Which countries have the strongest brand?


Country Brands ReportA report reveals which countries have the strongest ‘brand’, with Japan winning the top spot.

Futurebrand’s ‘Country Brand Index’ asked people to rank nations based on factors such as awareness, preference, and advocacy.

To be classed as a ‘country brand’, a country has to be both a ‘status country’ and an ‘experience country’ – only twenty two nations are ranked as both.

Switzerland and Germany are ranked second and third respectively, with the UK ranked twelfth.

Find out more about the report here and tell us which country you think has the strongest brand.

Paddington’s Britain campaign


Paddington's BritainVisitBritain wants tourists to ‘see Britain through Paddington’s eyes’ as part of its marketing campaign.

The ‘Britain is Great’ campaign has teamed up with the new Paddington Bear movie and is encouraging tourists to take selfies using the hashtag #PaddingtonsBritain.

Campaign branding has also been placed in the film itself, with VisitBritain’s marketing director Joss Croft saying: “the film demonstrates the warm welcome that Britain delivers to all our visitors – albeit in this case an ursine Peruvian”.

Find out more about the campaign here and tell us if you’ll be seeing the movie.

Colourful minimalist posters for a wine brand


Bordeaux Wines adA new series of print ads for a wine brand uses simple but clever imagery for an striking campaign.

The adverts for Bordeaux Wines use silhouettes of wine bottles against colourful backgrounds, reminiscent of retro French posters.

The posters include a bottle that has taken root in the ground and a bottle transformed into a telescope looking at the stars.

Take a look at the rest of the adverts here and tell us what you think.

Kit Kat unveils world’s first ‘splactor’ in fun new advert


SplactorKit Kat’s new advert offers an interesting explanation for its new product by introducing the world’s first ‘splactor’, or ‘split actor’.

The spot follows ‘Martin Mahogany’ on a film set as he plays two characters at the same time, with each half of his body in different costume and makeup.

To achieve his ambitious performances, he physically turns around to switch character, delivering his lines with utmost seriousness.

As the world’s first ‘splactor’, Martin is happy to take the credit for Kit Kat’s new Chunky Double Caramel bar, which takes a similar approach with two contrasting fillings.

Watch the ad below and tell us what you think of it.

The North Face surprises shoppers with vanishing floor


The North FaceOutdoors brand The North Face has given its customers a new challenge with its pop-up shop in South Korea.

Known for representing exhilarating outdoor sports, the company surprised unsuspecting shoppers by slowly removing the floor from underneath their feet.

The customers had to grab hold of the wall, which was covered in rock-climbing holds, but a greater challenge awaited them in the form of an item of North Face clothing and a countdown timer.

Watch the video below to discover the outcome of the challenge and tell us what you think of the stunt.

Philips advert travels through time


Philips adPhilips’ new advert asks the question ‘how many years does it take to change a lightbulb?’.

The advert, which showcases the company’s new wireless bulb, uses stop motion to depict a family through six different time periods, revealing how technology has changed since the Victorian era.

The family’s lighting remains basic throughout the ages, until they invest in a new Philips bulb that can produce a range of ambient lighting effects.

Watch the fun new advert below and tell us what you think.

Instagram launches creative advertising for brands


Instagram Waitrose adInstagram has introduced an advertising unit for UK brands.

The photo app’s new ‘Sponsored’ unit charges advertisers on a cost-per-mille basis and allows them to target audiences by demographic.

The first seven advertisers include Cadbury, Rimmel, and Waitrose.

Instagram describes the new offering as a ‘premium brand experience’ and insists that sponsored ads looks as natural as organic content – also encouraging brands to be as creative as possible with the format.

Read more about the new initiative here.

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