Planters Pauses Super Bowl Campaign; How to Land Celebrities in an Ad: Tuesday’s First Things First

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Planters Pauses Its #RIPeanut Campaign—but Will Still Air Its Super Bowl Spot

After the death of Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others, Planters hit the pause button on its morbid Super Bowl campaign, which features the death of Mr. Peanut. The brand still plans on running its Big Game spot about Mr. Peanut’s funeral, but will not continue its paid efforts on Twitter and YouTube. The decidedly dark campaign is a gamble—death sometimes works (hello, Bud Knight) and other times doesn’t (hello, Nationwide child…and yes that’s two references to that child in two newsletters this week)—and what made it successful originally might also be its downfall. The campaign dominated Twitter last week, but Planters’ heavily promoted tweets about Mr. Peanut’s death weren’t a good look when juxtaposed against Twitter timelines filled with Kobe tributes.

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How Do Celebrities End Up in Super Bowl Ads?

One of the more fascinating stories we’ve produced about the Super Bowl is about the process agencies and brands go through to land a celebrity for the Super Bowl. This story pulls back the curtain on how The Marketing Arm, and Omnicom agency, helped secure 26 celebrities in 13 ads over the past two Super Bowls, including David Harbour in Tide’s iconic “It’s a Tide Ad” campaign.

Read more: Marketers explain how to best approach writing an ad with a celebrity, which breaks down into two schools of thought: write an ad so good that any celebrity makes it a winner or write a script specifically for a celebrity, but have a backup ready to go in case that script falls through.

Adweek’s Surreal Super Bowl Ad-Pitching Bot Highlights AI’s Strengths and Shortcomings

We’ve run previous stories about how AI isn’t coming for copywriting jobs yet, but our Super Bowl pitch bot has proven AI has a long ways to go before taking the jobs of humans. While the bot has produced hilarious pitches, it tends to go down a dark, insane path featuring apocalyptic scenarios (and an oddly high amount of robot uprising pitches). That said, AI is catching marketers’ attentions because of its potential.

Read more: The story explains what else marketers need to know before trusting AI to produce brand safe results.

Brands Mourn Kobe Bryant’s Shocking Passing on Social Media

In the wake of Kobe Bryant’s death, brands like Nike (his current shoe brand), Adidas (his former shoe brand) and BodyArmour Sports Drink, which he once co-wrote a campaign for, paid tribute to the Black Mamba.

Read more: See how brands across the globe celebrated the life of one of the greatest NBA players to ever live.

Related: Following Bryant’s death, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority opted to delay the launch of its new campaign, which would have kicked off a new slogan. One ad within the campaign did air during the Grammys because it was too late to pull the spot.

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