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If we meet someone who speaks well we tend to form a positive opinion of them: we equate articulation with intelligence. It is pretty similar to how we react to likeable ads – subconsciously we transfer this affinity to the brand. Similarly, we admire those who write well. As David Ogilvy said, ‘People who think well, write well’. When it comes to good writing, what gets our attention and keeps us engrossed could be anything…

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…

Every day we come across hundreds of commercial messages. Most of them aren’t even noticed. Here are a few creative ads which stood out from the clutter for me the last week: a continuing campaign for Snickers, Nike’s reaction on social media regarding a decision taken by the French Open authorities and more. 1. Snickers: one for two Kudos to the team at BBDO and Snickers for continuing to invest behind the powerful ‘You’re Not…

The rise of social media has given birth to a new phenomenon in marketing: the urge to be present across all platforms in some form or the other, throughout the year. This has resulted in an artificial pressure to be present in ‘media’ (and I use it within quotes to connote every platform where a brand places its message) virtually 365 days of the year. And that’s not a good thing. 

Google currently shows millions of results for the search term ‘content marketing’. Many of them provide useful tips and hacks on how startups, especially the bootstrapped or early-stage ones, can use content marketing to drive organic growth. Over the last few years, the ‘shiny new toy’ syndrome has resulted in virtually every new platform (Snapchat, Instagram) hailed as the next big thing for marketers and contnet marketing is a term bandied about in that context.…

The rise of digital marketing has seen some marketers hail every shiny new toy as the next big thing – be it 3D printing, social media, branded apps, virtual reality or native advertising. All this has resulted in many pundits calling out, rightly so, much of the BS. The charge against this trend is that everyone gets caught up in jargon and tactical stuff forgetting that the basics of advertising has not changed even today.…