As I read the news this week that Wieden and Kennedy and ESPN were parting ways after a 25 year partnership, I kept thinking, “follow me, follow me to freedom”. W+K was responsible for the long running “This is SportsCenter” campaign, among other great work for ESPN. The campaign, which began in 1994, mixed sports, celebrity, and a behind-the-scenes look at the high-rated sports news program.
“Follow me to freedom” comes from one of my favorite spots in the campaign. In this spot, SportsCenter’s production team engages in a Y2K test. Things don’t go well, and in seconds, alarms sound, the lights go out, athletes loot the place. Mark McGwire takes a baseball bat to a computer. Jonathan, the University of Connecticut mascot, a dog, absconds with some awards. The show’s announcers read highlights by candlelight.
With Thanksgiving and Black Friday behind us, we slide head-first into the holiday season. There are few advertising campaigns as enduring as the Coca-Cola polar bear spots. The cute, animated polar bears, slipping and sliding in the Artic stole hearts (and sold) Cokes.
And for the first time since 2013, Coca-Cola is bringing back the polar bears on select Coca-Cola packages, including Coke, Coke Zero, Diet Coke, and coke Life. While the polar bears will grace packages of the the soda, they don't make an appearance in this year's holiday TV campaign, called "A Coke for Christmas." The spot features a teenager as he surprises people in his community with bottles of Coke, saving his last bottle for St. Nick.
Tic Tacs. In recent days, thanks to newly surfaced comments made ten years ago on a hot mic by controversial GOP candidate Donald Trump, they have been front page news.
First produced in 1969 with a less catchy name, Tic Tacs were rebranded just a year after being on the market. They are named after the distinctive sound produced when they rattle in their hard plastic container.