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Leo Burnett Inspires for TD Bank

TD Bank gave 24 of its customers $30,000 to contribute to a community cause of their choosing, with just one stipulation: they had to complete the project in 24 hours.

Created in collaboration with Leo Burnett and Diamond Integrated Marketing, the campaign is captured in the above four-minute video (which fell through the cracks here last week). The video release was perfectly timed for Thanksgiving and easily went viral, having past the 3.5 million views mark on YouTube in under a week. “#MakeTodayMatter” shows surprised TD Bank customers learning they’ve been awarded the money for a cause of their choosing and then getting to work on making a difference in just one day.

The majority of those nominated for the campaign were chosen by TD employees, TD Chief Marketing Officer Dominic Mercuri told Adweek, with a few “chosen based on random live interviews in branches and stores with random customers.” Mercurri added, “We didn’t know if this idea would work. Would people drop everything to bring to life their idea? Turns out—yes, they would.”

Those ideas are on full display in the “#MakeTodayMatter” video, from buying all-new gear for a local youth football team, to making a woman’s home wheelchair accessible (allowing her to leave for the first time in years), to a gala event to boost the self-esteem of foster children. It’s hard to not be at least a little touched with people making their charitable ideas a reality. There are also separate videos for each project, hosted on a campaign website, as well as a social component. As you may remember, Leo Burnett and TD Bank went viral with the similarly charitable, “Automated Thanking Machines” this summer, and TD also collaborated with Philadelphia-based Tierney to commission “Art For Trees,” promoting eco-initiative MillionTreesNYC back in October.

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Leo Burnett Ties Samsung to High Fashion in New Campaign

Last week saw the debut of Leo Burnett Chicago’s latest work for client Samsung. The spot looks to tie the client to high fashion brand Swarovski via a series of bling-worthy tech accessories.

In the one-minute ad (double-length version here), a particularly fashionable young woman manages to navigate her way through the various inconveniences of modern Lisbon without flinching…all while calling our attention to her fancy phone case and watch band.

The ad is called “Changes” and the campaign tagline is “Dress your device up, no matter what the occasion.”

Details and credits after the jump.

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Leo Burnett Unveils ‘My Burger’ Winners for McDonald’s UK

Leo Burnett is unveiling McDonald’s “My Burger” campaign today, as the chain announces that five crowd-sourced burgers are being made available in the UK.

“My Burger” truly began back in May, with McDonald’s calling upon consumers to submit burger ideas through an online “burger builder” created by digital agency Razorfish. Entrants combined a beef patty with their choices from over 80 ingredients for toppings. The most popular burgers were then assessed by a panel including English rugby legend and Celebrity MasterChef winner Phil Vickery and McDonald’s Managing Director Mark Hawthorne, who chose the ultimate five winners. Leo Burnett’s documentary- style campaign introduces the winning burgers by way of some almost-winners who either went a step too far with their ingredients or, in one case, had the same ingredients as the winning burger but forgot to submit. The five winning burgers will each be featured on the menu for one week before the next winner is introduced. They include the “Big Uno,” “The Sweet Chili Fiesta,” “The Ultimate Supreme” “The McPizza Pepperoni Burger,” and “The Big Spicy Bacon.” The “Big Uno” launches today, and the promotion will end with “The Big Spicy Bacon Burger” from November 12-18. Read more

Leo Burnett London Adds Pair of Creative Directors

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Leo Burnett London announced today the addition of creative directors Matt Collier and Wayne Robinson.

The creative team arrives from DDB Chicago, where they have worked together since 2011. While at DDB, the pair won over 20 awards, including five Cannes Lions for brands Skittles, Milky Way, Walls, and government-backed adult education program GED. Prior to moving to the states for their DDB Chicago gig, Collier and Robinson began their careers at JWT London before moving on to CHI & Partners. While in the UK, the pair won over 100 awards, working with clients including Shell, Nestle, Toyota, Mazda, Kellogg’s, News International and 888.com. Read more

UPDATE: Leo Burnett Pitches Miller Lite

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This morning we received several tips claiming that the Miller Lite account now belongs to Leo Burnett Chicago.

We initially found the claim somewhat surprising given that the company only announced its creative review (with subsequent AdAge coverage) in mid-August; we have received no confirmation from agency or client.

However, a quick hashtag search reveals that many of Leo Burnett’s employees spent the long weekend doubling down on the pitch.

UPDATE: our first guess was accurate; the review is just beginning and the hashtag appears to be part of an effort to pitch more aggressively.

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Leo Burnett Celebrates 40 Years in the UK for McDonald’s

Today Leo Burnett’s London office launched a new campaign celebrating the 40th anniversary of McDonald’s arrival in the UK.

