Captivating Ad about Working Women rivals Dove’s “Real Beauty”

pantene.jpg.CROP.promo-mediumlargeA new ad from the Pantene in the Philippines is making its way around social media, with a message that compliments and even rivals the powerful messages of Dove’s “Real Beauty”.  The ad takes on the stereotyping labels that women face in the work place.

I’ve been a huge fan of the Dove campaign, about “real beauty” because they have created a huge idea that is worth loving.  doveThe creativity of the work breaks through the clutter with insights that make women stop and say “that is exactly how I feel”.  I’m always trying to push Brand Leaders to go more emotional and push for a big huge idea their brand can stand behind.  It’s always too easy for the Brand Leader to stay 100% logical, to put in claims and side-by-side demos and playing it safe.  But in the words of Marianne Williamson:  “Your playing small does not serve the world.”

This new Pantene spot has entered into the same space, but more focused on the work place and the image women need to fight.  It’s less about “inner” beauty and more about the “outer” stereotypes.

As a husband to a very successful career woman, I love this.  And as the father of a 15 year-old daughter, this has hope that women continue to break through against the stereotypes put on them.  

“Be Strong and Shine”

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I Love Big Ideas that start off Small and Cost very little

brand-leader1I have always loved when you see a big idea come out of the smallest of ideas.   As Brand Leaders, sometimes we complain about a lot of things:  no money, we don’t have any new products in our pipeline, our agency keeps presenting the same old thing and we are too conservative to do the really cool stuff.   While many Brand Leaders are struggling with how to use new media too many times they opt for the new conventions they see everyone else doing so they say “Like Us on Facebook” approach that generates 38 likes, or they start their own Twitter account and tweet out something boring every six months.  Instead, you should think about the new media as liberating in that you can use even more creativity than just trying to follow along what everyone is doing.  If you want your brand to generate more love among your base of users, finding ways that surprise and delight them is a great starting point.    Consumers will feel more connected with you.  Here’s a few different takes on creative solutions that started small and grew, trying to inspire you a little bit while you sit at your desk going “so what can we do”. 

Take a chance.  Be inspired.

Volkswagen “Fast Lanes”

When you have very little money, I always say “Act Like a Blowfish” blowfishand try to find a way to appear bigger than you really are.  That may require more creativity than dollars.  It might mean something a bit odd, compared to the conventional 30 second TV ad. If you have no money, tell me you couldn’t have done this one.  It must have cost only $5,000-10,000 to produce, it is one of the simplest ideas ever and yet they now have 3 Million YouTube hits.   Mainly because it just makes people smile a little bit.   And it fits perfectly with the Volkswagen brand.

What’s your version of this idea on your brand?

 

Chipotle “Back to the Start”

The Chipotle brand is unique in that many times it runs against convention.   Everything about their “Back to the Start” runs counter to how things are supposed to be done.   First of all, if any agency came into you and said “we want to do an animated spot about a farmer and we’ve decided to use Scientist by Cold Play as the main song….except we want to get Willie Nelson to do it”, I wonder how many Brand Leaders would have said “go on, tell me more”.  Most would throw the Ad Agency out and opt for something more conservative.  The good news for Chipotle is they didn’t have to go through that conversation because Chipotle doesn’t even have an ad agency.   They did all this work themselves.   It took them a year to make it.  Now that’s crazy.   On top of that, the goal of the ad was never to sell more burritos but to let people know of their commitment to sustainable farming.  The barely mention the brand name, never shows one of the products and even sells the Willie Nelson song on iTunes at the end of the ad.  The media plan calls for showing it viral first, then show it in movie theatres and then just show it once on TV, but show it during the Grammy Awards.   Who is still with me?   Would you as a Brand Leader have the guts to do this?   

 

This ad has generated over 10,000,000 hits on YouTube and was the hit of the Grammy Awards, lighting up Twitter that night.   And if you’re totally interested now, then here’s “the making of” that generated another 100,000 hits.

 

McDonald’s “how a Burger is Made for TV”

Now McDonald’s has all the money possible, and is on TV all the time.   Yet this “behind the scenes” look at how they make a Quarter Pounder for their advertising takes on question that many consumers have probably been thinking for decades:  “how come my burger doesn’t look as good as the one on TV?”   McDonald’s answers this with direct honesty, showing why they have to fluff up the pickles or eliminate little blemishes on the bun.  They compare a recently purchased Quarter Pounder to the one that their stylist works on for the ad.  This simple little spot, made up in Canada, has generated almost 8,000,000 hits on-line. 

