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Meineke Rebrands With Help from Pitch, Robby Novak

For their first rebranding effort in 40 years, Meineke has enlisted the help of YouTube sensation Robby Novak, better known as “Kid President.” Novak is cast as Meineke’s “Kid Mechanic” for the new campaign “Drive A Little Smarter,” developed by Pitch, which features television spots, outdoor, print and digital marketing. But the rebranding doesn’t stop there, extending even to a new logo and uniforms.

The short TV spots — “Transmission,” “Oil Change” and “General Car Care” — are simple yet effective (and propelled by music from a certain Devo member).  “Drive A Little Smarter” (which also functions as Meineke’s new tagline) seeks to educate customers on how short-term maintenance can prevent long-term issues (and thus save you money). They seem to be built around Novak’s natural charm and funny facial expressions, with an almost off-the-cuff feel. Banking on Novak’s charm and familiarity seems like a pretty safe bet, after all this is a kid who has tacked up over 20 million YouTube views. Novak doesn’t stray far from the humorous optimism he perfected with his viral YouTube work for SoulPancake, and his familiarity should work to Meineke’s advantage, keeping TV viewers in the room when they recognize “Kid President.” Child actors can go from charming to annoying pretty quickly, but it’s hard to imagine anyone hating on the winsome “Kid Mechanic.” I’m sure the comments section will prove me wrong, though. Credits and second video after the jump.  Read more

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JWT Debuts ‘Brand USA’ Effort. You’re Welcome, World

Nearly nine months after picking up global AOR duties for the Corporation for Travel Promotion, JWT has finally unveiled its first marketing campaign for the government-created entity that was set up to help spur more international travel to the US. Dubbed “Brand USA,” JWT’s campaign for the CTP includes the above 60-second spot, which features Johnny Cash‘s daughter Roseanne and her song “Land of Dreams” and takes us through beaches, bayous and cityscapes that make Murrica, well, Murrica.

The tune’s a bit too folksy/hokey for our tastes, but it seems to fit the spot, which will perhaps resonate in international markets (advertising will initially roll out in the United Kingdom, Japan and Canada on May 1). As expected, all the social/online components come into play in “Brand USA,” including Facebook, Twitter and, of course, Pinterest. Well, was it worth the nine-month wait? Guess we’re already in the good ol’ US of A, it’s not for us to judge. Credits after the jump.

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