Butter Me Up

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Those Danish Dairy Daredevils at Lurpak launched their ‘Lightest’ range in January –  aiming, no doubt, to capitalise on the guilty New Year feelings of a nation not known for its calorific self-control.

As well as a neat 60 second spot the £10m product launch includes a striking 48-sheet outdoor campaign, planned by Carat and appearing across premium sites in London such as the Imax, Clapham Colossus and Battersea 7.

And as I waited for the last tube home on Saturday night, I snapped the ad at Oxford Circus. My travelling companion – not as interested in all things outdoor as I’d like, despite my protestations – said it was the “best poster I’ve seen in ages.”

I quite like it too – it’s simple, striking and stylised enough that even a glance communicates the brand in an instant. And, more importantly, it does a good job of reminding us how much nicer those horrid vegetables taste when they’re coated in lovely butter.

Well done Lurpak and W+K London..

Poster Boy

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Switch Me On, Digitally

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last decade (or unless you’re my crumbling inlaws, still clinging hopefully to videos, vinyl and five free-to-air channels) you’ll know the way we all watch telly is changing.

For a lucky few, that might mean a full 3D home cinema experience with a Sky package the size of Western Australia, while for others a mere 40 inches of HD plasma pleasure will have to suffice. And while yours truly still goggles at the box in black and white (saves a fortune on the licence) even I’m going to have to upgrade to digital TV when London’s analog signal is switched off in April.

Digital UK – who are managing the switchover – have a big communications challenge on their hands to remind millions of the UK’s telly addicts that change is in the air. Perhaps it’s not surprising then, that the innovative use of outdoor is at the heart of their latest campaign.

As well as 600 T-Sides, and 1,000 supersides and interior bus panels targeting commuters a CBS Outdoor campaign (planned by MediaCom) has also turned an entire Central Line Tube train pink to raise awareness of the biggest change to broadcasting in a generation (and turned one hapless passenger into a gawping robot):

I love what they've done with the train...but if that giant teddy thing tried to chat to me on a crowded Monday morning platform I'd probably pull its head off.

The train is wrapped in Digital UK’s distinctive pink livery, as well as windows that form TV screens and switchover information on every train door. Furthermore, all Tube card panels inside the train advertise switchover and all 272 seats have been turned pink…. certainly one way of getting your message across:

There's that annoying teddy again, ruining an otherwise pleasant picture.

For the web savvy among you, Digital UK have a nifty Facebook page (though if you add their mascot as a friend I’ll think you’re a mug) and CBS have done a decent YouTube video showing how they wrapped the train.

Have a good weekend,

PB

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Taxi for Zoopla!

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Property website Zoopla has launched a new advertising campaign with taxi ad specialists Ubiquitous, which will see hundreds of cabs in the capital shed their black paint for a lick of something more exciting:

Each cab will be uniquely branded with different property data from various parts of London, in support of Zoopla’s ‘smarter property search’ campaign – which is also running in print, on radio and on national television.

Ubiquitous MD Alex Barnett said that the relatively affluent average cab passenger makes the medium perfect for a property-seeking audience.

And even those without The Knowledge know that taxi advertising is a great way to get your brand out and about, especially in London – and it’s hoped this distinctive campaign will reach 93% of Zoopla’s target London audience over the next six months.

PB

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Channel 4 Outdoor – For NYE

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11.59pm, 2011. Most readers – and definitely the author of this blog – had eyes on the skies, Big Ben or the bottom of a glass. Anything, in fact, to avoid having to look at Jools Holland.

But those people travelling between around central London on New Year’s Eve (and the hazy hours of New Year’s Day) wouldn’t have been able to miss Channel 4’s takeover of the tube, which saw them use all of CBS’s 1,420 HD digital screens on the Underground network to promote their January highlights as well as the channel’s famous faces. The campaign was made by 4Creative, Channel 4’s in-house ad agency, and planned and booked by OMD and Posterscope:

But that was only the beginning. Using escalator panels, LCD panels and cross-track projection screens, Channel 4 showcased exclusive New Year’s Eve content featuring a host of famous Channel 4 faces, with 40 second ‘Party Carriage’ digital films through to the early morning on January 1st 2012.

If you missed the films – or your memories of them are more hazy than usual – then The Guardian are hosting one of the Party Carriage videos right here.

And in related news, it was announced on 4th January that CBS Outdoor will retain responsibility for all adverts on the London Underground network through TfL’s commercial advertising concession. Media Week had previously reported a difference of views on the contract between CBS and London Underground here and here.

But it seems these disagreements have been put aside. Graeme Craig, commercial development director at TfL, said:

“Following discussions with CBS Outdoor we have reached a comprehensive agreement that sees CBS Outdoor continue to run the commercial advertising concession for London Underground. We are delighted to be maintaining our long and successful relationship with CBS Outdoor.”

Antonio Alonso, chief executive of CBS Outdoor International, added:

“We are pleased that our partnership will continue on what is undoubtedly the best outdoor advertising estate in London and we look forward to working closely with TfL and London in the exciting lead up to the London 2012 Games and beyond.”

PB

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