 

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5 Ads that Will Make You Burst Out Laughing

The use of humour can be a great way to connect with your consumer, but you have to make sure that the laugh is connected to the main message you are trying to convey.  A misplaced laugh does nothing really–yes, it can attract attention–but they are usually the ads we forget what brand name the ad is for.   Humour can help articulate the insight or it can be a great way to demonstrate the  experience the brand helps address.  Humour can also differ over time, across different geographies or demographics.  Some of the best humour is when only the target market gets the jokes.  Skittles ads are hilarious for teenagers, but anyone above 35 years old just looks at those spots with total confusion.

Here are five ads that will make you laugh out loud, and link in nicely with the idea the brand is trying to communicate.

Berlitz “What are You Thinking about?”

When I show this ad to an executive training classes, it usually generates one of the biggest laughs.  Most of us when trying to learn a language start to learn the basics of the language and rarely get past the point where it becomes useful.  This ad really hits that insight, by taking a very important moment and showing how the coast guard can’t even save a life when it’s obvious to us all. 

Zazoo Condoms

I remember when I worked on Child Cereals, we used to do focus groups with 5 and 6 year olds taste-testing new Lucky Charms and Trix. I used to refer to it as “birth control for brand managers” Loading a kid up with sugary cereals for 2 hours ends up with kids that seem like this kid.  This ad was done as people were just starting to email ads around and it was an early favourite.  Now we see the power of YouTube for showcasing funny ads.  

ESPN “Michael Jordan”

Perfect humour for the serious sports fan target market of ESPN.  I love ads that make the target market laugh harder than those not in the target–makes the joke even more insightful.  I love the restaurant scene.    

Nicoderm “Flight Attendant”

I have to slip in one of my own ads with this Nicoderm spot.  This ad in it’s simplest of terms is a side-by-side demonstration of what it’s like to quit “Cold Turkey” (evil, horror, terror) versus using a patch (sweet, nice, gentle) through the personification of the actress.   It really speaks to the emotional and psychological benefits of quitting smoking.  This has generated millions of hits on YouTube and it won J&J’s global ad of the year in 2006.  

Impulse “Art Class”

With TV being a visual medium, demonstration through visuals is a great technique.  In training, I’ve used the Tango ads to showcase how to demonstrate taste through visual.  This Impulse TV spot does a great show to the impact that scent can have, leveraging a human insight that we can all laugh at.  

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Confession: I Killed Two Doctors in 2006

Take a Benylin Day, was all about the consumer.

In the fall of 2006, I can now confess that I murdered two doctors.   One was a 15 year “Doctor Recommended” campaign for Benylin Cough Medicine, and the other was a 10 year “Doctor and Pharmacist recommended” campaign for Nicoderm Quit Smoking Patches.  Both murders were pre-meditated.   And both doctors deserved it.

Inheriting doctor spots is one big yawn.  They feel very 1980s.  In fact, people have been making fun of doctor ads since the 1970s, which must mean that consumers have long been sick of this technique.  

The First Doctor I murdered:  An Old Benylin “Doctor” Advertising

Year after year from 1990 to 2005, Benylin trudged out a new doctor spot, each following the same formula.  There was the pompous doctor speaking down to everyone including the consumer to establish a position of authority hoping that people would assume “wow, that Benylin must really work”.  Here’s an example of the condescending advertising.  

The second Doctor I murdered:  Old Nicoderm “Doctor” Advertising

On the other hand, Nicoderm was so insecure they used BOTH doctors and pharmacists, just in case you thought one was not enough.   One big yawn.  For most campaigns, one of the big challenges is finding ways to keep it fresh year after year.  But let’s admit it, the best ads are usually in the first few years.  With Benylin and Nicoderm, having such a small idea to start made it hard for the best of creatives to keep it fresh and interesting.  

The ad tracking on both brands were flat and declining for years, but everyone on the team was afraid to do anything.  Nicoderm was rapidly losing share while Benylin was stuck, almost unable to fight off the new comers to the category.

What’s Wrong with Using Doctors?

Doctor campaigns force you into a zone where it’s non-stop talk about the product.   No focus at all on consumers–they don’t matter when you have such a great product.   And Doctors mainly talk features, not even benefits.  It’s all about association, not about consumer insights.    Doctor ads have been done to death, making them wall paper.   Consumers who see these ads are left feeling indifferent, and can barely find a way to even “Like” the brand.  

Advertising is a great tool to really connect with consumers.  But Brand Leaders afraid of getting emotional feel in a safe zone with a vehicle that just talks about the product.    They can tell the consumer everything they know about their brand.   And they avoid getting all  emotional with consumers because that can feel scary.  But in reality, the consumer will never care about what you do, until you start showing that you care about what they want.   Sales 101 or Dating 101, use the same rule: “get them talking about themselves.”   How come advertising 101 says “Let’s talk about ourselves and hope they love us”?  Great advertising should start with the consumer first, not the product. 

