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Videogames on Screen

7 Jun
angry birds

(www.angrybirds-movie.com)

We’ve seen a recent influx in video games being transformed into blockbusters and sent to the big screen. From Ratchet & Clank to World of Warcraft, characters from across the gaming universe are popping up in cinemas everywhere.

It’s not just franchises from X Box and PlayStation that are getting their moment in the cinematic spotlight, with The Angry Birds Movie hitting UK cinemas a few weeks ago. A game originally positioned as a distraction from the daily commute has been adapted to become a film with a budget of $73 million and a voice cast of Hollywood A-Listers.

The release of The Angry Birds Movie shows the extent to which the gaming industry in all its guises has infiltrated culture. Whilst traditionally it was expensive games such as Tomb Raider and Prince of Persia that were deemed acceptable entities to transition to film, now all games no matter how big or small seem to be prime material. This trend seems to be running parallel with the democratisation of gaming itself. It is no longer a phenomenon found only in the bedrooms of teenage boys – people of all ages and backgrounds are now involved, whether that be on a console or a smart phone.

 

The subject has got us thinking about which other smart phone gaming classics would make an interesting transition to the big screen…

Candy Crush Saga – When giant flying confectionery starts to fall from the sky it is a race against time to uncover a solution before everything becomes covered in sugar and food colouring.

Crossy Road – A mother bird has been separated from her baby chick. Now she must navigate her way through a seemingly endless crossway to be reunited.

Plants Vs Zombies – A killer virus has taken control of the human race, and nature holds the crucial anecdote.

The Starbuck’s way of forming communities by creating cultural value

23 May
STARBUCKS

(www.starbucks.co.uk)

Izzy Pugh, Head of Cultural Insight & Marilyn Dutlow from Added Value in South Africa have recently unpacked from an international and local perspective how Starbucks are creating a place and a mind-set that feels like the heart of a community.

Read the full article at The Media Online! on how Starbucks are successfully creating cultural value. (http://themediaonline.co.za/2016/05/the-starbucks-way-of-forming-communities-be-creating-cultural-value/)

Interesting Things About… Authentic Lifestyle Contributions

13 May

In the pursuit of creating something genuinely useful for people’s lives, brands sometimes need to put their label’s name aside if its presence would have an obtrusive impact. L’Oréal and LVMH have both taken note of this fact and launched online initiatives that remain uncredited:

 

FAB by L’Oréal

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(www.fab-beauty.com)

L’Oréal has launched FAB (flair, artistry, beauty), an unbranded beauty hub which showcases industry professionals creating trends all over the world 24/7. The website targets the general public as well as beauty industry professionals and the multi-media content puts a spotlight on the expertise of all these ‘artisans of beauty’.

NOWNESS by LVMH:

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(www.nowness.com)

Nowness is an established global video channel showcasing the best in culture reaching from art, design, fashion and beauty to music, food and travel. Both established and emerging filmmakers create content that conveys storytelling designed to provoke inspiration and debate.

 

Why is this interesting?

It’s not L’Oréal or Louis Vuitton that people care about, it’s the lifestyle they create that’s important. With the initiatives listed above, both brands have created something beyond just their products and stepped into the real world they want to be a part of. By doing this they are not just existing in culture but helping to create it themselves, which is the perfect way for a brand to fully embed themselves in the lives of its followers.

Beyond Westeros

3 May

game of thrones

The rabid success of Game of Thrones – especially amongst achingly cool hipsters – has been impossible to ignore. But we think that the show can push further. We think it can go beyond mere entertainment, and turn its much-admired houses into product ideas that can attract even the most cynical members of Gen Y.

Our suggestions would include –

House Stark – “Winter is Coming”

This range of functional basics – including vests and flannel shirts – is crafted from cutting edge hi-tech performance fabrics that both insulate and wick away sweat. They’ll keep you cool in the summer, and snug in the long, doom-laden winter.

House Lannister – “A Lannister Always Pays His Debts”

As their unofficial motto states, House Lannister is very keen on shrewd money management. This slick app keeps track of all of your financial interactions, enabling you to pay your share of everything from artisan cereal street food to your Uber Lux home.

House Greyjoy – “We Do Not Sow”

We know that not everyone can find the time in their hectic taxidermy schedule to home grow food, so this twice weekly organic, foraged vegetable delivery service means that you never need to fret.

House Martel – “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken”

Modern clothes can look so inauthentic. This service takes your dull, mass-produced threads and returns them to you as hand-distressed, uniquely broken-in vintage classics.

