Rob Zombie is probably best known as of late for being a horror director, and apparently, he’s taken that aesthetic to a new medium – detergent commercials!
Check out his very creative ad for Woolite brand laundry detergent (above)!
Apparently, Zombie was going for a Tim Burton-esque, Addams Family vibe…and we think that it’s actually very successful!
Full of atmosphere, but still very restrained!
Now if he could only have done that in any of his movies! Ha!
We’ll be curious to see if other generic household products try to spice up their ad campaigns with similar commercials!
The category is laundry products, household staples like detergents, bleaches and fabric softeners. People do not think about them much, unlike higher-interest categories like cars or any gadget from Apple beginning with “i.”
No laundry product marketer has introduced an iDetergent — not yet, anyway. Meantime, the largest companies in the category are seeking more attention among shoppers with campaigns that are offbeat and even odd.
Reckitt Benckiser, for its Woolite brand of liquid detergent, is introducing ads with a spooky tone reminiscent of a Rob Zombie horror movie. That is no coincidence: the commercial that is the centerpiece of the campaign, making its debut on Thursday on the brand’s Facebook page, was directed by Mr. Zombie.
“Some detergents torture your clothes,” asserts the campaign, which depicts apparel being threatened by ominous devices out of a horrible Halloween. “Save them,” the ads declare, with Woolite, as evidenced by the campaign’s theme, “Long live your wardrobe.”
And Procter & Gamble is featuring the actor and martial artist Chuck Norris in a campaign for its Era liquid detergent. Era is “Chuck Norris approved,” according to the cheeky campaign, which includes commercials on television and YouTube, online advertising and social media like Facebook and Twitter.
The Era campaign borrows from jokes that began appearing online in 2005, known as “Chuck Norris facts,” in the form of boldly exaggerated statements about Mr. Norris’s prowess as a fighter, a man’s man and a human being.
The premise of the humorous Era campaign is that Era is the Chuck Norris of detergents, battling — and beating — stains the same way he vanquishes bad guys. The theme of the campaign, “A lot of fight for a little dough,” expresses that thought as well as that Era is a value brand — priced lower than Procter’s flagship detergent, Tide, but higher than store brands.
“We’ve repositioned Woolite as more of a daily-use detergent for all the fabrics that require special care, and we’ve been trying to communicate this to consumers over time,” said Jiri Kulik, general manager for United States household marketing at the Reckitt Benckiser North American headquarters in Parsippany, N.J.
“But we’ve always had trouble breaking through with the message,” he added, “because it’s very difficult to change a habit.”
After “some of the consumers in our focus groups described what their clothes go through with laundry detergent like a ‘torture,’ we got this crazy idea of the washing machine like a torture chamber for your clothes,” Mr. Kulik said, “and then we describe Woolite as the savior.”
Even so, after the Woolite agency — Euro RSCG Worldwide in New York, part of Havas — presented a campaign based on that concept, “when we saw the first storyboard we almost flipped from our chairs,” he added, laughing. “Eventually, with testing, we got more and more comfortable with it.”
Still, there are two versions of the commercial: a darker one for Facebook and movie theaters, and a milder one for television.
“I’m not really sure which version is which,” Mr. Zombie said. “It’s not like it’s scary.”
Mr. Zombie said he and his cinematographer, Brandon Trost, made the spot “more like a Tim Burton” film than something truly horrifying.
For example, the main character, who is shown tormenting the clothes not washed in Woolite, “is like Uncle Fester,” Mr. Zombie said, referring to the character from “The Addams Family,” and not “like some child killer out in the woods.”
Perhaps the only thing stranger than talking about death in reference to detergent ads is talking about Mr. Norris. He does not appear in person in the Era campaign; rather, his likeness is seen on a tongue-in-cheek seal in the ads and on bottles.
When you’re stuck in an area that vaguely resembles the woods, one of the most important things is to locate a source of food. If that is not possible, finding a good woman to seduce is a close second.
While roots, berries, and insects will keep you satisfied for a little while, the comforts of a woman can mean the difference between life and death.
The first thing you need to realize is that (like some men) females are creatures of habit, and they can usually be found in one of four places:
-Hanging out with a group of friends who you may have to fight off.
-Some sort of food source (which is terrific because women tend to lack the proper currency to pay for their own food, thus giving you the upper-hand).
-The water source where they will pretend to drink water in an effort to look sexy.
-Inside their homes where they will be recharging their batteries so that they may be better prepared when you chase them in a playful way.
Once you’ve located tracks on the paths where these creatures have walked, you will have located the ideal place to set your trap.
I know, I know. There has to be an easier way to meet women, but this is just how it is in the jungle so you have to make do with what you have.
So you’ve spotted their tracks. Now, if only there were a way to lure these miraculous creatures directly into your cave without spooking them.
If only you could, oh I don’t know, take some miscellaneous ‘tribesman’ (along with some spears and other various pointed weapons) and a six pack of beer with you as you reassure your target that they’re safe and that this isn’t a plan at all, but more of a ‘meeting of the minds’, if you will.
Maybe if you used a “soothing voice”, that could buy you some trust. It’s worth a shot.
But be warned, you must use “caution” when trying to trap a female in the wild, as she may be wary of the three men dressed as Village People who are currently approaching her with swords and staring at her like she’s a poison dart frog.
Not many people understand the importance of data privacy. They don’t get out how little bits of information sent from your phone every now and then can show a lot about your day-to-day life.
As the German government tries to come to a consensus about its data retention rules, Green party politician Malte Spitz retrieved six months of phone data from Deutsche Telekom (by suing them), to show what you can get from a little bit of private mobile data. He handed the data to Zeit Online, and they in turn mapped and animated practically every one of Spitz’ moves over half a year and combined it with publicly available information from sources such as his appointment website, blog, and Twitter feed for more context.
This profile reveals when Spitz walked down the street, when he took a train, when he was in an airplane. It shows where he was in the cities he visited. It shows when he worked and when he slept, when he could be reached by phone and when was unavailable. It shows when he preferred to talk on his phone and when he preferred to send a text message. It shows which beer gardens he liked to visit in his free time. All in all, it reveals an entire life.
Press the play button and watch him go, or use the timeline on the bottom to skip to specific spots. Slick, well-designed, and thorough reporting.
Want to see the data for yourself? Download the spreadsheet. Zeit did omit phone numbers, but it should be easy to see how that could add a whole other level of complexity.
Then again, some people already share all this information via Foursquare and Twitter. Is that a good thing?