It’s likely you’ve heard the news that Calvin Klein is launching its first ever Super Bowl campaign this coming weekend.
The 30-second spot for the brand’s latest men’s underwear offering will debut towards the end of the first quarter of the game on Sunday evening. It sees model Matthew Terry shot by creative director Fabien Baron of Baron + Baron, in a provocative commercial based on the idea of “man versus machine” (see above preview).
What’s particularly interesting however is the idea that the campaign will be supported with activity on Twitter’s new video-sharing app, Vine. According to a statement, digital content will be posted throughout the event on this new app, which allows six-second videos to be played on loop, much like animated GIFs. The news follows a variety of experiments on the platform by other brands, including Gap and Urban Outfitters (as below).
Like other social platforms before it – such as Instagram – the instant beauty of Vine has been the room for experimentation it affords brands both big and small. Take British start-up Olivia Burton watches, for instance – it’s been having a play with content this week to great effect. A simple series of product shots captured on a black and white photographic background, portray an incredibly high quality and on-brand message.
Calvin Klein will no doubt achieve the same. The next question, of course, will be how all they’re received by consumers.
Back to the Super Bowl, and Calvin Klein is also planning to push relevant content across its Facebook, Tumblr and YouTube pages on game day.
“We are a brand with a rich advertising legacy and we firmly believe in powerful, multi-platform lifestyle advertising to support and grow the brand’s image around the world,” said Tom Murry, president and CEO of Calvin Klein, Inc. “This is a significant milestone, and, as an iconic American designer brand, we are extremely proud to be able to debut the latest Calvin Klein Underwear campaign during the Super Bowl – the most watched television event annually in the United States.”
According to Nielsen, the 2012 Super Bowl had 111 million viewers, making it the most-watched television program in US history. Another interesting study showed as many as 40% of this year’s viewers are watching for the ads rather than the sport.
The Calvin Klein spot will also be included in Twitter’s #AdScrimmage and YouTube’s Ad Blitz contests for the best Super Bowl XLVII ads as voted for by fans.
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