-It looks like Google is refreshing its search engine. link
-Sandra Krstic was appointed as deputy managing partner at Tribal DDB Amsterdam.
-You lucky son-of-a-guns that are hitting the Colorado slopes might want to consider the Heli-Bus that comes to us from Boulder’s TDA and FirstBank (above). Oh yeah, there is a free checking promotion somewhere within.
-Adidas has called a pitch for its 2014 FIFA World Cup global ad campaign. link
-Carat has downgraded its 2012 ad spending growth forecast. link
Odds are, waking up this morning was no easy task. After all, if the Lord Almighty wanted us to work on Mondays, then why would he schedule NFL games on Sundays? Something doesn’t add up.
As the northern hemisphere runs full-speed towards winter’s shorter days and longer nights, Philips claims it has technology to make grumpy snooze button-pushers into actual “morning people,” and it’s enlisting the help of its agency, Tribal DDB Amsterdam, to create a social campaign for its experimental “Wake-up Light.” Testing for the product began last year in the Norwegian town aptly named Longyearbyen, where a population of a little over 2000 qualifies it for the northernmost settlement in the world (video below). As Longyearbyen is plunged into complete darkness for about four months a year, Philips gave the town’s residents its “Wake-up Light” to simulate natural sunlight. From testers’ reviews, it seems that the light was pretty successful, and Longyearbyen-ers reported a better wake-up experience.
Now, Philips and Tribal DDB are asking volunteers to take the “Wake-up Light” challenge using social media. An app on Philips’ Facebook page not only categorizes what sort of a “morning person” a user is, but it asks willing participants to take place in a 21-day experiment with the Wake-up Light, tracking their progress on an iPhone app that tests alertness, mood and ease of getting out of bed. Philips boasts that the “Wake-app” is “the first consumer-facing app to feature tests undertaken in sleep laboratories and clinical studies.”
Full results from the study are set to be released in November. If you’re a skeptic and a slow-riser like myself, you have to admit you’re at least a little interested to see if this experiment goes as planned. View the Arctic experiment below and credits after the jump.
From Tribal DDB Amsterdam and Philips comes the “Obsessed with Sound” campaign, an interactive online experience starring the Grammy-winning Metropole Orchestra. As we’ve seen recently, it can be difficult for an electronics company to demonstrate how they “get” a purer audio experience better than anyone else, with JBL choosing to get endorsements from a wide array of musicians who use its equipment. For Phillips’ line of audio products, Tribal DDB opted to utilize a single musical entity, an entire orchestra, separate it by instrument type, and then break it up by individual musicians.
By following the “Hear Every Detail” tab on Philips’ Facebook page, users are guided to a new window. A camera pans around on the orchestra, and with the click of the button, a user is able to separate one instrument out from the rest of the orchestra and read a short biography of the musician behind the instrument.
As Tribal DDB ECD Chris Baylis explains in a statement, “In music, every single detail matters. It’s about the 2nd violinist, the triangle player, the double bassist, and the producer, all the ‘unheard heroes’. It’s the collaboration that brings brilliance to a piece of music. The challenge of the campaign was to have visitors experience every detail of the audio piece, to highlight each and every nuance of sound.” When we fired up the experience, we were floored by how intricate and astounding the campaign is. It’s work like this that gives often overused (and at times meaningless) words like “interactive” and “digital” depth, and the kind of innovative thinking you’d wish a branded “digital agency” produced all of the time. A standing ovation to Philips, Tribal DDB and, of course, the great talents of the Metropole Orchestra. Credits after the jump.