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FCB West, MJZ Tell Levi’s Fans to Get Personal (But Not Boring)

The latest spot for Levi’s, created by FCB West/The House Worldwide and MJZ, imagines a personal relationship between each pair of denim pants and its owner.

Every pair tells a story, see…and all the jeans ask of you, consumer, is that you keep things interesting.

The pants-as-lifestyle-accessory theme marks a shift from the Wieden+Kennedy “Go Forth” campaign, which turned existential with the help of one Charles Bukowski.

You may recall that Levi’s announced an agency change back in February, and we can expect more in the vein of this spot to come. Yesterday Fast Company called the effort “more inclusive, and more mainstream”, and FCB CCO Eric Springer emphasized the break from the W+K aesthetic, saying:

“The first step was to get the brand voice back and make everyone know it’s their brand once again…It’s not a comeback tour. It’s a forever tour.”

The company’s own CMO emphasized the social components that will (hopefully) involve lots of people documenting the shared journey of themselves and their jeans.

Three words, then: User. Generated. Content.

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Draftfcb LA Continues Full-Court Press for Nabi

Just two weeks ago, we were covering the first wave of Nabi spots from Draftfcb, a pair of 30-second ads that favorably compared kid-friendly Nabi tablets to Kindle devices a la Microsoft vs. Apple. Our Erik Oster found them to be informational and appealing. However, these two new spots, “Fear Not Question” and “Swagger,” drop the comparison technique for an unconvincing plea for Nabi to be a lifestyle brand.

“Fear No Question” presents the Nabi brand as classroom-friendly, going right after a parent’s sense of idealistic learning, so in turn, that parent will go right for his/her wallet. It’s a boring and safe play that may have worked out if Draftfcb hadn’t already launched the Kindle attacks that are much more memorable.

“Swagger” goes straight after the kids. Promoting Nabi headphones – think Beats for kids – the spot shows a little kid walking down a school hallway in slow-motion as he gives headnods to his friends and long stares to the girl he probably has a crush on. This is more Fubu than Fuhu. This is also just a bad commercial, corny and overdone, even for a children’s market. The tagline of “Everyone Needs a Theme Song” actually has a nice ring to it, but the visual execution is too silly. The clip almost plays like a mocking comedy skit of itself.

At 30 seconds, both ads are easy to watch and easy to forget. ”Swagger” and credits after the jump.

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Draftfcb LA Pushes Nabi in First Campaign as AOR for Fuhu

Draftcb has unveiled two new spots for the Nabi, its first campaign for Fuhu since becoming their agency of record in September.

Fuhu has done incredibly well for themselves with the Nabi, a soft-edged tablet designed for children, even being named “the fastest growing company in America” by Inc. There’s certainly no change in strategy from Draftcb for these two new spots. “Good Morning” and “Glow in the Dark” tout the Nabi’s kid-friendly features via comparison with the Kindle, which comes out looking sorely lacking in the kid-friendly department.

If you are going to buy your kids a tablet, I suppose it should be one that’s made for them, right? These spots do a good job extolling the Nabi as the perfect option for children. In “Good Morning” (featured above) that means talking about the Nabi’s “time controls” — in this case, a good morning song to wake up to. The Nabi does its thing before asking a silent Kindle what its good morning song is.

“Glow in the Dark,” meanwhile, highlights Nabi’s glow in the dark feature. No surprise there. Also not a surprise: the Kindle does not glow in the dark. Score: Nabi 2, Kindle 0. Plus, the Nabi just looks like something a kid would want to play with. So make that Nabi 3, Kindle 0.

We see plenty of these “direct comparison to our biggest competitor” ads with tech gadgets, but few seem to take the wind out of the competition the way these ads sucker punch the Kindle. At least for the Nabi’s target audience. If I were shopping around for a tablet for a child, this campaign would have me convinced that the Nabi is the way to go. Thankfully, I won’t find myself in that situation any time soon. Credits and “Glow in the Dark” after the jump.  Read more

Here’s How Taco Bell, Draftfcb Executed ‘Operation: Alaska’

If you recall, last week, reports were flying about a small town in Alaska called Bethel, whose residents were fooled by one of their own into thinking there would be a Taco Bell opening up locally on July 4. Well, after word of the bamboozling spread quickly, Taco Bell and its AOR, Draftfcb Orange County, quickly assembled the troops and delivered a food truck via a Bell UH-1H Iroquois military helicopter. The contents of the TB truck, you ask? 10,000 Doritos Locos Tacos: 950 pounds of seasoned beef, 500 pounds of sour cream, 300 pounds of tomatoes, 300 pounds of lettuce, 150 pounds of cheddar cheese, and 10,000 Doritos Locos Tacos shells. The town rejoiced and somewhere the spirits of Frank Capra and Jimmy Stewart were smiling, we suppose.

Anyhow, last night, DFCB OC unveiled a few videos including the long-form one above that showcase its “Operation: Alaska” effort for Taco Bell.” Somewhere, we hope that Bethel scrooge got served in his or her own right. Credits and more intriguing clips after the jump.

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With Doritos-Based Dish Launch Looming, Taco Bell Unveils New Slogan, Spot

By now, some, most or all of you have heard that Taco Bell is rolling out its Doritos Locos Tacos line (you might have seen this teaser), which will officially be available to appease your guilty-pleasure cravings nationwide come March 8. As part of the rollout of its new menu item, the fast-food chain’s agency partner Draftfcb Orange County unveiled a new spot called “Pockets” that was directed by Jake Scott and debuted during NBA All-Star weekend.

As you’ll see in the latest advert, Taco Bell is undergoing a rebranding of sorts that comes with a new slogan, “Live Mas,” which from the looks of it, will be emblazoned across all the brand’s sauce packets. Now, we’re just curious to find out if there really is a band called Slab Hauler. Credits after the jump.

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Taco Bell’s Buddy Mignon: More Than You’ll Ever Want to See

Meet Buddy Mignon, Taco Bell’s newest spokesperson by day, “cheesy” lounge singer by night. Where did the ambiguously super-hungry ingredient force go?

Regardless, Buddy is responsible for introducing the restaurant’s latest concoction, the “Quad Steak Burrito.” Just when you though ol’ T-Bell had run out of ideas, it occurred that they could just put four times the steak on a burrito and call it something different. Of course, being the slick cat he is, Mignon compares steak to the love of a lady when he says, “I want to tear that wrapper off you and eat you like a piece of meat!” The raunchy innuendo continues for the first part of the extended version of the fast-food chain’s new campaign, which is definitely not for kids and probably won’t make it past the censors to run on basic cable.

Any way DraftFCB launched the product, though, it was going to be a success to some extent. This is Taco Bell we’re talking about, and more food for a small price means higher returns. Just look at the “5 Buck Box,” a monstrous portion of food that puts any McDonald’s Extra Value Meal to shame. Four times the steak on a single burrito? Bring it on. Credits after the jump…

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