Advertising is all about creating associations. People who see a clear message alongside your brand will connect the two in their mind even if they don’t consciously realize it. But this effect is a double-edged sword; if someone attaches their brand to a poorly made advertisement, it can really hurt their image. Of course, if an advertisement is so bad that it’s funny when people share it online. So these advertisements are either fails or successes depending on whether or not you believe that all publicity is good publicity.
Yahoo 404 Error?
For any website, serving a user up a 404 error is an embarrassment. For one of the world’s largest search engines, producing a 404 should probably never happen, so the unfortunate number placement in this baseball stadium next to the Yahoo banner makes for funny advertising fail. Location always matters!
For any website, serving a user up a 404 error is an embarrassment. For one of the world’s largest search engines, producing a 404 should probably never happen, so the unfortunate number placement in this baseball stadium next to the Yahoo banner makes for funny advertising fail. Location always matters!
What Does That Say?
If you’re having trouble reading this on a screen that’s standing still imagine trying to read it while you drive past at more than sixty miles per hour. This sign seems like a real traffic hazard. Even if you can read it the slogan “see your teeth as we do” doesn’t feel worth the effort required.
Hunters and Hygienists
So I’m confused, are they holding my dental hygienist hostage? Listen, it’s great if you have hobbies and sometimes you can even work your favorite pastime into your ad campaign. But your job and your hobby need to align in some way for it to work. All this sign makes me think of is my teeth mounted on the wall beside some antlers.
Quality Control is Crucial
Even great designs can blow up in your face if the idea isn’t executed correctly. This ad must have looked great on the screen it was designed on but because the people putting the sign up didn’t put care into their work the whole impact was ruined. It just goes to show how important everyone, from the ad executive down to the person who actually has to physically put the ad up.
Diabetes, Straight Ahead
This sign placement is either incredibly unfortunate or ingenious. If the diabetes sign was there first, then McDonalds made a huge mistake. But if the McDonalds sign was the original sign then the people at the Ad Council found a great way to spread their message and make people question their unhealthy eating habits.
Join the Fun!
Because of the way the picture was cropped we can’t tell what the full sign says. What we can say for sure is that this sign seems to be encouraging people to die, and that’s always going to be a bad advertising move.
Celebrating Remarkable Women
Mixing social issues and personal promotion always requires a tricky balancing act and the people behind this sign handled the challenge with the grace of a boozed-up bull in a china shop. Honoring women is a worthy goal, but when that’s your goal you probably don’t want to make it look like your company doesn’t have any female leadership.
Love Your Curves
On the topic of mixed messages, here we have another case of good intentions and poor execution. If you want to sell your product to women who identify as curvy, then you should probably hire some models who aren’t so skinny. This advertisement manages to feel pandering, tone deaf, and insulting all at once. In that way, it’s actually quite an accomplishment!
This is Bland Flavor
Always triple check your font choice. Look at it yourself, show it to a friend, then show it to a stranger. If the designer behind this ad followed those steps, someone might have pointed out that the cursive I and S come together to look like a B, turning “island” into “bland.” It doesn’t help that the food in the picture ranges from black to brown to white. A little bit of garnish might wouldn’t have hurt.
Just as technology has opened up new avenues for success, it has also created plenty of new chances for failure. In the old days, a billboard ad would never need to be rebooted. Then again, this might be a good advertisement if it was put up by one of Intel’s competitors as a way to paint their products as faulty.
Last time I checked 1-800 numbers needs a few more numbers than this. What are the last three numbers? I know that CALL translates into 2255 but what three numbers do you get out of four generic looking lawyer types? Who thought this sign was complete? So many questions, so few answers.
For more humorous advertisements check out our article on: Funny Signs and Billboards.
Have you ever seen a billboard ad for Facebook and stopped to wonder why one of the top online advertising powers in the world invests its marketing dollars into outdoor advertising?
Maybe not, but oh the irony. We personally think it’s pretty powerful that Facebook – an online marketing tool that stresses using its advertising tools to promote business – spends it’s own marketing dollars on a traditional form of marketing in billboards.
