X-Men Love X-Tra Bacon

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One may need to employ mutant superpowers to take down the two X-Tra servings of bacon on the new Western X-Tra Bacon Cheeseburger and X-Tra Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit from Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s. The brands’ promotional tie-in with 20th Century Fox’s release of X-Men: Days of Future Past kicked off today with the […]

Consumers Salute Dr. Pepper’s 70s Flashbacks With Parodies of the Parody

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Travel to Dr. Pepper TEN with me and taste the Bold Country. As a child of the 1970s and a fan of John Denver, you can see why Deutsch’s 70s flashbacks appeal to me. Nostalgia is a trip. To evoke an authentic 70s feel, Deutsch made an effort to get the images to appear historic. […]

Find Your Inner Producer — Make Great Things Happen

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Ideas are a dime a dozen. Talented people have great ideas all the time. It’s the ability to act on the ideas and turn them into tangible works of art and/or commerce that separates the pros from the All Pros. This is one reason the meme “Every company is a media company” makes sense. Media […]

Can Brands Dance? Sir Martin Says Yes

Music moves people. Live music moves people deeply. The experience lingers for days, weeks, sometimes for years. Naturally, brand marketers would love to gain some of this attention for their own purposes, and increasingly they’re turning to experiential marketing to deliver. Which is why it is not surprising to learn that WPP has ponied up […]

No One Was Hurt During The Making Of This Invasive Advertising

Would you stand up for a friend? No, seriously, if a friend called in the middle of the night and needed you to bail them out of a poker game gone wrong, would you rush over there with the ransom money to free your homey? Carlsberg drinkers would. Will Burns, CEO of Ideasicle loves the […]

Do You Point, Shoot And Edit On The Fly?

Content marketing, and online video in particular, is the well we return to again and again. Because it’s an exciting new opportunity for brands, and for the storytellers they hire to weave their brand-sponsored narratives. Increasingly, brands are bypassing the agency option altogether, and going directly to production companies or media companies for content solutions. […]

Lots of Small, But Interested Audiences. What’s A Brand To Do?

With both YouTube and Hulu investing large sums in original serial content, there’s a sizable opportunity for brand integration, brand-sponsored content and an opportunity for content companies to be born and built. In Los Angeles today, the production community is well aware of the potential in video, but it’s not like the hits are rolling […]

Coke Zero Pops The Lid On Open Source Advertising

Dr. Pepper was once the soda brand orchestrating elaborate dance numbers. Today, Coke Zero that has people dancing in a campaign from Ogilvy & Mather Paris and the brand’s community of “doers and believers.” Witness “The Toe Tappy,” a new side-to-side toe-tapping dance created by American street dancer Joey “Knucklehead” Turman. With Coke Zero’s help, […]

UCLA Verus USC Verus Every Other Elite University in The World

Colleges and universities really ought to have incredible advertising to support their brands. UCLA isn’t quite to incredible with this new work from Philadelphia-based 160 Over 90, but they’re pretty far ahead of the pack, regardless. According to Stuart Elliott of The New York Times, the work underscores the growing presence of universities and colleges […]