Advertising. Lessons from the second last Blockbuster in the world.

“I think there is just one kind of folks. Folks.” Harper Lee Dargaville, a small town on the banks of the Wairoa River in the North Island of New Zealand with a population of approximately 4500 people lost the second last ‘Blockbuster’ Movie store on Earth this week. The last one is in the townContinue reading “Advertising. Lessons from the second last Blockbuster in the world.”

Creativity. Having fun underwater.

“It’s the possibility that keeps me going, not the guarantee.” Nicholas Sparks. The Notebook 40 million dollars is a lot of money. That is the loss Cats is expected to make. It is a re-occurring event in film. A sure fire winner that fails. In 1980, one of cinema’s biggest box-office flops, Michael Cimino’s Heaven’sContinue reading “Creativity. Having fun underwater.”

What will advertising be like in 500 years?

This is an article Rupert Price (Chief Strategy Officer) and I recently wrote for Idealog Magazine. We were asked a simple question. What will advertising be like in 500 years? Now, Rupert and I are not very good at thinking ahead. Even when it comes to what we want for lunch. And 500 years isContinue reading “What will advertising be like in 500 years?”

Advertising. 450 million dollars for peacock feathers.

“The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.” Leonardo da Vinci This is Salvator Mundi. The world’s most expensive painting. It recently sold for 450 million dollars at Christie’s in New York. Most experts thought it would get to about 200 million dollars. They were very wrong. However, the gigantic sum paid isContinue reading “Advertising. 450 million dollars for peacock feathers.”

Advertising. Making it mean something.

“Look, that’s why there’s rules, understand? So that you think before you break ’em.” Terry Pratchett After Cannes, I found it difficult to write anything. It felt like everything had been said. It had been dissected in a million different ways. There is a frenzy after Cannes to explain what it all means. And normally,Continue reading “Advertising. Making it mean something.”

Advertising. What if nothing is changing?

“Creativity doesn’t wait for that perfect moment. It fashions its own perfect moments out of ordinary ones.” Bruce Garrabrandt There is an advertising urban myth about a company needing to sell more baby powder. Basically, all the brightest and the best would come into a room each day and try and brainstorm how they couldContinue reading “Advertising. What if nothing is changing?”

Advertising. There’s a reason they say a picture is worth a thousand words.

“Meow means woof in cat.” George Carlin Years ago, I was asked by a client to write some ads. There was a catch. He wanted me to write ads about nothing. He had no facts to communicate that would persuade anybody to use his company. His competitors had far more advanced platforms and it wouldContinue reading “Advertising. There’s a reason they say a picture is worth a thousand words.”

Advertising. The undeniability of Redwoods.

“The redwoods, once seen, leave a mark or create a vision that stays with you always. No one has ever successfully painted or photographed a redwood tree. The feeling they produce is not transferable. From them comes silence and awe. It’s not only their unbelievable stature, nor the colour which seems to shift and varyContinue reading “Advertising. The undeniability of Redwoods.”

Advertising. The rise of the internet class.

“First you make people believe they have a problem, and then you sell them the solution.That is how advertising works. Every snake oil salesman knows that.” Oliver Markus Malloy Lately, I have been followed. The man who is following me has good hair and dead eyes. It would seem wherever I go on the internetContinue reading “Advertising. The rise of the internet class.”

Advertising. The Tango of Donald Trump and Nike.

“Heat sells better than light.” Jen Lawrence Outrage. Hatred. These are not normally words you would say are the way forward for a brand. In the past, a brand has always tried to have a position that was not controversial. A position where you attacked your competitors and nobody else. You stayed in your lane.Continue reading “Advertising. The Tango of Donald Trump and Nike.”