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What is creativity?
New ideas; inspiration; positivity; energy; passion;
bringing opportunity to life; life force; seeing potential
Adds most value when it aligns with business strategy
ensures constant improvement
makes you competitive
makes you efficient and effective
Breaking a pattern:
four practical techniques
1. Different perspective
2. Block, escape, drop
3. Broaden parameters
#1 Different perspectives
What would Walt Disney, Richard Branson, Nelson Mandela, Bill Gates do?
Different corporate cultures
What would Nike do? Coca-Cola? McDonalds? L’Oreal?
How would/do the manufacturing industry approach this problem?
The financial services industry? The healthcare industry?
What would advertising/direct mail/research disciplines do?
#2 Block Escape Drop
Change current methods,
escape from dominating idea,
What if we can’t write a press release about this?
What if we had to market this handset without mentioning
What if we had no demo handsets?
#3 Broaden parameters
Remove natural limits to thinking by broadening
30 people full time
Double it! impact, longevity, size
#4 Future Shock
Create fantasy scenario to push thinking
Apple launches identical handset the week before
Sony Ericsson and Samsung merge
Legislation bans listening to music while walking
outdoors (for safety reasons)
Obstacles to creativity
• Habit and routines
• Fear of making mistakes
• Status quo
• Self-doubt and self criticism
• Rational thought
• Fear of looking silly
• Lack of time
• Local culture (Italian vs. English vs…..)
We are all capable
Creativity is a process
Maintain a healthy mix of pragmatism and free-
thinking - ideas that don’t work don’t sell…
There are few new ideas but many more twists
on an old idea
The creation of something new
is not accomplished by the intellect
but by the play instinct acting from inner
The creative mind plays
with the objects it loves…
(La creazione di qualcosa di nuovo non viene compiuta dall’intelletto,
ma dall’istinto al gioco che viene mosso da una necessità interiore.
La mente creativa gioca con gli oggetti che ama...)
C. G. Jung
“LG Mobile Italiancup” Texting Championship
the first Italian SMS texting competition
In order to support and promote the launch of the LG mobile phones with a “Qwerty keyboard” –
targeted to the teens in particular -, and convey the message that “LG Mobile has been the first to bring
the Qwerty keyboard to the masses” in order to make the “Life of Y Generation Good” (“Life’s Good” is
LG’s strapline), Text 100 Italy recommended to organize an Italian “SMS texting Championship” to
award the quickest texter on the Qwerty keyboard of an LG mobile phone.
More than 9,000 people, mainly youngsters and teens, participated in the competition.
The “LG Mobile Italiancup” started on October 31st and in four stop-overs it covered all
Italian regions, from North to South. Four of the main CE retail chains collaborated with LG
and hosted the competition stops. The participation was promoted only through word-of-
mouth and PR activities – including bloggers engagement).
The final competition among the semi-finalists (who had won the local competitions in the
retail shops around Italy) was organized in Milan, in a well known club called LimeLight, on
December 10th. It was an amazing partynight for youngsters, where LG with the help of Text
100 invited also partners, customers, employees and – of course – journalists. Two well
known Italian DJs conducted the evening show, during which the finalists fought to become
the “quickest texter in Italy”.
Text 100 obtained great coverage results: 1 national TV program presented the
initiative at the end of October, and 5 TV channel participated in the final
competition event night and shot interviews with the finalists, putting also the
LG mobile phones in the spotlight. Lots of dailies (national and local), bloggers
and radio channels covered the news throughout the competition.
Total coverage: in 40 days, we obtained over 80 print and online articles, 8
broadcast (TV and radio) airings and more than 40 blog posts
Cliccalastoria.it - Historical documents
archive of the Italian Republic
Text 100 Italy, Winner SABRE Awards 2007, Mediterranean
The objective of the campaign: highlight Xerox expertise in
document management through a dedicated website –
www.cliccalastoria.it - which showcased original documents from
the Italian constitution including the first drawings of the
In collaboration with the Italian Parliament Text 100 created a
web site (linked to Xerox and Parliament web sites) where people
can have access and download copies of fundamental Republic
acts, such as original version of Constitution. This service would
be of particular interests for schools and universities.
Linking with the 45° anniversary of Xerox Italy, the website shows a
chronology of the most important events of Italy’s history in parallel with
30+ articles published in Tier 1, daily, business, broadcast and online media
The project won Text 100 Italy a Sabre Award in 2007
"The Cliccalastoria project represents an example of how to position Xerox in a creative way as a provider forward-looking, value added
services for businesses, but also for other audiences, including young people, who can look at Xerox as a true innovator".
Rogerio P. Fangueiro, General Manager, Xerox Southern Entity, Europe
Intel Short Movie Contest
Engaging social media to promote Intel’s consumer technologies
Intel Corporation Italia has been a main sponsor of Taormina FilmFest for the last 4 years. In 2008, in order to address the consumer audience and
leverage Intel Centrino 2’s “entertainment and cinema” capabilities, Text 100 Italy created and developed two projects, strictly linked to one
1.“Intel Short Movie Contest”: an online competition open to all Internet users and would-be “digital film
directors” who want to create a short movie/videoclip; the best videoclip was awarded a prize during the
The theme of the competition was “What is in your opinion the most important ingredient for happiness?”,
with a strong link to the “Intel ingredient relevance” message (“what is the most important ingredient in a good
PC?” “the Intel processor”)
A specific, creative mini-website www.intelshortmovie.com was designed where people were able to find all
the information to compete, upload their short movies, and vote for their favorite short movie.
2.“Bloggers contest prize draw”; that offered the opportunity to win a week’s holiday in Taormina
and become the “official blogger correspondent” of Intel for the FilmFest. The only requirement –
apart from a general interest in cinema and movies - was to post a banner to promote the “Intel Short
• In less than 2 months, as many as 33 short movies were uploaded in the mini-website, more than
15,000 people visited the Intel short movie contest website to see the short movies uploaded.
• About a hundred fans joined the “Intel Short Movie Fan group” created in Facebook, to promote the initiative.
• More than 20 bloggers wrote about/posted on the Intel short movie contest and participated in the blogger contest.
• The winning blogger (www.nikoisdifferent.net) achieved more than 2,000 unique visitors with his daily report of the main news and
events of the Taormina FilmFest and was able to enjoy a great week in Taormina.
Launch: Disney.it is landing in Italy!
• Disney characters “phisically”landing
at the Airport of Milan for the new Disney.it
• TV channel crews and photographers allowed
in to take pictures and videoshootings
On top, a press event organized
in a dedicated area of the airport
Teaser “media alert” sent in
advance, to generate buzz
around this happening