Monthly Archives: September 2007

New Sony Bravia Ad (Update)

Sony Bravia Ad

I told you I’d update you all when I got any more information about the latest Fallon spot for Sony Bravia. Although it turns out there’s not much to report really. But as promised, here are some pics of the making of the making of. If you know what I mean. Sigh.

Sony Bravia Bunnies being made

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Safe or Brave?

Orbit Complete Chewing Gum

When reading the advertising press recently, it struck me that there’s a constant stream of comment and editorial bemoaning the general state of advertising in this country. The same themes are talked about, a lack of creativity, samey ads, stereotypical caricatures of “real” people and the dumbing down of anything that the masses won’t immediately “get”.

There are comparatively few campaigns that have the ability to stop people in their tracks any more, and I feel that the industry in general has got a whole lot more conservative. We’ve been having problems recently in getting concepts through that the public wouldn’t “get” straight away. But does there have to be an instant understanding of what you see/hear/interact with? Take the Cadbury’s gorilla ad. Imagine telling your Account Handler that a drumming gorilla is the way forward? Most wouldn’t even dream of presenting it to the client. Well done to Cadbury’s by the way.  And how about the Orbit campaign? It’s funny and it gets across the message that plaque is invisible and you can’t fight it on your own. But try telling your boss that you’ll definitely need some Flamenco guitar in the background to really set the ad off.

There seems to be a culture that creatives are there to be reined in. And that results in ads that could’ve been good but are a bit, well, blah. Go on, trust us. You won’t be disappointed and you definitely won’t be bored. I mean, just why hasn’t anyone approached Simon Weston with a view to launching his own range of barbecue grills and cooking utensils? I mean, he carried the Commonwealth flame for Manchester for goodness sake. At arm’s length mind, and my, did he deliver that flame quickly.

Anyway, I’ve always wanted to open an exhibition of failed ads, but instead of explaining what the ads are on that wee bit of safmat/foamex/card, I’d give the reason why the Account Handler or client rejected them. My favourite ever reason for a client rejecting an ad concept was, and I quote, “I like the headline and the picture, but I’m not sure people know how to read Latin nowadays.” Anyway, here’s one of the Orbit ads for you to enjoy. Lovely. Alan. 

An Affiliate Manager, a PPC Manager and an SEO Manager walk into a bar…

Old TV

I know. Everyone’s heard this one. But it’s the way I tell ’em.

So a few nights ago a few of my friends went out for a drink, and as usual, the talk soon got very technical and started to revolve around the interweb. Now I’ll be honest and admit that my knowledge when it comes to such matters is pretty poor. I have a very vague understanding of how the worlds of Affiliate, PPC and SEO all work but it’s more like my understanding of how a photocopier works (now that really is magic) and nothing that really gets into the whole technicalities of each sector.

So anyway, we got talking about different ad campaigns, their relative merits and how we felt about them – bearing in mind that one of the group hates everything unless it begins with Dinosaur and ends with Jr – and it came round to that interweb buzz word, measurability. I was more or less shouted down when I suggested that I didn’t think that every single part of a campaign had to be totally quantifiable. Even to the extent that some of my friends wouldn’t use TV, Print or Outdoor advertising for any ad campaign because they’d have no real idea of the effectiveness of the campaign.

This troubles me somewhat.

I mentioned that I thought completely integrated campaigns were/is/are/will be the way forward but this was met with a “you’re just trying to justify your job” comment. Or are they trying to justify theirs? Dun. Dun. Daaaaaaaaaah.

I can see how some products don’t necessarily need a huge presence in the “real” world, but is having your campaign 100% online for good not a wee bit dangerous? As Jack Nicholson would say, “Why can’t we all just,…get along?” Well, I just put this post up to elicit debate. Comments please.

Rabbit. Rabbit. White Rabbit.

 White Rabbit

This post has got nothing to do with my usual themes but it’s formed a fair part of my day today and I just want to share. I’m good like that.

Anyway, apparently, on the first of every month, you should wake and utter the words “Rabbits. Rabbits.”And you shall then be bestowed with good luck for the rest of the month. At least, that’s the simple version.

After a little bit of investigation, it turns out that there are endless variations of the rabbits rabbits lucky superstition. Here are a few more examples. It works better if you read them out to friends and colleagues, especially if they’re trying to concentrate on something. I’ve never said the word rabbit so much in my life. Well, apart from that Chas ‘n’ Dave Tribute Karaoke Night.

adidas Consortium Sneaker Pack

adidas ZX8000 Monaco Consortium Pack

Oh dear Lord they’re so beautiful. Identified by a small gold lace eyelet, custom box and insole, the Consortium Series launched in June (a wee bit late by all accounts) and I’ve already seen two pairs that I may have to kill for. First up are the Grand Slam Oddity edition which I really love – unusual for me as they’re predominately white and I can’t abide white sneaks – anyway, I’m still humming and hawing over whether I should purchase as I might have to buy the ZX8000 Monaco version instead. Or both.

Limited to 300 – 500 pairs in each design, they’ll only be sold at Tier One stores like DQM, Foot Patrol, Huf etc so they’ll be super difficult to get your hands on. I do accept Luncheon Vouchers by the way.

adidas Grand Slam Oddity Consortium

I thought Phil Collins was a gorilla, but seriously…

Phil Collins

Wowzers. I guess by now you’ve seen the new Cadbury’s Dairy Milk ad. If you haven’t, it’s just so bizarre but I actually really like it. Imagine trying to sell that one to the client though? There’s more to come in a similar vein too apparently and there’s been a healthy debate at work about its relative merits.

Thankfully, I don’t have to go into my colleagues’ opinions as I’m not the BBC, but my final point is – when was the last time a chocolate bar got you talking? I’m guessing it was the whole Marianne Faithful incident.

View the milk chocolate madness here