From big and bushy to thin and sparse – no matter what the brow woe, Benefit Cosmetics, the UK’s number one brow authority, has you covered! Launching 1st March and hitting the road for three months, Benefit’s brow bar on wheels will tour the United Kingdom on a mission to transform the nation’s brows.
The Persuaders conceived the concept of the Brow Mobile, an 'all-terrain' vehicle that can literally go anywhere in the UK to deliver the perfect Benefit Brow to Bene-fans no matter where they live.
We sourced and converted the vehicle, re-designing the exterior and giving the interior its own make-over, fitting the worlds smallest Brow Bar inside the back.
The Persuaders have also planned the UK tour and has a team of brand ambassadors that will travel with the vehicle over the next few months.
The Persuaders conceived, designed and produced a set of 6 L'Oreal Luxe fragrance coffret specifically targeted at a millennial audience who had become disinterested in the perfume market.
Our idea was to develop personalised modern fairytales, where the purchaser could include the name of the person they were buying for directly into the story. We developed 6 stories, one for each fragrance including; Si by Giorgio Armani, Mon Paris by YSL, La Vie Est Belle by Lancome, Black Opium by YSL, Armani Code by Giorgio Armani and BAD by Diesel.
Each fragrance had a 'personality' that would match the personality of the person receiving the gift, helping the consumer to chose which gift to give.
The personalised coffret books were available exclusively on-line at Boots.com whilst a set of non-personalised coffret were also available in the top 100 Boots stores.
The Persuaders designed and produced the coffret as well as designed and developed the 'scent story' website portal for the personalised coffret, which can be seen here.
The coffret were on sale during the Christmas 2016 period but the concept has been rolled out to include Valentine's Day and Mother's Day 2017
To celebrate the launch of the Schweppes 12 Twists of Christmas cocktails, The Persuaders designed and produced a 2 day pop-up masterclass event in Covent Garden.
Transforming the White Space venue into an immersive brand world, complete with bubbles, lights and lots of festive sparkle, we created a 20ft long bar as well as an exclusive masterclass room where mixologist Matt Whiley demonstrated the 12 different cocktails developed by Schweppes.
The Persuaders worked closely with the team at notonthehighstreet.com to create their stand for this years Stylist Live show which runs from the 13th – 16th October 2016 at the Business Design Centre in Islington.
Taking inspiration from the concept that the Not On The High Street partners are akin to elves working in their workshops to deliver Christmas, The Persuaders conceived a contemporary Elf Workshop with a Scandi influence, designing deconstructed wooden trees that morph into the support beams and rafters of the main exhibition stand structure. The stand has been designed with areas for the partners to demonstrate their work as well as beautiful tiered display tables for visitors to touch and feel the products.
Guests who come on the stand will see partners create work that is available on-line and directly from the stand. There is even a chimney breast that rises above the stand where guests can wind up a special Santa In-Tray and place their Christmas gift wishes in which is then delivered down into the workshop!
Hannah Webley-Smith, recently appointed as Customer Director of notonthehighstreet.com, commented that ‘We wanted to give customers the opportunity to get up-close and personal with products that they would normally only get to see on-line. The workshop styling of our stand creates an open and inviting environment that will hopefully entice visitors and get them excited for Christmas. The Persuaders are the perfect creative agency to bring this concept to life.’
Working closely with Luna Cinema, Comedy Central and Warner Bros, The Persuaders designed and built the main sets for the new touring FriendsFest - a celebration of the iconic Friends TV Series.
The Persuaders have faithfully recreated Monica and Rachel's New York apartment as a 'film set' as well as building a faithful recreation of the exterior and interior of Central Perk. With Warner Bros and Comedy Central both keen to keep as true to the original as possible, this project was research-heavy but with plenty of Friends 'super-fans' on the team it became a labour of love!
The festival site also includes a stage playing clips from the shows, a recreation of the Title Sequence, a 'Vegas Wedding Chapel' for fans to recreate the infamous Ross and Rachel wedding scene and a Silent Disco where you can learn the hysterical New Years Eve routine.
With tickets selling out in under a week, the site will be packed with fans and the festival goes on tour across the UK from end of August till the beginning of October.
The tour, which kicked off last week at Haggerston Park in London, opens at Chiswick House & Gardens in London on the 1 September running until 4 September, before heading to Hylands House in Chelmsford, Harewood House in Yorkshire, Knebworth House in Hertfordshire and Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire.
Client: Merlin Entertainment
The Persuaders create New ‘behind-the-scenes’ fashion experience at Madame Tussauds London starring Cara Delevingne and Kendall Jenner
The new addition to the attraction offers guests a peek ‘backstage’ at an international fashion event brought to life through a multisensory set, plus fans get to hang out with two of the fashion world’s most famous faces – Kendall Jenner and Cara Delevingne (plus a guest appearance from Anna Wintour*).
Jules Heaton – Global Brands Marketing Director, Madame Tussauds commented ‘The Persuaders were engaged by Merlin Entertainment as Creative Directors to design and style the new experience based up upon their work with fashion brands during London Fashion Week and their continuing successful work within the immersive events industry. Our aim is to increase the immersive element of the attraction and The Persuaders were the ideal agency to help us achieve this.’
