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27 Aug '14

Adventures in Packaging Design: “The 99 Pack”

We’ve made our fair share of forays into the world of craft brewing — including collaborations with Surly and current main squeeze Berkshire Brewing (stay tuned for an upcoming rebrand) — but this one even blew us away a little bit. Introducing the 99-pack, from Texas-based brewer Austin Beerworks. 99 beers, 99 bucks. One very long…

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13 Mar '14

Viral Watch: President Obama Goes Between Two Ferns (Or, Did We Just See the Pinnacle of Branded Entertainment?)

President Barack Obama has finally hit the big time. No, just kidding. He was already pretty big. But — if you’re not familiar with Between Two Ferns — the mock talk-show hosted by comedian Zach Galifianakis — go watch a few episodes. (Now.) Then get ready to have your mind blown by who shows up…

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06 Jan '14

Aliens or Marketers?

If you were marketing the tagline “impossibly advanced” for a tech company, what kind of tactic might you resort to? How about a crop circle: That’s exactly what computer graphics company NVIDIA created to attract attention to their latest mobile processor, the 192-core Tegra K1. Measuring 310 feet in diameter, the circle was mown into a…

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30 Dec '13

2013 Year-End List Fever!

It’s the last Idea Blog entry for 2013, so guess what? It’s YEAR END LIST TIME. Without further ado, our list of…best year-end lists. From the marketing world. 5. Best Print Art of 2013. More art than marketing, but wholly awesome. We had fun looking at these. 4. 5 of the most innovative campaigns. From shareable…

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16 Dec '13

Anti-Marketing Beyonce’s New Album

So, Beyonce’s new (self-titled) album dropped late last week. And the internet exploded. “Bored of the usual process,” the queen of pop/the world decided to skip the usual marathon PR routine and release her newest 15-track offering directly to iTunes. No advance singles. No interviews. No teasers. No fuss. Of course, this minimal approach is…

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15 Jul '13

The World’s First Branded Coffee Stain

To grab the attention of key account holders at the high profile Markant Trade Fair in Germany, European kitchen towel brand Regina, with agency OgilvyAction Düsseldorf, crafted a set of unique coffee mugs and distributed them at the trade show. Going off the idea that business deals have a higher success rate over a cup of coffee Regina…

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