Lincoln Partners with Serena Williams in 2018 Navigator’s New Ad Campaign
Lincoln is partnering with tennis ledged Serena Williams in its newest ad campaign that kicked off February 15. Williams will act as a brand ambassador on social media as she drives her 2018 Navigator to tournaments and while chauffeuring her family around town.
But this isn’t her first time in a Navigator. In fact, her first car was a first-generation Lincoln Navigator she purchased during her successful early years and named it “Ginger.” The SUV lasted her eight years’ worth of tennis practices and matches before she gifted it to her niece. “I’ve always had a connection to the Navigator,” she said. “When the opportunity came to work with the Lincoln Navigator today, I was really excited because it brought me back to all of those moments I had in my first vehicle. For me, partnering with a brand like Navigator comes from a genuine place.”
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2018 Lincoln Navigator Ad Has a Silent Matthew McConaughey and a Hidden Message
So, with all of the past Lincoln\McConaughey commercials and all of the weirdness that ensues, it’s pretty easy to feel disappointed here. McConaughey is silent and does nothing more than drum on the steering wheel of his new Navigator as he waits for a train to pass. Once the train passes, he presses the button for “D” or drive, casts his typical smile, and drives off; not a word said. Now, everyone seems to be ragging on Lincoln and McConaughey for such a boring commercial. But, what everyone has seemed to miss is that the cabin of that Navigator is so quiet that you can hear McConaughey drumming on his steering wheel.
There’s nothing more to it really, and nothing less – either. Just a guy enjoying his day, drumming on his steering while as he waits for a train to pass. The point is that the cabin is quiet, so check out the advertisement for yourself and let us know what you think!
With apologies to all weird Super Bowl commercials in the past, Lincoln’s new ad for the big game may have put all else to shame.
First of all, the ad was done in collaboration with Jimmy Fallon, who doesn’t appear on the commercial. From what we’ve been told, people sent tweets to Fallon, who, in turn, wrote a script based on the tweets by the fans. Not exactly the easiest thing to do, even for a world-class comedian like Fallon.
So with the script in hand, Lincoln prepared an MKZ commercial that borders on weird. To be honest, we don’t know what to make of it other than the cameos of some celebrities, including Wil Wheaton, hip hop artist Rev Run, and even retired-NFL-star Emmitt Smith.
Other than that, the whole thing is just a convoluted mash-up that doesn’t do the MKZ any justice. It feels a little too far into twitter world than we would have want to see the new self proclaimed super luxury brand from the Ford group. Let’s hope this isn’t the ad that the "Phoenix" teaser spot was alluding to.
Give credit to the folks from Lincoln, or at least the higher ups over at Ford, for deciding it’s a worthy investment to place an ad for the Super Bowl. Only a handful of automakers that are expected to show commercials during the big game and Lincoln has decided that a little teaser was in order for their new luxury sedan, the 2013 MKZ.
The teaser ad isn’t all that long, but in the 17 seconds that it runs, it definitely shows a lot of what Lincoln has had to go through to be in the position that they’re in now. The “phoenix” reference definitely alludes to a rebirth for the American automaker – something that has been long overdue.
We’re definitely excited to see what the whole ad is going to show, as the teaser looks pretty sweet as is. Hopefully, Lincoln releases it even before the Super Bowl.
Every man who has ever seen Mad Men will attest that it’s one of the best shows on TV today. Lincoln seems to think so too because why else would they tap John Slattery – aka Roger Sterling – to be the man to promote their brand’s refreshed line-up.
Automakers seem to have had a deep-lying affinity for the show with Mercedes-Benz recently signing John Hamm – he’s Don Draper in the show, by the way – to be their new voice over for their commercials.
The Lincoln commercial for the 2011 MKX promotes the car’s unparalleled attention to its technology, with Slattery even saying that “no other anything in the world has it.”
And with the campaign’s tag line of “Smarter than Luxury”, it fits right in with Slattery’s character in Mad Men, Roger Sterling. Really, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more ideal pitchman for Lincoln than John Slattery, a man the company says fits in to their brand for his "authentic, real-world appeal."
Now, care to venture a guess as to what auto brand will try to get Robert Morse to work with them?
Press Release after the jump
Taking a significant leap from the traditional 30- and 60-second broadcast advertising model, luxury automaker Lincoln is delivering a first this week with the national television launch of a three-minute movie featuring the all-new 2009 Lincoln MKS.
Shot on location in Hollywood Hills, MadCrazyLove is a three-minute commercial, with accompanying 30- and 15-second spots, that introduces the newest member of the Lincoln family – the 2009 Lincoln MKS – against the backdrop of a fun, romantic story.
The new three-minute spot makes its television debut today during the Black Entertainment Television Awards pre-show.
The 30- and 15-second spots will begin airing today on select cable television and nationally syndicated programs. National print and digital media are included in the media mix and scheduled for rotation beginning in July.