Lynx Anarchy does world’s 1st invisible ad

Cool little activation by Lynx here in Australia – done by the boys at SOAP. Don’t know about the reach and contagiousness of the idea, but certainly an innovative digital experience that is very ‘on brand’ for Lynx and does a nice job of appealing to both sexes for a change. Certainly a fair few hipsters rocking the streets of Paddington and not sure if they’re the real target audience for Lynx – think 18-21yr old boys – but it’s cool. Well done.

Lynx gets cheeky with “Know your game” rugby hijacking

Brilliant piece of content from Soap creative for Lynx Australia. They’ve brilliantly hijacked the rugby hysteria happening for the Rugby World Cup and produced a cheeky ‘rules of the game’ video featuring a bevvy of beauties. They’re definitely not an official sponsor but they’ve created a viral sensation, racking up  880k views on youtube in a week. Well done Lynx and Soap. On the flip side, a social media fail has been Mastercards ‘Ask Buck’ campaign – it’s boring, been done before and lacks any follow factor.

A trip down Axe lane

I was lucky enough to work on Axe  in 2006/07 whilst at BBH New York and I haven’t looked back at the work I was part of for a long time. Was excited to see that some of those old ads are still getting loads of views on YouTube.

An amazing time in my career working with guys  like Tommy Cashin, Johnny Bauer and Will Gelner. Am happy to have played a small part in the brand, especially naming Axe Bullet and Axe Dry Sharp Focus.



Lynx ‘Angels’ create Augmented Reality stunt

Quite a cool initiative from Lynx in the UK. To promote Lynx Excite antiperspirant they’ve come up with an ‘Angels’ theme and brought it to life via an Augmented reality stunt at Victoria station. People were asked to ‘Look up’ (at the digital billboard)  whereby they interacted with an AR  ‘Angel’ via an interactive billboard.

Very cool use of AR to generate a great simple experience worth talking about.

Lynx Wingman Academy

I was lucky enough to work on Axe/Lynx at BBH New York in 2006 and 2007,so I love seeing where the brand is being taken to creatively. Look,  it’s no ‘I’m on a horse’, but I like the ‘Wingman Academy’. It’s off a mating game truth around the ‘wingman’ and its brought to life in typical irreverent Lynx fashion. Reminds me of Gamekillers a fair bit. Wingman Academy  is a series of webisodes running on the Lynx UK Facebook fan page. Bit of fun.

Create Culture or go home.

CULTURE CREATION is the key output of any successful youth brand.

Creating an amazing product or experience is essential, but the best brands do much more than that. They create culture and spark interesting and fresh conversations. They create stories.  Why do they do this? Well, for starters, youth today are über curious and love discovering new experiences which help define their identity and give them platforms for self expressions. They’re constantly searching for ‘cultural capital’ (interesting new stuff to talk about) and they’re chameleon like in behaviour in that they are always looking to dip in and out of different subcultures and try new stuff. They are fluid like in the way in which they live, they expect the same from brands. Back to how this relates to culture creation.

The best brands in the world are always one step ahead, they CREATE stuff constantly for youth, whether that be events, content, marketing embedded into products or brand utility or even new ways for youth to connect and socialise.  They define, they lead, they jam culture, they smash the status quo. They never ever ‘mimic’ or piggy back onto a current trend. If they collaborate with other brands, they create something new and fresh, redefining the rules as opposed to just sponsoring a property and plastering. It’s more than just integrating your brand into a cultural object, it’s about bringing real value to that consumer experience, creating something worth talking about which is flexible. It’s being social in nature bringing people together to connect and create conversations.  Most brand ideas are disposable, around one day, gone the next, when you create culture, you stand above this.

So, which brands are best at Culture creation?

Me at RB Hangar 7 beside Felix Baumgartners famous 'wiing' suit used to cross the English Channel

Me at RB Hangar 7 beside Felix Baumgartners famous 'wiing' suit used to cross the English Channel

Well, first to mind is Red Bull. They are the kings of culture creation. They are a content creator, not just an energy drink manufacturer. They don’t ‘sponsor’, they constantly create events and re-invent experiences which cover the cross section of youth lifestyle. The world of Red Bull is shaped by creativity and adventure, by courage and a maxed out lust for life, populated by their athletes/ambassadors. They create culture in every foray into youth culture they attempt…from their music academies, to the Red Bull Air Race, to Felix Baumgartner BASE jumping and ‘wiing’ suiting across the English Channel, to Red Bull X fighters , to free style football competitions, to Flug Tag, to Art of the Can, to the X Alps event, to extreme freestyle snowboarding.  They continually re-invent and create stories for their fans, giving youth cultural objects to relate and aspire to.

Nike in ’08 did a great job of creating culture, their Nike Bootcamp cross digital training program helping youth ‘train like a pro’ delivered amazing utility, but what it really did was create a cultural phenomenon whereby the football community was completely interconnected and competing on an unprecedented level. Their culture creation was about connecting and inspiring the young football community.

Burger King USA continually create culture be redefining ways in which their brand fans can show their LOVE of the Whopper. Culture Creation is as much about inspiring your brand fans, giving them a platform to show their love and letting them take your idea and run with it, as it is about you doing all the work and creating properties where you do all the work. Culture creation is conversational by nature and inclusive.

Axe/Lynx creates culture by redefining and inspiring young men in the mating game. Whether that be, coming out with loofers for blokes, digital tools like the ‘Get in there’ or chocolate scented body spray, they constantly push themselves to work out how they can give young guys the edge in the mating game.

Culture Creation is a journey not a one off event your brand creates. Think about how your brand  can spark ongoing conversations, it’s not about one off campaigns that live big then are forgotten, only to be remembered as a ‘great ad’ back in ’09. You have to have a FAIL FORWARD approach, do 10 things, if 5 things work out that’s awesome. Youth will give you credit for having a go, putting yourself out there, as long as you are authentic and stay true to who you are.