Brand Bites: Starbucks, Gisele, Sofia and Global Campaigns You May Have Missed


Ikea introduces a nursery… for men. Australian men. We’re jealous.

Below, don’t miss Tata’s “car chase to end all car chases” spot (and more campaigns).[more]

India’s Tata Aria brand outdoes itself with this spot; watch the making of after you watch this:

France’s Réseau Ferré has fun on the tracks:

Gisele Bundchen shows how to apologize (in Hope Lingerie), following up on lessons one and two

Blush Lingerie spot (called simply “&”) shows the power of the ampersand:

Sofia Vergara is everywoman, touting her new line for Kmart (even sexier in Spanish):

Mercedes-Benz E-Class brings joy to animals (tagline: “Keep the party going”):

Ray Romano helps Mastercard thank customers who Stand Up 2 Cancer:

Mastercard also hits three trendy hotspots (cupcakes, food trucks and Austin, TX) in this short:

American Airlines appeals to business travel parents with latest campaign:

Volkswagen Canada thanks you for flying (the new Beetle):

BMW isn’t making electric cars, it’s making drivers ‘electronauts’ —

Greenpeace takes a break from beating up on brands by creating art on a melting ice floe:

Puma brings the “world’s fastest band” to Brussels:

Behind the scenes at the Pan Am bag brand ad photo shoot:

What happens when a social media guru hires Twitter ghostwriters, fires one, and forgets to change his password?

Meanwhile, reality search contest The X-Factor debuted this week, none too subtly on the product placement front for one viewer:

Click here if you’re curious how Toyota made a “people” person:

Stealth Iconography: The Waveform of song.

Is Israel really the “world’s worst managed brand?”

Best-er Western: Best Western hotels embark on nationwide brand enhancement strategy.

Yum! Brands unloads A&W and Long John Silver’s franchise; Zack Galifianakis could not be reached for comment.

Mac Attack: Golden Arches battles Texas mac & cheese joint over word.

Do not put your QR-coded message on a roadside billboard, for obvious reasons. 

Florida being Florida item of the day: Credit processing company offers free AK-47 to customers

Do you market to teenagers? You should be reading Rookie: A site for teenagers, by teenagers.

Wisconsin retailer jumps the gun, begins selling Milwaukee Brewers division champs shirts a little too early.

Hear the CNN segment that got someone fired.

Air Seychelles has a new livery.

American Lung Association “coughing baby” campaign included conventional TV ads as well as sending “every member of Congress an audio card that featured a coughing baby on the steps of the Capitol.”

New entry into the smart vitamin energy x-treme sports endurance water marketplace VBlast teams with NBA star Tyreke Evans.

The Starbucks Rant Song that got its singer fired:

Son of the Starbucks Rant Song:

LeBron James pokes fun at himself in new McDonald’s ad.

Seasame Street spoofs TV show Glee with “G.”

Curious to check out the new Facebook timeline profile early? HuffPo’s Jason Gilbert shows how (he also reveals to remove that annoying sidebar ticker here):

And Nokia creates a Foursquare-activated vending machine:

Which brand campaigns caught your eye this week? Let us know in the comments!