It's my firm belief that the most memorable ad campaigns are the ones that give you an experience. Don't just throw garbage in our faces, stop us in our tracks and make us think twice about your message. Let us experience the brand in a positive way - don't be rude to us and insult our intelligence. Instead, make us laugh, make us excited and most of all, make it awesome.
Here are ten example.
1. Israel Cancer Association: Unknown stain
If you see an unidentified stain on your body, go see a dermatologist. Israel cancer association.
Israel is the no. 2 state in the world with people suffering from skin cancer. Skin cancer can be discovered by a simple checkup for unusual spots and stains on one's body. In order to Increase public awareness for skin cancer and get people to go and get checked, we came up with a new creative solution, using the environment as the media. We found real stains on sidewalks near the beaches of Israel, and placed framed stickers around them. Thousands of people were exposed to the framed stains, all with the same surprised and overwhelmed reaction.
If turning stains on sidewalks into a public awareness message isn't powerful, I don't know what is.
Advertising Agency: GITAM/BBDO, Israel
Chief Creative Director: Guy Bar
Creative Director: Lior Raz
Production: Daniel Eshel
Published: July 2009
2. Lay’s: Potatoes Installation
Beginning July 27 and continuing for three weeks, passersby in Chicago’s Jackson Tunnel are greeted with an out-of-home message, “Our potatoes are grown closer than you may think,” along with an overhead installation of potatoes breaking through the ceiling tiles. It’s part of a nationwide campaign for Lay’s potato chips that broke in May and which celebrates the local potato farmers who grow potatoes used in Lay’s potato chips. The “Lay’s Local” 360 marketing campaign was created by Lay’s U.S. agency of record, Juniper Park. Other elements of the campaign, which debuted earlier, include TV, print, online, on-pack and in-store.
What an awesome way to turn a boring tunnel into a fun experience. You can grow potatoes above my tunnel any day. (Wait. That didn't sound right.)
Advertising Agency: Juniper Park, USA
Chief Creative Officers: Alan Madill, Terry Drummond, Barry Quinn
Associate Creative Director / Art Director: Hylton Mann
Associate Creative Director / Writer: Andy Linardatos
Producer: Debbie Ingham
3. Nikon D700: Paparazzi
A huge interactive light box was mounted in Seoul Sindorim Subway Station, the entrance way to a multiplex electronics shopping mall where various brands compete. Over 500,000 commuters use the station daily, making it the perfect place for an ad like this. Huddled together as if at a premiere, the paparazzi appear to be jostling and competing for the best celebrity shot. The celebrities, however, are the ones walking by the ad, they automatically trigger a deluge of flashing camera lights. The accidental superstars then follow the red carpet all the way out of the station and into a mall, where there's a Nikon shop conveniently located inside.
An interactive ad that makes you feel like the star? Neat-o.
4. Clearex: Climb
Rock climbing on a pimple face? Nasty (if you think about it) but also crazy cool.
Advertising Agency: Shalmor Avnon Amichay/Y&R Interactive Tel Aviv, Israel
Chief Creative Director: Gideon Amichay
Executive Creative Director: Tzur Golan
Creative Director: Yariv Twig
Art Director: Meron Sasson
Copywriter: Sharon Refael
Account Director: Adam Polachek
Account Supervisor: Dana Cogan
Account Executive: Anat Ruderman
Producer: Hagai Ramati
Photographer: Menachem Reiss
Released: August 2009
5. Fisch Franke: Fish, Fresh as can be.
Watch live fish swim around a billboard? Not only is this genius, it's tasty!
Advertising Agency: Publicis, Frankfurt, Germany
Chief Creative Officer: Stephan Ganser
Creative Director (Art): Nico Juenger
Creative Director (Copy): Peter Kaim
Account Director: Sven Lohwasser
Art Buyer: Katja Bonnert
Photographer: Johannes Krzeslack
Architect: Thomas Breen
Released: February 2009
6. D-Reizen travel agency: Goldfish Hotel
The world’s first Goldfish hotel at Amsterdam airport
A solution to the 'who will take care of the pet' problem has been found for some holidaymakers who fly out of Amsterdam Schiphol airport. Travel agent D-reizen is offering its customers to drop off their goldfish at a special hotel.
The initiative is part of a campaign by the travel agent that uses fish in its advertising.
The 5 sea star hotel - including a tennis court, a beach with its own beach guard and a pool with slide – is probably the ‘wet dream’ of every goldfish on this planet.
As part of your advertising campaign, my goldfish Herbert gets to live the good life? Sign Herbie up! (Just make sure he doesn't come back as sushi.)
Advertising Agency: Doom&Dickson, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Creative Directors: Antoine Houtsma, Bart Oostindie
Producer hotel: Paddocklive
Released: June 2009
7. Ikea: Staircase
Now, if this isn't one of the coolest use of stairs I don't know what is. Ikea hits it out of the park with this crazy cool ad.
Advertising Agency: Lowe & Partners, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Executive Creative Director / Creative Director: Ng Heok Seong
Copywriter: Mohan Prabhakar
Advertiser's Supervisor: Yeong Tze Kuen
Account Supervisors: Ong Bee Lin, Nicole Wong
Producer: Eddie Lee
Art Director: Joseph Lee
Illustrator: Desmond Phang
Photographer: Hoch/Studio Pashe
8. Misereor. Ihr Hilfswerk: The Donations Poster
"Save lives with 50 Cents! Your donation sponsors a vaccination in Latin America, Asia or Afrika. Thank you for your help."
A neat way for kids and adults to feel like they're contributing to a great cause? Where do I donate?
Advertising Agency: Kolle Rebbe, Hamburg, Germany
Creative Director: Lorenz Ritter
Art Director / Copywriter / Illustrator: Felix Schulz
Graphic Design: Patrick Weber
Photographer: Max Bojovic
Other additional credits:
Producer: Martin Lühe
Project management: Jessica Gustaffson, Franziska Ziegler
Aired: June 2009
9. toysdirect.com: Batteries
Carefully place batteries on a bus and you turn something ordinary into something extraordinary. When is this coming to my neighborhood?
Advertising Agency: Robson Brown Ltd.
Creative Director: Duncan McEwan
Art Director: Tony Lowe
Copywriter: Nick Carter
Other additional credits: Allan Cooke
Released: June 2009
10. Jimmy Channel / The Practice: Mirror
Make me feel like I'm a part of the investigative team while I'm in, of all places, the bathroom? Genius!
Advertising Agency: Marcel Paris, France
Creative Directors: Anne de Maupeou, Frederic Temin
Art Director: Alexandra Offe
Copywriter: Vanina Guillier
Published: March 2009
Which is your favorite?
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