Fans relished the opportunity to ‘get runway ready’ with Kendall, whose amazingly lifelike figure is positioned ‘backstage’, casually seated at a makeup table preparing for the catwalk. After checking out rails of some of the latest trends, guests can sit beside her at their own tables strewn with products from official London Fashion Week partners, Maybelline New York and TONI&GUY, with the smell of Lavazza coffee in the air.
Then it’s on to the catwalk to pose alongside Cara’s likeness, impeccably dressed in a shimmering Yves Saint Laurent dress she wore to the Paper Towns premiere, recreated to the last detail by the fashion house exclusively for Madame Tussauds London. And, as guests sashay down the runway they face the scrutiny of none other than Anna Wintour – Editor-in-Chief of American Vogue, famous for her pageboy haircut and oversized sunglasses.
Andy McDonald, The Persuaders Creative Director commented ‘it’s an honour and very exciting for us to work with such a recognisable international brand and help them achieve new ideas. We worked with a brilliant team from Madame Tussauds and right from the start we helped them conceive the experience, how it could become more immersive and celebrate the intensely vibrant world of fashion at Fashion Week’
The experience has taken six months to develop and The Persuaders worked closely with Madame Tussauds to ensure authenticity wasn’t compromised whilst logistics continued to work within the space. Around 20 artists worked on each figure and it took four weeks alone to create Cara’s trademark eyebrows with each hair inserted individually by hand.
As a teaser pre-launch to the 2017 arrival of Bud Light to the UK, The Persuaders worked alongside 3 Monkeys | Zeno to produce the Bud Light Taste of America pop-up store in Brick Lane, London.
Open for 2 days, with more than 3000 visitors, the store allowed shoppers to not only sample Bud Light but also get their hands on exclusive products only for sale in the USA such as Kylie Jenna's Lip Kit, Peanut Butter M&M's and even a pair of Yeezy trainers!
A gum-ball machine dispensed random prize giveaways whilst an interactive vending machine asked guests to 'speak American' to win cans of Bud Light.
To celebrate an incredible year of key product launches, The Persuaders has worked with Benefit Cosmetics to launch the Good Ship Benefit.
Moored on the River Thames at Victoria Embankment in London we transformed the old R S Hispaniola into a 3 floored floating beauty palace.
Open for five months from 9th April 2016, visitors will be transported from Benefit’s home of San Francisco, to tropical beaches via the secret lair of spy gal. With three decks of fun, glamour and pampering.
The Persuaders have designed and produced bespoke furniture for each space as well as decor in each room to reflect the brands hero products. We also worked closely with the ships chef to develop a dedicated San Francisco themed menu and cocktails.
The Persuaders also developed specialist character staff, employing the services of staffing agency Hels Angels to bring them to life, ensuring that visitors experience the full Benefit Cosmetics world.
Celebrity Intelligence: “it’s the best event we have ever been to. I’ll be back asap as I’m in desperate need of getting by brows done (and lunch!)”
Saturday Express: ‘it is a brilliant concept and it’ll be packed all summer’
Heart London: said “this is the best branded launch event I’ve ever been to”
Lauren Pope: “loved the pop-up that Benefit did last year but this is on another level”
Dawn O’Porter: “I just can’t believe the transformation. You guys have done an amazing job”
photography by Hanson Images
We were asked to help place Tanqueray at the heart of the UK gin revival and ensure this established brand challenged the newer boutique gins.
We designed and created a pop-up Gin Palace in the heart of London, staffed by the world's best bar tenders and hosted by Idris Elba. The Tanqueray Gin Palace was an innovative new direction for this Gin brand, reinvented for a new audience. Our experiential concept incorporated Tanqueray's Victorian heritage whilst blending it with its current strong contemporary style.
The pop up gained more than 100 pieces of coverage and generated social media buzz and media impressions of 500 million. Capacity was reached overnight welcoming hundreds of influencers and target consumers.
"I was really impressed with everyone's dedication, professionalism and willingness to go above and beyond!" Joanna Sesseger, Brand Manager, Tanqueray.
For 2016 Benefit Cosmetics announces their biggest launch, TheBrow Collection. A comprehensive collection of 9 innovative Brow products totaling 45 different SKU’s, the collection is set to explode the Brow Category and make Benefit Cosmetics the ‘go to brand’ for all your brow dilemma’s.
For such an important launch it was crucial for the brand to engage with each and every individual Benebabe staff member across the UK and Ireland to introduce them to the Brow collection, excite them at what the collection will mean to Benefit as a brand and to them as an individual.
With 2 hugely successful training tours under our belt onboard the impressive 40ft converted shipping-container, Benefit turned to The Persuaders once more to roll out an immersive experience that would excite their staff and whet the appetite for what’s in store this year, introducing them to“The Year of the Brow”
Benefit Cosmetics have been “magically transforming’ brows since 1976 and the magic will be taken to whole new level this year with the Brow Collection, so it seemed fitting that the theme for the products and our tour would be magic. Taking the 40ft shipping container The Persuaders performed some magic of their own converting the container into an impressive cabaret style magicians theatre complete with a sparkling LED lighting system, velvet walls, glittered ceiling and top hat tables.
The Persuaders were tasked with securing venues to host our 22tonne truck in 17 cities across Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland over a 28 day period. With 6 event days a week, many in a different city each day, the truck saw 5 sessions a day with a total of approximately 1,900 Benefit staffthrough our doors. The tour was managed and hosted by our Magician, The Great Jordini who welcomed the Benefit staff to each session and got the excitement going with a “Brow Magic” performance.
The Persuaders team managed all aspects of the tour including container design and refurbishment, truck and tour logistics, venue booking, health and safety, tour scheduling and consumer engagement with our promo team in key selected cities engaging with the public.
Travelling the length and breadth of the UK, the tour completed its magical duties in Dublin with a special celebration of the global announcement of the Brow Collection with Irelands beauty bloggers and influencers being given exclusive access onboard for a champagne reception. Both the bloggers event and the entire tour were a huge success, turning heads in every city visited. The #wowbrows truck certainly got the attention it deserved and achieved our goal in paving the way for a truly magical Year of the Brow.
To launch the new creative advertising for the Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb fragrance, The Persuaders worked closely with L'Oreal Luxe to produce an immersive showstopper, the Flowerbomb Taxi.
With its branded pink exterior the consumer is of course expecting something special but the interior, with its pink suede upholstery and explosion of flowers, is a true 'Flowerbomb Surprise'
The Flowerbomb Taxi will tour the UK, visiting key retail outlets throughout 2016.
To launch this new range of Clinique skincare, aimed specifically at a millennial audience, The Persuaders were briefed to create an experiential campaign that took the products to the consumer in an exciting immersive environment.
We designed and produced the Clinique Pep-Stream, a converted airstream campervan that toured the UK, visiting city centres and University campuses reaching well over 60,000 young consumers.
The interior of the airstream took the audience on a journey through the busy and hectic 'Life in a Day' of a typical millennial, then through into the calm and cool work of the new pep-start product.
We also developed and ran a 'secret key' competition to drive consumers from the activity to the Clinique counters in local Boots stores where visitors to the airstream could choose a key from a lucky dip with one key per day opening a box of Clinique goodies on counter in store.
As part of our continuing relationship with the brand we were also asked to produce and art direct a series of photo-shoots and films as part of a brand-wide repositioning. We worked with international photographers and models across the globe to produce shoots for Samsonite Black Label, Samsonite Originals, Samsonite Sports and the American Tourister brands
We also worked closely with Samsonite PR to produce a series of press shots for the Black Label Trunk range and the Milla Joovich campaign.
Photography by Dominick Guillemot | Sandro Sedano | Robin Derrick
To launch the new range of Hoola bronzing products for Benefit Cosmetics, The Persuaders transformed the White Space venue into a tropical paradise.
Guests were invited to collect their boarding passes from our Benetours travel agent and were then whisked away, first class of course, to the tropics where they could lounge on cabanas, nestle their toes into real sand and sip on a Pina Colada whilst taking fake-ation photo's in front of our giant postcards.
The event was open for 2 days, a day for media drop-ins followed by a consumer event for Bene-fans.
over 120 visitors
#hooladay 2000 impressions
Client SLAM PR
To celebrate London Fashion Week’s move to sultry Soho, ghd launched a provocative styling space in its London headquarters: the ghd S&M studio. The aim of the campaign was to cement ghd’s fashion credentials, in addition to engaging and educating consumers on key brand and product benefits (namely the recently launched ghd platinum styler).
Using the S&M theme as inspiration The Persuaders designed and created bespoke furniture pieces including key-hole cut padded panels, a gold love seat and a rotating padded bed.
The studio featured two sections, a social lounge and styling studio. Consumers booked tickets via event app YPlan to gain entry to get their hair coiffed by an expert ghd stylist. To play on the S&M theme, consumers could choose from two style menus – Sleek or Movement and would be led into the salon through either the S or M doors.
A media lounge was also located within the studio, where London Fashion Week attendees were able to recharge their batteries between the shows.
breathtaking photo's as always by Hanson Images
The Persuaders designed and produced this bespoke cocktail trunk for Snow Leopard to launch a series of new in-bar cocktail training sessions.
The cabinet was hand-made using reclaimed woods and leathers and displayed a range of herbs and other ingredients to be used in the cocktails. It came complete with it's own ice box and bar tool storage areas.
Client: The Croatian National Tourist Board
Working with Grayling PR and The Croatian National Tourist Board, we recreated the magic of a Croatian island and brought it to London in celebration of the country’s unique energy for life.
The Croatian island dazzled London commuters as it made its way past iconic London landmarks including Westminster and Tower Bridge flying the ‘Full of life’ flag, complete with bright and beautiful trees and flowers native to Croatia and an iconic medieval turret you’d love to explore.
Director of Croatian National Tourist Board Ratomir Ivicic explains: “Whether your dream break involves hopping from one perfect Mediterranean island to the next, exploring ancient sites, trying the best local food and drink or sport, Croatia has something to offer every taste and lifestyle.”
Celebrities including Naomie Harris, Louise Thompson and Slaven Bilić tonight enjoyed a VIP boat party on the River Thames as the popular holiday destination of Croatia launched its new ‘Full of Life’ tourism campaign in London. Adam Garcia, Olivia Inge and Tim Westwood were also among the famous faces who attended the star-studded event at Butler’s Wharf Pier.
World-renowned DJ Norman Jay MBE was on the decks as guests joined the Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic, Minister for Tourism Darko Lorencin and Croatian National Tourist Board director Ratomir Ivicicto to sample Croatian wine and canapes, while British street artist Inkie created a cool and contemporary live artwork called ‘Full of Life’. Party-goers were also invited to explore the magical, man-made Croatian ‘island’.
Following the campaign launch, Croatia has seen a 270k increase in pre-season visitors in the first year and a phenomenal 2.7million interactions on social media.
Continuing our work with Benefit Cosmetics, The Persuaders produced and delivered the launch and training campaigns for Roller Lash, a new mascara the Hooks, Lifts and Curls!
A full experiential campaign that rolled out over the Spring and Summer of 2015 kicking off with a media launch and training tour which took place within our 40ft shipping container, now converted into a 1950's beauty salon, inspired by the Roller Lash product vintage packaging.
The training tour travelled to 40 cities in the UK and Ireland training the Benebabes counter-staff. The Persuaders worked closely with Benefit to organise the transport and locations logistics for the tour, with our staff hosting the truck at each location.
40 cities with over 3000 staff trained
7500 facebook / twitter posts from Benefit associates
Client: Benefit Cosmetics UK
'The Persuaders always deliver on their creative concepts in the most beautiful and inspirational way, which of course fills me with confidence with each project. Their creativity, support and commitment to me, my team and the brand in the UK is exceptional and we look forward to another great year working together' - Hannah Webley-Smith, UK & ROI Marketing Director Benefit Cosmetics
Continuing our work with Benefit Cosmetics and the launch of #RollerLash, The Persuaders produced the 3-floor Curls Best Friend pop-up Parlour taking its design cues from the 1950’s look and style of Roller Lash, the new mascara that lifts, hooks and curls.
A 1950’s style salon was created where guests came for Curls, Cakes and Cocktails. The ground floor had a bar serving luscious cocktails and beautiful cupcakes, the middle floor became a beauty parlour where guests could book appointments for a faux blow, a make-over or a brow wax and the top floor was transformed into the Noir Bar lounge, with a nod to the They’re Real Mascara, hosted by Honest Leah herself. We worked with our wonderful colleagues from Hel’s Angels hand-picking the beautiful staff and talented hosts who welcomed visitors into the parlour.
The transformation of the building at 26 Greek Street was quite momentous, from the old Bay of Bengal restaurant with it’s wonky floors and crumbling walls we breathed new life into the old building. The Persuaders designed bespoke furniture pieces, lighting and art installations as well as sourcing and renovating vintage furniture over the three floors.
Creative Director Andy McDonald says ‘this project has been like a wonderful creative treat to work on… bringing the brand to life in such a creative way is pure joy and to see people’s amazed faces and positive reactions as they walk in is the best compliment.
The bar was open for the month of March and bookings were taken via a bespoke app created and developed exclusively for the bar.
photographs by Richard Hanson
2564 drinks served
302 treatments given
271 beautiful Benefit products served
2788 guests greeted and treated
60 pieces of coverage across top tier media, reaching more than 33,500,000 people with 99% featuring the product name.
#RollerLash generated over 72,300,000 impressions
Roller Lash became the UK’ no.1 selling Mascara (selling 93,600 units) during its first month of launch with they’re Real! claiming the number two spot
Client: Accolade Wines
To celebrate International Chardonnay Day we designed and built the Hardy's #1853Club.
Working closely with Hardy's and partner agencies we developed the concept of the 1853 Club, turning blank canvas venue White Space into a 3-day pop-up wine bar.
We took our design influences from the heritage of the brand and many of the tasting notes of the wine itself, with the modern Chardonnay revival allowing us to steer away from the dark, oaky character to create a clean, contemporary space with subtle nods to liquid including a back bar made from hundreds of leaves taken from the original Thomas Hardy's note book, to the fruity coloured bar stools.
A secret tasting room reflected the terroir of South Australia whilst a time-line made from a modern interpretation of the vine led the guests into the main space.
The campaign generated more than 1 million social impressions and sales of Hardy's grew by 9% in the campaign timeframe, with the average spend per bottle increasing as well.
Working alongside Grayling PR, we designed and developed The Pimm's Indoor Summer Garden to encapsulate all that is British about summer and provide an opportunity to help drive purchase.
We created an immersive experience - a summer lawn complete with a cottage garden and 10ft oak tree where guests could book a picnic rug and watch Wimbledon on a giant screen out of the rain. We also built a potting shed bar and retail space where Pimm's lovers could purchase all their Pimm's related goodies.
