From waffles to

From waffles to "Franzbrötchen"

We’d like to welcome Roxane, our international intern from Brussels who joins us for the next six months. Roxane is Belgian, has completed a Bachelor degree in Communication and has now started a Master’s degree in “Marketing & Commercial Communication” in Brussels.

“It’s very nice here, everyone is so welcoming! I get to meet a lot of different teams and departments. People really take the time to show me everything and explain more about the business. I feel incredibly fortunate – not all of my other friends doing internships have the same opportunities,” she told us after her first few days at achtung!.

achtung! is actively involved in a pan-European internship programme at more than forty universities, for example in Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands and Belgium.


Support for the Corporate & Crisis Communication Team

Support for the Corporate & Crisis Communication Team

Since the start of the year, Julian Wörner and Karl Stubbe have been providing support to the areas tackling Task Force Issue Management, Crisis Prevention, and Crisis & Change Communication. Previously, Julian and Karl both worked at Burson-Marsteller in Frankfurt for companies from the financial, automotive, energy and service industries.

“We’re excited about teaming our expertise with the creativity and innovation achtung! is renowned for. We want to see top quality from the initial idea right through to pan-disciplinarian implementation,” Julian explains. “This applies in particular to crisis prevention and crisis management. Growing levels of digital revolt are challenging companies and demand extremely quick reaction times.”

Welcome aboard, guys!


achtung! expands its service portfolio with new products for its customers

achtung! expands its service portfolio with new products for its customers

Just in time to get prepared for 2016, LAB is all set to open its brand spanking new tool box! Our experts at the heart of achtung! have developed a range of new support tools that customers can now access. The focus is on practical workshops (“Speed Dating”), basic analyses (“Quick Checks”) and concrete consulting support in the form of new applications (“Smart Solution Tools”). Sound interesting? Visit achtung.de/eng/services or drop us a mail at services@achtung.de for more information.


INSPIRING IDEAS FOR THE TOM TAILOR GROUP

INSPIRING IDEAS FOR THE TOM TAILOR GROUP

achtung! are delighted to welcome the TOM TAILOR GROUP as a new client. We are now supporting the brands TOM TAILOR and BONITA with their social media channels, the planning and production of exciting online content, as well as community management. To grab users’ attention and stand out from the crowd, we’re using some innovative, new collages with moving imagery. “The ideas achtung! has about visuals, imagery and themes, plus their trail-blazing concepts convinced us they were right for the job. Today, more than ever, brands like ours need to inspire people, so we’re thrilled to have achtung! as our partner,” said Harriet Weiler, Head of Marketing at the TOM TAILOR GROUP. Visit the TOM TAILOR and BONITA facebook pages here.


TIGHTS, BED SHEETS & THE WEB OF THINGS

TIGHTS, BED SHEETS & THE WEB OF THINGS

Exclusively for webmag LEAD Digital, our Head of Digital & Innovation Britta Heer discussed how the “Internet of Things” is set to change the landscape of marketing forever. Britta believes there’s a massive shake-up in store for agencies too. Laddered tights and silk sheets are just two of the things she touches on. Read the article here.


DIGITAL COMMUNICATION AWARD FOR ACHTUNG!

DIGITAL COMMUNICATION AWARD FOR ACHTUNG!

Brilliant entries from all over Europe, an incredibly tough jury, a shortlist of the crème de la crème – and yet we still pulled it off. This year, achtung! picked up a Digital Communication Award in the prestigious “Public Affairs” category. Wowzers. We’re really proud of this one. Nice work Nora and Sofia!


SHORTLISTED FOR AN EFFIE

SHORTLISTED FOR AN EFFIE

Our Planning Team are buzzing at the moment. For the first time ever, achtung! has been shortlisted for an Effie Award for our “Save Fehmarn!” project. With the majority of awards celebrating creativity, the prominent Effie jury of senior industry executives examines ROI and efficiency instead – one reason customers are often more impressed by this accolade than others.
And we’re way more excited than our Strategy Team believes!


PR KLAPPE AWARD – GOOOOOAL!

