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Popular British ads recreated entirely out of LEGO!

Wednesday, 19th February 2014 at 4:56pm

To promote the new LEGO Movie in the UK, the producers have launched a campaign where popular British adverts are recreated in LEGO!

The move hijacked popular ads from companies like Premier Inn, BT and The British Heart Foundation.

This LEGO inspired ad is already a huge hit on YouTube with over 900,000 views. 

Take a look at this ad below and tell us if you can think of any ads that would look good in LEGO.

Tagged Lego, The Lego Movie, campaign, ad, ads, advert, advertisement, innovative, fun, funny, Premier Inn, BT, The British Heart Foundation

Inspiring posters relive the fun of childhood

Wednesday, 6th November 2013 at 4:50pm

The Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood has ordered the creation of a series of posters to show how great it is to be a child!

Created by AMVBBDO, London, these posters use bright colours and eye-catching fonts to express the imaginative and inventive nature of children.

These ads serve as a good reminder to us all to not be afraid to express our childhood creativity as working adults.

You can take a look at more of these posters here
Tagged The Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood, AMVBBDO, creative, posters, fun, ad, ads, advert

A surprising ad from 1988

Monday, 14th October 2013 at 8:11pm

Gary Glitter Ad 1988Digging through some archive files at the weekend I came across some classic old magazines including The Face 100th Issue from 1988.

Packed full of great photography and a list of 100 inventions from the 80's it was an interesting read until I came across this advert for the Young Persons Railcard. 

How times change!

(For those not old enough to recognise the celebrity it's Gary Glitter)

Tagged ad, ads, advert, The Face, Gary Glitter, 1988

Ingenious ad shows "life is too short for the wrong job!"

Monday, 29th July 2013 at 10:30am

German recruitment website jobsintown.de has come up with these intriguing ad's with the campaign message "life is too short for the wrong job."

The adverts are placed on a variety of automated machines such as; ATMs, coffee machines, petrol pumps and more. They show an image of a worker inside the machine having to do a laborious task that you would expect the mechanisms of the machine to be doing.

See the full range of ads here, and tell us what you think of them.
Tagged advertising, job hunting, jobsintown.de, creative, ads, posters, marketing, campaign

IBM's 'Smarter Cities' campaign

Wednesday, 12th June 2013 at 7:11pm

Smarter CitiesSmarter CitiesSmarter citiesAs part of their 'Smarter Cities' campaign, IBM has produced some clever and useful billboards.

Providing a ramp to help get heavy luggage up stairs, a shelter from the rain or even a bench to sit on, the new poster campaign, created by Ogilvy & Mather France, has been created with the belief that cities should be designed with the needs of those that live there in mind.

The aim of the smart furniture is to encourage forward thinkers and local leaders to make their city smarter and therefore better.

Watch a video for the campaign below.

Tagged IBM, marketing, advertising, clever, smarter cities, useful, tech, ads

Evian's dancing babies make a comeback

Wednesday, 24th April 2013 at 11:34am

EvianEvian is back, and so are its dancing babies.

The bottled water company's adverts have become synonymous with dancing babies since 1998, working along side their slogan of "live young".

This new ad, created by
BETC Paris, see's adults catching their reflection and seeing themselves as a baby, a dancing baby.

Whilst this is in no way as entertaining as the previous outings for the talented tots, it has it's moments.

Watch it and the previous ads below.

Tagged Evian, dancing babies, BETC, video, funny, marketing, advertising, ads, viral, creative

70's style beer adverts for a soft drink?

Thursday, 11th April 2013 at 10:02am

Dr Pepper tenThe new ads for Dr Pepper Ten look more like a beer commercial from the 70's, featuring a rugged woodsman living off the land and at one with the animals.

In reality it's a comical remake to advertise a low-calorie version of the popular drink. Continuing on from their previous strap-line of 'it's not for women' (very similar to the UK's Yorkie slogan) they introduce a character who can only be described as a 'man's man' in a series of ads by agency Deutsch.

Funny and part of a current trend hitting the U.S to make ads that mimic the style of old ads.

Watch the series below.

Tagged Dr Pepper, advertising, commercials, funny, remakes, soft drinks, ads

V&A membership campaign

Saturday, 16th February 2013 at 10:00am

V&AV&AV&AIn an effort to boost membership, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, has teamed up with Rose Design to produce a series of print ads.

Rose Design worked with photographer Nick Turpin and copywriter Jim Davies to create the posters, which aim to highlight the benefits of becoming a member.

