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Turn Bags into Eye-Catching Branding

Have you noticed that some businesses are getting rid of plastic bags? Or maybe you haven’t noticed because you are too busy figuring out how to store or get rid of your own growing plastic bag collection! The average family gains 60 plastic bags in four trips to the grocery store.

Make no mistake – plastic bags are indeed a problem for the environment. According to the EPA, more than 380 billion plastic bags and sacks are used annually in the U.S. And, according to The Wall Street Journal, U.S. consumers go through 100 billion plastic shopping bags annually, at an estimated $4 billion cost to retailers.  It’s not just the cost that raises eyebrows – plastic bags are among the 12 items of debris found most often in coastal cleanups.

However, only eight states ban single-use plastic bags; 14 other states have laws that protect the bags. Why so few bans? A combination of factors including deep-pockets of the chemical industry and the political influence of retailers and restaurants account for plastic bag sales of roughly $1.4 billion in the U.S. alone.

As a result of the widespread proliferation of bags, lawmakers across the U.S. are banning or considering banning single-use plastic bags. Replacements include reusable bags which can also provide retailers with a great opportunity to expand their brand awareness as well as lessen negative environmental impacts. This, of course, present marketers with a place to make an impact for the environment and the store brand.

What’s your favorite bag to carry?

Group Activities and Discussion Questions:

  1. Poll students: Name stores that use their own bags instead of non-branded plastic bags.
  2. Plastic bag facts: https://conservingnow.com/plastic-bag-consumption-facts/
  3. Divide students into teams. Have each team select a store that currently uses non-reusable plastic bags.
  4. Each team should next design a reusable shopping bag for these stores.
  5. Have each team present their design in class.
  6. Vote on the winners.

Source:  Ad Week; Conserving Now; Politico

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2020 Super Bowl Advertisements

Winter may be cold, but the Super Bowl heats us up! The Super Bowl has become one of the premier venues for marketers. The thrills, the chills, the excitement and surprises – and that’s just the advertisements! At a cost of roughly $5.6 million for 30 seconds of air time, the Super Bowl is also the most expensive advertising placement of any event or show. Add to the air time the costs of designing and producing ads, plus the integration into other marketing tactics, and a company can easily spend upwards of $6 million on a single day.

Love them or hate them, Super Bowl advertisements have become a talking point during and after the game. It’s a big stage, and can also be a big risk. This year it had an audience of 102 million adults in the U.S. across multiple platforms.  And viewers are far from passive, generating $17 billion in purchases on food, team gear, TVs and more.

All this generated roughly $435 million in advertising revenue, up 20% from 2019. Who were the top spenders?

  1. Anheuser-Busch: $41 million
  2. Pepsi Co: $31 million
  3. Proctor & Gamble: $30 million
  4. Amazon: $26 million
  5. Hyundai: $20 million.

Top categories for ads included automotive, food, financial services, and technology.

Watch the ads – which ad is your favorite?

Group Activities and Discussion Questions:

  1. Bring up one of the Web sites that have all the Super Bowl ads: https://www.ispot.tv/events/2020-super-bowl-commercials
  2. Divide students into teams. Have each team select a Super Bowl ad to analyze and present in class.
  3. What is the target market, key message, and offer from the ad?
  4. How does the ad integrate with a company’s other advertisements?
  5. Are the messages integrated with a company’s Web site and social media?
  6. As a class, after each commercial have students assign one to five stars for the advertisements. Which advertisement won the class vote?

Source:  Ad Week, CBS, iSpot.tv, Nielsen, other news sources

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Top Ads Watched on YouTube in 2019

Advertising surrounds us. And while sometimes ads are annoying, believe it or not, people also search online to view some of the year’s most compelling ads. Starting a new year is a good time to examine the winning campaigns from last year. The most compelling advertisements and videos are ones that have a strong story, humor, inspiration, and excitement. They build a bond with the audience, and inspire thoughts and action. It’s not easy to create a short video that engages audiences and inspires them to share the video and view it more than once, so it is worth examining the top ad videos from 2019.

Here are the most viral brand videos posted to YouTube in 2019.

  1. Not Everything Makes the Cut – Amazon Super Bowl commercial
  2. The Elevator – Hyundai Super Bowl
  3. We Believe: The Best Men Can Be – Gillette
  4. Introducing iPhone 11 – Apple
  5. The Internet of Things Presents – #LikeABosch
  6. Chance the Rapper x Backstreet Boys – Doritos Super Bowl
  7. Science Fair – Audi
  8. Change Up the Usual – Stella Artois
  9. Dream Crazier – Nike
  10. The 100-Year Game – NFL super Bowl

Remember, these are the ads that people choose to watch – a marketer’s dream! In total, the top ads generated 230 million views and 275 million minutes in watch time! (Ads are determined by an algorithm that factors in organic and paid views, watch time, and audience retention.)

Which ads did you watch online?

Group Activities and Discussion Questions:

  1. Discuss the importance of branding and brand management. How do the videos fit into branding?
  2. Divide students into teams. Have each team analyze one of the following videos with respect to target market, key message, type of appeal, etc.
  3. All ads are available at: https://www.thinkwithgoogle.com/advertising-channels/video/youtube-leaderboard-year-end-2019/
  4. When teams have completed this, have each team show the video and discuss their analysis with the rest of the class.
  5. What are the commonalities between the videos? What are the differences?
  6. What should other companies do to replicate the success?

Source:  Think with Google. YouTube ads leaderboard: Global year-end 2019.

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