Live What You Love Campaign
One of the more noticeable Facebook billboard campaigns took place early last year across India. The campaign, entitled “Live What You Love” pushed groups, pages and events to Indian users in an effort to encourage them to join groups to find like-minded people.
The ads aired on prime time tv, and across prominent billboards in Mumbai, New Delhi, and several other cities.
Spam Is Not Your Friends Campaign
Perhaps the better-known example of Facebook using TV, print ads and large billboards is the most recent campaign that began in March of last year around America. The sparse billboards and bus stop signs proclaimed “Spam is not your friends”, “false news is not your friends” and “clickbait is not your friends” along with a promise to change the way things appear in the newsfeed.
This campaign was in response to bombshell revelations about how Russian bots used Facebook to disseminate false information, spam, and clickbait to influence the 2016 presidential election.
Facebook then went on to launch a summer campaign in the European Union to advise users of their rights under the General Data Protection Regulation Act.
Traditional Advertising is Still Key
Facebook’s efforts to reach its users not only on its own platform, but through traditional advertising methods like TV commercials, print ads and outdoor advertising on billboards, bus stops, subway signs and more underscore that the more things change, the more they stay the same.
In fact, outdoor advertising and billboards are the only advertising industry that is seeing more forecasted growth. In 2018, outdoor marketing was expected to grow 2% to account for an $8 billion market.
On the other hand, other traditional advertising saw a decline last year:
- National TV Advertising: -1.5%
- Local TV Advertising: -3.5%
- Newspaper Advertising: -19%
- Magazines -15%
- Radio: -4%
The fact that outdoor advertising is the only section of the market seeing profitability amongst a mix of other traditional advertising methods shows us that outdoor media, billboards and signage are still one of the most effective ways to reach consumers when not on a digital platform.
Digital is the Difference
However, there is a marked difference between the success of traditional billboards and of digital billboards. Digital options are proven to be more cost-effective, and the bright, eye-catching effects that allow for multiple ads to appear on a single billboard makes the display more profitable for agencies and billboard owners.
Industries are taking notice of this, too.
Across a span of 10 years (2013 forecasted to 2023) spending on traditional billboards remains flat at $6 billion total. However, digital billboard advertising climbs year over year. From $646 million spend in 2013, the market is expected to hit $2 billion in 2023.
Billboards of the Future
In the world of digital advertising and smartphones, some of the biggest streaming and service providers spend a huge amount of their marketing budget on strategic outdoor displays. In fact, even the iPhone has poured marketing funds and innovation into billboard strategy, with its iPhone X selfie campaign. Netflix also invests in billboards everywhere.
The Outdoor Advertising Association of America estimates that for every dollar spent on an outdoor advertising ad, it delivers $5.97 in return on investment. With new developments in location data and tracking, this is only forecasted to grow.
That’s because billboards are being fitted with tech and sensors to recognize when a person is nearby, or even analyze their smartphone data to specifically target passerby with curated content. Technology integration is revealing new advertising avenues every day, including computers analyzing data and statistics to decide when and where to place digital ads for the best impact.
In addition, new surfaces for advertising are being explored, including stationary car and taxi windows, as well as interactive and targeted directories, bus stop signs, retail windows and more. The outdoor advertising industry shows no signs of slowing, and the future of the digital billboard is bright!
Digital billboards have revolutionized the billboard industry. Unlike the traditional billboards, digital billboards are able to display several ads in a matter of seconds. Furthermore, they create eye-catching visual effects that aren’t possible on traditional billboards.
The technology behind digital billboards wasn’t widespread until the turn of the 21st century. That’s because the expense of the electronics made it too expensive for most billboard advertisers to adopt. However, advancing technology and lower electricity costs eventually won the day.
Fun fact: Lamar Outdoor Advertising was the first to install a digital billboard in 2001.
The entire billboard wasn’t entirely digital but was still groundbreaking for its time. Four years later, the market for digital billboards officially boomed.
