According to the University of Amsterdam, human beings are able to recognize a logo and associate it to a product since the age of 3. Logos not only mirror company values, they also reflect the trend of times. It isn't a coincidence that the world's most valuable brands possess the most consistent, recognizable and memorable logos.
We are used to seeing them everyday, but do we know what they stand for? Here's an interesting infographic on famous logos and the meaning behind them.
* Special thanks to Jeremy D. Fernández for sharing this with us.
In less than a month, the world of brands will come together for what is the biggest celebration in the industry of advertising. A place where everyone working in the field of communications - from agencies, to media specialists, to marketers - are inspired by a week of nothing but ideas. Or as Marcelo Serpa, Partner and Chief Creative Officer at AlmapBBDO once said: "Cannes is the worst enemy of indifference. It is here where we gather each year to share the only antidote we have for the indifference of consumers overloaded with information - ads, films and campaigns - creativity."
Here's a review of the campaigns that rocked the 2013 Cannes Lions:
Channel 4 - "Meet the Superhumans"
Agency: 4 Creative London | Country: UK
Awards and categories: Grand Prix in Film Craft | Gold in Film
Procter & Gamble - "Proud Sponsor of Moms"
Agency: Wieden + Kennedy, Portland | Country: USA
Awards and categories: Gold in Media | Gold in Titanium and Integrated Content
Intel - "The Beauty Inside"
Agency: Pereira & O'Dell | Country: USA
Awards and categories: Gold in Integrated Content and Cyber (Best Copywriting) | Grand Prix in Branded Content and Entertainment, Cyber and FIlm (Internet Series)
Nike - "Find your Greatness"
Agency: Wieden + Kennedy, Portland | Country: USA
Awards and categories: Titanium in Titanium & Integrated
Google + Hangouts - "Same Sex Marriages"
Agency: Ogilvy | Country: France
Awards and categories: Gold in PR
Dove - "Camera Shy"
Agency: Ogilvy + Mather, London | Country: UK
Awards and categories: Gold in Film
Samsung Life Insurance - "The Bridge of Life"
Agency: Cheil Worldwide | Country: South Korea
Awards and categories: Gold in Promo & Activation (Ambient) | Gold in Promo & Activation (Public Health and Safety) | Titanium in Titanium and Integrated
Leica - "Soul"
Agency: Saatchi & Saatchi | Country: Brazil
Awards and categories: Gold in Film Craft (Cinematography)
Coca-Cola - "Share a Coke"
Agency: Leo Burnett Chicago | Country: USA / India / Pakistan
Awards and categories: Gold in Creative Effectiveness | Creative Marketer of the Year
Getty Images - "Life Cuts"
Agency: AlmapBBDO | Country: Brazil
Awards and categories: Gold in Film Craft (Editing)
Dove - "Sketches"
Agency: Ogilvy Brazil | Country: Brazil
Awards and categories: Gold in Branded Content & Entertainment, Integrated Content, Cyber, Film, Media, PR (Social Media), PR (Integrated Campaign), Promo & Activation, Titanium & Integrated | Grand Prix in Titanium & Integrated
Metro - "Dumb Ways to Die"
Agency: McCann Melbourne | Country: Australia
Awards and categories: Gold in Branded Content & Entertainment (Music), Integrated Content, Cyber (Music Sound & Editing, Video, Viral Advertising, Online Video), Direct (Digital Marketing & Social Media, Public Health & Safety), Film Craft (Music), Film (Viral Film), Media, PR (Social Media), Promo & Activation (Social Media, Public Health & Safety) | Grand Prix in Direct, Film, PR, Radio, Titanium & Integrated
It's that time of year again. The night in which football and advertising collide. According to Bloomberg Businessweek, "Rates for Super Bowl spots have climbed about 60 percent over the past decade, showing how much marketers value the chance to reach the largest TV audience. Last year’s game had 78 commercials and produced ad sales of $262.5 million..."
Brands turned to television (and the internet) for football's biggest night, and spent as much as $140,000 dolars per second for air time - a sum that can only be justified by the number of viewers and online buzz that generates only with an event such as this. Newcomers Oreo and Pistachios shared the spotlight with recurring participants such as Volkswagen and Go Daddy, who spurred up negative remarks due to what some considered as offensive spots.
From fans' submissions for the Doritos and Lincoln ads, to big productions with Kaley Cuoco and Stevie Wonder, this year was all about the pre-game strategy. "Social media has ushered in a new reality for marketers looking to play in the big game, and it’s allowing brands to create deeper narratives, engage fans earlier on and create greater buzz by releasing teasers and assets online before the event.", writes Rae Annfera for Co.Create.
Online news source extraordinaire, Mashable.com, has recently unveiled the top ten brands leading the world of social media, based on Starcount's latest analysis. Red Bull managed to snatch Coca-Cola's number one spot on the rankings, thanks to none other than Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner and his stratospherical feat.
Social media is definitely reshaping the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, or as they now call it, "the Socialympics." Brands have turned to this form of media in order to extend their scope beyond traditional formats. Youtube, Facebook and Twitter are playing a pivotal role in the amplification of brand messages and awareness, allowing viewers and non viewers to experience the games as never before.
Top contenders include McDonald's, Coca-Cola and Samsung, who have received the most number of mentions and blog coverage since the beginning of the year. But alas, not everything is set in stone - at least not yet. We've barely made it through the first few days of the games. It will be interesting to see how everything will shift during the course of the next few weeks.
So far, McDonald's is the most talked-about sponsor, getting positive as well as negative reviews. Some viewers dislike the fact that the fast food chain is the main food sponsor - "McDonald's being the official food of the Olympics is like smoking being the official medicine of cancer." (@MensHumor)
Check out StrategyOne's interesting infographic on the top brands with most online conversations: