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Robin of Shoreditch

If you haven’t heard about Robin of Shoreditch – you definitely will in a couple of days time as something like this doesn’t happen every day.
I received an email from Little John at the weekend asking to feature this awesome project on my blog… I’m generally quite picky with what goes on here but how could I say no to this?!

Robin of Shoreditch is an anonymous group of creative outlaws looking to take from the rich and give to the poor; with the rich ones being the Top 100 Companies from the Brand Z Report and the poor ones being the people of Haiti who desperately need some serious help after the dramatic earthquake happened earlier this year.

The guys have come up with a fantastic marketing idea for each one of these brands and are slowly uploading these idea-showreels on Vimeo for the attention of each Brand Director. The hook? Each brand is free to take the idea on board and if happy to develop this further, all they need to do is pay Robin of Shoreditch 1/10.000.000 (that’s one/ten-millionth) of how much the brand is worth as a fee. For example, being Nike valued $11.9 million, the brand will only have to pay $1,199.90 for the idea.

The guys have set up a JustGiving page for the companies to send the money to.

100% of the paid fee goes straight to DEC for Haiti, the guys are not getting anything out of this, which I think is highly commendable ….Enough respect chaps!

There’s not much else to say other then this project is simply #AWESOME.
I will try my best to reach all the people I know within those companies to get the word out there. But if you are reading this, please share it with your friends, get the buzz rolling and make those brands aware of this fantastic project.

You can follow the guys on Twitter, you can befriend them on Facebook, check how they’re getting on with Daytum and follow their blog.

Make sure you check some of the idea-videos as they’re brilliant, and if I haven’t managed to explain the project in the right way, check the video below…

I wonder who’s gonna be the first brand to take advantage of this and pay up … Sweepstake anyone?

Enzo

 
 

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Branded Video Content all the way…

For those who remember, the expression ‘branded content’ was coined in 2001 with the launch of an amazing BMW project called The Hire, a collection of 8 short movies produced by BMW with some of the world’s best directors, starring Clive Owen as the main character and showcasing some of the best qualities of the mighty German cars.

As consumers had begun to be engaged with much more interesting, relevant and definitely longer content, in 2001 this was considered a breakthrough innovation. In 2010, nearly 10 years down the line, this marketing approach is still considered to be one of the best around and who couldn’t say the same with a bunch of new ‘branded content’ making their way into our ‘hearts=brains’ ?

It’s always good to remember what Gary Knight, ex ITV, once said:

The content element must be real, for real people, in the real world. It must never be advertorial, as it then becomes “fictitious” and the franchise is lost. The best starting point is to think about how to create a genuine viewing experience that can adopt true brand-extension positions, both on-and off-air.

The new decade has definitely started with a BANG within this marketing environment as more and more marketeers try and come up with cost-effective ideas; new ways to reach diversified audiences and create content that can be easily integrated within a marketing mix using different channels.

Just thought I’d show you some of the great examples from the last couple of years that I’ve loved, followed by some of the newly-launched ones, as I am really excited about 2010 being the year for branded content.

In the same style of The Hire, towards the end of 2008, Sony Ericsson launched an awards-winning campaign calledWho is Jonny X, a nine-part digital drama series to promote the new line of Xperia phones. Each episode (2 to 3 minutes long) followed Johnny X as he used his X1 mobile phone to try and piece together elements of his life following a kidnap by a gang. For those of you who didn’t see it, you can either watch the whole movie on the official website, or go to their YouTube page to see each single episode.

In 2009, Red Bull decided to create an online series whose target audience of extreme-sports fans could completely-relate-to and entirely-get-addicted-to. For this reason, they decided to launch ‘The Atherthon Project’, an awesome show tracking the exploits of the most famous family in mountain bike history. The series follows British riders Dan, Gee and Rachel Atherton as they compete in the 2009 UCI World Cup Series and the World Championships in Australia. Totally addictive and perfect for their adrenaline-junky-core-audience.

Also last year, Schweppes launched a short movie called ‘SIGNS’ which is one of the videos I simply can’t stop watching. The viral seeding activity was brilliant as no one actually knew that it was a branded project by the Orangina Company. The video has reached around 10 million views since launched and it’s an absolute masterpiece in my honest opinion. It’s quite funny that until the last time I saw the movie, I didn’t realise at the end the ‘Schhhhhh’ sign made by the actress (which kinds gives it away…)

In 2006/07, Orange commissioned a TV show called ‘Orange Playlist‘ to promote the existing Orange Mobile Music Store. The show was broadcasted on ITV every Wednesday featuring different celebrities picking their 10 favourite songs. The show was so successful that it was commissioned for the following year. Orange and their brand entertainment agency Cake also managed to extend their Playlist content into experiential marketing through roadshows touring universities and city centres.