"As ever The Persuaders approached everything with the utmost professionalism and delivered an amazingly creative launch party within a tight budget and a short turnaround time. Looking forward to the next project.” - Nicky Law, Director of Brands, Grayling PR
We designed and developed the launch event for the collaboration between two British greats, Gordon's Gin and Sir Terrance Conran
Using the venue of The Vaults of No1 Marylebone, we transformed the 10 vaulted spaces into 10 design concept rooms all being revealed to the guests simultaneously with a dramatic kabuki drop.
We are proud to announce that for the second year the Women's Tennis Association have asked The Persuaders to produce the Tennis world's most coveted event, the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party.
Taking place at the Roof Gardens in Kensington it was a star-studded affair with most major players in attendance.
The Persuaders battled through torrential rain to produce the red-carpet entrance and media area as well as the interior styling which took 'global travel' as its theme.
Client: Glenmorangie | LVMH
The Persuaders were brought on board this project to develop global event guidelines to help as part of the transition of the brand acquisition by LVMH. The guidelines included details for the global markets on how to produce a launch event As well as designing the guidelines as an on-line portfolio we also produced 4 launch events one in London, one in Singapore, one in Prague and one in New York.
'It is always a delight to work with The Persuaders - creativity is central to their approach and their attention to detail never lets you down' - Imogen Russon, Head of Communications, The Glenmorangie Company, LVMH
As part of the launch of the new TAR Liner we worked with Benefit Cosmetics to transform a shipping container into a touring training facility. Inspired by the campaign #criminallyeasy we carried the prison theme through from the launch event to the container, with its bright orange exterior to it's cell-like interior and our BeneSecurity guard watching over the girls and making sure everyone behaves!
The truck started its journey in Ireland and is and continued into mainland UK travelling from Glasgow down to London on a three week tour training staff from Benefit counters and boutiques in all the major cities.
28 cities covered
over 1500 staff trained on board the converted shipping container
3500 facebook / twitter posts from Benefit associates
'As ever The Persuaders approached everything with the utmost professionalism and delivered an amazingly creative launch within a tight budget and short turnaround time' - Nicky Law, Managing Director, Grayling
Britain’s green spaces are being gobbled up by the ever growing concrete jungle. In response to this The Persuaders, working alongside Grayling PR have created the new urban leisure concept of Skipnics for Pimm’s, so this summer, it doesn’t matter if you haven’t got a glorious garden or balmy balcony to enjoy the Great British outdoors!
Providing a welcome area of green in an otherwise urban sea of grey, The Persuaders built a series of skips that became dedicated pop-up picnic areas for two days in August, for consumers to enjoy a ‘skipnic’ and a break from the humdrum of the city. Transformed into little green oases, each skip was designed with a Great British Outdoor theme, from the quintessential country garden to an allotment complete with it's own garden shed.
Open from 12noon – 6pm each day, consumers brought along their own picnics and were treated to a free sample of Pimm’s and a cucumber sandwich from the Pimm’s sampling team, dressed as workmen in high vis jackets.
trade media including Event Magazine
photographs by Dave Parry at PA
Client: Diageo | Grayling
The launch of this second year of collaboration between iconic British design and Gordon's Gin saw fashion designer Alice Temperley design 10 new labels for the brand. The Persuaders produced two events to mark this partnership; an exclusive long-lead event for which we designed and built a series of bespoke display props based on the stories behind each label and most recently a big in-store party to celebrate the launch of the labels.
2014 is an exceptionally exciting year for us at The Persuaders as we're really proud to announce that we're working with Benefit Cosmetics to help them launch an amazing and innovative new product.
We can't disclose exactly what that product is just yet but until we can here are a few images from the first big launch event which took place in London this week.
photo's by the incomparable Richard Hanson
Client: White Label
Working closely with the team from White Label we designed and produced the Krug Kreperie, a week-long outdoor pop-up consisting of 1 kitchen pod and 2 seating pods under the brand theme of Rough Luxury
The pod exteriors were designed to emulate crates of champagne, arriving on site wrapped in bows like a gift to Covent Garden. The interiors opened up to reveal the ultimate luxury seating environment including Baccarat chandeliers, reclaimed wooden flooring from an 18th Century French chateau and heated, imported Italian leather seats.
Client: Pernod Ricard
To celebrate the collaboration between Jonathan Saunders and Beefeater 24 for London Fashion Week, we created an event that showcased the brands premium credentials and brought to life their distinctive bottle design.
"The Persuaders took a passionate interest in getting under the skin of Beefeater 24 as a brand in order to help deliver a super-premium experience for the consumer along with high-quality, luxury branding at the event itself." - Nicola Connolly, Global Senior Brand Manager, Beefeater 24
The Persuaders were appointed the global production company for the launch of the Samsonite Black Label range and created a template for all their events. As part of this relationship we also designed and produced a number of premium global fashion events that previewed the new collections in a setting that was inspired by the Black Label store concept and first class air travel.
"The Persuaders became an integral part of our business, delivering and leading our brand image through design, photography and guidelines, as well as fulfilling our need for a global lead production agency. Their combination of aesthetic vision, quality delivery and professionalism ensured that they became a true partner" - Richard Brett, Global VP, Marketing & Communications, Samsonite
2014 saw the world in the grip Football World Cup fever.
