New Movie Trailer: Collateral Beauty -Starring Will Smith

By London “The Branding Blogger”

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Today the new Trailer for Collateral Beauty was released and it has some viewers (including myself) scratching their heads on what the true plot of this movie is about.  Starring Academy Award nominee, Will Smith, it seems that he lost his daughter and started writing letter to the universe as a coping method.  To his surprise, his letter is answered by the universe and this is where the adventure begins..

Collateral Beauty Trailer:

 

Critics already are predicting that this is an Academy Award worthy.  What do you think?

Release Date: December 16, 2016

Genre: Drama

Director: David Frankel

Distributed By:  Warner Bros.

Screenplay: Allan Loeb

 

 

So Gone Challenge is the Internet’s Newest Sensation

By London

Move over Kylie Jenner challenge… A new internet phenomenon has 80’s babies excited to partake.  Let’s take a stroll down R&B memory lane.. Who remembers Monica feat Missy Elliot’s hit single, “So Gone”?

In 2003 “So Gone” became Monica’s biggest commercial success in years, reaching number 10 on the US Billboard  Hot 100 and the top of both the Hot R&B/ HipHop Singles & Tracks and Hot Dance Club Play charts

The “So Gone Challenge” is basically people all over social media remixing Monica’s classic rap verse. Celebrities  like Kevin Hart, Dwayne Wade, Chance The Rapper, and even celebrity plastic surgeon, Dr. Miami have all joined in on the online fun.

This challenge gained so much popularity, it was only right for the  originators of the song,  Monica and Missy to participate and remake their original verse:

 

 

Dwayne Wade So Gone Challenge:

“03 it was my Dream 06 it was my team”

 Chance the Rapper So Gone Challenge:

“I got the baddest chick on the planet.  She aint mixed but people ask if she’s half Hispanic”

 

Kevin Hart So Gone Challenge:

“Pool’s in the back full of Pee” -I’m so DONE! LOL

Dr. Miami So Gone Challenge:

“You can keep your Care Credit because I got street cred”

Why So Gone?

According to Vulture, the challenge went viral once Chance the Rapper spit an ode to his girlfriend.  When other celebrities decided to make their own versions, the challenge spread like wildfire and instantly became an internet sensation.

This Challenge was such a phenomenon, independent artists and everyone else were also compelled to join in on the fun.  Below are a few videos of some talented folks who also participated.

Independent Artist So Gone Challenges: 

 Shawni Ladawn (@shawniladawn) :

Part 2…

JZAC (@Jzacmusic):

 Commerce Sargent (@iamcommerce):

Mimzy (@YL.MIMZ):

 

Cashflow Harlem (@cashflowharlem) :

There are over 7million results on YouTube so far and  the clips are becoming more creative in every new upload.  So are you feeling inspired? Well grab a pen and pad and come up with your hottest ’16, upload it yo youtube and make sure to include the hashtag, #SoGoneChallenge!

 

Ciroc Introduces Their Newest Flavor: Mango

By London “The Branding Blogger”

 

Diddy does it again!  Just a couple hours ago, he introduces hi newest flavor to his premium line.  Ciroc™ Mango is now in stores. This newest flavor adds to the 8 flavors that are currently being sold:  Ten, Pineapple, Peach, Apple, Coconut, Amaretto, and the Classic Original.

 

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In 2007, Sean “Diddy” Combs partnered with Diageo in a groundbreaking strategic alliance to oversee and manage all lifestyle branding and marketing initiatives for Ciroc™ Vodka. Combs said he wanted to work with Diageo because the company understood that “I’m not just a celebrity endorser, I’m a brand builder. I’m a luxury brand builder.” Since collaborating with Ciroc™, Combs has heavily contributed to make this brand a household name. “They’re looking for something that tastes like their lifestyle,” he said. “It’s that trendsetter, that hipster, someone who’s looking for luxury and looking for something better.”

