The TV Marketing That’s Making its Mark

Flash mobs, split second real time Twitter reaction ads, brandjacking, GIF puzzles, the now defunct Facebook sponsored stories, Instagram ads...over the last year marketing has become more fragmented—and creative—than ever. But as important as experimenting and engaging with new forms of marketing is (and it definitely is) when we asked Millennials ages 14-29 what advertising MOST influences their shopping and purchasing decisions, they still named TV commercials more than any other type. TV ads were also the type of advertising named the least when they listed the marketing they never pay attention to. While tech is changing the marketing game, for now TV ads still matter. But because of the increasingly crowded media space, they have to truly stand out to capture young viewers’ attention. Here are the commercials making their mark with Millennials right now, and why they work:   

Duracell “Trust Your Power”

Duracell’s “Trust Your Power” series has spotlighted the stories of multiple NFL players over the last few years, but none has made as much of a splash as their new one-minute spot featuring the Seattle Seahawk’s Derrick Coleman, the first legally deaf player in the NFL. The commercial has been viewed over 3 million times on YouTube in the past five days, and is earning the brand major buzz. In the spot, Coleman’s struggles as a hearing impaired player are revealed as viewers watch a young boy being mocked for his hearing aids while Coleman’s voiceover talks about coaches who didn’t know how to talk to him, and going undrafted out of college. If the Seahawks end up as one of the teams in the Superbowl, the commercial could gain even more traction.

Why it works: Millennials love the story of an underdog making it big, and Duracell’s new ad perfectly encapsulates what they…

 
 

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“I think we have a tendency to think that the world revolves around us and what we want and having a hard time to live up to the standards of having/living a perfect life.”—Female, 22, WA

A new quiz app’s R-rated categories are capturing teens’ attention. FriendO is rising through the ranks of the app store, but not by following the Play Nice, PG strategy that took tbh viral. FriendO users move up their friends’ rankings boards as they answer questions about each other, proving their friendship. If someone sends the app to three friends, they unlock NSFW categories like MSFK (Marry, Sex, Friend, Kill). But people are worried that none of these categories are barred to young users. (Mashable)

TGI Fridays is adding Instagrammable milkshakes to their menu with “cascading toppings,” “suspiciously” similar to Black Tap’s infamous creations. The “Extreme” milkshakes “take dessert to the next level” with a seasonal option piled high with Christmas cookies, and a s’mores shake topped with marshmallows, Oreos, and graham cracker crumbs. If that’s not enough to get Millennials in the door of chain restaurants that they notoriously avoid, both shakes can be ordered “boozy” (a tactic we’ve seen before). (Grub Street)

Seventeen is creating an LGBTQ community for teens with their new, “social-first” platform, Here. Instagram and Facebook form the main hub of Here, along with a dedicated vertical on Seventeen itself. Launched less than a week ago, content is already popping up on social and the site. Seventeen is appealing to the Genreless Generation, and one editor said Here will be “a resource and a place for teens to express themselves.” (Fashionista)

Rising musician Tallia Storm says her Instagram paid for her debut album. Lauded by Sir Elton John and Nile Rodgers, 19-year-old Storm leveraged The Influencer Effect for her own gain: Her debut album, Teenage Tears, was entirely self-financed via her earnings as a “fashion ‘it girl’” and Instagram influencer with over 300,000 followers. As a result, she had full creative freedom and became a “part of the growing staple of acts who are not repped by a major label.” Oh, and she got to open for Sir Elton John. (PR Newswire)

Kylie Cosmetics, Kylie Jenner’s online-only beauty brand sensation, has teamed up with Topshop to drive young shoppers in-store. Brick-and-mortar is far from dead, with research from TABS Analytics showing 66% of shoppers prefer to purchase new cosmetics in-store—and brands like this one are betting on IRL retail. Kylie Cosmetics is now available at seven Topshop stores across the country for just five weeks, and they’re accruing long lines of fans to test out the coveted lip kits in person. (BuzzFeed)

“…[Rick and Morty] has our generation's sense of nihilism, fear of wasted time, humor in unpredictability, and shy optimism in human relations.”—Female, 17, TX

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