January 25, 2021
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Doritos' latest Super Bowl teaser reveals McConaughey
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Doritos released a second Super Bowl ad teaser revealing that the #FlatMatthew referred to in its first teaser is Matthew McConaughey. The 15-second spot shows a family sitting outside as a dog runs past flying a kite that looks like McConaughey as the actor's voice is heard from above asking, "A little help?"
Full Story: Adweek (1/22),  Ad Age (tiered subscription model) (1/22) 
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Companies & Campaigns
MLB pays tribute to Hank Aaron
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MLB released tribute honoring Hank Aaron on the day of his death that charts his baseball career and achievements during a time of racial injustice. The MLB Network aired more than 15 hours of programming to celebrate Aaron's life, and accompanied the tribute on YouTube with the words, "MLB is devastated by the passing of Hammerin' Hank Aaron, one of the greatest players and people in the history of our game."
Full Story: Ad Age (tiered subscription model) (1/22) 
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Martin Agency creates DoorDash's Super Bowl debut
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The Martin Agency created DoorDash's debut Super Bowl spot, a 60-second ad that will run during the first quarter and stars actor and singer Daveed Diggs with Big Bird, Grover, Cookie Monster and Rosita from "Sesame Street" singing a new take on the show's "People in your Neighborhood" anthem. A 30-second teaser aired during the AFC Championship game, and the brand is donating $1, up to $1 million, to the Sesame Workshop for every order placed on Feb. 7 and 8.
Full Story: Ad Age (tiered subscription model) (1/22),  Adweek (1/23) 
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Market Trends
Brands seeking to connect with Generation Z and millennials should focus on the 4Ps of marketing -- purpose, positioning, personalization and partnerships, writes McCann Worldgroup's Sean MacDonald. These generations seek brands that reflect their values, favor experiences that enable creative expression and want to "put their personal stamp on the brand," MacDonald writes.
Full Story: The Drum (free registration) (1/22) 
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Socialinsider's analysis of more than 22 million posts on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter from 35 industries found images to be the most popular form of social media content with most brands posting more frequently on Twitter. Political, education and airline brands sparked the highest Instagram engagement rates and, of the three platforms, brands had the highest increase in engagement rates in 2020 versus 2019 on Instagram.
Full Story: Business 2 Community (1/22) 
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People seeking fulfillment should identify their intrinsic drivers, seek those qualities in other people and look to serve others, Arthur Brooks writes. "And lest you think this makes a person passive or unambitious, note that there is a significant body of evidence showing that a focus on the good of one's institution (as opposed to oneself) enhances career success as well," he writes.
Full Story: The Atlantic (tiered subscription model) (1/21) 
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Advertising Ethics
Opinion: An ethical approach to consumer data
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The feud between Facebook and Apple over consumer data tracking is a distraction from the truth known by ethical advertisers -- that people want control and choice over the way their personal information is used by brands, writes DISQO's David Grabert. "Regardless of how things land between Apple and Facebook, the industry has little choice but to communicate better and to broker a new deal with consumers around their data," Grabert writes.
Full Story: SmartBrief/Marketing (1/25) 
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Interactive
Pinterest's latest try-on feature shows AR's evolution
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Pinterest unveiled a new augmented reality try-on feature for eye shadow, enabling users to virtually try more than 4,000 shades from various brands. The feature follows the platform's lipstick AR try-on product, and QReal's Mike Cadoux notes, "AR used to just be to drive engagement with a brand, and now it's moving more to the e-commerce side."
Full Story: TechCrunch (tiered subscription model) (1/22),  Digiday (tiered subscription model) (1/25),  Ad Age (tiered subscription model) (1/22),  Adweek (1/22) 
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