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Cannes Lions 2016: Creative Collaboration, Virtual Reality and 360 Video Were All Hot Topics At This Year’s Festivity

With: Alexandra Thielke, Co-Founder of Twentyfive & Thirty

After this year’s installment of Cannes Lions, we had the pleasure to do a 1-on-1 interview with the co-founder of “world-traveling” agency Twentyfive & Thirty, Alexandra Thielke. Haven’t heard of the 2-person creative agency? Check out their feature in AdWeek!

 

Here’s the scoop:

Was this your first time at Cannes Lions? Would you agree that this festival is the most rewarding annual event creative professionals can attend?

“This was our 3rd time at Cannes Lions. This is definitely an inspiring event to attend for all creative professionals. This event sets the tone of what is trending and what will be the tendencies in the year to come. So many inspiring people are gathered to share and discuss their point of view of the creative industry. We believe that this is one of the most educating events you can possibly attend.”

 

In 3 words, please describe this year’s festival.

“International. Inspiring. Rosé.”

 

Major brands like Burger King and John Lewis brought home the Lions Grand Prix. Out of all participating campaigns, which one stood out to you the most?

The Swedish number – A campaign created for the Swedish Tourist Association, where they made a number anyone in the world can call to ask about Sweden, which will be connected to any random Swede who have signed up to participate and represent their native country.”

“Breast cancer awareness – The Manboobs campaign takes on social media censorship of female breasts by demonstrating how to do a breast self-exam using a man. We just thought it was so well made, clever and hilarious!”

 

What was the overarching topical theme at this year’s festival? What was the buzz?

“Virtual reality and 360 video was to be found everywhere – It is really taking off! Passion that beats talent, and the collaboration between agencies and clients was a strong topic at this year’s festival as well”

 

Cannes Lions always attracts a plethora of celebrities. From Will Smith to Martha Stewart. Would you say that any of this year’s keynote speakers managed to capture what branding and creativity means today?

“Absolutely. One of our favorites was Will Smith. Besides his amazing ability to capture his audience and set a relaxed “down to earth” mood, he had some really good points on how to manage a brand and how social media has changed the entire ball game. One of his main points was the change in running a company, and the increased expectancy of full transparency where companies these days are forced to be completely honest and create good wholesome products. If they don’t, their flaws run the risk of being spread across social media in no time.”

 

What was the most extravagant occurrence during the festival? Any helicopter entrances or outdoor cirque du soleil performances?

“Our most extraordinary experience was delivered by SNASK who made their talk dressed as a rock band. They just look cool and make great work.”

 

Lastly, what are the thoughts and ideas you will bring back with you to your creative agency?

“We found the subject on collaboration between agency and client very interesting. We had many discussions about this and how relationships need to change to be more honest and close. There were definitely points that support the way we want to – and already work. Especially the thoughts on working “as a team” instead of accepting the traditional client – supplier relationship.”

“The possibilities with Facebook live and 360 video was also very inspiring and is something that we were already looking into before, but now something we will be looking even closer to get involved in. It is clear that advertising is changing from “making ads” to “solving problems”. As creatives, this is something we maintain a strong focus on so it was very inspiring to see and seeing what others are doing gave us tons of inspiration.”

 

 

 

Alexandra Thielke, Co-Founder & Strategic Planner of Twentyfive & Thirty

Twentyfive & Thirty is the world’s smallest global creative agency set out to challenge the way traditional ad agencies work while fulfilling a dream of traveling the world. It is an agency without a fixed address, without fixed work hours but with the flexibility to work whenever they are needed, wherever they want, and with clients from all over the world. This means they often work with their clients without ever meeting them in person.

 


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Weekly Aspect by Alex: Out of Home Ads Not Only Surviving But Thriving

What a week – full of new reports on ad blocking, digital video and mobile ad spend. But the report that captured my attention a bit extra this week was a study released by Borrell.

The report claims that out of all traditional advertising mediums the Internet is slowly killing off, Out-Of-Home (OOH) has not only manage to survive – it is the only ad vehicle, outside of online advertising, that has shown consistent growth since 2008 and the only one expected to show year-to-year growth over the next 5 years.

Now why is OOH doing so extraordinary compared to print and radio? There is a one word answer to this – Technology.

Technology, digitalization and the explosive development of digital video has turned what used to be flat posters into interactive branded experiences that produces sights, sounds and even smells! Based on the eye-grabbing nature new technology brings to what tend to be dull settings (bus stops), OOH ads are poised to see increasing investments and enlarged budgets.

Have a look at some stunning examples of Out-Of-Home ads here.

 

Cheers,

Alex

 


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Weekly Aspect by Alex: A Hefty Dispute

$533 million. Sounds like a hefty number right? This was the number recently reported by Videology and White Ops claiming the equivalent of how much money they have saved their clients from wasted digital video ad spend over a year.

 
The fact remains, this is only a small number of the total digital video ad spend in the US alone. 5.6% – this is the number Videology and White Ops were able to spare advertisers from wasting their ad dollars on.

A valiant feat by the two partners. However, while they are blocking bots from viewing ads, consumers will block ads from being viewed and this will cost advertisers 687% more in lost ad spend.

So in this case, pick your poison..

 

Cheers,

Alex

 

 

 



How the Socialization of Video is Driving Massive Consumption

With the emergence of new tech, the entertainment industry experiences drastic shifts in consumer trends. Usually these changes in habits lead to a revolution in the way we consume and create content, completely altering and disrupting the space. Beth Principi, Staff Writer/Media Strategist at Emerging Insider Communications, delivers a compelling argument on how it won’t be long before traditional TV is replaced by OTT.

 

 

Point 1: Binge Watching is the New Norm

 

The ability to binge watch entire seasons of shows on-demand has dramatically changed viewer habits. With so much great television at your fingertips, it’s almost impossible to not veg out and blow through hours of content. Instead of waiting a week for the next episode of your favorite show, programs original to Netflix and Hulu release all episodes of their seasons at once so you can choose the pace at which you want to watch it.

 

 

Point 2: Changing the Video Landscape with Short-Form and Mobile

 

Short-form videos have become increasingly popular among Americans who are always on the go, or just have short attention spans. It is finding itself a comfortable home within the mobile landscape, mainly due to social apps like Vine, Instagram and Snapchat. It’s estimated that consumers spend around 33 minutes per day watching videos on mobile devices, most of which are short-form.

 

 

Point 3: Socialization of Content

 

Viewing has become more of a social experience and less of a spectator activity. With live-streaming broadcast networks like Huffington Post Live, any average Joe with a webcam can tell their story and work with the news outlet to create a real-time script based on the day’s top stories. Also, the simplicity of just sharing videos with social media followers and friends gives digital a huge advantage. Mobile video ads with social media share buttons drive 36 percent more engagement than videos with no options for interaction.

 

To read the article in its entirety,check it out at ReelSEO.