Whiskas opens the Kitten Kollege.

Whiskas, the cat-food brand owned by Mars, seems to know how to grab our attention. The brand offers a completely new approach in its communication strategy, by creating the “Kitten Kollege” online campaign, in which young feline students can develop their life skills to become tomorrow’s cats.

In particular, Whiskas UK has released a very appealing campaign launched on their Youtube channel that offers a series of 12 entertaining videos set in theKitten Kollege”, the institute of feline education.

The first two videos introduce the “Kitten Kollege” where kittens from all over the world can come to enrich their minds and get a good academic background in such fields like “string theory” (playing with yarn), linguistics (meowing), archeology (fishes skeleton) and literature (“The Prince of Persian” and Franz Katka’s works). What is more, the Kollege also encourages them to nurture their natural curiosity and to “think outside the box, and sometimes inside of it too.”

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The next videos show us hilariously funny scenes from the academic life with a lecture hall full of kittens as if were are human students. Professors give them lectures on the importance of healthy nutrition, how to move on to eating a balanced adult food (a cat food), the art of communications (the meow, the purr, the trill), responsabilities (vaccinations etc) and many others.

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Even though, the videos are all about kittens, but we realize that the real message is to educate kitten owners and give them a special course about pets care.

The campaign was released by ad agency AMV BBDO, Google and online comedy site College Humor and will appear on YouTube, Facebook, College Humor, and the Whiskas site.

Let’s your adorable kittens live a long and happy life! 🙂

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Trick or treat! Welcome in Tesco “Spookermarket.”

Tesco, the UK’s biggest supermarket chain, has launched the Halloween-themed campaign to entertain consumers and to keep their interest.

Halloween is considered to be a scary holiday of the year. It’s not just a time you can see people with pumpkin latterns, holding costume parties, dressing up as witches and ghosts, watching scary movies or telling ghost stories and going trick-or-treating. But it’s also a time for pranks to play on your friends and family. And when it comes to Halloween, companies want to align themselves with the holiday so that they could create entertaining and engaging content for their consumers.

So the agency BBH London has released an online video entitled “Introducing Spookermarket” for Tesco in which Tesco staff play Halloween pranks on consumers while doing the shopping in the supermarket.

The video was shot by hidden cameras to see people’s reactions. For example, shoppers have been terrified of butchers with scary Joker faces and a ghostly-painted severed woman’s head hidden behind the piles of toilet paper. Moreover, one man in the store jumps with fear when he sees shopping trolley moving on their own.

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In addition, BBH has created 5 tutorials with a tag “Every Little Helps” on how to make spooks at home such as “creepy clown face”, “horrible head-in-a-jar” and many others to get you in the mood for Halloween. 😉

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I wish you to have a memorable Halloween filled with loads of adventures, surprises and fun! 🎃👻

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Another novelty by Volvo – LifePaint.

Automaker Volvo is coming up with another awesome idea: LifePaint, a reflective safety spray that highlights cyclists at night.

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Cycling has always been dangerous and unsafe. There have been many road accidents and cycling injuries in recent years in the UK.

The “best way to survive a crash is not to crash” is the claim of Volvo’ new campaign. Safety is a major concept of Volvo cars. The brand cares about people both outside and inside a vehicle.

To reduce a risk of accidents Volvo with agency Grey London and Swedish startup Albedo100 has developed a new concept – reflective safety spray called LifePaint that is invisible by daylight, but becomes visible at night and it shines with a soft steady light in the glare of car headlights.

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The spray has been made to increase visibility of cyclists at night. Spray developers care about safety of cyclists and drivers.

LifePaint is water based, so it washes off and will not affect the color or surface of materials. It can be also used on textile and it can be applied to clothes, shoes, helmets, pushchairs, children’s backpacks and even dog leads and collars and lasts for about one week after application.

To promote this unique concept an online video and invisible black posters, that show the text in the flash of a smartphone were created.

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2000 cans of LifePaint will be given away at six London and Kent-based bike shops. If the initiative is successful it will be expanded nationally and then worldwide.

Isn’t this innovation stunning? 😉

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What is Volvo’ latest innovation? A breath of fresh “Swedish air”.

Swedish car manufacturer continues surprising us with its creative ad solutions offering drivers a breath of pure, fresh Swedish air in its new commercial.

We are used to watching differents vehicles, extreme roads or highways in car ad commercials.

In the latest work done by Grey London you can see just beautiful Scandinavian landscape and you can hear leaves rustling, trees and wheat swaying in the wind, birds singing and snow falling. There are no cars in this ad.

