Mentos Sour Marbels is a sour candy, different to the usual sweet candies sold in India. Ogilvy & Mather Mumbai, in designing its advertising strategy for the brand, decided to capitalise on the sour factor by exaggerating the effect Sour Marbels has on people. 2009, “Really Sour” campaign: in an amusing print advertising campaign featuring the art work of Deelip Khomane. Sour Marbels prove too much for a caveman, diver and tourist, along with their food chains. 2011, three new print ads, “Snake”, “Train” and “Gun”, suggest that Mentos Sour Marbels is so unbearably sour that the only way you can escape it is by resorting to multiple sourcides. The campaign won a Silver Press Lion at Cannes International Festival of Creativity in 2009 and in 2011.
The challenge was to communicate the really sour taste of the candies in an endearing way, so as not to alienate the existing customer base of the mother brand Marbels, which is a sweet candy. The brief was to effectively communicate the sole differentiating point of Sour Marbels vis-a-vis other candy brands, its really sour taste.
The final design
Because we were talking about a candy which was really sour, even the idea and its execution needed to be equally sour as well as different. After arriving at the idea of creatures spitting out each other in a chain due to the sourness, we decided that illustrating the idea was the only way of doing justice to it.
Immediately after the campaign broke, the brand was talked about a lot. Its different idea and an equally different execution got people asking for it. Sour Marbels changed the equation of confectionary = sweet. In 3 months sales jumped 18%.
Mentos Sour Marbels is a unique product in the Indian market. It is a sour candy. The brief was to sell the idea of sour candies in an interesting way.
While candies are generally associated with sweetness, Marbels broke the mould with its sour taste. The challenge was to get the sweet craving Indian market interested in sour candies.
The final design
Instead of competing with normal sweets, we decided to capitalise on the sour factor by exaggerating the effect Sour Marbels has on people. Our ads suggest that Mentos Sour Marbels is so unbearably sour that the only way you can escape it is by resorting to multiple suicides. Or, should we say ‘sourcides’?
The campaign garnered a lot of attention, especially among the young – a demographic that Mentos, Sour Marbels aims to impress.
Executive Creative Director: Abhijit Avasthy, Rajiv Rao
Creative Director: Anurag Aghihotri
Copywriter: Saurabh Kulkarni, Nasdrullah Asami
Art Director: Ashish Naik
Illustrator: Deelip Khomane
Silver Lion for the campaign in 2009 and 2011
An extremely clever ad — one from your childhood. A slightly surreal look at all the things you can make out of a box a Lego. Narrated by Tommy Cooper, a battle ensues between a mouse which, when threatened by a cat, turns into a dog. The cat turns into a dragon and so on, to a submarine and a submarine-eating kipper. The submarine eventually morphs into an elephant, the mouse rebuilds and the elephant faints. Lego: It’s a new toy every day — just like that!
Agency: TBWA London
Creative: Mike Cozens; Graham Watson
Director: Ken Turner
Production: Clearwater Films
Producer: David Mitten
Director of Photography: Tom Harrison
Editor: Patrick Udale
Lego representations of famous people: a dinosaur (Spielberg), a bed (Madonna), a football (Pele), windows (Bill Gates), a man levitating (David Copperfield), a broken man (Mike Tyson).
Agency: DM9 Publicidade
Creative Director: Nizan Guanaes
Copywriter: Nizan Guanaes
Production Company: Jodaf/Joao Daniel Film
Director: Joao Daniel Tikhmoiroff
A group of officials arrive at the house of an ordinary boy to discover that he’s created something extraordinary, which he keeps in a box. All ideas start with imagination.
Creative Director: John Hegarty
Copywriter: Roger Beckett
Art Director: Andrew Smart
Photographer: Gorgeous Enterprises
Director: Frank Budgen
Headline: All toys, in one
Agency: DPZ Propaganda
Creative Director: Jose Zaragoza/Carlos Rocca
Copywriter: Giovana Madalosso
Art Director: Janaina Pergira
Photographer: Lucio Cunha
Headline: The most interactive toy.
Agency: DPZ, San Paulo
Creative Director: Carlos Silverio/Francesco Petit
Copywriter: Roberto Kilciauskas
Art Director: Fernanda Fajardo
Photographer: Marcel Vieira
Agency: Ogilvy & Mather Santiago
Creative Director: Cesar Agost Carreno
Copywriter: Felipe Manalich
Art Director: Sergio Iacobelli/Sebastian Alvarado
Photographer: Juab Carlos Sotello
Grand Prix (Outdoor Lions)
Agency: FCB Johannesburg
Creative Director: Bret Morris
Copywriter: Lance Vinning
Art Director: Lance Vinning/Charles Foley
Photographer: Gerard Turnley
Grand Prix (Press Lions)
FIRE STATION/HANGAR/TRAIN STATION
Agency: Saatchi & Saatchi Singapore
Creative Director: Andy Greenway
Copywriter: Stuart Harricks/Roger Makak
Art Director: Stuart Harricks
Photographer: Dean Zillwood/IDC
Silver Lion for the campaign (Press)/Bronze Lion for the campaign (Outdoor)
LEGO wanted their communication to focus more strongly on the core product: the basic blocks. And at the same time, they still wanted to inspire children of all ages and to stimulate creativity and innovation.
