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Ruby Red chocolate hits town: KitKat leads the frenzy

I’m a self-confessed chocoholic. Like most sane people I love chocolate. In Melbourne, we are spoilt with chocolate shops, chocolatiers and chocolate cafés just as common as bakeries. Even the shopping strip near my home in the suburbs contains a chocolate café amongst only a…

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How SPC customers saved the brand

When the federal government refused to inject $25 million of taxpayer’s money into SPC Ardmona, many felt this was the beginning of the end for this iconic Australian brand. But following a groundswell of support from customers through a social media sales are up and…

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Doritos has already won the Superbowl

Today in America, it’s Superbowl Sunday — probably the biggest sporting event in the country and one of the top few in the world. Last year the Superbowl was watched by over 108 million viewers in America alone. It’s also the single biggest event on…

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Olympic Advertising with heart

With the Sochi Winter Olympic Games fast approaching, we’re starting to see lead up advertising. As a life long skier and winter follower, the Olympics are the highlight of my sport watching calendar (especially since the X-Games doesn’t make its way to Australia). Most of…

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How can we effectively communicate an anti- message?

Effective communication in advertising will often result, at best, in a small change in consumer behaviour. While this change often has a product driven focus — buy this, try this, consider us — the predominant message generally doesn’t require the audience to drastically change their…

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Do marketers tell stories or do they deceive?

Seth Godin is a very highly regarded author in the business and marketing world. His well-known book, All Marketers Are Liars: The Underground Classic That Explains How Marketing Really Works — and Why Authenticity Is the Best Marketing of All often receives rave reviews. Even…

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Brands that give a shit

Poo Pourri lacks an odor but big on brand voice In September my business partner Dave wrote a great blog on the toilet paper brand Who Gives a Crap. He celebrated the attention grabbing brand name that breaks with the rather bland naming protocols of…

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Som Sabadell, an ode to inspiring and unexpected marketing

A recent example of inspiring, situational marketing has come from a very unexpected source: a Spanish bank. Celebrating their 130th anniversary, Banco Sabadell surprised and delighted passers-by in Plaça de Sant Roc, Sabadell by playing Beethoven’s ‘Ode to Joy’ with performers from the Vallès Symphony Orchestra, the Cor…

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The Stay Together Campaign injects genuine emotion into Skype’s communication

Earlier this year, Skype launched the Stay Together Campaign: an online call to action for real people to share their stories about how Skype lets them stay in contact. As is always the case with ‘real’ stories, the emotions runs high, even in the over…

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Creating Impact with Shocking but Powerful Advertising

A powerful advertising campaign for Amnesty International – raising awareness for Human Rights Around the world, every day people struggle to live with basic human rights of freedom and justice, rights that as Australians we enjoy everyday. Recently the events in Syria and the reports…

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