The DD Coffee campaign is themed "You 'kin do it."
A New York Times column (free registration) by Stuart Elliott quotes Boston agency Hill, Holliday, Connors, Cosmopulos - senior vice president and group creative director, Tom Cawley:
“If you need a treat because you’re so hard-working, you can do it,” Mr. Cawley says, summarizing what the theme is supposed to convey. “It’s a message of positivity without pandering.”
In developing the theme, everyone sought to avoid making it “come across as rah-rah or in a frivolous way,” he adds, because “that would have felt off.”
Similarly, the agency and Dunkin’ Donuts realize the economy is “a bad situation,” Mr. Cawley says, and do not want to appear as if they are trying “to capitalize on it.”
He poked fun at that kind of ad by offering a make-believe example: “‘Times are tough. That’s why we’re your cooking spray.’”
The article also has a link to the initial "anthem" TV spot.
I like the strategy and the execution except that any caffeine beverage might be substituted DDC if it didn't brand "'kin."Aside: Dunkin' Donuts have claimed over and over that their coffee beats Starbucks for both taste and value:
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