Mizuno Sportswear: UpHill Marathon in Brazil - Where Athletes Become #Ninjarunners

F/Nazca Saatchi & Saatchi and YourMama Films, Brazil has created a beautiful and evocative monochrome film for Mizuno (a Japanese sports equipment and sportswear company) to promote the UpHill Marathon in Brazil, one of the most dramatic races in the country.

The marathon will take place on October 19 with the participation of only 300 athletes. They will run 42 km uphill through the spectacular landscape of Serra do Rio Rastro (Santa Catarina) in the south of the country.

The campaign also includes outdoor and digital media. All parts convey the concept “#ninjarunners" and challenge athletes to push their limits in a mythical ritual in the form of marathon. This extreme endurance race transforms high-level athletes into something bigger: Ninjas…

Campbell’s Chunky: Copter Caper! featuring Richard Sherman and His Mama

I’m close to speechless after viewing the latest ad from the famous soup company, Campbell’s. The ad, which launched monday, is created by Y&R, New York and features Seattle Seahawks’ cornerback Richard Sherman and his mother, Beverly.

Alongside the Shermans, Campbell’s have chosen to shoot the ad with some of Seattle’s biggest fans instead of actors, all referred to in the commercial as the “Legion of Superfans”.

One of the superfans, who dangles from the helicopter alongside Sherman, is Tim Froemke, otherwise known as the shirtless, painted “Seahulk,” who attends just about every Seahawks game.

Campbell’s “Mama’s Boy” campaign first ran in 1997, starring Green Bay defensive end Reggie White and Sherman is now the 19th player and first cornerback to star in the campaign, and joins Matt Hasselbeck as the only other Seahawks player to be featured in the ads.

I truely acknowledge the tradition of “Mama’s Boy” and the continual decision to use NFL players as spokespersons and even appreciate the integration of real fans, I’m just not impressed by the execution. Campbell’s call it mamamazing, but I have to say I disagree…

Realestate.com.au: Arnold Schwarzenegger Confuses Australia for Austria in New Campaign

Realestate.com.au has launched a new brand campaign named “Australia Lives Here” using Hollywood star and former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Arnold Schwarzenegger is famously from Austria, but in this spot for real estate listings company Realestate.com.au in Australia, he gets the two countries confused, when asking his new assistant Dylan Blocke to help him find a property back in Austria.

The campaign is created by BWM Melbourne, while the media agency Mediacom has been in charge of all media planning including the massive cross media roll-out on the 3th of August.

Whilst Schwarzenegger stars in no less than 7 new humorous ads (4 have been launched so far), there are also a series of video diaries from his Australian assistant Dylan, who runs through the features of the site. Dylan is also very active on Twitter with the hashtag #ausliveshere and you’ll find some fun interactions with - of course Schwarzenegger himself.

The aim of the campaign is to show property seekers that realestate.com.au offers much more than property listings and all the different content is produced to present other parts of the site that are helpful for consumers throughout the property cycle.

Using a star and the attempt to tap in to the culture surrounding him to promote a brand rarely works out, but I find this campaign to be really well thought out, and I don’t often come across campaigns that are truely entertaining while delivering relevant brand information across multi media vehicles and platforms.