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Canadian pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen is now the star and face of a major Japanese hair care product. The shampoo brand Moist Diane has launched an extensive marketing campaign including TV, online, retail, street and transportation billboards featuring Carly. Her smash hit ‘I Really Like You’ also features in the TV ad, which you can watch here.
Peroni has partnered with Universal Music Italy to launch its high alcohol content beer Peroni Forte.
To raise awareness around the product, the company embraced the rap music genre through different digital activations.
They sponsored and named this year’s Peroni Forte Global Rap Superstar – a rap contest aimed at scouting new rappers throughout the Italian territory. The contest allowed emerging Artists to interact with the greatest exponents of the Italian rap scene, thanks to a high profile jury composed of experts in the music industry and major rappers. The winner, Prendere il volo, will release an EP with Don Joe and open an important concert during the summer.
Peroni also invested in several rap music video product placements that were accompanied by posts on the Artists’ social media channels.
Digital advertisments for Peroni Forte starting in June will also feature the major Italian rapper Marracash.
Read more about the competition and emerging Italian rap artists here.
UM Brazil in partnership with Havas developed a campaign sponsored by Reckitt Beckinser featuring Brazilian Superstar Ivete Sangalo to prevent the spread of the dengue and zika viruses.
The song, video and “how to” choreography “Palmas Pelo Brasil” / “Clap for Brazil” teaches people how to prevent mosquito bites. Ivete Sangalo is the ambassador of this campaign in social media and appearing in multiple radio and TV shows.
UMG&B Norway and SAS Airline got together to launch SAS Live Music a campaign with the goal to create unique music experiences for travellers and be at the forefront of local music support and talent scouting.
Every month, a local upcoming talent will perform a very special concert for SAS travellers in the airport gate, in the SAS lounge or on board. This program is supported by branded content production, artist curated social media playlist, social media activation on both brand and artist channels and interview for the in-flight magazine.
This time music is literally the best travel partner ever.
The Swiss watchmakers Raymond Weil partnered up with Universal Music & Brands to celebrate their 40th anniversary and launch a new entertainment service. The platform includes a curated web radio, playlists and more unlockable features for watch owners. The launch of this partnership will be accompanied by a worldwide advertising campaign and cross-promotional activities.
“We are thrilled to partner with Universal Music, the world’s leading music company, and to associate our Brand’s name to such an iconic actor of the industry”, declared RAYMOND WEIL CEO Elie Bernheim.
Olivier Robert-Murphy, Global Head of New Business and Adrien Garrault, Director of Universal Music & Brands said: “Fine watchmaking is about precision, harmony, elegance, good taste, trendsetting, heritage and innovation, just like great music. Universal Music is delighted to work with RAYMOND WEIL, a company that shares the same passion for music and artists.”
Raymond Weil definitely celebrates its 40th anniversary in music!
How important is music in building a brand? How does sound impact perception and consumer behaviour?
Uli Reese, sound strategist, composer and audio branding global speaker, explores in his new book these questions and more with 101 great minds from the world of marketing, music and advertising.
One of the thought leaders interviewed is Universal Music and Brands’ Global Head of New Business, Olivier Robert-Murphy. Giving insight into the agency’s mind-set around brands, fans, emotion and data, he explains why “the sound associated to the brand is key.”
‘101 Great Minds on Music, Brands and Behavior’ by Uli Reese is available now on Amazon
As part of the co-operation with the European Capital of Culture, UM Poland delivered Andrea Bocelli’s concert at the City Stadium in Wroclaw.
The Objective: Raise awareness on Wroclaw, European Capital of Culture in 2016
The Solution: Universal Music Group & Brands and the City Council teamed up to bring Andrea Bocelli to Wroclaw. The artist performed an exclusive concert in Wroclaw Stadium which is one of the largest stadium in the country. The first 3 songs of the concert were broadcasted live on TVP 2, a public TV channel.
The Result: The concert was attended by a crowd of 25,000 people. It was sold out and the broadcast reached 1M viewers.
Check out the TV spot here.
Universal Music has announced a three year extension of their partnership with HP, plus the launch of a new dedicated music platform called HP Lounge.
