All posts tagged: cross media storytelling

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25,915 Days – Reebok Runs Through All The Days of A Human Life.

To complement the Reebok’s “Be More Human” marketing campaign, the 25,915 Days film has been made to inspire people to live their lives to the fullest. The title reflects the average lifespan of a person and clearly marks that there is a limited time for each person on this planet to overcome obstacles and honor their bodies. The 25,915 Days film, developed by Venables Bell & Partners, shows a woman’s journey as she is trying to shine the spotlight by her passion for running and therefore becoming the best of herself. The video is depicting her life in reverse. It starts by joining her in the Reebok Spartan Race in present days and is then taking on a trail in her younger years running across a campus in a race and defeating a male rival. This displays the woman’s life from her childhood to older age to reiterate the fact that honoring the body is not just a stage of life but it’s a lifelong commitment. This type of digital storytelling is to deliver challenging …

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Knorr – Love at First Taste

Found its way through getting into people’s emotion, Knorr’s latest campaign “Love at First Taste” is stating that there is a stronger chemistry and attraction between partners or potential partners who have similar food preferences. Knorr has asked more than 12,000 people across 12 markets about which flavor is their favorite. The core of this study was about people’s attitudes towards flavor and and how important it is in their lives. There was this belief that when flavors can say about personalities, this can be used as a tool to connect people. That’s why the brand has sat complete strangers based on their flavor preferences and video filmed the process. The video is a great example of powerful digital storytelling. One prominent fact about this video is that although there is no indication of the brand’s name on the video, it makes huge impact on people as it has to do only with emotions and this makes the concept much easier to feel and believe. What is your Flavor?   Regarding the Love at First Taste …

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Airbnb – Belong Anywhere

Started as AirBedAndBreakfast.com in 2008, has grown into a multi-billion-dollar company in around 200 countries, Airbnb is known for promoting their values instead of their services and supplying end products. It is rather a hug brand that has expanded the power of digital storytelling into another level. There is this belief that people belong everywhere in the world and that’s exactly what their advertisements convey. Telling a story was felt as an inspirational way to get to people’s emotions and thus making them buy into the brand. Airbnb has gained the trust of its users in all aspects by facilitating a peer-to-peer (P2P) service. That delivers the care and protection to both hosts and guests. But with which methods it has achieved that all? Well, not only Airbnb sticks with all-inclusive and rich digital storytelling methods, there are many other convenient content marketing methods it hangs on to for cultivating prominent content. Let’s check out some of the company’s outstanding approaches. Stories Focusing on people is the main concern of Airbnb as its audiences comprise of …

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The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists – Fatal Extraction: Australian Mining in Africa

Australian-listed mining companies choose to do their business in Africa for its low social and environmental regulations. Local laws are weak, while penalties for wrongdoing practically don’t exist. However, Australian publicly traded companies are not only linked with corruption, tax avoidance, environmental destruction, but also with serious human rights violations and more than 300 deaths. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) (with support from the Center for Public Integrity and the Pulitzer Center) has collected thousands of corporate documents, including legal complaints, contracts, confidential company emails, community petitions and more to create Fatal Extraction: Australian Mining in Africa, a multimedia storytelling project with horrifying personal stories at its focus. The project is using stunning videos, real audio recordings, maps and traditional text pieces. The format is divided into six greater parts that each expose the detrimental impact of Australian mining companies in 33 African countries. We have witnessed similar social projects (such as the NPR’s A Girl Can Dream) that submerge viewers and readers through strong multimedia content. But Fatal Extraction creates an eye-opening and immersive …

