We have the distinct pleasure of working with many clients where the challenge is not creating a brand/product story, but helping them to find a brand-right way of telling that story to their various audiences. It’s no surprise to most of our clients that content, to use a cliche, is king. What often times is a bit of a culture shift is helping them to find their voice in a way that is entertaining, valuable… Read more »
We all know that the digital age is dramatically changing the B2C marketplace, but rarely do we talk about the disruptive changes that are taking place in the B2B marketplace, specifically sales. According to McKinsey & Company, there are four megatrends shaping how sales organizations need to adapt to survive the digital age:
Highly networked “superbuyers.” New disruptive technologies are changing buyers’ attitudes and actions. Specifically, powerful (and affordable) analytics, connected communities, and the cloud… Read more »
A London restaurant is ditching the traditional bill at the end of a meal and is asking customers to simply photograph their food to pay for it. In the stunt by Birds Eye, diners at The Picture House pop-up restaurant are encouraged to photograph their meals and share them online. Instead of paying with cash, customers have to settle the bill with an Instagram photograph using the hashtag #BirdsEyeInspirations. Participants will be… Read more »
Hulu is teaming up with Pizza Hut on a new type of in-context advertising that’ll let you order food during a commercial break — right from the screen you’re watching. The Pizza Hut ad is what Hulu is referring to as an “in-stream purchase unit,” which could be a game changer for the TV ad industry because it gives brands the opportunity to… Read more »
Radiohead’s latest creation, PolyFauna, is an experimental collaboration between Radiohead and Universal Everything. The mobile app was inspired by The King Of Limbs sessions and uses imagery and sounds from the song “Bloom.” The digital experience may not meet the standards of Bjork’s Biophilia or Arcade Fires’ Just a Reflektor, but it is worth exploring for free for your iOS or Android device. Thom Yorke announced the launch of… Read more »
In a recent conversation with my Mother, she lamented over a comment one of her customers had made to her earlier that day. She said: “This customer told me that they no longer teach children to write in cursive at school. It upset me so…” My Mother is an artist – specifically, a master calligrapher by trade. She works in beauty of the physical – combining her rare, heavily cultivated talent with her… Read more »
Forrester announced a new framework for their Social Technographics, called the Social Technographics Score that: Focuses on commercial social behaviors. Many surveys reveal the social behaviors in which audiences engage but make no distinction between peoples’ social interactions with friends and their social interactions with companies. In contrast, the new Social Technographics Score is based on how audiences interact with and talk about companies, brands, and products. Helps marketers choose among social strategies. Most models for evaluating… Read more »
The future of the Prada Marfa, a public art installation designed by Scandinavian artists Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset, is now at risk. Located in Valentine, Texas since 2005, the art installation has remained relatively untouched. However, this summary, Playboy decided they wanted to capitalize on the concept with a similar idea, but for commercial purposes. Playboy installed a 1972 Dodge Charger on top of a box and a 40-foot neon version of its iconic bunny… Read more »
In effort to rebrand Kellogg’s® Nutri-Grain® breakfast bars and associate the brand with a younger, hipper audience, Kellogg launched an RFID triggered, Projection Mapped, Glow in the Dark Skatepark in Australia. With their influencer outreach program, they connected with influential teens in the area to participate in a competition to win tickets to the experience. The skateboard features laser triggered cameras to auto-shoot and upload images via RFID tags to Facebook at the optimal capture positions to showcase peoples… Read more »
The new “Feeling Carefree” commercial from Volkswagen featuring one of the best songs from the 80’s, “Take On Me” by A-ha is very entertaining. The spot pays homage to the music video, featuring a daydreamer sketching in his notebook, but instead imagining a world with his VW. Just like the music video, the daydreamer comes back to reality and gets what they wanted. However, sadly, the message promoting repair and maintenance is not memorable. Instead, the viewer… Read more »
Just A Reflektor is an interactive film that explores the themes in the song “Reflektor” by Arcade Fire through two devices simultaneously: the computer and smartphone/tablet. Filmed in Haiti, the story follows a young woman who travels between her world and our own. To experience the film, visit justareflektor.com in Google Chrome on your computer, and g.co/af on your Android or iOS device. Your computer will connect with your… Read more »
