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Monday Odds and Ends

-Nick Offerman, Louie guest star Sarah Baker, H. Jon Benjamin (Archer, Bob’s Burgers, Home Movies) star in this fake Home Depot ad issued as a response to the “robotic shopping assistants” at Lowe’s on Last Week Tonight (video above).

-Maurice Levy explains why Publicis is buying Sapient.

-Production company Blacklist and animation studio Golden Wolf “Drop In” with James Harden for Skullcandy.

-RSA Films announced the addition of Drake Doremus to its directorial roster for US and UK representation.

-Tag Creative announced the addition of Alexandra Press as director of digital business development.

-O Positive announced the addition of Brian Billow to its directorial roster for global representation.

-Budweiser unveils throwback holiday labels/packaging, “#holidaybuds” social media effort.

-LeBron James struggles to put Akron on the map.

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Friday Odds and Ends

-Adidas has launched an “NBA Swingman” campaign promoting its revamped NBA jersey design (video above).

-New York’s SS+K hired Anthony DeBery as head of creative services. DeBery, who recently played the same role at Saatchi & Saatchi, will be responsible for the hiring, management and allocation of the 60+ person agency’s creative talent.

-The Sweet Shop announced the addition of Tore Frandsen to its directorial roster.

-A group of female creatives at Duncan/Channon who were inspired by the 3% movement has launched a new website, thatswhat3said.com.

-Dieste Inc. celebrates Halloween with Día de Muertos versions of advertising icons.

-LeBron James stars in sponsored social campaign for Progressive.

-Check out this week’s must-see digital marketing stats.

-Five charts explain “Why people don’t like your brand on Twitter.”

-JWT Brazil, Mobilize and Mauricio Arruda Design teamed up to create Political Furniture, “A project to turn illegal political advertising into something nice for the population.”

Translation Presents ‘LeBron James’ First Home Game’ for Sprite

Translation recently debuted a new spot for Sprite documenting LeBron James return to his home town of Akron, Ohio.

Entitled “LeBron James’ First Home Game” the spot follows James as a driver takes him through Akron and to Patterson Park, where Sprite has restored two basketball courts. This footage is interpersed with Akron residents discussing how epic James’ first home game for the Cavaliers will be. James arrives at Patterson Park where a throng of excited fans follows him as he sits and watches a pick up game. “They say home is where your heart is. Well my heart is here, it’s always been,” James says. “This is my first game,” he adds, before telling the guys on the court, “I’ve got next.” (Good luck with that, guys.)

It’s an emotional approach, if somewhat muted from coming on the heels of R/GA’s ad for Beats carrying much the same message. Still, aside from the awful Imagine Dragons song used to soundtrack the spot, it’s well put-together and those not already feeling overly-saturated by ads starring James (he also appears in this recent Kia spot) should find it enjoyable enough, especially Cavs fans. A 30-second version of the spot will run during the Cavs first home game later this month, and Sprite has also issued “commemorative 12-ounce cans featuring James’ likeness that are available in Ohio stores,” according to Creativity.

David&Goliath, LeBron Tout Kia as ‘Fit for a King’

David&Goliath teamed up with NBA superstar LeBron James in its latest effort for Kia, which recently extended its contract as “official automotive partner of the NBA.”

In the spot, James emerges from the Kia’s new K900 luxury sedan at some type of glitzy red carpet event. The star struck valet stumbles over his words as LeBron tosses him the keys and says “Keep it close,” followed by the taglne “Fit for a King.” Entitled “Valet,” the ad is perfectly timed, breaking today on the opening day of the NBA season. It arrives as James rides a wave of publicity for his much-discusses return to Cleveland, which was celebrated in a recent Beats campaign. At any rate, the spot aims for a stylish simplicity, letting the ride — and LeBron’s endorsement of it — mostly speak for itself. Read more

Beats Celebrates LeBron’s Homecoming

Beats by Dre in collaboration with R/GA Los Angeles celebrates LeBron James‘ much discussed return to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a new campaign entitled “Re-Established 2014.”

The campaign is centered around a 2:15 ad crafted as a sort of love letter to James’ hometown of Akron, Ohio. The spot intersperses shots of the city, including signs in churches and movie theaters celebrating his return, with a shirtless James working out in an auditorium named after him at St. Vincent-St. Mary, the high school he attended in Akron, set to Hozier’s “Tale Me to the Church.” James wears Beats earbuds while working out, the only real nod to the brand in the spot. To add to the emotional impact, the voiceover is read by Gloria James, LeBron’s mother. “This is the city that raised you,” she says, “I’m so proud of you. Welcome home, son.”

Given James’ star status and the emotional tone of the ad, it was bound to attract attention. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the video has already received over four million YouTube views since its debut two days ago. Expect that number to balloon by the time the NBA season kicks off next Tuesday. Other, shorter supporting spots in the campaign highlight different aspects of Akron, LeBron’s upbringing and homecoming.  Read more

Friday Odds and Ends


-Apple’s “Pride” video features the company’s employees and family members marching in San Francisco’s Pride Parade (video above). link

-Media companies are building in-house creative shops to offer marketers. link

-Rap Genius raises $40 million, rebrands as Genius. link

-Brands react to LeBron James‘ return to the Cavs. link

-Twitter to brands: “Come to us if you want to reach fans freely.” link

-LeBron’s “good guy” brand makeover. link

R/GA Reveals Epic World Cup Spot for Beats

With the World Cup a week away, the barrage of World Cup-themed ads isn’t showing any sign of slowing down, and this 5 minute spot R/GA put together for Beats might be the biggest one yet. Indeed, as Adweek writes, the spot seems to “Out-Nike Nike.”

