An Advertising, Public Relations, and Marketing day in Birmingham

By: Julia Sprowls 

Member of the education team, Curtis Allen preparing to talking with our class.

Member of the education team, Curtis Allen preparing to talking with our class.

We had the privilege to get an inside look into the marketing of one of England’s largest snack food providers, Cadbury. The Cadbury family chocolate sales started in 1840 and have grown rapidly since then. Curtis Allen from the educational marketing team walked us through some of Cadbury’s advertisements and marketing strategies over the years. He showed us brands and advertisements we don’t see in the U.S., as well as competitor trends and how they learn from them.

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London Agency Experience

By: Danie Minor and Karianne Johnsen 

Global Ad and PR students watching the presentation given by Jed Hallam.

Global Ad and PR students watching the presentation given by Jed Hallam.

Three of our team members visited Mindshare UK on Tuesday where they met with Jed Hallam, the head of digital strategy. He spoke about his career background, agency history and global communication experience. Afterwards, on behalf of International Wit, team members asked his take on how Mindshare positions client campaigns to reflect different cultural contexts, specifically humor, as a global agency with some key global brands.

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Publicis Dublin

By: Ryan Wilzoch

A few of our team members, Karianne and Ryan, got the chance to check out an international ad agency in Dublin on Monday, called Publicis. There, Karianne and Ryan were able to speak with a variety of professionals, one of which was Ian, who works in Client Services. Karianne plans to pursue a career in client services so it was incredibly beneficial for her. Both, Ryan and Karianne were able to reference many of the different campaigns Publicis mentioned such as: Bill Bernbach’s VW Beetle ads as well as Hunky Dory. Does that sound familiar? We did a post on it not too long ago. Click here if you missed it.

Check out this quick video to explain a little more:

Wake up and Smell the Thrill

By: Bailey Purpura and Ryan Wilzoch

Outdoor advertisements, also known as guerrilla marketing, are creative ways for businesses to showcase their products. These ads can be things like 3D chalk drawings, paint, stickers and reverse graffiti. These types of creative advertisements grab the bystanders’ attention. Creating one of these ads can be quite treacherous but if done correctly, have a huge impact.

Folgers Coffee had a great example of guerrilla marketing. In 2006, the coffee company painted a birds-eye view of a steaming coffee mug image on New York City’s manholes. Before the viewers can stop into the nearest Starbucks, as we all know there is one on every corner in New York City, this ad already has them thinking about that coffee. This cool and fun ad gets people on the streets craving a hot homemade cup of Folgers. Now, while this ad may seem brilliant and humorous, there was one thing Folgers did not think about, the smell. Many people walking the streets of New York were very turned off by the smell of this creative ad, which gave Folgers a problem they did not bargain for.

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Interview with Caitlin Kelley

By: Danie Minor

International Wit had the chance to interview Caitlin Kelley, a Kent State graduate, who went on the first Global Ad and PR London trip. Caitlin currently works at Hitchcock Fleming and Associates as a Research Coordinator. International Wit would like to thank Ms. Kelley for taking the time out of her busy day to do this interview with us!

A Gambling Company Risks It All

By: Julia Sprowls

We’ve all heard those commercials for lottery tickets and casinos that make gambling sound fun and exciting, and then end with a telephone number to call if you have a gambling problem or addiction. That’s about the extent of in-your-face gambling advertisements we see here in the United States. The story is a little different in Ireland and England. A bookmaker company, Paddy Power, is often at the center of controversy with its guerilla marketing strategies.

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A Little Piece of Irish Land

By: Karianne Johnsen and Danie Minor 

For  €20 or $25 a piece, anyone with a love for Ireland can dig their roots into one square of Irish land with a certificate of land ownership thanks to a company called Irish Landowner. Whether its a portion of Muckish Mountain, Moyra Glebe, Falcarragh, or County Donegal, Ireland, Irish Landowner allows the public to have a unique experience with the country they love!

At the end of 2014, Irish Landowner released a commercial to promote its product! From an American standpoint, one might not think this commercial as funny, but to an Irish citizen it has everything they’d want to see. According to an article posted in the Independent.ie by Karen Creed, Irish citizens favor humor that can make them laugh at themselves. The advertisement’s main actress fulfills the typical Irish stereotype of a curly, red-haired woman frolicking the town to Irish music by step-dancing in a solo dress and “ghillies” (also known as soft dance shoes).

In the article, an American named Katie Markese gave her opinion of Irish humor stating she finds the Irish to be “funny in a sarcastic or caustic kind of way” and that they are “naturally funny.” Creed also states the reason Irish humor works so well is because it is loosely based on either making fun of yourself or others in a “poking fun” kind of way rather than mean.

This commercial captures the overall goal of Irish Landowner, which is to give someone the opportunity to emburse themselves in Irish culture and its heritage by own a piece of Ireland. The ad embodies the “known” Irish persona in a very funny and creative way!

ADventure: Buy it? Or leave it?

By: Ryan Wilzoch

ADventure: Episode 1
International Wit decided to try something different this week. Our Account Executive, Ryan, decided to do a mock talk show called, “ADventure.” ADventure will play a variety of mini-games. This week ADventure’s mini-game was called, “Buy it? Or leave it?” Special guests tell us if they would buy an item or leave it on the shelf after seeing its ads.

The ad campaign this week was by Hunky Dory Potato Chips. The ad was originally used in Ireland to support Gaelic Football. The ads exploit women to a great extent. You may be surprised at our special guests reactions to these ads. Please be cautious as you watch this video for it does get a little spicy.

Live Young, Baby!

By: Bailey Purpura

Evian Water’s dancing babies went viral online and on TV as part of the Live Young campaign. This ad began airing in the U.S. and UK in 2009. Despite the differences in humor that we have mentioned in previous posts, this same ad has been aired in both the UK and U.S.

The commercial ties humor by showing adorable babies dancing like only adults can. This type of humor translates well mainly because it’s a universal type of humor, not sarcastic or dry humor. It’s the adorable type of humor that a wide audience can appreciate. The “live young” slogan doesn’t come up on the screen until the end, which makes the purpose of commercial a little confusing. Despite the delayed explanation of the adults seeing themselves as babies, this commercial does a good job of using humor that is easily understood and appreciated.

I definitely think this type of humor is funny to all cultures and never gets old. Wondering how they filmed this humorous masterpiece? Well we found a video on how the creators got these babies dancing and viewers laughing. Check it out for the behind-the-scenes clips here.