Our estemed creative director playing his Chrimbell iPhone.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
First choose a carol, then select a bell. Then just ‘ring’ your iphone like you would a real bell. Each ringing movement sounds a note of your chosen carol. Play as fast or as slow as you like.
Gather your chums and form a festive handbell chorus
Ring in the season with Jingle Bells, Ding Dong Merrily on High, Away in a Manger, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Silent Night, Little Donkey, Oh Come All Ye Faithful and Auld Lang Syne.
Chrimbell is the ultimate accessory for the modern caroler. It’s Caroling 2.0 or, like, a Christmas Guitar Hero.
In association with Golden Gekko.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
- They start fires. Blogging forces you to come up with new stuff. To be interesting.
- They understand the value of connection. And are connected. To other interesting people.
- They get digital. They appreciate the nuances and potential of social media. And how it works. Because they're doing it, not looking at it
- They're bothered. They have an opinion. They're not afraid to express it.
- They're passionate about their subject. And real passion is rare indeed.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
A crisis is a chance to break ingrained structures and behaviors that sap the productivity and effectiveness of many organizations. Such moves aren’t a short-term crisis response—they often take a year or more to pay dividends—but are valuable in any scenario and could help a company survive if hard times persist. Although employees may dislike this approach, most will understand why management aims to make the organization more effective.
This may, for example, be the time to destroy the vertical organizational structures, retrofitted with ad hoc and matrix overlays, that encumber companies large and small. Such structures can burden professionals with several competing bosses. Internecine battles and unclear decisions are common. Turf wars between product, sales, and geographic managers kill promising projects. Searches for information aren’t productive, and countless hours are wasted on pointless e-mails, telephone calls, and meetings.
Experience shows that streamlining an organization to define roles and the way those who hold them collaborate can greatly improve its effectiveness and decision making. When jobs must be eliminated, the cuts mostly reduce unproductive complexity rather than valuable work. As Matthew Guthridge, John R. McPherson, and William J. Wolf point out in “Smart cost-cutting in the downturn: Upgrading talent” (available on December 4), Cisco took that approach in shedding 8,500 jobs in 2001. When the company redesigned roles and responsibilities to improve cooperation among functions and reduce duplication of effort, talented employees were more satisfied in a more collaborative workplace.
In fact, many functional areas offer big opportunities: greater effectiveness, lower fixed costs, freed-up capital, and reduced risk. This could be the moment to redefine and reprioritize the use of IT to increase its impact and cut its cost. Other companies could seize the moment to control inventory; to reexamine their cash flow management, including payments and receivables; or to change the mix of marketing vehicles and sales models in response to the rising cost of traditional media and the growing effectiveness of new ones.
As customer preferences change, competitors falter, opportunities to gain distressed assets emerge, and governments shift from crisis control to economic stimulus, the next year or two will probably produce new laggards, leaders, and industry dynamics. The future will belong to companies whose senior executives remain calm, carefully assess their options, and nurture the flexibility, awareness, and resiliency needed to deal with whatever the world throws at them
Monday, December 08, 2008
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Monday, December 01, 2008
Ogilvy Advertising has developed a mobile application for Fanta that is only audible to teenagers.
The application is based on the same technology used to deter teenagers from hanging around outside shops and bus shelters, the Mosquito Teen Repellent, developed by Howard Stapleton.
The Fanta Stealth Sound System, uses high-pitched frequencies, only audible to the under 20s. It includes wolf-whistles, warnings, pssts and sound tags for phrases like "cool", "uncool", and "let’s get out of here".
Bo Hellberg played it all the way through my presentation to the board on branded entertainment. And yes, despite the prevalence of ironic t-shirts, difficult glasses and trainers hinting at at least a desire to recapture their youth, no one noticed. Not even me...
So we have just got one of these babies in the Ogilvy Labs office - as demonstrated by the lovely Sasha.
Good to see BMW putting theirs to good use. Too much money to invest in what is a glorified kiosk?
Hat tip Blogilvy.nl
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