Why investing in Experiential Marketing is more meaningful than social media.

Despite the controversies around social media in advertising (the Facebook/Google data walls, Cambridge Analytica, general algorithm upheavals), we’re all still stuck in this world where to engage with our customers we feel like we have to be sprinkling our budgets across Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat. This isn’t untrue, and I’m not here to debate the fact that social drives results and helps to build a brand, … Continue reading Why investing in Experiential Marketing is more meaningful than social media.

Advert of the Week – Ikea

  Advert of the week goes to Ikea. This is a sweet advert that shows Ikea understands the audiences reality, and doesn’t just put forward the aspirational side of ‘dream home’ advertising. It almost makes something that a lot of brands would have made overly emotional and brought it to a normal tone. This sets it aside from adverts desperately trying to make you cry, … Continue reading Advert of the Week – Ikea

New Adventures

A little over a year ago, I wrote a post called Moving Forward. It was about leaving university and moving a couple thousand miles away to New York to start my first graduate job. You’ll know from my last blog post that I had the most amazing year in New York and was sad to return to reality. However, I decided I didn’t really like … Continue reading New Adventures

The Transforming Workplace

Millennials millennials millennials. Blah Blah Blah. You can’t get away from the buzzwords these days. Social, millennials, Gen z, digital, start-ups, influencer marketing, authentic, geotargeting.. you get the idea. But Buzzwords are there for a reason, and usually it’s cause they are the basis of a trend. The social workplace is not a new thing. Companies have been talking about the social office from a … Continue reading The Transforming Workplace

Advert of the Week – Under Armour

I mentioned the simplicity and effectiveness of the new Under Armour umbrella campaign ‘I will’ here. This is the latest ad that has come from one of it’s spin off campaigns – rule yourself (click here for the rest). This campaign is about the sacrifices and commitment that athletes have outside of the spotlight, and that it’s ‘what you do in the dark’ that determines how … Continue reading Advert of the Week – Under Armour

The Uber Re-Brand

Uber re-designed their look and logo, and wow are they taking a beating for it. They executed a Beyonce-esk internet drop of their new branding, with much less style and flair than Beyonce. In my time in FMCG, I learned that people search by colour. When they’re in the supermarket and scanning the shelves, their eyes latch onto the colour of the brand they know … Continue reading The Uber Re-Brand

Superbowl Ad Round-up

It’s a bit crazy how much brands pay to have airtime during the Superbowl. It’s become a place of big players. And now, it’s not only about getting the ad up there, it’s about being the best ad up there.

So yeah, you’ve got to have a lot of cash to waste on media buy, as well as probably a whole team and a whole bunch of other cash for production. Costs are up around 11% this year, to roughly $5m per 30s spot. Yes, you read that right – five million dollars for 30 seconds. In other words $166,666 per second. And that is literally just to show the advert. That doesn’t include any production or planning costs. As fun as they are to watch, I actually prefer more subtle and clever ways of engaging in this space that consumers have welcomed as an advertising hot spot (cue reference to the epic reaction of Oreo to the Beyonce blackout).

However, despite my reservations about the ROI on this, it undeniably draws an enormous audience, both live and for a few weeks after whilst the best is debated. Particularly in markets where the Superbowl itself is mostly irrelevant (sorry America), the ads still have some pull for consumers.

“No amount of homepage takeovers, no amount of native content, no amount of posting would bring you the reach and the impact that a Super Bowl ad would.” – SoFi COO Joanne Bradford.

First things first, American TV is basically 75% adverts. Therefore, I could not possibly fit all of them in one post. Someone else could be bothered though (probably because they were getting paid to do it) and you can find that here. 


I’m in two minds about this one. On one hand, I feel like its a bit weird giving an old man who needs a nurse/carer the keys to one of the fastest cars on the road. On the other hand I like the concept about the car bringing anyone to life. And obviously the backing of Bowie is a nice touch (I wonder if that was a last minute decision or, well I don’t want to say luck but….). There’s the undertone of ‘Murica which is essential in all Superbowl ads. If it were me, I would have the line “Chasing the moon brings out the best of us” instead of “Choosing the moon..” but I’m not an agency creative.


Okay let’s ignore how Americans pronounce Hyundai as ‘hun-day’. I really like this one. You don’t see car adverts aimed at exclusively women very often but I think they’ve made it work. It reminds me of this diet coke advert. Plus – Ryan Reynolds. This advert is actually one of two – the other staring Kevin Hart.

Avocados from Mexico

Love this advert. It’s the second time they have advertised in the Superbowl. It’s comedic, light-hearted and current. I think this is going to be one of the winners this year.

Bud Light

How much ‘Murica can you get in an advert? Not much more than Budlight have managed to pack into theirs. But it’s the good, kind of making fun of themselves but kind of not, type. Not the Donald Trump type. Star-studded. Good, but also almost forgettable (particualrly to the international audience, which isn’t really their audience so we’ll forgive them).


Budweiser, Bud Lights’s older brother, have gone for the opposite approach. Featuring a British actress (Helen, obv) warns against drink driving – which is actually a big problem in America. Good use of airtime from them, but could be more attention grabbing to get their message over.


Who can resist a teeny tiny baby sausage dog? Not me. Simple ad, simple idea. Now give me a puppy.

Mountain Dew

SO CREEPY. But also strangely effective….

