Jules Tervoort and Mischa Rozema (Post Panic) present the making of the ambitious international feature film ‘Sundays.’ Foto credit: Merten Snijders.
A gutsy blogpost by Bert Hagendoorn resulted in a dedicated Creatie magazine and first live-event at Pakhuis de Zwijger, both brand named Dutch Digital Design. With founding father Hagendoorn in the lead, this first event attracted 700 curious eye balls, eager to see the best work in digital design. The evening was themed ‘Made in Holland.’
Co-moderator Wouter Boon (Boon Strategy and editor-in-chief of this blog), kicked off reading his column. According to Boon the theme Made in Holland was a first attempt to define Dutch Digital Design, thus being aware the event moved on virgin soil. His end conclusion: “the only style we have in digital design is no style at all – we are culturally neutral.” More…
How to sell your new Business Class seat – designed by Hella Jongerius (!). Since everybody knows that Business Class is way too expensive for consumers, we’d guess this is a b2b ‘problem.’ Not the case. KLM lets random passengers try it out. And if they surrender to the comfortable feeling of a fully reclined seat, they get a free Business Class ticket. You simply film this and seed it online. A mechanism KLM has used more often in the past. Maybe not the best way to advertise expensive design, but it will probably (again) score points on ‘sympathetic.’ There is also a ‘game.’ Created by DDB & Tribal.
Last week the Spinawards were awarded to the best digital cases in the Netherlands. That was just a Dutch affair. You would guess that internationally the Webby’s are a better indicator. But when looking at the winners, the show doesn’t seem to represent the best of Holland’s digital work. The 18th edition awarded 3 Webby’s and 3 People’s Voice Winners. The Webby’s went to: the KLM’s ‘Social Care’ (CRM) by agency Ministry of World Domination; an interactive website by Black Magic Marker about World War II; and Achtung!’s Bannerbahn. Since the People’s Voice Awards mainly say something about how well an agency can activate its social network, we don’t take them too seriously. Having said that, we were quite surprised that KLM Space, by DDB & Tribal didn’t win more than a People’s Voice Award. Just two more months and then the Cannes Lions will reveal what really sticks internationally in digital.
Last Thursday night, the 16th annual SpinAwards ceremony took place in club Panama in Amsterdam. To celebrate the ultimate creativity in digital, the SpinAwards foundation handed out 15 gold and 17 silver awards, a new record. This year the awards in the shape of big rings were redesigned and 3D printed – as you can expect from a digital award show. To quote Beyonce: “If you like it then you should put a ring on it.”
Sweetie, the CG girl created by Lemz to track down “online pedophiles,” wins three ADCN nominations.
Yesterday, at the ADCN clubhouse, the light bulb (or ‘lamp’ in Dutch) nominations were announced. The big winners were DDB & Tribal with 35 nominations, TBWA with 29, and N=5 with 22 nominations. Especially for N=5 this is quite an accomplishment, since it is by far the smallest agency of the three. The most successful (digital) production agency was MediaMonks with 23 nominations. On the client side KLM is the big winner with 14 nominations. It is what happens when you ask every agency in town to create some sort of activation. Or rather, that’s what happens when you write inspiring briefings and choose the right agencies to work for you. Sweetie, created by Lemz for Terres des Hommes, won three nominations – a concept that is so BIG that it will probably win at every award show around the world. Two important things have changed this year; all ADCN members are allowed to vote and the ADCN has introduced a bronze light bulb, to decrease the gap between a nomination and an actual award. We can imagine that this is a tempting thing to do, handing out more light bulbs, but it will only cause inflation – that’s not us being critical, but simply how economics work. Then again, we live in the age of (digital) democratization, so maybe it’s just a natural course. The accessibility of the awards is probably also why this year, for the first time, we are allowed to leave our black ties at home when the definite winners are announced in Paradiso on 31 March. You can find the complete list of nominations here.
