Advertising in the time of COVID-19

There's a lot more to marketing than just advertising. Pricing, product portfolio strategy, segmentation, packaging, distribution and more as intrinsic to marketing as advertising. But thanks to media attention many equate marketing to be just about planning and implementing ad campaigns. As Mark Ritson points out in this brilliant article, says: Marketers have been gradually… Continue reading Advertising in the time of COVID-19

12 creative ads from the archives

Every week I attempt to share a few clutter-breaking creative ads. Occasionally, I comment on industry trends and topics. This week, there weren't very many new ads of note. So herewith an assortment of ads, new & old (from my vast collection of ads). Brands have come to see every occasion or major news event… Continue reading 12 creative ads from the archives

Consistency vs change: the eternal struggle in marketing & advertising

In 2016, consulting company R3 Worldwide carried a report on '40 client-agency relationships that have stood the test of time'. While the average length of the top 40 relationships was a commendable 22 years, the benchmark was 3.2 years. It would be interesting to see if there have been any major changes four years hence… Continue reading Consistency vs change: the eternal struggle in marketing & advertising

4 top creative ads of the week: Apple, Direct Line, Lurpak and more

It did not feel a week of rich pickings when it comes to creative ads. Over the last few years, I have attempted to share a handful of compelling creative ads across TV, print, outdoor and 'new media'. This week's compilation includes ads from Apple, Direct Line and Lurpak. Apple: Hermitage When most of the… Continue reading 4 top creative ads of the week: Apple, Direct Line, Lurpak and more

People don’t care about advertising, but that’s only half the story

A couple of recent articles caught my eye: one saying that the general public care a toss about advertising and then a rebuttal. Both these got me thinking if the advertising profession worries far too much about its output and impact on society. Undoubtedly, advertising plays a critical role in commerce - brands are built… Continue reading People don’t care about advertising, but that’s only half the story