Characters have represented and personified the essence of brands since the early days of advertising. In fact, Mr. Peanut of Planters dates back to 1916. Characters of all kinds—from people to animals to objects, whether real, costumed, or animated—help brands sell their products/services. Why characters work Characters give the brand a face and personality, which… Continue reading Creating characters to bring your brand to life
This year, we’ve taken our Christmas game to a whole new level, combining gamification and custom illustrations to simulate #AgencyLife—with a holiday twist! It’s with great excitement that we invite you to pull up your stockings and play Acart’s Christmas Dash. Acart’s Christmas Dash is a simple platformer game that starts with a choice. Do you want… Continue reading Levelling Up Our Christmas Game
When you think of Augmented Reality (AR), an image of teens crowding the streets and flocking to parks playing Pokémon Go might come to mind. Or Snapchat filters. But with the release of ARKit (iOS) and ARCore (Android) earlier this year, millions of devices will become AR-capable — bringing AR to the masses. While we’ve… Continue reading How to augment your marketing with Augmented Reality (AR)
York Region Transit‘s brand experience in York Regional Police’s Community Safety Village has won a Gold Hermes Creative Award! The experience is an extension of our York Region Man (YR Man) transit safety campaign for YRT/Viva, which won more awards in 2015, including a Marketing and Communications Leadership Award from the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) and an Ovation Award of… Continue reading YRT/Viva Safety Village Experience wins Gold Hermes Creative Award
Creativity doesn’t come and go on command. When I was working on my portfolio in school, I wish I had been pulling brilliant ideas out of my head, instead of pulling out my hair. The way to creativity is not easy, because there are no formulas or answers in the back of a textbook. My… Continue reading Getting Creative with Yoga and Meditation
The Hill Breakfast is an annual tradition for Egg Farmers of Canada and MPs and Senators at Parliament to celebrate the strengths of Canada’s growing egg industry and supply management. This year’s theme was “Eggs Across Canada”, which captured a spirit of unity for Canada 150. The breakfast highlight was delicious omelettes made with ingredients… Continue reading An Eggscellent Breakfast Deserves Excellent Invites
Marketers are spending 500% more trying to reach millennials compared to any other audience. Over the last few years, Snapchat has proven its value to those aiming to reach these young consumers. The social app, which allows users to send photos and videos that stay up for 24 hours and disappear 10 seconds after you open them,… Continue reading How Your Brand Can Make the Most Out of Snapchat
Merry Christmas and Season’s Greetings from Acart! For this year’s agency holiday card, we partnered with Rocket 57 Illustration to express, in comic book form, our wish that you all be “excellent to each other” this Yuletide. Please share these wishes with the wider world. We’d love to see some real peace and joy at… Continue reading Agency Holiday Card: The Return of The Christmas Spirit!
What’s better than celebrating Pride in The Village in Ottawa, Ontario? Celebrating it with delicious, themed food of course! This Pride Week, we teamed up with our friends at Burgers n’ Fries Forever to create a treat that is as colourful and fun as Pride itself—Pride Fries! We also helped create a catchy jingle and video to promote it!… Continue reading Get Your #PrideFries On!
York Region Transit has been a client of ours for several years, and they’re a great partner. Our latest campaign for the system is a hard-hitting ridership campaign that challenges drivers to consider the quality of their commute. Especially given increasing traffic congestion in one of Canada’s fastest-growing regions. Our new work uses the classic… Continue reading Showing how easy public transit can be on YRT/Viva
It’s here! Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience opened on Friday, May 13, at Canada Aviation and Space Museum — the day after an official launch featuring William Shatner (Captain James T Kirk) at #StarfleetGala. Following our immersive pre-launch campaign, including viral and teaser videos, an experiential crash site, a Twitter-enabled Enterprise captain’s chair video… Continue reading Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience has launched #StarfleetOTT
Here at Acart, we are no strangers to multicultural advertising. In our recent campaign for Elections Canada, we communicated with Canadians in 34 different languages. But we had never done an extraterrestrial language adaptation. Until now: Those of you familiar with the Star Trek franchise will recognize this as Klingon. Those familiar with Klingon will… Continue reading Promoting #StarfleetGala in glorious Klingon!