March 18, 2015

AME AWARD WINNERS

It’s hard work judging awards but very inspiring too. Was lucky enough to be judging the AME AWARDS this year and saw a lot of cool work. Of course there was also a lot I’d already seen in previous festivals. Like a bad smell, the more successful projects hang around for a long time.

Here are some of my favorites from AME

AID COUTURE – Platinum award
“An average of 20 typhoons hit the Philippines every year, leaving thousands of casualties. Each year, the Philippine National Red Cross receives 18 tons of donated clothes. A good number of these are fashionable pieces that are not appropriate for everyday wear of calamity victims. In the aftermath of a typhoon, when the hot sun is up again, leather jackets and long gowns are of no practical use to the intended recipients of this donation. What they need are food and daily essentials that will help with their survival needs. Check out the video and see how Leo Burnett Manila convert fashion to food, water and medicine”

Jaguar British Villains – Platinum award
“How does an iconic yet misunderstood luxury car company reignite its mojo and win back the hearts and minds of US drivers? By casting its newest sports car as a Villain, of course. Jaguar’s “British Villains” campaign played off the insight that the best Hollywood Villains are played by Brits, and introduced Jaguar as the newest British Villain. An integrated campaign touted the idea that it’s #GoodToBeBad and encouraged audiences to embrace their dark sides”

Coca Cola Mini kiosk – Gold award
“To launch the new Coca-Cola mini can in Germany, we created the Coca-Cola mini kiosk. A fully functional, normal looking kiosk with vendor – just in mini version. Combined with a small Coke vending machine, it appeared spontaneously around different cities. The mini kiosk sold a series of miniature products, but first and foremost the 0.15L mini can”.

Art of OLDTOWN – Gold award
“THE ART OF OLDTOWN As proprietors of the original white coffee recipe, OLDTOWN White Coffee took ownership of the one place no other white coffee brand could – Old Town in Ipoh, the birthplace of white coffee. A collaboration with street artist Ernest Zacharevic and the Ipoh tourism board saw OLDTOWN transform Ipoh Old Town with 7 unique murals. We turned art tourism into a medium, and spread our brand story with every piece of PR coverage and social media sharing. Best of all, we created permanent fixtures associated with OLDTOWN White Coffee that will live long beyond the campaign period”.

Suntory 3D on the Rocks – Silver award
“Whisky is one of the most popular alcoholic drinks in the world. However, whisky fans are getting older as time passes, while younger generations see it as an out-of-date, boring drink. Our challenge was to attract younger drinkers and once again to create the golden age of whisky. We designed a service at the bar which users can enjoy whisky with ice cubes created in their desired shape with use of the state-of-the-art 3D technology. In addition, we designed a system that uploads ice cubes selected by users to the web gallery”.

Google Maps Urban Escape Plan – Silver award
“Google Maps is known by the majority of Germans. Most people use the product to get from A to B, but they are not really aware of the fact that Google Maps can also help you explore new places near and far away. In order to make people re-discover Google Maps, we decided to focus on a unique proposition: inspiration as part of navigation. In Summer 2014, after a long winter, we set out to help German urbanites find what they really needed the most: a bit of green. But not any bit of green. A new bit of green. We wanted people to explore their environment and visit places, where they have never been before – nearby green treasures accessible within a short walk or bike-ride. That is why we created the „urban escape plan“: The world’s first hyper-localized, nationwide exploration campaign”.

Congratulations to all the winners (which you can view here). This may not be Cannes but since this festival is about effectiveness it means that you are faced with a load of scam work that boosts the agency’s ego but does nothing for their clients’ sales. Looking through all the entries there are definitely some major trends. We are in an era of brand experiences now. I hear a lot of talk about “storytelling” but that seems like a bit simplistic and patronizing. People want meaningful experiences that change their attitudes towards a brand. Better still, engaging experiences that lead to purchase. After all, if our clients don’t sell they won’t pay us and we can’t enter awards any more. That’s the circle of life. Hakuna matata.

January 18, 2015

Cardboard driving

With Oculus Rift being still expensive and better suited for events we will be seeing a lot more uses of Google Cardboard to deliver engaging virtual reality experiences. R/GA and auto brand Volvo recently created a virtual reality experience using this low-cost VR head-set to maximise excitement and interest in the new XC90 before it hit the dealerships. The experience takes users on a virtual test drive through scenic countryside, with different episodes featuring different locations and weather conditions. A limited number of branded Cardboard headsets were given away via the campaign website. Fans also had the option of buying and building their own Google headset. Once assembled, users slide their smartphone into the viewer of the headset before starting the app, which works on both iOS and Android. (via Contagious)

October 8, 2014

GO CLIO!

