Archive for the ‘Lego (TM)’ Category

Lego Printer

- June 2nd, 2010

The Lego Printer

But First I Have to Write Some CSS :|

Andy Parkhouse - June 2nd, 2010

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8-Bit Trip Down Lego Lane

- August 25th, 2009

Continuing with the Team Rubber Lego obsession, I present you with the “8-Bit Trip”. These are some really insanely clever guys.

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“Now I’ve seen some good Lego animations, but this one takes the 8 Bit biscuit!!!” (via @daviddarnes)

Block Party Fashion

- June 12th, 2009

We’re sort of (HA!) Lego fans here at Rubber Towers, so you can imagine my surprise and delight to find this little gem! Apparantly French fashion designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac has been getting inspired by our favourite building medium of choice.

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Courtesy of Turquoise Fairy over on Tumblr:

Lego…Social Media Heroes

Andy Parkhouse - March 31st, 2009

Lego using social media well again: this is the launch video for a new Lego train (Emerald Night).

Lego trains have a very engaged and die-hard fan base – a true community, sharing things online and meeting in the real world.

The Emerald Night set is a premium-priced toy for children and adult fans of Lego; it was designed with fan input, has been tracked on blogs and forums for the last few months, and was launched at real-world fan events.


We Take You Inside Today…

Andy Parkhouse - March 11th, 2009

New from Rubber Republic, here’s a charming little film we’ve made for the Radio 4 Today Programme.

It’s great to do work that reinforces the connection between people who’ve got a product or brand, and their existing customers. Sure, it’s about repeat business and loyalty, but it’s also about building up a brand that people appreciate and want in their lives.

Also, sounds cheesy, but I love the Today programme, and I love working on things I love….Lego, can we help you?

Measure / don’t measure? (An advertising fable)

Andy Parkhouse - September 1st, 2008

Crucial sell memory chips for computers. So far, so mundane. But I’ve been buying the stuff for seven years. It started because getting memory for Macs used to be an expensive business laden with worries about compatibility. Crucial were far cheaper than other suppliers, guaranteed their memory would work, and offered a handy online ‘configurator’ (ugly word) that made it easy to find the memory chip for any given Mac. So they offered good service.

In the last seven years I’ve ordered nothing but Crucial memory. Mac memory is easy to get these days, but why change? Crucial have made it easy to keep using them. I don’t know what I’ve spent with them, but it could be up to four thousand pounds.

In that time I’ve also seen a lot of Crucial banner ads on sites I visit. Response rates to these ads are entirely measurable: clicks through to Crucial’s site are definitely tracked, and in theory where I hover my mouse could also be tracked and measured as a proxy for my engagement with the ad (but probably isn’t).

I’ve never clicked on a Crucial ad. Does that mean money wasted? One short way to end the question is if the ads are pay-per-click (CPC). In that case Crucial pay out nothing.

Chances are though that these are pay-per-impression (CPM) ads, so there is a cost for Crucial in showing me them. So does that mean money wasted? After all, I’m already a customer, and I never clicked an ad. The part of me that loves direct response would say yes, money wasted, sell me something new instead. But there’s another way to look at this: Crucial remain my default choice for computer memory. Brands are an example of the power of defaults.

Advertising Crucial repetitively reinforces Crucial as my default choice for this product. On a competitive basis, if Crucial buy out that media, that prevents another memory supplier catching my attention by placing ads in that space.

So far, so much basic brand theory. I thought this worth posting because we are very involved in understanding and expressing both the measured (in the direct-marketing sense) and non-measurable value of advertising. The internet offers a wonderful blend of the two.

My current default position is that if an advertising response can be measured, it should (obviously if it can’t, then it can’t). That’s necessary, but not sufficient: it’s my belief that the most effective advertising campaigns will be built to meet a clear business goal, and their value will be measured in part by direct response elements; however understanding the full value will also require softer measures less amenable to statistics, such as conversation and opinion tracking, and fascinating aspects such as fan activity and product ambassadors (obligatory Lego reference).

Got an opinion on this? Send me your thoughts:

Radiohead – House of Cards video in Lego

Andy Parkhouse - August 11th, 2008

Neatly bringing together two recent posts (Radiohead House of Cards video, Lego album cover art), here’s House of Cards rendered in Lego

And no, I’m not a Radiohead nut, but I do love Lego.

Lego Fun

- August 4th, 2008

I am a big fan of Popbitch as it feeds my need for random crap and gossip. In this week’s newsletter titled The porn pets of Saudi Arabia (nice) I came across a link that made me think of a certain someone. Also Team Rubber loves its music so I just had to blog it! Album covers recreated with Lego, I particularly like the fact that Morrissey looks better in plastic form. Amazon saw potential in this form of art work, if you click on the covers it takes you to their site so you can buy the CD, nope, I still don’t want a Morrissey album.

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