Brands as Cultural Curators:: Mulberry’s Brilliant Britain Guide

We’re well into the era where brands are playing the role of cultural curators. To manage all the info overload and noise, it’s great to see brands like Mulberry in the UK curating cultural content in a way that’s as equally beautiful as it is useful. Inspired by and created to support the UK government’s GREAT Britain campaign, it’s an amazing curation of what makes GB Brilliant.  Check out Brilliant Britain,  a great example of a brand playing a bigger cultural role in society that’s both meaningful and highly engaging. Well done.

Christchurch Reimagined campaign – ‘Bob Thinks Big’ #chch


Really proud to see the launch of our Christchurch Reimagined campaign to get Australians travelling back to Christchurch, NZ, post Earthquake

Check out the 3 episodes of Mayor Bob Parker making a shout out to his Aussie cousins.


Nice to see Channel 7 news in Australia pick up the story as well.

This is supported by our ‘Discovery Stream’, click here to check it out.  In a bid to get them back to the city, Christchurch needed to replace the images of devastation, with images of the beautiful, ever-evolving city that it now is. The Discovery Stream provides Christchurch with an ongoing digital platform that crowd-sources and broadcasts the city’s tourism experience in real-time. Using #ChCh tagged uploads from Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, it provides potential tourists with a window into the city.


How to use YouTubers to launch a product: Nike+ Fuelband meets Casey

Nike are all over it when it comes to using the right people to help launch their products. The launch of Nike + Fuelband  is another perfect example. They paid prominent YouTuber Casey Neistat (h’es got over 12,000 subscribers to his YouTube channel)  to make a video about his experience with the Nike + Fuel band under the launch theme of #makeitcount. It’s a great piece of content that’s racked up almost 500,000 views in a few days. Great example of using the right influencers to help create content for you and spread the message. Notice the very subtle branding.

Using YouTube vloggers to create influence

Alot of brands try to use YouTube vloggers with mixed success. Here’s two examples of very different brands who have managed to capture the attention of youth culture in very different ways. Skittles went down the entertainment route, Crocs the educational route. Both are effective.

Skittles  knows how to use the ‘right’ influencers in the digital space to help drive UGC. They’ve been in touch with character Trale Lewous a few times before to get him to help them tell their rainbow story.  In this instance they sent him a custom Skittles boom box and this is what he came up with. Over 750k views in a few days for the cost of a customised boom box. Brilliant, highly effective influencer content. Nice to see a brand who really gets how to use YouTube vloggers.

The other brand who’s used infuencers really well is Crocs. They use ‘hollas’ (girls who create film reviews after their shopping experiences) in an orchestrated influencer campaign called ‘Crocs are cute’.  They got 3 key hollas to review their latest translucent shoes for girls, asking them to go on a shopping spree to match outfits with the shoes. Relevant, meaningful, authentic.  Really sweet idea for a brand that wouldn’t have any traction with the teen/20 something female audience.


Is crowdsourcing getting old? Coke’s 24hr live session w/ Maroon 5

Coke’s on the crowdsourcing bandwagon.

Last week, Coke in collaboration with Maroon 5 and peeps of the world embarked on a social experiment around music. Maroon 5 were tasked with creating a song within 24hrs with the help of you, the consumer, facilitated by Coke.  The idea was called Coca C0la Maroon 5 24hr Session

The idea was highly interactive driven via Facebook, Cokes youtube channel and twitter. Clearly, I like the idea of collaborating with consumers around the creation of a song, it taps into Gen C’s need to be involved with the brand story in real time and obviously taps into Coke’s key content pillar around music.

An example of some of the tweets they received from the Coke community

 They’ve cleverly weaved in a charitable outcome of the song creation as  for the first 100,000 downloads of the new track from April 1, Coke will be making donations to RAIN (provision of clean drinking water to African nations), however i think they need to be more transparent on how much they’re donating.

For those who knew about it, Coke did a great job of driving real time follow factor of the idea, you could follow the band in real time ove rthe 24hr period and vote on things they were doing via hashtags eg: should they take a ‘#break’ or  ‘#song’ to keep them singing/writing.. See here.

The big question for me is whether crowdsourcing has been done to death? Is there anything original here? Are consumers over it? Or are the low levels of engagement due to the fact Maroon 5 are on the way out?

 It’s not as innovative as Old Spice’s ‘ask Mustafa to do something & we’ll create content’ twitter campaign, but I think it’s a pretty good attempt to foster collaboration between Coke fans and Maroon 5’s fan base.

The big question will be how much participation did this social experiment drive on a global scale? The videos on youtube all have very low levels in interaction & given Coke’s got 23million facebook fans and I was expecting far greater global engagement.

All comes down to great content driving high levels of interaction. Unfortunately, unless you’re a hardcore Maroon 5 fan, there’s nothing really interesting here.

Glastotag – creating the world’s most tagged photo

Glastotag - the world's most tagged photo

Simple but great idea from Orange UK who recently sponsored Glastobury 2010. Glastotag is a mammoth photo taken at half time during the England v Slovenia match from the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury. They are trying to create the world’s most tagged photo ever. The thing I really like about this idea is that it taps into a two simple but powerful truths amongst  festival rat youths, in that they love having their party pic taken at festivals. and they love tagging themselves.

They’re creating a bit of culture with this idea, sure they’ve tapped into an existing event, but with this audience, you go to where the fish are- unless of course you’re Red Bull and you’re creating events yourself.

One of my football buddies Joe was there and he said it was awesome, he’s still to find his head in the photo, but the great zooming features on the Glastotag make it pretty easy to spot yourself out. Great idea by Orange and nice Facebook Connect integration making it super easy to share with friends. As we all know, youth want to be part of the brands story, and this has been one of the better music festival integrations I’ve seen by a telco, as they genuinely have added value to the partygoers experience ,not just invaded the space.