To promote the new RAV4, Toyota hired actor James Marsden to show off the SUV’s durability in a new commercial. In it, he rescues astronauts stranded at a Mars simulation facility by repairing their broken rover and bringing them water.
In addition to airing on television, Toyota purchased a promoted thread on Reddit asking users “If you had to live in a Mars simulation colony for a year, which three people would you want to live with and why?”
Surprisingly, Reddit users answered it earnestly. Rather than trolling the brand, Redditors, who have been notoriously advertising-averse in the past, responded with honest (and goofy) answers, racking up more than 300 comments.
“I would gladly make the sacrifice of spending a year trapped in an isolated experimental environment with Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, to prevent them from becoming the next President. I have to admit, that would make the third person pretty difficult to recruit,” the top answer reads, before it took a tail spin with answers of who the third person would be (Ted Nugent and Kanye West, were among the top answers).
Another answer was Matt Damon, mostly because he’s known for roles in space thrillers such as The Martian and Interstellar. “Jason Bourne would plant a mean potato,” one mused.
There were practical answers, too. “If I’m looking to survive? A doctor, a botanist, and an architect from NASA. Health, food, and building integrity are important,” a person commented. Another added: “Elon Musk for his Engineering skills and insight. Howard Stern for his humor to make us laugh and Minka Kelly for obvious reasons…”
Toyota wasn’t completely immune from clowning, with one person simply answering “Toyota is garbage.”
L’Oreal uses social listening, in-house teams to tap into beauty trends ‘at the speed of culture’
The beauty behemoth is turning to in-house teams to accelerate content production that taps into trends within days, rather than the weeks or months of traditional marketing and advertising timelines.
Digiday+ Research deep dive: YouTube holds strong as a reliable marketing channel for agencies and brands
YouTube might not be considered the most exciting marketing channel out there, but brands and agencies see the platform as a reliable marketing channel that delivers consistent success.
Pringles goes all in on social to put college athletes front-and-center for ‘March Mustache’ campaign
Pringles is turning to social media — particularly Instagram — to leverage some of the college athletes playing in the March Madness basketball tournament, with the goal of reaching college basketball fans on second screens.
SponsoredHow advertisers are leveraging omnichannel attribution and measurement to power CTV
Sponsored by MNTN Connected TV advertising has joined and expanded the larger ecosystem of campaigns that advertisers deploy. As such, omnichannel marketing strategies now encompass television and mobile devices, tablets and other screens such as out-of-home. And as customers engage across these different touchpoints, brands are seeking and moving their measurement and analytics efforts to […]
Short-form video needs better monetization, creator funds aren’t the way to do it
Creator funds have almost been like a stepping stone before a more permanent solution is either considered or put into place.
With Canva and Adobe’s new updates, the generative AI race enters the brand design space
Canva and Adobe are just two of several major design and visual platforms that are rapidly introducing new generative AI capabilities in the service of brands.