ADVERTISING IS BOLLOCKS

Potholes are a real drag for motorists, they ruin your tyres and your suspension.

For pedestrians they fill up with rainwater, so you get splashed.

But probably worst of all is for cyclists.

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STONE DAFT

Politicians have been in a rush to use marketing.

They know marketing sells things.

They want to win an election, which is the same as selling something.

Fair enough.

But where this logic falls down is not all marketing is good marketing.

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ARE YOU MARKETING READY?

When I was young, doctors recommended protein powder for OAPs.

Old people often forgot to eat, and so they missed meals.

Protein powder helped stop them wasting away.

So protein powder was for old people.

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HOW THE MIND SEES WHAT IT SEES

Toffs and Toughs

For most of us this famous picture represents the two sides of Britain.

On the one side, inherited wealth, enormous privilege, and smugness.

On the other side, the rest of us: a mixture of curiosity and envy.

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GREAT ADVERTISING ISN’T JUST GIMMICKS

I’ve just seen the freshest piece of advertising I’ve seen in years.

But it wasn’t advertising.

At least not in the sense the new media gurus mean: mobile-optimised, content-curation, storytelling, native advertising, big data, multi-screen experience, video-play platform.

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DIFFERENT IS WORTH MORE

Chris Blackwell was born in Jamaica and went to school in England.

When he went home to Jamaica he tried various jobs, but didn’t like any of them.

The only thing he loved was Jamaican music.

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YOUR AUDIENCE’S LANGUAGE

Economic Progressivism sounds like a difficult concept.

It sounds complicated but, like anything, it needn’t be.

Not if you put it in plain language.

Like anything it just needs explaining in terms your audience can understand.

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DON’T OVERTHINK IT

(From ‘THE OTAGO DAILY TIMES’ – New Zealand.)
“We were trapped for thirteen hours in our own car” Brian Smith explained to reporters in Alexandra, “and the emergency services told us that we’d have died if we’d been there for another half hour.
It’s a keyless car, so when the door was shut and we didn’t have the transponder key, we couldn’t get out.
We tried to smash the window with a car jack, and we sounded our horn, but it was Guy Fawkes Night and nobody noticed it, due to fireworks.
We were trapped.
By morning, my wife Molljeanne was unconscious and I was struggling to breathe, when neighbours finally rescued us and took us to hospital.
I’ve since been shown that I could have opened the door manually with the door handle, but I didn’t know that then.
I thought the doors would only work with the transponder, so I didn’t try the handle.
I think all owners of keyless cars need to educate themselves in how to operate their car.”
So let’s get this right.
This guy and his wife sat in their car for thirteen hours and nearly died because it didn’t occur to them to try the door handle.
That sounds pretty stupid, we’d never do that would we.
And yet we do it every day.
We are so overwhelmed by how complicated we’ve made everything we’ve lost the ability to use simple plain old common sense.
No wonder creative departments are confused.
What exactly is their job?
Is it: native advertising, content curation, storytelling or ideation, big data or hyper local, demographics or psychographics, semiotics, neuro-linguistics, or behavioural economics, choice architecture, cognitive dissonance, loss aversion bias, the sunk-cost heuristic, hyperbolic discounting, or confirmation bias, CRM, SEO, KPI, RPI, or CSR?
In fact they’re expected to know about all of these.
And yet.
Recently, Tim Bell was giving a talk on political advertising.
He and Saatchi helped Thatcher win three elections in a row.
They know all about the complicated world of political advertising.
Tim said this:
“There are two strategies in political advertising.
Either: It’s time to change.
Or: It’s not time to change.”
Tim and Saatchis won Thatcher three elections in a row by keeping it simple.
One of the simple things Tim understands is the difference between advertising and marketing.
Advertising isn’t marketing.
Advertising is the voice of marketing.
But most advertising people don’t know that.
Consequently a lot of advertising looks like a marketing mood film with a two second logo on the end.
It keeps everyone in the client’s marketing department happy.
It ticks all the boxes.
And it’s bland and invisible to the consumer.
Because everyone forgot the simple job.
Will ordinary people notice it?
Why should they buy it?
We don’t ask those questions because everything is too complicated.

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THE GREAT LEAP BACKWARDS

In 1957, a billion Chinese were going hungry.

Mao Zedong couldn’t admit this was because of the failings of his communist agricultural policies.

The reason must be something else.

He heard that sparrows were eating lots of grain.

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THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAIL

Lindsey Stone had a joke going with a friend on Facebook.

They used to post cheeky, irreverent photos of themselves challenging authority.

If they saw a NO SMOKING sign they’d take a picture standing next to it with a cigarette.

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