Italian craftsmanship has long been considered a renowned art form. Now, in a time when younger generations are gravitating to smartphones rather than toolboxes, expertise is only reminiscent of a bygone era. With the help of Leo Burnett Milan, Samsung created the first-ever digital conservatory called Maestros Academy to foster the next generation of Italian artisans in order to preserve “Made In Italy” excellences.
To bring to life the Samsung strategic role of “enabler” in people’s life, we looked at the current social situation in Italy: the disappearance of great handcrafting excellences which once brought Italy to greatness. At the same time, unemployment rate among young people is dramatically growing and younger generations are yearning for new opportunities to discover and express their potential and talent. Our idea aims to deal with this Italian paradox, reconnecting two generations, preserving the future of “Made in Italy” and fostering a new generation of Italian artisans. We want to demonstrate the great results that people and technology can achieve together.
For this reason we created Samsung Maestros Academy: the first digital and integrated platform where young talents can learn the secrets of “Made in Italy” masters, through every kind of smart-device, inspiring the youngest to preserve and innovate the greatest Italian heritage.
The idea of Samsung Maestros Academy was spread on digital channels (FB, Italian newspapers’ and lifestyle magazines websites, Confartigianato’s channels, LinkedIn, Twitter) to join the primary target of the initiative, digital natives, and drive them to the main platform, accessible from every consumer’s electronic device, such as smartphone, tablets, laptops and Smart-TV. The engagement platform consist in more than 40 video-lessons, full of invaluable ancient secrets, in-depth materials and live-interactive lessons, featured even on outdoor and digital-billboards in the major Italian squares, such as Duomo Square in Milan. A technology-enabled connection between two generations, that inspired Discovery Italia channels to produce a 12 episodes TV-series, telling our students’ best success, spread even thanks to Online and mobile TV channels platforms (Realtime.it, DMax.it, Discovery Italia digital platform). The project gained spontaneous echo on national newspapers, magazine and Tv-programs (Piazza Pulita) generating conversation even in the major Italian University.
Samsung Maestros Academy generated a great conversation on newspapers, social media and TV-programs, with more than 6 million TV-viewers, 1 million Youtube-views in few days, 4.5 million FB-users reached and 30 million media impressions -in Italy alone- becoming a big topic even in universities including “Università commerciale Luigi Bocconi”, “Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore” in Milan, IED, “Università degli studi di Roma Tor Vergata” and even by Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.Thanks to an extensive network of touchpoints people learnt ancient crafts through every smart-device,empowering consumer-awareness on product-features and brand reputation.
During interactive-lessons, users asked very specific questions, proving a remarkable high user-engagement. Almost the 50% of live-lessons participants asked the Maestros to become an apprentice, exceeding the available positions by 300% on average. Maestros’ students produced with great success innovative design-items, inspiring even more young talents to preserve and innovate the greatest Italian heritage. After Maestro Pelizzoli’s course, Alice created a truly innovative bike, showcased with great success during the Milan Design Week event. Marina together with Maestro Siniscalchi tailored a shirt, featured on an important Italian newspaper, triggering even the curiosity of GQ. Anna and Valerio crafted a bag, immediately displayed by the prestigious “Flow” shop in Florence.The results achieved by many other students generated over 30 million media-impressions and reaching 4.5 million FB-users, on Italian market alone.
After few months, a student with her Maestro created Samsung Smart-Bike, the first safe-bicycle that protects the rider with its built-in smart-components, automatically activated through a Samsung smartphone. A responsive “safety-environment” that detects ambient-conditions and protects the driver in real-time. A concrete solution for the problem of bikes being the most “unsafe” way of moving in Italy and a real help to break the young people’s barrier with using appropriate safety-equipment.
The idea was to control a fixed-bike and its built-in smart components with a Samsung smartphone and a dedicated app, allowing the automatic control of four laser-beams, a safety-camera a GPS-tracking system, offering innovative safety-features. The first engineered bike and its paired app were presented to one of the greatest design fairs in the world: the Milan Design Week, with the endorsement of EXPO2015 representative of Urban Mobility capturing the interest of important journalists. Alice’s idea has been taken under consideration for applications according to EXPO scenarios, after being recognized as a big step-forward for urban-safety and sustainability.
Advertising Agency: Leo Burnett Italy
Executive Creative Directors: Francesco Bozza, Alessandro Antonini
Creative Director: Christopher Jones, Anna Meneguzzo, Cristiano Tonnarelli
Digital Creative Director: Paolo Boccardi
Copywriter: Alice Jasmine Crippa
Art Director: Alessia Casini, Gianluca Ignazzi
Creative Team: Cristina Bissanti, Felipe Iglesias, Alberto Lot, Lia Paganini
Project Manager: Andrea Castiglioni, Francesco Loprete
Producer: Riccardo Biancorosso, Gaia Fusaro
Art Buyer: Giada Cioffi
PR Coordinator: Maria Teresa Genovese
Managing Director: Niccolo Arletti
Brand Leader: Elena Korzhenevich
Account Supervisor: Luca Ruspini
Account Manager: Federica Giacomotti
Technical Director: Gianluca Mori
Production House: Magnolia
I’m an Executive Creative Director. And if you ask people who work with me, they’ll tell you that when it comes to judging our own works, I’m always hypercritical. That’s why I’ve never posted here any campaign coming from my agency.
