The criteria for the selection included the agency's growth, the creativity of its campaigns, innovation, and contributions to its clients' business success.
"Every year Ad Age selects an outstanding International Agency of the Year to honor and this year Africa stood out for its growth, creativity and the effectiveness of its work,” said Abbey Klaassen, associate publisher of editorial and audience at Advertising Age.
“Africa consistently helps push the limits of creativity of its clients. We also liked Africa’s spirit of innovation, through the Africa Lab.”
The magazine also makes it a priority to bring interesting stories to its readers. Africa's story, only 11 years long, was the one that most earned the attention of the editorial board.
“We had some wonderful entries this year from around the world—our runners up are We Are Social London and Colenso BBDO in New Zealand—but Africa stood out and we were excited to tell its interesting story”, explains the publisher.
Nizan Guanaes, founding partner at Africa: "Usually we only perceive that a day has been historic after much time has passed. But right now, we know this is a historic day for Africa and for Brazilian advertising. That's why today is a holiday here at Africa."
Marcio Santoro, Africa's co-president: "This award shows how Brazilian advertising delivers an extremely high-quality product to advertisers and consumers. It's a recognition of global impact, which only increases our confidence for the future”.
Sergio Gordilho, general creative director and co-president: "Africa was born out of a dream, a big dream. In a market with so many great agencies, there's no room for small dreams. Over the last eleven years, we've made many of our dreams come true, but we could never imagine that this dream would take us so far. More than just an award, this is a watershed moment. Today, we don't want to wake up!"
Among the highlights of Africa's performance over the last few months was the creation of some of the most-viewed commercials on YouTube, such as those produced for Head&Shoulders, Oral-B, Gilette, and Banco Itaú. The agency was also chosen, for the fifth year in a row, the Most Admired by Carta Capital Magazine.
Streetart Agency in cooperation with Format Publishing House has designed a calendar of fails. Today's era of hi-fi reproduction and digital copying has left little room for individuality, making the error zone into a testing ground for everything individual, one-of-a kind or special. While making this calendar we let ourselves be guided by the following principles:
In the era of technology and digital copying, an error, a ‘fail’ acquires a special value – being an actual and up-to-date ‘portrait’ of the modern times as is.
Coming are the times of ‘fail’ esthetics, when an error may be beautiful, bringing about a quaint attraction of the casual, born of a particular combination of circumstances.
Today, a ‘fail’ is a chance for the individual and unique, as an error, a mis-take creates a force field of individuality and uniqueness; mistakes are seldom repeated.
A ‘fail’ is hugely illustrative potentially, failing is not an external, forcedly imposed illustration of meanings; it is an immediate corollary to an act-causing sense, a sense’s meaningful imprint.
A ‘fail’ is a prerequisite for a man-to-man talk, a situation that dis-covers, thereby allowing of confidence.
In a ‘failed’ effort, a perfectionist suddenly gains a special knowledge of what s/he is really doing; a ‘fail’ liberates one from one’s stereotypes while giving a creative impetus.
A ‘fail’ is a safeguard against a merciless and meaningless copy-paste; an error can generate a value.
One’s ability to make a mistake, this ‘fail-capacity’, is one’s readiness for a situation when things might ‘go wrong’; it is fearlessness in the face of risks, of the unexpected, of what is stronger than we are.
Many of the great discoveries have been made because of an error; a ‘fail’ begets innovation, it is a chance for a breakthrough, a door to the never-been-BEFORE.
One’s ability to admit one’s ‘failure’ is a sign of strength as it is only the strong who can admit their failures.
It is only passion that causes a ‘fail’; love alone is capable of erring and of dissolving in its own object.
Well, who is immaculate? A ‘fail’ can reconcile the most irreconcilable, meaning it is capable of generating Peace.
Clorox's Liquid Plumr hunks are back and this time you can find one for every month of the year! DDB California launched Clorox Liquid-Plumr®’s 2014 "Hunky Plumr" calendar featuring 12 months of good looks, sexy smiles, perfect bodies and of course - advice on drain care!
After hacking the YouTube functionality last year, Maurice Lévy is back again with a new year corporate speech that features 2 Chinese dragons, a confetti storm, cheerleaders and much more. This year, in light of the expected Publicis Groupe and Omnicom Group merger of equals, we decided to celebrate along the theme of: THE MORE THE MERRIER!
