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Detroit’s Gamble Could Be the PR Move Motor City Needs

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Is this Detroit’s final bet for a fixed city?

Back in December, we brought you a story concerning the dire need for PR in Detroit. A plea to the public may be the only thing to rescue this once thriving epicenter of commerce and really fine music.

The government has failed it. The auto industry has failed it. And now the folks of Detroit are $18 million in debt with only one ironic source of hope — gambling.

According to the Wall Street JournalDetroit’s three casinos pull in some nice coin, which is what was offered as collateral in the 2009 negotiations with some big banks to secure lower interest rates on its excruciating debt. And that forces us to re-ask the same question: where is the PR?

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Expect a Lot of Sponsored Tweets and ‘Experiential Marketing’ During the Oscars

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Vanity Fair publisher Edward J. Menicheschi tells Stuart Elliott of The New York Times that “Oscar night is Vanity Fair’s Super Bowl“, and the mag will go all out this year to prove it.

The brands sponsoring the awards and the top two magazines covering them (VF and People) plan to stage “events” rather than simple advertisements or social campaigns. What will those events encompass?

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Dodge Durango Now Releasing Ron Burgundy Video Responses to Tweets

A few days ago, we told you about Dodge‘s new Ron Burgundy-inspired campaign, complete with Will Ferrell‘s reprisal of the much-loved role and his impeccable, befuddled delivery of classically off-kilter, Burgundy-esque lines.

Olivier Francois, Chrysler’s chief marketing officer, has said of the campaign, “Some of these lines in the commercials are so incredibly memorable that my hope is that they become part of the Anchorman culture.”

Now, in order to ensure that fans of that “Anchorman culture” feel fully engaged with the advertising, the campaign is releasing video responses to tweets. On Monday, Breeders’ Cup tweeted about how Burgundy underestimated the horsepower of a horse in the commercial where he compares the animal to a Duragno. In response, the campaign released the below video, in which a horse attempts to counter Burgundy’s argument with complex mathematics.

It’s unclear how many of these response videos we can expect, but maybe we’ll see our “Stay classy, Dodge Durango” suggestion appear in a spot after all!

Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy Now Appearing in Dodge Durango Ads

Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy Now Appearing in Dodge Durango Ads - PRNewserWhen Chrysler wanted to brand itself as the embodiment of the American spirit — coming from nothing, being put through the ringer, only to come out the other side better than the best — it released its rousing “Imported from Detroit” ad featuring Eminem’s “Lose Yourself.” When the company wanted to hammer that “Americans are tough” point home again, it hired Clint Eastwood to narrate its gritty, inspiring “Halftime” spot. Now, the same company has announced a new spokesman for its Dodge line — star of the raunchy comedy “Anchorman”, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell).

So… we can only deduce that the new branding message is less “Rah Rah America!” and more of an attempt to prove once and for all that the Dodge Durango is the Sex Panther of cars?

Not exactly.

“He is very much like Dodge. He is unapologetic. He is irreverent. He has a great deal of attitude,” Olivier Francois, Chrysler’s chief marketing officer, told the Free Press. “People think they already know the Durango, so then you have to be twice as engaging in a marketing campaign,” said Francois. “What could be more engaging and entertaining … than to explain all of the new technology and features through the eyes of a guy who comes from the ’70s?” Read more

Chrysler CEO Contradicts Romney Outsourcing Ad

We’re all a little obsessed with the after-effects of Hurricane Sandy right now, but our last post reminded us that there will be an election one week from today—and that its winner will be the nation’s next president.

The latest election-related PR news centers on Ohio, a land forever competing with Florida for “most important state in the nation” status. Here’s our (very quick) summary of the moment’s hottest topic:

The 2009 government bailout of the auto industry affected an estimated 1 in 8 Ohio natives’ jobs, and Mitt Romney understandably wants to convince these voters that President Obama didn’t help them out at all (and encourage them to forget that he wrote an op-ed arguing against government intervention on the auto industry’s behalf).

In an effort to turn the issue to its advantage, the Romney campaign created an ad playing off Chrysler/Fiat’s plans to begin manufacturing more of its iconic Jeeps in China, which happens to be the world’s fastest-growing automobile market.

The ad implies that these new overseas manufacturing operations will come at the expense of American jobs and vaguely pins responsibility for the supposed job loss on President Obama. The general response within Ohio has been swift and decisive—nearly every significant local paper (even those papers whose editors endorsed Mr. Romney) questioned the ad’s accuracy  this week. Some pundits now speculate that the campaign’s bold move could amount to a PR fail.

Today brought the most decisive statement on the issue to date:

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Eastwood on Chrysler Ad: ‘The Spin Stops With You Guys’

Political conservatives who should’ve been paying attention to the game instead of the ads got themselves all fired up over an imagined conspiracy theory about the Chrysler/Clint Eastwood ad that ran during the Super Bowl.

Karl Rove said he was “offended” by the ad, with others on his side of the political spectrum backing up his claims that the clip is an endorsement of President Obama and the auto bailouts.

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Auto Companies, M.I.A., Twitter (And the Giants) Among the Big Super Bowl Winners

According to nearly two-thirds of  PRNewser poll takers, this year’s Volkswagen ad won’t create more buzz than last year’s “The Force.” Today, many are declaring the car ads the overall winners of last night’s Super Bowl advertising showdown, though it looks like Acura, Honda, and Chrysler, which used Clint Eastwood’s famous rasp to send its emotional message about a strong Detroit, are getting special top honors.

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Oops of the Day, Part Deux

Yesterday, it was a CNN snafu. Today, Chrysler has apologized for a tweet that went out with the F-word.

Jalopnik has an image of the original tweet, which has since been deleted. It said: “I find it ironic that Detroit is known as the#motorcity and yet no one here knows how to fucking drive.” That is ironic!

A follow-up tweet from Chrysler says the company’s account was “compromised” and it  is “taking steps to resolve it.” According to Mashable, someone from the automaker’s social media firm was canned. Now that person has two reasons to drop the F-bomb.

Update: Jalopnik is reporting that Chrysler has fired its social media firm New Media Strategies. The firm fired the person responsible for the F-bomb tweet yesterday. Chrysler will not be renewing its contract with NMS over the matter.