Pfizer|Revision to its 18-year-old oval logo

Pfizer Logo, Before and After Pfizer launched a new web site and introduced a revision to its 18-year-old oval logo, which was designed in 1991 by Enterprise IG (now The Brand Union). The new logo and comprehensive identity program has been designed by Siegel+Gale.
The "Pfizer oval" was introduced in 1991. Over time, a great deal of equity was built in that logo, and it is widely recognized around the world. But today, Pfizer is a different company. It's changed through global growth, numerous acquisitions, entry into new therapeutic areas, and development of life-changing medicines. The new logo keeps much of the existing equity, but with the brightened color, approachable typeface, and tilted oval it signals positive change and forward momentum and asks people to take a fresh look at Pfizer because it is not the same company it was in 1991.

In addition to an updated logo, their new visual system also helps to signify this shift. The new dotted display typeface, illustration style, and bright multi-color palette work to communicate their larger vision of advancing better health for all people around the world.
— From Siegel+Gale
The new logo features redrawn typography, a color gradient and a tilted oval.
Siegel+Gale presented various redesigns to Pfizer but ultimately the decision was made to not stray far from the existing logo. 
The new logo is a great improvement on the old one. Instead of a semi serif, the new typography is a sans serif which makes it feel more contemporary. The italic "e" that adds a lot of softness to the mark. The "z" is a little wobbly on its diagonal line but it works. And, overall, I like that there is less contrast between the thick and the thins, so the logo will hold up better when sized down on the back of a medicine box. The gradient… I guess, why not. I'm not a fan, and as the 1-color logos above show, it's not necessary. I also like the tilted oval, it's less symmetric and adds a bit of movement.
New identity applications
Siegel+Gale has put together a kit that allows Pfizer to deploy a variety of looks and messages. The first element is a dot typeface used for display purposes; it's nothing too fancy, but in the context of Big Pharma it's pretty out there. Following the dot appliqué is a set of moody illustrations that are at once scientific and playful. Add in a vibrant color palette and you have a recipe for real potential as the applications below — which are proof-of-concept and not final executions — demonstrate. With a few more hours of development the two designs underneath and to the right (green and pink backgrounds) would make Lester Beall and Ladislav Sutnar proud. This is not an easy project and the result is as uplifting as Pfizer's magic blue pills.

Guinness brand| repositioning “Bring it to life”

Diageo is to reposition its Guinness brand as a drink to be enjoyed in group situations at the pub or at home.

Guinness introduces a new strapline “Bring it to life” to its brand advertising in its latest television campaign. Epic ad telling public to 'Bring it to life' moves away from drinks firm's famous 'Good things come to those who wait' line

A new strap line “Bring it to Life” has been introduced in a new brand advertising campaign breaking today (4 November) with the aim of bringing “more life, vibrancy and communality” to the brand’s positioning.
Guinness World Grassland

Paul Cornell, marketing manager for Guinness, says he wants to reposition the brand from one to be enjoyed on a “low tempo” occasion – people drinking on their own or with a handful of people – to a drink to enjoyed on “mid tempo” occasions, for example weekend get-togethers with four or five friends.
He adds the campaign aims to drive those who love the brand to drink it more on relevant communal occasions such as while watching sporting events.
Cornell adds that the changing nature of alcohol consumption, the declining on-trade and rise of at-home drinking, has also influenced the shift, adding that the “Good things come to those wait” strapline, which emphasised the two-part pour,lent to the on-trade and could suggest cans or bottles bought off-trade “were inferior”.
Diageo is looking to grow its 2% share of the off-trade beer category and is targeting 10% annual growth for the brand.

