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26 May 2015

Top 5 Drone-Driven Campaigns

When you hear the term ‘drones’, you’ll probably either think of the small quadcopters Amazon want to use to deliver packages, or the large unmanned aircraft flying over warzones.

The smaller commercial versions of them are being used in a variety of different ways, from delivering food and taking selfies, to being used as an ambulance drone, widening the availability of Wi-Fi in remote places and even planting trees in rainforests. Furthermore, we're seeing increasing use of them for - the rather awkwardly termed - ‘Drone-vertising’.

Here are 5 ways that brands have used drones to get their campaigns ‘off the ground’.

Coca Cola

In an effort to bring a little happiness to the lives of its migrant workers, the Singapore Kindness Movement joined forces with Coke to deliver photos of locals thanking them for their hard work and some ice-cold cans of coke. Since their construction sites were on the top of half-built skyscrapers, drones were used to get the care packages to more than 2,500 workers.

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22 May 2015

Mobile Ad of the Week: Run with Heart Foundation ‘Moving Tracks’ (Poland)

Music

More than 50% of teens in Poland don’t do any exercise and nothing could convince them otherwise. Until now, that is…

With help from Saatchi & Saatchi / Interactive Solutions, The Run with Heart Foundation has teamed up with Poland’s biggest music labels - Warner, Universal and Sony – to get teens up on their feet and running, all through the power of music.

The result is a mobile platform where teens have exclusive access to new music tracks, but here’s the catch: the song only plays when they are actually running! ‘Moving Tracks’ is a simple mobile site that recognises when a user is running and plays a never-heard-before track. Basically you stop, the music stops. Genius!

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18 May 2015

Timeless lessons from ad legends

Ogilvy

“Never write an advertisement which you wouldn’t want your family to read. You wouldn’t tell lies to your own wife. Don’t tell them to mine.”

– David Ogilvy

Ogilvy, once dubbed the ad industry’s ‘most sought-after wizard’, was rarely short of a pithy comment or two, but it is his passionate defence of the truth in advertising that stopped me in my tracks when hunting down my favourite quotes in advertising. And he wasn’t alone. Fellow ad legend William Bernbach was equally emphatic:

“The most powerful element in advertising is the truth.”

Both of these quotes extol the virtues of the truth in an industry that is rarely praised for its morality. That said, the value of the truth in advertising is arguably even greater now than in Ogilvy’s heyday. There is so much fatigue around being lied to (whether by politicians, big corporations or the media) that clear, simple statements based on the truth are almost disproportionately appealing. A company that uses advertising to impart simple truths hits the emotions in a way that others fail to.

I’m of the view that, for modern marketers, content – be it editorial or branded – needs to come from a place of truth. A story will only resonate with readers if it’s unabashedly honest. Audiences can sniff out a porky pie at 10 paces, and the rising quality of content in the digital space means that consumers have become increasingly adept at spotting a faker.

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15 May 2015

Festival of Media Global 2015 – the winners

Omd

OMD emerged triumphant at this year’s Festival of Media Global Awards, picking up two of the three coveted grand prix titles, including Campaign of the Year and Agency Network of the Year.

The Omnicom agency, in tandem with M2M, picked up a remarkable four Gold prizes for its ‘Penny the Pirate’ children's eye screening work for LUXOTTICA in Australia, culminating in the Campaign of the Year award.

‘Penny the Pirate’ was awarded Gold in the Best Engagement Strategy, Best Entertainment Platform, Best Launch Campaign and Best Use of Content categories.

While OMD walked away with Agency Network of the Year, the Agency of the Year prize went to Starcom MediaVest US. It was a hugely successful evening for the Publicis Groupe agency, which amassed a total of eight trophies, including four Gold, two Silver and two Bronze.

Three of its Gold awards – Best Use of Video, The Utility/Public Service Award and Best Communications Strategy – went to its popular #Likeagirl campaign for Procter & Gamble.

Elsewhere, GroupM agency MediaCom scooped 11 awards, including three Gold, four Silver and four Bronze, while US firm iHeartMedia won Media Vendor of the Year.

After a disappointing 2014, in which its companies failed to win a single Gold, the US was the best performing market, with a total of 15 trophies, ahead of Australia in second and the UK in third. Other markets to pick up Gold awards included Canada, Germany, New Zealand, Norway and Tunisia.

