New client: My Healthy Kitchen

January 16th, 2017 / Sophie Allen

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We might only have been back in the studio for a few weeks, but we’ve already leapt straight into a huge pile of projects – and we’ve started working with some new clients.

Strictly speaking, we actually began working with My Healthy Kitchen, a new, better-for-you ready meal brand, right at the end of 2016. Offering meals that are made delicious and nutritious with the ingredients they put in, rather than what they take away, My Healthy Kitchen brings tastier, healthier, and more exciting possibilities to the ready meal category.

We’ve designed, built and written copy for the brand’s website and will be managing and creating content for their social media channels, all of which will be launching next month. Look out for our work on Twitter and Facebook in February!

Christmas advertising: Our annual roundup

November 15th, 2016 / Sophie Allen

It counts as annual if we did it last year, right? Grand!

Below, we’ve recapped the ads from some of the Christmas campaign contest’s key players, and used an extremely sophisticated rating system to decide which are tickling our festive fancy.

John Lewis – Buster the Boxer

When it comes to the John Lewis ad we’re usually due an emotional punch in the guts, but considering this year has been completely and objectively awful the brand’s gone for something a little more uplifting. That said, this ad has left everyone, well… divided (which also follows the theme of 2016, no?). All we know is that, regardless of whether you like the ad itself, the way they’ve integrated the campaign across multiple platforms – including online and in-store – is fantastic.

Festive rating: 3.5
Joy rating: 4
Overall rating: 3.75 mince pies

M&S – Christmas with love from Mrs Claus

Hot on the heels of John Lewis M&S appeared, out of the blue, with their heartwarming story of Mrs Claus and her excellent, excellent turtleneck jumperThe family narrative underscoring the whole thing is really relatable, while their portrayal of Mrs Claus is refreshingly fun and modern. As M&S continues to struggle with homeware and clothing profits – and begins closing stores – this warm, emotive campaign, which is being supported with extensive social including innovative Canvas ads, should help the brand to reconnect with consumers.

Festive rating: 5
Joy rating: 4
Overall rating: 4.5 mince pies

Sainsbury’s – The Greatest Gift

It should be a winner. It has a huge show tune sung by James Corden (for reasons that, admittedly, escape us), it’s directed by Sam Fell and it uses stop-frame animation techniques. It’s undeniably fun and festive with a nice emotional touch, and it shows the diversity of British families – but the Scrooge in us just finds it horribly, sickly sweet. The brand is however underpinning the campaign with a charitable cause, donating all the profits from sales of Gingerbread Dave and their stop-frame animation kit to Great Ormond Street Hospital, which helps to support their family-first messaging.

Festive rating: 4
Joy rating: 5
Twee penalty: 5
Overall rating: 2 mince pies

Aldi – Kevin the Carrot

We’re torn on this on in the studio. While some of us think that anthropomorphised vegetables are completely adorable, others think that this story of a tiny carrot who climbs past its dead friends, accidentally grates off some of his skin, then fulfils its purpose as a tempting treat for a predatory reindeer is – as Donald Trump would say (probably) – ‘big-league’ dark.

Festive rating: 5
Joy rating: 1
Overall rating: 3 mince pies

Waitrose – Home for Christmas

Waitrose has been quietly creating lovely Christmas campaigns for a while now. While leaving John Lewis to steal the show, they’ve been making more subtle ads including one of our team’s all-time favourites from 2014. This year’s offering goes a bit bigger, showing a tiny (and absolutely precious) robin’s fraught journey home for Christmas.

The visuals are stunning, the music is really emotive, and overall it’s a simple yet beautiful story. And, as part of the wider campaign, they’ve produced a children’s book of the story with acclaimed writer Michael Mopurgo.

Festive rating: 5
Joy rating: 5
Overall rating: 5 mince pies

So, there we have it – Waitrose is officially our favourite Christmas ad of this year. Think we’ve got it all wrong? Let us know on Twitter or Facebook!

Our social client: Cofresh

September 15th, 2016 / Sophie Allen

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We’ve been appointed by the UK’s number one Indian snack brand, Cofresh, to manage their social media channels.

Cofresh has been owned and run by the Patel family since way back in the 60s, when Dinesh Patel founded a potato crisp business in Nairobi, Kenya. Upon moving to the UK in the 70s the family continued to make snacks, and today Cofresh makes more than 200 products including potato crisps, spicy snack mixes, rice sticks, and more.

We’ll be focusing on growing the brand’s channels and creating fresh, engaging content – our in-house illustrator, Dave, has already been hard at work on the amazing snack-based art you can see in this post. Keep your eye out for more!

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We’re really looking forward to working with such a unique and exciting brand. Like Cofresh on Facebook and Instagram to keep an eye out for our work – we can’t wait to share what we’ve been up to!

Together updates: August 2016

September 2nd, 2016 / Sophie Allen

Another month has passed in a blur of meetings, pitches, proofs and shoots. Here’s a roundup of what we’ve been up to.

What’s everyone doing?

Over the past couple of months we’ve continued to expand our portfolio of video and photography, with Anil – our Creative Director – and Creative Producer Cara out on shoots for clients including Interflora and CARE Fertility. We’ve also another big shoot for CARE, as well as an exciting video project for Cofresh, in the pipeline. Keep an eye on our social media channels to get the first look at our work on launch.

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In our design and artwork teams Dave, Adam, Ady and Jim have been working intensely on a huge variety of projects ranging from conference stand visualisations to glossy installation guides. Alongside this they’ve been developing packaging designs for an international FMCG brand – but that’s as much as we can say about that for now.

Our digital team has just launched a new website for Licor 43take a look, and be sure to spend a little time browsing the new and improved cocktail section. We’ve also started on the autumn campaign for the National Trust’s Midlands properties, which will cover radio, press, and digital; just a couple of weeks ago Beth and Jen headed out at Hardwick Hall with the recording crew to talk to visitors.

Any new business?

Of course. We’re excited to be working on a creative campaign for new clients Eat Real, part of the Cofresh snack family. Our fantastic accounts team has also been working on lots of pitches and tenders behind the scenes.

What else is new?

At the beginning of July we said goodbye to our fantastic social media assistant, Leigh. Leigh had been working with us for over a year (doing a particularly brilliant job on this very blog) and now she’s jetting off to spend a year in Australia. You can keep up to date with her life, travels, and foodie adventures over on her blog, The Writing Campbell.

 

If you’ve got any projects you want to talk about, we’re always happy to chat. Give us a call or drop us an email through our contact page.

Our work: Licor 43 website

August 13th, 2016 / Sophie Allen

¡Salud! Last week saw the launch of our brand new Licor 43 global website design, with a stunning new look and fully mobile responsive construction.

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