Audi A3 – Grandpa Bode Miller – Out of Control

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Although I believe the Audi A3 is actually the first car from Audi that signifies the beginning of the downfall of sexy design from my favorite German auto manufacturer… I still love this car and especially love this commercial. Let me say it again… Bode Miller + Out of Control + Audi quattro = Genius.

For those of you new to my idealistic and very passionate representation of brands and technology here at – I’ve been a major fan of Audi since the mid 1990s, bought my first Audi in 2003 (a 1997 A4 that now has 234,000 miles + counting) and picked up a 2013 S4 supercharged quattro just this past year. The original Audi quattro changed the automotive world. Similar to Apple releasing the macintosh in 1984… what Audi was doing in 1984 also took hold as the single most important development in the auto industry that would change my life down the road.

No pun intended… haha – It is hard to explain the difference of All Wheel Drive vs. 4 Wheel Drive vs. Audi quattro. I would gladly show you if you want to take a ride to the hills in our next snowstorm, but if you must read – start here. Or if you want to get your motion picture view on – go here.

Now, back to the beginning of the design downfall. How long does it take for a brand to lose it’s leadership in design? Well, let’s look at how long it takes to “build good design”, also known as “brand” an idea. It took an entire decade to build quattro and two decades to design and build the image of Audi around quattro. It can take decades to build something great… and design something that ultimately takes hold and is respected as a product leader, but in the end… I would have to say you can lose it much faster then it takes to build it.

Audi lost one of their key designers, Peter Schreyer to KIA back in 2006 and it is starting to take effect now. Peter Schreyer, who is now the President and Chief Design Officer of Hyundai and Kia Motors was brought into that company with a completely blank design slate… and look what he has done. I won’t be the first one to admit that I’ve double checked a few KIA models in the last two years, but what he is doing at KIA is working… and what Audi is doing is starting to slide. It may not be a big slide, and I certainly hope Audi hasn’t quite reached it’s peak in design, but remember… you lose it a lot faster than you build it. I hope Apple, my other lifelong power brand realizes this.

Ultimately Audi could lose all their design luster… and I would still drive one simply because there is zero comparison for quattro and there probably never will be. Obviously Audi is part of a larger Volkswagen Automotive Group, but who drives those? Volkswagen’s are for girls. Škoda‘s are for Russians… and SEAT‘s… ummm, no – don’t even get me started. SEAT’s are for chinese mexicans… but that is what they said about KIA’s before Peter Schreyer started design cars for them.

Perhaps I could graduate to a Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini or Porsche in the future years… but I highly doubt I will ever find the passion of owning and talking positively about these brands. KIA on the other hand … hmmmmm?

[Automotive World Interview with Peter Schreyer]
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Top 10 April Viral

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Top 10 Most-shared Online Videos April 2011

1. T-Mobile – The T-Mobile Royal Wedding
2. Diet Pepsi – Unbelievable David Beckham
3. Marvel Comics – Little Thor
4. Volkswagen – Commercial: The Force
5. Skittles Touch – Cat
6. Second Baptist Church of Houston – Dance Your Shoes Off
7. Tempest – Tempest Freerunning Video – Gym Academy
8. Call of Duty – Call of Duty Black Ops Escalation – Call of the Dead
9. adidas – Final de la Copa Rey
10. Air New Zealand – Mile High Madness with Richard Simmons

Genius: 7
Not Genius: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10

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Super Bowl Advertisement Rankings

I haven’t concluded my super bowl ad recap yet, but as usual… rankings are coming in from all over.

Animal Ads Resonate with Viewers
The overall number one ad with viewers (overall score of about 72.3) was “Saluting Beaver” from Bridgestone, featuring a motorist who is able to avoid hitting a beaver and then plunging into a river thanks to tire traction (and a little rodent-supplied assistance). “Saluting Beaver” scored first in both emotion ranking (evoking most possible positive and least possible negative emotions) and water cooler ranking (likelihood of participants discussing the ad at the water cooler the next day), and third in interest ranking (how well it held the interest of viewers).

Meanwhile, the self-explanatory “Dog Party” ad from Bud Light, which came in third overall, ranked first in viewer interest.

Automotive Ads Take Three Top 10 Spots
Three of the top 10 ads, including the number one ad, were for autos or automotive products. Two ads were for snack food, and one ad promoted a product in each of the following five categories: the NFL, beer, film, soda, and online portal.

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Top 10 June Viral

The top 10 picks for June, with links to view on YouTube:

1. adidas – ‘Star Wars’ Cantina 2010, agency: Sid Lee
2. Volkswagen – The Slide (Driven by Fun), agency: Trial DDB
3. Head – Andy Murray Street Magic in London, agency: n/a
4. Iceland – Visit Iceland, agency: n/a
5. Coca-Cola Zero & Mentos – The Coke Zero & Mentos Rocket Car, agency: EepyBird
6. Orbit Gum – The Prom Date, agency: Energy BBDO
7. McDonald’s & Coca-Cola – T-Shirt Wars 2, agency: n/a
8. GMC – Dude Perfect: The Cliff Jump Shot, agency: Leo Burnett
9. Sapporo – Legendary Biru, agency: Dentsu
10. Lynx Rise – Jessica Jane Clement – Her Best Bits, agency: n/a

I’m pretty NOT impressed with this list of virals. We have a couple sellouts here… Rhett and Link did a good job communicating with their audience while pushing a professional commercial out – good job to them. Dude perfect on the other hand I was not so impressed with. EepyBird is somehow still making a living by selling out to sugar water, good for them – at least they are consistent in their delivery.

Overall it just seems like people are trying to damn hard to get it right. If I had to pick a winner – I like the Volkswagen concept, but not the video they pushed out. Sapporo took me on an adventure and Lynx was the only video I continued a click through on — I wonder why.

Until next month – get some strange.