The TV ad, called "World", focuses on how the famous stout looks like it comes alive when a pint is poured.
Guinness's epic ad was shot in locations including New Zealand, Canada, Fiji and the UK.
It features a group of men who bring life to a barren landscape by populating the ocean with fish, dragging fields of grass into place and supplying fresh water.
As the 90-second commercial unfolds Guinness aims to draw a parallel with the famous "surge and settle" motion that typifies the pouring of a pint and introduce the new strapline "Bring it to life".
Created by the Diageo brand’s long-standing agency Abbott Mead Vickers.BBDO, the commercial will first air in high definition on ITV1 during the Champions League clash between Liverpool and Lyon tonight from 7.45pm.
Guinness has linked up with Google Earth to allow web users to "bring an imaginary planet to life" in a simplified version of games such as Civilization or Sim City called "Guinness World".
The drinks brand has not said how much the commercial cost, but the project required three months of preparation and more than 8,000km of scouting before filming began in Canada.
The production crew included the set designer from the third Lord of the Rings film. The set for the underwater scene took three months to build and the shot where grass is dragged into place, filmed in New Zealand on a disused bombing range, required army assistance.
Johnny Green, the director of the TV ad, described it as "one of the toughest" jobs he has ever worked on.
"We wanted to create a truly amazing campaign which will graphically illustrate the life, energy and passion of the brand," said Paul Cornell, marketing manager for Guinness.
The initial November and December push will be followed in the new year with Six Nations themed activity that will also emphasise the new positioning by focusing on the celebration around the sport.    

Guinness celebrated its 250th anniversary this year with a global campaign devised by Saatchi & Saatchi with the theme “Arthur’s Day” commemorating the founder of the brewery.


The World campaign was developed at AMV BBDO, London, by creative Paul Brazier, and agency producer Yvonne Chalkley.
Filming was shot by director Johnny Green via Knucklehead, London, with directors of photography Joost Van Gelder and Wally Pfister, producers Tim Katz and Fergus Brown, and set designer Grant Major.
Editor was Ted Guard at The Quarry.
Post production was done at The Mill, London, by producers Lucy Reid and Ben Stallard, colourists Aubrey Woodiwiss and Adam Scott, shoot supervisors Russell Tickner and Michael Gibson, lead 2D artist/Flame artist Rich Roberts, lead Flame artists Barnsley and Pete Rypstra, Flame assist Gareth Brannan, lead 3D artists Russell Tickner and Jordi Bares, 3D artists Teemu Eramaa, James Spillman, Andy Nicholas, Rick Thiele, Adrien St. Girons, Laurent Makowski, Ed Shires, Tom Blake, Andy Guest, Aidan Gibbons, Sergio Xisto, Suraj Odedra, Jules Janaud, Francois Roisin, matte painters Dave Gibbons and Lee Matthews.

B2B Marketers: If Your Markets' Needs and Behaviors Have Changed... Why Hasn't Your Marketing?

Reports, statistics and factoids are marketers' best friends. After all, data gives us information from which we glean intelligence to build our business models, marketing strategies, plans to increase market share and programs to cut through clutter. And rock-solid data is the fuel we need to drive change within our departments and across our organizations.

Bigstockphoto_mixed_business_people_1270445Devoid of statistically sound findings, however, we're left relying on gut feelings and our personal views of how we perceive things to be... which can turn out to be perfectly correct or miserably myopic. So research gives us insight, reduces uncertainty and lends credibility to our business arguments.
And that brings me to the facts and findings from the just-released Consumer New Media 3-Part Study (by Cone Inc.), which are too good not to share--but I'm going to do so with a bit of a twist. As the report is aconsumer-oriented study, I'm going to extrapolate some of the study's findings to cite implications forbusiness audiences. Because the fact is, B2C gets the lion's share of social media marketing attention and while B2B social media studies are popping up more, B2B folks still have to dig deeper for social media data that speaks to the needs, challenges and profit potential inherent to professional audiences.

