April 21, 2005

The brands soul is in the detail

It seems all tricks are welcome in the battle for the top of mind position amongst the global hipsters and followers.

The new millennium sports apparel brand has to think of all touch points with the target group. The irreverent tone of voice seems to be chosen strategy for most brands and obviously this tone has to be integrated in all the brand communications. The product info tag from Puma above is a good example of this. Lot’s of other brands are thinking into making packaging and active part of the brand message over at Adfreak there is a great post about this topic.

April 08, 2005

I’m not buying this from iTunes

Just got Beck’s new album Guero and apart from being another masterpiece from the wonderkid it clearly showed me the future for the record business.

The album comes in a deluxe edition that includes videos, remixes, photos, art, cool visual DVD features from the artist D-Fuse and a 32 page booklet to contain it all.

Off course the future is digital but I think the more full album experience can live on sideways if the artist and record companies create compelling side stuff that makes the experience exiting on more levels and for several of the senses. Then they can sell single songs over iTunes to the not so dedicated fans that are just in the market for a couple of hit songs.

April 01, 2005

Good company

We made a little campaign last year for the Danish Board of Health which has been awarded a couple of times in the creative competition circuit and was not least very effective in terms of making the Danish population exercise 30 minutes a day. As a bit of surprise I received a new copy of Lürzer’s Archive and an accompanying DVD. Our spot was in the finest company in between Saatchi’s great NSPCC “The Ventriloquist” spot and W+K’s funny Nike “Hot Dog” spot.

Brave new world of car ads

Copenhagen is the centre of the up-coming launch of the new VW Fox. Pictures of a uniquely build Hotel Fox, Club Fox and Studio Fox has been virally distributed around the world. It’s quite spectacular with its 61 rooms designed by 21 different artists including their free reign to do whatever they want with furniture, carpets and wallpaper. I just drove by and it looks very cool actually.

This is just one of the latest examples of how the automotive industry with its lack of product differentiation and origins from the same basic models are being innovative first and foremost in their marketing mix.

The automotive category holds a dominant position in the world of advertising. Hence it’s natural high involvement amongst its customers the potential is obviously there for marketers to create engaging and involving communication. It all started with a certain Mr. Bernbach shaking it up for VW. Although we still see a lot of dull car ads with the same panning over a ride in Mojave Desert or the hills of South Spain the category as a whole seems increasingly marketing savvy.

First we saw the great mini movies from BMW later followed films and online adventures from Honda (they keep coming with new terrific dramas from “cog” to “grrr” to the latest animated spot for the Honda FR-V), BMW’s Mini, Mercedes, Audi and Volvo. Even less progressive brands like Ford, Toyota have glimpsed and we have even seen a French dancing robot from Citröen. VW are off course on track with strong campaigns including both the latest Gene Kelly going hip hop in the streets and also more unintended and critical with the un-authorized Lee & Dan VW Polo Suicide Ad.

Allegedly the next big thing in automotive marketing circuit is Brand TV and breakthrough branded entertainment. Both Audi and VW (A deal with NBC is reported to be worth $200 million for the network) are supposed to be on its way with television.

What will be next?