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Vitro Launches Rebranding Effort for Wild Turkey

Ah sweet bourbon, brownest of the brown liquors.

MDC-owned, San Diego-based Vitro, responsible for the interesting Asics campaigns we’ve covered over the past couple of years, is rolling out a rebranding effort for Wild Turkey with a new campaign entitled “Never Tamed,” complete with a new website for the booze brand.

Aimed “squarely into the hearts and minds of the Millennial consumer” the parties involved claim this campaign is the largest in Wild Turkey history. The “#Nevertamed” tagline and hashtag refer to the bouron’s adherence to quality and refusal to compromise for financial or other practical reasons. In the first spot, they highlight the company’s use of a deeper char, more rye, and a longer aging process in their bourbon. “It’s worth it,” the spot proclaims, “because some people know that the choices you make are just a product of what you’re made of.” This is the kind of ridiculous quote you hear in just about every liquor ad, but the focus on Wild Turkey’s adherence to quality works. Next time Vitro might want to mention Wild Turkey’s refusal to turn to genetically modified grains at a time when many others in the industry have resorted to GMOs. This sixty second spot is backed by extensive digital and social media efforts, with print advertising forthcoming.

The “Nevertamed” campaign also features long-form profiles of “five uncompromising individuals who clearly exhibit the same Wild Turkey #Nevertamed spirit.” These include Michael Sharp, who surfs in the arctic waters of Alaska; Chris Davenport, who hiked up and skied all of Colorado’s 54 tallest mountain peaks in a year; female horse jockey Rosie Napravnik; premier glass blower Caleb Siemon; and Hollywood stunt man Tim Rigby. These five stories can be viewed after the 60 second spot in the playlist above.

The rebranding effort to move away from an association with a “rough and tumble, redneck set” and appeal to their target demographic of males aged 25-35 (Hey, that’s me: send me some free bourbon) should be well-served by the campaign, despite the first spot’s flaws. Wild Turkey would do well to play up its association with Hunter S. Thompson, a fan of the brand who’s beloved by Millenials everywhere. Credits after the jump. Read more

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Vitro, Asics Break Blocks and Paint Sidewalks in Latest ‘Stop At Never’ Tests

Last time we covered Asics’ ‘Stop at Never’ campaign, Vitro was running tests on the brand’s latest shoes. An athlete played tennis suspended upside down from a crane (proving Asics are form fitting), while a different shoe withstood the pressure of an industrial jackhammer. In the latest ads from the campaign, Vitro’s veered slightly from their initial track.

Don’t get me wrong, Asics is still completing fun, gravity-defying challenges. In these recent videos, though, it’s not always clear what aspect of the shoe we’re supposed to appreciate. In one, athletes create sidewalk art by running in neon paint. Though the spot successfully emphasizes a neighborhood athlete feel, we’re left wondering what actually sets this shoe apart. Lighter and faster? Isn’t that the message of every running sneak? Another video compares a volleyball player to a grasshopper and a tiger. The animal-athlete thing feels familiar.

This series does best when it’s bizarre. A soccer player dribbles his way through a bespoke “urban treadmill” and a block-breaking martial arts master succumbs to a squeaky shoe. While they don’t always get it right, Asics’ latest tests show that if an athletic brand opts to detour from the typical run faster, harder, be a superhuman strategy, they’re better off highlighting the character-filled and unexpected.

Credits after the jump.

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