Touching 'Justino' Wins Cyber Grand Prix (Video)

 

It's hard not to love this Cyber Grand Prix-winning initiative promoting "El Gordo," an annual holiday lottery in Spain.

While the rest of the industry obsessed over John Lewis' "Man on the Moon" last Christmas, "Justino" quietly went about its business—with a touching animated short about a night watchman at a mannequin factory who never gets to meet his day-timer co-workers. In an attempt to create a bond, he poses mannequins in fun scenarios as a way to greet them each morning. But when he sees news that the company had set up a lottery pool without him—and won—he's heartbroken. You have to see what happens next for yourself.

While brilliant even as just an online video, "Justino" took social sharing a leap further than most such promotions—even John Lewis' acclaimed holiday campaign.

According to Libris, the Spanish national lottery set up social media accounts specific to the #Justino campaign, with content optimized for each channel. In one, viewers could comment on their favorite scenes. In another, they could guess at key elements of the story line. In all, viewers were brought into the story even while becoming viral engines for it.

It was exactly this kind of finely crafted digital storytelling that inspired its Cannes win, according to reports in Ad Age.

Kudos to Leo Burnett Madrid and all involved for a job well done.

 

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Surprising Entry in 'New Directors" Showcase': An AI-Directed Film (Video)

 

"Is filmmaking a uniquely human skill? Can a film made by a machine move you?"

That's the question posed by the team behind Saatchi & Saatchi's "New Directors' Showcase" at Cannes.

The result: "Eclipse," which was conceived, directed and edited by Hollywood's future android overlords. To be clear: There's a lot of human talent at work here. And the video is a music video—which by the very nature of music carries emotive power.

But make no mistake: Tomorrow's blockbusters will no doubt depend on this kind of AI—for better or worse. Still, if this is any indication, there's hope it's more of the former. Or maybe it just signals better computer-human collaboration. If the AI will put up with us. See the YouTube video above, read more here, and don't miss this year's human-created "Showcase" entrants, here.

 

 

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Swede Sensation: Swedish Tourism Board Wins Cannes Grand Prix for Offbeat Campaign (Video)

 

The news from Cannes today found campaigns winning big for being particularly offbeat—risky even—with considerable success.

First was word that REI won the Promo & Activation Grand Prix for the "ultimate 'anti-promotion.'" That would be the whole #OptOutside campaign from last November, which involved shutting the store during Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year.

And the Swedish Tourism Board won the Direct Marketing Grand Prix for 'The Swedish Number,'" which gave prospective tourists the ability to dial a special number to play a kind of chat roulette with a random Swede in order to get the 411 on reasons to visit (see YouTube video above).

According to early reports from Skift, these randomized ambassadors signed up for the chance to talk about everything from the Northern Lights and IKEA, to ABBA and H&M, with total strangers. 

According to Ad Age, REI isn't saying how successful the #OptOut initiative was, though sales for the full year were up nearly 10%.

It's a little harder to figure out why the Tourism effort won in the Direct category—it's unclear what made it a direct marketing effort—let alone how much new tourism it inspired.

It'd be hard to quantify that anyway. But in its first day or so, we do know the campaign generated 2,300 calls, mostly from Turkey (68% of the calls, in fact), the US (20%), UK (6%) Germany (2%) and Austria (2%).

And let's face it, it is a great example of an On-Demand Brand. Hell, it made us want to call a random Swede.

Those Northern Lights really trip us out.

 

 

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Author Rick Mathieson on Blasingame Show: Email Marketing Secrets (Concl)

Email_marketing_image1I recently read a joke somewhere that when it comes to email marketing, you want to be a puppy dog in a room full of llamas. Because hey, everyone loves puppies and who wants to get spit at by a llama?

In the conclusion of my recent conversation on the Jim Blasingame Show, we talk about striving for relevance and relationship-nurturing in your email marketing.

We also discuss the importance of sending content your customer is interested in, instead of always and exclusively pushing for a sale—or what Jim calls "contribute first, contact second."

Along the way, we have a few laughs about one my current favorite email marketers, weekend clothing brand Chubbies.

 

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(Approx. 4 min 37 sec)

Plus: Be sure to catch Part One and Part Two, here and here.

