I wrote Friday about the new Cadillac campaign, sight seen. My qualm was actually with the quote by Publicis’ CEO who intimated image, not car sales, was the point of the work. I get image. It’s an important got-to-have, but it’s not the primary reason for advertising. Image and an on-brand strategy message are imperatives. Not, however, at the cost of selling.
The Cadillac ad I watched last night on the Oscars was lovely. Of the time. Its heart was in the right place. The product manager/client made the agency show, at least, some old Cadillac cars. But how hard would it have been to show a new model at the end of the spot? Even grayed out a bit? As mentioned Friday, Cadillac’s challenge the past couple of years has been inelegant car designs. Not showing the new model car almost makes me feel, it’s still a challenge.
Then Cadillac ran another ad introducing the Escala. (Watch the second commercial on YouTube link above.) It’s product first. Product forward. And the car design is huge. Exhilarating. These two execution could have ben combined a la the “Imported From Detroit” spot from years ago. That would have been some ad craft.
I am loath to admit it, but What’s The Idea? is a small batch brand strategy consultancy. The market has been conditioned to think a large corporate brand strategy has to cost $100,000; add another $150k for naming and logo design. Most of my clients don’t have that kind of money. My clients tend to […]
I’ve been thinking about the difference between apps and experiences. It seems experiences are the topic of the day when listening to the purveyors of new social media applications. Facebook is buying experience companies, copying others and introducing then to the platform at record speed. And it’s working. Some rue that Facebook isn’t innovating any […]
April 14, 2017 in Marketing
I’ve been talking to a magician about doing some branding work for him. We chatted about the Is-Does – what a brand is and brand a brand does – something that is not as necessary for a magician as it is for, say, a startup. But there are many flavors of magician. So finding your […]
April 13, 2017 in Marketing
What happens when TVs talk to devices? Good things. I love the Burger King’s ingenuity and moxie in playing in its new :15 spot where the voice over says “Okay Google, what is the Whopper Burger?” As a result Google Home devices across America (the globe?) wake up and started reading ingredients from Wikipedia. This smart marketing […]
Every marketer will tell you they have a brand. 95% of those people can’t articulate that brand in a clear, concise way. They don’t have a brief.
April 11, 2017 in Marketing
I never closed a deal during a brand strategy without stories. Never. If you have stories, when presenting to decision-makers, you are a brother/sister.
April 10, 2017 in Marketing
I have a number of branding and marketing memes floating around the web. I’ve built a business upon them. One of my new favorites is “Redistributing marketing wealth through branding.” (Don’t Google it just yet, it needs more traction.) If you think about what makes a good meme, it’s clearly memorability. And memorability is enhanced […]