New Benylin TV Ads Without Doctors

With Benylin, it’s pretty darn obvious that when consumers get a cold, they feel like total crap and want to take a day off.   But no brand would ever say that, would they? Advil tells consumers they can do anything (go for a swim, a run, a hike or work all day) when they are sick.  Benylin did the un-thinkable, the riskiest thing that a Cough Medicine could do.   They said “take a day off, rest up and get better”.    This put the brand on the side of the consumer.   Benylin found that magic insight to move the brand from Indifferent all the way to “Love It”.  The Benylin brand team took a huge risk that year, and it paid off, with strong solid share gains in a tough category to make gains and won a Cassie Award for the results.   The lesson here:  going down the middle of the road is riskier than going either left or right.   I followed my team’s lead on this, admiring their guts in killing doctors.   I kept saying, “Can you believe we used The Clash in a Benylin spot?”

New Nicoderm TV Ads Without Doctors

On Nicoderm, the insight we used was “consumers don’t feel themselves when they try to quit smoking”.   Basically, it sucks &*!$% when you quit smoking.  There was a push to have a claim, like most medical marketing.  (eg Our product is better than yours,  or with us, you can quit 6x as good).   But really, the only claim we saw was “quitting smoking will suck less with Nicoderm”.   People on our team kept saying “quitting smoking is serious, so we need to have a serious TV ad to convey how serious it is”.  That restriction put a major handcuff on the creative team and we saw some pretty boring ads.   The creative team was asking to have that restriction lifted and when we did, pure magic happened.   In Ipsos AdLab testing, this was the strongest ad we ever tested at J&J.  This ad has generated over 1 Million hits on youtube and won the best Global Ad for J&J in 2006.  Nicoderm saw a big 20% spike in sales.  The lesson here is to always eliminate creative road blocks and trust that the work gets better.

One last thing:  when we killed doctors on both of these, we won over the creative teams.  We showed up differently to the agency and the creative teams.  Creative People wanted to work on our brands, and the work on other brands got even better.  With two great campaigns in a row from our shop, everyone on our team wanted to make better work.   A huge overall lesson:  great people, empowered and motivated will make great work.

You get the advertising you deserve.

 

Here’s an insight video, done by Jack Perone at JWT, supporting the Benylin Day idea.

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Swagger Wagon: Toyota’s Attempt to Make Mini-Vans Beloved

These spots by Toyota celebrate this new stage of life by allowing parents to laugh at themselves.   And that’s a great device for connecting on an emotional level.   Toyota is selling more than just the van, they’re selling parenting.   Toyota has had a tough go of it, since the recalls of 2009.   But they’ve sustained their relative strong sales, even during the tough economic times—and things like Swagger Wagon are a great example of how maintaining the love of your most loyalty consumers.

The Most Beloved Coffee Brand: What’s your Call?

Starbucks or Tim’s?   If you’re in Canada, it’s clearly Tim Horton’s.   if you’re a Starbucks fan, you’re likely pissed right now and hopefully ready to engage.  But I imagine there are not a slew of Coffee Time loyalists ready to pounce.

What Tim’s has done so well, is they have  turned a lonely little donut shop into a brand envy.  Back in 1980, there were no signs of greatness, evidenced by this TV Ad: Functional.  Just another donut shop.

Brands travel along a pathway from indifferent to like it to love it, most brands getting stuck.  At the INDIFFERENT stage, it is basic needs and “it will do”.   You never see a line up at Coffee Time.   Tim’s has reached LOVE IT.  It’s possessive, outspoken and unrelenting–willing to add 15 minutes to their morning drive.

Yes Tim’s has very good coffee and good quality in everything they do.  But it’s more than that.  Tim’s layers in deeply emotional connections to the community, into the lives of families and into the Canadian mystique.

Kids play in Tim Bits hockey, at lunch people go on a “Timmies Run”.  The TV ad from last year featuring Sidney Crosby showing him as a Tim Bit player all the way up to current gave you goose bumps as a Canadian watching it.   Wow.  

Media buy is a gentle mix of new product ads with deeply emotional.    Goosebumps, tears, exciting, all comes back to building that emotional connection.   The spot in the Olympics made me proud to be Canadian. 

They’ve continued expansion plans, across Canada and now into NYC.  For you, is it the coffee, is it comfort or the Canadiana or is a bit of all three that keep you coming back?   Getting to the Love It stage drives real brand value.  The stock price has nearly doubled the past 5 years going up from $26 up to $48.

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