Talents..everywhere!

Last week we had some fun.

We gave each and everyone in Livingroom a line, a belief, a promise from our agency Manifesto and a week to come up with an idea around it.

Normally,

It would have been one of those tasks that get lost in inboxes,

thrown on the back burner while day to day work takes priority,

or even ignored and forgotten till its dead and meaningless.

Luckily, we don’t abide by the ‘Normally’.

Instead, things happened.

We heard finance pitching their ideas to designers over a cigarette break,

We saw Brand Navigation experimenting with Photoshop,

Journey planning playing around with fonts,

Mission Control scratching their brains,

Connection having fun,

After hours brainstorming sessions,

Props hunting,

Proud & glowing faces with ‘I found my idea’ written all over them.

And the result was mind blowing, nothing less than ‘Goose bumpy’,

Livingroom transformed into an art exhibition where everyone displayed their ‘own-created-developed’ idea.

It was heartwarming.

A reinforcement to our belief that great ideas come from anywhere and that we were indeed surrounded by Talent.

Definitely a big SMOOCH!

Check for yourselves:

ITS WHEN YOU’D TOUCH EACH OTHER WITHOUT A GUILT

ITS THAT TIGHTEST HUG YOU’D GIVE YOUR PARTNER

ITS WHEN YOU’D STAY LATE COZ YOUR PARTNER HAS A DATE

WE BELIEVE EVERY PIECE OF WORK WE DO IS LOVED TO BITS

WE BELIEVE THAT EVERY PIECE OF ART WE CREATE…WE CUM OVER IT

WE BELIEVE TALENTS ARE IRREPLACEABLE

WE BELIEVE OUR FLABBY TUMMY WILL NOT SLOW US DOWN

WE BELIEVE THAT EVERYONE OF US IS A PAGE IN THE BOOK CALLED ‘THEY DID IT’

WE BELIEVE IN INDIVIDUAL INDEPENDENCE & COLLECTIVE VICTORIES THAT TURN INTO BEST SELLERS

ITS A BELIEF THAT MAKES OUR HEARTS BEAT LOUDER THAN THUNDER

IT’S THAT CUP OF TEA YOU’S PREPARE FOR A VISITOR, A COLLEAGUE OR A CLIENT

WE ARE BELIEVERS

EINSTEIN ONCE SAID ‘FUCK YOU’. WE SAY, ‘FUCK YOU EINSTEIN’

WE BELIEVE THERE IS NO NIGHT…JUST THE ABSENCE OF LIGHT

WHEN THE SUN SLEEPS, WE TURN ON THE STARS

IT’S THE HONEST LAUGHTER THE SECURITY ON THE GROUND FLOOR WILL HEAR

BECAUSE WE’RE LIVING


I’m so glad you don’t sell Hemorrhoids cream

Following my last ‘Noose’ on the KFC bucket run campaign, I promised I would ‘Smooch’ at least 10 ideas before trashing another one.

But this ‘thing’ made me change my mind.

I say ‘thing’ because it doesn’t fall into any category in mind

it’s not an ad.

it’s not a conversation.

it’s not an idea

it’s not a connection

What is it?

I glance at this ‘thing’ and i can hear the client mumbling somewhere in a cold, grey, corporate conference room:

‘let’s shock people….let’s show them blood…they will get scared and start using our brand….it worked in Poland!’

I relook at it and i can see the agency guys sit silent, defeated, losing interest, after many weeks of struggle.

Congratulations Brand team….you just won your argument and flashed your ‘insight’ right in front of our eyes…

….’a blood stain in a white sink’.

While you think this is a result generating campaign, the reality may be a bit different.

It is a disgusting ‘ad’ that even ‘blood spitting people’ may not appreciate.

And while the ‘insight’ is spot on, (and I’m sure you spent a fair amount of money on ‘research’), you missed a very important point:

Communication is not about flashing your insight in its raw form!

It’s more about taking it to another level, a level where you can have a proper connection with your audience.

A level where you can let your audience identify and connect in a subtle way. Let them see the ‘revelation’

And trust me…a visual mix of saliva and blood will not do it.

It will just result in a sudden face-turn, and people wouldn’t glance at it ever again.

So you have a product that certainly works…

and I understand you want to target a specific audience.

Have you considered doing it in a way that would not make them feel embarrassed to ask for your brand?

..and without polluting Sheikh Zayed Road?

Well, I’m just glad you don’t sell hemorrhoids cream.

Definitely a ‘Noose’.


Life’s better in twos – Bloomingdale’s Dubai

Second Anniversary

There’s hardly a time when you see something pleasing to the eyes in the newspaper when it comes to advertising in the region. But the idea, colors and overall art direction of the second anniversary campaign for Bloomingdales is a definitely a “Smooch”.

Not just the fact that it talks about Bloomingdale’s second anniversary (being the 2 year old brand in Dubai) but it also sends a relevant message to the lovers out there for Valentines. Very well done!

