Friday, June 26, 2009

What did Michael Jackson ever do for advertising?

A lot - especially for Pepsi.

Here's a clip from the great three-part Canadian documentary "The Cola Conquest," which should be required viewing for anyone interested in the cola wars and advertising (as I always like to say, "The history of Coke is the history of advertising").

Marketing calls Jackson an advertising icon today; in the 80s, Michael Jackson "opened the floodgates to big companies signing up celebrities as brand ambassadors."

For $5 million Michael Jackson - the biggest star of the day - rewrote and rerecorded Billy Jean - his biggest hit - and appeared in the spot. Whatta deal!

Despite what we know about Jackson and kids, there's no denying that this ad still has the goods:

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