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This is the marketing story you didn’t know you needed until now. We found five different times when KFC turned Colonel Sanders into a beefcake. KFC made him the main character in a romance novel and once recreated him as a virtual influencer. Most recently, KFC lovers could try to woo him in a dating simulator. It’s weird. It’s wonderful.
“We’d argue that Colonel Sanders has always been sexy,” Andrea Zahumensky, CMO of KFC U.S., tells Adweek.
Read more: Editor David Griner explores the reinvention of the traditionally wholesome mascot.
Your company is launching a new product and you’ve decided at the last moment that you want an NBA superstar to be the face of the campaign. It’s the day before your new line drops, so what do you do on such short notice?
Sign the digital avatar of the star player you want, of course. It’s something Genies does with its new talent firm, Avatar Agency, which negotiates brand partnerships on behalf of these digital doubles. It can secure the talent in less than 24 hours at a fraction of the cost.
Read more: Reporter Patrick Kulp explains the rise of synthetic media and the benefits of working with a digital celebrity.
It’s a bad day for aggregators. Google is tweaking its algorithm to account for news outlets that do original reporting and their “overall reputation for original reporting.” For digital aggregators who rely on digital advertising, this change could be disastrous.
In the blog post, Google pointed to original stories from outlets like The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time, ESPN and The Hollywood Reporter to illustrate the kinds of reporting it had in mind.
Read more: Reporter Kelsey Sutton explains Google’s reasoning behind the move.
Just Briefly: The rest of today’s top insights
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Ad of the Day: Ilana Glazer Is Not a Fan of Running in Nike spots
There are plenty of people perfectly content with not breaking a sweat as they move.
These new Nike Joyride ads are for them—and they’re so much fun. In a series of three spots, that reluctant runner is played by Broad City star Ilana Glazer, and it’s hard to imagine better casting.
How Marketers Are Creatively Using Slack
Steven May, CEO, Barbarian
At Barbarian, we use Slack as more than just a file sharing and messaging tool; it’s an essential tool for our culture of collaboration. We create channels that act as open calls for anyone in the agency to answer client and internal briefs. It’s proven that good ideas can come from anyone and anywhere, and Slack allows us to not only give everyone a voice, but in many ways truly democratize the creative process.