Brand/Advertising, Australia

The profitability of customer-centricity

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Design Your Own Phone Case

There is sheer power in a strategically crafted master brand. Not only can it be used as a guide for all your brand communications, but the brand intelligence invested in it can be leveraged to completely transform your business. The purpose of a strategic branding program is to meaningfully, logically and visually communicate your brand’s offer, ultimately driving profitability. (more…)

More than a logo

LogoHereIn the land of brand (in Australia), some practitioners would agree it is enormously restrictive to align the discipline of branding so closely with the “logo”. The weight we assign this particular brand asset may contribute to a brand’s profitability over time by cleverly shifting perceptions, appealing to the visceral and ultimately affecting consumer purchase decisions, but a brand’s actual success is derived from a more complex application of the term. (more…)

Australian brand and design companies suffer from media invisibility.

Australia has some bright sparks in the brand and design industry, but who’d know it outside of its network?  As a marketing discipline that is responsible for the creation, development, evolution and management of brands, it is curious why design and branding in this country still exists as a mystery to those who are not directly involved.

My prompt for this article comes from online searches (including key industry media) that consistently fail to show much content with a brand and design focus to attract readers in the business, brand management or marketing sectors. The point here is that design and business are intrinsically linked yet there is a clear disconnect between the two. Why? (more…)

Shazam misses World Cup craze

Shazam and the World Cup? What’s going on? Where are you? You came out at the Super Bowl with your most successful campaign yet with a live performance from Bruno Mars, and you’ve been appearing on US TV screens for almost two years. The world’s biggest sporting event launches and you’re almost invisible? (more…)

You’re not you when you’re hungry.

The 2014 launch of the latest instalment of Snickers’ long running ‘You’re Not You When You’re Hungry’ campaign, received much attention on social media, but possibly not for the right reasons. Interestingly, and perhaps unsurprisingly in 2019 that campaign is nowhere to be seen online, even on industry titles. A difficult but necessary lesson learned.


Brand consultancies getting editorial

Perhaps brand consultancies have finally reached a level of maturity in Australia to be detected by both client and media radars. A decade ago it was all begging and bribery to successfully place a brand consultancy news story, unless you were dealing with a UK journo or a niche trade title. But here we are in 2012 and B&T has run three online stories already this week not to mention the run Campaign Brief has also given a few. I aways knew it was just a matter of time, albeit with still frequent misuse of a word I detest –  ‘logo’ –  and the correct meaning and use of the term ‘brand identity’.


JWT’s female creatives pull some Kotex punch

“I just started bleeding & I feel fantastic!” Typical image used for feminine hygiene products.

JWT’s latest campaign for Kotex works for all the reasons the media have spelled out. But for many women it will work simply because it was created by women, and therefore makes sense. It’s not that the ads are even that hilarious – JWT could have pushed the humor further – but the campaign is market focused, clever, relevant and fresh.


Sex and smokes used to work

Blow in her face and she’ll follow you anywhere

This copy line for Tipalet cigarettes marketed to men, will give you a laugh! How bold we once were.

As a follow up to the last post, I came across some interesting work showcased on Lovely Package, a comprehensive and good looking packaging blog worth visiting. Check out the student designs for Nomad Self Lighting cigarettes by Matthew Smiraldo, Norway’s Andreas Fossheim’s packaging for cannabis cigarettes (if they were legal), and Derek Hunt’s packaging for X Tobacco. Cool stuff.

Brand-less cigarettes: tobacco companies not happy

Smoking Kids

Australia is about to become the first country in the world to ban tobacco companies from branding their products. As of July 1, 2012, no brand images or colors will be permitted in cigarette packaging design. Additionally, there are to be restrictions introduced online plus a 25 percent hike in excise tax bringing a pack of smokes to about $A16.70 or $US15.40.

In Australia where tobacco advertising is outlawed, the government described cigarette packaging as, “one of the last remaining frontiers for cigarette advertising.” And so it looks like Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd is about to take the big boys down. Only brand and product names will be allowed using a standard color, position, font and size making cigarette packs look similar to a prescription medication.