But today I’m pretty proud of this project, so I decided to share it. Hope you’ll like it like I do.
Election time is near and Italian politicians, the most aged in Europe, never miss an opportunity to show their distance from young people and their needs. For a bureaucratic obstacle, thousands of students who live outside the country (e.g. for the Erasmus program) will not be able to vote from abroad. Despite the calls of the European Union and the students’ protest, no one can solve the problem. Ceres, one of the most popular beers in Italy, decides to prove that these guys are better than those who represent them in parliament.
Our goals were to boost the brand awareness becoming the main supporters of the movement and to bring the problem to the attention of everyone, inspiring the conversation about the right to vote and the sense of responsibility of young Italians. We knew that it would have also improved the reputation of Ceres, a beer with a high alcohol content: we wanted to show everyone that the guys who love Ceres are responsible and mature people, that care for themselves and for their country’s future.
Ceres is a strong beer. It believes it’s always worth to take a position, to stand, even if it means making difficult or inconvenient choices. Even if maybe you won’t win. This is the essence of the brand, it is called “Inglorious Heroism”, and it is summed up by the pay-off “The town needs heroes.” Students in Erasmus are real heroes in the midst of their quest to discover the world. These young heroes had been wronged and Ceres decided to help them to vote anyway. Italy is an old, tired country that needs the energy of young people. As the slogan of this operation says, “Italy needs of Heroes.”
We contacted representatives of the students in major European cities. We told them we wanted to organize symbolic elections to make them vote anyway. We launched the twitter hash tag #iovotolostesso (#ivoteanyway), we sent groups in each city a kit with everything they needed to run and publicize the symbolic elections: facsimile ballots, ballot boxes, flyers and posters. We also sent them a few packs of beer to celebrate at the end. The kit also contained instructions on how to create video appeals that students would send us and would become part of a collective promo video. The video was posted on the web, the students used it to spread the word and we sent it to mainstream media.
More groups spontaneously joined in. The symbolic elections took place in 26 European cities on the same days of the Italian real elections. We sent the symbolic results to the media a few hours before the close of official polling stations.
For the cause:
Thousands of students from 26 European cities joined the initiative. The protest achieved unprecedented visibility on all the national media: TV, newspapers magazines, radios, social media, news website and blogs. The operation opened a debate all around the country. #ivoteanyway became a tweet trend with more than 10.000 tweets in 10 days.
For the brand:
Brand search frequency on google: +470% in 10 days. Ceres was the most cited brand during the election week. People reached: 20 millions, one third of the italian population. Media investment: less than € 5,000.
Advertising Agency: Bcube, Milan
Executive Creative Director: Francesco Bozza
Creative Director: Sergio Spaccavento, Andrea Stanich
Creative Team: Sergio Spaccavento, Andrea Stanch, Alessandro Sciarpelletti, Silvia Savoia
Edit: Danilo Carlani, Alessio Dogana
“Imagine if one day capitalism reaches the point, where the big brands starts to sponsor the superheroes. How would this influence their images?”
Being a superhero doesn’t seem to be a lucrative gig, but what if it was? Brands sponsor athletes and celebrities all the time, and with the increasing popularity of superheroes, it’s not all that shocking to think that The Incredible Hulk could one day be rocking a massive Monster logo across his chest.
Italian graphic designer Roberto Vergati Santos imagined many of our favorite superheroes sponsored by our favorite brands. The aptly titled ‘Sponsored Heroes’ series sees characters from both the Marvel and DC Comics universe, and includes all the members of The Avengers, Batman, Wolverine, and many more. Batman can be seen sporting a Nike suit of armor, while Iron Man has been stamped with the golden arches of McDonald’s, and Captain America is seen holding a massive UPS shield. Check out some of the superheroes from the collection below.
IRON MAN – Sponsored by McDonald’s
HULK – Sponsored by Monster Energy
WOLVERINE – Sponsored by Adidas
BATMAN – Sponsored by Nike
CAPTAIN AMERICA – Sponsored by UPS
FLASH – Sponsored by Red Bull
AVENGERS – Sponsored by Coca-Cola
SILVER SURFER- Sponsored by Apple
SUPERMAN – Sponsored by Giorgio Armani
IRON MAN (Sponsored by McDonald’s) vs CAPTAIN AMERICA (Sponsored by Burger King)
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Happy New Year from BMW
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