#SNL takes aim at Super Bowl’s political ads – "Cheetos…"

 

A small number of brands saw Super Bowl LI as an opportunity to share where they stand along the political spectrum in light of Trump’s charged rhetoric.  On their February 11 episode,  Saturday Night Live took some of the most noteworthy commercials from the Super Bowl telecast to task, especially those using immigration-related themes.

In addition to Budweiser’s founder story, 84 Lumber’s “The Entire Journey” commercial depicted the immigrant struggle, albeit each focusing on very different circumstances and time periods.

The building and construction supplies company’s ad featured the border wall, a Trump campaign promise to curtail illegal immigration. The commercial shows the arduous journey from Latin-America to the U.S. of a mother and young daughter. As the two arrive at the border, they encounter what seems like an insurmountable obstacle – a very tall wall.  In a twist, a large wood door allows the travelers entry.

The emotional ad provoked a strong reaction from those on opposing sides of the immigration issue. Some saw the ad as encouraging illegal immigration; others as a reprieve to the anti-immigrant sentiment so evident during the presidential campaign. But 84 Lumber’s CEO Maggie Hardy Magerko told People Magazine she supports Trump and his immigration views, and did not actually intend to take a political stand. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2017/02/07/chief-84-lumber-speaks-out-super-bowl-ad/97583534/

So, as the SNL parody suggests, brands do not necessarily espouse the political views depicted in their ads, but are looking instead to capitalize on the ongoing social media conversation around political issues which often results in instant twitter buzz, webpage hits, and earned media. Nothing more. Neither Budweiser nor 84 Lumber have revealed any corporate-level immigration-related initiatives, unlike many of Silicon Valley companies that depend on immigration for key talent.

For now, it appears that 84 Lumber and Budweiser were successful in cutting through the clutter of a less-than-memorable batch of Super Bowl ads.  Whether there will be any long-term positive (or negative) brand impact remains to be seen.

“Hard cut…Cheetos”

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A long way from Draper’s carousel: Instagram unveils video

A long way from Draper’s Carousel: Instagram unveils video

“This device isn’t a spaceship, it’s a time machine…it takes us to a place where we ache to go again” – the pitch Don Draper delivered to Kodak brilliantly captures the power of images and of preserving moments. With video, Instagrams takes it to a whole new level:

“Capture and Share the World’s Moments”  Instagram is a fastbeautiful and fun way to share your life with friends and family. Take a picture or video, choose a filter to transform its look and feel, then post to Instagram — it’s that easy. You can even share to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and more. It’s a new way to see the world.”

Like the Kodak carousel, Instagram is looking to facilitate the permament record of everyday meaningful moments – no longer in static images but 15 seconds at a time – in videos that can be altered with custome filters in case the natural beauty of our reality fails to achieve the beauty central to Instagram’s appeal.

In 15 second snipets, Instagram video will allow brands to tell better stories in social media, with Facebook now able to sell highly targeted ad space in a format familiar to advertisers, but providing instant feedback and engagement.

TV commercials seem so quaint now, don’t they?

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