In order for a business to stand out, it has to capture the imagination of potential customers. People come in contact with advertisements on a daily basis and are saturated with marketing messages. It can take a bit of trial and error but it’s possible to build an ad campaign that really stands out from the competition and talks to consumers. Here are five of our top recommendations to be successful at creative advertising:
Use a Headline to Grab Their Attention
When you only have a second to grab the attention of potential customers, every moment counts. A powerful headline that makes a statement is an effective way to attract consumers. When developing creative advertising it’s important to ask “Who am I trying to attract and what would get their attention?”
Once you’re able to identify your audience and what’s important to them, you’ll discover the most effective ways to reach them. Encapsulate the idea in a short, bold statement that expresses something specific about your company and value proposition. Just remember to keep it concise and to the point.
Visuals That Make a Statement
Another great way to achieve a double take is by using strong imagery that has a layered meaning. When crafting the concept for an ad, make part of the message obvious at first glance and pair it with something that is more subtle. This will disrupt the viewers thought pattern and allows your brand to communicate meaning in a fraction of a second. The most effective ads are the ones that intrigue the consumer into wanting to know more. When paired with an attention getting headline, imagery can have a powerful impact on potential customers.
Take Advantage of Social Media
Social media is a constant in the lives of most people and it is a quick and effective way for consumers to share your advertising message. Social networks make it easy for blogs, images, and videos to be shared and disseminated to a large audience. Create buzz about your next promotion or event by posting it online. Users will usually react or share relevant content, so make sure your post is something they can get excited about!
Guerrilla Advertising Works
Guerrilla advertising is an effective way for businesses to achieve maximum impact on a low budget. Guerrilla marketing is about finding unusual ways to advertise your service or product. It is a creative advertising strategy that works because it surprises consumers, creating a memorable experience for them. When developing your guerrilla advertising plan make the concept easy for potential consumers to understand and participate.
Sponsor Something Unusual
Have you noticed how almost everything in a major city is sponsored by a company? Next time you’re in a public space take note of what is sponsored. There are many unexpected sponsorship opportunities to take advantage of, such as a city’s bike sharing program or stadium cups at the local ball park. The key is to think about creative ways to capitalize on sponsorship.
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Trending for a Reason: Gillette Goes Viral
If you haven’t seen Gillette’s newest commercial “The Best Men Can Be” then you are missing Gillette’s view new take on male role modeling. This commercial is definitely getting people talking and there is a lot of controversy about whether the ad is modeling good behavior in men or simply attacking their masculinity. The ad talks about bullying, cyber bullying and sexual harassment by men but also shows men standing up for one another. So, what is your view on this ad?
What Makes a Man Masculine Anyways?
Many men are raised to believe that being tough is about showing strong masculinity. This is partially true; however, Gillette’s commercial displays a different view of masculinity. Men can still be tough, have strong masculinity AND model good behavior. Standing up for what is right and being at your best can exhibit the strength of a man’s character while still sustaining his masculinity. This ad simply shows men modeling bad behavior as well as men modeling good behavior, and I think the message here is that we need to see more of the latter. Being a mom of two boys, I can say the scenes with the mothers hugging their boys hit home with me. It’s a mom’s gut instinct to always protect her children, and I know I am not alone when I say that bullying is out of control. The man in the video helping that child being bullied is what all of us should be doing, man or woman. However, Gillette does make razors for both men and women, and if they wanted to settle the score with the perceived attack on masculinity then they could have made the ad modeling good behavior in both genders. But, with that being said, it wouldn’t have made such an impact nor would it have gone viral. The ad was intentional, controversial and impactful.
See the Good in All Things
If you ask me, I think that we see enough bullying, sexual harassment and overall bad behavior in the news and not just from men. Getting a little reminder that it is okay to stand up for the underdog and that it’s okay to model good behavior should be seen a little more often. I have two boys that I would gladly show this video. It displays the overall goodness of men’s values and character and is what I try to instill in them every day. Gillette’s commercial gets a five-star review from me. It covers many controversial topics and provides an insight on how some problems can be resolved all while preserving a man’s masculinity, but that’s just my take on this commercial. Any commercial that sparks this much conversation is a win in my book.
Although digital advertising has gone mainstream, traditional outdoor advertising can still have a strong influence on your target audience. With all of the summer activities that South Florida has to offer, more consumers will be embracing the outdoors, becoming receptive to your outdoor advertisements. This is the time to put your business front and center in the minds of consumers and attract attention to your brand. With careful thought and precision, outdoor advertisements can have a positive impact on your bottom line. Here are some outdoor advertising tips that you can use to improve your sales this summer.
Choose the Right Location
No matter how genius, engaging or eye-catching your outdoor advertisements are, if they’re not in the right location then all of your hard work could be proven ineffective. Allocating enough time to researching the most relevant places to hit your audience will prove to be beneficial. Focus on your target audience and the locations they frequently traffic. This will maximize exposure and effectively communicate your message to the right people, at the right time.
