March 1897. A journalist from the Evening Sun asked Mark Twain to
comment on reports that he had passed away. His response?
“Tell them rumours of my demise are greatly exaggerated.”
And so it is with Robson Brown. Like Twain, we’ve had a setback or two but today finds us in the rudest of health. So, it’s time we re-emerged with renewed purpose, vigour and optimism. Reborn. Rejuvenated. Ready to take on whatever the world has to throw at us.
We have been renowned for carefully considered creative strategy and work for over three decades. In the process, producing some outstanding campaigns.
Our reputation is proof of our drive and determination to do the best for our clients.
In this fast changing world of marketing and communications we’re drawing not only on our three decades and more of experience gained here in Newcastle but also on the increasingly rich array of talent that belonging to the Mission Group brings to our offer. It’s fair to say; we’re on a mission.
Here are just a few of our recent campaigns to prove that when it comes to compelling and convincing creativity we’re right on the button. And just for good measure we’ve also shared some of our Mission Group partners’ work.
Fresh was the UK’s first dedicated regional programme, set up in the North East of England, to tackle the worst rates of smoking related illness and death in the country.
Our latest campaign unashamedly tugs at the heartstrings as it tells smokers in the North East that one in every two long-term smokers die early from smoking related illnesses.
Our campaigns have helped reduce smoking rates by motivating smokers to quit, have turned off the tap to new smokers and are protecting families from tobacco related harm. We’ve won a number of awards along the way, including Roses nominations, national and regional CIPR awards and Gold awards at the World Tobacco Conference in Mumbai
Together we are making smoking history for the North East.More from Fresh
With over 40 million holidays, city breaks and weekends away and 40 holiday brands to choose from Holiday Discount Centre can certainly claim to be the consumer’s friend.
The company’s aim is to be the holiday price comparison website, so we were delighted to be appointed just before Christmas 2013 to help them enhance their profile and increase traffic to their website.
Our simple and single-minded 10” commercial dramatises the huge choice of holidays that Holiday Discount Centre offers.
And the initial burst of TV advertising led to a 50% increase in enquiries, so it’s clear that our reputation for effective retail advertising is as valid now as it ever was.
Balance aim to inspire changes to the way people in the North East think about and drink alcohol.
Our regional marketing campaigns have been varied from encouraging personal behaviour change through to urging the public to support government petitions that will influence future laws with regard to alcohol availability, affordability and promotion.More from Balance
With a market capitalisation of over £1.5bn, Bellway is the country’s fourth largest house builder selling over 5,000 homes a year. We have worked together for over 20 years. It’s a complex business, consisting of 13 regional divisions with close to 50 individual points of contact to be made every week. We are responsible for co-ordinating all marketing activity across the country to ensure consistency of look, feel and message.
Our above-the-line work includes all advertising and digital creative. Our below-the-line activity, in collaboration with ThinkBDW, extends to direct mail, leaflets, site brochures, sales centre fit out, CGI’s/fly throughs and site signage/hoardings.More from Bellway
NewcastleGateshead Initiative is the destination management and marketing agency for the region that it’s named after. Marketing activity is geared towards promoting the area as a world class tourism destination and it’s estimated that visitors contribute £1.23bn to the local economy annually.
Our work has been varied including logo design for the EAT festival to national press advertising and literature design.
We won the Gold award in the International Travel and Tourism Marketing awards for the convention bureau’s brochure.More from NGi
NCFE designs, develops and certificates a diverse range of nationally recognised vocational qualifications and awards. Last year over 400,000 learners from over 2,000 colleges, schools and training organisations chose NCFE as their Awarding Organisation.
We have built a strong relationship with NCFE over the past few years and this has allowed us to work with them to develop a bold and daring look and feel that reflects their friendly customer service focus.More from NCFE
As part of ITREZ, Scotland’s renewables energy zone, Scottish Enterprise has developed a unique Grade A office in the heart of Glasgow. The building facilitates co-location of businesses with other public, private and academic partners focussed on maximising opportunities within the renewables industry.
We were appointed to provide all brand development and communication materails including name, identity, cgi’s, website, presentations and launch literature. The building will be marketed internationally.
Alastair Cummings of GVA said “The design work that Robson Brown presented was innovative and distinctive, just what we wanted for this prestigious development.”More from Inovo
From the very outset, von Essen Hotels wanted the first hotel in its new metropolitan set to be not just different, but better. Situated adjacent to London’s Vertical Gateway, The London Heliport, this unique location provided an opportunity to name and create the brand.
