Now that Thanksgiving has passed, we can officially start getting excited about Christmas – and more importantly, the festive ad treats that brands and retailers the world over have started serving up over the last few weeks.
To kick off our Christmas countdown, over the next few weeks we’re going to share some of our festive favourites of the holiday season. Tell us what you think in the comments below.
Without picking favourites, the first of the bunch has got to go to John Lewis for its 'Buster the Boxer' Christmas campaign. It's a story about a young girl named Bridget who love to bounce. But when her mum and dad buy her a trampoline for Christmas, they soon discover that she isn't the only one with a passion for jumping...
Digital agency Hungry Boys is behind the launch of a project in the shape of a new record label Sound of Change, which aims to give street buskers the opportunity to have their music recorded in a studio and gain listeners around the world in an effort to help them make money beyond the streets.
Simply by uploading a video of someone busking to the Sound of Change website, adding details about the musician and geotagging the location, performers can be mapped and shared on social networks using the hashtag #soundofchange.
Hungry Boys will then look for producers and other partners to help facilitate an opportunity for the musicians to record in a nearby studio. The music will then be released via a variety of download and streaming sites including iTunes, Spotify and Google Play, will all proceeds going back to the musicians.
It's hard to believe that Twitter's short form video sharing platform Vine has been around for three years now. It was one of the first platforms that paved the way for the new era of snackable video content giving brands new and creative ways to share content.
To mark the occasion, Vine has selected 10 of the moment memorable six second clips from brands in the UK throughout 2015. Fancy a bit of inspiration? Then check them out below:
Secret deodorant’s “Like A Girl” video was watched 85 million times around the world. Is this just a strike of social media luck for Procter & Gamble – the world’s largest advertiser with a spend of $8.6 billion for 300 brands? Or is it part of a new global strategy, led from the top down?
In an interview with Forbes, Marc Pritchard, Procter & Gamble’s Global Brand Officer, shared with contributor Avi Dan why the company has decided to make a quick, massive shift to a “digital first” business model.
Here are 7 highlights:
1. ”It’s because of work like that (Like A Girl) I am so bullish on the future of marketing and the tremendous value it creates. It’s a different mindset (…). Take a brilliant brand idea and express it across the vast array of media, to paint a masterpiece that connects with consumers and builds sales and profits.”
2. “For shareholders, (digital technology) provides above-average returns on our investment. This is why P&G is quickly shifting to a digital-first approach to building brands.”
3. “The media created by digital technology is where consumers are spending their time. Around the world, up to half of people’s media viewing time is spent on digital, with about a third of that on mobile.”
4. “The use of digital technology for creativity is at an inflection point, one of the most important moments we have ever seen in the history of advertising.”
5. “We have the capacity to reach people in more ways than we ever dreamed possible, and make brands a presence in people’s lives throughout their days.”
6. “When you enter the digital world and social media, consumers can quickly sniff out when you are not authentic.”
7. ”I (tell) our people to look beyond the obsession of technology and turn our attention to what really matters – the consumer experience.”
In the fashion world, timing is everything. Topshop has already built up a bit of a reputation for bringing awesome experiences to its customers during fashion events. And this London Fashion Week, it’s stepping things up a notch!
This time, Topshop has teamed up with Twitter for four days (kicking off today Friday 20th until Mon 24th) to display emerging trends from the runway at London Fashion Week via giant digital billboards at various locations across the UK. These trends will also broadcast across Topshop’s own Twitter feed, its website and on a billboard at its London Oxford Street store.
Here’s the good part though: Customers who then tweet the trend hashtags back to @Topshop will receive a shopping list of current designs that tie in with those trends – to ensure that they are first in the know!
Let’s face it, we’re always glued to our smartphones and social media has a major role to play in that. Everyone does it, there’s nothing wrong with it. But there’s one place where it isn’t alright and that’s on the road, when driving.
Responsible Young Drivers, a road safety volunteer organisation for and by young drivers in Belgium, are honing in on that message and ad agency ESA Saint Luc Tournai has created an impressive series of print ads to illustrate the point, all captioned with: “[Facebook/Twitter/Snapchat] have no place on the road. Using the phone while driving is responsible for 1 accident in every 10.”
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