With 1 Gold (Interactive), 4 Silver (Interactive, Design and Mobile) and 3 Bronze (Interactive and Promo & Activation) one of our personal favourites, KLM Space by DDB & Tribal and Rapp was the big winner during this year’s Eurobest – from Dutch point of view that is. DDB & Tribal themselves was the agency which stuck out already with its amount of nominations on the short list and now with its awards: seven times Silver and four times Bronze. Rapp is part of DDB & Tribal so there were even more awards to take home: another Gold and Bronze. DDB & Tribal also got awarded 3 Silver for three different commercials for Inshared and it’s nice to see that the Netherlands are back in the film category (last year we won zero in film). Another one of our favourites that we dubbed digital concept of the year Achtung!’s GTI Bannerbahn for Volkswagen left Lisbon with 2 Silver and 1 Bronze in Interactive and Promo & Activation. They also were the only winners in…radio with a Silver award for their Porsche Cayenne Kilometer - proving they’re not just a digital agency. Ogilvy’s contribution for Dela (“why wait until it’s too late”) scored the second Dutch Gold in the category Branded Content & Entertainment and 2 Bronze in Promo & Activation and Media. Last summer they already won a Media Grand Prix in Cannes. We are quite pleased with the results: in total there were 24 Dutch winners this year, compared to 19 awards last year we did better, especially in digital.
It’s a plane… it’s a train… no it’s KLM! We’re impressed – up to a goosebump-level. This once more shows that if there are two companies that understand marketing and advertising, it’s KLM and Tribal DDB. What a fantastic concept; showing Disney’s Planes in a real KLM aircraft, and turning it into a three-dimensional experience. Actually, four-dimensional; these kids are fans for life.
Yet another digital product by airline KLM that shows they want to be more than just an airline. After activations like Meet & Seat (linking your social media profile to your seat) and the Must see map (crowdsourced travel tips), the Dutch (read: French) airline now introduces a game; Aviation empire. Not some silly, irrelevant game, but one that allows you to “pilot an airline, command a fleet, and unlock rewards,” which sounds like a crossover between Flight Control and Sim City. What’s interesting about the commercial is that it might be the very first big budget commercial that advertises a branded (mobile) game. The film, shot in Amsterdam, Oman, and South Korea, was directed by Daniel Dow, shot by Mick van Dantzig and produced by DPPLR. Sound by Audentity.
Yet another aspiring concept by KLM, Tribal DDB, and sister agency RAPP. On April 22nd KLM will launch a high altitude balloon in the Nevada Desert, equipped with a camera and GPS-tracker to stream the real time data of the flight to a website, so that the balloon’s progress can be followed. As we’ve all learned from the idea that probably inspired this concept (a dad and son sending an iPhone towards space) the balloon will pop at some point – not in space, actually, but quite far away from it. On the website you can predict where it’ll pop – both the height and the position on the map. The winner will win a flight into space. Simple as that. Once you’ve chosen a spot in space, you can increase it, and thus the chance of winning, by asking friends to endorse you – read: spread the idea through social media. The idea is not just great in its simplicity, but also shows how a crafty execution can really make an idea; the visuals, interaction design, and sound turn it into an extremely attractive experience. Produced by Media Monks and the sound was done by MassiveMusic, Kaiser Sound Studios, and Media Monks.
Last Thursday the SpinAwards were awarded to the most digital clients, agencies, and ideas. Achtung! was the big winner with one Gold (Das Interland for Volkswagen) and three Silver (‘Tour dus Sofa’ for Skoda – an interactive game around the Tour de France). On top of that Achtung! became agency of the year – for the third time. KLM also won one Gold (Meet & Seat by Tribal DDB) and three Silver (Meet & Seat and Must see map by Code d’Azur), and became client of the year. Apart from these winners, our favourite cases were: Tweetphony (create your own 140-character symphony) by Havas – two Silvers – and the Twitter-directed film Under Control by Woedend!, winning Gold and Silver. Both ideas are simple, but at the same time quite innovative, using Twitter in a smart and unorthodox way. Finally, we were charmed by FHV BBDO’s Holland’s Next Octopus Paul, winning Silver. You can find the complete list here.