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Advertising and Emotions

All of us are often struck by something or someone in the most intimate way – let this be a special gift, a wedding ring, losing your dream job or the most-loved ones…

Emotions can be tickled in very different ways, very often incurring into both positive and negative reactions. Ambidextrous people often have the power of understanding both sides of ‘a medal’, Instinctive people don’t and un/consciously react in a way or another…

I’ve been exposed to a myriad of advertising in the past month where the emotional chord has been played in excess, often causing my ambidexterity to disappear completely and letting my inner feelings to be instinctively challenged

Advertising is always challenging this aspect. We are all pretty aware that every single communication out there is aimed at generating a reaction; and especially in the last few years, with the booming of conversational platforms in social media, brands are always more and more looking forward to listen to such reactions from their consumers.

We all know how important planning is when developing a marketing strategy or a creative concept…however, as of lately, with this bunch of advertising messages striking my emotional chords in totally clever and indirect ways I have started thinking about the role of ‘planning’ when using such strong and emotional messages/concepts?

These are some TV ads which I think are beautifully executed and emotionally charged

This is a highly provocative campaign for the results of global warming suggesting animals will suicide themselves if conditions gets worse… very plaintive but simply emotional

The one i saw today was the new ad by SKY TV, very damn sweet with the intent of ‘inspiring through unlimited imagination’

Also, the other day I talked about the MasterCard Pep Talk ad where silence was used for the first time by the brand to create a beautful emotionally charged moment, as opposite to the now-known humourous element used by MC in years. I don’t mind pasting this here again as I love it, so here you go:

My quetion here is: What is the planning behind these?

Would I really have to look at audience profiles, buying behaviours or target audience habits when simply striking the emotional chord is all it takes somehow to be remembered?

Most propbably awareness campaigns, and the ones aimed at changing specific behaviours, are very much thought this way and honestly speaking, they often truly work!

What do we think?

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Posted by on November 6, 2008 in advertising

 

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Ford Fiesta – This is now

I have been meaning to blog about this very good campaign since it’s been out and after we discussed about

it at Profero in one of our recent Sunny Side Up sessions

For the promotion of the new Fiesta, Ford launched this unique European collaborative art project, in which the public are invited to co-create an interesting collection of images that capture the essence of ‘now’. The project’s four stages are:

1. Noah Harris, acclaimed stop motion animation artist (and director of the Fiesta TV ad), has commissioned a series of pieces from some of Europe’s most promising young artists.

2. Art students across Europe were asked to submit works that depicted their own interpretation of ‘now’.

3. The public are now invited to submit their own interpretations of ‘now’ to the This is Now Flickr group.

4. Launched in October, the Fiesta content portal enable visitors to browse the project’s entire collection of images, create a unique mash up that defines ‘now’ for them and share it with the world.

Some of the best art is being used in the pan-European launch campaign for the Ford Fiesta, with images and films from the first stage being used in the TV ad – available below:

The press and outdoor advertising features work from stage two – here’s a couple of examples:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/thisisnow/2870247978/sizes/l/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/thisisnow/2869420933/sizes/l/

The whole project is tied together with a blog – http://www.thisisnow.eu/ – where They highlight contributions from the public and provide further context on the project as it evolves. There’s also a Facebook page for the project and a Twitter account here http://www.twitter.com/thisisnow

They are also reaching out to art, design, fashion and photography bloggers from around Europe, asking them to get involved and contribute images. They are offering them the chance to be guest-curator of the This is Now blog so they have a chance to share their own unique interpretation of now with a wider audience…. SCHWEEEEEEETT!

The agencies involved in the project are:

  1. Ogilvy: TV & Print work

  2. Wunderman: Digital & DM

  3. MindShare: Media planning & buying

  4. Burrows: Brochure & POS

  5. We Are Social: Social media strategy and execution, including the project blog

I cannot go without saying that the campaign is definitely creatively challenging and it’s got that ‘something’ charming about it – the execution is simply fantastic with the right amount of thinking behind it!

The fit with their target audience is just perfect – young, funky, arty, free spirited individuals who would simply enjoy driving a young car like Ford Fiesta

Overall they get big thumbs-up from me on such a beautifully produced campaign on every aspect. Special big compliments to the people at We Are Social for the great work produced behind the Social Media aspect of the campaign … very well produced indeed guys!

Will be in touch

Enzo :O)

 
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Posted by on October 30, 2008 in advertising, Social Media

 

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