“Four years ago this week, Blackberry named Alicia Keys its global creative officer… Keys was really going to work for Blackberry — to participate in weekly calls addressing product development; develop ideas and content for the Keep Moving Projects, which targeted artists and athletes; and of course, promote the brand during her upcoming tour… It didn’t work.”
Slashdot reader mirandakatz writes:
For a minute in history, it was oh-so-cool for legacy tech companies to hire pop stars… In 2005, HP brought Gwen Stefani on as a creative director. In 2010, Lady Gaga landed the job of creative director at Polaroid. In 2011, Will.i.am was the director of creative innovation at Intel. In 2012, Microsoft brought on Jessica Alba as creative director to promote its Windows Phone 8.
These roles were all touted as far more involved than the mere celebrity pitchman: The artists promised, to varying degrees, to dive into the business. But in all of these cases, the strategy failed. At Backchannel, Jessi Hempel dives into why that is, and how big names in entertainment are now finding other ways to harness the momentum of tech.
Lady Gaga left Polaroid in less than a year after “collaborating” on video camera sunglasses that offered playback through LCD lenses. While they weren’t popular, this article argues most of these tech companies “faced structural business issues too significant to be addressed through celebrity branding and artistic energy.” One digital ad agency even tells the site that “It’s always been a flawed strategy,” and calls the hiring of a celebrity “a press cycle hack.”
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