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Radisson ‘Suspends’ Vikings Sponsorship; Will Other Brands Follow?

radissonDespite the “tsunami” of bad press that has begun to touch on NFL sponsors like CoverGirl via the hashtag #GoodellMustGo, we think it safe to say that most of the corporate names backing the world’s most profitable sports league will continue keeping the bench very warm until Roger Goodell does something that goes well beyond the poor management practices he’s displayed so far this year.

However, one brand did make headlines last night by becoming the first to drop its sponsorship: Radisson Resorts will (temporarily) suspend its relationship with the Minnesota Vikings. This move almost reminds us of the team’s decision to (temporarily) suspended running back Adrian Peterson himself when he was charged with abusing his son: the suspension lasted one game, and the team will allow him to continue playing while under indictment.

To answer the second part of our headline, then, the answer is almost certainly “no.”

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This Serena Williams Clip Looks A Lot Like The One Gisele Bundchen is Starring In


We didn’t need to see tennis champ Serena Williams working out to know that she does. But marvel folks — MARVEL! — at the arms, the six pack, the high knees… Incredible.

No this isn’t a Nike ad. It’s an ad for Beats by Dr. Dre‘s new wireless headphones. At this point, we know that Beats are the choice headphones for athletes around the world. FIFA literally had to tell them to steer clear of the World Cup. But it’s interesting that an audio company would choose to build these relationships with athletes rather than, say, putting lots of music stars in its marketing.

It’s particularly interesting when you consider that an actual athletic wear company chose to sign a model to its spokesperson lineup rather than adding to its roster of athletes.

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Gisele Bundchen Hits Back At Critics Of Her Under Armour Deal With Their Own Words

gisele under armourGisele Bundchen is one of the new faces of the Under Armour athletic brand, joining ballerina Misty Copeland, tennis player Sloane Stephens, skier Lindsey Vonn and others in the effort — called I Will What I Want — to reach a female market. The five-year, $25 million contract is the largest of her career so far. And an interesting choice given Bundchen’s career in fashion and beauty, with contracts spanning Victoria’s Secret, Pantene shampoo and Versace.

Under Armour announced that it was going to launch its first global campaign targeting women back in June. The $15 million effort is meant to help grow the company’s sales in women’s apparel. Under Armour sells $500 million per year in merchandise, about a third of it in women’s gear.

But there are some who are anti-Gisele for this gig, mostly because she’s a supermodel and not an athlete.

Gisele and Under Armour aren’t taking the criticism lying down.

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Aaron Paul TV Ad Accidentally Turns On Xbox Ones, Annoys the Hell Out of People

One of the coolest things about the Xbox One is arguably its Kinect voice command feature, so of course Microsoft would want to highlight this capability in its new ads — but apparently the demonstration is working a little too well.

The new spot features Aaron Paul of “Breaking Bad” using his Xbox One in all its voice command glory, but when Paul tells his console to turn itself on, he’s accidentally turning on consoles in living rooms everywhere. Xbox One owners have taken to Twitter to share their surprise, amusement, and, at times, sputtering frustration.

 

Intentional? Probably not. Interesting? Definitely. Mike Cannon of Tech Times brings up an eerie thought: if an ad can do this by mistake, how long until marketers start doing it on purpose? Read more

The Dockers ‘Dad Pants’ Campaign Works on a Few Different Levels


Father’s Day might be over, but the awfulness of dad pants lives on. To help remedy that, Dockers has its #StopDadPants campaign. And even better, the brand has chosen a big-name football couple — San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh and his wife Sarah — to serve as the face of this effort.

This campaign is a great example of a marketing and PR effort that brings it all together — spokespeople, sports, hashtags, advertising, etc — to speak volumes about the brand and reach its audience.

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‘Hip Spectacles and No Testicles.’ Meet the Furry New Face of Pet Population Control

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When we think PSAs about pet population control, we think 30-second guilt trips brimming with the sad faces of caged, abandoned animals and statistics that would make even the hardest heart bleed. But the latest spots from from givethemten.org and agency Northlich/Cincinnati approach this serious issue in an entirely different way; his name is Scooter the Neutered Cat, and what he lacks in virility, he makes up for in attitude and sheer smoothness.

