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Droga5 Makes Fun of Wearables to Promote Motorola’s Smart Watch

We are thankfully NOT experts in account management or client relations, but as viewers we appreciate a company that can have a laugh at its own expense.

For that reason, we were drawn to Droga5‘s newest campaign for client Motorola, created to promote the company’s new “smart watch” line.

The first in a series of six sets the tone: playing on the “artistry” so common in timepiece ads with a bit of fleshy chat-bombing:

Five more in the same vein after the jump.

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Droga5, Nas Take ‘The Ride’ for Hennessy

Droga5 enlisted New York rapper Nas in its latest spot for Hennessy, entitled “The Ride..”

Nas‘ association with the brand dates back to his classic 1994 debut Illmatic, where the brand is mentioned on the very first track. He signed a deal with the company at the beginning of last year to appear in the latest iteration of its “Wild Rabbit” campaign, which finally comes to life with “The Ride.”

The 60-second spot channels Nas‘ own past with a re-worked version of the song “New York State of Mind” from his debut. Over Nas‘ recitation of the re-imagined lyrics he steps on a subway car and is seemingly transported back in time to the 80s, with time progressing over the course of the ad so that when he emerges from the car later, he is back in the present day. A newspaper headline reading “Panic on Wall Street” at one point signifies a transition to the modern era. It’s all very slick and stylish, with plenty of attention to detail lavished on the concept. The spot ends with Nas walking toward a stage after uttering the line “It was only right that I was born to use mics,” and the text “I tell the stories that need to be told” appearing onscreen, followed by the “What’s your Wild Rabbit?” tagline. Read more

Wednesday Odds and Ends

-The Drum explores education in the second episode of its “The Day Before Tomorrow” series (video above).

-GSD&M announced the addition of Shannon Moorman as VP/talent acquisition.

-JWT is turning campaign signs into furniture.

-Eric Kallman, Rei Inamoto and Ted Royer will headline the D&AD Awards juries in 2015.

-Minneapolis-based advertising agency Kruskopf & Company (KC) announced the return of St. Michael, Minn.-based No Name Steaks to its client roster.

-VSA Partners announced the hiring of Heather Torreggiani as chief marketing officer.

-A look at top YouTube brands, in six charts.

Droga5 Shares ‘Treats No Tricks’ for Chobani

Instead of trying to scare you this Halloween, Droga5 decided to go a different route for Chobani.

“We made a scary video,” reads the text at the video’s opening, set to ominous music, “this is not it.” The remaining 30-seconds are, instead, devoted to dogs in funny costumes eating Chobani. It’s cute stuff, to be sure, but we’re not sure how dogs eating Chobani are supposed to make people want to eat Chobani. But then the point is probably more to raise awareness for the brand with a video Chobani and Droga5 hope people will share on social media. The video will be pushed out on the brand’s social channels throughout the weekend, supported by social media posts and a Chobani sampling (presumably for humans, not dogs) at the Chobani café in SoHo. Read more

Droga5 Swarms Taylor Swift with Kittens for Diet Coke

Earlier this month, Droga5 released the spot “Car Wash” as part of its “Get A Taste” campaign for Diet Coke. Now the agency is rolling out a new 30-second ad starring Taylor Swift and a whole lot of kittens.

In the spot, entitled “Kittens,” Swift is playing with a kitten when she takes a sip of Diet Coke and all of a sudden there are two kittens. She takes another sip and there’s an entire table full of kittens, and before the end of the spot the entire room is filled as the singer/songwriter is engulfed in a swarm of feline cuteness. “What if life tasted as good as Diet Coke?” says text at the end of the ad, before Swift works in a quick plug for her new album. Since everyone with a soul likes kittens, this one is sure to be a hit. Add in Swift’s star power, and a preview of a new track featured exclusively in the ad until the release of her new album on October 27th, and this is all but guaranteed millions of views.

The ad was launched online today and will make its broadcast debut this Friday. As part of the campaign, Diet Coke is also giving fans a chance to win “concert tickets and a flyaway trip for two to an upcoming performance through iHeartRadio.com, RyanSeacrest.com and other sites.” The brand is also sponsoring Swift’s co-host appearance on “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” on October 30th, the first time a celebrity co-hosts the entire program as well as the first time it is presented by a single brand. Read more

Droga5 Gets Sarah Silverman to Become a Man for National Women’s Law Center

Droga5 enlisted the services of “writer, comedian and vagina owner” Sarah Silverman for a new spot addressing the wage gap for National Women’s Law Center.