Once people started wearing sports shoes outside of sporting facilities, the foundation for one of the biggest fashion phenomena of our times was laid – if not for the biggest ever: sneakers. Over the past four decades the sneaker has evolved from a purely functional object into a fashion statement, a lifestyle accessory – and an object of desire.
Thousands of designs in thousands more colors have flowed out of the factories of various manufacturers, each more innovative, colorful, and intriguing than the last.
Some of these models stand out against the massive sea of sneakers and leave a lasting impression. These are shoes which seem to have a perfectly balanced feel to them. Color, shape, function – each element coordinates perfectly, turning these sneakers into unforgettable legends.
This calendar displays the best of the best.
Twelve legends from the books of sneaker history. Carefully reviewed and selected.
Each photographed in the perfect setting by twelve photographers.
Accompanied by twelve pairs of shoe laces – that are part of the calendar.
Advertising Agency: Jung von Matt/Neckar, Stuttgart, Germany
Creative Directors: Holger Oehrlich, Philipp Barth
Art Directors: Peter Sigg and Cornelius Hafemeister
Copywriter: Tassilo Gutscher
Photographers: Nady El-Tounsy, Manuel Mittelpunkt, Reinhard Hunger, René Riis, Andreas Reimann, Achim Lippoth, Jan Kornstaedt, Benjamin Pezo, Himmel & Burwick, Johann Cohrs, Ragnar Schmuck, Markus Heumann
Art Buyers: Anne Weskamp, Yannik Nielsen
Client Services / Project manageers: Vera Terporten, David Mayer
Published: December, 2013
Sony launched its latest TV advert set to bring to life the fine detail, breath-taking picture quality and rich colour you can only get through 4K - to mark the arrival of its 55” and 65” X9 4K televisions.
Created by McCann London, the ad features millions of colourful petals exploding from a volcano, rushing through exotic locations down to a Costa Rican village. Shot in surroundings that offer dramatic nature, landscapes and composition, the ad perfectly demonstrates Sony’s pioneering 4K technology which offers 4 times the detail of Full HD and allowing extraordinarily sharp, refined detail. The ad is set to a stunning track ‘Berlin’ which is the title of the debut release from LA-based Australian RY X, now available courtesy of Dumont Dumont.
Watching the ad on the X9 4K Ultra HD TV, the TRILUMINOS Display brings colour to life for an unbelievably real experience, giving an emotionally moving and astonishing feeling to the viewer. At the same time the unique to Sony, slim Magnetic Fluid speakers inside the TV add clear, powerful sound.
All effects were shot in real-life and filmed in 4K with Sony’s revolutionary F55 and F65 cameras, used on recent blockbuster movies ‘Oblivion’ and ‘After Earth’.
Continuing to keep things as realistic as possible and to ensure it was an ecologically and environmentally sound project; Sony used several tonnes of real and biodegradable petals which were locally and sustainably sourced. Sony’s new 4K screens contain 8 million individual pixels therefore 8 million petals* were used in the shoot to further bring out the detail and vibrant colour through 4K without the need for computer graphics.
Director of the advert, Jaron Albertin commented, “I was really excited to be shooting this ad in 4K in such an amazing location. It was my first experience shooting with the Sony F65 and when I saw the final footage, I was stunned - it just produces really amazing, detailed images. Because there is twice as much data, it looks twice as crisp which means you can see even the tiniest detail.”
Gildas Pelliet, Head of Marketing, Sony Europe, also said, “Sony is famous for creating iconic commercials. We wanted to create a visually impressive and artistic advert that best demonstrates what you experience with a Sony 4K TV - 4 times the detail of current Full HD TVs. The ad has a cinema like experience with pin sharp images and dramatic scenery.”
“When you watch the new ad on our X9 4K TV you can really see for yourself the fantastic clarity in colour; thanks to the exclusive TRILUMINOS Display technology. The 4K Ultra HD TV market is expanding rapidly and Sony is leading its development through our involvement in 4K from production of content through to 4K digital cinema and bringing the best 4K experience in to your living room.”
