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Infographic: Why Advertise in Times Square?

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Times Square isn’t just a place for confused tourists and Creepy Elmos.

From static ads to multimedia, if you want your (client’s) name in lights, it’s the place for creative shops across this great land of ours to test the waters and see what floats.

How much do those shops spend? How hard will clients break the bank? Who do they all want to attract?

Carlos Monteiro, infographics editor of iNewspaper in Portugal, collected some interesting stats to answer those riddles after the jump.

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M&C Saatchi Brings Christ the Redeemer to Naples for Fastweb

Christ the ReedemerIn an unusual stunt, M&C Saatchi erected a replica of Rio de Janeiro’s famed Christ the Redeemer monument to Naples for Fastweb.

Following Germany’s crushing defeat of Brazil, M&C Saatchi decided to “download” the monument in Naples, as a way to promote and demonstrate the speed of Fastweb. Images of the monument were some of the most downloaded of the year in Italy, in the wake of the World Cup. Neapolitans were surprised by the monument — accompanied by a sign reading “Downloaded with #fastweb” — this morning at Piazza Dante in Naples.

According to M&C Saatchi Creative Partner Vicenzo Gasbarro, the monument will “bring about a carousel-style carioca of television crews, musicians, dancers and capoeira, which will mingle and interact with people in a mix of colours, music and emotions in a unique Neapolitan fashion. This is a brilliant opportunity for conversation between different cultures online.”

“We are happy to collaborate again with Fastweb to provide new and tangible evidence of what it means to have a faster internet connection,” said Silvio Meazza, M&C Saatchi Interactive partner.Christ the Redeemer, the symbol of Brazil, has been one of the most downloaded and shared image of the year, downloaded once again – for real this time – with all its weight, straight to the heart of Naples.”

Xbox, twofifteenmccann Fly Interactive Fizzie Balloon at E3

Fizzie, a character in the upcoming game Sunset Overdrive from developer Insomniac Games, made an appearance at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo in the form of a large, interactive balloon flying in the lobby at the Los Angeles Convention Center from June 10th – June 12th.

Brought to life by Xbox and twofifteenmccann, Fizzie takes questions from the E3 crowd, offering up invariably sarcastic answers. In Sunset Overdrive, Fizzie “is a talking balloon that hovers over Sunset City and is the cheery face of the Fizzco Corporation while acting as the perfect corporate shill.” So what better place for Fizzie to make an appearance than the largest trade show in the video game industry, rife with event marketers attempting to woo customers and media alike. If you’re not lucky enough to make it to E3 this year, you can still keep up with Fizzie’s antics on Twitter via the hashtag #FizzieSays. For footage of Fizzie in action, check out the video above, and stick around after the jump for credits. Read more

JWT Amsterdam Creates ‘A Piggy Bank for the Homeless’

With homelessness a growing issue in Amsterdam, JWT Amsterdam launched an awareness and fundraising campaign for the not-for-profit organization for the homeless Belangenbehartiging Amsterdamse Dak- en Thuislozen (BADT).

To raise both money and awareness for the organization JWT Amsterdam sourced mannequins, which they dressed in “shabby, used clothes,” installed a cut-out money slot in the head (made to resemble a piggy bank) and placed them around the city in situations similar to the homeless, with hand-written cardboard signs asking for donations to BADT. The provocative campaign got people’s attention, and was documented in the video above. At the end of the 90 second video, viewers are prompted to visit badt.nl and help support the organization. The entire project “took less than a week to make and came in at under €100″ with mannequins sourced for free and clothing donated by JWT Amsterdam employees.

“We wanted to bring more people face-to-face with the different faces of homelessness- the mothers, the families, the children,” said JWT Amsterdam designer Robert Harrison. “It’s a real life problem in the city and, for us, it’s important to shed light on this issue. Our aim was to enable people to look at it in a different way, identify with the situation and feel compelled to take action by donating to BADT.”

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Saatchi & Saatchi NZ Creates Burning Billboard for Sealord

Saatchi & Saatchi New Zealand created a flaming billboard to launch Sealord’s new line of hot smoked salmon.

The billboard was constructed using Manuka wood branches (the same type used in Sealord’s smoked salmon), which were then set on fire to replicate Sealord’s traditional smoking process. Sealord’s billboard reads, “Smoked: Just Like Our New Manuka Salmon,” although it’s pretty hard to read through all the smoke and fire. As you might recall, this is not the first burning billboard we’ve covered, but it is the first non-steakhouse-related burning billboard we can recall, so there’s that. The campaign also includes the above online video documenting the creation of the billboard, as well as pre-rolls and digital banners.

“When we learned about the wonderful artisan techniques involved in the creation of this delicious salmon, we were inspired to try and find a way to make this process the hero,” explained Saatchi & Saatchi New Zealand executive creative director Antonio Navas. Credits after the jump. Read more

Innocean Kicks Off ‘Because Futbol’ for Hyundai

With the 2014 World Cup in Brazil now just over a week away, Innocean has kicked off Hyundai’s World Cup campaign, entitled “Because Futbol.”

In the campaign, two new in-game 30-second spots featuring the redesigned 2015 Hyundai Sonata will accompany digital, social, CRM, and retail executions. The spots will air on ESPN and Univision “as part of Hyundai’s exclusive whistle-to-whistle automotive advertising sponsorship of the World Cup series broadcasts on the networks.” The creative theme behind both “Avoidance” and “Boom” is fan passion, with Innocean likening fans loyalty to their team to Hyundai’s number one ranking in customer loyalty. In “Avoidance” a passionate fan leaves the office having recorded the day’s match. Seeking to keep himself in the dark on the game’s outcome, he goes through all sorts of trouble to avoid interacting with those who would spoil the surprise. “Boom” looks at a completely different aspect of fan passion. The campaign also includes a “#BecauseFutbol” site, built on the Tumblr platform, which “inspires and engages fans with unique content and tools developed by dozens of leading Tumblr artists and content creators.” Tumblr artist content will also be featured on the Times Square Billboard in New York during the days leading up to the World Cup.