Silverman introduces viewers to the wage gap issue, pointing out that over the course of their lives women pay a “$500,000 vagina tax,” before informing viewers that she’s becoming a man, since the operation is actually cheaper than dealing with a lifetime of income disparity. She then introduces National Women’s Law Center’s crowdfunding effort to raise the trillions of dollars American women are cheated out of by gender inequality in the workplace, to be payed back to each of them. Since the goal is basically unreachable, it actually serves as a fund raiser for National Women’s Law Center’s efforts, since they receive the money as a donation if (when) the goal isn’t reached. The video ends by directing viewers to EqualPaybackProject.com, which goes live today to inform visitors about the gender gap and accepts donations to the crowdfunding effort. It’s a clever approach, addressing the absurdity of the issue in a way people are sure to remember.

“Equal pay may not be a sexy issue, but it’s an important one,” Casey Rand, Droga5 creative director, told Adweek. “And it is absurd. Young women need to know what’s at stake. And we knew that to get them to engage, we’d need to play up that absurdity.” Read more

Droga5 Takes Diet Coke to the Car Wash

Droga5 has a new ad for Diet Coke taking the beverage to a somewhat unusual setting: the car wash.

A girl pops open a bottle of Diet Coke while going through a car wash. Instantly, the car wash is transformed, as a choreographed scene unfolds in front of her eyes. Dancers in yellow outfits similar to car wash scrubbers mingle with others in white bubble dresses, while everyone drinks Diet Coke (obviously) in a lavish, hallucinatory party scene. This enjoyable eye candy is followed by the nonsensical line, “What if life tasted as good as Diet Coke?” as the girl returns to reality, followed by the new “Get a Taste” tagline. The new ad, the latest in the “Get a Taste” campaign, will run tonight during Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy (a 15-second version will debut next week). Another broadcast spot featuring Taylor Swift will launch later this month. Read more

Diet Coke Moves Up a Class with Droga5

Ogilvy may be handling the Coke Zero account now, but this new Droga5 campaign for sister brand Diet Coke would fit the client well: it’s all about the flavor, see…

The “Economy Class” spot’s protagonist is a washed-out airline customer awakened by the unstoppable flavor of Diet Coke…until she realizes that the visions of shaggy dogs and upright bassists dancing in her head are just that.

The larger campaign’s theme, of course, holds that Diet Coke offers consumers a taste of “The Good Life.”

This spot will debut on Wednesday’s Nashville premiere, but it’s really just a taste…coming weeks will see the debut of two new spots, one of which stars Taylor Swift.

You’ll have to be satisfied with credits after the jump, though. The client included the second spot, “Car Wash”, in the credits and the press release but didn’t feel like sending the actual work out to press contacts.

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Droga5 Celebrates ‘Not Broken’ Families for Honey Maid

Earlier this year, Droga5 and Honey Maid celebrated families of all kinds with a campaign called “This Is Wholesome” that quickly went viral.

Now, the agency continues its celebration of diversity with a new ad entitled “#NotBroken,” a reference to the outdated phrase “broken home” that refers to families of divorce. As the two-minute ad points out, “More than 40% of Americans are part of a blended family,” so it seems odd that so few of them have appeared in major ad campaigns.

“#NotBroken” is constructed as a sort of two-minute documentary (it will also debut as a 30 second broadcast spot today). “Sometimes it’s hard to explain our family to people. I have two moms, and I’ve got two dads,” says a boy named Isaac at the opening of the ad. We then follow Isaac and his family, which is celebrated as well-functioning and supportive.

“At first I didn’t think there were a lot of families like ours, but now I realize that we aren’t that different,” he eventually concludes. The spot ends by inviting people to celebrate their own blended families with the #NotBroken and #ThisIsWholesome hashtags, which are sure to get some love.

So far, the “This Is Wholesome” campaign has proven to be a success for the brand, with both increased sales figures and Google searches for “Honey Maid,” as Adweek points out.
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Gisele Bündchen Stars in Droga5′s Latest for Under Armour

When Under Armour signed Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen for an advertising contract, she received quite a bit of criticism over social channels.

In the latest from Droga5′s “I Will What I Want” campaign, quotes from these social media critics are shown in the background (along with some support) as Bündchen tunes it all out and proceeds to kick and punch a heavy bag. She looks more like an athlete than a model in the spot, proving she has abilities beyond the runway. Her kung fu and yoga moves are also on display at http://gisele.underarmour.com/ — set to the backdrop of more real social media comments. While Gisele may have seemed like an odd choice for Under Armour, the collaboration works, even if it lacks the same narrative power as the campaign’s previous spot with Misty Copeland.

“We wanted to show a new side of Gisele—the unguarded, raw, real and brave side that shows what its like living in the public eye,” Droga5 Creative Director John McKelvey explained to Adweek. “To the world, most people have only seen her in a context of beauty and polish. But when we came to Gisele with the idea, she embraced the truth of the concept and its potential to be a positive message.” Read more

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