Championship Rings Advertising’s New Bling Bling

Olson + Co, a Minneapolis agency with the Detroit Pistons on the client roster, has received four diamond encrusted NBA Champions rings, each worth $15,000.
Speaking to Adweek’s Tim Nunn, agency president John Olson joked, “They obviously lowered their standards as to who gets a ring.”
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In the five years it has had the account, the agency has built attendance with a campaign touting the team’s (and its fans’) blue-collar work ethic, even going so far as to make tickets look like time cards. In fact, the organization took to the campaign to heart to such a degree that the tagline, “Going to work,” is emblazoned on the rings of players and agency staffers alike.

About David Burn

I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. Today—after working for seven agencies in five states—I am head of brand strategy and creative direction at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.