 

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Movie Trailer Exclusive! Finding Dory

By London “The Branding Blogger”

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The time has finally arrived for all Pixar fans and most importantly Ellen DeGeneres has been eagerly anticipating..  For those who may have been living under a rock (,like myself) Ellen is the voice of Dory and she’s been heavily pushing for a sequel for years.  Well the time has come my friends, where the hints were finally received by Hollywood.  Yes, the rumors are true.  Pixar has made a sequel to Finding Nemo and it will be out in theaters in June 17, 2016!

Check the exclusive trailer for Pixar’s Finding Dory

 

In Finding Nemo, Nemo was lost in the big blue and his father, Marlon made it his duty to find him.  From the looks of the trailer above, I speculate that Finding Dory will be about Dory’s quest to find herself by tracking her family down.

Since it’s release on Ellen’s page, the trailer has  over 7 million  views on YouTube and “Finding Dory” has over 17 million results on Google within .48 seconds.  Needless to say, there is a gigantic buzz around this sequel to Finding Nemo.

 

Release Date:  June 17, 2016

DirectorAndrew Stanton

Film Series: Finding Nemo

Production CompaniesPixar, Walt Disney Pictures

Story By: Andrew Stanton, Bob Peterson

 

2013:  Ellen Announces Finding Dory

ABC’s “The Muppets” Comeback & Immediate Impact in Advertising

By London “The Branding Blogger”

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Fall Prime time shows are back and ABC is making a vivid impact with bright, bold, furry creatures.  The Muppets are back and their new show has brought a lot of anticipation.  Rightfully so, created in 1955 by media legend Jim Henson, the Muppets is a revolutionary brand that is a treasured timepiece for generations all over the world.   Kermit, Miss Piggy, and endless Muppet characters stole the show and our hearts.  Coming in an endless variety of shapes and sizes, animals and er..creatures, each Muppet possesses their own unique quirkiness. In which, allows viewers to identify with.  It’s no surprise that Jim Henson’s Muppets’ absurd, self-referential, vaudevillian persona made them pitchmen who revolutionized the Advertising space in the 1950’s.  Brand ambassadors for Wilkin’s Instant Coffee and Purina Dog along with featuring in internal IBM training’s and various talk shows, The Muppet have a stickiness that’s attention grabbing. 
Originally aired in 1976- 1981 known as the “Muppet Show” and then revived in 1996 as ABC’s “Muppet’s Tonight”, was an Emmy Award winning prime time television series that included various skits, jokes, and a long line of guest appearances.  It was a point as a celebrity make an appearance and promote their next project. 

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This time around, ABC’s The Muppet’s are charged up and ready to put on a good show in a “Mocumentary” style bringing up modern topics around relationships,romances, and other human desires.  Developed by Bob Kushell and Bill Brady, it’s safe to assume that this show will not be a flop.  Bob Kushell’s satirical writing styles matched with Bill Prady’s contribution in the Jim Henson Hour, Muppets Classic Theater, and Muppet Specials is assuring and should put viewer’s at ease that they won’t fuck up a somewhat delightful childhood memory. Familiar felt faces along with some new characters and a new Twitter account made ABC’s a trending topic leading up to the show’s premiere.
Now the moment that you all have been waiting for -11 minutes of Promos & Spoilers in honor of this season’s Muppet’s on ABC.
With a little airtime from Tracee Ellis Ross, Kerry Washington, Ken Long, and a plethora of other ABC celebrity cameos, these commercials are incredibly entertaining.  It makes you wonder, will this show be a huge part in bringing back a vintage style of advertising that seemed to work so well years ago? Should we expect to see more cameos from these lovable, attention grabbing fabricated creatures?  Well it already has begun… In the Superbowl 2014 Commercial:  The Muppet’s hit the road and most recently a Lending Tree commercial, its obvious to marketers that Muppet’s are the secret sauce to an effective commercial.

