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December 3, 2013No Comments

Barneys: The Making of a New York Holiday

There is nothing more magical than watching the holidays come to life up and down 5th and Madison Avenues. Barneys has turned their art form into a bit of magical content.

The Making of a New York Holiday from Barneys The Window on Vimeo.

November 24, 2013No Comments

Coca-Cola Lets You Create Your Own Ugly Christmas Sweater

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Let the festivus begin! Coca-Cola has unveiled a microsite that lets you generate your own ugly Christmas sweater—as a final touch to complete the year-end holidays. The ‘Coke Zero Ugly Sweater Generator’ lets users mix and match colors, graphics and patterns to make their very own tacky winter wear. 

Users can choose from Christmas trees and Santa’s head, to reindeer, sleighs and turkey. The 100 most-voted-for sweaters would be actually handcrafted and sent to their creators—just in time for Christmas. 

Check it out at: https://www.sweatergenerator.com/#/main/landing

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June 22, 2012No Comments

Curators of Sweden

This one has balls!

In 2011, Sweden became the first country in the world to let go of an official communication channel and hand it over to our citizens. Together with the Swedish Institute and Visit Sweden, they decided to break all branding principles and revolutionize the voice of a country.


Check it out! http://curatorsofsweden.com/jury/


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May 21, 2012No Comments

Nike’s Back To The Future Fundraiser

Wieden + Kennedy's spot for Nike featured Bill Hader, Christopher Lloyd, Tinker Hatfield, Donald Fullilove and KD star in a film about the most famous shoes never made, in an effort to support the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's research.

To learn more, go to http://www.back4thefuture.com. To bid on the 2011 Nike MAG shoes, go to http://www.nikemag.ebay.com.

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April 30, 2012No Comments

The Shops at Target

Target recenlty revealed its new micro-niche retail strategy. Like many retailers they are picking up edgy trendsmart shops from Miami to SF—and plugging these mini boxes inside the larger Target retail box.

This concept is not a new one as commercial real estate developers have already seized upon this idea at Boston’s Newbury Street, Chelsea Market in Manhattan and Santa Monica Place in California.

Target typically does this right. If the concept takes off with consumers, we can look forward to more boutiques and more categories.  I ponder what the online implications of these boutiques will be?  will it be a gilt like object or something much more location-based social networking centric?

The Shops at Target via @jpenabickley

April 23, 20121 Comment

Coke’s new comprehensive “liquid” marketing strategy

The media landscape is a very different beast today than it was even 5 years ago. Then agency-led television commercials dominated how we channel our marketing. The very fact you are reading this here proves that things have changed.  With splashes of Henry Jenkins’ spreadable media concept, experiential marketing, Sir Ken Robinson’s whiteboard execution and Coke’s sophisticated marketing aplomb, the videos take us on a discovery that is as startling as it is revelatory.

Coca Cola have always been at the forefront of innovation. In this video Jonathan Mildenhall, Vice-President, Global Advertising Strategy and Creative Excellence at The Coca-Cola Company is the person responsible for leading global creative vision and strategy for the Company's portfolio of global brands. He explains how Coke will leverage the opportunities in the Post Digital landscape and transform one-way storytelling into dynamic storytelling hoping to add value and significance to peoples lives. 

The challenge of content creation in an enlightening way, reminds us that every contact point with a customernis a point of judgement that should tell an emotional story.  The importance of a content fludity model is also referenced. What is most surprising during the nearly eighteen viewing minutes is how willfully the soft drink marketer peels back the layers of their organization to reveal what’s been working and what hasn’t.

What these videos do is demonstrate is that the world has changed and the largest marketing organization in the world has changed with it. Have you moved from one-way storytelling into dynamic storytelling or from consumer insights to provocations thus potentially adding value and significance to people’s lives.  For those of us who have been building liquid and linked content through transmedia storytelling this is simply refreshing. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

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April 17, 20121 Comment

Burberry Eyewear Collection Music Videos

Burberry has approached traditional advertising with a great new entertaining spin to introduce its Summer 2012 Eyewear Collection. The fashion brand has teamed up with a selection of emerging British musicians, who have all created a new track for the campaign. The bands are then shown performing the songs in a series of videos, where they also sport sunglasses from the new collection.


The project is curated by Burberry chief creative officer Christopher Bailey, and the videos have all been created in-house. Burberry is releasing them weekly on YouTube during April. Three tracks are out so far: shown here are videos for One Night Only, Marika Hackman, and Life In Film.


A fourth video, starring The Daydream Club, will be released next week. The tracks are also available for download from iTunes and the bands will headline Burberry showa that will take place on May 3 and 4 in Paris, Milan, New York and Sydney.


Burberry Eyewear Collection Music Videos via @jpenabickley

May 10, 2011No Comments

on: ben and jerry’s leftover characters

May the 14th is World Fair Trade Day and Ben and Jerry’s is encouraging consumers to donate any leftover characters in their tweets to a linked story, which will extol the virtues of Fair Trade. It’s a nice way of using Twitter to do something good and also generate positive sentiment for the brand. 

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