“How much impact can you have with the least lines of code – that was important to hackers. But I think that same kind of thinking applies to making anything … I think it can be applied to any creative pursuit.” – Evan Roth
Top 10 YouTube Videos – August 2013
#1. Lady Gaga – Applause (Official) // 38,721,273 views #2. Katy Perry – Roar (Lyric Video) // 28,787,007 views #3. 5-hour ENERGY® – Feeling Sluggish After Lunch? // 16,371,263 views #4. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa – Official Trailer // 15,309,715 views #5. Krrish 3 – Official Theatrical Trailer (Exclusive) // 14,744,695 views #6. Russian Navy Hovercraft Lands On Busy Beach (PART ONE) // 12,760,405 views #7. Jimmy Fallon, Robin Thicke & The Roots Sing… Read more »
1. Defer judgment “Creative spaces don’t judge. They let the ideas flow, so that people can build on each other and foster great ideas. You never know where a good idea is going to come from, the key is make everyone feel like they can say the idea on their mind and allow others to build on it.” 2. Encourage wild ideas “Wild ideas can often give rise to creative leaps. In thinking about ideas… Read more »
Living in a digital world, we track everything. From the miles we run with MapMyRun to calories burned with Nike+ to how we sleep with Jawbone Up. But that’s just the passive data generated from life, that doesn’t even begin to describe the mass amounts of data that fill our everyday lives, from stock prices, product sales, climate change and beyond. Data becomes even more cumbersome as we start… Read more »
We were humbled to have been included in a small group of folks that were invited to The Sydell and Arnold Miller Pavillion at The Cleveland Clinic (or more specifically, its unbelievable roof terrace – I’m told there is lunchtime yoga up here and I want IN) last week for a state-of-the-Clinic event. After a few minutes of mingling, hors d’oeuvres eating & beverage enjoying, we gathered to hear from… Read more »
IBM is committed to creating solutions that help cities all over the world get smarter, in order to make life in those cities better. That’s why IBM and Ogilvy Paris worked together to spark positive change with the “People for Smarter Cities” project, and unite city leaders and forward-thinking citizens. To spread the word, Ogilvy created outdoor advertising with a purpose: a bench, a shelter and a ramp that are not only designed to be beautiful, but to be useful to city dwellers as well.
IBM has recently unveiled the IBM Watson Engagement Advisor, “a technology breakthrough that allows brands to crunch big data in record time to transform the way they engage clients in key functions such as customer service, marketing and sales.” Brands such as the Royal Bank of Canada and market research organizations such as Nielsen, are taking notice.
In an interview with YaleInsights, Tim Brown, CEO and president of the design consultancy IDEO, describes the elements of an innovative culture: Curious Minds: Empathy for your customer and openness Risk Intelligently: Relentlessly inspect and adapt in a trusting and nurturing environment Source: YaleInsights
Q: What do organizations need in order to innovate?
Tim Brown: Any organization that wants to innovate, wants to be prepared… Read more »
Monitoring and tracking online metrics in order to optimize the customer experience has been a priority of technologists since the advent of the internet. Companies like Google have been recording our search queries, visits, clicks, user flows and beyond in order to create a database of motivations and behavior. And now, finally, marketing professionals are also realizing this opportunity. They now see the value in tracking and monitoring cross-channel marketing efforts and more importantly, understanding what, why and how to drive ROI using… Read more »
In a recent issue of Fast Company, the editors and 27 judges including MoMA’s curator and the lead designer at Facebook identified 56 finalists for their 2012 Innovation By Design Awards. Two of the innovations were light bulbs, a CFL and LED. Also, I think it’s important to note that both of the products were created as the result of a collaboration between by a design company and manufacturer, a pretty awesome mash-up with with everything focused on an optimal customer experience.
Project: Young Mensches Website Description: We recently launched a new website for Young Mensches on Friday, July 27, 2012. Young Mensches is a young professionals group for Jewish men and women, single or married, in their 20′s and 30′s from the Greater Cleveland area. Website: www.youngmensches.com
GE and Facebook have partnered to create HealthyShare, an app that tracks your health and fitness goals, encouraging you along the way by sharing your progress on your Facebook timeline.
As many of you know, Eric & I take time out from our lives as “civic avengers” to tend to our alter egos as advertising executives during the old 9-5 (if only those were the hours we worked – ha!). Since returning to Cleveland I’ve spent my days as the Director of Studio Services & Content Generation (longest. title. ever.) at Uppercut Motion & Sound. I post about my staff & our work from time… Read more »