No, this isn’t about the popular French compact car that was available as a crazy V6 version. It’s the CLIO awards that were recently announced along with a special speech from Jerry Seineld who basically said that what we do is meaningless. Yes Jerry, we already knew that.

Rather than focus on the big winners we’ve already seen soaking up the glory at Cannes and elsewhere, I want to look at some of the lesser known projects.

Red Urban in Toronto won bronze for this inspiring website that tells the story of a VW Beetle that went around the world several times. Everyone talks about storytelling these days. But if you find a compelling story and tell it beautifully it can be really touching.

OK, this next one won gold but not enough noise has been made about this. The Beats Music app from R/GA shows how human technology can be. With curated suggestions and questions to gauge your mood they are able to give you playlists that match who you are. Let’s see what Apple will do with this now they’ve made Dre the richest gangsta on earth.

Having a terrible president (again) and being the sick man of Europe seems to be sparking a lot of creativity in France. We’ve seen a lot of award winning work this year from les Francais. Here is a lesser known project for SNCF from TBWA that picked up a bronze CLIO. To recruit new engineers they challenged potential candidates with an impossible game. OK, so they only ended up hiring 10 people. But they were geniuses!!

Here is one last one from the Innovative Media category. While adamandeveDDB earned lots of buzz for their Harvey Nichols work this year they’ve done some other great projects too. This one for Google brought passionate soccer fans from around the world to a live football match thanks to the power of Google +

So don’t just check out the grand prix and gold winners. There are some interesting nuggets to be found in the lesser metals and shortlists.

Check out all the 2014 CLIO winners here

April 25, 2013

Art, Copy & Code for a new way of storytelling

For the full inspiring story and great examples of 21st century marketing go here http://www.artcopycode.com

Google “Art, Copy & Code: Dynamic Film Case Study” from Ben Hughes on Vimeo.

August 30, 2011

Uncover your world

Amazing new mobile ad from Google to promote their search app. Like all the advertising Google puts out it is engaging, entertaining and reveals what the services can do by experiencing them.

The making of is quite incredible too where the AdMob team shows how 3D printing was used as the basis of a virtual world people could explore to uncover all the product features.

August 8, 2011

Get emotional

In this video featuring John Jay of Wieden + Kennedy he talks about the emotional connection agencies need to have with their clients and the target audience to get to the soul of the solution. The same goes for digital but how easy is it to achieve? With projects such as The Wilderness Downtown by Google we are seeing more online communication that is able to make that emotional connection.

As people become more emotionally invested online, especially with social networks, it is becoming more important for all digital marketing to have empathy and soul. Looking at some of the most successful projects of recent times we can see this as a trend that will only get stronger. From the Decode campaign with Jay-Z to Ikea’s Happy Inside we can see the power of emotion.

So next time you feel yourself getting too intellectual in your concepts take a breath and let your emotional side out a little. You might just end up with something a lot stronger…

July 20, 2011

Google+ is here. What now?

It hasn’t taken long for Google+ to generate the kind of buzz that Google Wave never got. Already people are wondering what it is going to mean for advertisers. This deck from Publicis Modem UK gives a great introduction to Google+ and explores what it could mean for brands…

May 21, 2011

CLIO Interactive winners

The awards season rolls onwards, this time with the CLIOS. Only a month until the Cannes craziness commences. But for now let’s look at what the CLIOS juries chose to get gold, silver, bronze and more…

Vail EpicMix: Crispin Porter + Bogusky

How do you transform the skiing experience using mobile technology (and win a gold at the CLIOS)? Here’s how…

IKEA -Homemade is best: Forsman & Bodenfors

As well as winning gold for the interactive campaign that supported the amazing Homemade is best cookbooks they also won silver for the Kondis app that was part of the same campaign. They showed you some delicious cake recipes but you had to earn them by running a certain distance. The app told you when you had run far enough.

SOUR/MIRROR: Masashi + Qanta + Saqoosha + Hiroki

This interactive music video looks a bit painful to get going but once it does the results are pretty amazing. This won a silver.