All across the globe, whilst men celebrate the 'Beautiful Game' and pubs and sports bars fill with the cheers of a billion male voices, the majority of women lamented the passing of those four weeks... that was until The Persuaders, working alongside SLAM PR, created the Gabbi's Head pub. The ultimate girly pub environment. A place where women could come and watch all the matches in cool and comfortable Benefit inspired surroundings, learn a thing or too about football, check out some of those gorgeous footballers legs and perhaps get a bit of eyebrow shaping at the same time.
After months of searching over 150 venues we finally found the Prince of Wales pub in Drury Lane, Covent Garden. We painstakingly converted the room on the first floor into a Benefit-pink, female friendly haven for football lovers and we opened for 7 weeks of business from midday each day with some delicious food, stunning cocktails and some fun events including classic pub games, karaoke and comedy nights.
#GabbisHead used 6000 times
over 5000 visitors through the door
895 user-generated posts on instagram
84 pieces of coverage in top-tier media
with thanks to the amazing Richard Hanson for the beautiful photographs
Client: The Academy
To launch the exclusive collaboration between QVC and H by Halston, The Persuaders recreated a little touch of the infamous Studio 54 in the basement club of the Edition Hotel.
A 1970's disco dancefloor and a selection of sleek mannequins displayed the collection whilst the guests could strut their stuff and check out the clothing range at the same time.
To introduce the new #BeneParty Christmas tins to the British beauty media The Persuaders built a party shop within the Benefit flagship store on Carnaby Street.
We transformed the basement beauty bar into an 'old-fashioned' magical shoppe complete with all the ideal party items such as streamers, hats and bubbles. Each shelf unit was decorated to reflect one of the ten different party tins with a bespoke design and build.
Over 83 attendees from all the major media were greeted by the head of PR, who stood behind the specially designed counter, as though she were the proprietor of the shop.
To celebrate the 65th Anniversary of the classic Clarks Desert Boot, The Persuaders were asked to design a set of global design templates.
Working with in-house historians and shoe experts we created a simple yet effective shoe-box based 'village' that took the public on an experiential journey through the history of the Desert Boot; from the initial ideas inside the mind of Nathan Clark in 1950 through Jamaican Rude Boys to the London Mods.
The designs templates then went to all the global markets to build and interpret in their own ways.
The Persuaders worked with Fishburn PR to produce the UK Premier launch event for the new AMC TV Show Fear The Walking Dead - the companion series to the global hit The Walking Dead.
We transformed a disused venue in central London into a bunker-style safe-house complete with shelves stacked with food containers and water bottles, eerily lit plastic sheeting and a virus scanner that detected the infected amongst the guests. Cocktails were served in tin-cans and ration-packed canapés were handed out from radioactive trays. We even planted a few hidden zombies amongst the proceedings who shocked and scared the audience and added to the fully-rounded experiential style of the event.
The following day The Persuaders re-built the virus scanner in Waterloo Station to create a photo-stunt. Our infected then roamed key sites in London 'photo-zombing' tourists and creating an atmosphere of fear. We stopped by BT Tower, The Houses of Parliament and event recreated the infamous Beatles Abbey Road crossing!
The Persuaders designed and produced an innovative blogger event for the launch of a new range of colour mascaras and eyeliners from Benefit Cosmetics. The UK’s number one selling mascara ‘They’re Real’ now comes in two new colourful shades along with 4 new colourful shades in the They’re Real Eyeliner and to announce this the team from Benefit wanted to create an event that celebrated these bold colours to an audience of bloggers.
The Persuaders concept was to turn the event space into a paint party where guests could have fun exploring the world of colour in an innovative way. To ensure the clean white venue was kept from being damaged The Persuaders lined the entire main space with polythene and then created 4 ‘paint zones’ within the lined walls, including a Balloon Bursting Shooting Gallery, a Turn Table Splash Zone, where the host was painted on as her slowly rotated and a Paint Pistol Gallery where guests could fire paint-filled water pistols at personalised canvases.
Guests were required to don full-body paint suits, goggles, masks and gloves and then after a short safety briefing they all went wild! We even produced colourful cocktails and bowls of coloured sweets in keeping with the new product colours.
Before guests left the party they had the chance to clean up, remove any stray splashes of paint and freshen up their make-up by the Benefit Make-Uppers who were on-hand with a selection of products and the new eye-liners and mascara’s to trial.
'Benefit events have always been about being as outrageous as we possibly can. For the launch of our new coloured liners and mascaras we wanted to offer our digital darlings something that would surprise and delight in a way that represents the brand’s history and DNA. A messy, wild and colourful paint party would have definitely made our founders proud! The best part is that this event by The Persuaders perfectly mirrored the message that we wanted the girls to experiment with the paint colours the way we would want them to have fun and experiment with the products.' Rema Gouyez-Benallal - Assistant Social Media Manager, Benefit CosmeticsUK
photo's courtesy of https://instagram.com/littlebigbell/
Client: The Wallace Collection
The Long Gallery had never been re-hung and to celebrate this The Wallace Collection wanted to launch Boucher in an innovative and stylish way that would turn the heads of all who attended the event.
