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See? It can be done!

After the fiasco that was the Pepsi/Jenner attempt at a message of social inclusion and tolerance, it’s too easy to assume that big marketers shouldn’t even attempt to play in that space.
How timely that Heineken should come along and show us that it can be done, and done really well.
Suck on that, as it were!
It’s not about Trump

It’s not about Trump

There’s enough Trump commentary out there already – we don’t need to add to it.
This is about creativity.
Often, the best ideas are completely lateral.
(As in, “Where did that come from?”)
The trick is to recognise them when you see them, and understand the value they can produce.
Then go for it.

Very special special effects.

Very special special effects.

Stalingrad (2013) is a Russian film about the battle for what is now Volgograd in 1942/43.
The special effects are stunning, and in this video we’re shown how they were put together.
If you’ve ever wondered how all of this is done, how much of it is real and how much is created, it’s all here.
(Bear with it – the really interesting stuff starts a minute or two in.)

20 Years in 20 Seconds

HBT celebrates 20 years in the biz this week!
What a ride its been! We couldn’t have done it without our amazing clients and exceptional team.
20 years in 20 seconds – Enjoy!
#2decades #adgameisstrong #HBT #Advertising
Trump’s digital magic… how magic really?

Trump’s digital magic… how magic really?

Cambridge Analytica has been widely credited with getting The Donald over The Line. (By Cambridge Analytica, at least.)
Cambridge is a polling business at the leading edge of data mining and interpretation.
Recent stories described a profile building system based on – amongst other things – Facebook likes.
So incisive, we were told, that with 10 likes they’d know how you were likely to vote, 20 likes they’d know more about you than your partner, and with 30 they’d know more about you than you know about yourself.….or so the story went.
Perhaps there was a bit of salesmanship in there?
This is a very good read nonetheless, about the future of digital profile building.
Even if we’re not quite there yet.
Nike Hates Screens

Nike Hates Screens

We missed this one, but it’s so right on so many levels.
It taps into a big, big truth.
It cuts through because it’s sooooo simple…
It takes a position, and is inspiring as a result.
It cost almost nothing (apart from the exhorbitant fee Nike payed their agency – which was worth it.)
And (P.S.) the execution is perfect: audio, edit….brilliant.

A lateral way to shift smokers’ attitudes

A lateral way to shift smokers’ attitudes

We read that Sweden has the lowest rate of smoking in the world. Only 11% of adults smoke.

(Having said that, roughly 20% of people use snus, which is like chewing tobacco.)
So, a very low smoking rate – maybe because of initiatives like this one.
This is inventive, newsworthy stuff. It will “keep the pressure on” – keep the issue current.
Will it drive further dramatic change? Probably not.
But we think it’s persuasive in a subtler way.
Smokers will enjoy being reminded that they should give up.
…and that makes a nice change.

Amazon Go is coming

Amazon Go is coming

The most consistently underrated tech giant is about to do it again.
A supermarket with no queues. Just grab and go.
(And then there’s the data it generates, of course….)