Catch Their Eye
This might go without saying, but in a world where so many distractions are competing for the attention of your target audience, there is no room for advertising that doesn’t catch the eye. Consumers are not actively seeking the influence of billboards and bus ads that they pass on a daily basis, so unless your outdoor advertising stands out, you’ll be lucky for a first glance let alone a second one. Use striking imagery and vivid colors to attract the interest of your target audience.
Be Creative – Make Them Think
If you want your outdoor advertising to make a strong impact, you’ll have to get creative. In order for consumers to absorb your message rather than discard it, the wording should be clever and thought provoking. There are outdoor ads almost everywhere we go, so make sure that people who come into contact with your ad will remember it. As an example, Chick-Fil-A has produced a memorable outdoor advertising campaign due to clever ad design and wording. Most of us are familiar with the 3D cows on their billboards encouraging people to “eat mor chickin.” These crafty ads inspire brand recall and attract the attention of consumers.
Less is More
Everyone on a commute has somewhere to be, so outdoor advertisements are viewed for merely a second or two, if you’re lucky. Oversaturating your ads with messages and calls to action will prevent engagement with consumers. Keep it simple by letting a few words speak for themselves and capture the attention of your chosen audience. Rely on striking visuals to gain interest and turn heads in the direction of your brand. Outdoor advertising is not there to inform, but merely to intrigue. When creating your outdoor ads, consider them as conversation starters that will get consumers talking about your business and the unique messages that you convey.
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Last week’s blog featured movies about advertising. This week we’ll explore advertising in movies also known as product placement or embedded advertising.
When we watch a movie are we viewing a world full of products or products placed into this world? Is there a difference? When we notice familiar branded objects such as automobiles in movies, aren’t we seeing an accurate depiction of life as if we were looking out the window? What if all the cars in the scene are of the same manufacturer who has offset production expenses by supplying the vehicles?
This trend in advertising leans toward real life scenarios where the product is not the star of its advertisement, rather subtly placed into the action as part of the scene. Take the classic example in the movie E.T. in which Elliott leaves a trail of Reese’s Pieces to lure the extraterrestrial out of the forest. The candy had been on the market for two years. Product recognition was negligible and sales were sagging. Hershey spent $1 million over six weeks to promote the film, and in turn was given permission to use the film to promote its candy. Within two weeks of the release date, Reese’s Pieces sales had tripled, eventually making a 65% jump (some sources say as high as 85%). Steven Spielberg’s 1982 blockbuster broke the dam and completely changed the rules about product placement. Today this practice is commonplace and products are written into scenes in exchange for hefty fees in what constitutes a multi-billion dollar infusion into the movie industry.
Product placement is definitely more controversial than other types of advertisements. On one hand, isn’t it more realistic to show a can of Coke on the screen than a generic label that nobody recognizes? But what happens when the product placement is highly blatant, drawing attention to the fact that a company probably paid a fortune to have its product highlighted? Does the exchange of money change anything?
Consider two transparent uses of product placement: In the futuristic Demolition Man, starring Sandra Bullock and Sylvester Stallone, a franchise war “in the past” knocked out all competitors and left only Taco Bell standing. Everyone eats at Taco Bell. On the other hand, Cast Away, starring Tom Hanks, is basically a two-hour advertisement for FedEx (and Wilson the volleyball). When a FedEx plane crashes near a deserted island, the star opens the numerous FedEx packages that have fallen around him to find articles he can use to survive and even delivers one once he gets home. Interestingly enough, Taco Bell reportedly paid a fortune for such prominent placement while FedEx made no investment.
During economic downturns, history has proved again and again that while most companies cut back, it is the smart ones that advertise. More sales have been rung up by companies that out-advertised their competitors. Consumers don’t go away during tough times, they merely become more selective in their choices. If the advertising presence for a company that consumers have come to rely on has simply vanished, what message are they sending their customers? While your competitors are reducing their advertising budget, augmenting yours will increase your reach over your customers and theirs.
Here are a few examples of how increased advertising budgets during the Great Depression helped companies weather stormy times:
In the late 1920s there were two dominant players in the packaged cereal market – Kellogg and Post. While Post cut its advertising expenditure, Kellogg doubled theirs, aggressively going after the radio market to advertise its new product, Rice Krispies. The end result: Kellogg’s sales rose more than 30% over the next few years, allowing it to dominate the market until this day.
Aggressive advertising turned the tide for Camel cigarettes whose top position began to slip in the 1930s in favor of Lucky Strike and Chesterfield. Aggressive advertising made the difference for Camel when they smoked the competition and regained the top spot in 1935.
Proctor and Gamble is a great example of how innovation and increased expenditure not only helped the company sail their way through the Great Depression, but changed the entire medium as well. Using radio, P&G’s president, Richard Deupree, (who believed people continued to purchase household products such as soap), decided to create serial programming that did not focus on products, but were clearly sponsored by them. This was the start of daytime Soap Operas.
During the 1930s, Chrysler zoomed past Ford as the country’s number two automaker with the introduction- and heavy advertising- of its new value brand, Plymouth. This new introduction was one of the only successful car brands during the Great Depression.