ArchiveJuly 2011

Android experience of an Apple fan


My first experience of Apple was through the Mac OS 9. Compared to whatever Windows version we were using then (’98, ME, 2000 etc.) I found it far more elegant, trust worthy and classy. Yes, one had major compatibility issues when it came to file transfers, network sharing etc. I even bought a copy of DAVE – a software that helped Windows & Mac share files and printers. Now of...

Seen and noted: Tata Steel


‘We also make steel‘ was an iconic campaign during my growing years in advertising. A 2003 article said that the company rode high on the effect of that commercial. And now comes a campaign that positions Tata Steel as a company built on strong values, captured nicely in the base line: ‘Values Stronger Than Steel’. Both the campaigns imbue the ‘company brand’...

Old Spice: Fabio vs. Mustafa – buzz vs. sales?


When I first saw the new set of Old Spice ads featuring Fabio, I was disappointed. As with movies, one always compares sequles to the original. In this case, Isaiah Mustafa was a hands-down winner, in my view. The Fabio ads were funny alright but lacked the certain something in execution – the Isaiah ones were delivered with more style, perhaps. Anyway, what followed is now fast becoming a...

Shaping the new ‘Creative’ person


‘The new Creative Person is T-shaped‘ said Luke Sullivan (author of ‘Hey Whipple, Squeeze This‘ and ex-agency Creative) in an intriguing manner.  The concept he put forth was interesting: T-shaped is just a funny name used to describe a person who has very deep skills in one area (the deep vertical stroke of the T) as well as the ability to collaborate across disciplines...

Weetabix: Fuel for big days, big ideas


‘Have you had your Weetabix?’ was a classic ad slogan. I remember seeing several wonderful ads with that tag line – most of them using humour to great effect. The attempt was to exaggerate the consequences of  not having Weetabix (‘Someone’s ad their Weetabix’ was another version of the base line). A new ad for Weetabix – first one from BBH since winning...

Of Burnt Toast and chasing your dreams


Most people who choose to join advertising and more importantly, stay on (!) do so for a reason: passion for the business. You’ll hear stories of Engineers from the IITs, MBA’s from IIMs actively choosing Advertising as a career option arising out of an innate passion for the advertising business. The founder and Managing Director of Trikaya , the late Mr. Ravi Gupta was a Mining...

Seen and noted: Denver Water


In 2009, I had written about the Denver Water Conservation campaign. The campaign urged Denver residents to water their lawns for 2 minutes less. Ah, the problems of a first-world country, a commenter noted.  In India, sadly, basic amenities are not available to millions. So this may seem odd to us – we are still in the mode of urging people to conserve electricity and save water. We...

Thoughts on Google+


This is not a review or a ‘future gaze’ of Google+ – tech experts and several bloggers have already already done that.  Nevertheless, herewith a few random observations. On the launch day of Google+ my Twitter timeline could be divided into two groups: those who gushed about Google+ and those who were non-plussed. My first reaction on seeing the interface was positive – it...

Some things to not like about the ‘Like’ button


What is common to a blog post, an article in an online daily or magazine, a Facebook post, a Flickr photo and a news item on the web? In fact virtually everything on the web? All of them place the obligatory share buttons – urging you to share the content via email, Twitter, Facebook, Instapaper or Delicious. When you take the effort to bookmark it or share it (on Twitter or elsewhere) with...

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