Entitled “The Game Before The Game,” the ad tackles the pre-game rituals of stars such as Brazil’s star Neymar Da Silva Santos, Jr. His pre-game ritual involves talking with his father, whose inspiring pep talk is the heart of the ad. Also featured in “The Game Before The Game” are Spain’s Cesc Fabregas, who kisses the ring he received from his girlfriend precisely four times; Mexico’s prayerful Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez; and Uruguay’s Luis Suarez, who kisses a tattoo on his wrist of his children’s names. Elsewhere stars such as Bacaray Sagna, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Blaise Matudi, Daniel Sturridge, Jozy Altidore, Mario Gotze and Robin Van Persie can be seen slipping on their Beats headphones and doing their thing. Tthe spot is set to “Jungle” by Jamie N Commons & The X Ambassadors and st times takes on the feel of a music video, which makes a lot of sense given the brand. Interspersed with the players’ preparations are fans performing their own pre-game rituals. This includes a slew of celebrity cameos, such as Lil Wayne, Lebron James, Serena Williams, Stuart Scott, and Nikki Minaj. Check out the spot for yourself above, and stick around after the jump for partial credits. Read more

Friday Odds and Ends

-Fresh off of his highly-viewed/widely-discussed appearance on Between Two Ferns, President Obama has now found a new, somewhat notable ally in his pitch for the Affordable Care Act: LeBron James (above). link

-Y&R Midwest won Agency of the Year honors at the 2014 Chicago American Advertising Awards. link

-Five days after Sbarro’s filed for bankruptcy, Quizno’s is following suit. End of an era for the former mallrat in all of us, we suppose. link

-Minneapolis-based Omnicom agency Martin Williams and hometown brew brand, Finnegans, will be rolling through town in what they dub the world’s first “reverse food truck” this weekend. link

-NYC-based digital agency Ready Set Rocket, which works with fashion/retail, CPG and media/entertainment clients ranging from Ann Taylor and Diesel to Fast Company and Live Nation, has welcomed a handful of new staffers. The new hires include
Sal Basile, senior content strategist; Amanda Roach, email marketing manager; Ben Luckadoo, digital strategist; Jana Hoffman, copywriter; Matt Mewtown, developer and Michael Craig, engagement manager.

Goodby Silverstein & Partners Ring in Holiday Season with ‘Jingle Hoops’ for NBA

Last year, Goodby Silverstein & Partners celebrated the holidays with their “BIG: Color” spot for the NBA, which they sometimes refer to as “Carol of the Balls” (sounds a bit gross to me.) Following on the success of that spot, the agency has put together another NBA Christmas carol for hoops fans, this time taking on the ubiquitous Christmas song known variously as “Jingle Bells” and “One-Horse Open Sleigh.”

The spot, “Jingle Hoops,” (the folks over at Goodby are undoubtedly referring to it as “Jingle Balls”) features five of today’s biggest NBA stars – Derrick RoseKevin DurantStephen CurryJames HardenSteve Nash and LeBron James – wearing Special Edition Christmas Day Uniforms and shooting hoops rigged with jingle bells, to a certain famous Christmas tune. Since the song normally ends with a shout of “Hey,” they had LeBron finish things out with an enthusiastic dunk. It’s a simple idea, well executed (personally I think they did a better job than with “Carol of the Bells” last year), that I imagine most NBA fans can appreciate.

Personally, I think it’s a bit early for Christmas/holiday stuff (Can we please wait until Thanksgiving?), but that’s a losing argument since the entire world has decided that November 1st (and sometimes earlier) is the proper time to start the winter holiday onslaught. Given that, the song choice is kind of appropriate, since “One-Horse Open Sleigh” was originally composed for Thanksgiving.

The Special Edition Christmas Day Uniforms are part of the Adidas Winter Court collection and will be worn by NBA players exclusively during Christmas Day games. Interested parties can purchase the uniforms online at the NBA store. Credits after the jump. Read more

LeBron Kicks Back with Family, Friends for Samsung Galaxy

We are now in the season of LeBron James commercials. He’s like Victor Cruz, only taller, better, richer, and not a Time Warner Cable lackey. If you happened to watch the opening night of the NBA season, you saw three different LeBron endorsements, including a new two-minute Samsung spot (:60 version with just the family after the jump) that gives viewers a glimpse into the family life of the best basketball player in the world.

If you care about such things, you may remember last year’s Samsung/LBJ launch, which also premiered on opening night as the Miami Heat were getting their first set of rings. That 2012 spot was more about LeBron and his friends ruling Miami in barber shops and ice cream trucks. This year’s version is all about LeBron and his family: his sons hanging out in the pool or on a driveway basketball court as his wife films from a Samsung Galaxy. ”The Next Big Thing is Here” flashes on the screen as LeBron’s son celebrates after swishing a jump shot. We get it, but it’s still fairly interesting to let two little boys take some of the spotlight away from the real star.

The spot is an easy watch, a relaxing tone that rubs off on the viewer. Life is good for LeBron, and even though I typically prefer product-focused ads to lifestyle ads, when the spokesman is one of the most famous people on the planet, customers may take notice. Smiles all around and credits after the jump.

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