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Volume 24 No. 159

Marketing and Sponsorship

Calvin Klein and Colgate-Palmolive’s Speed Stick deodorant brand will make their Super Bowl debuts Sunday, as the brands “have each bought 30-second spots,” according to Tim Nudd of ADWEEK. The Calvin Klein spot will air “toward the end of the first quarter” and include model Matthew Terry. The ad promotes the new Concept men’s underwear line with a “man versus machine” story. The company indicated that appearing in the Super Bowl “is a ‘significant milestone’ in its evolution.” Meanwhile, the Speed Stick ad “continues the brand’s ‘Handle It’ campaign.” Set to air in the third quarter, the commercial “shows an imperfect man at a Laundromat who unloads a woman’s laundry to use the dryer -- and then is stuck holding her yellow panties just as she arrives” (, 1/30).

SOCIAL STUDIES: In N.Y., Stuart Elliott reports the “willingness” of consumers to watch ads “on social media like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube -- and to discuss and share them with friends and family -- is rewriting the Super Bowl playbook for Madison Avenue.” Colgate-Palmolive "uploaded the [Speed Stick] spot to the brand’s YouTube channel" yesterday. Colgate-Palmolive Integrated Marketing Communications GM Scott Campbell said company execs “don’t see any down side” to forgoing the “aha!” moment during the game. He said one reason the brand released the spot early on social media was it is part of “a campaign that was social from the get-go.” Elliott writes, “To be sure, priming the pump before a Super Bowl spot runs does not guarantee success.” Univ. of Rochester marketing and psychology executive professor George Cook said, “Pre-announcements can build up hype, but if the ad isn’t seen as dynamic, innovative or exciting, I don’t think the sneak peeks work.” Cook said that another risk is the "'message can wear out' before the game, lowering the return on the large investment in a Super Bowl campaign.” Running ads before the game “may also backfire if consumers dislike what they see.” Volkswagen, for instance, has been “fending off negative responses to its Super Bowl ad since previews began online on Monday” (N.Y. TIMES, 1/31).

SNEAK PEEKS: In Detroit, Alisa Priddle notes Ford has “released a preview of the Lincoln Super Bowl ad that arguably had a more interesting development cycle than the relatively conventional commercial that was derived from the public's suggestions.” Lincoln decided to “use social media and comedian/talk show host Jimmy Fallon to steer the story line of a commercial.” Fallon used Twitter to “solicit road stories from the public and then weed through them to come up with a story line.” But he “does not appear in the ad, and some might argue the spot lacks the wit one might expect from someone with his unique sense of humor” (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 1/31). In St. Louis, Lisa Brown reports Anheuser-Busch InBev is “giving a sneak peek to some of the ads that will make up its lineup Sunday.” A 30-second ad for A-B's Beck's Sapphire beer “features an animated fish swimming around a glowing red sapphire on the beer's label that serves as an introduction to the new beer.” The brand “isn't giving an early look for all its Super Bowl ads." However, the brewer's Budweiser Clydesdale ad "set to air during the game will be released on Friday” (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 1/31). MEDIA POST’s Tanya Irwin noted Century 21’s final 30-second ad titled “Wedding” will air “in the first commercial break of the third quarter and is part of a campaign with a comedic twist” incorporating the theme “Is there a Century 21 agent in the house?” All four of the company’s ads “portray Century 21 agents assisting home buyers and sellers during life-changing milestones.” The spots “will be seen nine different times throughout the day on Super Bowl Sunday.” In addition, Century 21 will “sponsor a full one-hour pre-game show and a video segment” to be aired on game day entitled "Home Town Heroes" (, 1/29).

CALLING FOUL: REUTERS’ Sue Zeidler reported Arab-American groups have “sharply criticized a Coca-Cola Super Bowl ad depicting an Arab walking through the desert with a camel, and one group said it would ask the beverage giant to change it before CBS airs the game on Sunday.” Coke in its ad “asks viewers to vote online on which characters should win the race,” but the online site “does not allow a vote for the Arab character.” American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee Legal & Policy Affairs Dir Abed Ayoub said, "What message is Coke sending with this. By not including the Arab in the race, it is clear that the Arab is held to a different standard when compared to the other characters in the commercial" (REUTERS, 1/30).

