No chocolate balls…

In my disaster preparedness class my students are tasked with creating a public service announcement (PSA) that promotes individual and household preparedness.  The PSA project is designed to get them thinking about what it takes to sell a message. So far, the folks in my field have not been wildly successful in “selling” citizen preparedness despite sincere efforts.  The ability to think through the marketing piece of “selling” preparedness as a behavior that has value to individuals and households and to produce an end result that actually causes folks to act is something I seek to nurture in my students.

So we have been watching videos and commercials and discussing successful advertising campaigns all with the goal of understanding why they grab our attention and are  successful.  Today we will watch the new Lindt commercial that features Roger Federer.  If you don’t know of Roger Federer he is a  very handsome Swiss tennis star.

This is Roger.  I am not sure what he is selling here, but I am pretty sure I want to buy it.   Of course Lindt likewise knows that good ol’ Roger has an overabundance of sex appeal and knowing his appeal they designed an advertisement for Lindt Truffles that I am calling for lack of a better label, “Chocolate Balls.” This advertisement interlaces a strong undercurrent of power from a female sexuality standpoint and manages in some perverse way to make you long for Lindt Truffles – I suspect for all the wrong reasons – but long nonetheless.

There are two versions of the video the short version that is used in the 30 second advertisement and the longer 60 second version that is unedited.  I will be showing my class both so that they can appreciate how the marketing agency sold their message so succinctly in 30 seconds and also so they can appreciate the subtle differences in the power framework that is evidenced between the two advertisements (in the shorter version the sense of power and control is more absolute based on the cut).

I offer them up here for your perusal. Please do let me know if you have a sudden craving for chocolate balls.  ;-)

30 second commercial

60 second commercial

Day four hundred and twenty-eight of the new forty – obla di obla da

Ms. C

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I teach at NDSU...but I remain a student of life with all the enthusiasm that entails. My favorite saying is, "Sometimes you have to take the leap and build your wings on the way down." In the new forty that is what I am doing...building my wings.
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7 Responses to No chocolate balls…

  1. Tam says:

    Ethel-are you going to be able to show that video in class without making comments or sighing while it is playing???? Just saying…..you do not want to be known as Professor Mrs. Robinson…

  2. Avatar of StormChaser says:

    Uh Yeah! I want chocolate NOW! I’d like to have that duffel bag of chocolate during the next natural disaster!

  3. Avatar of Ms. C Ms. C says:

    Tam (a.k.a. Lucy) ~ of course…it is an intellectual exercise…plus I already sighed and made plenty of comments while I was watching it at home over and over again – I think I will be able to refrain from audibly saying, “Yummmmmm.” Yeah…I think. ;-)

    StormChaser ~ is that the perfect disaster kit or what??!! Who needs Roger when you have a bag full of truffles?? ;-)

  4. Gail says:

    I want that duffle bag NOW! And if I could have Mr. Federer carry it for me — so much the better! Lindt Truffles are my absolute FAVORITE chocolate. So, how are your students going to make preparedness as sexy?

  5. Avatar of jo momma says:

    ummm, i luv chocolate. i will trade you roger for those two baggage security girls. 2 chicks and chocolate, damn thats worth at least one ms. c…..almost…….DNA

  6. Avatar of Ms. C Ms. C says:

    DNA~ so glad you are back – I missed you so. ;-)

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