For the launch of the They're Real Colours The Persuaders produced the Magical Talking Magnifying Glass, a giant prop that gives out sage colour advice to passers by.
Alongside our very own Agent Dick and Honest Leah the magnifying glass will travel the UK visiting Benefit boutiques and counters in departments stores and shopping centres.
The talking magnifying glass has been designed by us to dispense its 'words of wisdom' via a motion sensor built into the stem. When shoppers approach the mirror it speaks to them in rhyme and suggests they try one of four new colours of mascara or eye-liner. The magnifying glass is battery powered and can be carried around the store by Agent Dick or it can stand by itself on a bespoke acrylic stand.
The Persuaders conceived and designed the Pringles View Tube, which is a sofa designed specifically to help stop those huge arguments that seem to rear their ugly head whenever couples want to watch different films… now they can share the same space – and a tube of Pringles of course – whilst watching their own choice of film!
The Persuaders worked closely with Grayling PR to develop the View Tube in answer to a brief from the client. - Pringles quizzed 2,000 people to uncover the top 10 biggest tiffs between men and women and found picking a movie both people like is one of the main sparks. The research found the average person wastes 590 minutes of their life every year watching movies they don’t want to, just to keep their partner happy. Men are the biggest victims, with 80pc admitting to biting their lip over film choices every month, while 23pc of women go along with rubbish flicks to avoid a bust-up. Rom coms like Love Actually are the worst offenders when it comes to film hates for men, while women find horror flicks such as Saw a real turn-off. The research marks the launch of a new movie promotion that offers consumers the chance to download a digital HD movie when they buy two tubes of Pringles.
In response to the results, The Persuaders designed and developed the world’s first ever couples’ sofa called the ‘View Tube ‘ to ensure arguments over what to watch are a thing of the past. Couples can recline in style on two upholstered lazy boy chairs with three foot rest positions for ultimate relaxation. The ‘View Tube’ caters to all your needs with a fridge for movie nibbles and a wine cooler to keep your favourite tipple at the ready. A centre console area even has room for a selection of Pringles tubes.
The Persuaders produced this prestigious 'red-carpet' event for the Women's Tennis Association at the glamorous Kensington Roof Gardens.
From the design and management of the purple carpet media entrance to the stunning interior design, the focus was on the WTA's new Power To Inspire brand messaging. Our inspiration for the light-up furniture and shimmering bespoke decor items came from the 'spark of inspiration' styling of the WTA power visuals.
The VIP guests included all the key major female tennis players such as the Williams sisters, Ana Ivanovic, Maria Sharapova and Laura Robson as well as Sir Richard Branson
photography by red photographic
Over the past 17 years The Persuaders have produced shows for some of the worlds leading fashion designers including the first ever commercial event at the Millennium Dome for Julien Macdonald, Tracy Boyd and Bella Freud.
Client: Forever 21 | Shine
The Persuaders produced the launch of the opening of this international brand to the UK and Europe. The project included a fashion show launch event as well as producing the first European shop opening at the Bull Ring in Birmingham.
Always and Forever 21. The event was designed to reflect the brands key messages of uniqueness and style. The catwalk was produced to mimic the in-house style of the stores.
For over 50 years, Duracell has been powering smiles of children on Christmas morning by bringing toys and games to life. This Christmas, Duracell along with former Spice Girl and mother of one Mel C, are on a mission to help power even more smiles by partnering with Barnardo’s - the children’s charity supporting the UK’s most vulnerable children and their families
To launch the campaign, Duracell offered people the chance to experience a magical Christmas sleigh ride with the loveable Duracell Bunny at Bluewater Shopping Centre.
The Persuaders designed and built an exciting 'green-screen' sleigh-ride, powered by Duracell battery jet-packs! The sleigh sat on a bespoke hydraulic stage and bubbles flew out of the jet-packs. The Persuaders also developed the bespoke animation for the film which was instantly uploaded direct to youtube from site. The youtube site has had over 4000 views and close to a million shares!
We created an award-winning bespoke environment within the Bread & Butter fashion expo to showcase the European collection of this internationally renowned fashion brand.
An elevated catwalk ran around the exterior of the shop-floor that was fitted with hand-made leather upholstery and vintage chandeliers to create the feeling of bling boutique hotel glamour.
An exclusive premier party to launch the Lipton Summer Stories short films. The Persuaders transformed a rooftop terrace into a summer oasis complete with an enchanted fruiting Lipton tree and cinema screen. To enhance the summer theme there was a delicious barbecue and we also developed some gorgeous Lipton Tea inspired cocktails as well as Lipton ice lollies and green tea ice cream.
Client: Tesco | SLAM
To promote their Love Every Mouthful campaign Tesco engaged The Persuaders to produce the worlds largest Eton Mess using fresh British fruit and cream. Logistically this meant ensuring the produce was fresh and edible until the last bowl was given away to the public.
