A dramatic surprise on a quiet square

dramatic square image

I came across this video on YouTube and really liked it!
It’s a video about big red push button on a quiet square in Belgium. The sign above the button had the text “Push to add drama”.

Whenever someone pushed the button, drama was added onto the scene. What type of drama? I suggest you watch the video 🙂

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Cheap Dutch retailer goes undercover at Amsterdam International Fashion Week

zeeman fashion show

Two weeks ago Dutch retailer Zeeman stunned many fashion gurus by going undercover at Amsterdam International Fashion Week.

They created a fake brand called ‘Frank’ and put on a show at the fashion week. Before fashion week even started they already ‘teased’ everyone in the industry about this new and exciting brand. They basically did everything they could do to create rumor around the brand.

Before the show and during the show everyone was excited, so imagine the look on their faces when at the end of the show the cheap retailers yellow and blue logo ‘Zeeman’ was shown on the big screen!

zeeman amsterdam fashion week 2011

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What is Branding?

What is, Communications, Marketing, Marketing Communications

what isAccording to the American Marketing Association a brand is a name, term, design, symbol, or any other feature that identifies one seller’s good or service as distinct from those of other sellers.

Next to just a name, term, design and symbol I also feel that branding is an experience or a feeling that a customer gets from your brand.

A brand can be anything, a product, a company or even yourself.

To me, Branding is:

The experience or the feeling you try to give to people about your brand.

People will have formed an opinion about your product, company (etc.,etc.) that, if done correctly, corresponds with the message you try to put out.

Successful branding means that people will understand your brand and (preferably) choose it as their favourite. When branding is successful they will pick your brand from your competitors because the feeling you put out about your brand corresponds with theirs.

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4 Social Media highlights of 2010

Now that we’ve reached the end of the year I started thinking about which Social Media moments pop-up while going over the past year.

1. Old Spice Guy – great brand engagement

This for me is number one. Simply because the Old Spice Guy campaign was such a viral success and there were a lot of failed and successful spoofs!

One of the things I really liked about this campaign was the timing. They created 186 video responses in such a short time frame, that is was almost a real-time response. Another thing I think was good (and is also something where a lot of campaigns fail at) is the fact that they found the right balance. The video responses were directed to anyone that tweeted him, from famous people like Ashton Kutcher to John Doe. He even had some advice for the US president.

This made his followers even more eager to engage with him and as a result with the brand Old Spice.

I think we will be seeing more of these fast paced campaigns in the future.

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Viral campaign for ‘The Last Exorcism’ hits Chatroulette

chatroulette, exorcism

There’s a pretty girl hanging around on Chatroulette at the moment scaring people. The girl is part of a campaign to promote the latest horror movie ‘The Last Exorcism’.

viral campaign, exorcism, chatroulette

For those of you that don’t know, Chatroulette is a website that pairs random strangers from around the world together for webcam-based conversations (source: Wikipedia).

Meeting people on Chatroulette can be fun, but when you meet this girl, it might not be so much fun anymore. I’ve seen the videos and I wasn’t really scared by the girl, but I loved the flabbergasted reactions of the people she was chatting with.

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How to kill an idea

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Art director Scott Campbell aka Scott C has found some great ways to visualise ‘how to kill an idea’. I think it’s great how he managed to pick all different kind of subjects to represent killing an idea. My favourite is the one with Little Red Riding Hood.
How to kill an idea, little red riding hood

Old Spice Guy – Best social media campaign to date

old spice guy, isaiah mustafa

If you haven’t seen ‘him’ yet, I suggest you do so now. Old Spice guy was the man to see around on the internet lately. He certainly made me go tjongolongo!

The Old Spice Man is a social media marketing campaign created for Old Spice by ad agency Wieden + Kennedy and stars actor Isaiah Mustafa.

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What is advertising?

What is, Communications, Marketing, Marketing Communications

Advertising is more than just putting a poster on the wall. Advertising according to Wikipedia is a form of communication  intended to persuade an audience (viewers, readers or listeners) to take some action.

I agree with Wikipedia to some extend on this one, I only have a slight adjustment.

To me, the definition is:

Advertising is a form of repetitive and consistent communication intended to inform and influence an audience (viewers, readers or listeners) to take some action.

What is advertising?

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Backtacular: A fashionable way to cover your butt crack

Backtacular

BacktacularYes, your butt crack… With jeans getting lower and lower these days, more and more butt cracks are showing. A company called Kimberlily has launched a ranged of bejewelled patches which are specially designed to be worn at the rear of low-riding jeans.

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Brand illustrated: Marketing vs PR vs Branding vs…

I’m always on the look out for simple and easy explanations of marketing, branding etc. While I was reading up about Marty Neumeier,the author of ZAG, one of the books still on my ‘to read’ list, I saw that he posted a funny illustration on his blog. The illustration simplifies the relationship between the disciplines of marketing, telemarketing, public relations, advertising, graphic design and branding.

Even though the images are a bit of a joke, I can see a lot of truth in it’s simplicity.

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