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15 September 2017

Print Ad of the Week: McDonald's 'Open Late' (France)

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Inspired by its minimalist Pictos campaign, McDonald's has gone one step further in a new print campaign for the night birds.

The creative, by TBWA\Paris, sees flashes of light glow together to take the shape of some of its most iconic products: Big Mac, Sundae and French Fries to announce the late opening of McDonald's restaurants until midnight or later.

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01 September 2017

Innovative Ad of the Week: Deutsche Telekom 'Sea Hero Quest VR' (Global)

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Building on the success of its multi award-winning 'Sea Hero Quest' campaign, Deutsche Telekom has upped the ante and revealed a VR sequel to the project.

Sea Hero Quest originally started out as a mobile game that challenged and recorded the navigational skills of players to provide data that could be used for scientific research on dementia.

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29 August 2017

Gender stereotyping puts products before people – and consumers don’t like it!

In the past month no less than three gender-related stories have hit the national headlines. Jodie Whittaker was announced as the first ever female Dr Who, the BBC revealed its huge gender pay gap and it was refreshing to see the Advertising Standards Association (ASA) announce that it is working on tougher standards for what it called harmful gender stereotypes in advertisements.

The ASA’s stance hasn’t come a moment too soon. The issue has been bubbling under the surface since Procter & Gamble’s #unstereotyping speech at last year’s Cannes Lions festival, where the brand pledged to end gender stereotyping across its brand advertising. While this was welcomed wholeheartedly, it’s a touch ironic since P&G has done so much to promote stereotypes in its Fairy Liquid commercials, which still featured a woman washing up as late as the Noughties! Only in the 2015 version did it first show a man doing the dishes. But let’s give credit where it’s due.

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19 July 2017

Video Ad of the Week: Air New Zealand ‘Fantastical Journey’ (Global)

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Air New Zealand has made a bit of a name for itself when it comes to safety videos and hasn’t been afraid to splash out big budgets to get the likes of Anna Faris, Rhys Darby and Elijah Wood involved in previous films that have gone viral – collectively generating more than 108 millions views online.

And the latest one is no different – perhaps the airline’s most ambitious yet! The Alice in Wonderland-inspired film features none other than Hollywood stars Cuba Gooding Jr and Katie Holmes playing a pair of gods who happen upon “the most beautiful place” on the planet…

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07 July 2017

Toys and gender: What’s a brand to do?

The issue of gender-neutral advertising is a very tricky one for the toy industry. For every seemingly positive story about Hamley’s and other retailers ditching the gender distinction of “girl toy” and “boy toy” aisles another counter-outrage whips up about sexist categorisation in Subway kids’ meal bags (action figures for boys, pretty wristbands for girls) or the Early Learning Centre promoting regressive play stereotypes (boys as rescuing knights, girls the rescued princesses).

In an age of alternative facts and media sensationalism it is difficult to divine actual “outrage” from manufactured versions. For every lobbying group like “Let Toys Be Toys” there is plenty of anecdotal evidence from parents who simply don’t see the issue or feel it is one to get animated about.

As a result, it is not difficult to feel sympathy for toy companies who are dammed if they do and dammed if they don’t – particularly with historical intellectual properties. When Hasbro bought out the first wave of Stars Wars toys from “The Force Awakens” movie it was hit by a #WheresRey Twitter campaign (protesting the seeming absence of a leading female character from the movie in the toy line). Given levels of hype and movie secrecy issues, not to mention toy production lead times, it’s reasonable to assume licensee toymakers may not have full access to storylines or cannot predict with absolute certainty which characters will be popular and have a life in the toy market.

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04 July 2017

What every brand needs to know about VR and AR [infographic]

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With virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) tipped to be the breakthrough digital technology trends of the year, if you don't yet fully understand how the technology can be applied to your business, then it's time for a quick lesson. 

Thanks to the folks over at MDG Advertising, the infographic below 'Virtual and Augmented Reality: What brands need to know' gives you a quick snapshot with all the info you need to know about these new technologies, their differences and how they can be applied to marketing to engage consumers.  

Check out the full infographic here:

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30 June 2017

Innovative Ad of the Week: Jet.com 'Innovating Saving' (USA)

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How do you build an e-commerce start-up to a brand that's worth $3.3 billion dollars? 

That's a question for R/GA New York, who were responsible for Jet.com's hugely successful 'Innovating Saving' campaign that just scooped the Cannes Lions 2017 Grand Prix for Media. 

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23 June 2017

Innovative Ad of the Week: Nescafé 'The Hello Bench' (Italy)

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In today's digital age, creating new relationships with people in the real word is harder that you think. To do so, you need a spark, a new opportunity and, of course, a red mug! 

During the Salone del Mobile in Milan, Nescafé and Publicis Italy set out to break the ice between two strangers by bringing them closer together (literally!) with 'The Hello Bench' - a bench that gets shorter when two people sit on it. It works by using two sensors to activate the bench when sat on and sure enough it starts moving people closer together until they are side by side. 

In keeping with the brand message, once again, new connections are born with Nescafé.

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