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Bud Light Reimagines Iconic Campaign in ‘Stay at Home Humans of Genius’ Ads
Following its “Whassup” revival, Anheuser-Busch has given its popular “Real Men of Genius” campaign the social distancing treatment in four new spots that encourage people—and not just men this time—to stay at home and, of course, drink Bud Light. The nostalgic campaign gives its geniuses the same classic soundtrack, the aspirational aesthetic and the deep, dramatic voiceover.
More Creative Campaigns of the Covid Era
- ‘Empire State of Mind’ Makes First Ad Appearance as an Anthem to NYC Healthcare Heroes
- Ford’s New Campaign Focuses on Its Role in Fighting the Pandemic
- Hendrick’s Gin Is Paying Bartenders to Toast Each Other on Social Media
- PBR’s First Campaign From 72andSunny Puts a Modern Spin on Old-Timey Advertising
The Latest Agency Mashup Is Dentsumcgarrybowen
Move over, VMLY&R, because there’s a new long-winded agency name in town: Dentsumcgarrybowen. The new creative entity, which is part of Dentsu Aegis Network, encompasses Mcgarrybowen’s various offices around the world and a number of agencies that operate under the Dentsu name outside of Japan. It will be led by global co-presidents Merlee Jayme and Jon Dupuis, who will report to Jean Lin, global CEO of creative at Dentsu Aegis Network.
- Also in Agency News: Duracell has named GroupM’s MediaCom as its global media agency of record across 32 countries.
How the Subscription Model Revolutionized the Way We Buy Perfume
In the past few years, fragrance subscription services such as Luxury Scent Box, Perfume Surprise, Scentbird and ScentBox have exploded onto the scene. The market for the services is large, worth $8.4 billion as of 2018, and it is growing: Worldwide, fragrance purchases were up by 5.5% last year.
Unlike other ecommerce categories, fragrances require consumers to test them out in store. But dissatisfaction—and now safety concerns—with that trip, not to mention the increasing decline of many traditional retail outlets, have opened the door for subscription services to proliferate. For a monthly fee, customers can receive a variety of travel-size fragrances in the mail so that shoppers can test before committing or simply wear an ever-changing array of new scents.
Advertisers Plan on Spending One-Third Less in This Year’s Upfront
According to a new survey, advertisers are planning on spending about 33% less than usual during this year’s upfronts negotiations—close to $7 billion of the roughly $20 billion usually spent. That’s an increase over what some ad sales experts had predicted last month.
Advertisers’ biggest upfront concerns include how they will reallocate spend if major sports events are canceled, whether TV viewership will decline again as shelter-in-place orders are lifted, how content gaps caused by production shutdowns will impact audiences, and what protection they’ll have given the current unpredictability.
- Also in TV and Streaming News: In its first television push, which kicked off during last night’s The Masked Singer on Fox, Disney promoted its streaming bundle, which includes Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu’s ad-supported tier.
More of Today’s Top News and Highlights
- Virtual Selling, Now on the Fast Track, May Be Here to Stay When the Pandemic Fades
- Even If America Reopened Tomorrow, Most Shoppers Say They Would Stay Home
- While the Number of Distressed Retailers Grows, Only a Handful Are at Risk of Near-Term Default
- Condé Nast Lays Off or Furloughs Nearly 200 Staffers
- With Travel on Pause, Airbnb Looks to Long-Term Stays
- Q&A: We Are Next’s Natalie Kim Shares How She’s Helping Students and Graduates
- Adweek Together: Advice for 2020 Graduates
Ikea’s Quarantine Campaign Offers 6 Ways to Make Furniture Forts
Created by agency Instinct, a new campaign from Ikea Russia includes a series of instructions for parents on how to make tents and forts indoors to create a sense of adventure for children cooped up at home as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Using Employee Feedback to Improve the Remote Work Experience
Kamron Hack, director of people and culture at Firewood, shared with Adweek that leadership at the digital marketing and creative agency have gathered feedback from employees on improving the WFH experience:
“We asked employees if they needed any equipment to optimize their work from home setups and arranged to provide the necessities. We surveyed to see if employees needed to adjust their schedules to account for child care, elder care, or any other extenuating circumstances and worked with them to find a schedule that works for everyone involved. Finally, we requested employee critique of our programs (meditation classes, fitness club meetings, happy hours) designed to connect people despite the distance so that we can continue the all-important human connection we need to keep our culture alive and well.”
More of the Latest:
- Democratic Senators Introduce Bill Requiring Airlines to Refund Canceled Travel
- D&I TBD: Nina Kossoff on What LGBTQ People Want—And Don’t Want—From Advertising
- The Infatuation and Dell Pivot Festival Partnership to Skill-Learning Event Series
- 10 New Marketable Skills Recent Grads Needed for the Covid-19 Era
- 1 in 4 Americans Want to Travel Immediately After Covid-19 Restrictions Lift