Welcome to ROACHVILLE from TBWA Johannesburg

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TBWA Hunt Lascaris Johannesburg’s brief was to conceptualise an outdoor campaign that illustrates that Doom Fogger gets into every nook and cranny, killing insects before they get too comfortable. Using cracks on outdoor walls, they created a make-believe world, showing cockroaches in different environments. This was achieved by creating miniature furniture and using actual cockroaches to depict real life scenarios inside the cracks.

Advertising Agency: TBWA, South Africa
Executive Creative Directors: Matthew Bring, Adam Livesey
Creative Director: Justin Wright
Art Director: Sifiso Nkabinde
Copywriter: Thokozani Mashigo
Agency Producer: Sharon Cvetkovski
Account Manager: Vanessa Maselwa.
Production: Birthmark
Director of photography: Rowan Cloete
Producer: Matthew Durant
Year: 2012


Court TV’s Parco PI – That Girl Emily

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To generate a buzz leading up to the season premiere of Parco PI on the American network Court TV (now truTV), a show that revolved heavily around the subject of adultery, a campaign was conjured up that – at first glance – looked like every cheating man’s worst nightmare. A fictitious character called Emily seemed set on exposing her husband’s adulterous ways for the whole world to see and having her revenge. In a blog Emily drew readers into the story of how she came to realize that her husband was cheating on her. Within several days, the blog had received over a million hits and Emily was getting requests for media appearances at a national level. The narrative laid the foundation for a series of billboards on which Emily declared “Fourteen Days of Wrath” against her cheating husband, Steven. Four of the Fourteen Days of Wrath were actual staged events in New York City. When Emily threw out her cheating husband’s belongings, the drama was captured on a hand-held camcorder and uploaded to video-sharing sites.

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The campaign as a whole was covered by over 200 news sources on-air, online and in print.

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Public Hath No Fury, Even When Deceived

From New York Times. By Julie Bosman (July 24, 2006)

It was the pitch-perfect vengeful Dear John letter, blown up on a billboard in the middle of Manhattan by a furious and apparently deep-pocketed spouse.

“Hi Steven,” it began, cheerily enough. “Do I have your attention now? I know all about her, you dirty, sneaky, immoral, unfaithful, poorly endowed slimeball. Everything’s caught on tape. Your (soon-to-be-ex) Wife, Emily.”

The billboard created interest, and not just from an unfaithful Steven. A booking agent from “Good Morning America” sent an e-mail to Emily inviting her on the show. British Glamour wanted to make her the subject of a feature article.

But when pictures of the billboard proliferated on Gawker, Defamer and other blogs, readers quickly dug in. One fact soon emerged, thanks to camera phone pictures: the billboard was identical to others in Brooklyn, Los Angeles and Chicago. Someone else discovered that Emily was keeping a blog, thatgirlemily.blogspot.com, detailing Steven’s infidelities. More digging showed that one Emily blog entry was oddly similar to a synopsis for an episode of “Parco P.I.,” a reality show on Court TV.

Another “source” sent an e-mail to Gawker suggesting that Court TV was behind the signs, pointing out that it was a viral marketing campaign to promote one of its programs. Mystery solved.

The bad news for viral marketers who use these kind of devices: executives at Court TV said they did not really want to be discovered so quickly. The good news is that even after the ruse was discovered, people visited the Emily blog, pushing it to one million hits by the end of Thursday. A fake surveillance video on the blog, supposedly from a private eye capturing Steven holding hands with his paramour, hit YouTube and became one of its most-viewed videos. Did it even matter that Emily was fictitious?

“Emily is really an amalgam of all of us who have been cheated on,” said Marc Juris, general manager for programming and marketing at Court TV. “Clearly, this really resonated with people.”

Whether it resonates into higher ratings for “Parco P.I.” is another matter. The “Emily” ruse was originally intended to be a stunt to help promote the start of the show’s new season on Aug. 15, but Court TV’s marketing group liked the idea so much that they made it a large part of the campaign. The second phase — ads for the show to be stamped over the original billboards — was to start next Monday, but Court TV moved it up to July 26 after all the attention.

Mr. Juris was still marveling: “It’s like a flash investigation took place, and within 24 hours we were busted.”

