Rachel Maddow Is Taking a Hiatus at MSNBC

The anchor is expected to be off for several weeks, leaving MSNBC with a hole in the coveted 9 p.m. weeknight time slot.

Why Domino's is paying customers to deliver their own pizza

‘Carryout Tips’ campaign supports efficient fulfillment, repeat business and shelter from the labor crisis

Rémy Martin Wants You to Taste Excellence in Glitzy Chinese New Year Campaign

The Chinese New Year is often celebrated by eating foods representing wealth, health and luck. R?my Martin XO is adding itself to the mix with a Chinese campaign positioning the cognac brand as a taste of excellence that can be used to celebrate success. Developed by Fred & Farid Shanghai, the 60-second “Excellence Takes Time,…

The New York Times Buys Wordle

The word game, released in October, has millions of daily users.

Sony buying video game developer Bungie for $3.6 billion

The deal marks the third significant video-game acquisition this month.

NBC Sports Ad Sales Chief Dan Lovinger Shifts to Olympics-Centric Role

NBC Sports ad sales chief Dan Lovinger has devoted much of his attention over the past two years to selling advertising for NBCUniversal’s Olympic Games in Tokyo and Beijing–and he’ll now be focusing full-time on that part of the job. Lovinger has been promoted to president, NBC advertising sales and partnerships, and will step into…

Unilever’s Investor Backlash Illustrates the Need for Responsible Capitalism

One of Unilever’s largest investors recently broke rank, publishing a letter that expressed strong dissatisfaction at the Purposeful Brands strategy Unilever has been spearheading since establishing the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan (USLP) back in 2010. In the letter, Terry Smith, the founder of Fundsmith–a top-10 shareholder in the FMCG giant–poked fun at the company’s “ludicrous”…

IMAX’s Denny Tu on Embracing What Makes You Different Over Achievements

After 10 years in London and a bit of career pause, Denny Tu joined IMAX in 2017 and for the past four and a half years, he’s served as IMAX’s chief marketing officer–a title he said he dreamed of his entire life. But, with great power comes great responsibility and expectations. “It’s a job that…

The Olympics Shut Down a North Face Store, So They Opened an Extreme Pop-Up

After its shop at the Genting Ski Resort outside Beijing was closed for the Winter Olympics, outdoor gear brand The North Face opened what it called “the coldest pop-up store.” Located “really in the middle of nowhere,” per a spokesperson for creative agency Fred and Farid Shanghai, the pop-up was open for a week in…

Adweek Podcast: Silence Can Be Golden for Brands on Social

In social media marketing, where’s the line between being topical and embarrassing your brand? Looking back on some recent examples, Adweek reporter Emmy Liederman joins Yeah, That’s Probably an Ad co-hosts David Griner and Shannon Miller to discuss corporate cringe and how it can undercut your social strategy. Stream the new episode below, listen and…

How Cannabis Brand Kiva Turned a Supply Chain Snafu Into Artful Marketing

The twin shipping ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach made national news late last year, becoming the poster children for nearly everything that was wrong with the country’s broken supply chain. Few people might have suspected at the time that the historic consumer-goods gridlock would inspire an artful piece of marketing. But on products…

Hyundai rides with fake Super Bowl ad

The automaker’s upcoming Ioniq 5 EV was featured in the ABC sitcom “Black-ish” this month, with star Anthony Anderson working on an imaginary Super Bowl commercial.

Investec: Possibilities

Spitfire’s AK and Investec – turning possibilities into realities.

Spitfire Co-Founder and Director AK is no stranger to Investec, having shot a commercial called “Pororoca” for them in Brazil some years ago. An investment in the future, you might say.

Super Bowl Alert: Two mayos, one baby and a lot of teasing

I’m Ad Age Editor Jeanine Poggi, counting down to Super Bowl LVI. In the weeks leading up to the game between the Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams, which will air on NBC on Feb. 13, Ad Age will bring 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 in your email.

Two mayos 

Hellmann’s is returning to the Super Bowl with a spot that will once again tackle food waste. This time, Hellmann’s is tapping former linebacker and now coach Jerod Mayo to star in the commercial, Ad Age’s Jack Neff reports. As part of the spot, Unilever struck a licensing deal to pay homage to a series of Reebok short films that originally appeared in 2000 and became a well-remembered Super Bowl campaign in 2003.

Amy Schumer starred in last year’s ad for the Unilever brand. 

To keep track of all the advertisers running national spots in the game, bookmark Ad Age’s regularly updated Super Bowl ad chart. 

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Lots of teasing 

Hellmann’s is the latest brand to drop a teaser for its Big Game campaign. DraftKings also revealed its teaser and its new spokescharacter during Ad Age Remotely on Monday morning. Nissan and Kia, among others, also dropped teasers, over the past 24 hours. You can watch all the teasers released so far here


Sam’s Club spot

Sam’s Club debuted its Super Bowl commercial on Monday, making the big box retailer only the second brand to release its Big Game creative so far (Vroom pre-released its spot on Jan. 20). In the spot, Kevin Hart feels like he is getting a sneaky-good deal by using the Sam’s Club Scan & Go app, allowing him to avoid checkout lines. But what he doesn’t realize is the feature is available to everyone and not special for him because he is a celebrity.


Meta, you know the company we once called Facebook, gave its first tease into its Super Bowl commercial plans on Monday with the debut of virtual NFL merchandise for online avatars, Ad Age’s Garett Sloane writes. The update did not include a look at Meta’s Super Bowl commercial, but it was a clue that the spot would tie into the “metaverse.”  

