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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Over the last 10 years, we’ve seen an explosion in the number of screens, devices and services available to watch TV, but how has this affected the way video is consumed?
Global broadcast solutions provider BroadStream has released a new infographic that looks at the changes in viewing habits over the last decade. It found that 85% of people still prefer to watch TV on the biggest screen in their home, as well as watching their favourite shows live rather than on catch-up services.
Check out the infographic below for more findings about TV viewing then and now.
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Not all advertising suits everyone’s tastes. Of course, the fact that the Advertising Standards Association (ASA) received a whopping 31,136 complaints in 2013 about 18,580 ads, says enough.
Among the top 10 most complained about ads of last year, according to ASA’s 2013 report, were three Unilever products (go Unilever, you daredevil you!). Here’s that top 10 in its all its glory…
1. VIP Electronic Cigarette – “She Wants You”
Total complaints: 937
Was it banned? Upheld in part
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The world of digital marketing is fast changing and 2013 was clearly an eventful year. I expect 2014 to be no less action-packed. Here are my top 5 predictions to help brands take full advantage of the year ahead.
May the year ahead be dynamic, innovative and successful for all!
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Coca-Cola is a brand well-known for reaching out to its customers through acts of sentimentality.
Their latest ad, “Reasons to Believe”, again aims to tug at heart-strings as it focuses on the positive side of humanity. The ad shows a series of negative events that are juxtaposed alongside an array of happy moments such as weddings, acts of charity and new life. How lovely, you may think, that the soft drink giant has created something to remind us of all the positive aspects of life during these post-Christmas blues.
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Last weekend we saw another awkward media campaign and this time it came from the popular alcohol brand Guinness.
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