Murakami v Vuitton, Gays v Media, Publicis v Microsoft, Tesco v Plastic Bags, GroupM v Recovery

Tokyo’s Louis Vuitton Flagship store in Omotesando has undergone a complete makeover in the style of famed pop designer Takashi Murakami in the latest from their 6-year relationship. The influence has seeped into every aspect of Vuitton, from the product design, to shop interior, to the mobile / web digital presence. Scattered throughout the shop are large-scale and miniature versions of Murakami’s plush figures and artwork. They range from large centerpieces to tiny figures playing among the items for sale in the store.
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The gay and lesbian community may be hard to measure in size, counting for some 4% to 10% of the U.S. population, based on census data that counts only same-sex couples who live together. But measuring their media consumption just got easier for Group M’s Mindshare, which released its first study on the gay and lesbian market, “Reaching Out,” to clients this week.
Publicis Groupe and Microsoft have formed a strategic alliance in order to provide digital advertisers with better value for money and greater impact across three areas — content, performance and audience. The advertising group and technology giant have formed three dedicated teams. The content team will be responsible for the creation, production and distribution of digital programming capabilities, tools and services.
Tesco and Sainsbury’s have been slammed by Which? over the amount of shopping bags the stores use to deliver online groceries. Consumer champion Which? ordered 29 set items from Asda, Tesco, Ocado, Waitrosedeliver and Sainsbury’s. It found both Tesco and Sainsbury’s used 14 bags to deliver the products.

GroupM forecasts modest global ad recovery next year
WPP’s GroupM has forecast a modest global advertising recovery, beginning in 2010 and led by the emerging BRIC economies of Brazil, Russia, India and China. In its This Year Next Year report, published today, the umbrella group for agency networks MediaCom, Mindshare, Mediaedge:cia and Maxus makes its first attempt to forecast world advertising growth in 2010, based on data from 70 countries.

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Vuitton and Murakami QR Codes

I have seen a lot of coverage of the new Louis Vuitton x Takashi Murakami: Designer QR Codes. Sartorially-challenged savant Piers Fawkes opines: “QR Codes are the bar codes of the future, linking online and physical graphics to websites and multi-media. For the most part, the codes have still maintained an abstract look akin to their predecessors. A recently released designer QR symbol, produced by Tokyo based creative agency SET is looking to change all that with a stylized remake of the standard code. Mixing design with technological innovation, SET teamed up Takashi Murakami with Louis Vuitton to create a distinctive code featuring one of the artist’s characters and the classic LV pattern. The agency hopes this will add much needed style and character to the bland world of machine readable codes.”

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Josh Spear adds: “How many of you know what to do with the image to the left? Hopefully most of you. Aside from identifying it as Murakami work, it’s a QR code for your mobile phone. QR (quick response) codes are like the Japanese version of bar codes, because they started in Japan. The code is scanned into your mobile phone via the camera and outputs a link. Think of it as a way to add hyperlinks in the real world. Normally, these QR codes look like deformed boxy versions of bar codes. But as soon as Murakami touches one we are all gaga. It’s amazing what a little Louis Vuitton pattern and color can do to a QR.”

My humble opinion? I am fascinated and excited by the opportunties offered by QR codes … as a connections strategist I am always thinking of ways to engineer links between the digital and offlien world and help people get to the next phase of their consumer journey…

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