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IKEA – 2016 Catalog App

The leading Swedish home furniture retailer IKEA has just dropped its long-awaited 2016 catalog. It’s more than 300 pages long, it’s heavy and, as always, it’s full of great and affordable furnishing ideas. But it’s the IKEA 2016 catalog app that we’re more excited about. The very first thing that strikes the eye when you open the new catalog in the IKEA app is the superb high-quality appearance. The pictures look sharper than on paper, and that’s an achievement. When customers opt out for the digital version of a well-known product, they expect the same or even greater quality of pictures. After all, it is the first attribute that leaves the strongest impression. IKEA’s quality is great, so we swipe the page. And this is where the app outshines all the previous IKEA apps – it’s a true celebration of clickable interactive content and emotional storytelling. The app is equipped with six orange buttons that each uncover a different and innovative way to explore IKEA’s newest products. IKEA fans will not be surprised to discover the virtual …

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NPR – A Girl Can Dream

NPR’s staggering drive for a good story is applauding. Apart from producing daily news and cultural programming, NPR has been submerging into the deep waters of storytelling, appropriately celebrating unique and powerful content and individual lives. Its highly successful StoryCorps podcast focuses on giving everyone a chance to share his or her story. The presented stories are often very moving, which at the end of the broadcast transcend our culture’s bewildered sense of humanity. A Girl Can Dream is a poignant and interactive story on children’s education in Afghanistan. It is unusual for girls to even go to school, but those who do dream big and do not shy away from their opinions. Reporter Rebecca Hersher and photographer David Gilkey visit Tanweer School, founded by a former used car salesman in a neighbourhood, which did not have a public school. The story starts off with an honest and heart-warming video of Afghan teens bravely opening up about their ambitions and dreams. It proceeds to a photostory, laying out startling facts and accounts, portraying ambitious young faces. …

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Huffington Post – The Myth of the Ethical Shopper

Ethical shopping has been a widely discussed topic lately – most of us could easily name these “bad” brands that employ children in sweatshops. We engage in various social actions against it, protests, boycotts, campaigns, etc. However, what we have not thought about much is the fact that simple solutions won’t arise just by boycotting sweatshops. Huffington Post’s Highline presents a longform feature The Myth of the Ethical Shopper about the unethical games fashion brands play and the no-rules approaches they use. This immersive read is accompanied with moving illustrations, which also contribute to the intensity of the topic. You won’t find interactivity here, but the content should be an eye-opener.

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Five Minutes

Thought zombie apocalypse movies are scary? Try playing an online zombie game, where the protagonists’ lives depend on your mouse skills. We are talking about the much-praised Five Minutes, a branded interactive film slash zombie game created by two German students Maximilian Niemann and Felix Faißt. The idea started as a film school project – the duo decided to create an ad that would be both a brand experience and at the same time not be overloaded with sales messages. Their final idea was so brilliant that it instantly caught the attention and support of G-Shock (brand of Casio) and production company Unit9. The short-movie/game directly submerges you into the story of John, who fights against zombies. The only problem is that he has lost his memory. You as a user help John to keep his concentration throughout the interactive experience by completing short tasks with either a desktop mouse or on a tablet. Users can choose to play between three levels – tourist, moderate, hell – and thus help John retain his memory to survive. Once you …

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The New York Times – Illuminating North Korea

Photographer David Guttenfelder has been to North Korea more than 40 times. Journalists rarely gain access to the unexplored land, and even if they do they do not bring many photos to share with the world. North Korea has not been photographed for more than 60 years. Guttenfelder, a National Geographic Photography Fellow, and his photographs of North Korea over the years provide a new, clear and un-retouched window into the reality of the country. The New York Times’ Illuminating North Korea is a visual and mystifying journey through photographs, video and smoothly combined facts of the North Korean life.

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Matter – What’s it really like to be 18 in America right now?

Being a teenager is not easy. The world seems rather a hostile place where no one understands who you really are. Brilliant story creators at Matter worked with high school seniors from San Francisco to find out what it is really like to be an 18-year old in America. The result is not a linear story retold by journalists. The result is a vivid portrait that stuns with its honest and rich accounts from the teens, depicting their real experiences, opinions and feelings. Every clickable piece of content teleports readers right to the core of the teenagers’ lives. This inspiring storytelling project features essays, videos, photos, poetry, urban dictionary and even a class tumblr, that all accurately transform the students’ personal stories and gives us a glimpse of their undisclosed world.