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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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09 June 2017

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

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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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22 March 2017

Which gender equality campaigns are getting it right?

According to some florists in the UK, winning or being the lucky recipient of a bouquet of flowers was the best way to mark this month’s International Women’s Day. This is clearly missing the point and an example of brands simply cashing in on an initiative designed to highlight the many issues facing women across the globe.

So what can brands to do align themselves with the cause in a believable and ethical way that will help to amplify and support the initiative, while adding kudos and authenticity to their image? Here are some great examples where brands have not just vocalised their support for women’s issues but expressed it where it matters and resonates most – in the real world.

Leading your field

She Means Business – Facebook

This is a subdomain on Facebook’s main social platform, hosting articles, insights and re-sources to help women grow and promote their own businesses. Facebook is able to talk on this subject with authority due to its paid advertising products. It has added further credibility to this by collaborating with Enterprise Nation – an organisation that will help you start and grow your business, whose founder is Emma Jones MBE. Facebook has also collaborated with another organisations, such as the FSB.org, which covers financial and business advice for SMEs.

The key feature of this site is how it invites you to explore inspiring stories, from NGOs, etc, that will be broadcast through FB Live. Facebook also wants you to get involved by hosting your own live session. The content hosted here will be evergreen and as long as Facebook keeps adding to it, this will become a very valuable resource and business-focused social platform.

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20 March 2017

In the bleak midwinter: if you snooze, you lose!

Lots of experiential practitioners will tell you that winter can be tough – they argue that there’s not a lot of big bucks activity in our industry until the weather warms up and the daffs and snowdrops start to poke out in early Spring.

Ask most agencies, and they’ll say that their busiest times run from May until December, with peaks for school holidays, summer festivals and then the run-up to Christmas. As a result, many agencies seem to spend the cold dark months of January and February huddled around their computer screens for warmth, chasing the big jobs for when every-one comes out of hibernation…

Well, at StreetPR, we obviously never got the memo about not going out until spring arrives, because we’ve been busy busy busy since the start of 2017.

To be blunt, business doesn’t stop because the temperature’s fallen.

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