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9 top creative ads of the week: @MintMobile, Hun wine and more

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Every week, I attempt to compile a list of select creative ads with caught my attention. Getting noticed amidst clutter of media noise is a big deal – in fact the only metric that truly matters in advertising, as everything else is academic if the ad is just ignored. Here are a few which caught my eye the week ending May 9, 2020: Mint Mobile: New ManageMint Ryan Reynolds’ creative...

Ad agencies and their new ‘competition’

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The advertising industry had it relatively easy for many decades when media clutter was nowhere near what it is today. The media choices were limited and commercial messaging did not try too hard to be clutter breaking. Ads which were pretty direct & straightforward (‘Surf washes whitest!’) were the norm, as they did not have to fight for the consumer’s attention. In an...

Cadbury re-branding, Thai Airways and more: creative ideas of the week

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With the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, many marketers have turned cautious in their advertising spends. Given the lockdowns, production of new advertising creatives – at least on the scale prior to this health crisis has come to a standstill. Brands have resorted to tactical ads which link back to their thematic claim, with messaging urging people to stay at home. In this...

Even more creative ads for the #StayHome era

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The current COVID-19 global crisis is unprecedented and incomparable in terms of crisis communication. There perhaps has been no single global pandemic or crisis affecting virtually all countries, citizens and enterprises. All previous crises were limited to a company (e.g. Maggi, Cadbury’s) or a category at best. In company-specific issues, they addressed product concerns on time...

Creative ads of the week with #StayHome messages: Mini, Volvo and more

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For the past few weeks or so brands have attempted to create communication with the crisis triggered by COVID-19 outbreak as the context. These fall into two buckets: one expressing concern and solidarity (‘We are in this together’) and other urging consumers to follow safety guidelines such as staying home and maintaining social distance. I find the former lot a bit stretched and...

Advertising in the time of COVID-19

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There’s a lot more to marketing than just advertising. Pricing, product portfolio strategy, segmentation, packaging, distribution and more as intrinsic to marketing as advertising. But thanks to media attention many equate marketing to be just about planning and implementing ad campaigns. As Mark Ritson points out in this brilliant article, says: Marketers have been gradually but...

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