TBT: Throwback (Brand) Thursday -The Nestlé Wonderball

By London

5b7a48cb8cb2f5bd1cf279c5d25c4b8bIf you grew up in the 90’s,  you had to have Wonder-Wondered what’s in a Wonder Ball at least one time in your life.  This American brand of chocolate was manufactured by Nestlé in the early 1990’s.  Originally called Nestlé Magic Ball, the product’s slogan was “What’s in the Wonder Ball?”   Nestlé co-branded with Disney where the hollow spherical chocolate candy shell was filled with candy and small Disney and Pokémon figurines.  The jingle then was:

“What’s inside Nestle Magic Ball? What’s inside the sparkling foil? What’s inside the sparkling foil? What’s inside the chocolate ball? What’s inside the Nestle Chocolate? What’s inside the ball and pop? What’s inside the ball and pop lid? Wow it’s Hercules! Wow it’s Simba! Dalmatians, or Aladdin. All from Disney. They’re hidden inside! A surprise in a ball, in chocolate, in foil in a box! What’s inside? What’s inside? What will you find in yours?”

Years later, under the management of Frankford Candy & Chocolate Company, re-branding through eye-catching packaging and a catchier jingle, this chocolatey snack is a fond memory to many late 80’s and 90’s babies nationwide.  Check out the clip below and relive your childhood with this blast from the past.

 

Sony Pictures “Concussion” Starring Will Smith Brings Light to a Deadly Topic Inside NFL

By London

Based on a true story, Will Smith stars in a modern day David and Goliath tale where he plays Nigerian pathologist, Bennet Omalu.  This Drama tells the story of an incredible pathologist’s journey as he discovers Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) that some football players in the NFL fall victim to.    Players who suffer from this syndrome suffer from Dementia, Depression and other Behavior Changes.  Threatened by what would transpire, NFL executives pull out all of their tricks to pacify Omalu’s findings.

Starring:   Will Smith, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Alec Baldwin

  • Original release date: December 25, 2015
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Genre: Sport/ Drama
  • Director: Peter Landesman

Food Packaging: Who needs it?

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By London

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We often overlook the importance Packaging plays in the Marketing Mix of a company but good packaging done right will never cause us to overlook the product in the grocery aisle. Food is a central part of our culture, so it’s no surprise that there’s been an explosion of great food packaging design to go along with the rise in food products We’ve scouted the web for what we believe some very unique food and drink packaging designs.

The cover of the container is multi-functional. Aside from being a cover, the handle can be used as a spoon to scope the butter.

The cover of the container is multi-functional. Aside from being a cover, the handle can be used as a spoon to scope the butter.

Thelma's Cookies: Ordinary packaging is turned into an oven with delicious treats inside.

Thelma’s Cookies: Ordinary packaging is turned into an oven with delicious treats inside.

The package has a picture of a man with an afro hair but the hair portion is transparent so that the color of the cookie gives the black color for the hair.

The package has a picture of a man with an afro hair but the hair portion is transparent so that the color of the cookie gives the black color for the hair.

Doritos comes with this ingenious diagonal packaging.

Doritos comes with this ingenious diagonal packaging.

Coca Cola's stylish cup design monitors the level of soda as the drinker quenches their thirst.

Coca Cola’s stylish cup design monitors the level of soda as the drinker quenches their thirst.

Friss Eggs three-dimensional packaging is captivating but the bare sides give eggs the risk of breaking.

Friss Eggs three-dimensional packaging is captivating but the bare sides give eggs the risk of breaking.

This is a simply gorgeous packaging design for a premium extra-virgin olive oil brand.  The packaging positions the product as a luxury ingredient, not just something to splash on a salad.

This is a simply gorgeous packaging design for a premium extra-virgin olive oil brand. The packaging positions the product as a luxury ingredient, not just something to splash on a salad.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smirnoff:  The bottle can be peeled, which gives an impression as if you are peeling a fruit.

Smirnoff: The bottle can be peeled, which gives an impression as if you are peeling a fruit.

Sharpie: The Permanent Mark on Brands

By London

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 Sharpie has always been a handy tool illustrators used to break down any barrier in the way of their Creative realm.  It’s only right that their ads leave lasting impressions keeping consumers happily engaged.

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The chisel, paintbrush, and canvas all made it on a page of an Art 101 book.  However, we may sometimes forget the critical role a Sharpie plays in a Creative’s career path. Sharpie received the prestigious 2012 TED Award for “Ads Worth Spreading” . Highlighting inspirational testimonies of designers storyboard scribbling success stories.  One video that soley an s emotional selling point is the flick with Sharpie Squad member Cheeming Boey,  a young Californian illustrator who grew up on a Malaysian bird farm and has found minor fame in the U.S. art world for his Sharpie Illustrations on Styrofoam cups reminding us that it can all start with Sharpie.

