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In terms of user base, Twitter is relatively smaller than other popular social media platforms. But it share of visibility and media attention is much bigger as was evident recently. Twitter’s billboard campaign got people talking about for its simple, striking creativity and showcasing its buzz-creating ability. This and other creative ideas form part of my weekly compilation. Twitter: Tweet it into existence There’s something about Twitter that encourages instant, spontaneous sharing of one’s views…

Beyond advertising portals, a new ad, titled ‘911’ for Apple Watch Series 7 is creating a buzz on the mainline news and social media. Aside from this another creative ad from the stable of Apple – dramatising the iPhone 13 Pro’s cinematic mode, is being widely appreciated. Here are my picks of clutter-breaking creative ads of the past week: Apple Watch Series 7: 911 ‘Focusing is about saying ‘no’ is one among the many popular…

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…

I attempt to share a compilation of clutter-breaking creative ads every week and opinions on industry topics. So it was difficult to pick the best ads of 2021 as there were many worthy of appreciation. ‘Advertising is the most fun you can have with your clothes on’ is a famous quote attributed to maverick adman Jerry Della Femina. I guess he chose to see the positive side of the business – the opportunity to address business problems…

Many ad agency veterans lament the loss of what they recall as glory days of advertising. Depending on their vintage, they could be referring to a period between the 1970s and 1990s, maybe up to the early 2000s. And then there are others who claim ‘advertising is dead’. I was a rookie in advertising in the early 90s so I can lay claim to be part of the veterans club. I carry a lot of…

Epica Awards are ‘creative prizes judged by journalists’. I have been a keen follower of the awards over the years (see here) as one gets to see non-English work from several European countries (among others) across interesting categories such as media innovation and product design. The 2021 winners of Epica Awards have been announced. Here is a selection of work which caught my eye: SingleCut Beersmiths : the IPA that will teach you guitar Alcohol…

Every week, I attempt to share a compilation of clutter-breaking creative ads. Occasionally I share views on ad industry matters. This week’s compilation includes new work from CRED, Air New Zealand and more. CRED: Chacha Chaudhary & Suppandi Once you’ve built a reputation or created a monster hit, expectations go up and sequels are compared to the original – be it movie franchises or ads. CRED is perhaps in that spot (no pun intended). While…

The debate on the reason-why and effectiveness of parody ads can be seen in ad industry portals of late. Parody ads (or movies) aren’t new. Famous ad campaigns have been spoofed either as a one-off ad or a campaign in the past. Of late there have been a spate of campaigns adopting this route. Swiggy’s Instamart launched a series of ads which were spoofs of other popular ads from the not-so distant or very distant…

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…

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…