Erbert & Gerbert’s: Human Flipbook
Erbert & Gerbert's Erbert & Gerbert's Human Flipbook
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150 T-shirts + 1 overworked iron ÷ 30 seconds = the world’s first Human Flipbook. Looking to connect with its core collegiate audience, what started out as a late-night TV spot running on Comedy Central and MTV went on to become a viral online sensation. Hundreds of blogs posted about it. Millions of people viewed it. CNN covered it. And Erbert & Gerbert’s Q4 sales were up in an otherwise flat quick-serve restaurant category.
People For Bikes: Bikes Make Life Better - Projection Art
We all know that when people ride bikes, life is better. In this short video, we bring this idea to life as riders trigger projectors throughout a city, transforming an urban environment into a vibrant, colorful world. A world made better, by bikes.
Take Me Fishing: Master Casters
TMF Master Casters
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We wanted to attract younger people to fishing in a whole new way. Capitalizing on the success of the XGames and shows such as Jackass, we created a series of videos featuring fishing in a whole new light. One of which features an expert angler hitting clay pigeons out of the air at a gun range with his rod, reel and lure.
Erbert & Gerbert’s: Holiday Wraps
Erbert & Gerbert Holiday Sandwich Wraps
Erbert & Gerbert’s Subs and Clubs is a quirky restaurant chain that tasked us with getting a holiday gift certificate message to stand out from the clutter and clamor of the season. Holiday wrap transformed each sub into a present, and inside, customers discovered the message “Subs make great gifts.”
Erbert & Gerbert’s: Candle Cannon
Erbert & Gerbert's Erbert & Gerbert's Candle Cannon
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How do you celebrate 20 years of making great subs? With a 20th Anniversary Blowout, of course. We built the world’s largest air vortex cannon to get E&G’s customers excited about this tasty milestone. 850,000+ (free) online views later, our client is still celebrating.
C+M’s PR Partner Wins Seven Anvil Awards – Four Silver Anvils and Three Bronze Anvils
Colle+McVoy’s PR arm, Exponent Public Relations, won seven awards during last night’s Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) 2013 Silver Anvil Awards ceremony in New York.
The Anvil Awards honor organizations that have successfully addressed a contemporary public relations issue with exemplary professional skill, creativity and resourcefulness. The Silver Anvil are the industry’s oldest and most prestigious awards program honoring complete strategic public relations program.
Exponent won two Silver Anvils for work on behalf of The Medtronic Foundation’s HeartRescue Project, which is dedicated to teaching proper bystander response to sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) — the leading cause of death in the United States. The nominated entries, “HeartRescue Project Rallies Public to Save Lives” and “HeartRescue Project Inspires Virtual — and real-life — Heroes” provide an overview of the Save-a-life-Simulator, an immersive online experience that lets users make virtual life-or-death choices and teaches the proper steps to follow. The Save-a-Life Simulator has gained viral momentum, training more than 5.5 million people to save a life since the spring of 2012.
The agency’s third Silver Anvil was won for the entry, “Land O’Lakes Brings Butter Back.” Exponent helped inspire younger generations to cook with Land O’Lakes Butter more often, through a digitally integrated campaign that leveraged celebrity blogger and Food Network personality, Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman.
Exponent’s fourth Silver Anvil was awarded for the entry, “International Olive Council Adds Life to Olive Products Promotion,” in which Exponent developed a multifaceted campaign — called Add Some Life — that showcased how olives and olive oil can add excitement to everyday life, to help reverse stagnant sales in North America.
The Bronze Anvils, which honor tactics within public relations programs, were first announced in May. Exponent received three Bronze Anvils for work on behalf of Farm Credit Mid-America (in the annual report category), Medtronic Foundation (in the website category) and Winfield (in the direct mail category). The agency also received three Bronze Anvil Awards of Commendation for its work on the International Olive Council, Medtronic Foundation and Winfield.
“This recognition is a reflection of the creativity, passion and effectiveness of collaboration with our wonderful client partners,” said Tom Lindell, managing director, Exponent.
SXSW: It’s All About ME
While everyone else in our industry attended SXSW as a developer, advertiser, designer, or what have you. I actually attended SXSW as your consumer. And what I learned is that your entire industry is slowly getting in on my little secret:
It’s all about ME.
Yup, you used to think that you could bucket me with a bunch of other people who have similar HHIs, genital parts and ages. You were essentially saying that Marilyn Manson, Bobby Brown and Tim McGraw were the same person and had the same values. Turns out that we all want to be spoken to individually and that technology and the digital space are enabling that. Not only do we want to be spoken to individually, we want it on our terms and on our own schedule. I don’t want to wait for episodes of my favorite show; I want the entire season and I want it now on any device (see: Netflix’s “House of Cards.”)