PR KLAPPE AWARD – GOOOOOAL!

We are absolutely delighted to announce that achtung! picked up a PR KLAPPE award for our “McCain Fries Final” campaign. Using fries, potato croquettes, ketchup and mayonnaise, we created a real-time visual commentary for the FIFA World Cup 2014. Within seconds, the videos and images were shared on Facebook for our customer McCain. And they spread like wildfire! Campaign reach was an impressive 20 million with an interaction rate of 20%. Watch the case film here.

“Attentive Eyes”, our campaign for the airline SWISS, was also nominated. Although we didn’t pick up an accolade for this one, we’re still proud of our work. Watch the case film here.


BURNING WOMAN

“Our Freya” has just returned from this year’s Burning Man Festival. Camping, art, music, anarchy – all in the middle of Nevada’s hot desert. Freya still feels inspired. Hear all about her trip and the parts that left a lasting impression here.


“CAMERAS AT THE READY – HERE COME THE STATS!”

“CAMERAS AT THE READY – HERE COME THE STATS!”

Fabian Schieren (24) joined achtung! in Munich as an apprentice in May. His team decided to surprise him and sent him to his first ever Dmexco conference. Read about what left him reeling in the article he penned for digital marketing magazine LEAD Digital.


EBAY MAKES BERLIN EVEN BRIGHTER

EBAY MAKES BERLIN EVEN BRIGHTER

eBay is celebrating its 20th birthday and the already colourful Berlin has just become that little bit brighter. To mark eBay’s anniversary, we lit up a number of the city’s buildings in spectacular fashion.  International light artist Gerry Hofstetter projected a range of artistic images onto large-scale building facades from a ship on the river Spree. Bloggers and journalists in other boats photographed the striking motifs and camera teams filmed them. All as a gift to the people of Berlin. From the birthday child eBay.

The Swiss light artist rose to international fame after a number of high profile stunts, such as illuminating icebergs in the Arctic and lighting up the pyramids in Giza.

Congratulations eBay. And thank you. Thank you for putting your trust in us for almost ten years now.


ONE MONTH. FIVE NOMINATIONS.

ONE MONTH. FIVE NOMINATIONS.

Nothing warms the cockles of our hearts more than when our hard work and our ideas are recognised. So we’re delighted to announce that we’ve been nominated for a whopping five awards – and all in a single month!
 
These are our four nominations for the Digital Communication Awards 2015:
“McCain – Fries Final”, in the “Online Event und Live Communication” category
“McCain – Fries Final” in the “Viral Communication” category
“BSH – Germany’s Honest Facebook Page” in the “Recruiting” category
“Save Fehmarn!” in the “Public Affair” category 

And there’s another nomination for the Swiss Award for Corporate Communications for our “SWISS – Attentive Eyes” project.


BECAUSE WE’RE ALL HUMAN

BECAUSE WE’RE ALL HUMAN

The initiative “Every Human Has A Right To Human Rights” is very close to our hearts at achtung! Our agency has been collecting clothing, shoes, toys, books and paper for all the refugees – and moreover the refugee children – arriving in Germany.
Our employees have also been busy in Germany’s refugee arrival centres too. It’s one way of helping. But there’s more to it than just helping. This initiative aims to ensure that EVERY human being is afforded the same basic rights that we often take for granted.
More about the initiative (in German) here: http://www.recht-auf-menschenrecht.de/


SALAD, SWEETCORN, PETIT POIS, BABY CARROTS - BONDUELLE CHOOSES ACHTUNG!

SALAD, SWEETCORN, PETIT POIS, BABY CARROTS - BONDUELLE CHOOSES ACHTUNG!

This news couldn’t be any fresher: achtung! is delighted to welcome their latest client BONDUELLE. The salad and vegetable specialist has decided that as earned media farmers, the team at achtung! are ready to sow the seeds of success in Germany too. Pushh and Pahnke Markenmacherei (lead agency) will act as collaborative partners.

“We love how fresh and innovative working with achtung! feels", says Nadja Ohlendorf, Marketing Director at BONDUELLE. “BONDUELLE is set for a freshness makeover and we’re here to help,” adds achtung!’s CEO Mirko Kaminski.