 

 

 

 

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Author Rick Mathieson on Jim Blasingame Show: Email Marketing Secrets (Pt 2)

Mobile email marketing imageThe fact is, email marketing is a lot different than it was 10 years ago—or even two years ago.

Mobile is the name of the game, which means responsive design plays an important role. According to YesMail, open rates for responsive and standard email formats are about the same. But click through rates for email messages shown in a responsive format are much higher.

But with email marketing resurgent, it's important to look beyond the clicks to building lists and structuring nurture tracks. So in part two of my recent appearance on the Jim Blasingame show, we talk about list strategies and, and the do's and don'ts a trend that can be as awesome as it is irritating: email subscription pop-overs.

Author Rick Mathieson on Jim Blasingame Show: Email Marketing Secrets (Pt 2)


(Approx. 5 min 24 sec)

PLUS: Listen to Part One of This Interview Here

 

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Author Rick Mathieson on Blasingame Show: Email Marketing Secrets (Pt 1)

Email marketing 2Social media may get all the attention these days, but more marketers are gravitating back toward that original form of digital marketing: email.

There's good reason: According to research from McKinsey and Company, email outperforms Facebook and Twitter in terms of conversion rates by 40X.

So what's driving the move back toward email? That's the topic of a recent appearance on the Jim Blasingame Show. While Jim's show is mostly targeted to small- to medium-size companies, this conversation applies to any marketer looking to boost performance—even if it means revisiting one of the oldest of our newfangled digital channels.

CLICK TO HEAR AUTHOR RICK MATHIESON ON BLASINGAME SHOW: EMAIL MARKETING SECRETS (PT 1)


(Approx. 4 min 40 sec)

 

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From Wearables to Sniffables: This NIVEA App Detects Body Odor (Video)

 

Call it The Internet of Stinks: The new NIVEA NOSE app will tell you what those around you may desperately want to, but won't.

Just put your phone in the NIVEA NOSE protective case, stick your mobile phone in your armpit, and the app uses an algorithm to determine if your fresh—or fetid.

How? According to Creativity, it first benchmarks your normal smell, and then watches for deviations from that level.

Personally, I'm thinking a.) what if your "normal" smell is ferociously bad; b.) if you have to ask, the answer's probably yes, you stink, and c.) if you've got time to rub your phone in your pits, why not just rub on some NIVEA deodorant, instead?

Then again, maybe that's the point.

A nice branded effort either way.

Learn more here.

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GramGram: This Is Your Grandma's Social Media—Here's How to Use It (Video)

 

Check out this spoof video from Project GramGram, which comes with some great tips for connecting with your dear old grandma—including using a fictitious new service that lets you send social media posts via snail mail, so you can update her instantly, "in three to five days."

My favorite: Alternative options like, "the phone app, available on most mobile devices."

Apparently it's all the work of some Brigham Young University students. Which means their muse was, most likely, a certain somebody who wasn't going to hear any more about their excuses for not staying connected.

If this is the result, we hope they tell her thank you for us.

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Excedrin Uses VR to Show What a Migraine Feels Like (Video)

 

Yup, sounds about right. The idea here is to help those who don't get migraines to understand what those of us who do experience (minus the actual pain part).

Call it VRetched. Or maybe just Virtual Hell. By whatever name, it's an interesting way for the pain relief brand to use virtual reality to drive home the problem it aims to solve.

Now show me how fast Excedrin can make it all go away, and then you'll really have something.

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Prankvertising With A Purpose: Reflections in a Bar's Bathroom Mirror—From Prison (Video)

 

The man in the mirror has a deadly serious message for you.

We love this PSA-based prank from We Save Lives, which campaigns against what it calls the 3 Ds: Drunk, Drugged and Distracted driving.

This particular initiative (see YouTube video above) involves a bar bathroom mirror in Los Angeles that serves up a video feed with a man convicted of manslaughter from drinking under the influences—live from jail in Florida.

Longtime readers know we love prankvertising—especially the kind promoting horror movies (and certain zombie stunts on sisters after dental surgery.)

This is a horror flick of a different kind. One where the story is, unfortunately, true.

Pretty powerful stuff.

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