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Babbel’s Arne Schepker visits W+K London

Last Thursday we heard from Arne Schepker, CMO of Babbel, the world’s most successful language learning app, as part of our W+Ked speaker’s programme.
Arne discussed how embracing failure and taking risks not only makes the best work of our lives, but also makes the best work of our clients’ lives. He emphasised the importance of the solution not always being a TV ad, and the necessity of ideas being developed in collaboration with the client, especially with the number of in-house creative teams on the rise.
Thanks to Arne and Babbel for an inspiring start to the day.

TK Maxx – A White Christmas

Shoppers dreaming of a White Christmas may find their dreams coming true this year as our festive campaign for retailer TK Maxx is delivering real snow to lucky customers who find exclusive snow globes in-store and online.

Launching this Friday, the labels-for-less retailer’s bold Christmas campaign will offer shoppers the chance to pick up the ‘biggest gift at the smallest possible price’, an actual White Christmas – for absolutely nothing.

Directed by Ian Pons Jewell and voiced by Bill Nighy, the 30” and 60” spots are shot in the hyperreal, cinematic style that has become the brand’s hallmark. In the film we see a ‘White Christmas’ come to life as a grandfather gifts his granddaughter the iconic ‘White Christmas’ snow globe. We then watch the excitement escalate as a team of TK Maxx ‘snow experts’ cover the house in snow, complete with branded helicopter and snow bazookas. The spot is soundtracked by a re-recorded festive version of pop-rock band Pilot’s 1975 hit, Magic.

The activation-led campaign will run in the UK, Ireland, Germany and Poland, combining ATL with print, digital, social, mobile, PR and experiential into a fully integrated, through-the-line campaign. A second spot, airing from December 13, will document one of the White Christmas experiences.

A limited number of 2ft, ‘White Christmas’ snow globes will be hidden in stores across Europe and we’re working with film industry specialists Snow Business to bring the actual white stuff to homes.

An innovative digital build at TKMaxx.com also allows shoppers to bag a White Christmas from anywhere at any time, via shaking an interactive WebGL snow globe.