As part of the onboarding process, our colleagues have already been lending a hand on-site in the vegetable fields, and seeing how things are done in the processing plant.


MORE SUPPORT AT SENIOR CONSULTANCY LEVEL

MORE SUPPORT AT SENIOR CONSULTANCY LEVEL

We are delighted to welcome Nadine Gabriel as our new Senior Consultant. Her in-depth expertise in strategic brand management will provide invaluable support to our “Lifestyle” team. Nadine previously worked at ad agency heller & partner and fischerAppelt in Munich. Her track record includes a range of high-profile brands such as Sky, Wrigley’s and Disney. She will now concentrate on new projects at achtung! including eBay and brands4friends.

Welcome to the team!


AS FAMILY FRIENDLY AS EVER!

Hamburg’s Senate has just awarded us with its coveted “Family Seal” for another two years.  The title is bestowed on companies who support a healthy work-life balance to create more time for employees to spend with their families. We’re delighted and are heading straight for our bouncy castle...


“COME TO CANNES!”

In late March, achtung! donated a ticket for the Cannes Lions Festival as a prize for #ThePitch competition at Hannover’s University of Applied Sciences & Arts. The winner was Katalin Genius, a second semester Public Relations student.  She was bowled over by the whole festival and was heard saying, “It’s time our professors came to Cannes too!” Watch the interview with Katalin and our CEO Mirko Kaminski here.


CANNES TV BROUGHT TO YOU BY ACHTUNG! AND W&V

CANNES TV BROUGHT TO YOU BY ACHTUNG! AND W&V

He’s hardly had time to grab the obligatory glass of rosé yet. Our CEO Mirko Kaminski is rushed off his feet at the Cannes Festival. He’s interviewing people whose opinions really matter for the magazine Werben & Verkaufen. They include Jonathan Mildenhall – global CMO of Airbnb, Marianne Dölz – the new Facebook boss for German speaking Europe, Peter Figge – executive officer at ad agency Jung von Matt, and Wolf Ingomar Faecks – president of GWA (German Association of Communication Agencies) and Managing Director at SapientNitro. Watch the video interviews here.


A CLASS TRIP TO THE HEART OF GERMANY’S MEDIA POWER HOUSE

A CLASS TRIP TO THE HEART OF GERMANY’S MEDIA POWER HOUSE

As part of our interns’ training, we sent them to Berlin to visit BILD’s editorial office. For a whole day, they were able to soak up the atmosphere, contribute to the critique and see exactly how Germany’s biggest tabloid newspaper is run.

Lisa, one of our interns, said afterwards “What an amazing experience! It’s not every day you get to see what goes on behind the scenes at BILD!”


ACHTUNG! EXPANDS THEIR TEAM OF SENIOR CONSULTANTS

ACHTUNG! EXPANDS THEIR TEAM OF SENIOR CONSULTANTS

We’re excited to welcome two new colleagues to achtung! Ann-Kathrin Hinrichsen and Markus Bell will now be working with us as Senior Consultants. Previously, Ann-Kathrin headed up Beauty & Lifestyle at Nicole Weber communications, and now brings her extensive expertise to our own in-house Beauty & Lifestyle team. Markus will be part of our Logistics & Technology crew. Over the last 15 years he has worked in a range of agencies, most recently as Senior PR Consultant at Havas PR before joining achtung!

A very warm welcome to both of them!


2X ONLINE COMMUNICATION PRIZE FOR ACHTUNG!

2X ONLINE COMMUNICATION PRIZE FOR ACHTUNG!

We’re super excited for our teams who picked up not one, but two #DPOK awards in Berlin recently! For those unfamiliar with the abbreviation, DPOK stands for the German Prize for Online Communication.
achtung! romped home in the category “Viral Communication” with their “Fries Final” campaign. Watch the case film here.  We also picked up first prize in the “Digital Public Affairs” group with our “Bewahrt Fehmarn!” project. Watch that case film here.


