We all get direct mail pieces every day. The challenge is obviously to stand out among the competition. In 18 years of marketing and communication competitions, nothing has stood out more than DAR, Inc.’s self marketing piece. It arrived in a square box that was three-feet tall by three-feet wide. Inside was the DARn Red Ball along with an oversized marketing piece that on one side details creative uses for the ball and on the other side, the Red Ball theme is carried over into marketing messages for DAR’s services. Wait there’s more. There is also a website they bounce you to (DAR’s words) where you can design and share your creative uses (www.thoseDARnRedBalls.com). This is a fun marketing piece that attracts attention for DAR’s direct marketing services, and even after the thrill is gone, it is impossible to throw the thing out. That darn red ball will probably be around our office forever.
Winner: Black Duck Software
Client: Black Duck Software
Title: Open Source Delivers (www.opensourcedelivers.com)
Category: 131. Blog (Corporate/Organizational)
Many blogs can pretty much be run of the mill, with more of a web obligation than a concerted creative effort. Black Duck Software has crafted a blog that is informative, concisely written, and well designed. The graphics are eye catching without being gimmicky. The site is well laid out and a pleasure to navigate. Though there is an incredible amount of information on the blog, it’s not overpowering.
The digital world now makes it convenient to receive entries online, but we still have several thousand that come through the door. Some entries just don’t have the desired effect when they are submitted digitally. When the post office and delivery services make their drops, we have several people who open the packages and process the contents. It is actually a very interesting job. Many of the entries are unusual …. you never know what we are going to get. Some of our favorites have been product labels that just so happened to be attached to unopened bottles of beer, wine and spirits.
The other day, our processors were going through the deliveries when I heard a scream, followed quickly by a second person’s scream. As I was running down the hall to see what happened, I had visions of a dead rodent and even a body part in one of the packages. What I found were the two processors gleefully opening a box of chocolates. In the box with the chocolate treasures was the Acuity Annual report entitled, “Acuity, A Sweet Year 2011″. The quality of the annual report matched the quality of the chocolates, or so I am told. I know the report was well done, but by the time the box made its way to the judges, A Sweet Year was just a Sweet Annual Report. The moral of the story is if you want to attract attention, share a theme with a good box of chocolates.
72andSunny was tasked with the assignment of separating techies from their iphones. Their client, Samsung, wanted a larger piece of the smart phone market. ‘The Next Big Thing” television ad campaign is a clever series of commercials poking fun at the competition and their disciples. The ads are fun as well as insightful and perhaps a little too close for comfort for some.
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LeBel communication of Quebec City, Canada has created a sleek website that pulls you into a water-filled oasis. The client, BainUltra, sells therapeutic baths and ‘care units’. From the opening page, LeBel takes the products and transforms them into an ethereal experience. The flash movie, embedded in a highly stylized banner, sets the mood and tone of the website. Design features are simple, but elegant. Photography unique and inviting. The website doesn’t overwhelm and let’s visitors browse at a relaxing pace. www.bainultra.com
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This is one ad campaign that not only catches your attention, but engages your imagination. Coyne Public Relations of Parsippany, New Jersey is a large agency with huge clients. This campaign tackled a very difficult assignment for any firm, promoting itself. Utilizing mesmerizing images and concise writing, the ads give readers a fanciful glimpse of Coyne’s creative capabilities.
By Gregg Ellman
The Android technology-based goggles are built for skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling to display data including speed, location, distance and temperature – all right in front of the user’s face.
It has a GPS enabled display, which comes with a navigation app pre-loaded with what the company states as “the largest database of trail maps in the world.”
Another APP called Buddy Tracking lets you to see where other MOD Live users are on the mountain slopes.
Recon also recently launched the Camera Connectivity application for MOD Live with a partnership with Contour.
The camera app works with the Contour Plus and ContourGPS hands-free HD cameras, which use the cameras’ built-in Bluetooth to turn the MOD Live’s virtual 14- inch display into a display to show what the camera sees.
With the app you can adjust the camera settings along with start/stop functions and displaying the battery and memory capacities. http://reconinstruments.com/ $399.99
The Verbatim Bluetooth Wireless Mobile Keyboard is one of those simple devices that gets a “wow” or “where did you get that” when seen by others.
Simply put it’s just another portable keyboard; but this one is ultra-compact since it folds in half for true portability.
The keys are soft touch and really responsive, to give you the feel of a real keyboard. It provides functional typing on the go unlike many other portable keyboards (that I have found to be flat out useless.)
I used it on a recent trip with my iPad and loved using it to write this column.
It has Apple friendly keys for features such as copy, paste, shift and undo. Most of those features are almost impossible to access on the touch screens keyboard.
It also includes function keys for up and down with arrow keys along with volume and music controls.
While I tested it out strictly on Apple devices, Verbatim states that the keyboard is supported with Android tablet devices with HID keyboard support.
It’s Bluetooth technology lets you pair it with up to six devices simultaneously and comes with a carrying case.
Also included for iPhone users is a stand, which folds into the keyboard itself when not in use. The stand will keep the phone in a front-center position for easy viewing while typing.
Two AA batteries to power it are included. www.Verbatim.com $79.99
The player has great sound, which is pretty significant but only one of its many great features.
I could start with it being lightweight and end with it being waterproof, which adds to an incredible amount of features packed into a Disney-themed sound system.
The weatherproofing enables any iPod or other portable MP3 player to be zippered shut securely in the sound system, which also has a clear window to give you access to the touch screen controls.
While the weatherproofing is great, the Disney themes enable the player to come in choices of designs featuring Minnie Mouse, Phineas & Ferb, Kermit the Frog and Jack From Nightmare before Christmas. www.ekids.com $39.99
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