The posters all feature black and white shots of visitors enjoying exhibits and objects from the V&A's vast trove of historical artifacts.
Tagged Marketing, museum, poster, print, campaign, ads, creative, V&A

Fifty five years of the Lego Brick

Friday, 8th February 2013 at 2:55pm

Imagine a movieImagine a bookImagine a bandImagine a songTo celebrate 55 years, Lego has created a tumblr account called "55 years of the brick".

They've released 55 simple but effective print adverts, asking you to guesswhich song, band, movie or book the poster represents using the tag line "imagine a...".

See if you can guess what the ads represent - there are a few challenging ones.

The Lego posting has a lot of advertising around it, which can be annoying, but you can view them all at Gizmodo here without the ads.

Tagged Lego, 55 years of the brick, tumblr, marketing, advertising, minimalist, innovative, Brick, Ads, creative, press

Does a bear wash its pelt in the woods?

Monday, 21st January 2013 at 12:30pm

Samsung 1Samsung 2samsung 3Washing machines these days are one of the bare necessities of life, or at least that's what Samsung would like you to think with their new ad.

The fantastic ad features their Eco-bubble washing machines, with a crew filming in a frozen landscape, proving that the machine washes "brilliantly", even with the coldest of water, until they are approached by a huge bear.

The bear, after scaring off the crew, begins to disrobe and take advantage of the machine.
The ending is very clever, so definitely worth a watch

Tagged Advertising, marketing, Samsung, washing machines, ecobubble, bear, creative, funny, TV, ads

Meerkats out-do Vinnie Jones for Most-liked TV ad of 2012

Friday, 4th January 2013 at 12:16pm

Compare The MarketMost-liked TV ads 2012According to a recent Nielsen report, Compare the Market's TV ad featuring  “compare the meerkat” founder Aleksandr handing a free meerkat toy to a window cleaner, was more "liked" than The British Heart Foundation's ad featuring footballer-turned-actor Vinnie Jones, demonstrating CPR to the tune of Staying Alive.

Nielson has compiled a Top 10 most-liked and most memorable TV ads of 2012, with the Compare the Market ad clinching the top spot ahead of The British Heart Foundation and Kerrygold Butter in third. It is the third year that Compare the Market has featured, and their second time at the top, whilst it is the second time for retailer John Lewis, who managed fourth place this year.

The report has led to the conclusion that animals have replaced celebrities as the must-have to make ads more memorable, with four of the Top 10 featuring animals, whilst only one features a celebrity, this is a trend that has seen the number of celebrities being in the Top 10 drop from 2 in 2011 and 4 in 2010, whilst the number of memorable ads involving animals was 2 for both years. The other conclusion marketers can take from this is that a strong emotional situation in adverts can help people connect to them more, such as the children returning home in the Kerrygold ad, where-as comedy is not as important as it once was.

Darren Moor, Nielsen’s VP of advertising effectiveness, says: “Animals have replaced celebrities as the new stars of many of the nation’s favourite TV ads in 2012, and we expect their effectiveness as brand icons and storytellers to continue as a theme next year.”
Moor adds: "The glaring, and surprising, omission is that not a single Olympic or sport-related ad features amongst the most liked in what has been the most successful year in the history of British sport. Advertisers may need to work harder to find out why sports ads are not connecting as well with a nation that loves its sport if their ads are to appear on the winners’ podium in 2013.”

Nielsen ranked the TV ads on ‘likeability’ and ‘memorability’ each day with the list based on over 1.25 million survey results from viewers watching evening TV in the UK. The likeability index is a measure of the number of TV viewers who like an ad they saw, and whose brand they can remember, during the normal course of their TV viewing. Scores for likeability and memorability have been tracked every day for each of this year’s nearly 7,000 new ads, shortly after each has been broadcast.

Tagged TV, ads, Nielsen, marketing, meerkats, Vinnie Jones, advertising, research, results

Scary ad for air conditioning

Saturday, 24th November 2012 at 4:37pm

BGH Air ConditioningThis has got to be one of the oddest ads for an air conditioning company ever.

South American home electronics brand BGH has created this very atmospheric ad that features a variety of frightening sunbathers and other sun worshippers sweating away in high temperatures watched by a psychopath that wants to put them out of their 'misery'.

But it's OK as he has air conditioning from BGH so he won't be heading out into the heat.

Not for the faint hearted but worth a watch just to see how they do it in South America. Apologies for the picture but it sets the scene.

Shot by Fallon London.

Tagged Air Conditioning, Ads, Funny, Scary, South America, creative, TV

Waterstones campaign that makes you think

Sunday, 21st October 2012 at 8:42am

Waterstones AdvertisingWaterstones Press CampaignWaterstones Creative campaignWe like this new ad campaign for Waterstones by Leagas Delaney. Nice copy writing that hits home and gets you thinking.

Tagged Waterstones, Leagas Delaney, Advertising, Ads, Press, Copywriting, Campaign

Surreal ads from Drambuie

Sunday, 21st October 2012 at 8:08am

Drambuie AdvertisingDrambuie Press CampaignDrambuie TV AdvertisingA very surreal advertising campaign from Drambuie, following on from their 'A Taste of the Extraordinary' press campaign. Did Dali have a hand in this?

Not the monsters you would want to meet on a night out!

See the ad below:

Drambuie's 'Extraordinary Bar' cinema commercial, written by Sell! Sell!, directed by Chino Moya and produced through HSI.
Tagged Advertising, Drambuie, TV, Ads, Press, Creative, Dali, Extraordinary

Get your own classic Economist ad

Tuesday, 16th October 2012 at 8:22pm

Economist classic adsEconomist AdvertisingEconomist AdsDo you remember these classic Economist ads? Well now you can buy them as limited edition prints.

Russell Blackmore, who used to be an employee of The Economist, has formed a partnership with the magazine to print some of the most iconic posters.

These are from their 'White out of Red' ad campaign and are available hand framed in a limited edition of 250. They were originally created by Abbott Mead Vickers.

See more of these at Creative Review or buy yours at Sonic Editions.
Tagged Economist, Ads, Advertising, Abbott Mead Vickers, Prints, Creative, Classic

Print ads that come to life

Monday, 15th October 2012 at 7:49pm

Lexus CinePrintIf you are looking for a way to bring your advertising to life, then take a look at this print ad for Lexus. With a little help from an iPad the ad comes to life.

Lexus have developed a special technology for this that they have called "CinePrint."

"Most traditional mashups feature print ads that redirect to a digital experience away from the printed page," the automaker says. "CinePrint technology flips that on its head, creating a tactile and visceral connection that brings one closer to the printed page with a multi-sensory experience that combines sight, sound and touch."

Take a look at the film below to see how it works. Brilliant!

Tagged Print, Ads, Advertising, Engaging, Interactive, iPad, Lexus, Innovation, Digital

The Cravendale cats are back

Tuesday, 11th September 2012 at 7:18pm

CravendaleThe 'cats with thumbs' are back in a new campaign from Cravendale.

In this teaser ad the question is 'What happened to all the Milkmen?'

Presumably we will find out soon enough.

Tagged Cravendale, Cats, Thumbs, Ads, Advertising, Creative, TV, Design

Gravity, air and ping pong balls

Wednesday, 8th August 2012 at 8:45am

ASICSThis interesting ad for ASICS styles was inspired by the fact that 33 joints in the foot allow it to move efficiently.

33 by ASICS™ styles apparently encourages natural foot movement during workouts and every day use while remaining lightweight and thus they combined ping pong balls, air and gravity to create this ad.

Find out more by ASICS here

Tagged ASICS, Footwear, ads, advertising, creative, trainers, 33, ping pong, design

Funny ads do no better that straight ads

Sunday, 22nd July 2012 at 6:52pm

Huggies Funny AdHere's some interesting research from the States that funny ads are no more effective than others.

Ace Metric looked at the ads that ran during the Super Bowl. Apparently one in five TV ads in the States are funny, and Super Bowl ads are three times funnier than the rest. But none of this makes much difference in selling stuff, according to new research by syndicated ad-testing firm Ace Metrix

The Index compares brand to average, so Doritos ads had 6.35 times as many people who found them funny as an average ad in the study. The Ace effectiveness score takes into account a variety of rating factors, including how much consumers like the ad, pay attention to it, and are persuaded by it to want the product or service.

Find out more about this study on AdAge. Makes interesting reading.

Does anyone know of similar studies in the UK?

See one of the funniest ads below:

Tagged Ads, Advertising, US, Research, Funny, Super Bowl, Ad Age, Ace Metric

Anti-smoking ad that points out hypocrisy

Sunday, 1st July 2012 at 9:09pm

Anti-Smoking AdvertisingThailand has launched a very thought provoking anti-smoking ad which points out the hypocrisy of smokers when approached by a child who asks them for a light.

Every smoker the child approached tried to persuade him not to smoke and how dangerous to his health it is.

The child finishes the stunt by handing the smoker a leaflet explaining their hypocrisy.

The ad received more than 960,000 views before being taken down but it has now reappeared again.

Please view it below and let us know what you think.

Agency: Ogilvy Thailand

Tagged Advertising, Ads, TV, Smoking, Thailand, Ogilvy, Hypocrisy, Stunt, Creative, Agency, Advert, Marketing

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