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Michael Wallis was asked to create a poster for Earth Hour, the world’s largest mass participation event yet. Earth Hour is an annual Switch Off that focuses the world’s attention on our planet. Each poster focuses on a particular carbon-reducing action – walk more, eat less red meat, reduce consumption and so on. Michael chose ‘Unplug’ with a Terminator-inspired solution.

Each poster will be distributed to 50m people daily throughout the WWF and Do The Green Thing online community. Other participating designers and artists include:

David Shrigley
Neville Brody
Patrick Cox
Sir Paul Smith
Sir Quentin Blake

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Reading the coverage from CES in Las Vegas last week, there seems to be broad agreement that Wearables will be the stand-out tech trend in 2014.

But what genuinely breakthrough products and technology were showcased at CES, and which, if any, might be expected to gain widespread consumer adoption?

1. Lumus DK-40 smartglasses

OK, they could do with some help in the name, but the Lumus glasses – which project a Head-up display (HUD) like Google’s much discussed Glass – killer feature is pin-sharp optics, to transform user experience. They have done this using embedded prisms as part of a coating onto the glass.

Lumus will not be marketing their glasses, they are a showcase for the technology that Lumus hopes to sell to product manufacturers.

The smart glasses category (is it a category yet? Seems to be headed that way) will need this kind of technology innovation to go mainstream, and Lumus could be helping to drive HUD technology in that direction.

2. Intel moves to smart products strategy with Edison

Rather than a single product or technology, Intel’s announcement of a raft of connected, wearable products developments is a marker that the Internet of Things (objects, products, some wearable, that are made ‘smart’ using embedded technology) is going to be a major part of the tech scene for the next few years.

Among the products that Intel trailed at CES:

While none of these is revolutionary in its own right, what makes this a huge story is Intel’s scale and their strategic intent. This isn’t a clever start-up on Kickstarter looking for $30,000…

3. Er, surprisingly little that could be gamechanging

Cnet’s coverage;

The biggest products we’re anticipating in wearable tech — an iWatch, newer Google Glass, a Google watch, and maybe a Microsoft device — aren’t here yet. More importantly, those companies are bound to build services and software that transform wearables as a platform the way the iPhone influenced Android and rewrote the smartphone industry. Once those players emerge, the wearables game will change again…so, for now, it looks like nobody wants to make a bold and foolish splash like the Samsung Galaxy Gear. Things will change once Google, Apple and Microsoft stake claims.

So the headline is that 2014 could well be the year when connected products, including wearables (Notifiiers, Trackers, and Glasses) move from minority Geek usage to smartphone-style mass adoption. But CES was not the show where the battle lines between the main players were drawn.

Our view is that making wearables desirable is a least a big a challenge as the technology, and vital to achieve mass adoption. The recently announced partnership between Tory Burch and Fitbit (TechCrunch story) is an example of this kind of product development as, arguably, is Angela Ahrendts high-profile move from Burberry to Apple.

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CW investments #2 – Wearables

Could getting away from screens be a trend?

There’s a dizzying variety of wearables projects on Kickstarter at the moment. Given that the Kickstarter-funded projects are outside the funding of big corporations and venture capital, it’s safe to say we’re all going to be bombarded by clever and useful wearable products over coming years.

Here’s our pick of what we found live (or recently closed) on Kickstarter. Continue Reading …

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Written By , 196 days ago

As part of our mission to help our corporate clients find the right enabling technology to drive brand and product advantage, we recently decided to ‘invest’ in 2-3 Kickstarter projects a month.  Not in the hope of early retirement, but to bring us closer to the businesses that we select, all of which will have a specific relevance to developing trends that we believe are, or could be, significant.

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Written By , 237 days ago

With investment in data reaching impressive scale, there is still not enough of a focus on data-driven creativity and the process needs to be reimagined, argues Corke Wallis’s William Corke.

Data of various kinds have been part of the creative process for marketing for decades. But over the past 10 years, the rising tide of digital data has clearly changed things profoundly for creative agencies and in-house marketing teams alike.

A recent Gartner report predicted CMOs will spend more time and money on IT than CIOs by 2017, as technology and marketing move ever closer. But how can you tell if your agency is keeping up?

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Last week we released consumer research revealing that nearly 90% of people in the UK want to take control of the type and timing of the promotional messages they receive.

Our online survey of 300 UK consumers found the overwhelming majority want an alternative to regular targeted promotions. 86% would be interested in a service that enables the requesting of offers for relevant products, in real-time, and almost half (48%) said that the targeted offers they receive at present are not relevant.

The shift in consumer attitudes that will support advances in VRM (Vendor Relationship Management) presents a huge opportunity for businesses that market better, and that properly eliminate waste: to get ahead of the competition by offering a better experience to their customers.

You can read more about the research in our press release.

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Today I received an email from Vocus. They were writing to me – via a rented list – to introduce the Vocus offer:

What Vocus (and many others like them) provide is often described as a customer-centric marketing service: they help you understand your potential customers better so that you can tailor offers (and product) to their needs.

Technology development means that the potential for this kind of targeting is going to increase exponentially (as it has been for the past decade).

But is this really customer-centric marketing, or just old-school direct-selling techniques with newer, sharper tools?

For me, customer-centricity has to be about a lot more than targeting. Finding out about people so you can sell them more stuff (whether they need it – or even really want it – or not) cannot truly be described as acting in that individual’s interests.

Here’s the Dictionary.com entry for customer-centric;

Main Entry:  customer-centric
Part of Speech:  adj
Definition:  placing the customer at the center of a company’s marketing effort, focusing
on customers rather than sales

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Last year, Burberry opened their new London flagship store in Regent Street.  The store – which takes concepts from website user-experience design and applies them to a real-world retail space – has generated a lot of coverage and buzz, so we visited the store to see what Burberry is up to and what we can learn from it.

Burberry has long pioneered the art of multichannel marketing and selling. The brand has nearly 15m Facebook ‘likes’ and 1.5m Twitter followers. The last few years have seen the introduction of various successful interactive digital concepts, including social-networking site The Art of the Trench and, most recently, live-streaming of the catwalk shows.

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Our most recent campaign for Hertz UK went live last week and today has been featured on Adweek as ‘Ad of the Day’. Here’s what Adweek has said about the campaign:

“Fake-product advertising can be irritating, but this campaign, from London agency Corke Wallis, gets everything right. The video is extremely well produced and believable—the retraction demo, in particular, is hypnotizing. And the banner on the website is just so unassuming that you have to smile. Being fooled never felt so good.

Now, can someone work on a real prototype for this, please?”

Big thanks due to our partner Paul Dixon of MoveMakeShake for his vital work on production, direction and CGI effects.

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Written By , 475 days ago

Social Distribution: customers passing on product recommendations to their family and friends when making a direct purchase from (for example) an insurance company or broker.

It doesn’t sound like a revolution.  Haven’t people always done this?

For the past month we have been working on a brand project in Insurance.  The product is an add-on policy that has real (money-saving) value for many consumers, but most don’t know that this kind of product exists and so are not searching for it.  As a result, conventional direct response channels for customer acquisition don’t work.

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