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M&C Saatchi Stockholm Launch ‘Stockholm Is Your Canvas’ for Stockholm Art Week

Stockholm Is Your CanvasM&C Saatchi Stockholm has launched “Stockholm Is Your Canvas,” an initiative for Stockholm Art Week allowing visitors to canvas.stockholmartweek.com to submit their art and have it displayed on a digital billboard in Stureplan, Stockholm (if they’re a Swedish resident).

Visitors to the site simply upload their picture or video, select a 30 second time slot during the festival — which began April 1st and runs until April 6th — and their art will be displayed on the impressive digital billboard passed by over 450,000 people a day. My first impression was that this was open to any online visitors, but it is in fact limited to those with Swedish cell numbers. If you’re interested (and have a Swedish cell number) all you need to do is visit the site, provide your name, title of your art, city and said Swedish cell number, pick a desired time and submit your work in a 16:9 aspect ratio, with a maximum file size of 50 MB. This is a pretty cool way to get people involved with Stockholm Art Week, even if it’s kind of a shame that visitors to the country (or those who would get a thrill from their art being displayed on the billboard even if they can’t see it) can’t submit.

Update: We received the following note from M&C Saatchi: “The campaign is really for all people on the planet. Not only good looking Swedes. :) We have removed the confusion with phone number now.”

DDB New Zealand to Bring Down King Joffrey for SKY TV

Bring Down The KingTo stoke viewers’ (already feverish) anticipation for season 4 of international hit Game of Thrones, DDB New Zealand has crafted a unique social media/experiential event for SKY Television’s premium entertainment channel SoHo, entitled “Bring Down The King.”

With help from production company Finch, DDB has erected a seven meter statue of the show’s much hated King Joffrey in Aotea Square, one of the largest public squares in Auckland. A rope is positioned around the statue’s neck, attached to a winch, and fans are challenged to topple the statue using the hashtag #bringdowntheking on Twitter. For every tweet using the hashtag, the statue will be one step closer to toppling, but it will take one million such tweets to bring down Joffrey.

Game of Thrones is a worldwide phenomenon and King Joffrey is quite possibly the most hated fictional television character of all time,” explained SKY’s director of programming, Travis Dunbar. “It’s exciting to give fans an opportunity they are dying for; to assist in the demise of the King of the Iron Throne.”

DDB executive creative director Shane Bradnick was equally enthused, saying, “It’s great to be working with clients that want to create ideas that bring the fictional, digital and real worlds together. Let’s bring the bastard down!”

You can keep up with the campaign at bringdowntheking.com. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

Kim Dempster, Ntropic Document Staged Human Auctions for Freedom For All

Around two weeks ago, we covered Freedom For All‘s “Stop the Nightmare” campaign featuring a series of surreal videos directed by Blank Productions’ Kim Dempster in collaboration with creative colleagues and without the aid of an agency. Now Freedom For All has extended their campaign to raise awareness of human trafficking with video footage from a staging of three human auctions held on Wall Street, Times Square and Washington Square Park on March 5th.

The auctions were written and directed by Kim Dempster, who considers the campaign “the most important project [she's] ever worked on,” with editing by Ntropic, led by creative director Steve Zourntos. Dempster’s 3:15 video of the auctions provides a powerful look into the PSA stunt, including the outrage and disbelief it engendered in onlookers. The nature of the staged auctions was not revealed until the auction was completed, and clearly many in the audience believed it to be real. Freedom For All succeeded then at shocking people into the realization of a problem many don’t realize exists.

“I was excited to be part of this powerful project,” said Zourntos. “I found myself in this surreal and disturbing world that is a terrifying reality for over 27 million people. It was a project that put us through an emotional roller coaster of disbelief, shock, sorrow and outrage. We were honored just to be part of it.”