Baby sighting

It seems E-Trade is gearing up to bring back its iconic baby. Eight years after the E-Trade baby was discontinued from the brand’s marketing, a teaser for the company’s Big Game commercial hints at his return thanks to a quick shot of a baby monitor, Ad Age’s Adrianne Pasquarelli writes. The spot is also named “Monitor.” 

The baby had been an E-Trade regular and Super Bowl favorite, appearing in Big Game commercials from 2008, when it debuted with “Talking Baby (Part 1),” through 2013 with “Save It.” 

You can watch all of E-Trade’s prior Super Bowl ads in our voluminous, searchable Super Bowl Ad Archive.

Dot-com era vibes

The Super Bowl commercials of the dot-com era could provide a warning to the cryptocurrency brands that are rushing into the Big Game this year, Ad Age’s Asa Hiken writes. These companies spent an average of $2.1 million for 30-second spots only for most to fade away soon after. Will we look back on the upstarts in the “Crypto Bowl” in another two decades with the same vague memory of their existence?

Hocus pocus

Eco-friendly canned water brand Liquid Death won’t air a Big Game spot but it will have an, erm, witchy presence in this year’s game. Liquid Death is sending a witch to SoFi Stadium to help out the underdog by casting spells to help them win. It’s placing a $50,000 bet on that team via Caesars Sportsbook, Creativity Editor Ann-Christine Diaz reports. A video from Liquid Death announced that it is the first brand to bet on the game.

Super gadgets

A self-mixing punch bowl that keeps score of the game and a cheese dispenser with enough squirts to feed 300 keg-standing tortilla-chip-eaters are among the gadgets brands are sending to Super Bowl party hosts in the run-up to the game, Ad Age’s Jon Springer writes. Captain Morgan’s Super Bowl punch bowl, which one fan will win, is helping the rum brand capitalize on the newly granted NFL sponsorship opportunities for liquor brands, which previously were unable to do marketing tied to the league. Hormel, in the meantime, created what it’s calling the world’s first chili-cheese keg. Containing 15 gallons of gooey spicy cheese, the keg keeps its contents warm with a proprietary adjustable internal heating element, and flowing via a tap handle in the shape of a Hormel Chili can. The device was invented by BBDO Minneapolis and will be delivered to the winner of an online sweepstakes. 

Social Bowl plays

Here’s a look at the latest Super Bowl marketing taking place on social platforms: 

Last year, Twitter printed fan tweets on pieces of confetti and released them during the Super Bowl. This year, the social platform will take some of the best fan predictions for the game and display them on SoFi’s LED roof. 

LikeMeat is sending football fans on a TikTok scavenger hunt for a chance to win tickets to the Super Bowl. The maker of plant-based chicken wings, among other products, is tapping influencers to reach beyond its core vegan consumer base to attract meat-loving football fans. LikeMeat is the latest brand this year to lean into the Super Bowl via TikTok and its base of influencers. 

Frank’s RedHot released an “edible NFT” and a spoof cryptocurrency it’s calling “Bonecoin.” Fans can scan images of their chicken wing bones to earn said Bonecoins and the one who accrues the most will win the Frank’s RedHot NFT and its edible replica—or the eNFT as the brand is calling it.

TikTok Shares Black History Month Initiatives

TikTok detailed its plans for Black History Month, which include a billboard takeover at Pendry West Hollywood, new in-application stickers, Black music playlists and live programming spotlighting Black creators. The video creation platform will team up with iHeartRadio on live event iHeart Living Black! Feb. 23 at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET on @iheartradio. DJ…

Shop Like a VIP With Kevin Hart at Sam’s Club in First-Ever Super Bowl Spot

Just hours after the Super Bowl 2022 matchup was set between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Los Angeles Rams, warehouse retailer Sam’s Club released its full 30-second Big Game ad. Much like the teaser implied, the retailer’s first-ever Super Bowl spot, “Like a VIP,” features actor Kevin Hart enjoying an experience fit for a Hollywood…

With ‘Robo Dog,’ Kia’s Super Bowl Teaser Puts Animal Shelters in the Spotlight

Today, Kia America released a teaser of its 60-second Super Bowl ad–its 13th in the Big Game. This year’s ad will spotlight the Kia EV6 and features Robo Dog, a robotic dog up for sale for $299 who is searching for its forever home. In the 15-second teaser, Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart”…

Meta Begins Rolling Out 3D Avatars Across Facebook, Instagram, Messenger

Meta Monday detailed several updates to Avatars across its various platforms. The company began rolling out its updated 3D Avatars to Facebook, Instagram DMs, Instagram Stories and Messenger in Canada, Mexico and the U.S., and they can be used as feed posts, profile pictures, stickers and other elements. Meta Meta The worldwide rollout will take…

Twitter to Display Select Fans’ Tweets on LED Roof of SoFi Stadium During Super Bowl 56

Twitter’s annual on-site Super Bowl stunt is moving up from the field to the roof. The social network teamed up with the National Football League to drop confetti containing fans’ tweets on the field at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., following Super Bowl 54, and for Super Bowl 55 at Raymond James Stadium…

Kia America: Robo Dog Teaser

Kia America has released a 15-second teaser of the brand’s Super Bowl ad featuring the all-new, all-electric Kia EV6 and an adorable – and remarkably curious – robotic dog that embarks on a journey to find its true companion.

Video of Robo Dog Teaser | The All-Electric Kia EV6