There’s a chill in the air, the days are getting shorter and John Lewis has just released its 2014 Christmas campaign, which can only mean one thing: Christmas is well and truly coming…
That’s right, the eagerly-awaited John Lewis ad hit the internet yesterday and while it had a lot to live up to following last year’s Bear & Hare animated campaign, I think we can safely say it didn’t fail to deliver. Hats off to Adam&Eve/DDB, once again.
The heart-warming tale follows the story of a young boy and his penguin friend Monty. Set to the track ‘Real Love’ performed by Tom Odell, it shows the friends playing happily throughout the year until Monty becomes sad and realises he wants a companion. So, on Christmas Day, Sam gives his friend a female penguin called Mabel and the ad concludes with the strapline ‘Give someone the Christmas they’ve been dreaming of’.
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Continuing its long tradition of creating memorable and entertaining in-flight safety videos, Dwarves, Orcs and Elves are set to take flight once again as Air New Zealand unveils The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made ahead of the December release of the final film in The Hobbit Trilogy.
The safety video features members of the cast from all three films in the Trilogy including Elijah Wood (Frodo Baggins), Dean O’Gorman (Fili the Dwarf) and Sylvester McCoy (Radagast) – as well as a special cameo from the director, Sir Peter Jackson, and some other familiar faces.
The new video follows the airline’s first Hobbit-inspired safety video – An Unexpected Briefing (2012) – which attracted more than 12 million global online video views, generating huge social media coverage. The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made wraps up a successful three-year association between the airline and The Hobbit films.
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Let’s be honest, we all got a little bit excited when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (more affectionately known as Wills and Kate) announced the arrival of Royal Baby number one [including all these guys]. So when it was announced earlier this week that baby two was on the way, we couldn’t help but smile with glee. And it seems we weren’t the only ones…
Nissan responded like lightning fire to the news, creating an ad just seven minutes after the announcement was made – pretty impressive, eh?
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Five questions to keep in mind for your next content marketing initiative.
“Content is where I expect much of the real money will be made on the Internet.” - Bill Gates, 1996
It’s hard to believe Bill Gates coined the phrase “Content is king” only 18 years ago in a 1996 essay about the Internet - at a time when most people weren’t even online yet. The phrase is such a familiar saw now that marketers are starting to argue for other heirs to the throne including “context” and “distribution.” While it’s unlikely anything will unseat content, it’s an interesting discussion to have. At a recent Cynopsis Digital Monetization Summit, Steve Bradbury, COO of Zazoom conducted a panel discussion that included audience members in an exercise to fill in the blank, “Content and _________ are King.” If we concede that content is king, then what is the next most important element that helps content rule the marketing kingdom?
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Everyone loves a freebie. It doesn’t matter how old you are, how wealthy you are. Whatever your job title, if there’s a freebie up for grabs then you’re automatically interested. For this reason, I’m baffled why many brands are still struggling when it comes to customer data.
The solution is simple: it’s a two-way exchange so you’ve got to give customers something valuable in return for their data – something like an experience, a prize or a voucher.
This is why experiential and data collection are perfect partners; experiential creates numerous opportunities for live market research. Also, experiential is not always a sales tactic so it’s even more important for brands to capture data “in the moment” and grow their database. If the customer is interacting with a brand ambassador face-to-face, it’s easy to gather more information and to offer them something in exchange for that information.
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Snapchat is the new kid on the block. Everyone’s talking about it. But not only is the app a fun, exciting and ‘snappable’ way for people to exchange visual messages with their friends and family, it’s actually proving to be a fantastic communication resource for brands to engage with consumers.
The problem is that brands are yet to really understand and utilise the platform that Snapchat offers. Take a leaf out of the likes of Taco Bell, Acura and MTV UK’s book and you too can get involved in the “selfie” trend rocking the mobile app world.
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“Branding is storytelling, and storytelling is a creative work” - Steve Jobs
The outfit. The restaurant. The conversation. The goodnight kiss. The journey from acquaintances to something more is filled with moments that connect one to another, and while more romantic, it's not much different than the relationship between customers and brands.
While we do love some brands, we ignore most - or at least tune them out. Misguided ads and unoriginal marketing concepts have desensitized us to most brand communications. But those brands that are loved are the ones that were heard. These brands connected with their audience in ways that guided them not just to a sale but also to a relationship. Online or off, the way in which your brand engages its customer along their journey can mean the difference between browsing and brand evangelism.
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