From identity and language to photography and customer communication, our concept saw things from a different angle and provided an ideal platform to launch this unique hotel to the London market.More from Von Essen
Husqvarna is the global leader in professional outdoor power equipment with over 300 years experience in the manufacture of tough tools such as chainsaws, tractors, lawnmowers, cultivators and trimmers.
We have created three campaigns for the UK including national press brand awareness activity, promotions and dealer support.
The product has a distinctive look defined by its colour so the creative work made the product the hero of our ads.
Sealy Posturepedic is the world’s biggest bed manufacturer and a client of ours for over 20 years. Sleep is a generic territory and a distress purchase. There is little credible difference between brands.
Our most recent work links the brand to the creative territory of “Deeper Sleep”, not just ordinary sleep, highlighting the fact that a Sealy bed is as important as exercise and eating well.
In a previous campaign we created a point of difference by tasking a doctor of engineering to test our beds against the competition. He found that one of Sealy’s double beds has the same effective sleeping area as competitors’ king-size beds. We creatively branded this greater sleeping area as ‘Edge-to-Edge’ giving us a scientifically proven USP.More from Sealy
Located in the heart of the North East within the vibrant Newcastle conurbation, Quorum is one of the UK’s leading business parks. At Quorum, it’s not just about the office buildings – it’s about creating a business community and lifestyle. High specification office buildings, quality landscaping and first class on-site amenities that include a nursery, sports club and dedicated events team all contribute to attracting key brands.
Our campaigns have delivered quality occupier leads and interest amongst potential employees through communication campaigns and supportive demographic materials.More from Quorum
This was created by Think BDW who are a member of our Mission Group family.
Think BDW is acknowledged as the UK’s leading property marketing agency. From advertising and brochures to signage, marketing suite design and build to CGI’s, and with media buying through its subsidiary Think Media, Think BDW has a growing international reputation in this specialist sector.
We work closely with Think BDW on a number of our campaigns, most notably on Bellway Homes, and here is a selection of the creative and innovative work executed by Think from its offices in Colchester, London and Manchester.More from Think BDW
This was created by Big Communications who are a member of our Mission Group family.
Boost Drinks came to them at an important juncture for the brand. The brand had a strong heritage in trade and was well liked by retailers yet the vast majority of consumers hadn’t heard of the brand or sampled its benefits. Given our previous success with challenger brands Boost Drinks tasked us to develop a brand positioning strategy and the brand’s first integrated consumer campaign. So we invented the Boost-ism.
Whilst our competitors throw themselves off the ends of the earth, we throw ourselves into everyday energy needs – giving you a chance to Boost Up Yourself.More from Big
This was created by Story who are a member of our Mission Group family.
In 2011 Highland Spring waded into a water fight. They held the position of the No.2 bottled water brand in the UK, but they were holding out for the No.1 spot. When you can’t beat your competitors’ marketing spend, you have to be creative with your creative. It needed to out-sparkle the competition.
Story created the positioning of ‘Full of the Joys of Highland Spring’ and unleashed a bottle-playing mole on TV, in the press and online to help spread the joy. By 2013, Highland Spring was the UK’s No.1 bottled water.
Deep, deep joy.More from Story
Advertising, design, branding, full studio production facilities, print buying and management; they all need the right balance of considered creativity, strategy, management and production to achieve their goals. Add to that digital marketing, signage, TV production, 3D modelling, media planning and buying, both on- and off-line, and there’s nothing quite like this in our beloved North East base.
As part of the Mission Group we offer specialist sector experience and unrivalled insight from the brightest talent across the UK.
We’re working with ambitious brands to achieve their business goals by creating inspiring and compelling integrated communication campaigns based on sound, well thought out strategy.
Share our latest news, thoughts and happenings here in Summerhill Terrace as they happen.
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We joined Mission Group in January 2011 and this union has enabled us to provide a greater level of resource to our clients. We are increasingly drawing upon this to offer ever more considered creative and strategic solutions from our base in Newcastle.
As Mission Group’s website states;
“There’s a host of entrepreneurial agencies all around the UK making a name for themselves in the market. Mission Group unites the very best of them, bringing strength in numbers. (11 specialist agencies employing over 800 people in 18 offices across the UK.)
Each Agency has proven, long-term ability to help its Clients win. All boast incredibly talented people whose creative business thinking and specialist knowledge complement those of their colleagues around the Group. Between them, they have an impressive track record of delivering tangible results for our Clients and for our shareholders.”