IN THE WORDS OF BRITTA HEER: “A ROUGH DIAMOND”

We are delighted to welcome Britta Heer, former Head of Digital at Edelman Deutschland, who now takes on the role of Chief Digital Officer and CEO Digital & Innovation at achtung! Together with Mirko Kaminski (CEO), Thorsten Beckmann (CFO/COO) and Max Ströbel (CSO) she completes the agency’s executive team. In a video interview she talks about her first impressions and explains why she regards achtung! as a “rough diamond”.


MIRKO KAMINSKI ON THE PR JURY AT THE NEW YORK FESTIVALS

MIRKO KAMINSKI ON THE PR JURY AT THE NEW YORK FESTIVALS

For a second year running, our CEO Mirko Kaminski has been appointed a member of the PUBLIC AND MEDIA RELATIONS jury at the NEW YORK FESTIVALS INTERNATIONAL ADVERTISING AWARDS. Next to the highly respected judges from Germany (Cannes Festival, Eurobest, PR Report Awards, Neptun Award), the New York Festivals’ PR jury counts professionals from a host of other countries, including  agencies in Canada, Japan, Australia, the US and Greece. German jurors Alexander Schill (Serviceplan) and Armin Jochum (thjnk) will be assessing entries from around the globe in other categories. The prestigious accolades will be presented at a gala in New York on 21 May.


GERMAN DIGITAL AWARD FOR ACHTUNG!

GERMAN DIGITAL AWARD FOR ACHTUNG!

Hurrah! achtung! has picked up another accolade – this time at the German Digital Awards. The “Deutschlands Lieblingsstücke” (Germany’s Favourite Items) (eBay) campaign won bronze. So what did we do? Well, it seems online shops are favoured by the hunters among us. Seek. Find. Buy! But research shows women prefer to “browse” online. So ebay.de designed something new – a tool to make a collage of different products, all with one motto or theme. The resulting pinboards can then be shared with the online community. Other members can follow collections they like and use them as a source of inspiration for shopping on eBay. Some 200,000 collections were created following the tool’s launch, with a further 60,000 now being added every month.


TOP OF THE LEAGUE IN A RANGE OF DISCIPLINES

TOP OF THE LEAGUE IN A RANGE OF DISCIPLINES

We already count among Germany’s top 10 PR agencies, the top 25 owner-managed ad agencies, not to mention being number 1 in the PR creative rankings. And now we can add another jewel to our crown, because achtung! has made it into the top 35 German digital agencies. These rankings are regarded as an industry barometer of Germany’s internet agency landscape. The results are compiled annually by the Bundesverband Digitale Wirtschaft e.V. in collaboration with HighText iBusiness, and marketing magazines Horizont and Werben & Verkaufen. However, although we’re top of the league across a range of disciplines, the ones that matter most remain those focussing on original ideas.


3 x BOB

3 x BOB

“Why only one when I can hold three?” is clearly the motto of achtung! employee Robert. He came back from the BoB Awards Gala with not one, not two, but three awards in total! Two were for the project “Realtime Congratulation Stunt” (Salesforce) and the third was presented for “Deutschlands großer Streitatlas” (Germany's Dispute Atlas) (ADVOCARD). BoB stands for best of "business-to-business” communication and is the only platform for interdisciplinary B2B communication across Germany, Austria and Switzerland. 


ACHTUNG! HOTS THINGS UP FOR OUTDOORCHEF

ACHTUNG! HOTS THINGS UP FOR OUTDOORCHEF

We are delighted to welcome our latest client OUTDOORCHEF, a Swiss brand aiming to up its popularity in Germany. We’ve been asked to design and implement a multichannel range of concepts to boost awareness of the company’s expertise in gas, charcoal and electric barbeques.  “When it comes to unique ideas, achtung! is on fire!” says André Franz from OUTDOORCHEF. “Their team were so excited about our brand and completely understood our passion for barbequing. It was an easy choice for us to make. We’ve always preferred an unconventional approach, and achtung! was one of the few agencies that got that.” Mirko Kaminski, CEO at achtung! added “Our job now is to turn up the heat for Weber & Co. We love this type of challenge!”


