The Marketing for Zoolander 2 is So Hot Right Now!

I don’t know about you, but Zoolander is one of my all-time favorite movies. Not only is the cast amazing and it’s just so ridiculously funny, but it meshes one of my other loves – fashion. The way cross channel marketing of upcoming film, Zoolander 2, has managed to seamlessly integrate its promotion into the fashion industry really makes me geek out about what I do.

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It has been almost a year since the news hit the runway (literally), about the sequel of cult classic, Zoolander, being in the works. This was no average press release though. Main characters and fashion icons, Derek Zoolander and Hansel (played by Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson), strutted their stuff during the Valentino show at Paris Fashion Week on March 10th, 2015.

Since then, there has been a slew of teaser trailers, promotional ads, and more – that have made sure to meld with today’s multi-billion dollar beauty and fashion industry. For  example the cover of Vogue and ads that appear to be for perfume named No.2, cleverly drawing inspiration from Chanel’s real fragrance, No. 5.

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Derek Zoolander and Penelope Cruz on the 2016 February cover of Vogue.
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Subtle ads appearing to be for No. 2 parfume – including a hilarious parody ad. You can see more ads and catch the whole spot here.


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Samsung ran a sweepstakes offering consumers a chance to work the Zoolander 2 red carpet event in New York as official fan correspondent for Entertainment Tonight.
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Fiat featured Derek’s famous Blue Steel during their 60 second spot for 2016 Fiat 500X, which premiered during the 2016 Golden Globes. Watch the whole spot here.

At the end of January, Kristen Wiig’s charachter, Alexanya Atoz, was in a fake ad for “Youth Milk.

Most recently, Derek and Hansel were seen posing as mannequins in the Valentino store window in Rome on Sunday. With less than two weeks until the February 12 opening of Zoolander 2, I think it’s safe to say that we are all in anticipation to see if the highly awaited sequel will live up to the first, and all of the marketing hype!!

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Paparazzi snapping shots of Zoolander 2 stars as they pose in Valentino’s store window.
The Marketing for Zoolander 2 is So Hot Right Now!

2015 in review

It’s really cool that puts together this nifty little stats report for my 2015 Mediatation blog posts! While I don’t always have time to write, it is still cool to see this little overview, showing everything from views, to comments, to where in the world readers came from!

As someone who studied advertising in college, I can tell you I was crossing my fingers that I wouldn’t cross paths with too many math equations, stats, formulas, etc. But now that I have worked in direct marketing and advertising for the past few years, I found out pretty quickly how wrong I was to think that way! Measuring performance is what it is all about! How do you ever know how far you’ve come if you didn’t know where you were?

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 670 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 11 trips to carry that many people.

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Click here to see the complete report.

2015 in review

The Impact of Millennial Latinas

You always hear about the interest and targeting of the millennial marketing segment, but even more influential is the Latina population within it. To read more about the impact that millennial Latinas are having on brands and marketing – check out some of my article below, and to see the full article go to Dieste’s Provoke page now!

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The Impact of Millennial Latinas

Grocery Couture

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Flour by Prada

Couture brands hit super market shelves this May! Well, as a new art exhibit displaying basic grocery items with luxury branding. Israeli designer, Peddy Mergui, has been changing the way art-goers and fashion enthusiasts alike, have previously viewed their local grocery store aisles. He has reinvented everyday produce and given it a recognizable and prestigious look. Many labels and designers, such as Apple and Prada have been featured in an artistic way on milk cartons and bags of flour, to show the challenge designers are faced with when having to show their true vision, while also promoting economic interest.  Check out these and the rest of his exhibit, Wheat is Wheat is Wheat.

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Fruit by Nike
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Yogurt by Tiffany & Co.
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Eggs by Versace
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Milk by Apple
Grocery Couture

Happy Fang Friday!


In honor of Fang Friday, a media stunt that True Blood uses of fans posting pictures across all social media with their “fangs” and hash tagging #showyourfangs in preparation of the Sunday’s debut of the new episode, I thought we could visit some other funny vampire advertisements!

Hope you guys enjoy!  V–V

Feel The Wind in Your Fangs - Mini Cooper teamed up with True Blood here to obviously sell to Vampires...and of course fans.
Feel The Wind in Your Fangs – Mini Cooper teamed up with True Blood here to obviously sell to Vampires…and of course fans.
Type G"O" - True Blood teamed up with Mini-Cooper to promote the show
Type G”O” – True Blood teamed up with Mini-Cooper to promote the show
True Blood promotional signs complete with stakes!
True Blood promotional signs complete with stakes!
Vampire Power ad - How much do you bleed?
Vampire Power ad – How much do you bleed?

Check out all the “10 Vampire ads That Don’t Suck,” here!

McTreat - A vampire ad from McDonald's Hong Kong.
McTreat – A vampire ad from McDonald’s Hong Kong.
Open at Night - Dental Clinic with some vampire friendly business hours
Open at Night – Dental Clinic with some vampire friendly business hours
Red Motor Oil - By Castrol Oil
Red Motor Oil – By Castrol Oil
Super Absorbent - O.B.'s Dracula ad. I know this one is kinda gross...but to each his own, Johnson & Johnson
Super Absorbent – O.B.’s Dracula ad. I know this one is kinda gross…but to each his own, Johnson & Johnson
Happy Fang Friday!

Working Girl – One Year Anniversary!

Well, two weeks ago I hit the one year mark at Group360 Worldwide! It really has flown by, faster than I thought it would for sure. I would have never thought of myself as starting a career in Plano, (15 minutes down the tollway from where I grew up), but I have had a chance to work on some pretty cool things so far!

