China

Rear Horse Power

With China rapidly becoming the worlds largest purchaser of automobiles, Porsche could have done a hard sell campaign to move their high end sports cars. Instead they drafted the services of Fred & Farid Shanghai to create a clever subtle message about the Porsche 911’s rear engine configuration.

The Rear Horsepower campaign featured classic paintings and photographs of Sulky racers with the horse behind the carriage. It’s a clever visual play, paired with a minimal amount of copy and the Porsche logo. The campaign was presented as 4 print ads that were paired to an outdoor campaign as well. Using horse imagery was a purposeful choice that Fred & Farid made to tie into 2014 being the Chinese Year of the Horse.

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VW Electric Café. Augmented Reality, That Seems a Bit Surreal.

There are a couple of things that struck me when I saw this video on YouTube. First it’s a great use of Augmented Reality to advertise the thrifty nature of the VW Electric Golf. Second, it is how absolutely Western the setting, and people look. The Chinese people, not the token white guy in the video.

I know there is a huge fascination with western culture in China, and especially all things American, but Ogilvy Beijing and Ogilvy Hong Kong took it to a new level by using only English language titles in the Augmented reality application, and by making the only place the application functions a café that feels like a cross between an Apple store and a Starbucks.

The Augmented Reality app “Electric Café” from Volkswagen, was setup to educate and inspire people in China about how energy efficient the VW Electric Golf actually is in comparison to other electric appliances they use every day.

The café is peppered with AR markers on each of the appliances that are in the Café space.When an iOS device is pointed at any of the markers the AR experience comes to life and shows a comparison between the appliance, and how far you could drive the Golf based on the amount of juice that appliance uses in a day. It’s a pretty clever idea, and one that I wish I knew more about that strategy behind. I’d be really curious to see what the thinking was behind the very western execution of this.

By the way, is it just me, or do all of the people in this video look like they were just plucked out of some mid-western shopping mall in America.

“Sunshine”, Selling McDonald’s in Shanghai.

About a week back American Buffalo posted “Sunshine” on Vimeo. It is a documentary short about advertising, and specifically about advertising McDonald’s in Shanghai. The film has a really nice look to it, and it gives a bit of insight into the world of modern day advertising. It’s not all glamor, girls, drinks and cigarettes like Mad Men.

Ai Weiwei, Sunflower Seeds.

There can be a fine line between “Art” and “Obsession”. The video clip below is rather slow paced, but it is worth watching. Artist Ai Weiwei is using ancient porcelain techniques to create millions of ceramic sunflower seeds that are being used in a series of exhibits. The mass scale, and the intricate manufacturing process really demonstrate the line between art and obsession.