All posts filed under: Storytelling

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Johnnie Walker – Dear Brother

This might just be this year’s most powerful storytelling video. Dear Brother is a spec ad for Johnnie Walker that centers on two brothers and their emotional journey in the beautiful wilderness of Scotland. In just 90 seconds, the video stuns with its subtle mood, a familiar yet startling story, and an impressive cinematographic artistry. The masterminds behind the soulful video? Two students, Daniel Titz and Dorian Lebherz, from the Film Academy of Baden-Württemberg in Germany. They may not be the old wolfs in the ad business, but they sure know that emotional storytelling is the ingredient that will get you through the door. It is exciting to witness young and creative individuals perfect just the right storytelling techniques, and setting a high standard for the industry’s veterans. A couple of years ago Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey also attempted to combine beautiful scenery with the theme of loss and death. Although the ad was produced by a professional agency, it hasn’t really managed to become a viral sensation. Dear Brother indulges in an emotional storytelling …

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Vine & Snapchat: Two video marketing platforms you shouldn’t miss!

By 2019 80% of the content we will consume online will be video content. Meanwhile, our usage of the internet is shifting (or has already shifted) from desktop to mobile. These two facts don’t just correlate coincidentally. Mobile phones have become better in processing a lot of data at a time. Their screens have become equal to most of the desktop screens. And data plans have become affordable for everybody. But most importantly, mobile phones are also cameras. While carrying a smartphone with you, you are instantly able to capture your dog, yourself or the beautiful scenery around you. But, as good as a mobile video may be, it is worth nothing if it can’t be seen. Consequently, platforms have arisen that make it possible to share videos with your friends and that attract big communities of viewers. Two of these platforms aggregated enough users to be really interesting for marketing. Of course, it is video marketing we are talking about – as these platforms are video platforms: Vine and Snapchat. Vine – Are six …

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Extra Gum – The Story of Sarah & Juan

Wise men say, only fools rush in. Or so tells us Elvis Presley’s famous “Can’t Help Falling In Love”, which plays a key role in Extra Gum’s latest brand ad. “The Story of Sarah & Juan” is a love story unwrapping in front of the viewers’ eyes: the first look, the first kiss, first celebrations and fights, and lastly, a much-anticipated and intimate proposal. In the center of this emotional story is Extra chewing gum, redefining the classical ‘Romeo and Juliet’ theme to today’s romance among millennials. Released only a couple of weeks ago, the video generated 74 million views in its first week alone. So how is it different from all the other romantic brand videos? Actually, Extra executes a rather simple style of storytelling. But what really catches our attention is the heartwarming love song and the lack of dialogue, proving that sound is pivotal for emotional stories in video content marketing. The video also advocates diversity (hence, the male protagonist is not John but Juan), and scores big in the category of …

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How To Master Marketing With Company Apps. A Checklist Loaded With Inspiring Examples.

Even though smartphones and tablets are no news to the world, digital transformation is still a buzzword and mostly one of the biggest challenges for companies. While most companies continually relaunch their websites a few times, they do not take up the challenge to use apps as a new marketing channel. As a marketing manager who works for an IT service provider, I encounter hundreds of app ideas on a daily basis. But when I look at Apple App Store or Google Play to check out how companies use apps to promote their brands and products, I am astounded by how few apps are available and that just a handful of brands manage to create a great user experience. The key ingredients for a great marketing app The basics alone could fill an entire book. I’m sure you also hear about it every other day. So you know that you need SMART goals for your marketing campaign, as well as a target group and a content plan. All the basic marketing concepts apply to mobile …

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4 Cases of How Travel Brands Utilize Storytelling

Travelling and stories go hand in hand. It would probably be unimaginable to travel somewhere far away and not bring back exciting stories to share with your friends and family. Well, summer is finally here, so we decided to take a look at how and where travel brands utilize the power of storytelling. Today we present you with four excellent cases that display how successful travel brands employ digital tools, original content, friendly staff and much more to motivate, inspire and engage with their customers. Expedia  Expedia is mostly known for being a go-to companion for helping you book cheaper vacation deals. Travel is its number one story. Expedia started to embrace innovative storytelling techniques for its campaigns before the storytelling boom was even here. In 2012 the brand launched a ‘Find Yours’ campaign, emphasizing personal travel experiences by integrating user-generated stories along with photos and videos. For example, one of the best films centres on a father’s emotional journey regarding his daughter’s same-sex wedding. With the help of social media, the brand also set out to produce …

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8 Projects Exploring The Storytelling Potential Of Virtual Reality For Real-World Stories

