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It’s that time of the year when ‘best of the year’ lists are published, so here are my picks for ‘Best creative ads of 2022’ – similar to my list of creative picks last year and the one from 2020. Over the last few years, the ad industry has taken pains to convey that their business has changed fundamentally. Agency executives say that the business is about being at the intersection of technology & data,…

Creating clutter-breaking advertising is tough. A majority of the ads are simply ignored – a fate worse than being noticed and disliked. Given the fuzzy briefs, opaque approval process and other ills of advertising, this is not surprising. My weekly compilation of clutter-breaking creative ads is a small tribute to such marketing & advertising teams who manage to get their ads noticed, recalled and liked. Tops Supermarket: underrated gifts I loved advertising from Thailand. Am…

My weekly compilation of clutter-breaking creative ads is a small tribute to marketing & advertising teams everywhere. An ad first has to get noticed. Unfortunately, a majority of ads are simply ignored – a fate worse than being disliked. Apple’s brilliant ad to highlight accessibility features, Spotify’s annual ‘Wrapped’ campaign are among the pick of the ads this week. Apple: The Greatest The mobile world is dominated by Android. When it comes to choice of…

Getting an ad noticed by consumers is not an easy task. Most of advertising is just ignored – a fate worse than being noticed and disliked. Ads which are seen, recalled and spoken about positively are rare. My weekly compilation of clutter-breaking ads is a small tribute to such efforts – I know how difficult it is to create such, given the fuzzy nature of briefs and the chaotic, whimsical approval process. Here are a…

In 1989, British Airways released a campaign considered to be a classic in advertising. Back when special effects were not as advanced as they are today, it brought alive the idea of the brand bringing people together. In 2014, technology was used cleverly to make it appear as if a small boy ‘looked up’ every time a British Airways flight flew over a billboard in Piccadilly Circus. Of course there have several memorable tactical ads…

It’s natural that businesses love the festive season – be it in India or elsewhere. Every region has a season where consumer spends increase – be it Christmas or the Chinese New Year. In India, Diwali ads aim to capitalise on the consumer sentiment of celebrations, auspiciousness and traditions. Christmas-themed advertising is usually anchored on shopping, gifting, relationships and travel. Such ads have a strong dose of ‘do-good’ factor in them and mostly trigger positive…

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…