Even though digital billboard technology is fairly new, the technology is relentlessly pushing on and even the first Lamar billboard looks archaic compared to today’s different types. Here are some of the different types of digital billboards that have evolved over the last decade.
Digital signs are a good option for outdoor advertising for spaces that don’t require a standalone billboard. Digital signs can take the place of traditional store signs, mounted on the side of the building, at the entrance to a parking lot or underneath an existing sign.
Digital signs allow buildings to be seen from the roadway, increasing the flow of foot traffic. Digital signs are attractive for their versatility and relatively low cost. For shopping plazas and marketplaces, this makes economic sense as several digital signs can be mounted, each showing a different advertisement at regular intervals.
Digital billboards mounted on mobile trailers are an excellent option for tailgates, conventions, markets and more. This type of digital billboard is attractive because it can be moved to multiple locations with relative ease.
Current technologies allow these mobile options to be seen from 100 feet away, making a perfect eye-catcher for marketing at crowded outdoor locations. It’s important to note that these cannot be operated while in motion.
Digital billboards are a common sight along the freeways of the world. These brilliant displays can be seen for a mile away on lonely American roads at night, warning travelers of food, retail locations, and local sights along the way. Furthermore, they are popular in metropolitan cities like Los Angeles and most famously, New York. Brightly colored digital billboards display posters, marquees, videos, and advertising campaigns over Times Square.
Digital billboards are a popular option for most businesses, with LED capabilities not only offering multiple vivid design options but also effects that are visually engaging. Digital capabilities also offer the opportunity for high-resolution images, video, and effects.
Smart billboards can be implemented anywhere, and are truly the future of digital advertising. From billboard advertisements that are activated when a car is a certain distance from the board via sensors, to a unique “coughing man” advertisement recently used in Sweden. Through the means of smoke detectors in the billboard, a man will appear and begin coughing as if from the secondhand smoke. Then an antismoking campaign begins to play, as well as ads for nicotine patches and other smoking cessation assistance.
Other examples include facial recognition technology and interactive features that enable games to be played. Smart Billboards are a dynamic form of digital billboards that allow passerby to interact both with an advertisement and its parent brand. In addition, smart billboards can be erected anywhere, from bus stops to shopping centers and anywhere in between.
A company on Shark Tank is working on introducing technology to play digital advertisements on parked car windows. A passerby walking the streets will see targeted advertisements projected onto stationary car windows Though this type of digital advertisement is not available yet, test market runs in several prominent American cities indicate this could be the latest wave of the future.
This is an example of utilizing passive platforms to create targeted messages. Furthermore, it is part of the ingenious wave of high-tech advertising that pushes the digital billboard industry forward at breakneck speed.
If you ask about brand wars in polite conversation, you’re sure to get an interesting answer. Top brands going head to head with each other through public advertising is the stuff of marketing legend. From famous rivalries between Coca-Cola and PepsiCo to the all-out ad war between several car manufacturers. Indeed, brand wars in marketing is a sight to see. Some brand wars on the following list even saw involvement from social media followers, who tweeted, commented and voted on rebuttals.
Here are some of the legendary brand wars in marketing that have swept the world. In fact, most of the shots fired were printed in magazines or on billboards!
Coca-Cola vs. PepsiCo
There has never been a more polarizing battle between beverages than that of Coke and PepsiCo. In fact, the famous rivalry between these two soda companies is referred to in marketing history as the Cola Wars. In order to understand how the ferocious rivalry came about, it’s important to understand the history of both mega brands.
- Coca-Cola was started in 1886, while PepsiCo laid its foundations in 1893.
- PepsiCo fired the first shot against Coke in 1975, by introducing a marketing campaign called the “Pepsi Challenge.” The Pepsi Challenge involved a blind taste test between people, who then favored the PepsiCo soda more.
- It looked like PepsiCo had Coke beat for at least a decade, particularly after Coke changed their formula and launched “New Coke” in 1985 to terrible reception.