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Advertising Agency: Amalgamated NYC, USA
Copywriter: Tommy Noonan
Copywriter: Jon Yasgur
Account Manager: Judy Goldfarb
Creative Director: JASON GABORIAU
Creative Director: Doug Cameron
Year: 2006


TBWA/Berlin for adidas – A Giant Case History

IMPOSSIBLE GOALKEEPER

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Just before the start of the UEFA Euro 2008 football tournament, adidas turned one of Vienna’s best-known landmarks, the Prater ferris wheel, into a huge image of the Czech national goalkeeper, Petr Cech. At a whooping 53m tall, this gigantic installation was visible far beyond the Prater entertainment park and the nearby public viewing sites. In the installation, Cech had eight arms that constantly rotated with the ferries wheel. The erection of the metal construction started on May 13 and was finished just before the launch of the tournament on the night of June 5, 2008. This advertising landmark also hosted the official adidas press conference prior to the tournament.

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Advertising Agency: TBWA/Berlin
Creative Director: Stefan Schmidt
Creative: Marco Bezerra, Emiliano Treierveiler

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OLIVER KAHN BRIDGE

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If you travelled to Munich for the first game of the FIFA World Cup in 2006, chances are you saw this huge installation, which shows an enormous Oliver Kahn (the then German national team goalkeeper) diving across the motorway. The 65-m installation managed to bypass the law forbidding advertising on the German Autobahn, and was the only piece of advertising adidas conducted in Germany during the tournament. Over 4 millions people commuted through the installation and many more saw it in the press. In its first week the Oliver Kahn bridge was displayed on double-page spreads in leading magazines including Focus, Stern, Autobild and Fortune. It was also picked up by newspapers including the New York Times and the Financial Times.

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Advertising Agency: TBWA/Berlin
Creative Director: Stefan Schmidt, Kurt-Georg Dieckert
Creative: Helge Bloch, Boris Schwiedrzik

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IMPOSSIBLE HUDDLE

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For the duration of the UEFA EURO 2008 football tournament, TBWA/Berlin transformed the main hall of Zurich’s Central Station into a large-scale celebration of team spirit. Eleven European football players (all sponsored by adidas, naturally) formed the Impossible huddle. The bodies of the footballers represented were 3D-scanned as were their faces and hairstyles, to ensure that the sculptures were faithful to the originals. It took 40 trucks to move the installation components from the production sites in southern Germany to Switzerland, where they were assembled in the station.

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The Swiss rail authority reported that an estimate 13 million people passed through the station during the three-week period the sculptural installation was in site, and at 17m high and approximately 30m wide, it was impossible to miss. Add to this the fact that various news titles such as the Financial Times, Die Welt, Gazzetta dello Sport, Le Parisien and the BBC featured the campaign on their front pages or online editions, plus the fact that it was picked up by dozens of blog worldwide.

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Advertising Agency: TBWA/Berlin
Creative Director: Stefan Schmidt, Markus Ewertz
Creative: Erik Gonan, Hendrik Scweder

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FOOTBALL FRESCO

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During the German-hosted 2006 FIFA World Cup, adidas wanted to get across the message that they cooperate with the best football players on the planet. Rather than run a traditional poster campaign, the creatives at TBWA/Berlin decided it would be far more impressive to create a huge Renaissance-style fresco on the ceiling of the main lobby of Cologne Central Station. Within minutes of the fresco’s unveiling, it was featured on national German Television and press covered it throughout the World Cup. More than 8.5 million people saw the frersco in the flesh during the course of the tournament.

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Advertising Agency: TBWA/Berlin
Creative Director: Stefan Schmidt, Kurt-Georg Dieckert
Creative: Helge Bloch, Boris Schwiedrzik


Monopoly in advertising

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Monopoly – New York/London/Madrid

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Advertising Agency: DDB Spain
Year: 2005

 

Monopoly – “Own it all” Campaign

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Advertising Agency: JWT Frankfurt
Year: 2009

 

Monopoly – A Real Game

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Advertising Agency: DDB Madrid
Year: 2008

 

Monopoly – Mansion/Jail

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Advertising Agency: Grey Chile
Year: 2007

 

Monopoly – Be careful where you land

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Advertising Agency: TBWA Singapore
Year: 2007

 

Monopoly – Building Branding

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Advertising Agency: DDB Lisboa
Year: 2006

 

Monopoly – Barcelona Edition/New York Edition

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Advertising Agency: DDB Madrid
Year: 2006

 

Monopoly – Before/After Campaign

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Advertising Agency: Grey Chile
Year: 2006

 

Monopoly – The Here & Now Edition

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Advertising Agency: Grey New York
Year: 2009

 

Monopoly – “Be a Player” Campaign

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Year: 2011

 

Monopoly – Ambient

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Student project by Miami Ad School, Madrid
Year: 2010


