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‘Is celebrity advertising an effective strategy?’ is a topic of perennial debate in advertising & marketing circles. While opinions vary the use of celebrities for brand endorsements continues unabated. In my weekly roundup I will attempt to share my views on current trends from the world of marketing and a compilation of clutter-breaking creative ads. Celebrity advertising: advertisers keep the faith citing brand name awareness As I noted earlier, advertisers consider the presence of a…

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 such efforts. Here are a few creative ideas which caught my eye this past week: Disney Hotstar: SRK+ Teasers are meant to…

Earlier this week, my Twitter and LinkedIn timelines featured some outstanding outdoor from StreetEasy, a real estate search firm in New York. It demonstrated how select creative work ‘bubble up’ into our visibility purely on the merit of the idea and craft. My weekly compilation of clutter-breaking creative work includes that and more: StreetEasy: win the game of real estate Advertising is not pure art – it has a business role to play and hence…

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…

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…

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…

Creating clutter breaking advertising is difficult. Not surprisingly, a majority of the ads are not just mediocre but are totally ignored by consumers. During my stint in ad agencies, I too have had my share of such run-of-the-mill ads. As a token of appreciation for those crafting good ads, I attempt to share a compilation of creative ads every week. In this week’s list, a provocative campaign for Tiffany’s, a 5-minute movie for Discord and…

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 through media clutter is actually a big deal. This week’s compilation includes Heineken’s smart effort to get people vaccinated, a hilarious spot from Thailand and more. GrabPay: Dear Homo sapiens As I have said before, ads from Thailand have a…