However, the tides began to turn when PepsiCo’s biggest stars began having headline troubles. Michael Jackson’s hair caught fire while filming a Pepsi commercial. David Bowie had a sexual assault scandal while he was under PepsiCo’s contract. Furthermore, Pepsi used “Like a Prayer” in a commercial at the time it was being received as blasphemous. Finally, in 93, consumers of the blue can began finding syringes in their cans in at least 20 states.
The official end to the Cola Wars is widely thought to be 2011. This year was when Diet Coke bumped Pepsi out of the second most popular soft drink spot in the world. The first, of course, was Coke.
Burger King vs. McDonald’s
The burger behemoths have had a long-standing rivalry, similar to the soda giants above. In fact, the fight has been kept pretty clean for decades, with only a few jabs thrown directly here and there. For the most part, Burger King and McDonald’s are content to offer almost the exact same thing on their menus.
One notable departure was the disastrous “Whopper Virgins” ad campaign in 2009. This ad campaign appeared to steal a page from PepsiCo’s book, displaying blind taste test ads between the Big Mac and the Whopper. Nobody appeared to win that advertisement war, as the public found the ad campaign racist and exploitative.
Microsoft vs. Apple
When most people think of brand wars, this popular tech one comes to mind. Apple founder Steve Jobs was famously no fan of Bill Gates. In fact, Apple has been taking aim at Microsoft for the four decades since it’s inception. You may recall the “Hi I’m a Mac, and Hi I’m a PC” commercials.
In fact, Apple’s first advertisement hammered Microsoft- literally. The famous 1984 commercial featured a hammer-thrower running through the ranks of blank-faced grey followers staring at a propaganda screen and destroying the film with a hammer. The overlay text read, “On January 24th, Apple Computer will release the Macintosh. And you’ll see why 1984 won’t be like ‘1984.’” The advertisement referenced Microsoft as a dull conformist overlord, and Apple as the bright new disruptor. While we can’t say that Microsoft is dull and conformist, it is certainly true that Apple was a disruptor in the computer market.
BMW vs. Audi
One of the more famous billboard advertising wars played out between BMW and Audi. Like other major brands on this list, BMW and Audi have been sniping at each other for decades. However, one billboard erected in Santa Monica fired off a savage shot heard around the world.
Here’s a breakdown of the famous billboard feud:
- Audi erects a billboard on Santa Monica Blvd boasting a new A4 with the message, “Your move, BMW.”
- Santa Monica BMW buys a billboard opposite to Audi with an M3 Coupe and the message, “Checkmate.”
- Audi invites fans to photoshop responses onto their next billboard on their Facebook page.
- Audi places a billboard on the same side as BMWs with an R8. The message read, “your pawn is no match for our king.”
- BMW then tethered a blimp to the billboard featuring the F1 car and the message “Game Over.”
The feud didn’t end there, but continued in print. It even garnered ads from Subaru and Bentley in response.
It’s true, grammar mistakes can happen anytime. Unfortunately, that includes when creating billboards and advertisements, too! Here are our favorite examples of marketing messages with mistakes that made it past the editors. Next time you’re thinking of skipping the proofreading process, remember these hilarious examples of grammar mistakes in advertising. It might pay to take a look at your work just one more time!
Oops. We love an ice-cold Miller as much as the next person, but we can’t get behind this confusing billboard. We’re just curious how this simple phrase made it through the editing process all the way to a billboard without anyone noticing the misspelling of contradiction.
Don’t Write Copy In a New York Minute
This Reebok ad on the subway is a great reminder of why it pays to take your time. The copywriter missed an E in “everything”. It certainly highlights everything that’s wrong with rushing! This isn’t the worst typo we’ve ever seen, but it’s embarrassing for the company. Not to mention the cost of replacing these ads when they catch wind of the mistake!
Servers Are Unsung Heroes
One of the biggest problems with roadside business billboards like this is the lack of space… and spacing. It’s clear that this Days Inn board meant to commemorate Veterans. However, without a space in between the two lines, it seems like they’re commemorating hot breakfast servers. Hey, hot breakfast is pretty important, so maybe they have a point.