BETC Euro RSCG for Sci Fi Channel – Adopt Sci Fi (Integrated Campaign)

In 2008 BETC Euro RSCG created this integrated campaign, which incorporated ambient, radio, press, film and on-line elements, to raise awareness of the Sci Fi Channel in France. The campaign was based around ten alien “children” toys that were placed in different locations acros eight French cities. Fans were then encouraged to search for them by following clues found on a website and in radio ads. Posters were also displayed around towns to advertise the website. The intention was to create an emotional link between the Brand and people who were not already fans of science fiction. Each alien found earned its rescuer a reward of 500 euros. When nine of the figures had been located it was revealed that the tenth had been placed in an orphanage, where it could be interacted with via a website and a page on Facebook.

The treasure hunt apect of the campaign appealed to fans of the Sci Fi Channel, while also attracting new viewers to the brand.


Advertising Agency: BETC Euro RSCG, Paris
Year: 2008


Droga5 for Marc Ecko – Still Free: the story of an impossible tag



“I wanted to do something culturally significant, I wanted to create a real pop-culture moment. It’s this completely irreverent, over-the-top thing that could really never happen:this five-dollar can of paint putting a pimple on this Goliath”

This is the story of a viral succes that plays on the fine line between reality and fiction. It came from New York fashion designer Marc Ecko.

In a video on his site he was shown creeping up to Air Force One and spray-painting it with the words “Still Free”. When the film was released, several inconsistencies were found in the footage, and it was later revealed that a real plane was not vandalized. Ecko’s company had rented a 747 cargo jet and painted one side of it to look like Air force One.

In a separate video on the same website, Ecko explained that he had tagged the plane in protest against the strict anti-graffiti laws in many American city including New York. In some cases it has been made illegal to carry or purchase wide-tipped markers or spray paint. “No elected official gets to decide what is art and what is trash…” Ecko said. “Since then I’ve learned that there are cities all over this country with laws that restrict kids who want to pursue legal art inspired by graffiti… The President’s highest responsability is to protect our freedom, and the first among those is our right to speech. That’s why I tagged the President’s plane… The President can’t fly around like a rock star, talking about how America is the greatest country in the world, but ignore what makes it great…”

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Advertising Agency: Droga 5
Creative: David Droga, Duncan Marshall, Jeski Takaharo
Production Company: Smuggler NY
Director: Randy Krallman
Year: 2006


AMC/Zombie Experiment NYC – Could Zombies Live Among Us?

Zombie postmen. Zombie hot dog vendors. Zombie construction workers. It’s no wonder even the dogs of New York are completely freaked out.

AMC Networks Inc. doesn’t want fans to forget that its flagship channel AMC, home of “Mad Men” and “The Walking Dead,” has been off Dish Network Corp.’s satellite TV systems for a month. So it’s resorting to some zombie-tastic marketing.

AMC put up a YouTube video entitled “Zombie Experiment NYC” with the caption “Could zombies live among us?” The video, created by Thinkmodo, a New York-based viral marketing firm hired by AMC for this project, shows the process of painstakingly outfitting about 13 actors in gory, gut-twisting zombie makeup and letting them loose throughout New York City–much to the horror of innocent bystanders.

“The makeup took forever to apply,” said Michael Krivicka, co-founder of Thinkmodo, who said the shoot spanned the course of eight days. “One person was eating a sandwich and dropped the sandwich to the ground once she realized the hotdog vendor was a zombie.”

At the end of the video, one zombie creepily drags a Dish satellite dish behind it, and bright block words appear on the screen: “Zombies don’t belong here. Put them back on TV.” The video then directs viewers to putzombiesback.com, AMC’s website advertising that Dish has dropped AMC and the popular zombie drama “The Walking Dead,” which starts its new season on October 14. The video comes about a month after Dish dropped AMC’s channels, which include AMC, We TV, IFC and Sundance Channel. At the time, Dish cited the channels’ high cost compared to their relatively low viewership among Dish subscribers, though AMC said Dish was attempting to gain leverage in an unrelated lawsuit between the two companies. The dispute has kept AMC and its sibling channels off the TV lineup for Dish’s 14 million satellite subscribers, cutting into the ratings for the channels.

AMC says more marketing like this is on the way to raise awareness of the situation among current and potential Dish customers.

Only two days after its posting, the “Zombie Experiment” video already has more than 650,000 views on YouTube, fulfilling the viral message AMC was going for. Have a look at the reactions of New Yorkers confronted with realistic zombies below.


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