News & Views
Airports aren’t the jolliest of places in the run up to Christmas. People rushing here, there and everywhere trying to get back home (or, sometimes, as far away as possible). It’s busy. It’s cold. A minor delay can cause a major headache. Lost luggage can mean lost gifts. A cancelled flight can be the difference between arriving on Christmas Eve and eating a warmed-up-in-the-microwave Christmas dinner on Boxing Day.Read more
40 years ago, Never Mind the Bollocks roared its way into the UK music charts and stamped its mark on British culture.
Of course, popular music was no stranger to revolution but as a nine-year-old boy this new shift felt pretty seismic. I was captivated by this record and the explosion of the British punk rock movement that surrounded it.Read more
The Co-operative Bank is proud to be different to other high street banks. And what makes them different? Their ethical approach to banking. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the bank’s unique customer-led ethical policy, and Dinosaur has been helping them celebrate the occasion.Read more
Dinosaur’s new brand film for Manchester Homelessness Partnership has just launched across social media. The minute-long video, narrated by Elbow frontman, Guy Garvey, aims to raise awareness of MHP’s Big Change initiative. It’s a cause that’s very close to our hearts, and we’re proud to lend our support to an organisation that’s doing such life-changing work across our city. So here’s a little background into how the film came to life plus a sneak peek behind-the-scenes.Read more
What pops into mind when you think of a high-end gym? Fluffy towels. Olympic pool. Tennis courts. Posh handwash.
All the luxury extras you ever need to justify the sky-high monthly fee you pay for the privilege. For some, it’s worth it. For others, it doesn’t take long before you realise all you actually want to do is blast the treadmill for 45 mins and get home before Game of Thrones.
But alas, you’re locked into a twelve-month contract.Read more
All the votes have now been cast for the Masters of Marketing’s Brand of the Year award. The winner, which will be announced at The Festival of Marketing this October, will be the brand who over the last year has set new industry standards when it comes to creativity, innovation and effectiveness. So while we’re waiting to hear who picks up the gong, the Dino Team has sifted through the contenders and picked out their very own favourite trailblazers.Read more
No-one saw it coming.
When Theresa May called an election in April 2017, it looked like a hopelessly unequal contest. On one side, you had the beleaguered leader of a divided party with no major donors and very few media allies. On the other, an experienced former home secretary, leading a party whose coffers were bulging and enjoying devoted support from four of the five top-selling newspapers in the UK. It was meant to be a rout.
Instead, Labour bust a phoenix move. It rose from the ashes to overturn the Conservatives’ huge 25-point poll lead and very nearly ousted Theresa May from Number 10.
So how did they do it?Read more
When Oscar season approaches, if there’s a film about war, race or sexuality, it’s pretty much a shoe-in for a gong. When it comes to D&AD pencils, the winners are usually big budget charity or public awareness campaigns. This year was no exception. That’s not to say the work wasn’t brilliant, of course. Just as Moonlight earned its academy plaudits, Channel 4’s Superhumans and Clemendger’s Meet Graham rightly deserve their black pencils.
But what about those winners that perhaps you might have missed? Those creative advertising campaigns driven by beautiful ideas and supreme craft that are busy being amazing quietly in the background. Here are our Creative Directors Dan and Lins’s pick of the pencils.Read more
Last Christmas, an excited customer bounced into Chipping Norton Co-op and told staff ‘I want everything on this page!’. They were holding a copy of the store’s promotional newspaper, pointing to the central food spread. It was just the reaction the Midcounties Co-op store was hoping for.
Easter is another opportunity for Midcounties Co-op’s flagship stores to inspire and delight. As they invite their customers to join them on a four-day flavour adventure over the bank holiday weekend, we show you how Dinosaur helped bring it to life. (more…)Read more
As well as being big business, holidays are a big deal. We spend hours poring over locations, setting budgets, daydreaming. Expectations are always high. Your hotel experience can make or break your holiday – and social media provides the perfect opportunity to share the good, the bad and the faulty aircon. In response, hotels have had to evolve sophisticated customer service strategies. But the real trailblazers are the brands who have harnessed the potential of social shareability to tell their stories. Doing their brand building on social media shifts the conversation away from the everyday and into the aspirational.Read more
From buying suggestions on Amazon, to setting up alerts on Skyscanner, the increasing ability of brands to personalise our online experiences, content, product and service offers is raising consumer expectations throughout the whole purchasing process with personalised and segmented marketing strategies. (more…)Read more
Following on from the successful launch of the ‘Good To Be Different’ campaign and fee-free Everyday Rewards scheme, The Co-operative Bank we’re looking to ramp up their activity and convince even more customers to make the switch to their current account.
And what better way to get people’s attention than a big cash incentive.
To support the new incentive, we produced a tactical advertising campaign across posters and press that, quite literally, put the Bank’s £150 switching offer up in lights all across the UK.Read more
As our appetite for life online continues to grow, so does the amount of digital advertising we ingest on a daily basis. Some of it’s good, a lot of it’s bad, most of it is unwelcome.
As a result, more and more of us are turning to ad blocking software to turn down the noise of a cluttered digital landscape. With Apple now joining the block party, the software that was once a minor concern for the advertising industry is now causing full-scale panic.
Is this the end of digital advertising as we know it… or is the answer to our problem staring us in the face?
Mobile strategy that meets the customer where they are Canadian hockey great Wayne Gretzky once described his success by saying, “I don’t skate to where the puck is, I skate to where it’s going to be.” With greater numbers of UK consumers armed with smartphones and tablets, today’s customers are a lot like that hockey puck – moving at high speeds from one destination to the other, never static for long enough to take a good look at them.