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Ad Arbitrium

Haley Posted by Haley

 After drooling over the creative workings of the Cannes Lions (International Festival) winners throughout the past few weeks, it got me thinking of my favourite campaigns and advertisements. Of course there are the classics, such as Volkswagen’s “Think Small” and Wendy’s, “Where’s the beef?” that have captivated audiences, both past and present. The fact that I am learning about their campaigns in lectures (decades after they have launched), proves the success of the brand in itself. This brings me to brand recognition.

As a consumer who has been on both the outer and inner workings of an agency, I have been able to recognize the reach and effectiveness of certain ads. In today’s society it’s a struggle to even catch consumers’ attention, never mind create brand recognition. The most successful campaigns (in my opinion) are quirky ones that consist of creative and witty, copy and design. The ability to create a reaction (i.e. laughter or disgust) from the consumer or audience is the key to building brand awareness.

Here are few campaigns that caught my eye:

Historically Hardcore
Although this was a fake campaign created by a couple university students, it created a lot of buzz. With hopes of encouraging youth to visit the Smithsonian Museum and gain historical perspective, creators, Jen Burrows and Matt Kappler compare popular modern day celebrities with past American presidents. Whether or not the Smithsonian approved of the fake advertisements, the controversy surrounding it increased traffic on the Smithsonian website and to the museum itself.



UNHATE Foundation
The UNHATE Foundation gained instant attention in November 2011, when they released controversial photos which featured world leaders kissing. The ads (obviously photo shopped) were part of a guerilla marketing effort to spread awareness about the UNHATE Foundation. They used “kissing” as their main focus for the campaign, and edited famous faces together to create a reaction from the public. They used creative initiatives through print, TV, social media and guerrilla marketing across major cities throughout the world. By doing this, they to urged the public to “create a new culture of tolerance” and “combat hatred”. With recognizable faces such as Obama and the late Kim Jong-Il, the campaign reached audiences young and old, of all nationalities. The result of the ads had both good and bad feedback, but ultimately the campaign served its purpose and got people talking.

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Google Voice
Naturally when you see something out of the ordinary it causes you to take a second look. Well this is exactly what Google was/is hoping to accomplish with their campaign for Google Voice. Using rotating images on huge digital billboards to display words divided by syllables and their pronunciation, Google is not only getting people’s attention, but is stopping them in their tracks.

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Fusion on Film

Haley Posted by Haley Fusion on Film

It’s not everyday we hear, “Lights. Camera. Action!” in our office. This past week the HBO Canada series, Less Than Kind took the Fusion office by storm! The four-time Gemini Award winning comedy chose to feature Fusion as a location in their fourth and final season. Lucky us!

With a full production crew inside and outside our office, Fusion transformed into a film set for the day. With all the cameras, lights and police directing traffic, it was a surprise there was no paparazzi hovering around. We did however, attract the attention of people passing by, as vehicles had their chance to get their 15 seconds of fame as part of the hustle and bustle of downtown Winnipeg.

From the production crew scurrying through the office setting up cords and cameras to the director and producer prompting the actors, the Fusion team caught a glimpse of all the behind the scenes hoopla! As an already energetic office, we were even more hyped while the cameras were rolling (which proved to be challenge when instructed to be, “quiet on set”). Our deviant whispers during takes quickly turned into chatter as soon as the director yelled, “Cut!” on set. Then it was a quick scramble to get from one side of the office to the other and spit out everything we needed to say before the next take. Not even tiptoeing was permitted (as Leo (Barrett’s dog) and I found out the hard way).

Although we didn’t get quite the Hollywood treatment, it was an exciting whirlwind experience that was great to be a part of. Keep an eye out as Fusion makes its television debut in to the fourth season of Less Than Kind in 2013.