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A majority of the ads suffer a fate worse than being disliked – they are ignored. Creating advertising that is noticed, remembered and liked is not easy. My weekly collection of clutter-breaking creative ads is a small tribute to teams which manage to entertain or moves us while meeting a business objective. After all, advertising is creativity with a commercial purpose (no pun intended). Here are a few ads which caught my eye this past week or so: HSBC:…

Contrary to popular perception, people don’t hate advertising. They only hate advertising that’s annoying. Worse still, they ignore most of the advertising and commercial messages that interrupt whatever they are trying to accomplish. My compilation of creative ads every week is a small acknowledgment of the effort put in bt brand teams to produce advertising that breaks the clutter to entertain or engage the audience. In this week’s collection, a mini-movie to highlight the fast…

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: Michelob Ultra: McEnroe vs McEnroe Tennis fans of a…

Last week, a 3D outdoor creative put up in Tokyo’s Shinjuku area for Nike was not only shared widely on social media but also made it as a WhatsApp forward – usually an indication of how popular something is. Clutter-breaking adverts need to be celebrated as they pass the first test of getting noticed – especially in today’s world of extreme clutter where there’s content vying for one’s attention everywhere. Here are a few which…

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…

Metaverse is the new punching bag for select brands and cartoonists alike. A new ad for First Bank in Thailand takes a pot shot at both metaverse and the the ad industry itself. Aside from that I also liked the new interpretation of the classic ‘Because you’re worth it’ from L’Oreal in my weekly compilation of creative ads. L’Oreal: Lesson of Worth In 1971, Ilon Specht a junior copywriter at McCann created the famous line…

‘Oh, brilliant advertising, how I miss you so’ is an inspirational series of posts on LinkedIn, curated by Gregg Benedikt, a Creative Director/Copywriter. Over there, I stumbled upon a hoarding as part of a famous campaign from Citibank, ‘Live Richly’, created in the early 2000s. It triggered a thought to attempt a series of posts on great campaigns from the past (aside from my weekly compilations) – gleaned from my memories and reading up on…

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…

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 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 the clutter is actually a big deal. This week’s compilation includes smart work for KFC borrowed slogans, Posh virtual assistant and more. KFC: borrowed slogans The COVID-19 pandemic triggered a variety of tactical communications from brands. During the initial phase…