Leo Burnett Italy for WWF: Pets4Pets Project – Advertising thought by kids to get adults thinking

What about asking youngsters, instead of experienced creative directors, to create the strongest communication campaigns?

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Pets4Pets Project  taught little kids the secrets of the advertising industry; inviting them to imagine new social campaigns to help protect the animals they love the most. WWF, together with a team of creatives, photographers, illustrators, film directors, animators, post-producers and speakers helped students at an elementary school experience the whole creative process: from the brief, to the Pre Production Meeting, to the shooting, to going on-air. The result? Well see for yourself in the case video.

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The adventure starts in the classroom, then moves inside the creative agency and finally arrives on a production set. For all the experienced creatives there’s just one strict rule: “never ‘contaminate’ the kids’ ideas”, just offer them the production advice they lack. First Challenge: a print campaign.

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Second Challenge: a TV commercial.

The results

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“From the first sketch on a piece of paper, to 2 TV commercials, 4 radio announcements and 8 print campaigns, ready to go on-air”. For every creative piece, you can see the “before” and “after”: from the kids’ original sketches to the final executions ready to go on-air. One thing is immediately evident: the kids’ work is already 100% creatively effective.
The team of professionals just helped them “translate” their ideas into a language that adults can understand.

Advertising Agency: Leo Burnett Italy
Executive Creative Director: Francesco Bozza
Associate Creative Director: Andrea Marzagalli
Creative Team: Andrea Stanich, Sergio Spaccavento, Paolo Boccardi, Alice Crippa, Serena Micieli, Silvia Savoia
Executive Producer: Debora Magnavacca
Year: 2013


Ceres Beer – #ivoteanyway (How a beer did what the government could not do)

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.

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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.”

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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.

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Results:

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
Year: 2013


Naturalia – The first PDF commercial in history


The brief
The campaign was targeted for new costumers, using the ones we already had by using an existing database.
With zero investment in media, the strategy of the campaign was to use the only resources they had at the moment to launch their annual donation campaign: their e mail database, their friends on Facebook, their followers on Twitter and their website.

Creative Solution
We made a commercial that would mean zero investment in digital media, had a format that any computer could read, be light enough to send or download, and be good enough so people wanted to spread the message: the first commercial made in a PDF format.
The projected response was to increase their funds by 10% in the 3 weeks during the launching, as well to increase their e mail data base by 10%.
Nobody had ever made a commercial in a PDF format. A basic format that used in a “slideshow” mode in the acrobat reader or preview programs, can have the same effect of a flipbook if you keep the down or forward arrow buttons pressed. The way the commercial worked, was a direct analogy of how Naturalia works: with the help of people. By their donations and volunteered work.

The results
The commercial was sent by e mail to a 1500 addresses on Naturalia’s database. And the link to download it was also posted on their Facebook wall and “twitted” for their followers on Twitter.
Naturalia’s e mail database was amplified by 25% and their friends on Facebook went from 2501, to 3680 in 3 weeks. The commercial had 52 803 downloads. Their funds increased by 20%.

Advertising Agency: Ogilvy Mexico
Executive Creative Director: Miguel Angel Ruiz
Creative director: Manuel Vega
Art director: Gonzalo Villegas
Copywriter: Manuel Vega
Year: 2011
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Advertising Agency: Leo Burnett Brasil
Executive Creative Director: Hilton Raw/Fernando Forni
Creative Director: Ruy Lindenberg
Copywriter: Alexandre Scaff
Art Director: Felipe Massis
Production Company: Zeppelin Filmes, Sao Paulo
Director: Marcello Lima


Volkswagen Original Parts

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Son You’re Adorable

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It’s Not You

Advertising Agency: AlmapBBDO, São Paulo

Chief Creative Officer: Marcello Serpa
Executive Creative Director: Marcello Serpa
Creative Director: Luiz Sanches
Art Director: Bruno Prosperi
Copywriter: Renato Simoes
Production Company: Vetor Zero
Director: Fabio Acorsi
Editor: Thiago Bueno
Sound Design: Raw Produtora De Audio