WOW - AGENCY OF THE YEAR

WOW - AGENCY OF THE YEAR

We’re over the moon. achtung! has been awarded the title AGENCY OF THE YEAR by the prestigious PR REPORT AWARDS jury. Basically, the PR REPORTS AWARDS are like the Oscars within Germany’s PR sector. What’s more, we scooped three further accolades in other categories like “Digital Public Affairs”. And as the most-awarded PR agency in 2014, we’re now number one in Germany’s PR creative rankings. The magazine brand eins also has us in its top three. It feels great!


Britta Heer, Director of Digital Consulting at Edelman Germany is joining the Executive Board at achtung!

Britta Heer, Director of Digital Consulting at Edelman Germany is joining the Executive Board at achtung!

And we’re super proud she chose us!

Britta Heer, formerly head of Digital Consulting for German agency Edelman, will be appointed as a Managing Director at achtung! from 1 May. The 47-year-old’s extensive digital expertise will add to the strengths of the existing executive trio, comprising Mirko Kaminski (CEO), Thorsten Beckmann (CFO/COO) and Chief Strategy Officer Max Ströbel.

Mirko says: “Britta is a no-nonsense, straight thinker who works quickly. She has a proven track record for a high pace of innovation and growth, as well as understanding how to involve customers and employees in the process. I’m really pleased she chose to join the team at achtung!”

“Over the last decade achtung! has repeatedly reinvented itself in a highly successful manner, “ says Britta Heer about her new position. “Its success is rooted in a strong commitment to innovation, pioneering spirit and originality. These are the best conditions to ensure a trailblazing role within the communication market for the next decade’s post-digital era. I can’t wait to be a part of it.”

We feel the same Britta. Welcome aboard!


achtung! appoints Max Ströbel as CSO

achtung! appoints Max Ströbel as CSO

We’re excited to have him on board!

Max Ströbel (42) has been appointed Chief Strategy Officer, completing a new executive trio that comprises Max (CSO), Thorsten Beckmann (COO and CFO) and Mirko Kaminski (CEO). Max worked as Brand Engagement Director for two years and is responsible for securing achtung! a range of high-profile customers including SWISS and SALESFORCE. He has also designed and created a whole host of award-winning communication projects and campaigns.  

Mirko: “There are two key skills that are central in ensuring exceptional communication and marketing: strategy and creativity. We’re delighted to have found such a qualified expert in Max. He will now concentrate on expanding our Planning division, as well as providing creative support.”

Max added, “My roots are in Advertising. But in this digital era the future belongs to brands who understand the unique benefits of Earned Media. These are the stories that keep us hooked and leave a lasting impression. And for me, achtung! is one of Germany’s most exciting agencies when it come to these brands.”

Before joining achtung! Ströbel was Creative Director at Economia/BBDO and then Unit Leader at RAPP Germany. Scholz & Friends and Leagas Delaney also number among his previous stations.


achtung!: Lars Hinrichs opens “The Lab” for business

achtung!: Lars Hinrichs opens “The Lab” for business

Our LAB is up and running! Now it has gone online. And it was inaugurated by Lars Hinrichs, founder of Xing, start-up investor and member of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Telekom. Lars is intensively involved in future-related ideas and collaboration. So we think it’s great that he likes our LAB and the underlying idea. At the LAB everything revolves around the creative and content-producing core of achtung!.

Here all the disciplines work side-by-side to support our sector-focused consultancy teams, who operate one floor up. The specialists are no longer trapped in silos with labels like “Creative”, “Moving Images” or “Digital Team”. In the LAB they all come together: artists, copywriters, editors, video specialists, content marketers, SEO professionals, community managers... And how does this benefit the clients? Better ideas. Content with greater activating power. And at the end of the day, greater effect. And besides this, there’s something else special happening in the LAB: it's a place where marketing and communication decision-makers can drop by for a powerful know-how and inspiration download. You can learn more here: PDF or link to the website achtung! Transfusion.


A fool is a fool is a fool.

A fool is a fool is a fool.

