SO, WHAT’S HAPPENED TO “ADVERTISING” (in the traditional sense of the word)? Back in April, Chris Brogan remarked in one of his posts that, “…most advertising has fallen off its original premise: to inform.”
Yesterday, when I saw the film trailer below (new version), I was reminded again of a critical differentiator that drives our agency. In this clip, for the film Art & Copy, Dan Wieden (wieden/kennedy) makes the comment, “If one can speak honestly, and use this profession to do that… weird #$%#* can happen!”
Those who speak honestly, directly, clearly and purple-cow creatively will cut through the clutter and emerge as the effective advertisers of tomorrow. Social media tools now afford EVERY business—large or small—that golden, subtle, powerful opportunity. But it MUST be approached with the right creative mindset.
So, how did so many companies (and the agencies that produce commercials like the one shown below) become so far removed from honestly telling people compelling stories that spread (pun intended)? The answer is, that when people stopped believing advertising, advertisers thought the solution was to simply make ads edgier, less informative, and more interruptive.
Sure… It worked for some products. I get clever, and fresh. I love clever, and fresh.
It doesn’t work for most products. Kraft Foods’ new ad campaign below attempts to persuade me to buy Miracle Whip (instead of mayonnaise) by showing the same old me-too, tired images of beautiful people dancing around—with sandwich spread as the focus of their impromptu rooftop party. It’s just lame. Hey Kraft, you’re insulting people’s sensibility. But even worse… You’re creating more mistrust.
Where will tomorrow’s brilliant marketing and advertising minds go with this?
Again, quoting Chris Brogan, “I think there’s the potential for a renaissance of quality advertising. I think the tools are here. I think the opportunities are powerful. All that’s required next are the minds and the passions to deliver the new (and by new, I might mean very old) advertising to people who seek to be informed instead of entertained.”
What will your business do with this opportunity? The passion in advertising creativity—coupled with today’s new media tools that engage audiences along every point of the online continuum—will change marketing and advertising forever. It’s the change that fuels our social media marketing vision.
Imagine what could happen. We do—and we’re doing something about it every day.
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