It seems that after after decades of uncertainty Virtual Reality gets real as a storytelling platform. The enormous sense of presence provided by VR headsets such as Oculus Rift or Samsung’s Gear VR, allows artists to place users inside films, making them explore and witness first-hand real-world events. The potential VR has to stir emotions and create more visceral reactions makes many believe in its power to revolutionize journalism and filmmaking. However, how close is VR from reaching mass-market adoption? Can we think that anytime soon we will be accessing our news through mounted-headsets? While these questions find answers, we brought you a collection of the best VR non-fiction storytelling experiences that have been touring festivals and museums recently. If one of them arrives to your city run, the queue is going to be long! 1. Project Syria With Project Syria, Nonny de la Peña, the godmother of immersive journalism, place users in Aleppo during a rocket blast and in the middle of a refugee camp in Syria. To evoke the feeling of “been there” …

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How Fashion Brands Use Digital Storytelling

How can a brand go from a self-made online auction store to one of the fastest growing retailers in less than a decade? Is a moving picture worth more than a thousand words? The two magical words – brand and storytelling – seem to be inseparable today in 2015.  Marketers’ radars are all directed at finding more innovative ways to let their brands speak, tell their unique stories, and utilize innovative technology to achieve that. Combined with social media, the brand’s story lets you tap into consumers’ emotions and create a direct link, which ideally leads to brand awareness . Today we take a look at four popular fashion brands that use immersive digital storytelling and promote not only shopping, but also lifestyle experiences. Nasty Gal When a fashion brand is not even 10 years old but is already a multimillion dollar business, you know it does something right. And that might just be almost everything – from selling clothing directly to consumers at high gross margins (without fixed retail costs) to communicating with its customers and …

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Crème de la Mer – Through Their Eyes & #EyesLightUp

Luxury-cream brand La Mer recently introduced two promotional campaigns focused on the consumers to launch its newest eye gel treatment. The first, “Through Their Eyes” consists of short videos titled Illuminating Moments that show high-society stylish couples in New York, Seoul and Paris using La Mer’s newest product. The brand aims at connecting its image with the people who are considered to be trendsetters. For example, the first video of the couples-series features American socialite Olivia Palermo and her German husband Johannes Huebl. They apply the new La Mer eye gel and gaze endlessly in to each other’s eyes. Although an emotional appeal is aimed to be triggered, the videos lack a representation of reality. Consumers can watch the videos on the brand’s website, as well as on YouTube. La Mer, owned by Estée Lauder Cos., has been spotlighting its products (which are, let’s face it, not affordable to every consumer group) and how they can make a difference, therefore appealing to consumers. The second campaign for the new product manages just what the first one does …

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Chanel – Inside Chanel & The One That I Want

A strong narrative is by far the most essential element for a good content. The iconic high-fashion house Chanel is no stranger to good storytelling. Its creator, the legendary Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel has become the brand’s strongest symbol, along with the actual signature logo of two interconnected C’s. Coco’s legacy also plays a major role on the company’s interactive website. INSIDE CHANEL is a content-centric microsite created in 2013, which features 12 chapters of Chanel’s most distinguishing fashion pieces and faces, along with embedded videos. The microsite is a digital story by itself, a visual ride, submerging the user straight to the core of Chanel’s history and values. Every chapter tells a success story of a product or the life story of the brand’s ambassadors, such as Marilyn Monroe and the iconic Chanel No°5 perfume in chapter 2. Moreover, INSIDE CHANEL takes the brand’s history and presents it in an interactive chronological timeline, celebrating each milestone with grace, style and sophistication. Great narrative is also at the core of the company’s recent campaign “The One That I Want”. …

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Maybelline New York – Big Eyes

How can a company make mascara look interesting, inspiring and different? By creating an appealing story behind it and telling it in a unique way that will also reflect the best features of a product.  Labelled “Big Eyes”, the double-ended Maybelline mascara is equipped with two brushes, aimed at creating eyelashes that look fake, but are actually real. Although Maybelline called themselves pioneers of this beauty technology, the brand needed a compelling story behind it that would reflect the mascara’s unique features, and, therefore, intrigue and persuade its potential consumers. Maybelline’s strategy was based on creating content, and the more of it the better. First of, a two-sided mini thriller film “The Girl with The Big Eyes” was created, focusing on ‘him’ and her’ perspective and their spy hunt after each other. The male spy starts off his side of the story, but soon enough we see the female perspective and a hint of her ‘secret weapon’, which is, of course, the new breakthrough mascara. The film is styled resembling New York City in the …