Leo Burnett, Sydney and Ben Lee create Space Monkey

Ben Lee – Australian singer, environmentalist

Creative people really do help make the world go round. They make us laugh, they make us inquire, they inspire and they make life worth living by challenging us to experience things differently. It is music, art, design, literature, poetry and communications in all its forms – any place where ideas are king.

Creative expression in any form permits and in fact invites us to understand our place in the world. It is where politics and real life collide peacefully. Once an artistic expression is created and shared it remains a statement of a time, a feeling, a moment, an experience for both artist and audience. It can’t be amended, overturned, re-instated or edited.


Clemenger BBDO creates blind fragrance|25 March 2010

Clemenger BBDO Melbourne created a fragrance as the key element of the charity marketing campaign for people who can’t see. The main idea of the Guide Dogs Australia project was to develop something that would be easily noticed by all people including the blind and vision impaired. So, smell was employed as the basis for the campaign.

The new scent was created with the help of Kit Cosmetics. The packaging of the fragrance called Support Scent has the name of the product printed in Braille and infused with the fragrance, so that it would be easy for the blind people to determine the scent among other products.

The campaign includes online, TV, cinema, radio, press and outdoor advertising.

The Support Scent range including the fragrance, scented body lotion, body wash and a candle is available at department and cosmetics boutiques as well as online stores. All the proceeds will be donated to Guide Dogs Australia to support the organization’s projects.

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Twitter hears only 12% of top 50 brands

AdNews|30 March 2010|Danielle Long

BRISBANE: Only 12% of the top 50 Australian brands are listening and responding to their customers’ comments on Twitter, according to a social media study by advertising agency BCM.

BCM analysed nearly 8,000 relevant mentions for 81 brands or organisations on Twitter throughout two weeks in Q4 2009 to monitor how brands were responding to consumers’ negative and positive commentary.

The findings revealed only 54 of the top 81 brands had Twitter profiles and of these only six brands actively listened and engaged with customer comments, with the majority (72%) using Twitter as a one-way channel to publicise promotions and promote news updates.

Telstra was the most responsive company responding to 45% of negative and positive comments, but the brand also has one of the largest levels of commentary receiving more than 10 times as many negative comments as positive ones.

Flight Centre topped the unweighted brand response scores with an 80% response rate although the brand does not receive as much comments as other organisations.

Big Pond, Vodafone, Telstra, Australia Post and the Australian Taxation Office received the highest amount of negative commentary on Twitter.

Toyota, Target, Boost, Sony and Canon ranked highest in the study for positive consumer comments.

However, the survey was undertaken before Toyota’s global recalls which would impact differently on the brand’s social media commentary.

BCM partner Kevin Moreland said whether brands “like it or not, conversations about them are happening on a daily basis and brand or product mentions are becoming intertwined into social networking activities”.


B&T Weekly|26 March 2010

Members of the Royal Australian Navy have been used to recreate their workplaces in a series of new ads to encourage people to join the service as well as to inspire existing service men and women.

Created by George Patterson Y&R Melbourne, the ‘Be part of something bigger’ campaign used almost 100 Navy personnel from HMAS Albatross to recreate different naval vessels including a frigate, transport ship and submarine.

To view the making of the ads, click here

Colman Rasic appoints digital head

AdNews|25 March 2010|Heather Jennings

SYDNEY: Colman Rasic has appointed Rob Reng as its head of digital following Nick Lee’s departure to the UK.

Reng, who was previously senior project leader at Fairfax Media, will start work at the agency on Monday (29 March).

In February, Colman Rasic Carrasco co-founder Rebecca Carrasco left the agency, with chief executive officer Ben Colman and executive creative director Dejan Rasic remaining at the helm.


AdNews|26 March 2010|Prue Corlette

SYDNEY: Insurance Australia Group (IAG) is set to review the creative arrangements for its retail insurance providers, NRMA, SGIO and SAIC, less than a year after consolidating the account with STW agency Human,AdNews magazine revealed.

The Sydney-based Human has handled creative for all brands in the NRMA Insurance group since July 2009 when NRMA dropped Brisbane-based Junior from its Queensland ad duties.

Human spearheaded NRMA’s repositioning in 2008 when the company dropped its iconic “Help” tagline after more than 20 years. The launch of “Unworry” was an attempt to move away from the fear-led marketing that dominates the insurance sector.