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Would you Google women’s rights? You will now

22 Oct

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The last few posts I’ve written have covered fun and quirky PR campaigns. From One Direction launching its own day to Aflac letting a live mascot ride the New York subway, these brands have generated talkability. But this stunt, by Ogilvy & Mather for UN Women in Dubai, tackles an important global issue in an effective and sensitive way.

Taking over one of the world’s most popular search engines, Ogilvy ensured that every time someone used Google last month that they were given suggestions relating to attitudes to women – such as ‘women need to be…controlled‘ and ‘women need to be…put in their place‘.

The agency produced a compelling story to attract interest in the campaign but they didn’t have to think for too long. The suggested search terms are all real examples of what people have used Google for. It’s surprising, shocking and disappointing. In a world where I thought my challenge was being mixed race, it’s been highlighted that I’m getting ahead of myself. It’s being a woman that I have to worry about first.

I can only imagine that when the brief came in to the advertising agency that there were a few overwhelmed executives in the office. This is no mean feat on any budget. Forget the opportunities to see, website traffic and return on investment, UN Women wants to generate behavioural change. But by rooting the campaign within one of the world’s most popular websites (pipped to the post by Yahoo in the US this week) and using striking photography, Ogilvy has successfully made people stop and think.

It’a taken a little while for the news to spead – the Huffington Post has only picked it today – but the campaign is continuing the conversation on Twitter.

It’ll be interesting to see if this replicated by the UN across the world on International Women’s Day (8 March 2014). They’d be missing a trick if the opportunity wasn’t seized to make the world listen to its sound argument.

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Blippar’s kids campaign takes off

30 Aug

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Augmented Reality advertising tool Blippar has really taken off in its latest campaign.

Blippar’s created a unique platform to transform holidaymakers’ passports into a unique game station, packed with fun activities, to keep kids occupied on flights.

Although it’s a bit late for the summer, the industry’s busiest period, it’s still a great use of social media that’s more than just a ‘nice to do’ project; it has real value for consumers. That’s a large challenge for PRs and marketeers, because stunts generate coverage, but meeting a need makes for a long-lasting campaign with credibility – and more often than not clients are now wanting substance over style.

The key for Blippar will be to sustain momentum in the run up to half term, to ensure that downloads are consistent and the concept still has talkability later in the year. For example, will the app be updated and how can seasonal events be weaved into the technology – such as Christmas?

This is definitely an idea with wings, and I’ll be interested to see how it develops.

What do you think? Would you try it out?

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PRs say they lack creativity

28 Nov

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This week I came across the headline ‘PR scores itself poorly for creativity’ on website PR Moment and had to read more.

The survey by the Holmes Report and training specialist NowGoCreate questioned 650 professionals from 35 countries on how creative they think the industry currently is – the answer is not very much. More than 60% believed the industry was lacking BIG ideas.

The reasons for this included: lack of budgets, clear objectives and an understanding of clients’ businesses.

There’s a correlation here. If you don’t understand your what your client wants then the budgets to deliver BIG campaigns won’t materialise.

Obviously most PRs will find these survey findings insulting. I’ve been lucky enough to work on some great campaigns (Unilever Food Solutions’ ‘Ambu-lunch’ and British Roast Dinner Week) this year and be part of a wider agency that refuses for barriers to come between great projects (Make Decent Coffee skip idea and the first-ever chocolate hotel room). If the idea is there, it’s down to PRs to be brave and pitch it in – brief or no brief.

I agree that more can be done to bring out the creativity of PRs in the workplace – and small additions to brainstorms that I blogged on last week can make this happen. Get people engaged with the brief and set challenges to work together to polish the ideas once agreed.

Let’s go through some of the other reasons PRs felt were imposing on their creativity:

Lack of time
Brainstorming and scoping ideas is an investment – for business and personal development. Get involved and learn how it works.

Difference in opinion about what ‘creativity’ really is
If you’re questioning whether you are creative, you’re probably not.

Leadership don’t view it as important
Don’t expect your business to grow with this attitude.

We’re in a rut
Make an effort to get out – show your clients why they hired you.

How creative do you rate your agency?

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