SUPER STRATEGY SIDEKICK

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At SuperHeroes we’re on a mission: to save the world from boring advertising.

And as our mission gets more traction throughout the world, we need more help.

 

SuperHeroes is an international, digitally native creative agency. We’ve got an awesome team of about 40 heroes – who span 12 nationalities – and an amazing international roster of clients (like Converse, MTV, ASUS, ING, and Coca-Cola).

 

As an independent boutique agency, our creative business approach and innovative set of weapons are attracting a lot of attention. We’ve opened up a New York office and are planning to open in Singapore soon. We’ve got no shortage of ambition and entrepreneurship and let creativity be leading in everything we do.

 

We’re looking for a ‘Super Strategy Intern’ to start in February 2019: an analytical problem solver with a flair for communications and the research skills of a detective. This position is for our Amsterdam office.

 

Responsibilities
•    Support the strategy team on, communications planning, customer journey development, and innovation projects
•    Turn data into insights that inspire and rationalize the development of campaigns and executions
•    Support the strategy team on workshops and F2F sessions

•    Manage social media accounts, including creating engaging social posts, reporting and proposing new ideas

•    Liaison with other agency teams to ensure collaboration in different projects

 

Desired skills
•    HBO or WO studies in communications, marketing, design thinking, social psychology and/or related fields.
•    Eagerness to learn and contribute
•    Capacity to think holistically about problems
•    Strong written and verbal communication skills
•    A sociable and inspiring personality – people are genuinely happy to see and work with you

•   Fluent in English (Dutch a plus)

•   Being a social media guru is a great plus

•   Being great with programs like Keynote, PP, and Excel also a great plus

 

What we offer
•    You will get a full-time 6-month internship (starting in February)

•    You will become a SuperHero (isn’t that just awesome?)

•    You will work in our hideout in the heart of Amsterdam

•    You’ll even get a decent lunch at our hideout.

 

Interested?
Please send your cv and motivation to airmail@hellosuperheroes.com, or contact Daniel @ 31 (0)20 846 38 06. Let’s fly!

Using Images to Turn Your Brand into a Friendly Neighbour

Creative director Niek Eijsbouts on redefining energiedirect.nl’s image bank

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Whether you’re at an agency or working client-side, your end goal is the same: to help shape the face of a brand. To reach this goal, you should be exploring all means necessary. Then – and only then – you might save the world from boring advertising.

This is the short story of how our agency, SuperHeroes Amsterdam/New York, brought tangible heart and soul to an energy brand that exists 100% online: energiedirect.nl. We didn’t stop at developing their campaigns but also reshaped and redefined their brand’s image bank.

 

A poisonous cocktail

An average person spends no more than 10 minutes a year managing their home’s energy. That’s less than a single episode of Road Runner (meep-meep). Within that time, your brand will be forgotten.

 

With attention spans just a blip on the radar, energy providers have a hard time getting the right attention. Due to price wars and new online movers and shakers, a lot of these brands have moved from low interest to no interest at all. Combine this with a highly competitive landscape with all of the same offers, and what’s left is a poisonous cocktail that will leave you in the graveyard of brands.

 

One of the main problems in the energy industry is customer churn. The term ‘churn’ is a phrase a fancy businessman came up with to express a group of customers leaving to find a better deal elsewhere. And since the selection of an energy supplier is driven almost exclusively by price, this makes churn a real threat to building a successful energy brand and loyal client base. However, SuperHeroes was up to the challenge and decided it was time for us as an agency to make our energy brand energiedirect.nl a little more human again.

 

The no-frills look

When you’re a straightforward, 100% online energy provider who likes to keep things simple, you need a strong yet no-frills way to express your brand. For new customers, we wanted to quickly establish an image that would make them feel at home. For existing customers, we wanted to make them feel confident in their choice and confirm that they are still on the better side of the deal. So instead of a distant, cold, corporate and happy-go-lucky stock image style photography, we introduced a visual tone-of-voice close to its consumers.

 

Holland’s ‘National’ Photographer: Jan Dirk van der Burg

We decided to instill a unique and creative touch to the brand’s image bank by choosing a documentary-style photographer. The man for the job was Jan Dirk van der Burg. He is the ‘Fotograaf des Vaderlands’, which roughly translates to ‘The Country’s National Photographer’; a title given to the photographer chosen as the national ambassador of Dutch photography for the year. We selected Van der Burg because he has mastered the art of capturing the unfiltered essence of Dutch people in all their realness. Van der Burg’s straightforward style, not unlike the brand itself, was the perfect fit to show how energiedirect.nl as a brand was equal to its customers.

 

Nederland, 02-03-2015 Betondorp is een van de weinige wijken in Amsterdam waar de gentrificatie nog niet heeft toegeslagen. Een serie van een uniek stukje hoofddstad met een roemruchte geschiedenis. Hier kijkt een reperateur van Douwe Egberts naar de motor van de Canta van een vriendin: 'Lijkt eigenlijk precies op die van de motor van een koffiemachine.'