And I want to be the star of the show. At SXSW I got to sit on the throne from HBO’s hit series “Game of Thrones.” I got my picture taken and of course I put it on Facebook so all my friends could see ME. The New York Times made a profile of my face out of words, but then I learned that the words weren’t about ME—not cool. I visited the GE Brilliant Brew truck for a free latte and got my face drawn into the foam. I could have gotten a free latte with a GE light bulb drawn in the foam and only waited a few seconds, but instead I waited 45 minutes to get ME in the foam. It ended up looking like a mash-up of Abe Lincoln and Mr. Clean. But it was well worth the wait, Why? Because it was a picture of ME.
I was also shocked to see that brands were actually offering me things that I needed and wanted rather than yelling at me with a megaphone. Chevy offered me free rides around town through their “Grab a Chevy” program. AT&T let me power up my phone in a secure locker as I roamed the conference (while feeling naked without my phone). And countless brands gave me free stuff, like 3M post-its, battery packs and cell phone cases. The cell phone case came from a company that lets me customize and design my cover with—what else—pictures of ME.
The sessions were great, and, shockingly, they all revolved around ME. A few sessions touched on the power of humor, and I like to laugh—as long as you make it easy. And storytelling—I love a good story and you’re actually starting to learn that I would rather hear about the story behind your products than the features of your products. I attended Jonah Berger’s session (he’s the author of Contagious) and realized that you’ve started to figure out what makes things contagious. And as you suspected, it’s the content and type of content that makes things memes, not just calling them “viral” or making sure the right blogger or TV show mentions them. And, speaking of contagious, I waited in line one hour to get a picture of Grumpy Cat (and ME).
I even found it comforting to hear the stories of how Panera Bread and Whole foods are becoming more meaning-driven. It makes ME feel good when I eat there.
So keep it up marketers.
Your consumer (ME)
The "Dark Social" Meme
Senior editor at The Atlantic, Alexis Madrigal, last year published a blog post about social media and its impact in generating web traffic: “Dark Social: We Have the Whole History of the Web Wrong.”
With approximately 5,400 Tweets; 4,600 Facebook Likes; 1,200 shares on LinkedIn; and 1,100 +1s—to say nothing of the blog commentary and other related discourse in digital channels—it’s fair to say that “Dark Social” was a sticky idea that went viral.
To me, the main point of the post is that today's web analysts are decreasing the perceived value of social interactions in their reporting by relying on tools that track visits by referral sources—tools that invariably allocate otherwise socially driven traffic coming from, say, instant messenging and email to generic sources such as “direct” means.
Other, more general implications include:
- The notion that optimizing for social media means more than looking at Facebook and Twitter. The content itself has to be appraised.
- Formal social networks have brought a form of structure to social interactions that did not previously exist (in as simple a format).
- Along with the structure of formal social networks there is not only a loss in privacy, but a gain in social record keeping.
There have been plenty of counterpoints to the Alexis piece. For instance, the notion that the web has only been social since the rise of social networks (ca. 2005) ignores the fact that the Internet—of which the worldwide web is a part—has been social since its inception. Is anyone up for a dial-up chat on a local bulletin board service (aka BBS)?
Regardless of semantics about the Interwebs, I was intrigued by the notion that our analyses might be downplaying the true role of social interactions simply on account of our toolsets.
I therefore replicated the Chartbeat methodology Alexis outlined in “Dark Social” and ran a test of the site Colle+McVoy launched earlier this year for the Pedal Minnesota campaign (www.pedalmn.com).
- Exclude Sources (relevant to the site I analyzed)
- Specific media vendors/partnerships (i.e., exploreminnesota, bringmethenews, tuneupstation)
- Exclude Media (relevant to the site I analyzed)
- CPC, organic, email
- Exclude Landing Pages (clearly not “Dark” in their nature)
- Home page (i.e., /)
- Main section header pages (i.e., /map/|/events/|/resources/|/pedal central/|/contact/|/partners/
My results reflected the general patterns Chartbeat isolated with traffic data to The Atlantic. At first glance, this might suggest we need to be more thorough with any site reporting that requires us to be 100 percent certain about all socially derived visits. However, owing to other truths about site analytics and methodologies (deactivated cookies, for instance, decreasing what we can actually report as full and complete records), we will never be 100 percent certain about all such visits.
Analysts working in agencies should keep this in mind. As much as we'd like to report firm campaign results to our teammates and, ultimately, our clients, courtesy of web analytics tools that purportedly count unique visitors to your properties and tally the sources of their arrival to those properties, we need to be transparent about the fact that—unless we're pulling server logs—our data is always going to be directional.
C+M-Produced Film Honored by Midwest Film Festival
MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 6, 2010 - The Colle+McVoy-produced film, LOTOLOGY, won Best Short Documentary in the 2010 Midwest Advertising Community Shorts Program during last night’s Midwest Independent Film Festival in Chicago. Presented by the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP) Midwest, the program honors outstanding movies created by filmmakers in the Midwest advertising community.
LOTOLOGY is a heart-warming, laugh-out-loud short documentary that explores the lives of a group of lottery ticket collectors who believe an unscratched "mint" ticket is worth more than the potential prize lurking under the latex.
