Taco Bell Learns: Captions Matter; A Cheesy Crime: Friday’s First Things First

Taco Bell Learns: Captions Matter; A Cheesy Crime: Friday’s First Things First

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Plus, Batwoman comes to the rescue


Taco Bell’s video with its CEO as a potato missed the mark in one significant way.

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As Taco Bell Brings Back Potatoes, a Plant-Based Partnership With Beyond Is in the Works

Yesterday, Taco Bell announced the impending introduction of plant-based menu items, which it will launch thanks to a partnership with Beyond Meat. [Learn about the menu items and why the brand is launching them now.] The chain also touted the return of its potatoes, which were temporarily removed from its pandemic-streamlined menu.

The potato move was announced in a Twitter video of a talking potato bearing the voice, eyes and lips of CEO Mark King. The video was generally positively received—with one caveat: Although she loved the idea, social media manager Alexa Heinrich pointed out in a Voice piece that it lacked captioning, severely limiting its reach: Most viewers watch online videos with sound off, and omitting captions poses an accessibility issue.

But Taco Bell heard Heinrich’s message loud and clear, and responded by tweeting a version of the video with captions included.

Ashton Kutcher Is Primed to Crack a Cheetle-Coated Case in Cheetos’ New Super Bowl Teaser

Cheetos is known for its high-budget, cinematic Super Bowl ads with action-heavy plots and big name stars. (Just look at last year’s ad.) And it looks like 2021 will be no exception, as the brand dropped a teaser for its impending Big Game ad. The 30-second teaser features a crime-solving Ashton Kutcher, who finds incriminating evidence in a case of theft involving the brand’s recently released Cheetos Crunch Pop Mix. Watch the teaser here.

  • Also in Super Bowl news: How do you go political in a Super Bowl ad without your brand self-destructing? The key lies in aiming broadly, says a new survey from Morning Consult, by focusing on things most people can agree on, like helping veterans, thanking healthcare/essential workers, mask-wearing and more. Check out the other politicized topics that will play well in 2021.

How Covid-19 Has Changed The CW—and When Its Schedule Could Return to Normal

Like many broadcasters, The CW hasn’t had a great time during the pandemic. The network was one of the first to delay its 2020-21 TV season until January 2021, opting not to rush shows into production for safety reasons. As a result, it took a big ratings hit—but never fear, Batwoman and other series coming back this month are on their way.

Discover the 12 scripted original series debuting or returning over the next two months.

The Latest News in Job Moves

  • Susan Smith Richardson has been named deputy editor for diversity, equity and inclusion at the Guardian US, the latest publication to add DEI coverage to its masthead.
  • WPP has hired Rob Reilly, who has been global creative chairman at McCann Worldgroup since 2014, to serve as global chief creative officer. 

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