A few years ago if a company wanted to advertise their products they mainly used the traditional media methods of TV, radio and print.
Nowadays the world is awash with viral marketing and social media promotion.
Although the main delivery methods used in advertising have no doubt faced rapid change I would argue that the basic technique of getting peoples attention and keeping it until the message is delivered in a memorable way is still key.
The “advert” below is in my opinion a great example of how advertising should be done.
It’s suitable for TV but importantly it’s also got the viral marketing angle to it as it’s great for viewing on computers (and of course pausing and replaying it).
What’s nice about it is that in less than one and half minutes it covers a range of human emotions. There are also no words spoken and the only text comes up at the end.
It also highlights the power of music in advertising. Three well known songs were used so there was no need to specially commission some song writing.
If you watch the advert without the music it has a far lower impact.
Have a look (and listen) and see what you think.
Oh and in case you get concerned mid way through don’t worry as it’s got a happy ending.
The interesting thing about this though is that it’s actually a fake advert. It was created by filmmaker John Nolan to showcase his animatronics skills.
John is clearly a creative genius when it comes to animatronics film making and I’m sure the big cheese companies would love to have somebody with his skills working for them.