Burger King, @booking and more: 3 creative ads of the week


Noticeability is the first test any advertisement has to pass. Research shows that a majority of ads go un-noticed thus leading to huge waste of marketing investments. Only a handful of ads get noticed and more importantly are recalled or remembered. Every week I attempt to share a few clutter-breaking creative ads. Here are a few from the week ending 27 December, 2019. Burger King: Whopper of a...

Brand Custodian: CEO, employees or the customer?


In 1962, ad legend Bill Bernbach of DDB requested something extraordinary from his client, Avis. He wished they would run whatever advertising the agency recommended.  Avis was up against the big spending market leader, Hertz; so they were open to backing bold ideas in order to win in the marketplace. In that context, Robert Townsend, the CEO of Avis agreed to this proposal. Later he went on...

iPhone 11 Pro’s ‘Snowbrawl’, Aviation Gin’s smart response to Peloton ad: 4 creative ads of the week


The first and most relevant task of advertising is to get noticed. If that is not achieved discussions on creativity and relevance are secondary. A majority of ads – be it in the online or offline world, are simply ignored. In today’s context the timeless truth of an advert having to break the clutter of the environment it is seen in, is even more important. There are truck loads of...

Influencers: losing influence among marketers?


According to some estimates, brands are expected to spend $15bn on influencer marketing by 2022. But media reports also indicate that the influence of influencers in marketing circles could be waning. A brief look at the issues involved:   Influencer marketing: origins and after About a decade ago when blogging was popular, automobile brands would first reveal details of a new model to that...

Land Rover, @easyJet and more: 7 top creative ads of the week


November usually sees a surfeit of emotional ads. E-commerce and retail brands, especially from Europe, lead the pack with ads which tug at the heartstrings. Many of them are mega productions, high on the feel-good factor. The week ending November 29, 2019 saw a few of them including creative ads from Carrefour, Apple and more. Land Rover: Discovery Towing Adventures New advertising is old...

6 top creative ads of the week: Ruavieja, Samsung, Dublin Bus from @Rothco and more


Every week, I attempt to compile a list of clutter-breaking creative ads with some commentary of my own. You can look at some of the older posts here. This week’s compilation includes an offbeat Christmas film, an inspiring campaign for a service brand from Ireland, among others. Ruavieja: Escape Maybe it was my ad agency background, but I could guess the metaphor when the protagonist...

John Lewis, NuBank, #NurtureYourCuriosity and more: 10 top creative ads of the week


Every week I attempt to share a compilation of creative ads which caught my eye. Getting noticed is the first requirement of an ad – as otherwise, every other discussion in terms of creativity or efficacy is academic. Among the many hundreds of commercial messages we see everyday only a handful are memorable. Here are a few which I liked from the week ending November 15, 2019. John Lewis:...

Tanqueray, WSJ, IKEA and more: top creative ads of the week


Everyday, we come across hundreds of commercial messages – print ads, TV commercials, radio spots, billboards, web banner ads, social media posts and more. Only a handful are even noticed – with a vast majority not paid attention to at all. Even among the few noticed, only a smaller number are remembered. Here are a few which caught my eye this week: Tanqueray: Unmistakably Tanqueray...

AirPods Pro, Argos and more: 5 top creative ads of the week


Every week, I attempt to put together a compilation of creative ads which break through the clutter. I have not had rich pickings this week and among the handful of ads I noticed, here are a few: AirPods Pro: outdoor done right Outdoor is a fleeting medium. In the few moments we have to catch a glimpse as we go past a billboard it makes sense to keep the messaging brief and have visual impact...

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