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23 August 2016

3 different things brands can learn from Pokemon Go

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When Satochi Tajiri first created the Pokemon concept in 1995, and released the first two Gameboy video games (red and green) a year later, he would never have envisioned middle-aged bureaucrats running round London (and every other city in the world) trying to catch them all just 20 years later.

Pokemon Go is rapidly becoming the most successful mobile app of all time. It took just 13 hours to hit the top of the US sales charts, and after a global frenzy of anticipation cut that to just 3 hours for the German charts. It’s lucrative too, topping $2 million of revenue per day in the US market, according to Yahoo.

There are lots brands can learn from Pokemon Go, but here are some you may not have considered…

Lesson 1: Reality trumps quality every time

Remember when reality TV came on the scene? “Proper” TV people bashed it, claiming a lack of production values, wit, etc. But people lapped it up anyway.

Why? Because it broke free of the studio and embraced the rough and ready unpredictability of the real world. It was closer to us and, therefore, more relevant. Pokemon Go has done the same.

In spite of its success, it’s considered a poor game by any objective measure. A Guardian review summarised it as “not a good game, but a great experience”.

The fact that it exists in the world around us, not just on our screens, means, like reality TV, that quality doesn’t matter. Take your campaigns out of their media spaces and into the world around them, and the same will apply for you.

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05 August 2016

Ad of the Week: McCann Montevideo ‘I CANN Eau de Créativité’ (Uruguay)

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To celebrate the 70th anniversary of McCann Montevideo, the agency has launched a limited-edition perfume called ‘I CANN Eau de Créativité’ that symbolises its commitment to creativity.

With the purpose of making it a medium to boost creativity, the idea was developed based on the idea that McCann’s role is to encourage creativity among clients and in their brand development, therefore it wanted to create a product that would boost creativity among its own people.

The thinking behind the name ‘I CANN’ emphasises that everybody can develop and express the power of their own creativity, and a campaign to promote it has been starred by agency staff.

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01 August 2016

Top charity campaigns + 6 steps to digital brand success [VIDEO]

A recent event hosted by Collective, experts in digital brand solutions, brought together charity branding experts from MacMillan Cancer Support, WWF and MediaCom to explore how to balance brand building and fundraising for charities. The event culminated in a panel debate exploring some of the key digital marketing challenges that charities face, from shock tactics and measurement to the tension between brand building and fundraising.  

The short series of videos below focuses on the key outcomes of the event, including a sneak peek at some of the charity brand experts' favourite charity campaigns, plus Collective's creative director Alex Burn reveals the six key factors charities need to bear in mind when marketing themselves digitally. Check it out below...

The best charity campaigns [from the experts]:

6 rules for successful charity marketing in digital [Alex Burn, Creative Director, Collective]:

We've got a bunch of great charity campaign case studies right here on Cream. Need more inspiration? Check this out >>>> 

22 July 2016

Innovative Ad of the Week: Sony Pictures ‘Ghostbusters Waterloo’ (UK)

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This week brings to an end a pretty spooky burst of outdoor activity for London commuters, who were surprised and delighted by a giant sculpture of the iconic Stay Puft Marshmallow Man at Waterloo, as part of a complete train station takeover by Sony Pictures to promote the new ‘Ghostbusters’ movie.

The ‘super-sized’ out-of-home campaign, a collaboration between Sony Pictures, JCDecaux (campaign concept), Feref (creative), MGOMD and Talon (media), played up the idea of ‘something strange in your neighbourhood’ by transforming London’s Waterloo Station into a film-themed showcase for the past two weeks.

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15 July 2016

Innovative Ad of the Week: Entertainment One 'The BFG Dream Jar Trail' (UK)

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To promote the upcoming movie remake of Roald Dahl's 'The BFG', Entertainment One has launched a experiential campaign which uses Google's Nearby Notifications beacon technology to bring six-foot "dream jars" to life. 

A total of 50 "dream jars" have been dotted around London in an initiative which plays on the concept that the BFG bottles dreams and blows them into childrens' bedrooms. The six-foot jars contain the childhood dreams of a range of celebrities including film director Steven Spielberg and actor Mark Rylance. 

Adding a new layer to the campaign through the help of Zenith by using Google's beacon tech, which launched last month, Android users (with Bluetooth switched on) that pass by one of the activations are notified that they are in close proximity (within 15 metres) to one of the real-life jars. If a user clicks through, they are given more information about the jars, the installation and the film. IPhone users can access the same content through Google Maps or Google Now. 

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08 July 2016

Ad of the Week: Tiger Beer 'Made in Asia' (USA)

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For its US launch, Tiger Beer went back to its Asian roots by repurposing a New York discount store into a pop-up showroom displaying more than 700 products showcasing the finest art, fashion, technology and design from artists in the region.  

The idea aimed to celebrate the true craft and creativity of the brand's origins, in contrast to the cheaply made Asian cliches and counterfeit goods that would usually populate New York's Canal Street stores.  

Members of the public could gain entry to the store simply by presenting a Tiger Beer coaster from one of several nearby bars.  

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20 June 2016

The brands went in two by two… hurrah! hurrah!

From Laurel and Hardy to Batman and Robin, Lennon and McCartney to Wallace and Gromit; sometimes two heads are just better than one. We’ve grown up in an era where collaboration has made for some of the world’s greatest art - be that through comedy, film, music and TV.

If you transfer that knowledge into a retail environment, strategic brand partnerships can be a highly effective way to create stand out and achieve key business and sales goals for both parties involved. The power of co-branding allows you to combine the best elements that two brands have to offer and presents a unique opportunity to expand customer bases. There’s also the obvious Coca cola opi cost-saving advantage.

The most successful cross-brand promotions must present clear synergies, be relevant and complementary. Brands that share the same potential audience or audience mindset can work really well together. Take Coca-Cola and O.P.I teaming up to create a line of nail lacquers inspired by a range of Coca-Cola’s most popular drinks (Diet Coke, Coke Zero, Sprite, Fanta etc). The overarching idea linked to both brands ‘delivering happiness in a bottle’. Both have a core teen target audience so working together gave them a fresh and exciting way
to engage with this demographic. A definite win win for both. 

With any cross-brand promotional activity, the trick is to offer a unique experience to customers, something they wouldn’t ordinarily be accustomed to. In a retail environment, supporting the activity with large visual POS materials and in-store merchandising can be an eye-catching way to draw people in with compelling promotional offers.

Mondelez is a great example of a confectionery brand leading the charge in this area, most recently bringing together two of its most powerful brands – Cadbury Dairy Milk and Daim pieces – following the success of its Milka Oreo bars. Why did it work so well? Existing awareness of both individual brands enhanced the likelihood of trial and combining the two flavours offered consumers the chance to experience something new and exciting.

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10 June 2016

Innovative Ad of the Week: Bombay Sapphire ‘Free the Spirit’ (Germany)

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BBDO Düsseldorf has put the spotlight on Bombay Sapphire with the world’s first holographic message in a bottle – a new innovation that lets the Spirit speak for itself.

With more and more gin brands entering the market, it’s getting harder for brands to stay visible and stay on top of barkeepers’ minds, said the agency. As such, it has cast the spotlight on the Bombay Sapphire to engage the gatekeepers to its consumers – the barkeepers – with a limited edition pack that carries a holographic message in a bottle.

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