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Skims, cord-cutters, the Target Lady, and more ad campaign news.
April 03, 2024

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It’s Wednesday. Dress for the job you want: Kristen Wiig has played a Target employee paid by NBC, and now she can say she has been paid by Target to play an employee: Wiig reprises her star “Target Lady” character in a TV campaign promoting the company’s Circle Week, which offers discounts to its loyalty program members.

In today’s edition:

—Jasmine Sheena, Ryan Barwick, Alex Vuocolo


Skimming the top

Skims advertisement Screenshot via @Skims/YouTube

In 2019, when Kim Kardashian announced her new shapewear brand, it was called “Kimono,” a reference to both her name and to the traditional Japanese robe. Let’s just say, that didn’t go over super well.

Nearly five years and one rebrand later, Skims is a $4 billion business. The company has run campaigns with performers like Lana Del Rey and Usher and actors from the TV show The White Lotus, become the official underwear partner of the WNBA and NBA, and has plans to open brick-and-mortar retail locations later this year.

To support that growth, Skims chose Oscars night earlier this month to debut its first-ever TV ad, which featured Kardashian appearing as two-dozen different characters. The aim, according to the agency that created the spot, is to further expand Skims’s reach and appeal, and it comes as the brand continues its trajectory as one of the more successful celebrity-led brands in recent memory.

Fit check

Skims’s first TV spot, “Skims Lab,” a 60-second ad that features Kardashian and her clones testing Skims clothes in a laboratory, was an effort to reach a wider audience for the brand, which has historically enjoyed a strong Gen Z following, said Azsa West, chief creative officer at Wieden+Kennedy, which created the ad.

Why Oscar night? According to West, the brand was looking for a “big media moment” to debut the ad (it had also considered the Super Bowl, she told us).

Continue reading here.—JS



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Surf’s up

A gif of the Narrator in Fight Club watching TV Fight Club/20th Century Studios via Giphy

More than half of the country’s adults have cut the cord, or never had a cord to cut in the first place, according to a new report from the Video Advertising Bureau.

In the report: In 2022, cordless viewers, defined as people who have either never signed up for a paid, traditional television service or have canceled that service, made up about 49% of all US adults. As of March this year, though, that figure is up to 54%.

Streaming, unsurprisingly, is also growing, accounting for a 38% share of monthly time spent watching television, compared to broadcast and cable’s 51%. That streaming share is up six percentage points from 2022, when it was 32%; broadcast and cable viewership comprised 58% of share that year.

Continue reading here.RB



A maker’s mark

TikTok Shop Future Publishing/Getty Images

Puneet Nanda spent much of his career in the background, churning out new products in the admittedly stodgy oral hygiene category. Now he’s the CEO of GuruNanda, the top-selling brand on TikTok Shop and a social media star in his own right.

His California-based account has 263,000+ followers and 5.8 million likes, numbers that he obtained from a daily regimen of content creation that might exhaust an energetic Gen Z influencer, let alone a 56-year-old product designer.

“I post 10 videos a day, so that’s what I do 10 hours, 12 hours a day,” he told Retail Brew. “Seventy percent of my job at the company is producing videos.”

The videos are a mix of health advice and information about his oral wellness products, the most popular of which is Cocomint Pulling Oil, selling 428,000+ units and raking in $3.35 million in revenue in the last 30 days, according to

The product is part of a unique crop of “TikTok-native” brands that are selling well on the social media marketplace due to their success getting noticed on the platform’s somewhat mysterious algorithms.

Continue reading here.AV




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Stat: More than $60 million. That’s the estimated amount of money Disney and its supporters have spent attempting to keep its corporate board makeup intact ahead of today’s annual shareholder meeting.

Quote: “So AI can cure diseases and solve climate change, but that’s not exactly what companies are going to be using it for, are they?”—Jon Stewart, host of The Daily Show

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