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Content[ed.]: January’s Best Branded Content

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Content[ed.]: a monthly overview of some of the latest and greatest in content creation. We applaud the benchmark breakers, berate the boring and confer over the opinion splitters, all in good heart and sometimes with a bit humour.

JANUARY 2017

We’re fortunate to be in an industry where creativity has to be at the core of everything we do. And the rapid proliferation of content and digital platforms for entertainment and discovery means there is no end to the amount of information and inspiration that brands are providing for us.

This month there have been many notable pieces: FKA Twigs and Nike left us believing in more; Samsung showed us how crazy gyms are; Apple took a stroll in the much-talked-about ‘AirPods’. There’s also been an abundance of great content in the sportswear market. Nike, Puma, Under Armour, New Balance, Reebok – all well-known brands making great work in an effort to out-do each other. However, our pick has to be a brand that has really hit the year running – Adidas.

ONE IN A BILLION

‘One in a Billion’ was right on the money. Superb cinematography, a dig at rivals Under Armour and a Beckham cameo. It’s a great example of how a strong piece of insight on stereotypes of China can be brought to life through content. Adidas is glorifying originality in everything it creates as we’ve seen in the ‘Sport Needs Creators’ and ‘Never Follow’ ads. This latest spot complements this message and celebrates individuality in China. A strong strategy and content to match.

ORIGINAL IS NEVER FINISHED


This piece for Originals – Adidas’ most iconic sub-brand – is beautifully bold and rebellious, relentlessly pushing the message that ‘original is never finished’. They’ve avoided using superstars and gone for a more natural message of everyday suburban creativity, Adidas revisits its ‘Originals’ truth that real creativity is everywhere, is collaborative, and is continually evolving. That feeling certainly comes across in the raw and candid style of this film. The detail here is incredible and the song choice inspired, reinvented for a new generation as an anthemic call to action. The production is meticulously planned, but still carries that unpolished, incomplete, gritty feel.

BREAK FREE

Not actually a piece of work by Adidas this one, as it was made by a German advertising student, but it picked up a lot of views earlier this month. Hats off to the chap because it’s a class piece of content about an ageing marathon runner who is determined to break out of his retirement home. It’s an emotional account that’s left many cheering and some crying. It had such an effect that the Huffington Post and other media urged Adidas to run it. Unfortunately, those calls were ignored. Although the brand was reluctant to back the student ad, we think the message gels with the Adidas’s overall philosophy of inspiring creativity. Not only is the sportswear-maker inspiring athletes to be creators, it seems like they’re inspiring those outside the athletic community, too.

Written by: Oliver Salman & Simon Hanley

An American View – The FIFA World Cup

Many people may think that the US is still in the dark ages when it comes to the FIFA World Cup. But I can tell you that there are more football pubs within walking distance of our PRISM Santa Monica office than there are near our London, Amsterdam and Melbourne offices combined. It’s football fever around here and I am not referring to the American kind. There are daily World Cup specials in the LA Times and yesterday we even spotted former England striker Peter Crouch walking with his wife on the famous Santa Monica Pier. Whether you call it football or soccer, make no mistake, it is a growth sport all across the US.

PRISM Americas roots run deep within the US soccer community having originally promoted international tournaments in major Hispanic communities around the US almost 20 years ago. But the sport has grown up and each generation develops more fans and followers. So much so that the main US league, the MLS (Major League Soccer), is now viewed as the fifth most popular league behind the NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB. Taking into consideration that the US has a population of nearly 320 million people and that the other four major leagues have had a long rich heritage within American society, this is sizeable feat.

For the 2014 US World Cup team, our hopes come down to our new coach Jürgen Klinsmann who also happens to love the Californian lifestyle. In fact he married a Californian girl and earned his helicopter’s pilot license just up the road from our Santa Monica office. But the big question is can Jürgen mould this youthful squad (with the controversial omission of the USA’s most capped player, Landon Donovan) into a team that can pull off an upset or two. If so you can bet World Cup fever will catch fire across America, so wish us luck in our opening group game against Ghana today!

Cali Madincea
Account Manager, PRISM Americas

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