Inspiration From Above: A fresh approach to a global product launch  (2012)

Campaign: Inspiration From Above: A fresh approach to a global product launch
Brand: Axe
Client: Unilever
Entrant: Bartle Bogle Hegarty
Principal Authors: Tim Jones - BBH, Priyanka Kanse - BBH, Ben Shaw - BBH, John Jones - BBH, Ed Booty - BBH, Irina Pessin - Data2Decisions
Contributing Authors: James Sheard - BBH, Thomas Gwin - BBH
Credited Companies: Unilever - Client


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