House Tyrell – “Growing Strong”

Your vegan diet can make macro-nutrition pretty hard to nail. This scientifically advanced, all-natural protein bar supplies all of your energy needs in one simple, rustic seed ball.

House Baratheon – “Ours is the Fury”

Finding marathons a bit passé? This gruelling 30 mile obstacle course forces you underground and over barbed wire in a frenzied and furious scramble to the finish line. Can you vanquish your opponents?

House Targaryen – “Fire and Blood”

This edgy restaurant serves only one dish – flame-seared, super-rare bison steaks. Watch your selected hunk of meat be licked by fire right before your eyes.

Get in Character: Using Archetypes to Breathe New Life Into Your Brand

15 Apr

Just like the myriad personas we find on stage and screen, character can also be applied to brands and in fact often holds the key to breathing truly new and differentiated life into them – as well as making them totally recognizable across all touch points. In the spirit of sharing, we decided to get down our top 5 tips for winning with brand character.

Read the full article at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/laura-tarbox/get-in-character-using-ar_b_9585696.html 

Full steam ahead for the “RRS Boaty McBoat Face”

24 Mar
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(google.com)

“Boaty McBoatface” is steaming ahead in an online poll launched by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) to name their new Royal Navy polar research vessel.  The name comes in response to the NERC’s request for name suggestions that highlight the ground-breaking work the ship will do. Even though Boaty McBoatface doesn’t quite fit the original brief, we’re delighted that the NERC are joining in on the fun.

It’s a truth that’s been proven time and again: if you turn to the public for help, you must allow for mischief and irreverence. In a world where brands can no longer keep control of every aspect of their image, and have no choice but to open themselves to people, we think a large helping of wit and playfulness is often in order. People may not always respond in the way a brand intended, but keeping a sense of humour is a smart and savvy response.

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(twitter.com)

“Trainy McTrainface” was seen pulling into stations throughout the South West yesterday, suggesting the support for Boaty is still on the up. We are backing him all the way!

Interesting Things About… How To Market To Kids

3 Mar

Replicating reality seems to be the latest priority for toymakers, with several brands releasing new ranges that try to reproduce an accurate representation of the real world.

Here are three brands making shifts to be more in tune with reality:

lego

(lego.com)

  1. Lego’s Stay At Home Dad

The Lego City range will soon be gaining some new arrivals in the form of a stay at home Dad and a career driven Mum. The Lego figurine Dad will be dressed in a lumberjack shirt with a hipster beard, and the Mum will have slicked back hairstyle and will come equipped with a briefcase. Lego has said the new figures are an attempt to better represent the world we live in today.

 

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(myfamilybuilders.com)

  1. MyFamilyBuilders

These toys come from a collaboration between an illustrator, a child psychologist, an educational specialist and a product designer. MyFamilyBuilder’s main priority is to represent all adults and children. Using magnetic connecting devices these characters can be combined in multiple ways to become representative of people of all ages, genders and ethnicities.

 

barbie

(kids.barbie.com)

  1. Curvy Barbie

This new line gained a lot of media attention when it was released earlier this year. The range encompasses 4 body shapes, 7 skin tones, 24 hairstyles and 22 eye colours , making her representative of a wide range of people.

 

Why is this interesting?

Toys have always acted as a gateway for children to let their imaginations run wild, and they are increasingly being allowed to imagine a world of rich diversity and nuance. Brands seem to be taking incredibly seriously their responsibility to represent the world accurately to children – we hope it enhances their powers to help kids build imaginative worlds that don’t adhere to any rules, rather than become something merely tokenistic.

Interesting Things About… Fast Fashion

24 Feb

The fashion industry calendar is undergoing a revolution. For 100 years the world of fashion has been split into two seasons: spring/summer and autumn/winter, but things are changing. Now catwalk looks are beamed across the globe just seconds after they’re first revealed, and people are demanding access like never before. This has led to designers rolling out new initiatives on both the runway and the high street:

 

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(rebeccaminkoff.com)

  1. Rebecca Minkoff’s #SEEBUYWEAR

New York designer Rebecca Minkoff has paved the way for shopping straight from the catwalk with her #SEEBUYWEAR line which debuted at New York Fashion Week this February. Much to the delight of her fans, 70% of the items from Minkoff’s latest collection were available for immediate purchase straight after her show.

 

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(tommy.com)

  1. Tommy Hilfiger’s ‘Click & Buy’

In response to the rise of social media platforms, Tommy Hilfiger has recognised the new need for immediate gratification. The label will be rolling out ‘Click & Buy’ in September this year, where shoppers will be able to get their hands on the clothes immediately after they’re revealed, rather than having to wait the traditional six months.

