Zombie Apocalypse for Product Placement

From our Dead Brand Walking desk

The hardtracking staff doesn’t want to say we told you so, but . . . we told you so.

Product placement is starting to wear out its welcome.

From PRI’s Marketplace:

Product placement lessons from ‘The Walking Dead’

The long partnership between a band of survivors in the zombie apocalypse and their Hyundai SUV has ended.

The advertising deal between Hyundai and the AMC series The TWD product placementWalking Dead – which had 17 million people tune in for its season five premiere earlier this month – is over. That gleaming, never-out-of-gas, never-dented vehicle is no more.

Hyundai says it is very happy with its partnership, and it’s gotten a lot of attention on TV and online from Generation Y. But alas, the car maker had to end its product placement deal because the show went in another direction creatively, and the characters have been doing a lot more walking and a lot less driving.

So what drove Hyundai out? Maybe mocking YouTube videos like this one . . .

Read the rest at Sneak Adtack.

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