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Kraft Confirms Velveeta Shortage as Super Bowl Approaches (The Horror!)

2D11086829-shotofvelveeta.blocks_desktop_largeRemember that time Starbucks ran out of pumpkin-flavored syrup at the height of autumnal mania, and all hell broke loose? Well, imagine a similar scenario, except instead of coffee-seeking young professionals and hipsters, the angry mob in desperate search for seasonal foodstuffs is a rowdy group of football fans. With a just-confirmed shortage of Velveeta right before the Super Bowl, this doomsday situation could be looming in our imminent future.

At first, like all rumors of impending catastrophe (global warming, anyone?), the general public assumed it was some sort of media-hyped panic or marketing ploy. But, oh, how tragically wrong we were.

Earlier this fall, Kraft sent NBC News two different memos warning that customers should be prepared for limited supplies of Velveeta in the coming months. “We have recently moved our Velveeta production lines from one Plant to another Plant this summer,” read one. “During this transition we have run into production challenges.”

Just a way for the company to get people to run out and stock up on over-processed “cheese product,” right? Wrong!

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Super Bowl Highlight: Buying David Beckham’s Underwear With Your Remote

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At some point during this year’s Superbowl, David Beckham will appear on your screen in his underwear.

Do I have your attention?

Good, because for those of you with a Samsung Smart TV, it gets even better — thanks to the first television spot of its kind, you’ll actually be able to interact with what you see on screen…albeit, probably not in quite the way you’re hoping.

While Beckham models H&M‘s underwear line during the retailer’s Superbowl ad, presumably-hypnotized viewers will be able to purchase the product (the underwear, not the model) by using their remote to navigate a pop-up menu that will appear on the side of the screen.

But in a world of insta-purchases being made on mobile devices all the time, is there a place for interactive TV ads? Mike Fitzsimmons, CEO of Delivery Agent, the agency behind the ad, certainly seems to think so. Read more

5 Tips for Social Media Event Planning and Activation

Today we bring you a guest post courtesy of Cara Kleinhaut, founder of award-winning event creative, production and design agency Caravents. In the last few weeks alone, Caravents has organized and promoted events ranging from the Essence Black Women of Hollywood pre-Oscar week luncheon to InStyle‘s annual Golden Globes beauty lounge, the Playboy Superbowl party in New Orleans and a D.C. inauguration event sponsored by Target.

Here Cara presents 5 best practices and two case studies in effective social media event promotion and “activation.”

5 Best Practices for Social Media Activation at Big Events

  • Create a short, easy event hashtag. Be fun, relevant and clever when coming up with the hashtag. (Example: #MLKDay2013)
  • Showcase @handles and #hashtags prominently throughout the event on all printed materials, signage, screens, etc. This will make it easy for people to talk about your event on social media.

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Oreo’s On-the-Fly Super Bowl Blackout Tweet Steals the Show

For all the time, money and man power spent planning and perfecting Super Bowl ads, one of the most successful and brilliant acts of branding that occurred during last night’s game went from idea to execution in a matter of minutes–and cost a whole lots less than any prime time TV spot.

Oreo tweeted the below message at 8:48 pm last night, just after the power went out in half of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. As of this writing, Oreo’s comical, lightning-speed advert has been retweeted over 14,000 times.

So in a world of meticulously crafted, edited and reviewed Super Bowl advertising (like Oreo’s TV spot), how did the brand manage to get its incredibly topical message into the Twitterverse so quickly? Sarah Hofstetter, president of 360i–the agency behind the ad–explained, “We had a mission control set up at our office with the brand and 360i, and when the blackout happened, the team looked at it as an opportunity…Because the brand team was there, it was easy to get approvals and get it up in minutes.”

Other brands quickly followed suit with their own blackout-themed tweets, but none received the response that Oreo’s did.

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