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10 Quick Thoughts About The Grammy’s And The State Of Music Today

  1. Today we rarely have musicians. We have entertainers. Sir Paul is a musician. Miley is an entertainer. Few have ever been both. Prince and Michael Jackson are two who come to mind that excelled at both.
  2. To mask the lack of musical talent, these “artists” turn to time honored approaches like amplifying the sex appeal. Take away the backing tracks and post editing, and most of these folks wouldn’t make it in a high school glee club.
  3. To put an exclamation point on #1 and #2, I give you Whitney Houston. At her pinnacle, no one was a finer singer. You never saw her half-naked on a rope, because she didn’t need to.
  4. Music has always been political. Music and politics go hand in hand. I think everyone is entitled to get divorced eventually. Equality for everyone. Though, I wouldn’t have opted for a Grammy Wedding; just a bit too showy for me.
  5. Macklemore is fun, let’s see if he can be more than a one album wonder. I hope he can deliver on that.
  6. I’m over Taylor Swift and I wish she’d just go away.
  7. Sometimes the mashups of musicians work really well. I think when Guns n’ Roses partnered with Elton John for November Rain, it was one of the most amazing musical performances I’ve ever seen. Other times, it’s very forced and just doesn’t work. The Robin Thicke and Chicago mashup, just didn’t work for me. I think on the whole, these forced partnerships fall flat.
  8. The work the Grammy team did in planning, creating and distributing so much behind the scenes content for the “2nd screen” was A-level. They should create a text book for companies to follow.
  9. Building on 6, I’m sorry, but I’m not a Beyonce fan. Never have been. I don’t think what she does is earth shattering. I just don’t. I think Adele has more musical talent in her big toe than Beyonce does in her entire body.
  10. Lastly, I leave you with this about the state of today’s music. And now I’ve dropped the mic.

Beyonce vs. Talent

Bar, Raised

Last week there was a lot of discussion about Oreo’s efforts during the Super Bowl. There should have been; what they did, with the speed the moved at, was deserving of recognition. The world moves in real time and Oreo has been the standard for the past year in how brands match that tempo.

Following the Super Bowl, our team regrouped, reviewed our own efforts, and had some great dialogue about how we move quicker and become more contextually relevant. The efforts inside of 3 days were nothing short of remarkable and lead to a standout performance by our Campbell’s Kitchen team.

Last night when Justin Timberlake took the stage for the first time in years, Oreo was quick to share their thoughts:

Not bad. Love the bow tie. Definitely on brand. Definitely quick. I like it. But, look at what Campbell’s Kitchen did at nearly the same point in time:

Notice the tint on our photo? As someone tweeted me last night, it’s the details that matter and we nailed it. I often say, speed wins. It’s true. But, nailing the details is what turns something from good to great. And in this case, we took an extra 5 minutes to nail the details. The tint is the same tint JT used when performing. We matched what was happening on TV, in near real time.

Kudos to the Mandy Weger, our brand team and our legal team. Without all of them, working together and striving for the same common goal, we couldn’t have made this happen. I can’t stress enough how important preparation was for this. The legal team helped us put together some guidelines, the brand teams met with the social media teams and we even leveraged some resources from the design team. Definitely a team effort. We shirked a “social media command center” in favor of some old school tools like eMail, Yammer! and phones. This allowed our teams to move quickly, communicate effectively and still spend quality time with family.

Not that I’m keeping score, but I think we won this round. Some say the bar is low for brands in twitter, because there’s so many bad experiences. I don’t necessarily share that point of view, but I understand where they’re coming from. Whether the bar is low or the bar is high, I consider the bar raised every day for us. That’s what keeps me waking up every day and coming into the office with fire in the belly.