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Here’s another one we like: The New Yorker magazine created a smart way to celebrate their love for the art of poetry. In honor of their 92nd anniversary, they’ve introduced “The New Yorker Poetry Bot” – a new app built to receive, read, listen to and share poetry. As brands look for new ways to stay relevant and connect with customers, this anniversary app is a great example of how using a little technology can keep your brand in front of your fans on a daily basis and give them a reason to share your content. If nothing else, the app can be a nice distraction from today’s ferocious news cycle or, who knows, the beginning of an inspired way to describe your next big idea.
If you do brand marketing, you’re by default in the business of changing minds. From sales teams to CEOs, everyone is looking for the best way to get customers to change brands, change perceptions or change the way they see the competition. It turns out that one of the best ways to do just that comes from a 17th century philosopher who understood that where you start the conversation matters most.
As the DEFCON level for anxiety seems to rise daily, advertisers are embracing some of the larger dystopian themes that seem to come with this level of social upheaval and uncertainty about the future. Here’s one of our favorite new examples from Jose Cuervo. In this cinematic-quality TV spot, Cuervo takes the concept of “the end-of-days” another step further with a song and a dance.
The Ad Bowl is one of the most popular events of the year for the American Marketing Association. This year’s star panelists delivered insights on what they thought were the best and worst ads and were split on what worked and what didn’t.
Rave review. The panel overwhelmingly voted that 84 Lumber’s “The Entire Journey” featuring a mother/daughter trek from Mexico to America worked because it was beautifully filmed, emotionally evocative, and it pushed viewers online to see the finale. And since 84 Lumber isn’t a well-known brand, their ad successfully inserted them into the national conversation, where, until now, they never had a seat at the table.
Mixed review. The other big winner for creativity in the eyes of the panel was Audi’s “Daughter”, which addressed issues of feminism and sexism through the story of a young girl’s soapbox derby win. But social media erupted after the ad aired claiming Audi was being disingenuous with their message because of their own lackluster record of equal pay. So, if you’re going to spend millions of dollars to tackle a big issue in front of 110 million people, be sure you are walking the walk.
Bad review. The most prominent example of a fail was the live Snickers ad featuring Adam Driver, one of the stars from the show Girls. All five panel members felt like it was a great concept but poorly executed. It didn’t live up to its hype and didn’t use the live broadcast to its fullest advantage.
In general, the panelists thought the sheer quality of ads once again raised the bar, and agreed that the Super Bowl offers a unique context for ad viewing which allows more latitude for emotional appeals and humor than any other medium. Another important consideration; where your ad ends up in the broadcast and which ad you follow matters. An example? The heart-strings-tugging Audi ad followed by the sexy new Mr. Clean was a jolt for some.
The panel and the moderator were terrific and it was a thoroughly thoughtful exploration of what worked for brands during the big game. Thanks AMA, Well, done!
One the most successful tools in the social marketing arsenal is the quiz. At worst, it’s a brief escape, at best it’s a little brain-teasing fun that might inspire creative thinking and you get to share socially. We give this one high marks for keeping it brief, using a novel “reveal” idea, and, well, for being on topic. Give it a try.
Lady Gaga just tore through a Super Bowl halftime set that had everyone at our parties in rapt amazement. But besides talent, a knack for controversy and bombastic creativity, how does the “Poker Face” diva stay at the top of pop? Simple marketing. Lady Gaga continues to build her brand socially using some of the same basic loyalty tricks of the trade that other successful brands employ. See exactly what they are.
No one knows better than Spyglass how hard it can be to think outside the box, to stay “on brand” and to get results. That’s the stuff brand marketing dreams are made of (see also unpaid media) and among the toughest and gutsiest moves in brand marketing. Which is why we’re proud to bring you our new feature “The Secret to Unusual Success” that explores success through thinking differently. As a wise person once said, the best ideas start as a joke. And in today’s tough-to-get-noticed world, there can be a huge advantage to adding a wink to your next marketing move.
With the Internet of Things (IoT) taking pole position in the hearts and minds of businesses and consumers, it’s no surprise to see that devices focusing on convenience and comfort lead the way. What will they think of next? Probably more stuff like this.
‘Tis the season for gifting. And while giving is among the most enjoyable holiday traditions, finding the perfect gift for our special clients who have everything is no small task. You want something original, useful and unexpected. Well, bingo! We went a little old school this year and created a classic. It’s a set of letter-pressed coasters written and designed by Spyglass and produced by one of our favorite neighbors and letterpress aficionados Jenni Landis, owner of Lunalux. Her attention to detail and color is extremely impressive (rim shot!). She revved up her 50’s era Heidelberg to print what is, in our humble opinion, a winning blend of Spyglass creativity and Old World craftsmanship. Needless to say, Big Orange Yeti was there to celebrate the moment and lend a furry paw or two to the effort. Now that the the printing is all wrapped up, look for a set coming soon to a desk near you. In the meantime, enjoy the pics and video … and Cheers!
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Thank you for another brilliant year of creative collaboration. To our valued clients and Spyglass friends around the world, we wish you a very Happy Holiday and a wonderful New Year. We are looking forward to an epic 2017 and working on the juicy details of our next big soirée. Stay tuned! In the meantime, enjoy the season … and don’t forget to get your orange on!