UK telecom operator O2 has been a partner of the English rugby team for more than 27 years. For the current Rugby World Cup, O2 and its agency VCCP created a campaign that was a real work of art. Quite literally. A painting featuring English team members and fans was commissioned from Canadian artist Vincent McIndoe. Executed in a very French Romantic style (think Delacroix) it was cheekily unveiled at the Louvre. As a social media follow up, a special filter allowed fans to post selfies in the same style. For the occasion, the team’s habitual slogan “Wear the Rose” was transformed into “Wear la Rose”. Not only that, but as O2 is one of the only major telecom operators to offer EU roaming as standard, fans visiting France didn’t have to pay extra fees. Who knows? Perhaps there’s a rosy future ahead for their team. 


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Campaign Wear la Rose
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Protest Pointless Gifts: Bulldog Skincare and VCCP Media demand better Christmas presents for men


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Noting that men often receive novelty gifts for Christmas and not things that they actually want and need, the campaign focuses on the rallying call: “Enough is enough. Please… Just get us something we need this year.”

Novelty Christmas gifts also contribute to a bigger problem each year, as 1 in 5 unwanted gifts end up in landfill - last year that equated to almost 23 million items going to landfill.

Bulldog Skincare launched in the UK in 2007 and is now available in over 30 countries and over 50,000 stores around the world. With an ethical focus, Bulldog aims to lead the sector on sustainable packaging and never uses artificial colours, synthetic fragrances or ingredients from animal sources. All of Bulldog’s own brand personal care products are approved under the Cruelty Free International Leaping Bunny program, and are Vegetarian Society Vegan approved.

The campaign has recruited influencers and podcasters James and Clair Buckley to kickstart the protest on their podcast In Sickness and in Health. This has been further extended with Radio X sponsorship and an on-air competition co-hosted by Toby Tarrant and Johnny Vaughan to encourage people to forgo rubbish novelty gifts this christmas - with selected callers winning prizes based on their useless present stories

This is amplified in a D/OOH campaign across hero sites including Motion@Waterloo, Cross-Track 48 Sheet billboards and hundreds of digital OOH sites through shopping malls across the nation - the ads, created in house by Bulldog, feature the brand mascot and simple creative, with the message “Getting him socks for Christmas? Better Keep Thinking. #ProtestPointlessGifts”.

James Barnes, General Manager at Bulldog, said: “Men of the UK, are you tired of getting crap gifts every Christmas? It’s time to say ‘enough is enough’ - this Christmas you deserve better, you deserve something you need and want. Demand better, demand Bulldog Skincare and your skin will thank you. And if you’re looking for a present for a man this Christmas, do us a favour and put that novelty mug back on the shelf and get them some moisturiser instead - what were you thinking?”

Peter Bennett, Joint CEO of VCCP Media, added: ”This might seem like a tongue in cheek campaign, but seriously - so many gifts that men get at Christmas are useless and end up at the back of the cupboard or being re-gifted. This year it’s time to put a stop to that and give people something they want and need - we’re delighted to help get that message out there with our partners Bulldog Skincare.”

Bulldog was founded as a brand ‘with men in mind’, a no-fuss, non-nonsense solution to help men look after themselves. It only designs products specifically for men’s needs to help men look and feel their best.

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