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20 June 2017

Why robots won’t ever make good brand ambassadors

Westworld

Everyone’s obsessed with robots right now – and most of them haven’t got anything good to say about them, except for a small number of researchers (if that’s quite the right word) who seem to be working on robot sex toys.

Leaving sex aside for the moment, what’s really scary about robots, according to lots of experts, is that they’re going to steal our jobs.

What’s wrong with that, you ask? Robots can do all the work, and humans can party.

Great concept, but the execution is the killer – at least, if you’ve watched any movies involving robot helpers recently.

They’re usually rebelling against their human overlords, seeking to become self-aware, and wiping out the human race. Think Terminator, think Westworld, think The Stepford Wives – the list is endless. And (spoilers!) if they’re not doing it on purpose, they’re doing it by accident – like the cute droids in Dr Who the other week…

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16 June 2017

Father's Day Shopping Trends [infographic]

With online sales for Father's Day exploding, the importance of these key occasions in the calendar gives good reason for digital marketers to sit up and take notice. Thanks to the folks at AdRoll, who analysed 35,000 of its advertisers globally during the two weeks leading up to Father's Day, here's a sneak peak to find out what sectors have been performing best.

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09 June 2017

Innovative Ad of the Week: 2deHands.be 'Chat with Your Ads' (Belgium)

Chat

2deHands.be is Belgium's largest online second hand store. In order to be innovative, stay in sync with young people and help people sell their goods in an effortless way, agency Happiness has created "Chat with your Ads" - the first iMessage App that turns ads into unique, animated and clickable stickers. 

Taking photo images from sellers on the site, ranging from clothes, cars, boats and everything in between, clickable sticker cut-outs of the items for sales are created, added into user chats and shared within the iOS instant messaging app.  

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02 June 2017

MMG Awards 2017: What does it take to win 'Campaign of the Year'?

Mmg 2016

"The feeling of winning global awards and recognition from global client teams is euphoric" said Deepak Sonpar, Associate Director at MediaCom India on how it felt to be the recipient of last year's MMG Grand Prix 'Campaign of the Year' Award for Ariel's 'Removing the Stains of Inequality'. 

So what does it really take to become a Grand Prix winner at the M&M Global Awards?  

M&M Global recently spoke with Sonpar to find out what learnings, hints and tips other entrants can learn from last year's winner to help craft their entries into a potential winner in 2017.

Download MMG Awards 16 Campaign of the Year - Winner Insights 

 

MMG Awards is for a limited time offering a deadline extension upon request so if you think you have a campaign that has what it takes to be crowned this year's Campaign of the Year or a winner in any of the other categories, contact the team now to request a deadline extension.  

The M&M Global Awards 2017 will take place on September 7, 2017 at a brand new venue: the Natural History Museum, London. Click here to submit your entry and for more information.

09 May 2017

Festival of Media Global Awards 2017 Winners

Mediacom winner

MediaCom emerged victorious at the Festival of Media Global Awards 2017 after winning six gold trophies and walking away with the coveted 'Agency Network of the Year' Award and 'Campaign of the Year' for NHS Blood & Transplant's 'Missing Type' campaign. Furthermore, the agency's parent company GroupM won 'Media Group of the Year'.

Other big winners of the night include Touché! PHD, who scooped the 'Agency of the Year' gong, along with Mediaplus, who was crowned 'Independent Agency of the Year' after winning Gold for its 'WhatsGerman' and 'The Fashion Mag Hijack' campaigns. 

OMD also posted an impressive performance, picking up six golds for winning campaigns including 'End the Silence' and 'Capacity Based McDelivery'.

This year's winners list proves the global appeal of the awards scheme with campaigns represented from a range of countries including New Zealand, Mexico, Israel, Costa Rica, Norway, Singapore, South Africa and the Dominican Republic. 

The final jury was split across two judging rooms, chaired by Sarah Mansfield, VP Global Media Europe and Americas at Unilever and Gerry D'Angelo, Global Media Director at P&G. The winners were announced last night (Mon 8th May) at the Rome Cavalieri. 

See below for the full list of winners and click through to view the case studies on Cream:

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05 May 2017

5 Steps for a Smashing Localized Marketing Push

Cross cultural marketing campaigns

Breaking into international markets is a tricky business. Everything from the messages you translate to the colours used in a campaign need to reflect extensive research of a culture, its history, and its lifestyle habits.

Here are 5 steps to making sure you nail your overseas efforts.

 

1: Create a Campaign Brief

This should include research into the market and specifically:

- The target audience’s defining attributes

- Territories your brand aims to target

- Languages in which materials will be translated

- The tone and characteristics of marketing materials

- Overall campaign goals

 

2: Research Cultural Specifics

Intimate understanding of a culture is vital to a successful campaign. Be sure to uncover a region’s:

- Lifestyle habits

- Societal values

- Colloquialisms

- Regional symbols

- Weather patterns

- Geographic challenges

- Political tensions

- International relations

- Anything else that helps you better understand the area

 

3: Clearly Communicate Intent

In order for messages to make impact, materials must be transcreated to keep intent intact. Be sure to localise:

- Campaign messages

- Branding images

- Blogs an articles

- Website materials

- Any other content that may be implemented

 

4: Use the Right Channels

Not all regions use the same social media platforms or search engines. Understand how to properly reach digital audiences by:

- Researching popular social media platforms in the region

- Finding out which search engines are most widely used

- Studying the best practices for those platforms

 

5: Work with Professionals

For transcreation to be successfully implemented, hiring an experienced agency is advised. Ensure that the firm you select:

- Caters for the language you are converting materials into

- Has a history of success

- Has experience with your specific industry

- Is able to transcreate marketing copy, video content, and audio formats

 

 

28 April 2017

Festival of Media MENA Awards 2017 winners

Fom mena

'MAGGI Diaries – The Power To Make A Difference' by MEC MENA has been crowned 'Campaign of the Year' at the Festival of Media MENA Awards 2017, as well as winning Gold for 'Best Communications Strategy', 'Best Use of Content' and 'Best Branded Content Creation' and Bronze accolades for 'Best Event/Experiential Campaign' and 'Best Use of Video'.  

'Agency Network of the Year' was awarded to Starcom, who collected nine trophies across its UAE and Egyptian offices. Meanwhile, OMD UAE picked up 'Agency of the Year' with 11 awards under its belt including Gold for 'Best Use of Traditional Media' and 'Best Use of Technology'. 

The awards took place on April 26 at the Music Hall in Zabeel Saray, The Palm Jumeirah in Dubai during the Festival of Media MENA 2017. 

Check out the full list of Gold, Silver and Bronze winners below and click through to read the full case studies. 

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25 April 2017

Andes creates the world's first leaned bar to pour the perfect beer

Andes

AB InBev's iconic beer brand Andes might just have come up with the perfect creative solution to serving the perfect beer... 

As every good barman knows, there is a technique to pouring the perfect beer: you must tilt your glass up to 45º, and that’s how you get the right beer head. That´s why Andes, Mendoza’s iconic beer brand, together with Saatchi & Saatchi developed an ambitious project: using the Andes’ natural gradient to build a bar. 

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