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Over the last couple of weeks, my social media and TV time was much less than usual, thanks to (I should really be thankful and not just mean it as ‘due to’) some travel. I did not pine for any of the streaming shows, news channels, sport telecasts or social media feeds. Of course, I welcomed it as a break and maybe sooner or later would have wished I had all my devices and a…

Over the past few years, Samsung has consistently poked fun of the iPhone trying to position the latter as ‘not good enough’. ‘The new ‘Join the flip side’ for Samsung Galaxy continues the trend. This and other campaigns are part of my weekly compilation of clutter breaking ads. Samsung Galaxy: join the flip side The world of Android phones has several handset brands vying for consumer attention at every price point. Samsung too plays that…

‘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…

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 compelling TV spots from DIRECTV, Samsung and Deliveroo among others. DIRECTV Stream: get your TV together ‘Best of both worlds’ is a common theme in advertising and leads to…

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 Channel 4’s Paralympics ad and topical ads related to the Euro Cup. Samsung: Be There ‘As good as being there’ or ‘a ringside view’ are common themes when it…

Cutting through clutter and being noticed is job No.1 for any ad. Unfortunately, the marketing & advertising collectively wastes millions of dollars in production and media monies on run-of-the-mill ads which are simply ignored – not even disliked. I attempt to share a compilation of creative ads every week (and some commentary on industry issues occasionally). Here are some compelling creative ads I noticed week ending Oct 9, 2020: Flipkart Big Billion Days: double roles…

Of late, there’s been a discussion in Indian media on the importance of a brand’s country-of-origin in purchase decisions. It has been triggered by the decision by the Indian government to ban a bunch of apps of Chinese origin – TikTok being the most popular of them. Also recent geopolitical developments, tensions between the governments and the media visibility have created a mood of resentment among a lot of Indians about China and as an…

Competitive advertising has been an effective strategy for many brands., particularly so when consumers see two equals or a ‘worthy competitor’ take on a category giant. Some of the examples and legendary campaigns include rivalries between Coke & Pepsi, The Hindu and TOI in Chennai, iPhone vs Samsung (fueling the flame wars) and Mac vs PC. A few ad campaigns become so popular that they are spoofed by brands in other categories. Apple’s iconic ad,…