Charlie Crowe, chairman and editor-in-chief at C Squared, said: “We are really trying to develop our awards categories to not only reflect the changes taking place in media but also to challenge the industry to push new boundaries. And guess what? The industry has responded!

"In nine years and across 19 Festival of Media shows since we launched, we have never seen more award entries of such high quality, as well as a 20% increase in entries overall.

“There were at least five occasions in the jury rooms where the arguments were over whether multiple gold awards should be given. We have a duty to ensure this work is shared globally, to inspire even greater heights for next year.”

Chris Carmichael, global head of media at HSBC, and one of the judges, added: “I was incredibly impressed by the high quality of entries. In some cases, there were five or six entries in each category which had the potential to win gold, leading to some heated discussions and tough decisions during the voting in order to decide the final winner.”

Check out all the winners from the Festival of Media Global Awards 2015 and read the full case studies on Cream Global:

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11 May 2015

Untapped Potential: Top 5 experiential secrets in travel retail

Travel retail is now big business, with airports quickly developing into favourite shopping destinations for consumers with the time to browse and the spending power to buy.

Increasing competition for airport retail space, means experiential marketing can hold the key to brands standing out from the crowd and grabbing consumers’ attention. The right kind of activity helps travellers pass the time as they wait for their flight, gives them the chance to try products before they buy, and drives them in-store to make a purchase. Create a good experience, and the chances are travellers will also spread the word to families, friends and business contacts.

Here are five tips for creating airport experiential activity with impact:

1. Plan from the start

Great experiential begins with great planning. To meet a brand’s marketing objectives, it should be integrated into any retail activity from the start – whether that’s airport-specific or the wider marketing, trade or consumer goals. It should never be a last-minute bolt on and should be factored into your airport activity budget from outset, so that it can sit alongside and complement other marketing activity.

KPIs, targets and other relevant metrics should be built into your experiential plans, with key learnings reviewed at the end of each activity and incorporated into future planning.

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08 May 2015

Online Ad of the Week: Sauza 901 ‘No Limes Needed’ (USA)

What do you get when you cross a Justin Timberlake with a washed up lime? The new Sauza 901 tequila ad, of course!

The new three-minute spot, promoting JT’s new Sauza 901 tequila brand – which claims to be so delicious that it doesn’t need lime – features the man himself with his face literally transformed into a lime as he plays the character of Rick “Sour” Vane, who becomes a nobody after hitting rock bottom.

I could try and explain in more detail but you might prefer to watch the story unfold yourself by checking it out below:

It’s a wonderful example of a brand and celebrity working together to create what we can only expect to be some truly engaging content. 

28 April 2015

Are apps all they’re cracked up to be or should we just embrace mobile web?

Mobile web adoption is growing eight times faster than desktop web adoption did in the 1990s and early 2000s. And this just goes to show how important it is to consider mobile experience when providing online content. Having a mobile optimised website therefore, is no longer an option - unless of course you want to lose a high percentage of your consumer base. In fact, a recent study showed that 57% of mobile users were found to abandon a website if it took more than 3 seconds to load.

So, if having a mobile optimised website is so important, why bother with an app? Well, we think that websites and apps offer different things to users. But rather than tell you what we think, why not read through this article, have a think about the questions we pose and decide for yourself.

App v web

It’s all about your audience

Where are your audience coming from? How do they want to consume your content and how would you like them to engage with it? These questions are key to deciding whether you should develop an app. If your audience is large and transient an optimised mobile website could be the answer. On the other hand, if you’re trying to attract a smaller (potentially more valuable) audience, or wanting to have your content available offline, an app would be a better fit. But it’s not all up to you - if developing an app, Newsstands and app stores can help to promote your content to new audiences and ultimately build your customer base. Combine this with engagement features like deep-linking push notifications, ‘Today’ widgets, badges and background loading, you can increase the chances that your audience keep checking the app and coming back for more.

 

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24 April 2015

OOH Ad of the Week: The Trumpets ‘Bus shelter jukebox’ (Romania)

There’s nothing worse than leaving home in a rush to get to work, getting to the bus stop and realising you’ve forgotten your headphones!

Well for commuters in Iasi, Romania – that’s not a problem at all. And it’s all thanks to a new installation at two bus stop locations in the city which have been transformed into a giant jukebox.

Bus shelter jukebox

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