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Budweiser Reimagines Iconic ‘Whassup’ Ad to Encourage Quarantine Check-Ins
To remind us all to keep checking in with one another, Budweiser created a new rendition of its classic 1999 “Whassup” ad, this time featuring a star-studded cast. NBA superstar Dwyane Wade, actor Gabrielle Union, Miami Heat’s Chris Bosh, two-time WNBA MVP Candace Parker and DJ D-Nice all chime in with the iconic refrain in the 90-second spot.
Midol Gets a Much-Needed Makeover to Appeal to a New Generation of Women
While Bayer-owned medication brand Midol has seen gradual design shifts over the years, it’s never had a truly robust update—until now. In a bold overhaul of brand colors, logos, messaging and imagery, Midol is looking to introduce itself to a new generation of women—and reintroduce itself to many others. The rebrand reflects the fact that ads for feminine care products have recently made serious strides toward a more authentic portrayal of what it’s like to have a period, and the culture’s understanding of femininity and gender has also gone through revolutionary changes.
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The NFL Draft Couldn’t Come at a Better Time for Sports Fans, Brands and Media
In the era of social distancing, football’s rookie draft will more closely resemble a Zoom meeting rather than its usual pomp and circumstance, but it represents the brightest glimmer of hope that sports will return to America before the year is out. Without any other American sports on the horizon, the draft is an enormous moment for the entire sports landscape, from the fans who depend on sports to the networks that broadcast it and the businesses that depend on the advertising category.
- Disney, which owns ESPN and ABC, said the networks had seen “unprecedented demand” from over 100 brands hoping to advertise during one of the first live American sporting events in over a month. And these brand sponsors have some ideas to make the virtual event fun—and a force for good.
Quibi Says Connected TV Casting Option Will Be Ready by Mid-May
Although greatly hyped new streaming app Quibi was envisioned as a mobile-only service, where users could watch short-form programming in either portrait or landscape orientation on handheld devices during “in-between moments,” the pandemic has sped up development of an option to cast the mobile programming onto connected televisions. CEO Meg Whitman says the feature could be released by mid-May.
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Meal Kits Had Their Chance. Covid-19 Gave Them Another One