Posts Categorized: PR

Hear the buzz, but don’t get stung by the creativity bee

TurnCannes Lions is the honeypot of creativity in advertising. From virtual reality to smartwatches, advertisers aren’t afraid to push boundaries when looking for new ways to engage consumers and nowhere is this more apparent than at the annual event.

One of the most interesting show-stoppers this year was Google’s inexpensive virtual-reality reader, Cardboard, which won the mobile category at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, reminding the advertising industry about the power of images, experiences and storytelling.

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Cannes 2015 social media stats: Top brand and agency mentions

(Flickr/Jason Howie)

(Flickr/Jason Howie)

Global location-based marketplace xAd has been monitoring social media mentions around the #CannesLions hashtag, with event having had almost half a million mentions (438,683 tweets) over the course of the festival.

Here, the agency takes a look at the top brands and agencies being talked about at the event, as well as the hottest media & advertising topics.

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Sound bites from Cannes: ITB Worldwide, Adrian Grenier and Dell

WEB_Cannes_sound_bitesEmma Grede, chief executive of ITB Worldwide and chair of Cannes panel

There is an exciting opportunity for the marketing industry to use well-executed partnerships to inspire action on critical issues and causes. Increasingly we are creating meaningful collaborations between brands and individuals which aim to do more than simply convey a brand’s messaging. Instead they offer mutual benefit – campaigning on key issues and causes, whilst showcasing the values and key objectives at the core of that brand.

A new breed of influencer – wielding both traditional and social media clout – is the important link in helping tell powerful stories alongside brands that deliver real social, economic and environmental benefits on the ground.

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