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By Maureen Morrison
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Adele was no doubt the star of last night’s Grammys, taking home six awards. And although Coldplay performed at the event, the band’s live performance was overshadowed by Chipotle’s “Back to the Start” ad, which featured Willie Nelson covering Coldplay’s “The Scientist.”
The two-minute spot is the chain’s first national TV ad, but Chipotle released the ad online in late August; it also aired in some 5,700 movie theaters. The ad takes viewers through one farmer’s journey, from a huge industrialized farming compound to one with more-sustainable and humane practices. Chipotle encouraged viewers to download the song at iTunes, with proceeds going to the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation.
That Chipotle even aired a TV ad is a bit unusual. The chain has made a concerted effort in recent years to take its advertising in-house, and CMO Mark Crumpacker has said that traditional advertising has become less important for the company.
But reception of the spot, at least on social media, appears to be mostly positive. Some Twitter reactions:
@poniewozik Coldplay-based Chipotle commercial > actual Coldplay performance. #grammys
@mikelafloyd WAIT. THIS WILLIE NELSON THING IS A COMMERCIAL FOR CHIPOTLE?!?! I was getting emotional over burritos?! #grammys
@WilsonTech1 The Chipotle commercial is single-handedly the best part of the#Grammys so far.
@JayDeMarcus This Chipotle commercial is way weird. Wow.
The chain has long had its “food with integrity” stance, but it’s clearly benefiting from increased consumer concern over where their food originates and wanting food that they see as fresher than traditional fast food. Last week, the chain said its same-store sales for full-year 2011 were up 11.2%; net income was up 20%.
It’s also not the only long-form ad Chipotle released. In October, the chain unveiled “Abandoned,” which focuses on the hardships farmers endure as American agriculture becomes increasingly industrialized. Again there’s a Willie Nelson connection. The song, “Mama, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys,” performed by Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O., was written by Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings.
Thanks to Phil Weisman, for sending along this print ad for the Wrangler Jean campaign. I’d never seen this one before.
No doubt about it, real cowboys wear Wrangler cowboy cut jeans. 97% of all pro-rodeo cowboys wear them. They are the only official jeans of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. And that’s only natural. After all, these are the jeans designed for cowboys. So they’re comfortable, and they last.
Of course, not everyone who wears Wrangler Cowboy Cut jeans is a professional cowboy. Lots of people are just cowboys in their hearts — like Willie Nelson, a legend in jeans.
Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again” is soundtrack to this Harley Davidson commercial. A man takes his Harley out of the garage and polishes it up and makes it look like new — and then posts a “for sale” sign on it. Time to get an Indian Motorcycle.
by Chris Boeckmann
With his warm demeanor and many contributions to the farming community, Willie Nelson has developed a reputation as a sweet man. In 2007, Ben & Jerry’s matched that sweetness when it debuted Willie Nelson’s Country Peach Cobbler ice cream. As both a tribute to Nelson’s charity work and Ben & Jerry’s support of community farming, a portion of the profits are given to the not-for-profit Farm Aid, the organization Nelson helped establish in the 1980s.
“There’s a lot more than just music to him,” Ben & Jerry’s spokesperson Sean Greenwood said of Nelson. “I think it”s the same thing when you look at our history.”
The idea for peach cobbler ice cream started in the Research and Development Department, where researchers had been fielding requests for the return of Georgia Peach ice cream. Once the flavor was perfected, Ben & Jerry’s pitched the idea to Nelson.
“He tasted it and loved it from the beginning,” Researcher and ‘Flavor Guru’ John Shaffer said of Nelson’s reaction. “It really made it easy for us; we don’t always get that lucky.”
There are no set rules on celebrity flavors, but to the farm-supporting company, Nelson seemed like an ideal candidate who could gracefully deal with the fame that comes with flavorhood.
Willie Nelson fans came up with some other ice cream flavors:
1 Bloody Mary Sunday
2. On the Rocky Road Again
3. Whiskey River
4. Milk Cow Bluesberry
5. Willie Nelson’s Crazy for Chocolate
6. Rainbow Connection Sherbet
7. Turn Out The Lights, Dark Chocolate
8. I Gotta Get Drunk Pina Colada Sherbet
9. Yesterday’s strawberry wine
10. Moment of Forever Marshmallow Swirl
11. Worry B Gone Butter Pecan
12. Gravedigger Mudslide