“Soccer fans are more than just supporters of the game – they are die hard, loyal fanatics for their teams and countries,” said Steve Shannon, vice president, marketing, Hyundai Motor America. “As the industry leader in customer loyalty, Hyundai knows a thing or two about passion. This year’s World Cup campaign shows what being a ‘true’ fan really means; and how for 30 days people come together, lives change, emotions rise and unexpected moments happen.”

Stay tuned for credits and “Boom” after the jump. Read more

Marriott Partners with Braden Summers for ‘#LoveTravels’


Today, Marriott International announced “#LoveTravels,” a collaboration between Marriott Creative Agency and photographer Braden Summers featuring LGBT celebrities like Brooklyn Nets center Jason Collins and fashion model Geena Rocero.

“#LoveTravels” is part of Marriott’s new LGBT social media and marketing campaign and seeks to “share exclusive and powerful images celebrating inclusion.” The images featured in the campaign will be displayed as building wraps at five hotels in Washington, D.C., a series of print ads in LGBT media, an online portrait gallery and display ads in cities throughout the U.S., and a social initiative encourages guests to share their own experiences using the hashtag #LoveTravels. Campaign content will be hosted at marriottlovetravels.com.

“Braden’s work so beautifully illustrates the inclusiveness and equality that we embrace,” said Kristine Friend, senior director, segment marketing. “We are committed to ensuring that all of our guests feel comfortable at all of our hotels and are proud to stay with Marriott.  #LoveTravels is a universal theme we believe is shared by all cultures and communities and truly represents our company’s philosophy and values. We also want to encourage our guests and travelers around the world to share their own journey and story through #LoveTravels @MarriottIntl.”

You can check out behind-the-scenes footage from the campaign’s photo shoots above.

Ogilvy Japan Turns Sleeping Drunks into Billboards

In Japan, hard work and a low alcohol tolerance mean that at the end of the week countless people literally drink until they drop and fall asleep on the street. In Tokyo, for instance, the sight of drunks sleeping in the street on a Friday night is considered normal. To help curb this phenomenon, bar chain Yaocho got together with Ogilvy Japan to turn sleeping drunks into human billboards.

In an effort to shame people into more responsible drinking habits, Ogilvy Japan found sleeping drunks and outlined their bodies in white tape, with the message, “#Nomisugi,” which translates roughly to “Too drunk.” Passers-by around Japan have been sharing the impromptu outdoor ads on Instagram and Twitter. Whether or not the stunt was staged, it certainly has made its presence known, and most likely influenced a few bar-goers into taking it a little easy. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

M&C Saatchi LA Taps ‘Tiger Power’ for San Diego Zoo Safari Park


Yesterday M&C Saatchi LA launched a new campaign for the San Diego Zoo Safari Park’s new Tiger Trail exhibit, opening to the public on May 24, 2014. The multimedia campaign consists of TV, print, digital, outdoor and transit, targeting the Southern California region.

All three of the TV spots in the campaign feature kids visiting the new Tiger Trail at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and meeting a real Sumatran Tiger face to face, allowing them to tap into their own “tiger power,” which they put to unexpected use. In “Guitar Star” featured above, for example, a tween boy (with a somewhat disturbing mustache) continues rocking out at full volume even after his father pulls the plug on his amp.

“Tigers have an almost mythological connotation for their power and mystique. We wanted to show kids tapping into that to develop their confidence, their own tiger power, explained James Bray, creative director at M&C Saatchi LA.

“With the debut of this new exhibit, our guests will have a thrilling and awe-inspiring personal encounter with majestic Sumatran Tigers, and at the same time learn of the threats to this critically endangered species,” said Ted Molter, Chief Marketing Officer for San Diego Zoo Global.  “This campaign playfully asks our guests to identify with the confidence and power of tigers in the hopes that it will build greater appreciation for one of nature’s top predators.”

Stick around for “Monster Truck” and “Fireman,” along with credits, after the jump. Read more

McCann Creates ‘Fair Play Machines’ for Coca-Cola, Milan Rivals

McCann Worldgroup Milan created “Fair Play Machines” for Coca-Cola, bringing together rival fans at the San Siro Stadium in Milan.

Internazionale di Milano and A.C. Milan have a fierce rivalry dating back decades, which often leaves neighbors, friends, and even family enemies when the two teams meet. So, as part of Coca-Cola’s ongoing “#ShareTheGood” campaign, in the moments leading up to kickoff at an important Internazionale di Milano versus A.C. Milan match at a very divided San Siro Stadium in Milan, McCann Worldgroup installed two vending machines in the stadium, one on each side of arena. The catch: fans couldn’t get a Coke for themselves, only for fans of the rival team. Pressing a button on one of the machines, connected to the other via video and audio, sent a Coke down a chute and delivered it to a rival fan. In under an hour, both machines were emptied, bringing rival fans closer together and supporting fair play.

“Coca-Cola reminds us that even in the face of seeming differences, happiness can be found through simple moments of human connection,” explains Claudia Navarro, director, integrated marketing communications, central & southern Europe. Check out the video above to see the campaign in action, and stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

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