Updates from the Inauguration:
Over at TVNewser, Adweek’s A.J. Katz kept up with TV news coverage of President Joe Biden’s inauguration. Newsers reminisced about the most memorable Inauguration Day moments from their careers, and shared their thoughts on Biden’s inaugural address—which earned high praise from Chris Wallace, Karl Rove and Norah O’Donnell.
Striking the right tonal balance is going to be harder than ever for advertisers aiming to capture audience hearts and minds during Super Bowl LV—so hard that some of the biggest brands who usually make appearances are sitting this one out. (However, some first timers are making appearances.) “If you’re very quiet and you close your eyes, you can actually hear the sounds of hand-wringing in every single edit bay across the country,” said Don Shelford, executive creative director at Swift.
Along with everything else, 2020 threw a major wrench in agency operations, with remote workers, clients pulling ad spend and campaigns shifting to stay relevant. Things haven’t stopped changing, but agencies have started to get into the swing of the constant pivots and have learned how to give marketers what they need in the moment. That means new models for acquiring talent and working with freelancers—not to mention working with smaller budgets.
Black Americans have to learn a whole set of unofficial rules to ensure their safety and security—which is why a group of agency creatives have turned these guidelines into an online encyclopedia that aims to spur change. The Unwritten Rules encyclopedia clarifies how racism manifests in Black people’s daily lives.
This star-studded spot for Adidas’ “Predator Freak” boots follows an epic WhatsApp group chat set up by David Beckham to talk with his #Squad, which includes French women’s soccer player Wendie Renard, English women’s soccer star Toni Duggan, Manchester United player Paul Pogba, Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane and many more.