 

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(shop.mango.com)

  1. Mango’s Two Week Collections

From February, Mango will launch new collections every two weeks, starting with its spring collection. The high street brand will also release a new advertising campaign each month to help consumers stay in touch with the changing looks. The change has already resulted in the discontinuing of Mango’s much beloved catalogue that was sent out to around 22 million people annually.

 

Why is this interesting –

These new ideas show how the fashion industry is adapting to the ever-connected world we now inhabit. Once an industry built on a solid foundation of intrigue and anticipation, labels are changing to stay relevant when having things on demand is fast becoming an expectation across all parts of life. We are keeping our eyes peeled for reactions against this, and a refreshed embracing of new forms of thoughtful slowness and longevity.

Interesting Things About… The backlash against purposefulness

18 Feb

Every January we are bombarded with instructions about healthy living and focused thinking. As we leave the first month of the year far behind, we have noticed an opposition to this purpose centric world that we are annually encouraged to inhabit.

 

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(amazon.co.uk)

‘F**k it DO WHAT YOU LOVE’ by John C. Parkin

This January, John C. Parkin released the latest instalment of his highly successful ‘f**k it’ franchise. The book encourages us to break free from the monotony of everyday life and live out our dreams, even if the results aren’t the most financially fruitful.

 

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(popchips.co.uk)

Popchips

Popchips’ most recent campaign mocks the surge of motivational messaging that comes at the start of each year. Contrasting the likes of Equinox Gym’s ‘Commit to Something’ campaign, Popchips say it’s ok to just be a bit good now and again.

 

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(instagram.com)

Deliciously Stella

This popular Instagram account parodies those that engage in clean eating and tranquil living, poking fun most overtly at the best-selling author Deliciously Ella. Posting photos of sweets, chocolate and McDonald’s happy meals, Deliciously Stella says it’s ok to shun healthy eating all together.

 

Why is this interesting-

There are few of us that get through January achieving everything we set out to do, with most of us failing to accomplish the sky high goals we set ourselves. By not only recognising but celebrating this reality, the marketing efforts of brands such as Popchips are relatable and distinct from all those trying to help us stick to our resolutions.

 

Interesting Things About… Marketing To Older Women

10 Feb

With an ever-growing aging population, the ability to communicate with older people in authentic and nuanced ways is more important than ever. Brands need to focus clearly on how they speak to the older generation of women. We’ve seen this in action recently –

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(theguardian.com)

Celine and Joan Didion

Fashion house Celine using the literary icon Joan Didion as their face seems an attempt to position the brand as one with integrity and substance. But, it doesn’t appear to use her clout in quite the right way – it seems problematic to reduce this intellectual heavyweight to an accessories seller. Covering the lines that tell her stories with oversized shades seems to squash the icon into a fashion box – handbag and all.

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(irvinghouse.com)

Joni Mitchell and YSL

Saint Laurent Paris has become known for using a huge variety of weird and wonderful musicians in advertising – this campaign also includes Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson. This not the first time Saint Laurent has used an older musical icon in their campaigns, but it feels interesting at a time where ‘70s revival fashion is all the rage. The advert captures Joni in a ‘70s inspired jacket, hat and shirt – items she’d surely wear in her natural habitat, and she is holding her own guitar. It feels natural and authentic.

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(thegloss.com)

Iris Apfel and Wise Wear

The 92 year old socialite and model Iris Apfel has recently collaborated with wearable technology designer Wise Wear, creating a range of jewellery that has built in safety features, and a health and tracking system aimed at older, style conscious women. Using one of the world’s most fashionable women to champion this innovative design-led technology not only markets the product to her peers,  but also acknowledges that the older generation are clued up to technology and design – and often are the demographic with the cash to splash.

 

Why is this interesting –

It is refreshing to see older women as the faces of major brands. Using the image of someone with a wealth of prowess and substance is a smart way to make a brand look considered, intelligent and cool, but it can miss the mark if the imagery feels inauthentic. Showing her looking like herself, doing the thing she is best known for can give the glow of genuine honesty. It feels even more compelling to see brands using older women to advertise to their peers, rather than only to twenty-somethings. It feels like a significant positive step forward on brand’s quest to embrace an older generation of women.

 

We discussed this in our previous blogs The Age Old Issue, Style over Substance and Winning Silver:

http://culturalinsight.com/?s=iris+apfel&submit=Search

http://culturalinsight.com/?s=celine&submit=Search

http://culturalinsight.com/2015/12/15/winning-silver/

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