My very first project to work on was the t-shirts for the Snapple sponsored “Steal the Base” kid challenge at Texas Rangers ball park! I actually remember going to a game and seeing the little kids on the jumbo-screening and being so proud. It was just a t-shirt, and I used to help with t-shirts in high school and in my college sorority, but I guess it was just cool to see something I did that so many other people also experience. And of course I was too high up to get a good shot!

Like I said, I couldn't snag a pic of the little base snaggers, but check out that outfield Snapple sign we also did!
Like I said, I couldn’t snag a pic of the little base snaggers, but check out that outfield Snapple sign we also did!

Another big gig I’ve worked on, that also was a major bilingual piece was 7UP’s Latin Grammy promotion, with Enrique Iglesias as the face of it. Dr Pepper Snapple Group sure does love it when they get to work with artists! And even though we didn’t meet Enrique (darn!), we did get to do some fun creative, and talk to “his people,” which if you haven’t worked with artists before, it’s a big process because not only do you need your company, you client, and Latin Grammy’s approval on everything you put their name on, but the artist has to approve just about every piece with his name or image on it. Lots of cooks in these advertising kitchens, folks! But rightfully so, because it was a HUGE project! My company alone worked on the artwork that went on packaging, point of sale pieces, merchandise, street party signs, and even merchandise “swag”!

This is the artwork that our great Plano creative department created for the 2012 promotion. Wait until you see what we have in store for this year!
This is the artwork that our great Plano creative department created for the 2012 promotion. Wait until you see what we have in store for this year!

Anyways, besides these jobs, there have been lots of small lessons I have learned along the way. College was definitely the right choice for me and for many, if you want to get into most careers these days, but honestly, I would say the bulk of what you learn happens on the job. And as a college student, I would hear that and almost get frustrated that I was drowning in loans but the learning didn’t start till after! But that isn’t true either. The basis of the learning starts in school, and many companies will not look your way unless you have a degree! One of my biggest lessons and experiences so far is the one that I am taking on now.

A week before my 1 year mark at Group360 our CFO came in to discuss a reorganization that the company was about to be undergoing. Evidently, they were bringing it more people, moving positions around and promoting people. I was one of them! I am now going to be a Lead Project Coordinator, and for the first time in my life (if you don’t count lead hostess or toddler cheer coach), I am managing people! It’s going to be quite a journey, and for the past 2 weeks, it has been going well. But I will say there is A LOT more work and A LOT more responsibility now. I can only hope and work that I can be the best I can be at it!

This is our St. Louis! I haven't been there yet, but I hear it's a pretty awesome office! Don't you think?
This is our headquarters…in St. Louis! I haven’t been there yet, but I hear it’s a pretty awesome office! Don’t you think?

I don’t know if I will be working at Group360 in 2 years, or if I will be in Dallas for years to come. Heck! I don’t even know what I am wearing to work tomorrow! What I do know, is that I have worked on some cool stuff, with some great people, won an iPad at our company Christmas party, and that I have been really lucky to have Group360 be my first place of “big girl” employment for the past year.

Cheers fellow young professionals and Group360 for the opportunity!
Cheers fellow young professionals and Group360 for the opportunity!

Here’s to my one year, being young and the years and careers to come!





Working Girl – One Year Anniversary!

Women in Marketing

In my office and even in my Mass Communications education courses, it was evident that if Advertising/PR were not already female dominated, they would be in a few years. Women are buyers and thinkers and more often than not, the larger target audience. So why would they not be controlling marketing and advertising?
Thank you for sharing Lipstick Economy!

The Lipstick Economy

12249556680-resize-380x300Almost a third of all Americans are employed in marketing-related positions.  That’s a staggering number if you think about it.  And it is a path for women to grow up the corporate ladder.   A recent study by a recruiting firm found that more top executives have come out of marketing than of any other area.

Women have historically been employed in the retailing and advertising areas of marketing. But we now have moved into all types of sales and marketing positions.  Advertising has always been a home for women but men still dominate with 51.3% of the advertising workforce composed of men.  Of course, women only compose 3% of the creative directors of agencies, and that’s a complete travesty of consumer marketing.   Some 13.5% of all advertising persons are women who hold an high level role such as chair, CEO or managing director.  Women also held just 27.3% of…

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Women in Marketing

Where I Work in Advertising

Hello out there!! I know it has definitely been a while since I wrote last, but this new job has been keeping me pretty busy. But hey, so is life!

Anyways, speaking of work, I thought I would share some pictures of my new (well, not so new anymore) place of work. Keep in mind, if you visit the Group360 Worldwide website, the pictures of that building, are of our awesome headquarters in St. Louis. The ones I am putting up are of our Texas office that directly works with the Dr Pepper Snapple Group.

Well, here it is!







Where I Work in Advertising

You Can Run But You Will Never Escape it!


Unlike most people, I don’t find much advertising that annoying. I can watch commercials, I don’t mind website banners, I actually really love print. But this is just beyond anything like that. This new family board game, which came out last year, revolves around certain brand name logos. People thought they could get away from advertising by having DVR, by creating pop up blockers, but now one of the ultimate versions of advertising has moved into our entertainment block. Not only that, but the families that do purchase this will end up creating brand loyalty in their children and maybe even themselves through recognition without even realizing it. Depending on how popular or successful this is, we will probably start to see advertising emerging from different mediums. And what’s wrong with that? Nothing! Cause that means that me and people like me will always have a job! Go advertising!

You Can Run But You Will Never Escape it!