Gift of Home for the Holidays

Air-Canada

It’s that time of the year again! So here is my last and very Christmassy post for the year. 😉

Since Christmas is the season of giving, Air Canada decided to spread a little love to unsuspecting Canadian’s at a local Canadian bar in London. At the bar two Air Canada pilots talked to several Canadians about how they wouldn’t make it home this holiday season. After which they announced that they would be giving everyone in the bar a very special gift. What happened next would make you wish you were there for this special moment…

Until 2015! Ramble over and out.

Ikea PS 2014 Instagram Website

Ikea over the years has made a name for itself as a trustworthy and affordable source of stylish home decor. In Russia to promote their new PS 2014 collection they teamed up with Moscow-based agency Instinct to produce a campaign that approached Instagram in an entirely new way.

The Ikea_ps_2014 Instagram account served as their campaign website, with each post representing a product category like Benches or Tables. On tapping the individual category pictures, hidden tags were revealed that offered a “link” to each product within that category. Every one of the 34 items in the collection also received their own Instagram accounts e.g. ps_laptop_station and ps_side_table.

The Instagram app was certainly never meant to be an Ikea catalog website, but this innovative use has its roots in previous brand campaigns. Early this year Mazda and JWT Canada turned the car-maker’s Instagram feed into an interactive road trip, replacing car specs with images and videos that followed the vehicle on an epic adventure. Over the course of four months, the campaign “Long Drive Home” helped grow Mazda Canada’s Instagram following by more than 300%.

Similarly, the Toronto Silent Film Festival turned their feed tsff2014 on its side, creating an interactive timeline complete with factoids and video clips to celebrate Charlie Chaplin’s 100 years on film.

Mazda3 Fast Lane

In a bid to capture consumers imagination and attention in Canada, JWT worked with Mazda to turn select Cineplex cinemas in Toronto and Vancouver into immersive gaming experiences that also acted as a mass in cinema test drive. 😎

During November, before the feature film, a short film showed two Mazda3 cars racing. Interested audience members could sync their smartphones to control their own virtual vehicle and race against other members of the audience. An onscreen leaderboard tracked the progress and winners got various giveaways.