"LOTOLOGY explores the lives of "lotologists" and captures their passion for a very unusual hobby that most of us have never heard of," said Nina Orezzoli, senior art director at Colle+McVoy and co-director of the film.
"Producing this film was a unique opportunity for us and a project the agency loved to support," said Mike Caguin, executive creative director, Colle+McVoy. "We thrive on finding creativity wherever we can, as well as producing work that stands out, whether it’s a film, ad campaign or viral video."
A trailer of the film, original music and more information can be found at www.lotologythemovie.com.
C+M Wins Two Acclaimed Internet Honors
MINNEAPOLIS, May 5, 2010 - The Colle+McVoy creation, www.YearbookYourself.com, won two Webby Awards in the Best Use of Social Media category of The 14th Annual Webby Awards. Hailed as the "Internet’s highest honor" by the New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet.
"This is a tremendous honor since this category represents the most cutting-edge work in social media, an area that every company is looking to leverage." said Mike Caguin, executive creative director, Colle+McVoy. "This award recognizes the hard work of many people, as well as the forward-thinking vision of our client partner, Taubman Centers."
YearbookYourself.com won both the Webby Award given by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS) and the People’s Voice Webby Award in the Best Use of Social Media category. The previous iteration of the site won the People’s Voice Webby Award last year in the Viral Marketing category. With nearly 10,000 entries from all 50 U.S. states and more than 60 countries worldwide, the 14th Annual Webby Awards is the biggest in its history and continues to be the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet. YearbookYourself.com was one of only five finalists in its category and was voted the people’s favorite after more than 700,000 votes were cast online. The cross-section of winners hailing from 14 countries will be honored at an event hosted by B.J. Novak of NBC’s The Office. in New York City on June 14. A full list of winners can be found at www.webbyawards.com.
"The Webby Awards honor the very best of the Internet," said David-Michel Davies, executive director of The Webby Awards. "YearbookYourself.com’s achievement is a testament to the skill, ingenuity and vision of its creators."
The unparalleled Webby win is the latest award for Colle+McVoy, which was also recently honored with four awards in The One Show and won the 2010 Adweek Buzz Award for YearbookYourself.com in the online category.
Over the last two years, YearbookYourself.com became an instant hit and a pop culture phenomenon for client Taubman Centers. The site was featured on more than 45,000 Web sites, blogs and media, including USA Today, Tech Crunch, ESPN, VH1’s Best Week Ever, The Early Show on CBS and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Numerous high-profile personalities embraced it, including Lance Armstrong, Pee-wee Herman and Evan Williams, co-founder of Twitter, who changed his profile picture to a Yearbook Yourself photo. The fun was wildly infectious and there were more than 28 million total visits to the site in the last two years. Once "yearbooked," the site easily allowed people to send their pictures to friends and post them to blogs and social networking sites (this year alone, more than 16 million Yearbook Yourself photos were shared via email or posted to Facebook). And the Yearbook Yourself Facebook fan page garnered more than 70,000 fans.
C+M Wins 2010 Buzz Award
MINNEAPOLIS, April 13, 2010 - The Colle+McVoy-produced Web site www.YearbookYourself.com won the award in the online category of the 2010 Buzz Awards. The Buzz Awards honor the best in brand/media integration and recognize campaigns that catch fire, produce brilliant product placements and use media in innovative ways that invade pop culture.
"Winning this award in the online category is a real honor and a testament to our digital expertise," said Mike Caguin, executive creative director, Colle+McVoy. "Generating buzz for a client is one thing, but creating something that becomes a pop culture phenomenon is rare. We are grateful for our forward-thinking clients like Taubman who appreciate transformative ideas."
There is only one winner per Buzz Award category (17 total) and YearbookYourself.com is the only winner in the online category, which recognizes the most attention-getting and effective use of the online medium to market a product, such as through a blog, short film or a viral e-mail campaign. As a result, the site will be profiled in a full-color spread in the May 3rd Buzz Awards section in Adweek, Brandweek and Mediaweek and online. This is the second Buzz Award for Colle+McVoy, which won in 2007 for the Minnesota State Lottery Don’t Belittle Powerball campaign. A full list of 2010 winners can be found at www.adweekbuzz.com..
Over the last two years, www.YearbookYourself.com became an instant hit and a pop culture phenomenon featured on more than 45,000 Web sites, blogs and media, including USA Today, Tech Crunch, ESPN, VH1’s Best Week Ever, The Early Show on CBS and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Numerous high-profile personalities embraced it, including Lance Armstrong and Pee-wee Herman, and Evan Williams, co-founder of Twitter, changed his profile picture to a Yearbook Yourself photo. More than 15 million visitors uploaded photos to the site to see themselves with classic hairdos and in vintage outfits spanning five decades. Once "yearbooked," people sent their pictures to friends and posted them to blogs and social networking sites (more than 11 million Yearbook Yourself photos were shared via email or posted to Facebook). And the Yearbook Yourself Facebook fan page garnered 70,000 fans.