Stay In School, Kids
Perhaps even more embarrassing than a big company letting a typo slip through in their signage is a college! Cincinnati State College put up this billboard not realizing that an extra N had snuck into “technician.” Being a place of higher education, we’re sure they didn’t hear the end of it for quite a while.
I Don’t Think That Word Means What You Think It Means
While not a billboard, this car decal certainly gave us pause. We’re not sure who would print such an error-filled message or if the driver came up with it themselves. The incorrect form of but is in use here. Plus, the sentence should read “you’re abusing that privilege.” The irony speaks for itself.
No, This Is Not the Krusty Krab
Another case of no punctuation gave drivers a laugh on this roadside billboard. The signage of a popular food chain probably meant that Spongebob toys were finally at the location, and they were hiring managers. Unfortunately, these two different messages got combined. While amusing, this tends to look poorly on the business and would probably make quality manager candidates think twice. Plus, is Spongebob even qualified to hire managers?
Punctuation Saves Lives
This cautionary sign is designed to warn hunters that pedestrians use nearby trails. However, without the necessary grammar and punctuation, it seems to reference hunting the pedestrians themselves! While the sign may give you a good giggle, consider what a costly and dangerous mistake this could turn out to be. Please note that it is illegal to hunt pedestrians.
What’s In a Name?
This is a fairly harmless grammatical error compared to some of the others on this list. The problem with this sign is that we’re pretty sure this is a sports bar, not a bar belonging to Sport. There’s no need for the apostrophe. We wonder if anyone came in asking to talk to Sport recently?
I’m Suddenly Not Hungry…
This is the worst example of careless spelling and advertising mistakes we’ve seen. By leaving off the letter G, this hamburger special turned into a hamburger horror! This image from a popular American fast-food chain went viral, although we’re sure they fixed it pretty quickly. That’s just another reminder that proofreading your work is incredibly important. In the age of viral images and video, a mistake like this could bring you an awful lot of publicity you would rather avoid.
Outdoor advertising offers a wealth of opportunity for innovation, inspiration and the use of nature itself to create an effective promotion. Billboards in particular offer lots of space and options to promote companies, products, and services in eye-catching ways. From using witticisms, environmental initiatives and actual products, there are tons of options to convey your advertising message.
Here are five examples of great outdoor advertising and the stories behind each.
Sioo:x Wood Protection
The text reads, “This is the world’s most boring billboard. We’re going to leave it here for 12 years, just to show how long our products last.”
Sioo:x Wood Protection and advertising agency Stendahls created this disarmingly simple yet effective example of outdoor advertising. Sioo:x creates a 100% environmentally friendly product that protects outdoor wood surfaces and provides a natural silvery-grey finish. The major claim to fame? The product lasts for twelve years. This inspired the design of the billboard, which is made from real Sioo:x-treated wood. The triple-sided billboard is booked for a whopping twelve years to prove the ability of the product to withstand the elements in Sweden!
Engineering for Life
Engineering and planning firm Ramboll is responsible for this clever outdoor billboard. At first glance, it looks like a fairly straightforward advertisement on the side of an office building, but is really an environmental feat! The cupped hands on the billboard from Garbergs advertising agency are cupped to hold birds, which frequently land here. In the winter, scarce resources for local birds in Sweden means the population dwindles — but not if Ramboll has something to say about it! The cupped hands conceal a clever birdseed dispenser, which means birds that land here are guaranteed a meal.
We can’t imagine a better way for Ramboll to demonstrate their commitment to the environment!
This meaningful example of outdoor advertising in Atlanta is designed to pay homage to Martin Luther King, JR. Specifically, the messaging behind the simple but impactful billboard is a celebration of his life and the dream that inspired a nation.
The dream began with his birth in 1929, and lives on today, even past his death in 1968.
Not all great outdoor advertising strategies need to be on a billboard, as Handicap International and the Herezie group in Paris, France realized. In order to bring awareness to the long waiting lists for prosthetics, Handicap International made the daring move of outfitting the broken statues in Paris’ parks with prosthetic parts, as well as small informational signs.
The clever advertising ploy encouraged a double look for the passerby and valuable education on the issue.
