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Allowing your brand room to grow

As a branding agency, your deepest cuts are the ones no one sees. While many brands include iconic pictures, there are many more failed brands using too much creativity. Imagine how dated the timeless Star Wars font would be if it contained a 70’s style star. Think of the implied limitations if Lego’s simple four letters also included their block holes. Some branding may even unwittingly foreshadow a company’s doom such as the throwaway ticket stub image of Blockbuster or the kicked to the curb Pinto logo. One wrong detail can take away a brand’s lasting impact.

Growing corporations regularly up cycle their brand in carefully strategic ways.
Like the ongoing simplification of Starbucks and Amazon logos, some companies keep their identity recognizable while emphasizing new possibilities. Others, like Disney or Darden, drop part of their name to expand and some, like Airbnb and IHOP, add something new. Change itself isn’t inspiring, but purposeful changes are.

Your branding should allow you room to grow.
You want to live into your potential so remember the simplest brand image doesn’t always win, the one that connects the most does. Being creative is not always about making the most novel concept, sometimes it is about making the one so well-edited it feels natural and effortless.

Local artist Jim Bachor takes creativity to the streets

Congratulations are in order. Local artist Jim Bachor made the news last week for his creative way of fixing Chicago’s potholes. Rather than covering potholes with a standard heap of tar, Bachor has been filling the ban of Chicago drivers with his unique, mosaic artwork. Fox News chronicled the creation of his latest art installment in four segments that you can watch here.

http://www.myfoxchicago.com/story/24480829/chicago-artist-jim-bachor-transforms-potholes-into-art

Bachor discovered his passion for mosaic art several years ago volunteering on an archeological dig in Pompeii, Italy. Fascinated by history, he finds the staying power of mosaic art to be “simply amazing, because an ancient mosaic today will look exactly as it did when it was created two millennia ago.” In fact, Bachor uses the same techniques as our ancient ancestors, creating artwork that he describes as “speaking of modern things using an ancient voice.”

For contact information or to see more of Jim Bachor’s work, visit his responsive website (that C2 Creative produced) at http://bachor.com.

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Enjoy the One and Only Newcastle Brown Ale Ad That Was Never Made Responsibly

Droga5 has pulled off a Super Bowl media coup d’état with a series of very entertaining anti-spots for Newcastle. We applaud the asymmetrical assault on the otherwise over-the-top antics typically found in Super Bowl commercials. Marketers will definitely relate to these video spots with their behind the scenes perspective. Go to www.ifwemadeit.com to see the campaign play out. You’ll even notice the poor product shots that most likely resulted in a raise for someone. Or at least a pat on the back.

 

 

Betting brands during Super Bowl XLVIII

While many people have already placed their bets on who will win the Super Bowl this year, none of us at C2 are putting money on the big game — we’re betting on the brands. You read that correctly. PlayFantasyBrands.com has created the perfect game for ad geeks around the world, which lets users pick the brands they think are going to generate the most attention during the Super Bowl. Here’s who we’re going with:

Automotive Category: CarMax
http://youtu.be/U5YL8aRwO0g

After taking a two-year hiatus, CarMax has gotten back in the game with a Arsenio Hall inspired spot.

Food and Drink Category: M&M’s
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNr1a-k3bwk

It was tough to choose between M&M’s and Oikos, but when it came down to it we opted for chocolate over yogurt.

Wildcard Category: Axe
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63QfkSSqPsA

Our wildcard pick was a no-brainer. The teaser Axe released is creative and beautifully done.

Rookie Category: Beats
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCW7gl0XLvk

Richard Sherman, who’s featured in the teaser, has been the talk of the town since he lashed out on his post-game interviewer. That should guarantee a few shares.

Veteran Category: Bud Light
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FopVemR9YzY

Selecting Bud Light in our draft is kind of like selecting  Tim Tebow for a 2011 fantasy leauge. You hate to admit that he’s on your team but by some small miracle there’s a chance he could score a few points.

1. How many babies will appear in this year’s commercials?
Three. However, due to a casting gaff, each spot will feature the same baby.

2. Will Miley Cyrus appear in an ad?
Yes, for Twerk Jeans.

3. How many brands will include a hashtag onscreen?
All of them (#dontforgetthehastagbro)

4. Will any brand air a spot longer than 60 seconds?
Sorry, we were just texting while catching an old GOT episode. Can you repeat the question?

5. Which category will finish with the highest average score?
We only care about the category that finishes with the lowest score, as that’s who we’ll be calling on Monday.

6. How many tweets will the most tweeted about brand receive?
150,000 — all from George Clooney.

Ready to make a wager? Head over to PlayFantasyBrands.com to pick your winners.

NFL Super Bowl XLVIII Teaser Ads

As everyone may have noticed, there seems to be a new trend on the rise this year with Super Bowl advertising- teasers! In years past brands guarded their Super Bowl ideas like a chubby kid protecting his last chocolate bar. However, this year a lot of brands have been rolling out sneak previews, giving us a glimpse of what they have in store for Super Bowl XLVIII. A lot of them are fantastically weird, and funny.  For your viewing pleasure, here are six we felt worthy of sharing.

Oikos and Full House
http://mashable.com/2014/01/21/full-house-guys-super-bowl-ad/

Volkswagen and Carmen
http://mashable.com/2014/01/21/vws-super-bowl-teaser/

Bud Light and Arnold
http://creativity-online.com/work/bud-light-arnold-zipper/33624

Butterfinger “Cup Therapy”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yj6k3-RYbA4

Jaguar
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kr8yfOfU2Wc

Toyota and The Muppets
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnBwtUyR4OQ