The ad officially launches with a 60 second coveted slot shown during The X Factor on Saturday 2nd November, the 30 second version can be seen from the 1st November including a premium slot secured during Alan Carr’s Chatty Man on Channel 4.
The campaign will run on air for 1st November – end of December across TV, press, digital and search. The new ad is also be being shown in a targeted cinema ad campaign filmed and shown in 4K at Thor and The Hobbit screenings from 1st November til 9th January.
Featuring the 4K X-reality PRO engine to improve the picture quality of every day programmes and HD media libraries, the 55” and 65” X9 4K Ultra HD TVs are available in-store and online now and priced £3,299.00 and £4,999.00 respectively.
Marketing experts agree that for people the most interesting object is a face. This is why most of the advertising involves faces of models, actors, movie stars and only secondarily logos, graphics, landscapes and other pictures. To take advantage of this phenomena Youlalight came up with the Mobile Face Hologram:
Soon, your avatar and your recommendation of a product or service will show up on Google searches and other products to your friends. By default it's on, but you can opt out at any time on this page.
Here's what you need to know:
You're in control: Your content is only shared when you choose, and shared endorsements don't impact who can see your content or activity.
To help your friends and others find cool stuff online, your activity (such as reviews, +1s, follows, shares, etc.) may be used along with your name and photo in commercial or other promotional contexts.
When it comes to shared endorsements in ads, you can choose whether your name and photo may be used to help your friends find stuff you love (and avoid stuff you don't) — you can control this with the setting at the bottom of this page.
The name and photo shown in shared endorsements are the public profile name and photo you have chosen on Google+.
Remember Chipotle's Scarecrow spot with a sad scarecrow disillusioned by big corporations serving unethical food? In a not very unexpected move the site Funny or Die (FOD) created a spoof suggesting that advertising is just... wait for it... 'manipulation'. Now you know it! Watch the commercial below.
The ad with the cat above reads: "What is on your floor is not always on your mind." Check out the dog ad from the same campaign too. Then, proceed to see 20 ads from Ads of the World that will surely leave an impression on your visual cortex forever. Click the images for larger images and credits.
Snapwire is a platform for businesses and brands to get on-demand creative imagery from talented mobile photographers. Buyers post photo requests on Snapwire, photographers submit their most creative photos to match, and the best images get purchased.
Getting images to fit a creative need can be painful for buyers. Instead of having to retrofit their creative ideas into existing, overused stock photography, on Snapwire buyers can request unique creative imagery directly the people that create them, while rewarding mobile photographers fairly.
Snapwire is currently in private beta only and you can apply for an early invite at here.
Applied Arts Magazine is a Toronto based publication serving the visual communications sector. Every year we hold awards judging and include a jury of creative professionals.
This year we conducted a little experiment. In collaboration with Toronto ad agency Zulu Alpha Kilo, we formed a second jury of lay people to judge some of the work that the professionals had judged. Their thoughts and opinions have been captured in this video.
To view all award winning word judged by the creative professionals and lay people, pick up a copy of the September/October issue of Applied Arts on newsstands across Canada.
Recently Swedish advertising agency Rodolfo took the decision to employ psychologists. A decision based on the fact that the advertising industry is not fit to solve today’s communication problems. To be truly innovative the sector needs to be reshaped. With its current organization, the industry is preventing innovation, rather than enabling it. However, by building their own department with psychologists they get a huge advantage in the creative process. A way to create truly innovative solutions based on psychological insights. Read more about why and how Rodolfo is trying to change the way advertising is done forever.
Why the advertising industry needs to be more Silicon Valley and less Madison Avenue.
The advertising industry is not fit to solve today’s communication problems. To be truly innovative the sector needs to be reshaped. With its current organization, the industry is preventing innovation, rather than enabling it.
A new model for the industry
Creativity and innovation is all about finding unexpected combinations of two or several well-known elements. Unfortunately, with solely your traditional Art Director and Copywriter in your team, this equation becomes rather difficult to solve, as they both tend to think and behave in the same manner.
This is why change is necessary. We need to open our eyes to people outside the advertising territory. We need to say goodbye to the industry as we know it, and start fresh.
The future creatives
When combining psychology and communication one gets a huge advantage in the creative process. It helps to understand why a certain type of behaviour occurs and, in addition to this, it provides knowledge the traditional agency staff does not possess.
