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Advertising competes for our attention. We tend to ignore it as we have more important issues occupying our minds. Add to it the general clutter of media and we have to appreciate creative ads which get noticed and stay memorable. My weekly compilation of clutter breaking creative including Posten’s Father Christmas & Mother Earth, Chevrolet and more is a small tribute to such efforts. Posten: Father Christmas & Mother Earth As I said in the past, personification…

It’s Christmas ads season in the world of marketing & advertising. It’s natural that brands try to capitalise on the opportunity that festive season presents – shopping is a big part of the celebrations. Beyond retail brands, several other categories create campaigns aimed to make the most of the season. Oct-Dec is Apple’s Q1 and new iPhone launches are timed with this period. Similarly, several other brands invest heavily to get into the consideration set.…

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 including ‘Icelandverse’- a parody on metaverse and more. Inspired by Iceland: parody on metaverse Poking fun at jargon or needlessly complex, obscure language used in the business world…

Getting an ad noticed by consumers is not an easy task. Most of advertising is just ignored – a fate worse than being noticed and disliked. Ads which are seen, recalled and spoken about positively are rare. My weekly compilation of clutter-breaking ads is a small tribute to such efforts – I know how difficult it is to create such, given the fuzzy nature of briefs and the chaotic, whimsical approval process. Here are a…

In the marketing mix, investment behind media buying is perhaps the most expensive, especially when it comes to high value media properties such as the Super Bowl in the US or the IPL in India. So it is understandable if brand teams are anxious to ensure the correct brand attribution. When the viewer associates an ad with that of a competitor, referred to as brand misattribution, it is as if all the effort was to…

It’s that time of the year when ‘big retail’ in UK unleash their Christmas campaigns. Over the last few years brands like John Lewis, Harvey Nichols, M&S and others have created some memorable ads for the season. This year too saw a few gems. These and other ads are part of my creative picks of the week. 1. John Lewis & Partners: Christmas advert 2018 Over the last few years, the Christmas advert from John…

In the marketing & advertising world, creative work from Thailand is considered to be among the best, both in terms of creative idea and craft. All of them are uniquely Thai and many are bizarrely funny. Production values and execution are also top notch with Christmas-themed ads from Europe. During last week I came across such campaigns, among others, which were clutter-breaking. More such compilations in my archives along with some occasional commentary on the…

We all love lists. That’s why many clickbait articles have that format offering ‘5 reasons’ or offering ’10 things’. During this time of the year, we have a plethora of ‘Best of’ and ‘Worst of’ from the past year. The first part of my attempt at sharing 12 best ads of 2021 included both traditional TV commercials and some clever social media driven ideas. Here is my second and concluding part. iTV: Drama vs Reality…

The ‘Shot on iPhone’ series is a great example of letting the results do the talking rather than list the technical features of a phone as camera. In the latest edition, iPhone 13 Pro’s great video capabilities are showcased. A heart warming commercial, Pampers for Preemies, which strengthens Pampers’ perception as an expert can be seen in a new ad. These are part of my weekly collection of clutter-breaking creative ads (aside from the occasional…

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.…