REGIONAL BUYS: In San Diego, Jonathan Horn noted Jack in the Box’ Super Bowl commercial is “airing in 46 of the 60 TV markets that has a Jack in the Box.” In the ad, Mr. Box's “days as a rocker are brought back to life,” with the chain “debuting his one-hit wonder burger, a take off from the band's ‘one hit’ -- Hot Mess” (, 1/30). In Indianapolis, Scott Olson reported Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance has “two 30-second commercials this year airing before and after the game ... throughout Indiana.” The insurer will run the latest installment of its “Stop Knocking on Wood” campaign (, 1/30). In Cincinnati, Alexander Coolidge reports Cincinnati Bell is “planning a major advertising blitz for its growing Fioptics television, high-speed Internet and voice service -- broadcast locally” during the game (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 1/31).

WEB PRESENCE: ADWEEK’s Mike Shields noted as “part of YouTube's fifth-annual Ad Blitz program, fans will be able to watch all of the high-profile ads broadcast during the Super Bowl on Feb. 3 on both Adweek and YouTube, and they'll also be able to vote for their favorite spots through Feb. 11.” At that time, the two partners “will announce the most popular ad from this year's Super Bowl” (, 1/30).

P&G's Head & Shoulders shampoo brand has signed Angels P C.J. Wilson to an endorsement deal that will see him promote the brand's new line of products co-branded with Old Spice. Wilson will be used in a campaign launching in March that will include traditional advertising, PR appearances and in-store displays (P&G).'s Rick Chandler noted Wilson joins an endorsement roster for Head & Shoulders that includes Steelers S Troy Polamalu and DE Brett Keisel, retired Olympian Michael Phelps and Twins C Joe Mauer. Wilson said of being an ambassador for the brand, “I was actually really flattered. I had watched the commercials with Joe and I’m really impressed with how good they’ve been. I’m looking forward to them, it sounds awesome.” He added, “It’s a lot of responsibility; for one thing I have to make sure I always have clean hair. Not that I look like a hobo regularly, but people are going to be looking at my hair all the time now. When I landed at the airport today I was herded into a room and aggressively groomed.” Wilson said of the reaction from his friends, “At the All-Star Game we all had bottles of Head & Shoulders in our lockers, and I was joking with [Derek] Jeter that we should have Joe Mauer sign them all. I’m sure I’ll hear about it: that’s part of it” (, 1/30).

Foot Locker this season has brought back Rockets G James Harden to "film a spot in which he trades his friend Maurice from his entourage" to Nets F Kris Humphries' group, according to Darren Rovell of The company worked with Harden last season, "including filming a commercial" with Thunder G Russell Westbrook in which Harden shows off his "tear-away" beard. The spots took some “creative license,” but Foot Locker VP/Brand Marketing Jed Berger said that the company “picked Harden for these spots because he's simply playing himself.” Berger said that Harden “also has a ‘big sneaker game,’ which helps him be authentic with Foot Locker's core consumer.” He added that the beard “is a nice added touch on Harden, but it's just a piece in the marketing package that he has to offer.” Rovell wrote as a younger audience “seemingly becomes more skeptical by the minute of endorsement deals, the challenge for those who use athletes in advertising has been this: Craft spots that come off as genuine, the real deal.” Harden “comes off as down-to-earth despite all the eyeballs watching him and fans adoring him” (, 1/30).

Spirit Airlines yesterday featured two rotating ads on its website that “mock” Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez as company execs "try to sell you plane tickets to spring training,” according to David Brown of YAHOO SPORTS. One ad reads, “Improve your travel performance! with our PEDs!” The ad shows a “blond in a bikini holding a bat behind her head” with the “No. 13 on the nub.” Another ad reads in part, “YOU’LL HAVE A-RODICULOUSLY GREAT TIME!” Brown wrote, “I’m not 100 percent sold on ‘PRICE EXTRAVAGANZA DEALS’ as another meaning behind the PED acronym” (, 1/30).

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