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Monthly Archive for October, 2012

Two sticks. One shitty, one witty.

Two films seen in the same sequence of cinema ads. Both attempting to influence audience behaviour. Both adopting a “stick” approach. Both showing the potential consequences of failure to comply with said behaviour. But one ad beats you over the head with a shitty stick from the “woe betide you” school of advertising. The other […]

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Guinness has made a Honda ad.

Guinness has made a Honda ad. Only the absence of a Garrison Keillor voiceover left me in any doubt when I saw it for the first time in the inordinately long sequence of ads that preceded Skyfall at the local Odeon. Otherwise I would have bet my house on it being another Power Of Dreams […]

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Just enough tech.

On the left the new Q. On the right Daniel Craig as James Bond 007. The new Q is a spotty computer whizz. But the only “gadgets” that he gives Bond in Skyfall are a gun and a miniature radio. No gimmicky exploding pens or such like. The technology means are matched to the desired […]

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Average advertising usually has a beneficial commercial effect. Average content doesn’t. That’s because brands pay to ensure that average advertising gets a decent audience. Content, on the other hand, is not afforded the luxury of guaranteed visibility. Content has to earn its audience. Content has to be shared to be seen. And people tend not […]

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