This – too – Is Advertising.

Now I haven’t posted an ad here in a while.

I have to admit that I’ve been a little fed up with advertising recently. Not because I’m surfing on the „advertising is the price that you pay for a bad product“ wave. I don’t. Or because I’ve been preaching „social media“ on a daily basis only to see people now abandoning their former golden calf. I don’t do that a lot either. Not even because I’ve typed myself silly about the „new customer„, agency models or how innovation is the new black. I think I’ve kept all that to a reasonable minimum.

Rather, it’s been precisely those debates and discussions that have made me a little tired of the bulk of the advertising discourse. Looking at twitter, blogs and AdAge It seems like everybody who’s holding at least a senior planning position in agencies big or small is busy hopping from conference to conference talking about the demise of the industry. Of course, not every stream of that discussion is dull and I’ve learned a lot from reading people who are incredibly smart and generous with their knowledge and experience. I’ll attend a planning barcamp myself this summer. And anyways it’s probably more an outsider perspective than an informed insider view. But still, my impression is: a lot, a lot of talk.

(Disclaimer: The next sentences may come across as a little bit of ass-kissing. And I agree. But then again, credit where credit is due.)

When I talk about exceptions, one of the agencies that has always been impressive in my eyes is – of course – W+K. Yes, they blog. Yes they retweet when their work is mentioned. Yes, they even have an opinion and voice it from time to time. But in general, their planners seem to be more busy (unsuccessfully) helping Labour to win elections than further contributing to the echochamber. Or repeatedly doing awesome stuff. And this is, in my humble opinion, a very good thing.

Now that was a very long prelude for a video. Here it is: Nike „Write The Future“.

This fully integrated campaign, spanning TV, cinema, print, digital, out-of-home and non-traditional executions is the culmination of an 18-month long collaborative effort led by W+K Amsterdam with support from W+K London and W+K Portland. While digital teasers were released on May 15th to build buzz ahead of the campaign, the official unveil is this epic 3-minute film called “Write the Future,” launching online tonight. The global broadcast will debut during the May 22nd European Club Final, a feat that required seven versions and 30 cut-downs to accommodate distribution to major networks in 32 countries.

Put simply: it’s an awe-inspiring peace of film. (Read their full background info here.)

From what can be seen in the admitedly media-biased twitter search people are loving it. They talk about it. And they will implement it in their lives. Heck, the whole set-up with different slices and pieces of film for different culture is brilliant. This is probably what Ehrenberg meant when he wrote about „Advertising as Creative Publicity„. This is what Lannon/Cooper meant when they wrote about humanistic advertising and asked the question „What do people do with ads?“ – in 1983. And this – too – is advertising.

The random Super Bowl ad

Posted in communications,media, culture and society by thomas on the Februar 6th, 2009

Damit ich auch meinen Senf zu den Super Bowl Werbungen abgegeben habe, die man in Kanada nicht sehen kann: die Damen und Herren bei W+K haben offenbar in der Psychologiestunde aufgepasst. Meiner Meinung nach großartig.

(Wir sprechen hier übrigens über aktuelle Fälle in Consumer Behaviour und Integrated Marketing Communications …)

Nike – Leave Nothing

Posted in Brands and Business,communications,experience by thomas on the Dezember 11th, 2008

Inspiriert vom Blogeintrag „Free trials, brand ideas and communications ideas“ beim Northern Planner bin ich bei meiner Recherche für einen kleinen Workshop/Vortrag an der HTL Braunau auf die Nike-Kampagne „Leave Nothing“ für American Football gestoßen. Die Geschichte von Nike dreht sich zwar nicht erst seit gestern um Selbstmotivation, Überwindung, Siegen und Heldentum, aber diese Spots (von W+K Portland) demonstrieren es meiner Meinung nach extrem anschaulich. Regie führten mit David Fincher und Michael Mann zwei absolute Größen des US-Kinos, was wiederum zeigt, dass man um starke Markenideen durchaus auch einen Film machen könnte (und auch kann – wie Forrest Gump zeigt).

„Fate“ mit Troy Polamalu und LaDainian Tomlinson.

„Leave Nothing“ mit Shawne Merriman und Steven Jackson.

Erster von Fincher, zweiter von Mann.

Rundherum gibt die Idee natürlich auch noch genug her um die Spieler beim Trainieren zu zeigen oder sie über Training, Erfolg und Überwindung sprechen zu lassen. Dass es auf YouTube Hommagen an die Videos gibt sollte nicht wirklich verwundern.

To make your clients think you’re sage. Give campaigns a myspace page.

Posted in Brands and Business,communications,digital,experience by thomas on the Oktober 10th, 2008

If the ads have gone to pot
Mention blogging quite a lot

If you want to dazzle them
Drop in terms like CRM

To make your clients think you’re sage
Give campaigns a myspace page

To make them think you’re clever chaps
Make references to Google Maps

If accused of strategic shirking
Bang on about social networking

If they still think the work is crap

You must present an iPhone app

via words of advice von W+K

nokia evolves

andere dinge über die ich heute schreiben wollte habe ich – völlig vertieft in die funktionalität von wordpress – zwar nicht geschrieben, eine sache kommt aber trotzdem noch heute:

wieden+kennedy hat gerade eine website für das „umweltfreundliche handy“ von nokia veröffentlicht.

Nokia Evolves

warum das interessant ist? nun …

  1. ist sie wunderschön und hervorragend umgesetzt
  2. w+k wird zwar meistens klassisch in die kategorie „werbeagentur“ gesteckt, wählt hier aber einen zugang, den man eigentlich eher von pr-strategien kennt (vertrauen, stakeholder, „gutes tun“). ist zwar heute keine überraschung mehr, verdeutlicht aber trotzdem gut die tendenz zu integration und interaktion.
  3. dass es der klimadiskurs in’s marketing geschafft hat ist an sich nichts neues, aber 3 punkte sind besser als 2.