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12 January 2018

Digital Ad of the Week: Meat & Livestock Australia 'Lamb Side Story' (Australia)

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Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) is causing a bit of stir with the release of its annual Summer Lamb campaign, by turning Australia's divided political climate into a Broadway-style satirical musical.

The ad, based on the 1961 musical West Side Story, kicks off with a suburban mother seen cooking lamb for her children on a barbecue before urging them: "Quick kids - go inside. It's the extreme left and right wing commentators represented as Broadway musical style street gangs - a satirical commentary on our current divided political climate."

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19 December 2017

Top 10 Christmas ads of 2017

With Christmas now less than a week away, we take a look at the top 10 Christmas ads in the UK, according to YouTube*. Not surprisingly, it is the retailers who dominate the majority of the list with tech giant Apple making an appearance in the number 10 spot. 

So without further ado, the festive ad winners of 2017 are…

1. #MozTheMonster
Advertiser: John Lewis
Creative agency: adam&eveDDB
Media agency: Manning Gottlieb OMD
No. of video views**: 9,329,476

2. Paddington & The Christmas Visitor #LoveTheBear
Advertiser: M&S
Creative agency: Grey London
Media agency: Mindshare
No. of video views**: 6,631,768

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15 December 2017

Innovative Ad of the Week: UN Women ‘#drawaline’ (UK)

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Following the news of Harvey Weinstein and the subsequent #MeToo hashtag sweeping the globe, Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) is high on everyone’s agenda. With one in four women in the UK still being affected and up to 70% in some parts of the world, agency JWT created a social campaign for UN Women UK to coincide with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

#drawaline brought together a host of famous faces including Benedict Cumberbatch, Deliciously Ella and Gemma Styles, among others, asking the public to help end the silence and bring about change by physically drawing an orange line – after all, violence is a line that should never be crossed.

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13 December 2017

Social media in 2018: top 3 predictions and tips

Digital marketers have seen many innovations and even the involvement of politics in social media in 2017, as the channel continues to evolve at lightning speed. These developments have shaped how we use social media, both as consumers and advertisers. So what does 2018 have in store?

  1. Video will play a bigger role in the consumer journey

This year has seen the rise of video content. Particularly with its importance in social algorithms, this format is especially valuable to brands in terms of achieving higher reach and engagement, including retweets, likes, comments and shares. In 2017, 90% of all shared social media content has been video!

In 2018, the popularity of video content is expected to grow, and advertisers are likely to follow this trend. Video is the fastest growing format in the world and has been doubling year on year. It is predicted that by 2020, it will contribute to 80% of all online consumer internet traffic. At Social Media Week London 2017, Facebook’s Creative Strategist, Kat Hahn warned: “Not doing short video is not an option.”

Indeed, with the cramped market and every advertiser struggling to capture their audience’s attention, the first three seconds of a video are the most crucial. In 2018, brands will strive to create engaging and fast-paced video content their target markets, and it is likely that the quality will improve at a rate greater than other forms of social media.

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08 December 2017

Innovative OOH Ad of the Week: CALIDDA ‘Lima is talking’ (Peru)

Lima talks

According to the World Health Organisation, Lima is the second most polluted city in Latin America. To promote the benefits of natural gas to mitigate this situation, McCann Lima has created an innovative OOH campaign for Peruvian gas company CALIDDA that gives a voice to the country’s capital, so that the city could “express” how difficult it has become for it to breathe.

The project collected actual air pollution to communicate the hazards of car pollution and the benefits of natural gas. By attaching a device to a prominent outdoor ad location in one of Lima’s busiest traffic locations, CO2 pollution was collected by the unit from the atmosphere. The unit stored the gas and then processed it into a powder which acted as an ink and was manipulated to slowly write a message on the billboard.

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05 December 2017

Reaching the ‘selfie-aware’ – how brands should approach students

Students

Students are often defined in narrow inaccurate terms as an homogeneous group. The reality is that they are varied and changeable – and that includes age. 

Today’s students are students of life and they are way ahead of previous generations. They are more self-conscious than ever – or rather ‘selfie-aware’. No longer the mischief makers of old not giving a damn what people think of them, these days most feel everything they do is being scrutinised and that they are constantly being watched, due to a mix of media pressure and the always-on social media world we all now live in. Whatever mischief you make, even behind closed doors, can find its way online in seconds. This means students are a lot better behaved than they once were and are far more concerned about their ongoing social image. 

This also means that before students will let brands in, they have to win over their trust and natural scepticism. Gone are the happy-go-lucky naive students of the past. What’s more, with many leaving uni with serious debt, they are struggling more than ever to make ends meet and so are also looking for real value.  

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10 November 2017

Christmas Countdown - Ad of the Week: John Lewis ‘#MozTheMonster’ (UK)

Moz

Maybe it still feels too early to be talking about Christmas already but we’ve got the folks at John Lewis to thank for kicking off the festivities and officially marking the countdown to Christmas with the unveiling of its 2017 Christmas ad – sending the internet into a frenzy this morning (Nov 11th).

The stars of this year’s offering are a young boy named Joe and a monster named Moz. The narrative begins when Joe befriends a noisy imaginary Monster under his bed but the two friends have so much fun together that he can’t get to sleep, leaving him tired by day. On Christmas Day, Joe receives a gift that will finally help him get a good night’s sleep…

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27 October 2017

Innovative Ad of the Week: Lexus 'Say Yes to the City' (UK)

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Lexus has challenged Time Out's social media editor to say 'Yes' to four UK cities in four days as part of a new 'Say Yes to the City' campaign for Lexus' self-charging CT Hybrid.  

As part of an action-packed four-day editorially-led challenge, spanning Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham and London, Rosie Percy and her partner, radio presenter Dan Alani, have been tasked with packing in as many of Time Out's recommended activities as possible across the four UK cities – relying on the Lexus CT Hybrid for transport. 

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