Summer With Ikea
IKEA made light of the brief summer months in Belgium with a series of outdoor advertisements encouraging viewers to enjoy the brief period of summer and sunshine! The majority of the billboards are dark, stormy skies with a sliver of sunny skies and summery furniture arrangements from the retailer.
IKEA uses a clever play on humor and making fun of Belgian weather to make an impact.
Postmates Outdoor Advertisements
This saucy advertisement created by 180LA agency in Los Angeles is a great example of using a stop-and-stare! the tactic in outdoor advertising. Postmates delivery service superimposes wry text over a faint picture of a Moscow Mule and ties it to having vodka delivered to you.
A nod to the political drama of Russian interference in the 2016 election may take a moment for readers to process, but the resulting giggle and shock value will make readers consider Postmates twice.
Interested in more creative outdoor media examples? Check out our other article on some of our favorite Outdoor Advertising Ideas.
The billboard is changing. The use of computer screens as advertisements has been around for a while but in recent years billboard-size digital displays have reached a new level of affordability. Digital billboards aren’t just for high-end brands with big pockets; it’s time for everyone to consider whether or not digital billboards are right for their marketing campaign. Digital billboards offer a range of benefits over their traditional counterparts and in this article, we’ll look at each specific advantage of digital billboard advertising with some examples that show the power of this cutting-edge advertising tool.
Digital billboards can update in real time
Thanks to the internet people have different expectations about how advertising works. They spend hours staring at screens that display advertisements tailored to them. Ads today know our names, our locations, and what we’ve been looking for. Digital billboards might not be able to reach this level of customization, but they can still utilize the latest technology to deliver a timely message. This is one of the major advantages of digital billboard advertising.
Look at this digital billboard advertisement from Target. It’s a powerful reminder of allergy season that utilizes the latest pollen count. It’s a brilliant combination of useful information and powerful marketing that is sure to stand out in a world flooded with advertisements.
Digital billboards can display time-sensitive messages
Have you ever gotten excited by an ad for an event only to realize that its time had already come and passed? Many companies waste money paying for advertisements that will outlive the events they are advertising. Digital ads can cut down on waste by automatically switching over at certain times.
Take this advertisement for the TV show “Hell’s Kitchen” as an example. Traditionally advertisements for a weekly TV show would have to run all week long, even though the show wouldn’t be on six out of the seven days. But with digital billboards, a TV channel advertising on a billboard can make sure that it always advertises the shows that viewers can watch immediately after they see the ad. It’s a great way to increase the ad’s return on investment.
The same digital billboard can display two entirely different advertisements just minutes apart from one another
A traditional billboard can only display one advertisement at a time, and it can take hours of work to transition from an old ad to a new message. This isn’t the case with digital billboards. A digital billboard can be loaded up with multiple messages that it cycles between on a set schedule. Companies that advertise on digital billboards can buy the perfect amount of advertising for their needs and budgets. This means that there’s no reason to pay extra to monopolize an entire billboard if you think you can do just as well sharing the space. Say goodbye to one-size-fits-all ad buys!
Digital billboards can convey a sense of urgency
Most people are procrastinators by nature. If they can put something off, they will. Companies lose sales all the time because of this. Customers might plan on making a purchase, but they decide to wait until later and end up never spending a dime. To overcome this tendency it’s important to create a sense of urgency, and digital billboards are uniquely equipped for this task.
Just look at this advertisement for Dodgers Baseball. It has a timer ticking down, which can have a big psychological impact on those who pass. It reminds them that time isn’t unlimited, that they need to act quickly if they don’t want to miss their chance to see a game. A traditional billboard might be updated every day, but a digital billboard has the advantage of ratcheting up the urgency with updates by the hour, minute, or even second.
Digital billboards can engage with customers on a grand scale
One of the best ways to ensure repeat business is by building a deeper connection with your customers. In the past billboards used to be a highly impersonal type of advertising but digital billboards can facilitate interaction between you and your customers. Just check out this campaign by Pattison Onestop and Spacing Magazine. They asked for people to tweet out love letters to Canadian cities and then broadcast those letters across the cities. Traditional billboards might have been able to display a single message, but the digital billboards could display hundreds of messages a day.
