Dos Equis is out with its first full commercial featuring its new Most Interesting Man in the World. And he looks, perhaps unsurprisingly, like a rugged twist on a dazzling young Heineken guy. The famous brand character, now played by French actor Augustin Legrand, is still an impossibly suave sportsman. But the silvered wisdom of his predecessor in the role, Jonathan Goldsmith, has given way to a thrill-hungry roguishness that unfolds on camera, as he races airboats, spars in samurai armor, and punts coconuts through goal posts formed by giraffes.
Three years ago, when Denise Karkos was named CMO at TD Ameritrade, she had her work cut out for her. Her task: make the stodgy and often-character-free financial services industry relatable—even fun—to Americans.
Havas Chicago certainly knows how to stop pedestrians in their tracks with its office-window installations for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Last October it set up peep-show windows, but the peepers got a bit of a shock when they looked inside. This year's effort, which launched Tuesday and runs through the end of the month, features a Plexiglass room in the lobby filled with 3-foot boob balloons—latex spheres painted to look like breasts. Brightly colored window decals invite passersby to come inside at 36 E. Grand Avenue and just have a good old time playing with them.
In a bit of Doctor Who-esque regeneration, Dos Equis on Wednesday introduced its new Most Interesting Man in the World—to replace Jonathan Goldsmith, who retired from the role earlier this year. And this MIM isn't just a new face. He heralds a new approach to the ads, in what the brewer calls a "contemporary twist to the legendary character." He's actor Augustin Legrand. And in the first hint that this isn't your worldly grandfather's Dos Equis campaign, Legrand is actually a French actor, and he delivers his first line as the MIM in Spanish.
Jonathan Goldsmith's Most Interesting Man in the World might have said adios (and flown off to Mars), but Dos Equis is hardly finished with its "Most Interesting" theme.
Two weeks after the Canal Street #postitwars began with a single word, "HI," one of the main agencies involved—Havas Worldwide—has shut things down in style. With a giant image of a mic drop.
It started out, reportedly, with a single word: "HI." That was early last week. By the weekend, a full-blown Post-it note art war had erupted on Canal Street in New York City, with a number of agencies participating—including Havas Worldwide, Horizon Media, Cake Group, Biolumina and Harrison and Star. (Update: Getty Images has also been involved.) On social media, the posts have been tagged #canalnotes and #postitwars and have been flooding in. It's a wonder any client work was getting done at these shops last week.
After an impressive and very interesting 10-year run, Jonathan Goldsmith is saying goodbye to his iconic Dos Equis ad character, the Most Interesting Man in the World—appearing in one final ad, which broke today, in which he makes a suitably grand exit.
Havas Chicago is located at the busy corner of Grand Ave. and Wabash in the city's River North neighborhood, next to Eataly and across from the Nordstrom flagship store. Visitors to the area now have a new attraction to enjoy—a quite unusual peep show set up by Havas in its lobby windows.
Creative partnerships are very much like romantic relationships. You find someone who sees the world the same way you do; you feel that spark of connectedness; you start building something […]