Top 100 Gadgets Trends in February – From Wireless Hybrid Earbuds to Stress-Relieving Hearing Aids (TOPLIST)

(TrendHunter.com) Like always, the February 2023 gadgets list spotlights innovations that are designed to make the lives of consumers easier and even more pleasant. Health and convenience are often top of mind for…

Top 50 Home Trends in February – From Luxury Weighted Blankets to Single Unit Washer-Dryers (TOPLIST)

(TrendHunter.com) These February 2023 home innovations range from luxe weighted blankets to contemporary single unit washer-dryers.

With CES 2023 wrapping up last month in Las Vegas, the world’s most…

Top 45 Fashion for Men Trends in February – From Transformational Backpacks to Custom Shoe Services (TOPLIST)

(TrendHunter.com) These February 2023 fashion for men innovations range from ultra-functional backpacks to custom footwear design services.

While the côte&ciel Adria Infinity Black backpack boasts a…

L.A. Angels score jersey patch sponsorship amid slow market for sports branding

Glut of opportunities, economic fears chill lucrative deals.

Unicorns & Unicorns Launches Into 2023 With New East Coast Reps & List of 2022 Awards + Accolades

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Independent reps Bobby Rowe and Sabrina Mehar joined forces last December to create the duo now known as Thick and Thin.

Avocados From Mexico axes its ChatGPT Super Bowl ad plans

The produce marketer will not move forward with generative AI in the Big Game. 

Ukrainian Ad Agency Turns Bulletproof Vest Plates Into Art

As the war for Ukraine reaches a year, the country’s advertising industry is continuing to produce creative ideas that help Ukraine’s economic situation and its defense against Russian invasion. The latest example comes from the McCann Kyiv team, alongside volunteer movement Ukraine for Heroes. They have produced a project that brings together art and the…

Messenger: How to See All of the Pinned Messages in a Chat

Messenger allows users to pin messages in conversations so they can easily reference them again in the future. As multiple messages are pinned in a conversation over time, users can view all of the pinned messages in the chat in a single place. Our guide will show you how to view all of the pinned…

Instagram: How to Use the Black History Month Chat Theme

To celebrate Black History Month, Instagram released a Black History Month chat theme that adds textile patterns created by Hadiya Williams to conversations. Our guide will show you how to use the Black History Month chat theme in the Instagram mobile application. Note: These screenshots were captured in the Instagram app on iOS. Also note,…

Super Bowl 2023: Sylvester Stallone escala a própria cara em comercial do Paramount+

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Muitas lendas envolvem o famoso logo da Paramount Pictures desde a sua fundação, em 1914. Alguns dizem que a montanha foi inspirada apenas por um rabisco feito pelo produtor William Wadsworth Hodkinson. Outras dizem que o logo foi desenhado para imitar as montanhas de Utah. Na versão live-action do logo, só pode ser a Artesonraju …

Leia Super Bowl 2023: Sylvester Stallone escala a própria cara em comercial do Paramount+ na íntegra no B9.

Super Bowl 2023: Bud Light mostra que até a música de espera do SAC pode ser momento de curtir

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Bud Light ficou conhecida no Super Bowl pelos comerciais escrachados e cheios de humor. A marca, porém, inaugurou uma nova plataforma de comunicação desde que contratou a agência Anomaly, no ano passado. Agora Bud Light – que não pretende abrir mão completamente do humor – apresenta o conceito “Easy To Drink, Easy To Enjoy”. Em …

Leia Super Bowl 2023: Bud Light mostra que até a música de espera do SAC pode ser momento de curtir na íntegra no B9.

ESPN’s ‘This Is SportsCenter’ Spot With Olympian Sydney McLaughlin Is Pure Gold

Sports fans’ favorite campaign is back with a new ad–this time starring Olympic gold medalist Sydney McLaughlin and SportsCenter anchor Hannah Storm. The latest spot in ESPN’s iconic “This Is SportsCenter” campaign, titled “Seconds,” will make its linear debut on Saturday on ESPN during the Duke and UNC men’s basketball game, tipping off at 6:30…

Adnatomy: ESPN Revives Its Iconic ‘This Is SportsCenter’ Campaign

When ESPN brought the fan-favorite “This Is SportsCenter” ads in-house in 2017, it didn’t expect a pandemic to force the campaign to go dormant two years later. Now, with the help of new creative partner Arts & Letters, “This Is SportsCenter” is officially back with four spots–shot in a single day at ESPN headquarters in…

Amy Schumer, Doja Cat and Giannis Antetokounmpo Need Some Photo Help in Google’s Super Bowl Ad

Google is in the Super Bowl with an ad promoting the photo editing features of its Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro smartphones, featuring comedian Amy Schumer, rapper Doja Cat and NBA All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo. The 90-second spot will be released next week. It will run during the second quarter and promote the phone’s ability…

Super Bowl alert: A QR code blitz is coming and brands get married—plus, what exactly is the ROI of a Big Game ad?

Ad Age is counting down to Super Bowl LVII. In the days leading up to the game, which will air on Fox on Feb. 12, Ad Age is bringing you breaking news, analysis and first looks at the high-stakes, Big Game commercials—all in our Super Bowl newsletter. Sign up right here to get them via email.

Cracking the code

“Marketers haven’t ruined QR codes yet. America is ready for them this year.” That is what Nick Miaritis, executive VP of client services at agency VaynerMedia, told Ad Age this week while predicting that half the Super Bowl ads this year will have the codes.

