Category A07. Financial Products & Services, Commercial Public Services, B2B Products & Services
Product/ServiceADOBE STOCK
Entrant ACHTUNG!mcgarrybowen Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS
Idea Creation ACHTUNG!mcgarrybowen Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS
Production 5 EGOTRIBE Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS
Additional Company ROY BEMELMANS Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS
Name Company Position
Mervyn ten Dam Achtung !mcgarrybowen Creative Director
Sven Vening Achtung !mcgarrybowen Business Director
Jasper Janssen Achtung!mcgarrybowen Senior Creative
Niklas Kristensen Achtung!mcgarrybowen Senior Creative
Chris Mezofi Achtung!mcgarrybowen Design Director
Daniël Sytsma Achtung!mcgarrybowen Creative Director
Michael James Phillips Achtung!mcgarrybowen Creative
Bert Marissen Achtung!mcgarrybowen Creative
Alexis Jabbour Achtung!mcgarrybowen Creative
Gerben van der Zwaard Achtung!mcgarrybowen Strategist
Esther Kroes Achtung!mcgarrybowen Producer
John Gerard Achtung!mcgarrybowen Producer
Suzanne Whittaker Achtung!mcgarrybowen Producer Trainee

The Campaign

Adobe Stock is pretty much the same as any other stock. Except, it’s embedded in Photoshop so designers can work faster. Why would they care? Because the biggest barrier in delivering highly creative output is the combination of time pressure from ridiculous deadlines and perfectionist art directors slowing down the creative process. From now on, designers can finally keep up with their most intrusive co-workers: hovering art directors. So we brought the most well known creative industry stereotype to life and created The Hovering Art Director. Famous for having more ideas than any designer can keep up with, micromanaging and taking up time with last minute improvements. With speed as the core benefit, the tagline ‘Keep up with hovering art directors. Make it with Adobe Stock.’ called to action throughout a series of activities, from light-hearted entertaining to more serious and inspiring.

Creative Execution

As Adobe focuses on the creative community, the execution is ‘design first’. We created an online film called “The Hovering Art Director” (HAD). This short mockumentary portrays a designer being hovered over by a stereotype art director. With Adobe Stock and his Photoshop skills, he delivers an outstanding key visual for a new ginger beer brand. The ad from the film not only became an advertisement for Adobe Stock. It was subject of a series of webinars showing how software, skills and Adobe Stock enable both speed and outstanding work. To further push the HAD-phenomenon, we followed up with a designer toy. The collectible comes in Adobe-branded packaging and features an inbuilt speaker with 18 lines of pure wisdom. The action figure was sent to design departments world wide. To generate more leads, we launched a website that awards an action figure to the most original and outrageous HAD-quotes.

Reach We managed to qualitatively reach 18,5 million impressions within the creative industry worldwide (in completed views). Engagement Not only did we managed to reach them, we also engaged them around the product: we had an engagement rate of 3.26%, over three times higher than the industry average, with a positive sentiment on all three target groups (100% positive score) and a social view completion rate twice the benchmark. Over 3000 designers willingly put an Adobe-branded design toy on their desk, so the toy can be seen as the ultimate foot-in-the-door item. Conversion This converted into 12,6%% leads, and the webinars attracted nearly 700% more participants than strived for. Besides all that, one thing’s for sure: there is no valid reason to complain about not being able to keep up with hovering art directors anymore.

The most interesting prospects for Adobe Stock (besides individual design professionals), are medium and large enterprises. In most of these organizations, stock buying involves various layers from designers to senior management deciding on the purchase. Adobe research shows that designers are key influencers in this process. Therefore we opted for an approach that consistently addresses the culture of designers and creatives. The campaign targets the complete Decision Making Unit. We address designers by using the stereotype of the hovering art director and we draw the attention of senior management through a playful characterisation of their own image and behavior. Next to the various campaign elements (video, designer toy, webinars, website), we seek publicity through stereotype (humour and lifestyle), the designer toy (art and design) and webinars (design and craft). In all communications we stretch the call to action to ‘Keep up with hovering art directors. Make it with Adobe stock’.

Dreamy and slightly surreal, Ice Skaters for Ikea from CZAR Brussels

Ice Skaters shows the dreamy and slightly surreal spectacle of a middle aged couple spinning and gliding on the polished wood floors of an elegant, high-ceilinged apartment in their socks. With the tagline 'Bring life into your living room' it is a beautifully crafted advert creating a warm, nostalgic mood for the brand, Ikea. It won Bronze at Eurobest in 2018 for production company CZAR Brussels. Director, Joe Vanhoutteghem and producer, Lander Engels talk to Eurobest about the experience of creating the work. 

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PS21 Madrid, the creative transformation company set up by founder of creative agency dommo Agustín Vivancos, was in its first year when the team began work on Searching for the Special Colour of Seville. It was a piece of work that would not only go on to win the agency’s first major award, Bronze in Creative Data at Eurobest in 2018, but would also become part of Seville’s cultural heritage. We hear how the idea came to life from Strategy Director, Sergio Garcia and Executive Creative Director, Victor Blanco.

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