February 6, 2014
“I’ll just give you an endorsement right now: Hi, um, Newcastle Brown Ale, the only beer that ever promised me a high-paying role in a Super Bowl commercial and then backed out at the last @#$%^&* second like a bunch of ^%$#@. Suck it. Suck it.”
With those charming words, Oscar-nominated actress and triple-platinum recording artist Anna Kendrick won the hearts of people coast to coast. Kendrick “starred” alongside former NFL superstar Keyshawn Johnson — as well as skateboarding cats, a giant evil robot, hoards of bikini-clad dancers and a bunch of aliens — in a Big Game ad that Newcastle Brown Ale never made.
Not having an ad to place in a $4 million slot during the mega huge football game didn’t stop Newcastle from creating the storyboards for a hypothetical ad it couldn’t afford, hiring celebrity talent and filming “behind-the-scenes” interviews, conducting real focus groups, and more. All of this hilarious content was part of Newcastle’s “If We Made It” program, intended to poke fun at all of the over-hyped, over-the-top antics that are rampant in Big Game marketing.
Kendrick’s interview, in which she expresses disappointment about missing out on the opportunity to make a “shit-ton” of money to be in a Super Bowl ad, spread across the Web like wildfire. The day it was posted, it became the second-most-popular video on YouTube, and it stayed in YouTube’s top ten even throughout the Super Bowl. And for good reason — it’s damn funny:
Fast Horse helped chart a course for success with Newcastle and its other agency partners from Day One. Thanks to solid strategy, stellar creative, early influencer engagement, and some old-fashioned elbow grease, the program quickly became a massive success. In addition to the aforementioned YouTube dominance during the busiest week of the year for the ad industry:
I could go on. And on. With more than 600 media hits on our tracking sheet from just about every corner of the media landscape, we have a happy client and a giddy team here at HQ. Visit www.ifwemadeit.com to see more from this great program.
February 6, 2014