People got to see their own words on billboards across the country, news outlets got a patriotic story to tell, and Pattison’s shopping centers gained plenty of fantastic PR. It’s the sort of marketing-win that digital billboards enable.
The world is moving quickly and billboards need to keep up with the change of pace
Information travels faster than ever in the age of smartphones. Traditional static billboards were invented in a world where news traveled at the speed of the newspaper. Today even 24/7 cable news channels are too slow for media consumers who are hooked into a constant stream of social media messaging. If you want to keep up in this environment, then you need the sort of flexibility that digital billboards can offer.
Sometimes it’s the craziest ideas that produce the most effective results, especially in the world of marketing. There’s no quicker way to grab someone’s attention than to catch them off guard and to do something original. As such, we wanted to share a couple of our favorite outside the box marketing ideas from different companies around the world.
Target’s Hotel Light Show
What do you do when a billboard just isn’t big enough? Target decided to get creative in order to construct a giant physical multimedia advertisement. By renting out all of the street facing rooms in Manhattan’s Standard Hotel, opening up their curtains, and projecting bright lights, a large interactive and dynamic ad was created. While similar in for all intents and purposes to a billboard, this giant outside the box display also featured live dancers in each of the rooms as well as DJ orchestrated score.
This fascinating and incredibly intricate display manages to play around with the concept and ideas behind successful billboard campaigns while not being held back by the constraints of the medium.
Local Radio Station Gives Away Air Guitars
Everybody loves free stuff. There’s nothing like putting your brand on a bunch of cheap merchandise and giving it away in order to keep people thinking about your message. These types of marketing campaigns are usually very successful, if a bit costly. When a rock station in Glasglow, Scotland decided to try a promotional give away of their own, they figured they’d cut costs a bit.
The humor and cheekiness of this ad is designed to catch people off guard and inspire them to tell their friends. Indeed, the creators of the ad were successful as soon their displays of this outside the box marketing idea were being shared all over the world through various social media platforms.
Trueblood – Free Wooden Stakes
In the same vein as the last campaign, this campaign also seeks to raise buzz through giving out free stuff. Also much like the last campaign, it subverts the actual manufacturing aspect of such a campaign in a clever and unexpected way.
While not actually providing anything of use to passersby, this crazy marketing ad manages to trigger the animation of passersby and still manages to create the same positive feeling associated with receiving free stuff.
Eat Mor Chikin At Chick-Fil-A
It’s likely you’ve probably seen one of these billboards at one time. However, this marketing campaign goes beyond a single billboard and has actually been running since 1995. This series of ads featuring cows making their own signs and billboards promoting the increased consumption of chicken always feature physical cow props and a stark black and red on white color scheme. The consistency and number of these ads are what propels them past being simple one off billboards and make them a larger overarching campaign.
Chick-Fil-A’s history is an interesting note in that of the history of billboards as well. While their competitors were building their brands through commercials, Chick-Fil-A’s innovative billboard campaign brought it enough success on a much smaller budget.
Hack the World in Watch Dogs
Whether it’s films or games, launching a new IP is tough business and carries a lot of risk. So when Ubisoft decided a videogame title from a new IP, they knew they needed an effective marketing campaign to sell people on the idea.
Watch Dogs is a game in which the protagonist uses their smartphone to hack into the world around them, changing streetlight colors and even stealing cars. In tune with this concept, Ubisoft ran a marketing campaign based out of a mobile phone retailer. The campaign consisted of staged public stunts in which volunteers were told that their phones were capable of doing such things as turning on and off the lights inside of the store.
By allowing an audience to experience some of the gameplay in real life, and share this experience across social networks, Watch Dogs soon became an underdog darling of the video gaming world up to unto its release.
As you can see whether it’s using humor in advertising or crazy marketing ideas, making an impression is what counts when it comes to outdoor media.
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.
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.
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?