With the kick off to a new decade some well known companies have decided to give their image a bit of a face lift. Both Corona and MTV have decided to change their 20 year old advertising campaign and designs. So why the change after so many years? Could it be the economy, their target audience or perhaps a bit of both?
MTV has always been the image of youth. MTV, which stands for Music Television, is no longer exactly what it seems. The one place where you could go to see the newest videos and interviews of your favorite band, is no longer. Reality TV has now taken the focus at MTV. With popular shows like Jersey Shore, The Hills, and Teen Mom, MTV has viewers flocking to their station each week to tune in. The recent update to the logo is a wise one. One that I feel has been coming for a long time. The new logo no longer focuses on the "M" of MTV but rather the "TV" of MTV. Music is not MTV's top priority. While music is still present for the channel it is clear to see that its focus is going in a bit of a different direction. MTV has also created a logo utilizing "celebrities" seen on their station. I use the term celebrities loosely because as much as I do enjoy trashy TV like the Jersey Shore, I find it hard for me to call Snookie a celebrity.
MTV is not the only company to receive a face lift after 20 years. Corona has also jumped on that bandwagon. With the last three years bringing declining sales numbers, Corona decided to update its image. While the beach image it is famous for will still be present, it will have a new focus. Corona wants to make the image more approachable. One potential slogan "Find Your Beach" will showcase couples enjoying Corona in various non-beach places and finally ending at the beach, encouraging viewers to "Find Your Beach". Corona, who is usually known for their relaxing low-key beach advertisements, are also going to a more edgy and humorous commercial type. In the advertisement "Squirt" a woman squirts her significant other with a lime after he is obviously checking out a woman in a little bikini. I have always admired that Corona has stood apart from the rest of the beer pack, it never had to go to scantily dressed women, or macho stereotypes, but I guess after a couple years of declining sales, they decided to follow the pack.
I am interested to see if either campaign will have an effect for the company. I guess I am interested if people will even notice the changes or care to ask why these changes have been made.