Preloaded on to a range of the latest HP devices, HP Lounge is a new Windows desktop app that gives fans access to an immersive experience for their favourite Universal Music artists, including 12 months of ad-free, unlimited radio streaming via a variety of stations grouped by genre, artist or mood. HP Lounge also offers behind-the-scenes news, making-of videos, artist interviews and album reviews and competitions to win concert tickets and gain access to exclusive money can’t buy music experiences.
The extended partnership also includes tour sponsorship and showcases around the world, with Brandon Flowers and The Avener in Moscow in November, Felix Jaehn in Cologne also in November, Years & Years in London in December and Juan Magan in Madrid in January 2016. Exclusive videos and photos from these special events will be made available only through HP Lounge www.hp-lounge.com
Find out more: HP Lounge Launch 2015
A unique opportunity to launch the ‘Cheek to Cheek’ album in Belgium. Both artists were open to a worldwide premiere concert at a non-conventional location. This campaign won a Buzz Award.
Universal Music Group & Brands Poland started 2015 with another FMCG deal: again with Somersby. After last year’s campaign with Ella Eyre, this time people will enjoy a free track download by collecting codes from beer bottle caps. The campaign launched early March. Stay tuned!
Telstra’s 2nd Chance Song campaign is a competition that revisited a classic Australian song by encouraging amateurs to post their cover on YouTube. Four artists and several influential YouTubers took up the challenge and inspired over 200 participants. They generated more than 11 hours of content on YouTube and over 2 million completed video views during the campaign period alone.
Hi The Pickup is an online video series created for telco brand ‘Hi’. Together with hiphop label Top Notch, eight music videos and tracks have been released. Using Spotify and Skype in the music videos Hi proved to youngsters that it has the best video stream experience (with 4G) on mobile phones.
Havas Group and Universal Music Group have formed a Global Music Data Alliance. The unique partnership will see exclusive solutions being offered to brands mixing data and content.
WWF partners with Universal Music & Brands UK to launch an innovative new Christmas campaign featuring Will Young.
Last Christmas, WWF released a breath-taking TV ad as they unveiled Will Young’s unique version of the classic hit by Burt Bacharach ‘What the World Needs Now Is Love’. With staggering figures revealing that global wildlife populations have declined by over 50% since 1970, #WorldNeedsLove inspired the nation to show the planet some love last Christmas and raise vital funds to support WWF’s work to protect the natural world.
The campaign launched with a world premiere of the ad, in which Will also featured, during a special three minute takeover of the ad break for Alan Carr’s Chatty Man show on Friday 20th November on Channel 4 - a global first for the conservation organisation. During the ad break takeover, the WWF website received more traffic to the site than ever before and took a donation to the cause every 5 seconds.
For the release of the new Guitar Hero Live, Activision partnered with Imagine Dragons to sponsor the European leg of their “Smoke + Mirrors”.
The sponsorship allowed Guitar Hero Live to follow Imagine Dragons during their tour, involving several activations at each show and other assets for Activision to leverage with their media partners.
So far, the partnership has attracted a lot of coverage in many of the territories involved. Some major gaming outlets covered the association promoting both the release of the game and the band’s local dates in each territories, this has brought substantial promotion for the band in front of a gaming audience.
Jack Daniel’s extended its 2015 Jack Rocks campaign offering retailer Tesco’s customers the opportunity to win a unique live music experience with Frank Turner.
Frank Turner takes a break from his nationwide Arena Tour to play a Chadwick Village hall show for one very lucky competition winner courtesy of Jack Daniels.
Over 24,500 people entered the competition, and Solihull-based Hampton was selected as the winner. The short burst campaign achieved coverage across music titles, ranging from blogs (GigSlutz, Punktastic to name few) and key regional press (the Birmingham Mail & Solihull Observer) to NME Magazine which saw coverage being pushed directly to their 1.3m strong social audience.
Celebrate the 2016 BRIT Awards of which, MasterCard is main sponsor, through incredible musical surprises.
As part of MasterCard’s Priceless Surprises campaign, best friends Martha and Lucy believed they were recording their cover of Ellie’s new track Army for a documentary about music superfans. During their recording, a curtain lifted on their recording booth to reveal they were actually on stage, performing in front of a live audience. The biggest surprise was yet to come, when Ellie herself stepped out on stage to perform with them.