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Neighbor Agency Showcases New CD with ‘Slow and Steady Wins the Taste’


Full-service integrated marketing agency Neighbor Agency recently launched a campaign for Tillamook’s new line of Greek yogurt, Farmstyle Greek, which was led by the agency’s new creative director, Jodi Pierce, who began work with Neighbor Agency late last year.

The campaign, entitled “Slow and Steady Wins the Taste,” is “a digital-centric campaign that also includes out-of-home billboards, radio and experiential engagement through a sampling tour.” But Neighbor’s involvement began long before that, with the agency collaborating on “product development, ingredients, flavor profiles all the way to creative conception and execution of the campaign.”

Video vignettes introduce viewers to Tillamook’s Farmstyle Greek yogurt by showing simple recipes, rooted in the brand’s “slow and steady” philosophy, that complement the yogurt, like homemade granola and blueberry jam. It’s an interesting approach, one that emphasizes Tillamook as a lifestyle brand while providing viewers with information to better enjoy the product.

“We’re proud to debut the work that our creative team, and new Creative Director developed for Tillamook’s Farmstyle Greek Yogurt,” said Chad Seymour, CEO of Neighbor Agency. “The hire of Jodi is one that we took very seriously, and didn’t fill the position until we found the perfect fit for our agency, and our clients.”

For more information on the campaign, head to the brand’s Farmstyle Greek website.

Mr. President Brings Bacardi Bat to Life with ‘Bat Beats’

In case you missed it, newly formed creative agency Mr. President treated SXSW attendees to the creation of a live music track using the movements of 100,000 bats at Austin’s “Bat Mecca,” Congress Bridge, a means of bringing the brand’s iconic bat logo to life.

The track was created by “using a bespoke software app, which allows the user to interact with a series of composed sounds triggered by the bats movements. Capture of the bats movement was then “streamed into a digital grid, with each square triggering and affecting specific sounds, beats, pitches and tempos.” The software was designed by Immsersive represented by Partizan, one of the companies responsible for the opening and closing ceremonies at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics (the Paralympics closing ceremony was arguably the real grand finale). Music producer Craig Richards will release a remix of the track some time next month.

“Defying convention and expectation is part of the Bacardi rum DNA and continues to be today. The Bat Beats music experience is just that – a demonstration of the brand values that still alive and strong today,” says Kofi Amoo-Gottfried, Bacardi rum global communications director.

Stick around after the jump to hear the Bacardi “Bat Beats” track, along with credits. Read more

Riney Creative Duo Spreads Luck of the Irish Across San Francisco

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To get their hometown of San Francisco in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit, Riney ACDs EJ Slody and Alex Palomo are now sending out a drone carrying a bag of real four-leaf clovers “flying over key locations” in the city.

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Dubbed the Good Luck Drone, the UAV will fulfill its mission of spreading just that over the city by flying to any destination given to it through Instagram. Visitors to http://instagram.com/goodluckdrone# can simply type a location on its flight map pic and the drone will fly to the destination and send you a pic or video to let you know that luck was spread to the desired location. The project has just started, so if you live in San Francisco, why not head on over to Instagram and give it a shot? It could give your St. Patrick’s Day an extra touch of drone-spread good fortune.

DigitasLBi Labs, Klépierre Launch Personalized Digital Shopping Experience

Digitas LBi Labs, the agency’s tech-inspired incubator, and European real estate investment company Klépierre collaborated to create “Inspiration Corridor,” a digital prototype personalizing experiences in shopping malls by providing customized product recommendations and telling users where to go to shop for them.

According to DigitasLBi Paris deputy GM/connected commerce lead, Vincent Druguet, the project began with the insight that “consumers rarely know every single shop in a mall, and are even less aware of their newest products. Right now, there’s a wealth of product information available to people through personalized search engines. Our idea was to offer people all this information in a fun and experimental way, using digital technology in shopping malls.”

