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Every week, I attempt to share a compilation of clutter-breaking creative ads and occasionally some commentary on the business of advertising. The first job of any ad is to get noticed – because of it is not, it is a waste of time, effort and monies. So, as many have noted, managing to break the clutter is actually a big deal. Festive seasons ads – either in India or in the west face an even more tougher challenge…

The fundamentals of marketing communications is believed to be the same, be it in the traditional media world or the ‘new’ digital world. Bill Bernbach, ad legend and founder of DDB said famously: ‘it is fashionable to talk about changing man. A communicator must be concerned with unchanging man, with his obsessive drive to survive, to be admired, to succeed, to love, to take care of his own’. Such motivations are not going to change…

It is festive season now in India and mass media is full of ads from retail, jewellery and fashion brands. Some of the ads which featured protagonists in traditional Indian wear but without a bindi on the forehead faced criticism on Twitter (where else?) and some even tagged the brand handles. The question, ‘does art imitate life or life imitates art?’ is perhaps a difficult one to answer. In this context, advertising & marketing folks…

I set up current domain name and blog in 2009. But at least a couple of years prior to that I was started blogging. It was in 2008 (I think), that I had set out to manage two blogs – one on advertising and the other on all things Apple. Back then the Mac-PC wars were common on the web and maybe it was my inherent desire to ‘defend’ Apple that triggered this thought. The…

Every week, I attempt to share a compilation of clutter-breaking creative ads and occasionally some commentary on the business of advertising. As many have noted, a majority of the ads out there go un-noticed, so managing to break the clutter is actually a big deal. Here are this week’s picks: NABS: This job can break you October 10 was World Mental Health Day. NABS, a Canadian charity aimed at supporting the health and well-being of professionals in the…

Every week, I attempt to share a compilation of clutter-breaking creative ads and occasionally some commentary on the business of advertising. As many have noted, a majority of the ads out there go un-noticed, so managing to break the clutter is actually a big deal. Here are this week’s picks: Spotify: all ears on you Ad agencies and marketers are the key target audience for media brand owners. Back in the day, publications and TV channels would send…