The video of this campaign had been viewed over 325,000 time on YouTube and has been shared by fans on social media.
The aim of the campaign was designed to drive as much traffic as possible to Libratone’s site to view the 360° video and where people can buy the ZIPP speaker at the centre of the campaign.
To celebrate the launch of their new ZIPP 360° speaker, Libratone has collaborated with British drum and bass duo, Sigma on a brand new track and the world’s first 360° music video shot entirely by fans.
Within hours of posting the tweet, the campaign received hundreds of requests to take part. From skinny-dipping in a frozen lake in Sweden to covering a house in tinfoil, the creative and off-the-wall ideas continued to pour in. The end result was a true 360° interactive music video starring fans, shot from the point of view of the ZIPP speaker.
Kirin’s “NAMACHA” green tea is popular Nationwide in Japan. The objective was to create a unique collaboration between one of UMG’s frontline artist and share the content (images, song and video) to raise brand awareness among the targeted demographic with music.
The Namacha mascot, a Panda puppet, was the asset for the sales promotional campaign, so we formed the original partnership with UMG Japan artist called “GReeeeN” and named the partnership “KIReeeeeN (GReeeeN+Kirin). GReeeeN composed the song for Namacha and KIReeeeeN featured in the music video as well as POPs at retail points.
Namacha shipped more product than expected and KIReeeeeN obviously contributed towards Namacha’s favourability rating. In addition to this, the original song charted #1 on the week of release on Recochoku, a Japanese major digital contents provider. This unique campaign was featured on some major TV programs with millions of people watching every day.
To promote the release of Kung Fury: a film produced by David Sandberg, where David Hasselhoff performed the title track: “True Survivor”
UMG&B Sweden co-produced the movie, signed David Hasselhoff and Kung fury for music and merchandising including games.
The movie was released on YouTube on May 28th and achieved in 1 month an unbelievable 17 million views
Increase brand awareness and customer engagement
Aquila and Universal Music & Brands launched Aquababes, a talent platform scouting gifted singers and dancers. Every year 5 or 6 women are selected following a competitive casting to become Aquababes for a year. All the created content (video clip, tracks, TV miniserial etc) is integrated in Aquila marketing strategy.
Aquila TV spot reached over 1.3M views on Youtube and the official video clip of the track is the most viewed Czech clip on Youtube in 2014.
For the 2015 Spring Summer campaign Australian fashion retailer David Jones launched #ShotbySound which aimed to amplify the relationship between fashion and music using technology and innovation.
Universal Music Australia in partnership with David Jones and its creative agencies, created the #ShotbySound campaign which features Daniel Johns and his band playing alongside David Jones Ambassadors Jessica Gomes and Montana Cox. The innovative shoot was controlled by the music, with images captured by 42 customised cameras set up on a rig that were triggered by Daniel’s vocals and the band’s instruments. His track ‘We Are Golden’ was licensed as the soundtrack to the campaign.
The result was the world’s first fashion shoot captured by musical instruments in a collaboration with enigmatic Australian musician Daniel Johns. His creative performance as a freshly-solo artist had recently been showcased during two stunning Vivid Festival shows at the Sydney Opera House in May 2015, following the release of his critically acclaimed debut solo album, Talk in April 2015.
Present KPN, as the mobile provider that makes sure the youth (18-24 y/o) is able to discover their new favourite music tracks and music videos everywhere by the use of 4G. The objective is to boost likeability and relevancy for KPN.
Universal Music created an online video series together with the Dutch hip-hop label Top Notch. Unique combinations of Dutch hip-hop artists were picked up in a Chevy Suburban truck to create a new track. This led to 8 episodes/music videos which were released on KPN’s music platform called Music State. The tracks are released on Spotify with whom KPN has also a partnership. The value and fun of 4G is presented by adding an intro and outro to each music video in which we see a young person who’s watching the episode in 4G quality on the go.
The 6-month campaign resulted in more than 3 million YouTube views, more than 2 million Spotify streams, and more than 200,000 unique visitors to the Music State platform.
Contribute to Turkish Airlines long-term strategy in establishing the most innovative and service-orientated airline.
