We recently worked with Funny Or Die to create some branded content for Cumberland Farms. There’s a pretty simple formula for these things; start with a meat stick joke and write a treatment around it. Voila, you’ve got yourself a funny digital short that proves Cumberland Farms is the perfect place to get coffee, snacks, and tasered.
Motherboard recently detailed how British firm Cambridge Analytica used a sophisticated algorithm, big data, and psychographic metrics to help Donald Trump deliver tailored messages to individual voters. They got granular enough to basically allow canvassers to knock on doors with what amounts to an individualized creative brief for each unique conversation: information on the personality of the inhabitant, his or her political views, and how he or she feels about certain issues.
Last month, I enjoyed the Ad Club CMO Breakfast hosted by Google. SVP of Marketing for Planet Fitness, Jessica Correa, was the featured speaker. Drawing from her diverse background at companies ranging from Royal Caribbean to Carpet One Floor and Home to Planet Fitness, Jessica gave a clear perspective on what makes great marketing. She had three keys to success that especially resonated with me.
Take a scroll through Adweek at any given moment and you’re likely to see the names and faces of numerous A- through D-list celebs and the brands big and small that they are very excited to sign on and support. It wasn’t always this way; in fact, there was a time when a TV or movie celeb wouldn’t have been caught dead promoting a product in a television ad. But, with more and more frequency, celebs are tossing their famous endorsement behind brands from cars to fizzy water.