“The fool is a fool is a fool” – that’s how Wolfgang Lünenbürger-Reidenbach, our digital communications management supervisor, described Saatchi & Saatchi boss Kevin Roberts, following his recent prophesy that the social network Facebook had only three years left to live. Here is his response to Kevin Roberts:

A fool is a fool is a fool.

I know, I'm always good for a forceful claim. And at the same time, it borders on naivety to assume that Facebook will always be the leading social network. I, for one, have often enthusiastically claimed that it won't survive in its current form. Nevertheless, Kevin Roberts' forecast is incorrect. And the conditions on which it is based are even more so.

Perhaps my position can be basically summarised as follows: I am not at all concerned regarding the future of Facebook as a company. Even though I regard the future of Facebook, the network, very critically.

Indeed, the speed at which Facebook, the network, is losing young people is impressive. The Piper Jaffray study speaks an unambiguous language which can surely be confirmed by anyone involved with young people. But young people leave Facebook to go to - Facebook, the company. After all, only nstagram is really growing, and this very fast.

Back when Facebook acquired Instagram, I called it a bargain. And over the years, it has increasingly proven to be one. The fact that the acquisition of Whats App is now finally in the can will also have a part to play. Likewise, the fact that Facebook has extracted chatting and messaging on mobile devices from the main App is a step that makes me so optimistic in terms of the future of the company. In the throes of App-isation of the next generation's communication requirements, Facebook as a company has got it right big times.

Nor will this be affected by the fact that many users feel the Facebook network is increasingly becoming kind of QVC. In fact, my team and I no longer regard it as a social medium – but rather as a high-performance performance channel. And (to get back to Kevin's other foolish point) it's obvious that creativity works differently there than in colourful brand communication.

Many but definitely not all users are increasingly dissatisfied with the Facebook network – true. That they can't get a grip on their algorithm, at least for heavy users. That they are losing style-setting groups (e.g. from the gay community). That they define freedom in a Steve Jobs way and how they do it ("Freedom is freedom from porn"). That they ignore distinctions between "anonymous" and "pseudonym" which are of importance for many members of the digital elite. All of these are certain to endanger the acceptance of the network over the medium term. But the way in which the company has handled the changes in communication requirements to date (especially those of the next generation) means that I still can't write it off entirely.

Early in the year, I forcefully claimed that Facebook would implode. It goes without saying that that wasn't even really true back then. Although it is in fact currently in the process of imploding in some areas of my peer group, this does not represent the mass market. And for me as a communicator and strategist, Facebook will surely remain an ideal channel for reaching adults with strong purchasing power by means of very precise targeting and retargeting. Even if it is no longer social media.

As for social media and creativity – there's Instagram, blogs, Snapchat, YouTube and whatever else is on the way and which I will keep to myself for now.


Djure Meinen joins achtung! as Micro Audiences Specialist

Djure Meinen joins achtung! as Micro Audiences Specialist

We are pleased to announce a fine new addition to our team: Djure Meinen (43) is now working at achtung! as our Micro Audiences Specialist. Micro audiences are chiefly comprised of bloggers. Djure previously worked for us as a freelancer and also helped to write our widely acclaimed Bloggers’ Code of Conduct . This Code now forms the basis for achtung!’s collaboration with micro audiences: http://bit.ly/1rt6CHa

“Djure’s task is to manage our excellent relations with bloggers and to improve them even further. As part of this work, he is representing achtung! in a highly visible manner at important conferences and BarCamps. We are delighted that Djure Meinen is contributing his expertise to help strengthen our Lab, which is currently taking shape,” says Wolfgang Lünenbürger-Reidenbach, Management Supervisor Digital & Innovations at achtung!.


8 places on the shortlist of the International German PR Award

8 places on the shortlist of the International German PR Award

achtung! does it again. And we’re mighty proud! We have gained no less than 8 (!) places on the shortlist of the International German PR Award – as the only agency to do so. Wow! The nominations are distributed across our clients eBay with the campaign “Germany’s favourite items”, ADVOCARD with "Angry Germans”, Trusted Shops with “Party Raid” and mobile.de with “From Polo to Porsche”.

