Anti Smoking Apotek Billboard

A Billboard that Coughs at Smokers

Doctors used science long ago to prove that smoking is an extraordinarily unhealthy habit, and it can lead to a large number of medical conditions. Also, it’s expensive, causes damage to buildings, bothers others, and has many other negative effects.

Even with all of these reasons to stop smoking, people still do it. A lot of people. Why? Because it’s very addictive.

Anti-smoking advertising has been going on for quite some time, but maybe a new strategy will help. After all, it’s quite embarrassing when a sign gives you a hard time while you’re walking down the street, as one in Scandinavia just did.

Anti Smoking Apotek Billboard

Creating a Coughing Billboard

One of the most creative anti-smoking signs ever created was recently placed in a busy square in Stockholm, Sweden. This location was chosen because it happens to be a place where many people go to smoke.

The sign itself was a digital display showing a simple image of a person in black and white, and the name of the business was displayed across the bottom. It’s the kind of ad you see all over the place, and you may not even register it above a subconscious level.

However, what you don’t notice while just looking at it is that a smoke detector is hidden inside of the sign. When a smoker walks by, the machine picks up on the smell, and the image changes to a coughing man. It’s a very clear message that the guy is bothered by the harsh smell of the burning tobacco. Then, it shows some ads for some common products that will help people quit.

Two Ads in One

This sign was done in such a clever way that a lot of people took notice. It was clear that it was reacting to the people walking by, and that unusual behavior led to some funny (and uncomfortable) reactions from the general public.

The whole thing was a creative plan that was well executed, but the creators didn’t stop there. They also had a film crew around to discretely make a video of people’s reactions to the sign, and that was entertaining in itself.

They shared the video online, of course, and this meant that it went from outdoor advertising to something that could freely spread around social media.

Anti Smoking Billboard

It Fits the Brand

It’s not uncommon to see stop smoking billboards created by governments or other non-profit organizations, but this one was made for a business. It was put together by the agency Akestam Holst, and they made it for the Apotek Hjartat pharmacy. When you think about it, it’s a perfect match for the brand. The purpose of a pharmacy is to help you stay healthy and live a longer life, and quitting smoking really contributes to that.

So, not only was it funny and eye-catching, but the billboard remained relevant to the messages that the company wants to put out.

A Reason for the Timing

Just as the location was chosen because it’s a place where many people light up, there was a specific reason of why they released it in January. This is the month when people are trying to follow their recently made New Year’s resolutions, and quitting smoking is one of the most common goals that people set. It’s also one that many people fail to follow through on because of how difficult it is. This is a fun, catchy reminder to help people remember what they’re doing, and it would still work in August, but it wouldn’t work as well without the extra timing element.

Coughing Billboard

Brand Building Can Benefit Society

This campaign accomplishes some pretty standard goals that companies aim for when investing in advertising. It helps their brand become known, increases sales, and gives updates about current products. However, it also takes things a step further by doing something that contributes to society.

From a business point of view, a pharmacy will probably be able to sell products to smokers and non-smokers alike, so it’s not like it’s chasing away customers. But, if they build the image of being a trusted friend and valuable member of the community, they might just end up with more customers (even those who have never been interested in tobacco).

It’s Not Just for Pharmacies

Hopefully this campaign will serve as an inspiration to you in more ways than one. It’s a clever example of how you can mix outdoor advertising with a viral video, and it’s another case that proves that signs aren’t limited to being one-sided, static images. On the other hand, it should be a good challenge for you to find some social causes that can help boost your business. You don’t have to be in a field related to medicine in order to do something positive for the world, and even a small amount of effort can be enough to help you win some customers.

Best Super Bowl Ads 2017

The Best Super Bowl Ads of 2017

The Super Bowl is the time of year when the best teams prepare to compete with each other. Tons of planning has gone into a specific strategy, and they want to be the most talked about group after the game is over.

When it ends, only one advertisement can be the best, but it can be hard to choose. Oh, and there’s an NFL game being played when the commercial breaks aren’t showing…

Types of Commercials

This really is a big stage for commercials, and the price range shows it. In 2017, the cost for a 30-second spot was $5 million. When you’re spending that kind of money, there isn’t much room to make an error. The styles vary from funny to serious to utterly absurd, and sometimes they even try new methods such as filming during the show.

For a variety of different reasons, here are the best Super Bowl ads of 2017.

Cam Newton vs. a Buick

Buick seems to be refreshing its brand image, in quite an entertaining way. The popular quarterback Cam Newton shows off his skills around some kids who are much newer to the game than he is, and even a supermodel makes an appearance.

Mr. Clean is a Ladies’ Man

The trusty old Mr. Clean is back, but he’s a little more risqué than he’s been in the past. Plus, this commercial gives a valuable insight to any man wanting to be sexier for his wife or girlfriend.

The Accepting Airbnb

The vacation rental website decided to go the serious route with their big commercial this year, and they focused on highlighting their value when it comes to dealing with people who are different. The ad was made in a very simple way, but the message came across clearly.

John Malkovich Needs a Squarespace Site

This clever ad takes two parts to tell the story of John Malkovich trying to get the correct web address for the website of his new fashion line. The extra clever part is that he actually did launch a men’s clothing line, so we can only assume that he uses Squarespace and had an awkward time getting the rights to his own name.

Hyundai Puts Off Filming Until the Last Minute

The car maker Hyundai followed a fairly common Super Bowl theme of being patriotic and supporting soldiers, but they managed to work another gimmick into the ad. Instead of filming it beforehand, as was the strategy for every other commercial ever made, they had two crews on opposite sides of the planet putting it together while the players were on the field.

It worked.

LIFEWTR Gets Artistic

This bottled water company believes that creativity and design are crucial to their brand, and they have a special edition set of bottles designed by certain artists. The commercial itself is very image driven, shows art being created, the music is great, and water manages to have a starring role.

Skittles Romance

One of Skittles’ trademark strategies is to always have funny ads, and this one doesn’t disappoint. You start by rooting for the teenage boy who wants to impress his girlfriend, and then you end up being jealous of her family.

Sprint Continues to Go After Verizon

In one of the stranger and more traumatic ads of the 2017 Super Bowl, Sprint shows a dad faking his own death in order to get out of paying his Verizon bills. This ad will definitely be noticed and talked about, but it also runs the risk of feeling too intense.

An Action-Packed Ad by Wix

This one really felt more like an action movie than a commercial for a website platform. The main character is a chef who is so involved in the building of a beautiful site for his business, that he doesn’t even notice Jason Statham and Gal Gadot destroying the place while battling some bad guys. They even help him move his company in a new direction!

NFL Super Bowl Babies

The NFL follows up last year’s ad about babies who were born 9 months after a Super Bowl, by showing actual babies dressed up as iconic NFL legends. It’s a good test of your knowledge – can you identify them all?

Man and Machine by Lexus

Lexus goes a lot more modern while comparing a man and a machine, and it makes you wonder which is which. It’s crisp and creative, and it’s impressive enough to watch over and over.

#DriveProgress with Audi

Audi went with a very touching ad that had a message from a father concerned that he’ll have to tell his daughter that men aren’t equal to women in the workforce. However, she inspires him so much that it ends with bright hope for the future.

TurboTax and Humpty Dumpty

Have you ever wondered why Humpty Dumpty was sitting on the wall before he took his great fall? Well, TurboTax finally got to the bottom of it.

What Was Your Favorite?

These are some of the best commercials shown during the Super Bowl, but there’s no mathematical formula to prove which was the winner. Which did you like the most?