In one of the campaing’s videos (after the jump), Scooter — in his deep, Shaft-like voice — shares insights like: “It’s hip to be snipped,” “I no longer mark my territory; it comes to me,” and “getting my berries picked didn’t just make me a cooler cat; it helped in the fight against feline overpopulation.”

We think this humorous twist on a decidedly-unfunny issue is actually quite effective; the problem with heart-wrenching PSAs is that people flip the channel so as to avoid having their entire day overcast by gloom, and thereby miss the message. This campaign, however, manages to use wit and entertainment to keep viewers, but also mixes in the necessary dose of reality. For instance, while the main page of the website amusingly offers a free T-shirt to anyone who pledges to “go gonad-free,” it also features a countdown at the top of the page informing readers that every twenty minutes, a kill shelter takes the life of a cat.

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It Might Be Spring, But Lorde Is Bringing Her Gothiness To MAC

lorde macMAC is giving us a sneak peek of the new lipstick they’ve created based on the dark, purple-y awesomeness that we’ve seen on Lorde.

Those who are following the latest in lipstick news already know that Lorde mixed two MAC shades — Heroine and Cyber — to create what we saw on the Grammys. (Also at the Grammys — finger dip dying, which is great.) Now there’s a full-on makeup line launch that’s starting with the lip shade at right that’s called Pure Heroine, which is also the name of the singer’s debut album. The collection, out June 5, also includes a liquid eyeliner pencil.

Lorde has clearly made her mark with an award-winning album, but it’s interesting that’s she’s also becoming a beauty icon. She’s made a point of actively rejecting the beauty rules that we’ve gotten accustomed to.

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Midlife Crisis? Ronald McDonald Gets Makeover and Joins Twitter

la-fi-mo-ronald-mcdonald-makeover-20140423It seems the 51-year-old Ronald McDonald is having a midlife crisis. He’s getting a makeover and a new wardrobe, and has decided to become tech savvy — all at once.

With all the “McFail” we’ve been covering lately, maybe McDonald’s decided it was time to draw the attention away from the negative news stories, and instead re-focus it on its brand’s beloved mascot. Or maybe the company wanted to reclaim its own spokesman after Taco Bell hijacked the Ronald McDonald name in its most recent breakfast campaign.

Either way, the changes are coming, and the fast food chain is hoping social media interaction and increased sales will come along with them.

The clown-like Ronald McDonald that the public has been familiar with since his debut in the 60′s wears giant red shoes, a yellow jumpsuit over a red-and-white striped shirt, and a flaming red wig. While the new incarnation will keep his clown makeup, wig, and comical shoes, the rest of his outfit can best be described as beach comber meets dress-down Friday meets The Warblers from “Glee”.

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Japan Chooses Pikachu to be Mascot of 2014 World Cup

Pikachu Named Mascot of the 2014 World Cup - IGNPlease, please tell us that when this decision was made, someone stood up and cried out with epic emotion, “Pikachu, I choose you!”

The Japan National Football team (or the “Samurai Blue”) will have some serious power in its pocket come the 2014 World Cup; Adidas, which designs the team’s uniforms, announced a partnership agreement with Nintendo that will make the adorably electric Pikachu the official face of this year’s team. Along with some of his fellow Pokemon like Charmander, Squirtle and others that appear in the recently released games Pokemon X and Pokemon Y, the globally-recognizable Pikachu will be tasked with sharing his “electrifying boost” with Japan’s best soccer players.

To make this branding partnership and cross-promotion complete, the team should totally take the field to this song, no?

Why Social Media Loves Domino’s Pizza (UK) and Perverts May Too

Domino’s Pizza is yum-yum-good-times food. A global brand that feeds millions of people its greatness. And then there are the randy misfits who enjoy the Domino’s brand for, shall we say, other things. 

Meet Lad Vigo, or at least, that’s what his Twitter handle says. Lad thought it would be a sage consumer decision to notify his favorite pizza chain in the UK that he just boinked a pepperoni and subsequently torched his uh, little sausage.

And the inexplicable conversation that ensued — all via Twitter — is so worth a delivery of the highest order.

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