Earlier work by Jan Dirk van der Burg with the series “Betondorp” (2015)

 

Documentary-style photography lends itself to open-ended narratives where anything is possible – but we still had to keep in mind that the image bank’s commercial goals were just as important as its creative ones. Consumers in mind. Product-focused.

That’s why together with energiedirect.nl, we described 50 different scenarios depicting various day-to-day moments with different people in and around their house. They would all match with the topics of the energy provider’s communication channels like newsletters, social media, website product pages, and the brand’s own app.

 

We gave Jan Dirk complete artistic freedom to cast the talent and choose the settings in which they would be captured. This ‘carte blanche’ way of working is the only way for a photographer like Jan Dirk to guarantee authenticity and his particular style. The candid nature of each narrative is seen and felt in each and every photo.

 

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The documentary-style photography of Jan Dirk for energiedirect.nl keeps it miles away from a corporate image bank

 

Jan Dirk also shoots a series for national newspaper De Volkskrant. For this series, he captures people and the particular ways they like to enjoy their weekend. Dog competitions, LARP festivals, or computer fairs are amongst the mix of events he loves to showcase. Trying to keep things real, Jan Dirk would often approach people at these events and ask to feature them and tell their unique story in their own homes. A great method that street casting just can’t beat.

 

Selecting imperfect moments

When the photographer was finished, he had amassed over 500 photos captured in 50 different situations. So how did we select the perfect shots from this plethora of content? By choosing that moment of perfect imperfection. Someone blinks. A person looking away. An uncharacteristic pose. A crooked smile. Or even a pancake in front of someone’s face.

 

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Would you have selected the photo if the main character was hidden behind a pancake?

 

The result? Character in every little piece

It was immediately evident that energiedirect.nl had upped their identity. Now, every little online corner is filled with a meaningful, authentic, brand-related image. However, the facelift didn’t stop at just the website and social media: newsletters have become more visually appealing and the app is one you’ll love to scroll through, filled with relatable custom-content. Combine all this with competitive pricing and great service and customer churn has plummeted in response.

 

Similar to defining the tone-of-voice in writing, we have rewritten the image of an online brand, bringing it alive with whimsy and authenticity. What the brand lacked in physical stores, packaging – let alone a physical product – it made up for in character and impact. Although they had only a few short moments of contact a year with their customers, the numbers showed that the new, relatable, documentary-style photography was a hit. Less wallpaper, more human.

 

Welcome home with energiedirect.nl.

 

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Solar panels aren’t the most photogenic items, however, Jan Dirk has found beauty in its symmetry

 

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When visiting a Commodore fan event, Jan Dirk asked one of the people to capture him in his own home for energiedirect.nl

 

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Sustainability and a greener environment is one of the key goals of energiedirect.nl

 

 

This article was published on Little Black Book.

WALKING AWAY WITH QUINNY

 

After a successful pitch, we were chosen as the lead agency for Quinny, one of the brands of Canadian parent company Dorel Juvenile (i.a. Maxi-Cosi and Bébé Confort). We’re thrilled!

 

Quinny is at the dawn of a new era with exciting new products to be launched in the period leading up to 2019.

 

Nina Rosenthal, Global Brand Experience Manager at Quinny and Maxi-Cosi: “We needed a fresh perspective on our online marketing communication to globally distinguish our brand in this crowded market. SuperHeroes provided us with that in their approach.”

 

Quinny is positioned as the fashion and lifestyle brand in the stroller category. Quinny focuses on active parents worldwide who are full of life and want to experience the world with their kids. The brand is looking for a digital-first approach for their markets in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the US.

 

Django Weisz Blanchetta, Managing Director at SuperHeroes Amsterdam: “This is fully in line with the approaches and strategies of SuperHeroes. We have lots of experience rolling out campaigns in different international markets in which we’re located, such as the US and Asia. With Quinny’s ambition, we have the opportunity to operate as a creative business partner and create strategic, clever work.”

 

The first Quinny campaign within the new branding strategy from SuperHeroes is for “Hubb”, the latest stroller in the Quinny portfolio. The online video campaign shows how you can take on life’s biggest challenges, no matter how big the surprise will be. It will launch this week in Europe. Bring it on!

 

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ADNIGHT 2018 x SuperHeroes | The Brief of All Fears

 

This past Friday, we opened up the doors to our ADNIGHT 2018 advertising-themed haunted house, The Brief of All Fears, and scared the daylights out of a whopping 900+ attendees!

 

Those who braved the basement descended through the fog, past the wall of whispers, and ducked beneath the blank stares of the angry businessmen. The (bloody) writing was on the wall, no creative would make it out alive. Fortunately, SuperHeroes was there to save the day, and all visitors had the chance to ascend to the party in Heaven for a beer and a laugh.

 

A big thanks to those who came by and dared to face their creative fears. We had a blast!

 

Check out the full photo album here.

 

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