Taco Bell

I really like Taco Bell’s marketing. They were one of the first to adopt Snapchat, and their Twitter was on point before Innocent knew what Twitter was. This is another well thought-out campaign. A little while ago they released a heavily edited announcement that they were doing a Superbowl advert this year. Since then they have released sneak peaks of their advert, but NO ONE knows what they are promoting yet. They are also giving people the opportunity to pre-order the mystery item to receive it before anyone else. Yep, they want you to buy something when you don’t even know what it is. Good work from them. I imagine they have a lot of social planned too.

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Intuit/ Death Wish Coffee Company

Following on from last year, Intuit is giving up it’s paid for spot to a small business again. This year’s winner is the above. The ad itself is eye-catching, starting as if it was a movie trailer. For Intuit the idea is a good one, showing how it supports small businesses in a real way, rather than just talking about it in an advert. Bold move considering how much spots go for but amazing opportunity for DWCC.


Promoting their new Amazon Echo, they have released ads starring Alec Baldwin who is throwing #BaldwinBowl. This advert came first, followed by the above. I think the above is better. It’s short, to the point and showcases the product in a obvious but not gauche manner.


In a weird twist of events, Axe have produced an advert encouraging men to embrace their imperfections – something mostly reserved for adverts towards women. But hey, it’s all about equality these days, so I’m liking it. I wonder how many Mom’s are going to go out and buy Axe for their sons to say “see! girls will like you for you”.


Big and bold from Superbowl first timer Paypal. Really liked this one. It almost plays like a mood film. I would say it definitely would get people to stop and think about using Paypal.


Hopping on one of the biggest 2015 meme’s is T-mobile. If I didn’t know any better, I would have said they took some cues from the Orange Wednesday adverts. Still think last year’s featuring Kim Kardashian was better, but this is still good.

Digital Thoughts

On the digital and second screen side, Snapchat is going to be a big player this year. They have been amping up their live content, giving out news for the local area, and collecting global shareable stories that let people from across the world engage with big events. With Superbowl being one of the biggest, I’m expecting a lot of action from Snapchat itself as well as brands. The big question is, how much is it going to cost a brand to have a sponsored filter or story on game day? 

If you want to re-watch last year’s ads, find them here.

If you want to watch some of the best from the past, you can take a look here.

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#WCW -Sophie Trelles Tvede

Sophie and I are the same age. The difference is she has been running her own company for the past 4 years. I have ‘executive’ on my CV and she has CEO.


This year she was named on Forbes’ 30 under 30 list for retail. She currently employs around 100 people and her products are sold in about 60 countries. What were you doing at the age of 22?

Her company is invisibobble, and if you’re a girl you’ve seen them around. They sell in Urban Outfitters, Sephora and you can get a cheap knock off in Primark.

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Her idea came when going on a ‘bad taste’ party at University, and using a phone cord to tie her hair (sounds like she would fit in at Leeds). Pitching the idea to her boyfriend, they decided to make a go of it, and with the help of his brother started putting plans into action.

I am unclear whether she stayed on at University as she built her business, but either way it’s impressive.

The biggest question I always have when I read stories like Sophie’s, is how do they get it off the ground? How do you know who to speak to? It seems you just muddle through (check out her TedTalk at the bottom for details!)…

“To get the idea for Invisibobble was on his way easily enough…The hard part is to transform an idea into a business. This requires finding the right people who can help to produce the product; people who, for example understand materials and the effects, in this case the hair….And where do you find a package that can be produced by the millions without error? What company identity we should have? How we protected technology and trademarks? How do you tackle distributors will have exclusive rights? In the end, success comes only if you solve all of these challenges really well and very carefully. My business partner Felix and I have dedicated every day to Invisibobble since we started. Also weekends and so called holidays” – Sophie Tvede

I have a huge amount of admiration for young entreprenuers like Sophie. It’s brave to go out and try your hand at something like this, and for it to turn into a company as big and promising as Invisibobble is an awesome result. I have no doubt that Invisibobble is going to grow and expand in 2016, and we’ll be seeing much more of Sophie as she expands her business into other beauty areas.

Sophie Tvede

Watch her TedTalk on starting her business!

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#WCW – Tory Burch

Tory Burch is a name you probably know, but know very little about the woman behind the empire. Burch is a self-made billionaire. Okay okay, she does come from a wealthy family and her Dad did date Grace Kelly, but give a girl a break. She majoring in art history at the University of Pennsylvania, and moved quickly into the fashion sphere in New York … Continue reading #WCW – Tory Burch

#WCW – Adrienne Lofton

Adrienne Lofton is the SVP for brand marketing at Under Armour. She has delivered campaigns for Levis’ and Target, and is making her mark under the innovative sports brand.

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“Innovation is really simplistic at the core. People talk about it being some huge technology, something scientific, but it’s really identifying a need and creating an innovative way to solve for it.” – Adrienne Lofton

AdWeek named her in their 2015 Brand Genius list.

The ‘I Will’ campaign competes with Nike in its simplicity and effectiveness. It won the Cyber Grand Prix at Cannes Lions, and its proving to work – having already overtaken Adidas in sportswear sales.

“She pushed for the right creative risks at the right times, which was key to getting the work to where it ended up.” – Julien Cheevers on Adrienne Lofton


Just another girl, giving it her all and killing it.

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