The “Inspiration Corridor” works by using an infra-red camera to analyze individual consumers upon entering with body scanning technology. Then, a “device equipped with QUIVIDI video analysis and PigData product recommendation scans the visitors and their outfits within 10 seconds and registers the collected data: their gender, age, and clothing style.” This results in a personalized “mood board” tailored to the individual consumer. Users can also scan the bar code on recently purchased items to get recommendations for matching accessories. Then, the “Inspiration Corridor” simulates window shopping, allowing consumers to walk through the corridor select the products they’re interested in. Each item they choose “affects the recommendation engine, made with PigData, and simultaneously updates the product selection.” Upon leaving, “customers can synchronize their product selection to the Klépierre mobile application using iBeacon technology.”

For a better idea of how it works, you can watch the prototype in action above. It’s a pretty nifty device, allowing users to combine digital and offline shopping in exciting ways. Stay tuned for credits after the jump. Read more

Saatchi & Saatchi NZ Helps Kiwis Hold on to Summer for L&P

It’s hard to relate to, as below freezing temperatures continue here in the northeast US, but in New Zealand people are just returning from summer holiday. Saatchi & Saatchi New Zealand has launched a new campaign for L&P in an attempt to help Kiwis hold on to that summer feeling as they return to work and school.

Beginning this week, L&P is offering people in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch “the chance to swap their shoes for jandals, bring a bit of summer to their workplace, or even take an impromptu urban dip to cool off.” It’s an interesting outdoor campaign for a product that many associate with summer. And who wouldn’t want a free towel or flip-flops (jandals if you’re in New Zealand, apparently)?

As Saatchi & Saatchi creative director Guy Roberts explains, “We’ve all experienced that sinking feeling when the holidays are over and we’re forced to hang up our togs, get back into our work clothes and re-join the commuter crowds to work or Uni. You’re back at your desk and reduced to watching the best days of summer from your office or classroom window. For many kiwis, L&P and summer go hand in hand and we hope this campaign will help kiwis hold on to that great summer feeling just a little bit longer.”

The campaign will roll out over the next six weeks, with “a range of customised ad-shels, street posters and promotional partnerships.” As the brightest thing we have to look forward to in this region is a weekend with temperatures in the 40s, I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels a little envious hearing about this campaign. Stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

Jung Von Matt Presents ‘Renovated Billboards’ for OBI

Hamburg-based agency Jung Von Matt has created an interesting new outdoor campaign for OBI, the largest DIY store in Germany.

The new campaign was launched as a result of price wars between independent stores in the country causing ugly billboards to pop up everywhere. OBI wanted something visually appealing to set them apart. “Why do people advertise products that are supposed to make our homes look nicer using adverts that make everything look uglier?” they asked. So JVM came up with “renovated billboards,” which are essentially outdoor advertisements showing what costumers could use OBI’s products to accomplish. It’s an innovative solution that benefits not just OBI, but also the run-down locations where Jung Von Matt renovated. Areas that otherwise would be inundated with ugly advertisements were instead renovated in a way that should get people to notice OBI. Check out the results for yourself in the video above, and stick around for credits after the jump. Read more

Cossette Games the Arctic for Royal Canadian Mint

Educational video games typically offer up half-hearted gaming experiences that grow staler by the click. It’s like the developers weren’t sure how to balance the knowledge with the fun, so they just half-assed both parts. Rarely do we get to enjoy the two like in an Oregon Trail. Who knew caulking a river could be so much fun?

Based on the screenshots and trailer for the Royal Canadian Mint’s new digital children’s game, Cossette has teased enough creativity to at least get kids interested in checking it out. The release marks the 100th anniversary of first Canadian Arctic expedition (although according to the trailer, the timeline should start in November 1913). I haven’t played the game myself – I’m a bit outside the 6-11 year-old age range – but in terms of advertising, I was surprised by the amount of storytelling and suspense in the trailer. The graphic aren’t exactly going to challenge the Grand Theft Auto franchise, but this actually looks like a game rather than a textbook pretending to be a game. Credits after the jump.

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