 

This video was one of a 3 video Back to school campaign created by Draftfcb in Chicago— starring quirky Sharpie users, who use the implements as tools of self-expression.

The second video stars Mark Rivard, who creates custom skateboard designs with Sharpies:

Erica Domesek, uses a Sharpie fabric marker to turn a pencil case into a purse:

CREDITS:
Client: Sharpie
Campaign: “It Starts With Sharpie”
Agency: Draftfcb, Chicago
Creative Director: Gigi Carroll
Copywriter: Troy Burrows
Producer: Kelly Durham
Production/Editing Company: Macula
Director: Shal Ngo
Music: Found Objects

The “It starts with Sharpie,”campaign soon probed the next evolution of a campaign,  “Uncap what’s inside.” This multichannel campaign includes new packaging and a newly redesigned website at Sharpie.com, which nicely showcases the work of Boey and others in the “Sharpie Squad.” The site also encourages fans to send in their own Sharpie-produced artwork for a chance to be featured on their website and YouTube channel

"Uncap What's Inside Campaign"  Sharpie's Poster Paint markers

“Uncap What’s Inside Campaign” Sharpie’s Poster Paint markers

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“Uncap What’s Inside” Introducing the Sharpie twin tip marker

"Uncap what's inside" Twin Tip Marker

“Uncap what’s inside” Twin Tip Marker

"Uncap What's Inside" Sharpie Twin Tip marker

“Uncap What’s Inside” Sharpie Twin Tip marker

 

Clever print ads were recently created by Miami Ad School students.  These images depict how behind every great ad, “It all started with a Sharpie”.

 

Macintosh's Meeting of the Minds

Inside Macintosh’s Meeting of the Mind

Perfecting the Playboy logo

Perfecting the Playboy logo

"It all started with Sharpie"  Rolling Stones

Doodling one of the most renowned logos for  Rolling Stones

 

These ads are but only a few of Sharpie’s extensive, intriguing rolodex of campaigns.   They  not only market the Sharpie brand, but also gives credit to the Artists who faithfully use this tool probably as much as they use their toothbrush!  The art department at Sharpie doesn’t just stop at their Headquarters -It is as infinite as there are artists with a creative Eureka look to sketch down their new work.

 

 

 

Klondike: Sex sells -Even for a frozen dessert!

By London
Originating from a Switzerland dairy farm in the 1900’s it seems as if Klondike is spicing up their chilly, dessert treat with their new provocative commercial. -Sex sells, even with ice cream!

From the “What would you do for a Klondike Bar” tag, the Good Humor dessert line has released a new alluring slogan “Best ice-cream bar ever conceived”

The newest commercial targets the male shopper’s adult-movie-addled brain as it depicts a milk chocolate ice cream bar and a strikingly tall and slender chocolate bar nurse. The visual blends real world assimilation and animation. Greg Smith, chief creative officer at VIA Agency made the statement “A ton of ads use animated characters. So we made the decision to shoot as much as we could in camera. The awkwardness of putting ‘real’ characters on ‘real’ sets and then animating their eyes, arms and legs made it different and it helped us stay true to the lo-fi vibe we wanted to portray.”

In addition to 30 seconds of chocolaty seduction targeted to the viewer’s taste buds, Klondike has partnered with CollegeHumor to produce a comedy series about the couple. The series also introduces “peanut” child of the two dynamic treats.

Klondike has evolved from the simple innocence of asking random people “What would they do”, to unlocking a whole new world of  Klondike’s expanded product line by appealing to the male buyer appeasing to their mature humor and sexuality.

Below is one of the original commercials debuted in 1983. An elderly reserved man is asked if he would make monkey sounds for “that chocolate coated ice cream”. Initially, he bashfully declines then after a second thought, he throws all of his personal judgements out the window and let’s himself free as he bangs his chest and performs his best imitation of our hairy primates.