Innovative Media Strategy
Construction sites are normally very boring and makes the surroundings ugly. But by turning the containers placed there into giant LEGO blocks it gave consumers a surprise, making their everyday life a bit more colourful and creative. They could “play on” themselves and start imaging how to build on. As one consumer said: “I was just standing there, waiting for a giant boy to come and build”. The media became the talk of the town. Even the Mayor of Copenhagen was proud of what it did to the city and praised it in several newspapers and television.
LEGO is known for stimulating creativity. Transforming containers on construction sites across the country into giant, colourful LEGO blocks confirmed this for the consumer. And with no logos it also became a pleasent surprise in their everyday life. Was it and ad or wasn’t it? Nobody doubted that LEGO was the brand behind it though.
Encompassing the Audience
By turning containers into outstanding giant LEGO blocks it gave consumers a big surprise, making their everyday life more colourful and creative. In several weeks, the LEGO blocks became the talk of the town.
- Massive media coverage in more than 20 national newspapers and magazines, national television and radio
- City mayors praising the project
- Hundreds of thousands consumers travelling by the blocks led to maximum awareness on the communication goal.
Art Director: Kenneth Opsund
Creative Director: Rodrigo Gomez/Michael Angel Cerdeira
Copywriter: Rodrigo Figueroa
Art Director: Michael Angel Cerdeira
ShortlistBUILDERS OF TOMORROW
Agency: JUNG Von MATT, Hamburg
Creative Director: Arno Lindemann/Bernhard Lukas
Copywriter: Daniel Schaeferk
Art Director: Szymon Rose
Photographer: Achim Lippoth
Agency: Blattler Brunner, Pittsburg
Creative Director: Jay Giesen/Dave Kwasnick
Art Director: Derek Julin
Like no other toy, LEGO is a symbol of fun and creativity. To mark the fiftieth birthday of LEGO in Germany, the idea was to rekindle media representatives’ and LEGO partners’ excitement for LEGO with a high-quality mailing.
LEGO fan and designer Reginald Wagner conceived, designed and photographed his personal LEGO memories with a pinhole camera to keep them from fading. The book’s format is adapted from the form of an individual LEGO brick. The book cover and the flipside are made of real LEGO plates. Journalists were sent the book and could put their name on the cover and share their memories with the designer.
Explain why the method of promotion was most relevant to the product or service.
The title of the book POLYPLAYPYLENE means “plastic that has been played with often” and that’s precisely what this book is about. Endless imagination, an endless number of construction combinations and stories from the LEGO worlds: towns, castles and space.
Describe the success of the promotion with both client and consumer including some quantifiable results.
The first, exclusive edition is out of print; the feedback was overwhelming. A paperback edition of “Polyplaypylene” is currently in print for wider circulation.
Executive Creative Director: Sebastian Alvarado/Nicolas Lopez
Copywriter: Felipe Manalich
Art Director: Felipe Manalich/Sebastian Alvarado
Shortlist (Press)/Shortlist (Outdoor)RUBIK’S CUBE/BRICK
Creative Director: Jan Rexhausen
Art Director: Keat Aun Tan
Photographer: Keat Aun Tan
Creative Director: Fabien Frese/Daniel Frericks/Gotz Ulmer
Creative Director: Alvin Teoh
Creative Director: Richard Copping/Andrew Pech
CREATE THE IMPOSSIBLE
LEGO STAR WARS
SPACESHIP/BEETLE/DEEP OCEAN EXPLORER
Agency: Leo Burnett, Moscow
Creative Director: Mikhail Kudashkin
Art Director: Arina Avdeena
Copywriter: Rodrigo Linhaners
Gold Lion for the campaign
Agency: Pereira & O’Dell, San Francisco
Executive Creative Director: PJ Pereira
Creative Director: Kash Sree
Copywriter: Jaime Robinson
Art Director: Jason Apaliski
Production Company: Stimmung, Santa Monica
Director: Blue Source
WORDS PUZZLE CAMPAIGN: CROCODILE/SPACESHIP/TRACTOR
Creative Director: Byron Balmaceda
Art Director: Gabriela Soto
Copywriter: Byron Balmaceda
Illustrator: Gabriela Soto
The ads appeared on four consecutive pages. LEGO is a company that has fostered imagination, invention and creativity for over 60 years. So it is unusual for these ads to feature only long copy with minimal imagery. However, upon reading each of these scenarios the ad comes to life in a way that is unique only to the reader and how they see these playtime scenarios in their mind’s eye. Typographic elements of kerning contrasted with tracking allow the reader to almost get lost in the copy selecting keywords for their imagination. The fourth ad in the series, “Yellow Brick” features a notepad with the tagline “Every LEGO brick tells a story. Build yours.”
Advertising Agency: Pereira & O’Dell, Brazil
Chief Creative Officer: PJ Pereira
Creative Director / Copywriter: Aricio Fortes
Creative Director / Art Director: Paulo Coelho
Account Executive: Lo Braz
Illustrator: Eduardo Gomes