“My Music Planet” : a unique in-flight entertainment program bringing music into the passengers’ life, including exclusive and editorialized traditional content bundled with a tailor-made animation package every month.
Since MyMusicPlanet has been promoted via Turkish Airlines media channels, we’ve reached a total of more than 6M likes on Facebook and 3M reach per month of the Sky Life Mag and Planet Mag.
To increase petrol sales through a short-term acquisition campaign across 400 gas stations in Germany.
Aral customers were able to choose between a CD or a voucher to download an album on the Aral platform after filling up at Aral gas stations. In addition, Universal Music tracks were used in synchronization to further bring the brand and music together.
Over two years, 7750,000 CDs offered and 250,000 voucher codes offered with a digital redemption rate of 70%.
When we started out we knew that 30% of teens in Central Southern Europe (CSE) had not had a Coca-Cola in the last month. The objective was clear: engage teens, and implicitly grow consumption.
A unique partnership was forged with Universal Music & Brands and Coca-Cola to create a new music format: the emotisong. A max 15 second coke branded cut of famous songs expressing just the right thing.
Coca-Cola’s multi-awarded & most successful campaign in CSE in 2014. “Say it with a song” - a product & digital concept enabling teens to communicate their emotions through music. 1 billion earned media impressions over the 3 months campaign across CSE region.
To develop a unique artist branded product offer to drive global sales and elevate brand profile.
The creation of a highly-coveted, limited edition Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary gift set amplified through social media marketing and CRM offers including band merchandise and concert tickets. The collectible gift set was sold in over twenty countries worldwide.
300,000 gift sets shipped and sold out globally. The Rolling Stones Product helped support Crystal Head Vodka brand launches in new territories such as Italy, Russia, and Japan.
To help launch the new Ford KA and Fiesta in France.
Universal Music & Brands helped launch the new Ford KA during the NRJ music awards (large French award show) by Jenifer (a high profile local artist). In the run up to the awards, a contest between 12 participants, 1 winner signed a contract with Mercury/Universal and was supported by Ford throughout the year. For the introduction of the new Ford Fiesta, Universal Music & Brands partnered Martin Solveig (a high profile local artist) with Ford including product placement, synchronisation and more.
Through an association with music, Ford was given an edge on its brand image, giving its new cars a glamorous and young image.
To drive preference toward HP products and increase HP sales and strengthen HP brand & consumer engagement with Millennials as well as generate massive & qualified marketing campaigns.
A curated music platform and a fully integrated marketing package, including dedicated showcases, product placements, tours sponsoring and other money can’t buy experiences, generating massive media coverage.
We’ve reached a total of 450,000,000 hits on Facebook and Twitter, 300,000,000 YouTube views promoting HP products and 25,000 privileged guests have been rewarded in 3 years representing a multimillion-euro media coverage.
ibis were looking to incorporate a music strategy into their offering.
The launch of ‘ibis music’ offers customers’ access to unlimited music streaming throughout their stay at no additional cost. Achieved through a connection to a dedicated ibis music website and mobile application.
Added value for ibis in a heavily competitive market.
Swiss luxury jewellery and watch brand Piaget wanted a brand ambassador to represent their Rose Collection and to use Edith Piaf’s La Vie En Rose in the campaign.
Through Universal Music & Brands, La Vie En Rose was recorded exclusively by Melody Gardot for Piaget and is available on the deluxe edition of her new album 'The Absence'. A huge marketing campaign was launched in conjunction with this partnership.
Editorial in one of the world’s most recognisable fashion magazines: Vogue as well as international promotion across Asia with the video premiere taking place on Tudou (China’s biggest video platform). Music week awards 2013 finalist.
Boost credit card subscription across the 16-24 year olds segment and increase loyalty through a dedicated Bank + Music offer.
Société Générale and Universal Music & Brands launched the So Music platform dedicated to young adults. The youth bank package includes banking services (credit card, free overdrafts, insurance at preferential rates etc.) combined with entertainment benefits (private concerts by Universal Music artists, free concert tickets all over France, as well as the opportunity to meet artists and win merchandise as well as many additional benefits).
So Music has allowed Société Générale to sustain their efforts to seduce the youth market through 220,000 So Music cards subscribed. For more than 90% of customers, the campaign tested positively.
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