However, if the campaign had more executions/stories it would have been even better. Let’s see what they have to say on being 3 years old :-)


Unhealthy Body, Healthy mind…Smooch or Noose?

I’ve never been a health freak,

But I know what is healthy and what is not…and I’ve indulged of the ‘not healthy’ for so long.

I’ve never been an ad guru,

But I feel what is a good communication and what is not…and I’ve been indulgent to the ‘not so good’ for so long.

I can tolerate cheaply produced ads.

I can even accept flat communication…sometimes there is a reason for that.

But what I will never tolerate is irrelevant communication.

I’ve been seeing this bridge banner, every day for the past week.

And every time, I tried to remain positive to find a logical link.

So I checked it again online.


And here is the idea:

We’re a fast food brand. We sell ‘deep fried’ chicken…..and we love Children.

And we care for their education

So we’re organizing an event to help raise money for their education.

And since we have a spicy variant, this makes us:

“All Fired Up to help educate Children”.

The flames in the over cluttered layout are spot on..they are related to their ‘hot & spicy Zinger taste’ (check the bottom left corner, around their ’30 years’ icon).

The name ‘KFC Bucket run’ definitely makes sense since it promotes the large size family meal.

The mini promotion on the left side is pure genius since it pushes you to buy a Bucket and share it with friends…of course because sharing is caring!

The rewards listed are tempting. A trophy, free meals, free gifts and the list goes on and on.

So what’s not to like!

And to prove that the campaign is a success, check their 300K FB likes (which of course are pushed by the genius ‘Click and win a free meal’ hook)

Well done guys! you just crossed the line to beyond irrelevant.

If you’ve been told that these are the ingredients that make a good ‘community initiative’….get a second opinion.

If you really want to do something for Children, then maybe introducing ‘fat free’, ‘skin free’ or ‘Fried with grape seed oil’ variants should have been the answer to your brief.

And if you care about their education that much, you should have been challenged and reminded of ‘Healthy body, healthy mind’

The main issue is that this communication is forced.

I am sure something went wrong somewhere. Having been around for ’30 years’ comes after all with maturity and community understanding.

What happened here?

I’ve had my share of KFC buckets and it’s the ‘Unhealthy’ i like. Pleasure and sin goes sometimes hand in hand.

What annoys me in this communication is the ‘irrelevance’.

A boring ‘Cleaner Dubai’, an expected ‘Plastic-free week’ or even a free ‘play area for kids’ initiative would have gotten a better review.

I’ll stop here and wish you Good Luck with your event.

I bet we’ll see lots of empty buckets and filled bellies on Feb 24th.

Definitely a ‘Noose’.


We like…we don’t like.

 

 

 

Being the ‘not another dinosaur’ agency, its in our DNA to be playful and do things differently.

But our principles are set & sacred.

One thing’s for sure, we respect other agencies.

That’s where we all graduated from.

We owe them for where we are today.

Without them we wouldn’t be here under the same Livingroom roof.

We speak our minds without reservations but within the boundaries of ETHICS.

We allow ourselves to criticize…constructively.

What’s out there in terms of communication is pushing us to do so.

We see Art and Bullshit every day.

We see Big ideas and ‘Reclame’ everywhere.

We want to talk about them.

We will praise what we believe is worthy

We will trash what we believe is mediocre and doesn’t deserve to see the light of day.

We’re not pretentious and we know that this will definitely not improve the communication landscape,

But at least we will release some of our frustrations and hope to get you on board to release some of yours as well.

Smooch or Noose is our next activity.

 

 

We will select every once in a while a campaign that caught our attention. We will Smooch it…or Noose it.

So watch this space.

And before starting with others, we will start with ourselves.

Here is Some of our work… let us know which ones deserve your Smooch and which are doomed to your Noose.

We’d love to hear your thoughts.


Squandering space.

I believe that every aspect of a brand’s appearance to its audience is an opportunity for it to display its products, its beliefs, its contribution to the world. None more so than its office space and its HQ.

So consider this ‘mural’ on the side of the HQ of G.E in Dubai.

I believe it’s a waste of space. Here’s why:

The creative itself is…well…un-Creative! What exactly does ‘the new face of the region mean’? And what an over used line. And, Just because the word ‘face’ appears in the headline doesn’t mean you need to put some random faces up there.

How many thousands of cars drive past that site each day, how many stand at the traffic lights waiting for the signal to turn, wanting something (anything) to read to make the minutes pass quickly? (As a side note, did you know people read their cereal box back-to-front, on average about 12 times before it’s thrown away!). Surely it could have been put to better use.

Here are some suggestions:

Tell me what G.E is actually doing in various parts of the world.

Tell me what new products you’ve launched.

Wind power, desalination, better health care are all great stories to tell – but what is it about them people want to hear? Make it interesting.

Tell me how you improve lives.

So, if you’d like to see how we could make your communication with the world more mesmerizing, tweet, message, email or call us.

Have a good day.