The campaign aims to portray the important moments in people’s lives…that just happened to occur at McDonald’s. In “Just Moved In,” (featured above) the most realistic of these scenarios, a family moves in to a new house. After a hard day of moving, they realize there’s nothing in the fridge to make for dinner and head to McDonald’s for a quick meal (which is just fine with the kids).

Other spots in the campaign feature an awkward first date, a rescue meal for a rainy camping trip, and a teen celebrating passing his driver’s test. Leo Burnett doesn’t overreach with the scenarios, instead choosing small moments that compliment larger ones — although the idea of taking a date to McDonald’s does seem a bit of stretch, no matter how young you are.

The broadcast spots are supported by an outdoor campaign “comprised of eight executions which also reminds people that McDonald’s has been there in the background of a myriad of moments all through their lives.” Read more

Leo Burnett Gets Imaginative for Rice Krispies

Leo Burnett London launched a new animated campaign for Rice Krispies inspired by children’s imaginations entitled “Imagine That.”

The campaign’s first spot, narrated by a boy named Toby Jones, imagines Rice Krispies co-existing with dinosaurs. Because the Rice Krispies are constantly trampled by the prehistoric beasts, they enlist a tyranosaurus rex to give them its scream. Armed with the warning yell, the Rice Krispies are now safe from being trampled. Now, since the dinosaurs have long since perished, they just snap, crackle and pop. It’s a cute approach, tapping into the distinct charm of children’s anything-goes sense of imagination and pairing it with some fun animation. The 30-second spot premieres on television today, and will make its cinema debut on Friday. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

Leo Burnett Celebrates ‘HappiMess’ for Delta Faucets

Leo Burnett has a new campaign for Delta Faucets introducing the portmanteau “HappiMess” to describe the joy of using Delta’s products to wash away fun messes.

The 30-second anthem ad features a variety of messy situations highlighting Delta’s different faucets. A woman clears a collection of dirty dishes at a dinner party and washes them in her Delta kitchen faucet; children play in a garden and are then ushered inside for a bath; a father and daughter enjoy a muddy hike and then the father washes his hands with a motion sensor faucet; a woman gets blasted with colored powders on a color run and returns to take a shower. “When Delta bath, toilet, shower and faucet innovations make getting clean just as beautiful as getting dirty, that’s HappiMess,” the voiceover intones. As The New York Times points out, the tagline is similar to children’s bath bubble brand Mr. Bubble’s, “Makes getting clean almost as much fun as getting dirty!” Only Leo Burnett aims to translate the idea for adults.

“When you think back to when you were a kid, getting messy in the garden, or baking and getting flour all over you were always considered to be a great things,” Leo Burnett Creative Director Jo Shoesmith told The New York Times. “But for adults, getting sweaty going for a run, or going on a mud run or a color run — those also are moments in life that people love and Delta plays a role in that, because where there’s a mess you need to be cleaned up.”

The campaign, which also features print and digital components, also marks the first time the brand is advertising the whole brand rather than a single product, according to Catherine Roper, director of brand marketing for Delta Faucet. It aims to celebrate the product innovations — such as the detachable shower head with temperature indicator, and motion sensor touch-free faucet — but these can be easy to miss over the course of the ad. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

Leo Burnett Tasked with Rebranding McDonald’s

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A couple of weeks ago we posted on the McDonald’s team’s internal declaration that the company had 18 months to rebrand…or else.

Today — despite both parties’ refusal to offer official comment — someone “close to the matter” who neglected to contact us told AdAge that the responsible party will be Leo Burnett.

The story is vague, but the only thing you really need to know is that McD’s current primary creative DDB and its go-to Happy Meal team at Burnett competed to see who would produce a “significant” campaign that will arrive either later this year or early next year. Burnett (allegedly) won the ensuing Publicis/Omnicom head-to-head.

DDB will retain the account, but this move marks a “boon” for Burnett. The campaign will not stray too far from the “I’m lovin’ it” theme, but based on all we’ve heard we can be fairly certain that the coming work will attempt to focus on the quality of the food on offer under the golden arches.

Given McD’s declining sales and ongoing perception challenges, this will be a tall order.

Leo Burnett Tugs on Heartstrings for Ronald McDonald House

Leo Burnett gets emotional for Ronald McDonald House Charities with their new spot, “Dad’s Voice.”

The 60-second ad highlights the emotional impact of the charity providing home-to-home accommodation for families with a child in the hospital. “It’s only a voice, everyone has one,” a narrator intones at the opening of the spot. “But this, this is dad’s voice. Dad’s voice is, well, dad’s.” Going on to list some of the voice’s idiosyncrasies, the spot concludes, “Dad’s voice is the sound of home, even when they’re not at home.”

It’s a pretty straightforward approach, but it makes a real emotional impact, delivering on a relevant insight for the charity. It helps that the approach is tender without being cloying, choosing not to oversell the drama of the situation but rather sticking to what viewers can relate to. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

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