Friday, September 30, 2022

15976: Electric Car Charging Stations Brand Needs Energy.

Confessions of a Petroholic”—a podcast miniseries for Fastned from the Netherlands—takes a long, winding road to promote adopting electric vehicles. Creating a loose connection between driving cars and alcoholism is typically frowned upon. Although any frowns in this case are the result of recognizing a mediocre and contrived concept.


The Fastned brand is progressive. This campaign is not—it’s a car wreck.


Thursday, September 29, 2022

15975: Purple Reign.


Advertising Age and Adweek reported that M&M’s introduced its first new character in a decade—Purple—and pushed DE&I via the female peanut M&M voiced by Amber Ruffin. The newbie actually represents multiple levels of progressiveness, including… oh, never mind.


How many more decades before M&M’s and Mars show greater DE&I progressiveness versus exclusively partnering with White advertising agencies?


Wednesday, September 28, 2022

15974: Forget If Your Agency Is On Fire—Fire Consultancies.


Gee, this consultancy message must resonate with advertising agencies in Southern California.

15973: The Gate To 150 Years Of Exclusivity…?


AgencySpy posted about The Gate—a firm boasting to be the second oldest White advertising agency in the United States. To commemorate its 150th anniversary, “The Gate Apology Tour” presents painfully lame videos seeking to make amends with former clients. Sorry, apology not accepted.


Interestingly enough, a peek at The Gate leadership shows that—in terms of diversity—the place appears to be at least 150 years behind the times. And that’s sorry.


Tuesday, September 27, 2022

15972: Proof That When You Fight Yourself, You Lose.


This GeloMyrtol campaign from Lithuania—which includes TV commercials—should have been knocked out in the concept round. Ditto the responsible creative team. The work demonstrates once again that pharmaceutical advertising globally sucks.


15971: Champion Deserves To Play With Champs, Yet Settles For Chumps.


Adweek reported on a new campaign from Champion that hypes the brand as inventor of the hoodie. Sorry, but this does not feel like an accomplishment to tout for motivating consumer interest. A competent planner—and decent advertising agency—might have devised a better game plan. Besides, it’s tough to call out hoodies without thinking of Trayvon Martin, no?


Champion Invented the Hoodie Nearly 100 Years Ago. Now It's Ready to Talk About It


The brand is looking toward the future as it seeks to engage Gen Z consumers


By Leslie Blount


Champion is calling an audible on its penchant for modesty.


For the launch of its “Be Your Own” campaign, the centenarian athleticwear brand proudly proclaims “Champion invented the hoodie,” the wardrobe staple that’s transcended sports into music, fashion and popular culture since it was created by the brand’s founding family more than 80 years ago.


A new spot—produced by agency partner Energy BBDO—is slated to debut on ESPN during the Ohio State vs. Notre Dame football game on Sept. 3 and features a diverse cast modeling a colorful array of hoodie styles.


Amid quick cuts of the models playing various sports, the narrator channels his inner hype man to inform the wearer “we invented that,” before declaring they ultimately “make it their own” by wearing it.


In addition to ESPN, the campaign will run on linear TV, online and streaming video, in-store displays and across the brand’s social media channels.


While many brands might use archival footage to present receipts documenting historic achievements, Champion vp of global marketing John Shumate said the goal was to look toward the future.


“We wanted to reach a young consumer,” Shumate told Adweek. “Our data points revealed that [we were] skewing a little bit older. And we wanted to connect with that 14- to 24-year-old. We wanted to let the younger audience know that the hoodies they were wearing were developed and innovated and originated by the Champion brand.”


Shumate—who joined the brand a little over a year ago after stints with PepsiCo, MGM Resorts and sports teams including the Miami Dolphins and the Orlando Magic—acknowledged that millennial and Gen Z consumers may not be as familiar with the brand’s history, but they are digitally native, which presented an opportunity to challenge them to get to know the brand better—and to engage with it.


“This [campaign] is really just to grab attention, really have the energy. Get people excited and thirsty and hungry for more,” he said.


He describes this particular campaign as long overdue. “We have a very rich and strong heritage,” he added. “But one of the key things we realized is that we’re not telling anyone about it. We want to do a better job of storytelling.”


That’s in part because the word “champion” is typically associated with success, and the brand is looking to broaden that definition.


“We all know that there’s more to life than just winning,” Shumate said. “It’s about playing the game. It’s about the effort in the things that you did to be the best person, and sometimes it’s just going out and just doing your best.”


Legacy brand(ed)


Originally founded in 1919 in Rochester, N.Y., as the Knickerbocker Knitting Mills, the company was renamed Champion in the early 1920s when brothers William and Abe Feinbloom inherited the business and transitioned it from producing traditional knitted goods to heavy wool knit sweaters that protected outdoor workers from brutal Northeastern winters.


The sweaters would later become popular at military academies, before the brothers expanded their product assortment to include athleticwear and began selling directly to college athletes and coaches.


Those relationships led to the creation of the hoodie, which was designed in the 1930s through the input of athletes who wanted a warm-up garment to wear while sitting on the sidelines between games and practice sessions.


It was also in the ‘30s when the brand revolutionized the flocking process, which allows college logos and screen-printed letters and numbers to be added onto jerseys and other apparel.


In fact, the Museum of Modern Art in New York acquired one of the brand’s oxford grey Reverse Weave hoodies from the ‘80s for its permanent collection of society-impacting fashion items in 2017.


“A lot of collegiate students get introduced to the Champion brand in the college bookstores with our Reverse Weave product,” said Shumate, who called it “the O.G.” of the brand.


“We’re a 100-year-old-plus brand, and we’re really trying to establish ourselves for the next hundred years,” he added.


Still in the game


In addition to celebrating the upcoming 70th anniversary of the Reverse Weave hoodie, Champion also has partnerships in the works with Disney and upscale street fashion retailer Social Status, with whom it is collaborating to design an HBCU capsule collection.


The brand was also featured in a challenge on Amazon Prime’s reality fashion competition series Making the Cut, which Shumate said resulted in strong online sales for both Amazon and Champion.


But sports are indisputably Champion’s specialty.


The company recently expanded its partnership with the Premier Lacrosse League to include the uniforms worn on the field during play, and will continue to work with high schools and small college athletic programs. In the coming weeks, the brand will also launch a page dedicated to merchandise designed exclusively for its college and university partners.


For Shumate and the brand, it all falls under a mission to bring community, comfort, celebration—and fun—to whoever makes Champion products their own.


“Champion is an authentic athleticwear brand,” he said. “[The Feinbloom brothers] came to the United States and really changed the game. They put the consumer first. And we want to continue to do that.”

Monday, September 26, 2022

15970: Projecting The Future For White Women In Corporate America.


Project Management is the new training ground for future CEOs…? Yep, and White women will land waaaaay more of the top positions before racial and ethnic minorities.

Sunday, September 25, 2022

15969: Back To The Future With WPP.


The WPP Future Readiness Academies learning program has launched. Whoop-dee-damn-doo. Can’t help but think this outsourced offering constitutes a new form of divershitty. Hell, are employees at the White holding company even equipped for present-day readiness?


Saturday, September 24, 2022

15968: The Death And Abandonment Of Creativity.


Surviving the death of the White creative agency is easy—just partner with a consultancy that appears to be completely devoid of creativity. Okay, sounds good.