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World Cup: soccer match and advertisers’ dream

The Zag blog took a short hiatus while we underwent some staff changes, but after Kelsey’s blog last week we are back up! First off, we have four new bloggers who will be introducing themselves over the coming weeks and it looks like I’ll be the first. My name is Lauren, and I graduated from TCU about a month ago with a degree in strategic communications and history.

Now, on to more interesting things…

Friday marks the opening of the World Cup, arguably the largest sporting event in the world. While soccer may not be as influential here in America, to the rest of the world, it is life.

I will be the first person to admit that I know nothing about soccer. Yet, as the World Cup draws closer and excitement/TV coverage increases I have begun to garner an interest in the event. Perhaps it is because I view the World Cup as another excuse to get together with friends, but I have to admit the sport is becoming more and more interesting.

Like me, it appears that marketers have also taken note of the influence the World Cup holds throughout the world. Thus, numerous companies have created ads to reach this diversified audience. The ads created for the event vary from inspirational to humorous, all in an attempt to grab the attention of the billions of viewers who will be tuning in.

Getting the most online attention is Nike’s creation, a three-minute ad directed by famed director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. In fact, they have claimed that the commercial is their best piece of advertising to date. Entitled “Write the Future,” the ad depicts soccer stars Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney and Didier Drogba envisioning the future after they save (or lose the game) with a single play. The commercial integrates scenes from around the world as well as some of the most famous people in pop culture, from Homer Simpson to Kobe Bryant to the “Elvis of Italy.” All in all, the ad is a pithy take on the effect soccer has around the world.

Write the Future: Nike

Another World Cup ad gaining recognition is Coca-Cola’s “History of Celebration.” It opens 20 years ago with soccer star Roger Milla’s celebratory dance after scoring a goal. What follows is a montage of soccer stars and fans dancing and celebrating on the field and in the stands. The ad implies that Milla’s liberated dancing taught the world to celebrate and to live. While a tad cheesy, the ad is a tribute not only to Milla but also to the excitement and joy that so defines the World Cup.

History of Celebration: Coca- Cola

Finally, Carlsberg Beer has created an ad that in their mind is the ultimate team talk. Staged in the locker room for the British soccer team, “Carlsberg Team Talk TV Ad” is an uplifting take on the locker room speech that will precede the most important game of the athletes’ lives. The dialogue pushes the men of England to “become immortals,” and to push the boundaries, to make all opponents wish they had never taken on the English team. This rendition of a team talk is a powerful mantra and while it is directed specifically at the English population, it still resonates with me, the American, amateur, soccer fan.

Carlsberg Team Talk

All in all, soccer fever is reaching an all-time high, and the ads that are circulating around the world only add to that excitement. Friday’s opening game is sure to be historical, only time will tell if these ads will also go down in history. Time will also tell if I can cultivate a true love of soccer. Well, maybe just an understanding of the game would do!

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06/10/2010 at 11:50 AM Leave a comment

Coca-Cola: A Different Kind of Brand

I remember hearing that the most commonly recognized word in the world is “okay,” and in second, “Coca-Cola.” I’m not sure if that’s true or not, but it wouldn’t be hard to believe. Coca-Cola is “a 67 billion dollar empire that sells its products in 206 countries and in the farthest reaches of the globe.”

I started thinking about the brand earlier this week when I ran across a documentary on CNBC titled Coca-Cola: The Real Story Behind the Real Thing.  If you ever get a chance to catch this documentary, I would definitely recommend it. Among many topics, it chronicled the company’s marketing history—including the iconic Santa Clause ads and the sheer chaos that followed the decision to change drink’s formula and name it “New Coke.”

The program got me thinking that although many brands have a long history, not many have a storied past when it comes to marketing. Since the early days, Coca-Cola has been trying to establish a relationship with consumers. One of the first initiatives was to create a uniquely shaped bottle with the intent that people would know that it was a Coke simply by touch.  Now, the brand will go as far as building top-secret labs that mimic shopper environments to research and test the motivations behind a purchase.

Personally, I consider Coca-Cola a lovemark of the world. A lovemark is so much more than “liking” a product—it’s a loving relationship with the brand.

Coca-Cola is one of the few brands that transcend global boundaries—the brand is a product all on its own.

In your opinion, what are other lovemarks of the world?

03/04/2010 at 4:23 PM Leave a comment

The holidays — a time for the timeless

For the company holiday card, I was posed the question, “What is your favorite thing about the season?” That’s like asking me what my favorite song or movie is, and that provokes two tiny problems. There’s either the fact that the list of holiday traditions is seemingly endless or that I really didn’t have a tradition growing up — my family is from Vietnam, it’s a surprise we even celebrate the holidays.

Though my familial traditions are suffering, there are quite a few things that make the holidays unique to me. For one, I will only watch the film “It’s a Wonderful Life” on Christmas Eve — I simply refuse to watch it any other day of the year. Another piece of the season that I absolutely adore is the timeless nature of certain brands. Like we always say at X.Y.Zag, we can make advertising pertinent to almost anything (except for maybe the CIA, or the Patriot Act — you can never talk about that, unless you’re prepared for the consequences).

My favorite example of a brand’s Christmas campaign that holds its own year after year is Coca-Cola. The brand definitely has some things going for them (i.e. nostalgia and its pinpoint execution of, for lack of a better term, holiday goodness).

What I find interesting is that Coca-Cola had three distinct holiday campaigns when I was growing up, each carrying a different time period and overlapping one another. In the end though, whenever someone thinks about a sensory-overload inducing Christmas caravan or fun loving, CGI polar bears, they think Coke.

First there is, “The Holidays are Coming” campaign. Long been a tradition for Coke, the campaign disappeared in 2001. It was later replaced by the cuddly CGI polar bears, and, strangely enough revived in 2007 when Coca-Cola cited numerous phone calls from customers saying the campaign marks the beginning of the season for many.

Next, here are the aforementioned polar bears. Back when the campaign was introduced, it was truly state-of-the-art.

And finally, there are the nostalgic print advertisements that feature Santa. I absolutely love these because I am a fan of advertising in the 50s and 60s, where illustrations ruled.

To me, these advertisements really do epitomize the holiday season. And because of Coke’s perverse awareness throughout the world, it’s easy to assume that these ads really do enforce the brand name.

12/11/2009 at 3:16 PM Leave a comment


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