Mirko Kaminski comments: “As always, we’re focusing on just one goal: to become even more inspiring, even more international. So far in 2014 we’ve won a total of 8 awards, including an ADC Nail and three PR REPORT AWARDS. What’s more we were nominated in Cannes. That’s exactly the direction we aim to go. I’m really proud of my team!”


Creative operations nucleus “The Lab” almost complete

We are happy to announce that we will soon be completing “The Lab”. The unit known as “The Lab” will open at the end of October and will become our creative and content-producing “operations nucleus” of the agency. In this way we aim to cluster all our communication disciplines, letting them work together even more closely and providing mutual inspiration. The interior architecture of the new rooms is derived from the interior design of the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University in Palo Alto: sliding glass walls create independence from project norms and standards, and simultaneously serve as project boards. Large video displays reveal which themes are currently appearing in the social web, or are expected in the coming days. Similar to large media newsrooms, real-time communication and marketing are realized flexibly by task-focused project groups at one “global desk”.


Two Digital Communication Awards for achtung! client Advocard

Two Digital Communication Awards for achtung! client Advocard

achtung! has won the Digital Communication Award – not once but twice, with its production “Angry Germans”. The client is Advocard, Hamburg. This makes achtung! the only German agency to carry off the trophy as a double in Berlin, also being nominated no less than three times. Immediately before the award show a team from achtung! was required to make presentations to international juries. The result: one award in the category “Product Campaign” and one in the category “Companies”. Moreover, achtung! was nominated in  the category “Public Affairs” with “Trust Alert” (client: Trusted Shops).

(Photo Credits: Julia Nimke/Helios Media)


achtung! is one of the world’s top 125 PR agencies

achtung! is one of the world’s top 125 PR agencies

In the world ranking of the top 125 PR agencies, achtung! now holds 107th place. In Germany we are already among the top 3 social media agencies, the top 15 PR agencies and the top 25 owner-managed advertising agencies. So far, so good: but the most important thing for us is that, in the latest customer satisfaction survey, our clients have awarded us an average mark of between good and outstanding. Now that’s great!


achtung! for Towers Watson

achtung! for Towers Watson

We are delighted to welcome our new client Towers Watson, one of the world’s leading management consultancies. Haven’t heard of them? Well, until now it has mostly been executive boards, CEOs and personnel managers who are familiar with Towers Watson. But in the coming period we’re going to change that, because we are now working for Towers Watson in the role of earned-media agency in Germany. “achtung! won us over with an excellently researched analysis and, above all, with a clear strategy for strengthening the media profile of Towers Watson. We’re looking forward to working together – we can sense that achtung! has a passion for communication,” says Reiner Schwinger, Managing Director at Towers Watson. And we’ll put this passion to use in positioning the consulting segments of company pensions and HR management.

 


achtung! premieres on Cannes shortlist

achtung! premieres on Cannes shortlist

The team is extremely proud: for the first time, achtung! features on the shortlist for the Cannes Lions (37,000 entries this year). Together with the agency thjnk, achtung! ranks amongst the nominees in the category ‘Media’ with its LOOK TWICE project. (http://8ng.me/8h).

Mirko Kaminski, achtung! CEO: ‘At the start of the year, we made a promise to be more inspiring and international. Initial awards such as an ADC Nagel, three PR REPORT AWARDS, eight nominations and two awards at the ‘Deutscher Preis für Onlinekommunikation’ (German Prize for Online Communication), this shortlist ranking in Cannes and major new international accounts such as SWISS and Schwarzkopf Professional prove that we are on the right track. I am extremely proud of my people!’


3, 2, 1 – ACHTUNG

3, 2, 1 – ACHTUNG

3, 2, 1 – this number series reminiscent of our eBay client is now complete. Up until recently, we were still missing the "2". But now we've got it: after three PR REPORT AWARDS and an ADC Nail, achtung! has been awarded two trophies in the German Prize for Online Communication in Berlin. And the entire agency is thrilled! Both "Deutschlands großer Streitatlas" (Germany's Dispute Atlas) (Advocard) received an award in the "Product Campaign" category as well as the "Parteien-Razzia" (Party Raid) (Trusted Shops) in the "Digital Public Affairs" category.


