriate motto for aspiring bartenders. None of this is evident in the spot, however, which keeps things simple.

“Young Gun” shows its titular character emerging from the back room to man the soda guns. He does so with extreme speed, albeit not great neatness, even managing to throw in some dance moves to the song “Love Me” by The Phantom while servicing a large group of drinkers. The approach is simple and straightforward, but it’s pulled off well and the results are entertaining. “We’ve cultivated a true appreciation for the brand by encouraging consumers to be exactly as they are, rather than pushing them to be something they are not,” Gwen Risdale, marketing manager for Southern Comfort UK, told Marketing Week. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

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