Just at the end of the ad you can see the message: “Swedish air, our newest innovation. A unique air filtering system now available worldwide and in the upcoming XC90.”

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This is no accident. Fresh Swedish air and beautiful nature is a “metaphor of well-being and health to provide the new XC90 Volvo car model with “innovative solutions– CleanZone air filtration system with enhanced multi-filter that improves interior air quality.

People suffering health problems, including allergy or hypersensitivity can breath easily because most microscopic fine dust particles can be prevented from entering the car.

This brilliant ad commercial will be run in cinemas, online, at car shows and launch events.

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To promote the initiative Volvo has also created a “Swedish Air Inhaler” that offers drivers some fresh Swedish air in a glass packaging. You can test this inhaler at car shows and dealerships.

In my opinion, this ad campaign is a good example of how to stand out among the variety of brands using an unconventional marketing strategy. It is always necessary to think outside the box, offering new tactics that others haven’t used yet.

And what do you think of it? 😉

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“Pinch me” campaign from Ted Baker.

A premium British fashion retailer Ted Baker has lanched a new ad campaign titled “Pinch me” for his new Spring/Summer 2015 collection in the UK.

This week Ted Baker has launched the TV Commercial ad called “Pinch me”. It was done by agency Crowns & Owls.

In the video you can see a handsome man that arrives at a mysterious semi-tropical island, where he discovers a fantastical and surreal town, populated by a woman and her clones. Then he runs into a clone of himself and chases after his clone. In the end you can see that his clone escapes from him on the boat, leaving the guy on the beach with clones of the woman. The commercial ends with a message “All is not as it seams…” and a hashtag #Pinch_ me – to make sure a situation is real and you are not imagining it.

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The commersial invites viewer to watch it, showing beautiful dresses and outfits, “inspiring your imagination to soak up atmosphere of Ted Baker’s SS15 menswear and womenswear collection.

A fantastic video enables to see the full range of the collection. Ted Baker also launched a “Social Media campaign on his Instagram account (@ted_baker) . Every day, within two weeks one of Ted Baker’s SS15 images will be posted, where you can notice “all is not as it seams…”.

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To understand it better you should see it deeper on the image, using your Instagram filters to find the answer. Then you have to regram it or comment using a hashtag #Pinch_Me to have a chance to win a trip to Portmeirion, where the ad commercial was shot and is also a famous tourist village in Gwynedd, North Wales. The trip includes tickets to Festival Number 6.

This ad campaign is well-done, it offers a creative and original way to promote the SS 15 collection and lets your imagination move in the world of beauty and fashion.  🙂

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“Wear it. Beat it” campaign for British Heart Foundation.

London ad agencies Lowe Open and DLKW Lowe launched an integrated marketing campaign to promote a charity initiative in support of a fight against coronary heart disease and give awareness to a problem.

This campaign will be held to coinside with Heart Month in February. Also an event will be arranged on 6th February at Pocklington Arts Centre, UK.

Every year people suffer heart deseases, there are many children as well. To help them to combat this illness and reduce a risk British Heart Foundation (BHF) funds research, education and care programms, aims to prevent heart diseases. This charity organization also makes communication campaigns to increase a visibility and give a deep understanding to the problem.

It’s not surprising that engaging people with any form of advertising is not easy, but if your goal is not only to increase sales but also care about people’s life it could have a positive effect.

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This year BHF in collaboration with Lowe agencies developed Wear it. Beat it” integrated campaign that includes TVC. This shows small children with heart deseases attempting to say the name of their specific diagnosis. The ad is accompanied by a claim “It’s hard to say, but even harder to live with” . This spot has been on air since 31 December 2014. The campaign also includes online, events and out of home (OOH) advertising.

This campaign is aiming to encourage people to participate in fundraising event that will be held on 6th Fabruary at Pocklington Arts Centre to help raise funds for life saving heart research. It also engages people to make a support by wearing red and make a donation. If you are not able come but you want to support the campaign you can organize an event on 6th February everywhere: in your workplace, school or with friends and family.

To host an event there are many ideas described on their web site: starting from a quiz with red questions, red team names, red team accessories and ending with movie night with red snacks, red drinks. To join, you need to sign up, after that you will be posted or emailed a Fundraising Kit full of red-themed ideas and inspirations.

In my opinion it is a great idea to launch this charity campaign and it is a great opportunity for everyone to help people to combat a heart desease, isn’t it?