An early morning start in Soho Square, a giant glass and 3 tonnes of whipped cream and meringue and the seemingly impossible was achieved!
Client: H+K | Intel
The Persuaders transformed a blank gallery space into a comedy club for 2 nights to create an environment where Intel could produce a film to be used as a viral seeding video.
The Persuaders were asked to create an event to reflect the Selfridges Bodycraze month-long in-store activity. Celebrating the body beautiful in all its extremes, the event included aerial acrobatic performances, naked models in acrylic boxes and a fetish bar. We also art-directed and choreographed an entrance routine with Kylie Minogue including lingerie-clad dancers on the escalators.
Client: Mission Impossible | Serpentine Gallery
As part of their yearly Serpentine Pavilion temporary structure build The Persuaders were asked to produce a series of live 'music and chat' shows hosted by BBC Radio London DJ Robert Elms with guests such as Suggs, Sir Paul Smith and Wayne Hemmingway.
Client: P&G | H+K
To launch this innovative cooling technology from Braun the team at H&K asked us to create an event environment that encapsulated the brands key messages whilst also delivering some techy stuff in an interesting and engaging way.
As part of the TfL #SeeLondonByBike campaign The Persuaders have designed and built an interactive mobile stand which will visit all the major cycling events in London this summer including the Tour de France, Prudential Ride London and The Tour of Britain.
Working with Grayling PR, our stand has information about each event as well as a pledge wall where people are encouraged to make a commitments to cycling more. We also have a fun interactive 'green screen' area where you can capture yourself winning the Tour de France or cycling through London on a TfL Barclays Bike.
An touring exhibition of photographs of the flu virus that took the visitors on an experiential journey through the life of the virus using interactive media, set pieces and specially commissioned art .
Client: Mundipharma International
A Journey Through Pain - We took the key learnings from a global study on chronic pain and recreated some of the findings in an experiential format. Guests had to endure deafening noise in a room full of rusty spikes, heartfelt face-to-face video in the living brain room and squeezing themselves through a reconstructed constipated gut!
'thanks to The Persuaders for making our event happen at such short notice... an absolutely excellent performance and inspiring to see' - Laurence Bannister, European Targin Launch Leader
Client: John Lewis Partnership
Working with two designers in one production at the Peter Jones store in Sloane Square during LFW to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Peter Jones brand. We turned the newly opened atrium and carpet departments into fashion shows for Raphael Lopez and Kalin Wang.
Client: The Guardian Newspaper | OFM
For 3 years running we produced the OFM Awards on a variety of themes with the brief always being more focussed on 'party' rather than 'ceremony.' To this end we produced a fashion show, an art gallery and a street market, each a celebration of food, produce and producers.
'The Persuaders are always fantastically creative and produce stylish and sleek events which run without a hitch but most importantly, they are brilliant fun to work with' - Sarah Ellison, Senior Sponsorship and Events Manager, The Guardian Newspaper
Client: Danone | Cohn & Wolfe
The Persuaders produced an ambient sampling campaign to create interaction with the Actimel brand amongst target consumers. The environment we produced needed to emphasis the brands message of health, fun and family values. Our 'winter wonderland' theme was a large interactive set that toured major cities in the UK.
Client: DMG World Media | AN Digital
A Christmas party to rival all Christmas Parties, this circus themed event brought together the best talent from the world of burlesque cabaret at Koko in Camden Town
Client: P&G | H+K
Our brief was to produce a medial launch with a 'stealth', 2-day pre-seeding period followed by a high-profile event under the brand launch theme of Cold is the new Hot. We designed and created a snow covered beach with froen palm trees, ice bars and fur-lined deckchairs all under and inflatable ice cube structure situated on london's South Bank for maximum exposure.
'My experience of The Persuaders is that they pride themselves in being partners versus just “suppliers”. They bring energy, enthusiasm, flexibility and value to every project and have always been a joy to work with." - Gina Jones, Director, Hill + Knowlton Strategies
To kick-off the IXUS 10th Anniversary celebrations we produced a performance extravaganza that was a visual treat that brought to life the brands iconic status with the help of dancers, costumes and a moving walkway.
Client: Head & Shoulders | P&G
We produced, designed and art-directed this photo-shoot to announce the new face of Head & Shoulders, Melanie Sykes. The '50's Glamour' concept was used to enhance the brands status as a beauty product rather than a medical product.
Over the past 15 years The Persuaders has produced many launches for the Max Factor make-up brand including the European launch of Lipfinity where a host of dancers and a drag queen welcomed the guests to a London themed theatrical extravaganza, to the launch of Age Renew where we took journalists on a tour of 'bad light' scenarios such as a tube carriage, a changing room and the office.
The Persuaders designed and produced an award-winning stand for a host of P&G brands at this infamous fashion retail event. The 'Rodeo Drive' theme encapsulated a mini-store, a stage for presentations and a VIP make-trailer for demo's and stock.
Client: The Glenmorangie Company | LVMH
The launch of the Special Edition Glenmorangie Finealta
Over a number of years The Persuaders produced stage sets for a series of Winter Themed live concerts, along with a large-scale Mexican Christmas themed party.