Are You Ready To Sing for Your Ribs?

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How many great songs have been composed about food? In Louisiana and Texas, every other song is about food. I’m not complaining—I eat it up. While food is a universal theme, it’s not easy for a brand to come up with the kind of tune that hooks listeners. Chili’s managed to do it two decades […]

How To Sell Beer: “Dogs and Horses, Horses and Dogs”

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Mason City Brewing in small-town Mason, Iowa decided to have some fun parodying “Big Beer.” The result is a low-tech spot featuring the things that those other beer companies use to advertise their product. Humorous and light hearted, yet in no way lives up to <sarcasm>the quality we demand as fine ad folk.</sarcasm> By the way, […]

VML Dreams Up Juicy Promo For Wendy’s Bacon Portabella Melt

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Wendy’s believes you’ve earned it. Earned what? Their new Bacon Portabella Melt. With the help of VML and voiceover artist Jon Bailey, the QSR came up with a neat way to engage customers around this new product offering. I haven’t heard the phrase “consumer generated content” in some time, or “co-creation” for that matter, but […]

New Feature Film from Red Bull Media House (One of 600 Pieces of Content)

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Content is not king. Red Bull’s content is king. Werner Brell, managing director of Red Bull Media House, made a rare public appearance at the Content All Stars summit in New York recently. Journalist and MBA, Dorian Benkoil, was there to speak with him for Mediashift. I joked to Brell that a toilet paper company […]

Laphroaig Scotch Welcomes Your Opinion In Socially Powered Sampling Campaign

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With Halloween just around the corner, Laphroaig Scotch is getting in the spirit. Let’s hear these unscripted, somewhat spooktacular, focus group responses to the unique taste of Laphroaig. To pair with the video, Laphroaig has also created a new cocktail to enjoy this Halloween. Laphroaig Trick or Treat Ingredients: 1 1/2 parts Laphroaig 10-Year-Old Single […]

Diet Coke-Fueled Taylor Swift And A Room Full of Kittens (Need We Say More)

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Cats rule the internet. But does the feline brand of cuteness transfer well to TV? Let’s look at this new Diet Coke spot, “Kittens,” developed by Droga5 New York for evidence. Filmed in New York City and directed by Keith Schofield, “Kittens” is the third TV spot for Diet Coke’s “Get A Taste” campaign. The […]

Colle+McVoy Wins Grain Belt For The Agency And Minnesota

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I used to collect beer cans as a kid. So, I know an iconic local beer brand when I see one. Old Style, Iron City, Olympia, Pearl, and Yuengling—with beers like these, who needs PBR? Now that we’ve established that, some ad news… After a competitive review, Minneapolis agency Colle+McVoy has been selected to oversee […]

Smile On Your Brother, Buy Him Some KFC Right Now

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Everyone loves KFC and America is a melting pot. Did I just utter two obvious boasts or present a miniature creative brief? In the following spot from FCB/Chicago, I believe the answer is both. Replay the spot, and you will see a body builder and a hippie chick coming together over fried chicken. Implausible? Not […]

Subway Crosses The Line, Bruce Turkel Throws A Flag #goodcall

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Miami ad man, Bruce Turkel, appeared on Fox to provide expert commentary on two new commercials: a sexist blunder from Subway and a spot from Domino’s that features a voice ordering app for pizza. Turkel rightly claims that Subway missed the mark. You don’t tell people to go on a diet so they fit into […]