*Online Brand Engagement* 

    • Fact: "Almost 80% (78%) of new media users interact with companies or brands via new media sites and tools, an increase of 32% from 2008 (59%)."
    B2B implications: As consumers go, so too with professional audiences (uh, the Internet and email, anyone?).  And while consumers use their computers and Web-enabled mobile devices for entertainment and other tasks throughout the day, professionals are all-out tethered to their computers at least 40 hours weekly. Thus, adoption rates for B2B audiences are undoubtedly keeping pace with consumers, but professionals are using social media for work-related activities, like researching products, evaluating brand alternatives and informing purchasing decisions... which are mighty important activities for marketers to capitalize upon.
      • Fact: “Users are conversing with brands more often: Some 37% say they do so at least once a week -- up from one in four when Cone did the study last year.”
      B2B implications: Consumers communicating directly with brands is new, some might say it's revolutionary. But professionals dialogue with brands all the time—they always have. Why? Because when professionals make a purchase, they interact with the company that produces the product, service or solution as a matter of course since B2B purchases involve long purchasing cycles, lots of questions and, in the process, developing relationships with those company representatives. B2B branding, in other words is very high touch.
      Moreover, business purchases many times involve aftermarket maintenance contracts which means professionals continue to interact with brand representatives after the sale (How well do you know your copier maintenance guy?). Thus, social media gives professionals an online channel to do the very same activities they've been accustomed to doing offline for decades and is a natural extension to other communications channels.

      • Fact: "Perhaps the most intriguing part of Cone's data, however, is that consumers strongly believe that new media is a two-way street, with 62% saying they can influence business decisions by voicing their opinions through new media."
        B2B implications: While consumer goods span a wide spectrum insofar as price and risk (a $3 bar of soap vs. a $15,000 car), business purchases are, by their very nature, higher in price and risk (a $3 million dollar software integration, a $15 million-dollar piece of construction equipment). And while a consumer purchase affects the individual, or their whole family; a business purchase, affects an entire business department or the entire enterprise.
          The point here is that positive and negative opinions posted online by professionals go a long way and hold HUGE influence in how other professionals perceive (and, yes, purchase!) brands because professionals are always looking to lower risk since purchases affect their jobs, other employees and the organization. *Purchasing Behavior/Decisions* 

            • Fact: "Consumers are most interested in information that will inform their purchasing decisions. Respondents said they want companies to tell them what is in products and how they are made (85%) and provide additional details about information, labels and claims shared offline (e.g., in the store, on the package, in an advertisement) (83%)."
            B2B Implications: Professionals want the very same information about their purchases--but more importantly, they NEED it. Business purchases are never impulse decisions, they always require analysis and so it goes: the more informed a prospect, the better the chance that prospect becomes a customer. Given that rationale, B2Bs would be doing themselves a disservice (and helping their competitors) by not using these technologies to facilitate purchases.
            • Fact: "30% have made a purchase based on POSITIVE information learned about a product, company or brand; and, 23% have switched brands or boycotted a company based on NEGATIVE information learned about a product, company or brand."
              B2B Implications: If 30% of consumers have made purchases due to positive information learned about a product online, then I argue the same, if not much higher!, applies to professionals. Why? Because professionals place a great deal of clout on third-party feedback with every purchase they make... be the third-party feedback from analysts, journalists, industry thought leaders, colleagues or other professionals.
              As explained earlier, professionals are risk-averse and seek high levels of assurance about purchases beforehand, with negative reviews also of great interest to them as they weigh product alternatives. Now, more than ever, B2B marketers must ensure that (1) their offerings are high in quality, (2) their customer service is operating at optimal levels and (3) all of their marketing messages live up to their claims. Said another way: You can either facilitate positive WOM or negative WOM, the choice is truly within your control.
                *Fulfilling Needs* 
                • Fact: "Consumers still feel companies’ or brands’ top priorities within new media should be to problem solve and provide information (61%, up from 43% in 2008)."
                  B2B Implications: Problem solving and information gathering are absolutely core to B2B jobs and purchasing—after all, professionals are busy and they need information that will help them make decisions quickly and solve challenges even faster.

                  Many of the B2B social media strategies I recommend to clients and colleagues are based around programs that facilitate a high transfer of knowledge and problem solving, as these attributes are valuable to B2B professionals and areas that they consistently engage around (just look at an agenda for any major conference and you'll see that speeches and workshops are primarily based around communicating new opportunities, new methodologies or new ways to solve problems).