- This is why we have just recently employed a psychology expert who will play a vital role in our organization and help build our offer in psychology and communications. We believe that psychologists might well be Rodolfo’s future star creative, says Ludwig Jonsson, co-founder & creative planner at Rodolfo.
We have long worked with psychologists in our creative process. However, our clients have not. This is why we see a need to educate our clients. And, in order to facilitate our mission; we plan to hold a crash course called Rodolfo Daily. Launching in September, the course will cover insights from psychology and present great examples of how other companies apply psychology in their communication.
Rodolfo’s core belief is collective intelligence. We know that when combining contrasting perspectives we can create far superior communication strategies. And above all, we aim to change the belief that only ad people can make great communication.
The future of advertising lies in great products with embedded marketing. Communication that does not add value for the consumer will swiftly be forgotten, and eventually fade away. So, let us use the power of collective intelligence and create some truly innovative solutions.
Rodolfo’s quest is to change the structure and content of ad agencies.
Psychology and entrepreneurship will be a vital part of the future of advertising.
Communication is about innovation and added value, not billboards and campaigns.
Iain Lanivich, Creative Director at Lowe Campbell Ewald, takes the viewer on a tour of the city explaining why all business should move to Detroit – the city is a hotbed for creativity, innovation and inspiration.
Ever wanted to know what it’s like inside SpongeBob’s head? Thanks to a new mural by Austrian graffiti artist Nychos (The Weird), now you can. The much-beloved Nickelodeon Animation Studio was looking to dig into the guts of its brand power and ethos of discovering innovative talent, and so collaborated with creative agency Struck to create a one-of-a-kind original artwork to reflect the studio’s legacy of creator-driven animation. In turn, Struck collaborated with Nychos, who specializes in large murals depicting cartoonishly vivisected animals and pop culture icons.
The inspiration for artist and Arnoldnyc creative director Nate Guillard's mural is simple: working together is fun. The plan was initially hatched when Arnold's New York office moved into its new open space in an historic printing house at 205 Hudson. The space is vast and bright, and the walls were intentionally left blank to allow staff to live in the space before being asked to use the bare canvas to express who they are.
Renew, the startup behind the scheme, installed 100 recycling bins with digital screens around London before the 2012 Olympics. Advertisers can buy space on the internet-connected bins, and the city gets 5% of the airtime to display public information. More recently, though, Renew outfitted a dozen of the bins with gadgets that track smartphones.
The idea is to bring internet tracking cookies to the real world. The bins record a unique identification number, known as a MAC address, for any nearby phones and other devices that have Wi-Fi turned on. That allows Renew to identify if the person walking by is the same one from yesterday, even her specific route down the street and how fast she is walking.
Publicis Omnicom Group is a new advertising conglomerate to be formed from a mega-merger of Publicis and Omnicom. POG's combined revenues were $23 billion in 2012. WPP recorded $15.6 billion in the same period. The merged entity becomes the biggest advertising group in the world.
Savveo utilizes cloud based solutions that deliver rich audience intelligence to facilitate real time buying of offline advertising. This creates new efficiencies for buyers and sellers. Check out the video that explains the concept.
We often think of Lovemarks in terms of products, but one look at the list of names nominated by people on lovemarks.com and it will become apparent that sports stars, musicians, actors, writers, and even politicians, are considered brands by many. If we consider the amount of media attention given to celebrity, it isn't hard to extend the concept of Lovemarks to this realm.
The Council of Fashion Designers of America film series is as bold, original and strikingly beautiful as the icons and designs they showcase. Directed by Jun Diaz, produced by Tiger and Dragon Films, and edited by Cut+Run's Akiko Iwakawa and Adam Bazadona, the series was commissioned by the CFDA for its annual awards celebration. The CFDA Fashion Awards celebrates and recognizes outstanding contributions made to American fashion by individuals in all areas of the industry and related arts. This years honorees included Vera Wang, Riccardo Tisci, Tim Blanks, and Colleen Atwood.
A gallery exhibit in which ads are displayed as artwork stripped of brand logos has won the 4A’s TruthBrief Competition designed to improve advertising’s image and attract a new generation of talent into the advertising business. Publicis Groupe’s Leo Burnett developed the winning concept, which it called “Le Communique Art Show.”