In 2009, Australian ‘uBank launched a rather successful campaign to help consumers understand the tough economic climate with a series of some very ‘tongue-in-cheek’ video-tutorials. Called Money Box the content aims at making the world of finance simple and easy to understand, helping you “make the most of your money right now” (Very ASDA-ish)

2010 has already had an impressive start with branded content….

Devil-worthy fashion brand PRADA has just produced a new short-movie called ‘First Spring’ in collaboration with one of the most established Chinese artists, Yang Fudong. The short clip has been shot beautifully and the awesomeness of the video is very much in the lack of heavy branded material. You don’t see the PRADA logo anywhere during the movie; a well thought technique that will definitely allow the brand to grab consumers’ attention even more.

As Daniel Granatta has already mentioned within Adverblog, ABSOLUT is one of the brands that better understands the concept of branded content. One of their recently launched sites to promote their ‘Rock Edition’ vodka bottle, called “You’re with the band“, is in fact a very good proof of that (this is a documentary made by Danny Clinch on how’s the life of a rock band such as Wolfmother).
However, their latest work is something that looks absolutely exceptional.
In collaboration with ‘Where the Wild Things Are‘ director Spike Jonze, this week Absolut has launched a short-movie at the Sundance Film Festival called ‘I’m Here’. As Contagious magazine reports, this is a wonderfully whimsical tale about two robots living in LA that Jonze says is his first love story.

Jonze says of the collaboration:

Absolut didn’t give me any requirements to make a movie that had anything to do with vodka. They just wanted me to make something that was important to me, and let my imagination take me wherever I wanted’.

All I can say is that the movie seems to be fitting perfectly with the ABSOLUT brand and even more with their latest comms positioning. The investment in such an acclaimed director seems to have already paid off with the 30-minute film being accepted into film festivals globally, including Berlin next month, Turkey and the aforementioned Sundance. (Ref. Contagious)

One last thing to mention for those who really don’t get the difference between ‘Sponsored Content’ and ‘Branded Content’.

Sponsorship is adding a brand’s logo to an already existing event or entertainment property, whereas Branded Content involves coming up with the creative idea together with the brand and the producers. It is an effort of collaboration in order to bring consumers entertainment that they want, in the form that they want it!

Who is gonna be next?

E./


 

Brave Smart Campaigns …

Hey peeps

I hope you are all keeping well. I’m sorry if I haven’t managed to write some more stuff in the past few days but it’s been extremely hectic. I’ve seen some amazing creative and strategically well thought campaigns this month and below you can find some of the ones I personally consider the best.

The first one is the latest by Skype called the Phone Box Experiment. Once again, through an experiential approach to their marketing initiatives, they enable users to understand the real benefits of using Skype to make cheaper international calls. Check the video below to understand what I’m talking about….

I wonder how many people will actually get to call him as you need actual Skype credits to make the call…. which I don’t – I believe that’s also part of the strategy to get first timers to buy credits, no?  The campaign has been put together by The Viral Factory.

The second one I wanted to showcase was the $500 campaign by Opticana by McCann Erickson in Israel.

The campaign is another example of ‘brilliant creative thinking’ and definitely something that I’m sure every person in my industry has thought about at least once…(the meerkat being another genius example playing with keywords) Campaigns like this definitely make you wonder if you really need $150,000 to produce an high-impact national campaign eh?

Last but definitely not least, it’s the experiential AR/Social Game put together by the Canadian MacLaren McCann group for the launch of HALO 3 ODST. The guys developed a very ambitious offline/online experience mainly aimed at geeks and game-addicts. Watch the video below to understand the campaign and see the results.

Generally speaking, the end results are not that impressive at first. However if you start thinking that it was mainly targeting the gaming community of Toronto – I’d have to take my hat off… Thumbs up for taking such a brave step, the agency is definitely proving to be extremely efficient in putting something like this together, as it’s definitely not an easy thing to do (especially the bit where you need to sell it into the client I believe… ?) ;O)

Cheerio folks…

Enzo

 

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University Calling – Gen Y get it right?

Hola peeps

Yesterday I stumbled across this video which has received nearly 3 million views on YouTube.

It’s been put together by 172 communication students from the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM) in around 2/3 hours with no idea they’d receive such international coverage.

What really strikes me is the fact that the majority of people will think that in terms of content, the video is not really a very original idea as it’s been done before many many times (as I did). However, if you carefully think about it, no university has ever done something like this before, as the majority of them usually tend to spend a large amount of cash to reach international students.

Behind this video there is obviously a bunch of ‘Generation Y-ers’ who will have spread the word with all their friends, reaching a huge number of young people.

As a result, I’d bet my loyal dog that a lot of kids would remember this university, not only because it definitely looks like a fun place but the campus looks rather nice too!

What do you think?

 
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Posted by on November 25, 2009 in Social Media, Viral

 

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