ACHTUNG! AWARDED SILVER NAIL FOR ADVOCARDS LITIGATION ATLAS

ACHTUNG! AWARDED SILVER NAIL FOR ADVOCARDS LITIGATION ATLAS

achtung! has won one of the coveted nails at the ADC Creative Festival. The jury awarded a silver pin to the "Deutschlands Großer Streitatlas" (Germany's Dispute Atlas) in the category of "PR / Branded Content". achtung! created this project in cooperation with the thjnk agency. The project involved achtung! evaluating millions of disputes, thereby innovatively mapping how Germans disagree in the form of an interactive atlas. Members of the German population are thus given the opportunity to establish their own personal risk of being involved in a dispute.

The result: a lot of buzz. 110 million contacts generated, 3.1 billion online visits. This data has been requested by Ministries of Justice, universities and the Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung. But even more importantly: The atlas has become an effective sales instrument for Advocard as well as the most successful campaign in the company's history. The project has already received the PR REPORT AWARD and has also been nominated for the German Online Communication Prize.


ACHTUNG! IS BREAKING DISCIPLINARY BOUNDARIES

ACHTUNG! IS BREAKING DISCIPLINARY BOUNDARIES

According to the new agency rankings just out, achtung! is one of the top 3 social media agencies, one of the top 15 PR agencies and one of the top 25 owner-run advertising agencies in Germany – despite the fact that it no longer uses traditional disciplinary labels such as ‘advertising’, ‘PR’ or ‘digital’.

Mirko Kaminski, achtung! CEO, on the matter: ‘Amidst today’s hype of information and news, the only thing that seems to capture people’s attention is what’s important to them, personally. It makes no difference whatsoever whether it’s through paid, owned or earned media. We, in any case, have decided to leave this type of disciplinary thinking behind.’

The agency achtung! aims to go above and beyond these categories to create exciting ideas that trigger a response and set something in motion.


ACHTUNG! LEADS EUROPEAN AGENCY NETWORK FOR SWISS

ACHTUNG! LEADS EUROPEAN AGENCY NETWORK FOR SWISS

As Switzerland’s national airline, global quality airline and part of the Lufthansa Group, Swiss International Air Lines has named Hamburg- and Munich-based communications agency achtung! its European lead agency for earned media and PR. The decision came after an extensive multi-stage pitch was launched with a number of agencies – including network agencies.

Markus Binkert, Chief Commercial Officer at SWISS: ‘This decision marks a new direction in that we will no longer be solely focusing on communicating business-like corporate news, but much more on content that is relevant to and makes an impact on individual markets and people. For the only thing that seems to capture people’s attention nowadays is what’s really interesting or at best, fascinating.’

In addition to setting up a European network of independent owner agencies especially for SWISS, achtung! is also taking care of communications in Germany and Austria. ‘We believe in the power of a customer-centric agency network and in the strength of ideas that are relevant to the individual. We are extremely proud to now be able to work for SWISS on such a large scale’, says Mirko Kaminski, founder and CEO of achtung!


Triple: Three PR REPORT AWARDS for achtung!

Triple: Three PR REPORT AWARDS for achtung!

achtung! has become the first agency ever to win not one but three trophies at the PR REPORT AWARDS – the Oscars of the German PR industry.

A hat trick never before achieved in the 11-year history of the awards! An all-star jury awarded the trophies for three ideas and campaigns submitted by achtung!: ‘From Polo to Porsche’ for mobile.de, ‘Germany’s Great Dispute Atlas’ for ADVOCARD and ‘The Party Check’ for Trusted Shops.

Mirko Kaminski, CEO and founder of the agency, which meanwhile has 120 employees in Hamburg and Munich, said: ‘Our aim is to win over and inspire customers with ever more unorthodox ideas. These awards prove that we are obviously on the right track. I’m really proud of our teams.’