Cannes Lions Grand Prix winners’ creative genius is undisputed. Some stretch tech boundaries; others address tough issues. Post-recession blow-outs, an appetite for risk and a desire to make a difference are major themes for 2014's winners. But what human truths underpin them?
“I'm not a businessman, I'm a business, man,” raps Jay-Z. Collaborating with Samsung for the release of his new album, he's becoming a media empire – making money for himself, kudos for Samsung, and social currency for his fans.
People want big brands to consider the planet as well as their patrons. Chipotle is ahead in this game, with the recent release of their app-game hybrid campaign The Scarecrow demonstrating the power of emotional storytelling.
Digitisation is helping brands and their customers communicate, forming narratives and relationships. Whether it's Netflix taking its viewers to prom, or Anchorman's Ron Burgundy reading the regional news, brands are manifesting in the real world, disguised as human beings.
Sometimes there’s nothing better than indulging yourself. But as the desire to do good with minimal effort spreads, people are looking for that perfect medium between self-indulgence and selflessness. Enter One Hope Wine, part of California’s growing ‘cause brand’ trend.