                      *Competitive Advantage*
                      • “'Consumers haven’t yet been exhausted by brand oversaturation in the new media space,” says Mike Hollywood, Cone’s director of new media. “There is still an opportunity for forward-thinking companies to establish a presence and earn a competitive advantage. Based on the growth of user interactions with companies, countless purchase decisions are being influenced by new media. It’s imperative to get on board now that the train has left the station."
                      B2B Implications: If consumer audience segments have not yet been over-saturated by social media campaigns--with B2Cs implementing social media programs at exponentially higher rates than B2Bs--then that signals tremendous opportunity in social media for B2Bs. Yet B2Bs wait (and wait!) for others to go first which is ironic since being first is the one of the key factors in gaining a competitive advantage, no?
                        Further material can be found @ B2B-centric information archived for you right here.

                        Fasttelco: Beyond Communication

                        Arabic Proverb: If it Was Good Enough, It Wouldn’t Be Cheap

                        Arabic Proverb: inform everybody 3 times faster internet

                        “Or connect”



                        Client: FastTelco[Kuwait]
                        Creative Agency: Paragon Marketing Communications, Kuwait
                        Chief Creative Officer: Louai Alasfahani
                        Creative Director: Konstantin Assenov
                        Copywriter: Wasim Khan
                        Illustrator: Huzaifa S. Kakumama
                        Other additional credits: Diana George
                        Published: 7, 2009

                        Nokia N97… Your Personalised Home Screen

                        Here is an interesting ambient ad for Nokia N97 in Dubai Media City

                        Nokia N97

                        Nokia N97
                        Nokia N97

                        Honda: Everybody knows somebody who loves a Honda

                        Honda: Everybody knows somebody who loves a Honda

                        Honda Brand campaign began in August when Honda launched its official Facebook page (www.facebook.com/honda) with a social-experiment application to recruit Honda fans to show how everyone knows someone who loves a Honda. Once users joined the social experiment, they could become a fan of Honda and a handful of specific Honda vehicles. As of early October, all current Honda vehicles now have fan pages too. Once users participated in the experiment, they see how they are connected to their friends, view a chain of friends in their Honda web, and find out just how long their chain extends around the world.
                        Three early participants in the Facebook social-experiment were cast to appear in the new Honda Brand spots. All others featured in the spots are actual Honda owners and were selected through real-people casting in New York, N.Y.; Boulder, Colo.; and Charleston, S.C., where the spots were filmed. The multimedia campaign includes one 30-second spot and two 15-second spots.
                        An online hub (http://love.honda.com) for the Brand campaign, contains all three TV spots plus extra footage in a connected, sequential chain. Within the chain of spots, users can click on the Honda owner cast members and listen to more than 20 interviews of cast members talking about their personal Honda experiences.

                        Advertising Agency: RPA, Santa Monica, CA, USA
                        Creative Directors: Joe Baratelli, Patrick Mendelson
                        Art Director: Hobart Birmingham
                        Copywriters: Perrin Anderson, Tylynne McCauley
                        Other additional credits:
                        ECD: David Smith
                        CD: Joe Baratelli
                        CD: Patrick Mendelson
                        Jr. Art Director: Brian Farkas
                        EP: Gary Paticoff
                        Agency Producer: Brian Donnelly

                        Arabia Decade Awards|10 Years in Advertising and Marketing

                        To mark the passing of the event I would like to call for nominations for the 'Arabia Decade Awards' 

                        The categories are as follows, campaigns must have run between 2000 and now:

                        • Best Arab TV ad
                        • Best Arab Print ad
                        • Best Arab Online content (not website)
                        • Best Arab Website
                        • Best Arab Thought in a Campaign
                        • Best Arab PR campaign
                        • Best Arab Account Person
                        • Best Arab Planner
                        • Best Arab Creatives
                        • Best Arab Ad/Mkt/PR book
                        • Worst Arab Ad
                        • Best Arab Agency
                        • Worst Arab Agency (please include a brief reason so I can exclude unconstructive votes)
                        Please reply or send your nominations to me: ayman[dot]sarhan[at]gmail[dot]com

                        7 Skills for a Post-Pandemic Marketer

                        The impact of Covid-19 has had a significant impact across the board with the marketing and advertising industry in 2020, but there is hope...