It begs the question(s): How much is too much? Will the QR code blitz be too much for viewers? Really, how much scanning will people do while they are drinking beer and eating chicken wings? The key, Miaritis suggests, is to make them useful, tied to giveaways and whatnot. That seems to be the approach Michelob Ultra and Netflix are taking with their joint Super Bowl ad released this week, which includes a QR code that offers an early viewing of the first episode of Netflix’s “Full Swing” golf docuseries.

Check out Ad Age’s Super Bowl blog for real-time Big Game updates.

Collaboration nation

Speaking of brand tie-ups, there are plenty of them in this year’s game, including Molson Coors hooking up with DraftKings and Netflix joining forces with both Michelob Ultra and General Motors. The streamer won’t be airing a separate ad as it seeks attention via shout-outs in the ads from the beer brand and the automaker.

Read more here about GM’s deal, which includes an agreement to put the automaker’s vehicles in Netflix shows. While it sounds like good old-fashioned product placement, execs pushed back on that phrase at a media briefing this week, calling it a “strategic alliance.” Sure, but money is surely changing hands, although neither company will reveal who is paying for what.

Plus: Inside the Super Bowl’s hottest ad trend—brand partnerships

Serena times two

Serena Williams has been a go-to star for advertisers for years, including in the Super Bowl. For this year’s game, she is starring in not one, but two alcohol ads—one for Michelob Ultra and another for French cognac brand Rémy Martin. While these are two very different brands, they could be considered competitors at some level, which made us wonder if either brand had an issue with this. A Rémy exec did not directly respond to a question about this but noted Williams was the liquor ad’s “singular star.” In Ultra’s “Caddyshack”-themed spot she is part of a larger cast that also includes actor Brian Cox, basketball players Nneka Ogwumike and Jimmy Butler, and soccer star Alex Morgan, among others. Ultra has not responded to a question about the Rémy ad.

See the Super Bowl teasers released so far

Finding the ROI

For advertisers, the game behind the Big Game is making sure their expensive ads pay off. And the key to getting the most bang for the buck is what you do beyond the ad itself. “While having a spot in the Super Bowl now costs about $7 million per 30 seconds, the real media value in Big Game advertising comes from how the spot is amplified across a variety of channels,” Jed Meyer, senior VP, Media Domain at Kantar stated in a report this week. According to Kantar, 2022 Super Bowl ads delivered an average ROI of $4.60 per dollar spent, “with ads for T-Mobile, Verizon, AT&T, Disney+, Sam’s Club, and General Motors achieving the best results.”

For a behind-the-scenes look at Super Bowl ad planning, check out Ad Age’s Super Bowl Playbook event on Feb. 7. It will feature brand leaders and agency execs behind the ads. Register here for the virtual event.

VHS and potty humor

Of course, with the rise of social media, more brands have tried riding the coattails of the game, without actually buying an ad. Plenty of brands try it, but only a few really break through. Ad Age this week covered an ingenious effort from one brand—Blockbuster Video (yes, it still exists via a single store in Bend, Oregon.) “Is the world coming to an end or is Blockbuster releasing its first commercial in a really, really long time? Yes. See you on 2/12,” Blockbuster said via an Instagram post. To find out what the brand has in store, check out our coverage here.

Another brand is turning to potty humor. Bidet company Tushy says it is back with its “second annual Super Bowel Monday campaign.” We’ll let the brand’s tweet speak for itself: “Our #TUSHYSuperBowel contest is back, baby! We’re serious. Submit your best post-game dump by Super Bowel Monday for a chance to win $10,000 and our Ace Bidet.”

This day in Super Bowl history

Super Bowl 42 was played on this day in 2008 when the Giants beat the Patriots in Glendale, Arizona at University of Phoenix Stadium—which is now called State Farm Stadium and also the host site for this year’s game. Thirty-second ads cost $2.7 million (compared with about $7 million today). This game marked the debut of the E-Trade baby, which went on to appear in consecutive games through 2013 and again in 2018. The talking infant made a comeback last year and is set to appear again this year.

Also in 2008: Will Ferrell starred for Bud Light (he’s back this year for GM) and Justin Timberlake pitched Pepsi (and Timberlake MP3s at PepsiStuff.com), while political rivals Democrat James Carville and Republican Bill Frist bonded over a Coke. The soda giant won’t be in this year’s game. As for political civility, well, that’s been missing for a while.

For a complete look at Big Game commercial history, check out Ad Age’s Super Bowl ad archive.

Adidas’ Head of Global Marketing Vicky Free Departs

Vicky Free has left her role as global head of marketing at Adidas, Adweek has confirmed. Free was appointed to lead the activewear brand’s marketing team in January 2021, tasked with telling “compelling consumer brand stories” that would drive commercial success. She arrived at the company’s headquarters in Herzogenaurach, Germany after 20 years leading marketing…

Ad employment gained 1,400 jobs in January, rebounding from late 2022 losses

Ad employment started the year on an upswing. Overall U.S. hiring surged, and the unemployment rate has not been lower than its current level since 1953.

Jimmy John’s and Yung Gravy Offer a Sweet Treat to MILFs in ‘Bachelor’ Sendup

It’s no secret that rapper Yung Gravy has an affinity for older women–a detail that has managed to spill over from his personal life into his professional partnerships. This time around, the viral star is teaming up with Jimmy John’s for a side-splitting sendup of the Bachelor franchise to promote its limited-edition Red Velvet cookie…

Mastercard NFT lead mints his resignation letter as an NFT

Satvik Sethi cites alleged harassment and mismanagement at Mastercard and is now selling copies of his resignation letter.

How BMG Secretly Signed a Rapper Dropped for Antisemitic Lyrics

Though the music label ultimately backed out, the deal illustrates the temptations and risks faced by corporations seeking to capitalize on the notoriety of pop-culture figures.