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I have not been able to update my blog over the past few weeks. I aim to post a compilation of compelling creative ads every week and an occasional post on issues pertaining to the business of advertising. This week’s post includes ads from Liquid Death water, Hyundai’s IONIQ and a few others. Liquid Death: Kids Hydrating at a Party Judas Priest’s ‘Breaking The Law ‘ forms the perfect background score for visuals depicting a…

It’s that time of the year when ‘best of the year’ lists are published, so here are my picks for ‘Best creative ads of 2022’ – similar to my list of creative picks last year and the one from 2020. Over the last few years, the ad industry has taken pains to convey that their business has changed fundamentally. Agency executives say that the business is about being at the intersection of technology & data,…

Creating clutter-breaking advertising is tough. A majority of the ads are simply ignored – a fate worse than being noticed and disliked. Given the fuzzy briefs, opaque approval process and other ills of advertising, this is not surprising. My weekly compilation of clutter-breaking creative ads is a small tribute to such marketing & advertising teams who manage to get their ads noticed, recalled and liked. Tops Supermarket: underrated gifts I loved advertising from Thailand. Am…

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 ads is a small tribute to marketing & advertising teams everywhere. Here are a few which caught my this past week: Uber Eats: timely delivery Fast delivery is a generic promise in…

My weekly compilation of clutter-breaking creative ads is a small tribute to marketing & advertising teams everywhere. An ad first has to get noticed. Unfortunately, a majority of ads are simply ignored – a fate worse than being disliked. Apple’s brilliant ad to highlight accessibility features, Spotify’s annual ‘Wrapped’ campaign are among the pick of the ads this week. Apple: The Greatest The mobile world is dominated by Android. When it comes to choice of…

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…

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…

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.…

In 1989, British Airways released a campaign considered to be a classic in advertising. Back when special effects were not as advanced as they are today, it brought alive the idea of the brand bringing people together. In 2014, technology was used cleverly to make it appear as if a small boy ‘looked up’ every time a British Airways flight flew over a billboard in Piccadilly Circus. Of course there have several memorable tactical ads…

It’s natural that businesses love the festive season – be it in India or elsewhere. Every region has a season where consumer spends increase – be it Christmas or the Chinese New Year. In India, Diwali ads aim to capitalise on the consumer sentiment of celebrations, auspiciousness and traditions. Christmas-themed advertising is usually anchored on shopping, gifting, relationships and travel. Such ads have a strong dose of ‘do-good’ factor in them and mostly trigger positive…