Streetmuseum: Brothers and Sisters

A bronze award went to this amazing app for The Museum of London that overlayed photos of the old city onto the current view seen through your iPhone.

And the Grand Clio goes to…

Wilderness Downtown: Google Creative Lab and B-Reel

I think everyone has seen this by now but it’s worth looking at the making of to see how you can still be truly innovative in digital today. Congratulations guys (and great song too).

May 17, 2011

One Show Interactive 2011

So the winners are in and they are worthy. Here are some of this year’s gold award winners. No doubt we’ll be seeing much more if these projects as the awards season continues…

Google Chrome Fastball

To promote a fast browser to an audience that’s immune to banners and doesn’t even know what a browser is, BBH created Chrome FastBall, a race across the Internet. This first YouTube game of its kind demonstrated how your web experience is faster and easier when using Google Chrome.

Uniqlo Lucky Line

To get people excited about a new store opening Dentsu invented the “Lucky Line” where people could join the queue via Facebook and Twitter to get discounts when the store opened.


VW True Life Costs

To address the misconception that the car brand is expensive DDB UK created a website that provided an engaging, easy to understand analogy of Volkswagen’s impressive ‘whole life costs’ affordability.

IKEA Unbox the banner

As part of the spring campaign for discounted products from IKEA, Grabarz & Partners developed an online promotion that was true to the IKEA philosophy: save money by assembling it yourself. Check it out here.

Nike + GPS App

Five years ago, Nike put a chip in a shoe and changed the sport of running. Today, they’re doing it again. Introducing the Nike+ GPS app: Now, runners can join the world’s largest running club by simply downloading the app, whether laced in Nike shoes or not. Nike+ is in your pocket, ready for a run anytime. Running outdoors, GPS tracks your run—indoors, the accelerometer detects movement. Any friend who “likes” or comments on your Facebook status gives you an audible “cheer” via your headphones. Developed by R/GA of course.


There are lots more gold winners (if you can get the One Show website to scroll – I couldn’t) plus don’t forget to check out the silvers and bronzes too. Lots of inspiring stuff there.

March 2, 2011

Month of tweets #2

Spring is on its way (supposedly) and it’s that time when I take a look back at some of my favourite tweets of the month.

Feb 1: All in one place… RT @mariegoupry: RT @kevinjosselin[Compilation] 10 Incredible Interactive YouTube Videoshttp://su.pr/1SJp7w

  • This kind of thing is great for internal training (ass kicking) to get people thinking about new ways to use online video.

Feb 8: Beautiful… RT @ScottSeaborn: Creative Review: Mulberry says it with (digital) flowers: http://bit.ly/gZiy2r

  • There were a lot of dull online campaigns for Valentines (like Barbie and Ken) but this one stood out as being something special…

Feb 9: Fascinating article… RT @frogdesign: The Art of Creating Emotional Attachments to Digital Objects http://bit.ly/gRVlk3

Feb 12: When the readers become writers (or the evolution of advertising creative) – great presentation by @edwardboches http://slidesha.re/etrmXn

  • If you don’t follow Edward Boches then you are missing out. He is Chief Innovation Officer (formerly Chief Creative Officer and Chief Social Media Officer) at Mullen. This is just one of his inspiring presentations…
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Feb 15: Like it… RT @ericphu: Another nice, simple campaign for KLM
  • KLM are using the viral video from really well to spread their message. After their Surprise video this one continues to show how good their service is (shame it isn’t true:)

Feb 22: PHD birthday ad invites marketers to up their game – on Brand Republic http://bit.ly/gsJJui

  • OK, kids don’t really talk like this but the thought is very powerful. Are we going to be ready for these spoilt brats when they become consumers with their own monthly paychecks to blow?


Feb 22: Google Zeitgeist: Great Minds of Our Time – great post on Brainpicker… http://bit.ly/h3INF3

  • If you are looking for some inspiration check out these videos featuring people like Lee Clow, Alex Bogusky and Salman Rushdie

Feb 28: Sweet… RT @adenhepburn: Here is a great use for AR – Ford C-Max Augmented Reality Billboards http://bit.ly/hlDl5i


and finally:

Feb 28: This boy will go far… well to SXSW at least. RT @brunoclement: The World’s Greatest Opportunity http://slidesha.re/i1vRdO

  • How do you get other people to pay for your trip to an expensive industry conference. You just need a smart idea.