2015: A Year in Review

Adv. Sports and Entertainment Marketing (05)

Three companies that slayed the marketing game in 2015

Beats by Dr. Dre

Beats’ headphones grew because of word of mouth, influencers like LeBron James, and co-marketing deals with phone makers, car makers, and others. The brand produced emotionally-charged ads starring the NBA’s Kevin Garnett and Barcelona FC’s Cesc Fàbregas that quickly went viral, as well as a short film for the World Cup that exploded online, essentially stealing the global ad show with its inspiring look at the pre-game rituals of a laundry list of soccer stars. Beats managed to bond sports and music into a inseparable relationship.

Dove: Campaign for Real Beauty

The campaign that had its origins in London and Canada with a billboard asking motorists to vote on whether the women pictured were “fat or fit?” or “wrinkled or wonderful?” kicked off a conversation about society’s notions of female standards of beauty. Dove’s “Campaign for Real Beauty” is the only campaign cited by every one of the Advertising Age judges as belonging on this list, and one that was described by the panel as groundbreaking, brave, bold, insightful, transparent and authentic.

Audi: Land of the Quattro

Quattro: (meaning four in Italian) is the sub-brand used by the car brand Audi AG to indicate that all-wheel drive (AWD) technologies or systems are used on specific models of its Audi automobiles. Audi went into 2015 showing off its ability to be able to hold its ground in all types of roads situations.

The good and bad in 2015: Product wise


IPhone 6s

The new iPhones introduce 3D Touch, which senses force to enable intuitive new ways to access features and interact with content. iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus feature Retina HD displays made from the strongest glass and the same alloy used in the aerospace industry, in gorgeous metallic finishes that now include rose gold.

Now the following is slightly contradicting...... But also one of the best this year

Galaxy S6

Not only is this the most attractive smartphone Samsung has ever produced, it’s also got one of the most accurate cameras of any handset around. It’s speedy, has a gorgeous display and svelte metal body, and packs both a built-in fingerprint reader and mobile payment system.


Google Glass

Google offered the wearable computer prototype to only several thousand “explorers” through an application process. Each Glass explorer paid $1,500 to test the prototype. After Google announce it would discontinue Glass, the New York Times reported that the product’s imperfections were widely acknowledged within the company even before its launch

Phone battles of 2015

Top 2 movies of 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

"It's everything the kid in us goes to the movies for — marvelous adventure that leaves us surprised, scared and euphoric. " - RollingStone Magazine

How was it marketed?

Disney has brought a whole new level of marketing savvy to an already popular product: Dergarabedian cites the decision to make all six existing Star Wars films available on streaming services as “a brilliant way to stoke the fires and build the anticipation for the new film and reinvigorate the idea of Star Wars in the minds of the fans”.


"Creed represents a kind of Hollywood fantasy that doesn’t have to be specious, focusing on pride, determination, self-control, hard work, and forging one’s own identity"- David Edelstein

How was it marketed?

Through exciting trailers, movie previews, and by using well recognized/good looking actors.

Top 2 musical artists of 2015


Surprise! Drake released a new 17-track album "If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late." About 2 month into 2015, then proceeds to surprise us again with the release of "What A Time To Be Alive" in September. All while destroying Meek Mills public image with only one song and a couple heated lines.


After waiting four years, we will finally got to get a new Adele album this year. 25, the follow-up to the British singer's blockbuster 2011 album 21, dropped on Nov. 20. This highly anticipated album had us at the edge of our seats, then it dropped, and even got most of us in our "feels". Adele shot us right through the heart with her long held notes and beautiful melodies.

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Pop Culture

5. Drake's "Hotline Bling" Video

In October, Drake truly left his mark on 2015 with the release of his music video for "Hotline Bling." Which inspired countless memes and an SNL episode featuring Donald Trump and not to mention a snapchat filter.

4. Cecil the Lions Death

Cecil was a male Southwest African lion that lived primarily in the Hwange National Park in Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe.The hunter who killed the lion was identified by conservation groups as American Dr. Walter James Palmer, a dentist in Minneapolis. This dentist reputation was extracted from a positive connotation at all. He received back lash from many groups and even celebrities.

3. Zayn Malik leaves One Direction

Zayn says: "My life with One Direction has been more than I could ever have imagined. But, after five years, I feel like it is now the right time for me to leave the band. I'd like to apologise to the fans if I've let anyone down, but I have to do what feels right in my heart. I am leaving because I want to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight. I know I have four friends for life in Louis, Liam, Harry and Niall. I know they will continue to be the best band in the world." Directioners were sad.

2. "The Dress"

The dress, also known as Dressgate was a viral photo and meme which became popular on 26 February 2015. The viral phenomenon revealed differences in human color perception en the subject of serious ongoing scientific investigation in neuroscience and vision science. Although the actual color of the dress was confirmed to be blue and black, I still think its white and gold.

1.DJ Khaled On Snapchat

We already know that all DJ Khaled does is "win win win no matter what", but now he finally has a way to show us how. Ever since he got a Snapchat account (DJKhaled305) about two months ago, he's been entertaining fans with his hilarious and inspirational snaps detailing his "keys to success. Watching Khaled is a major key.


New Year’s Resolutions

Well honestly, I don't like to say I have New Years resolution. I feel like more of "daily goals". I am beyond blessed for 2015; I have learned,loved, lived and so much more. I strive to become a better version of myself everyday, try to not let my imperfections consume me, and just put my 100% into everything I do.