Category Archives: Advertising

Pepsi Max & Uncle Drew

With huge marketing budgets, brands like Pepsi have the ability to spend millions of dollars on ad campaigns. And when you bring in sporting personalities, the ideas can be endless. And when the sporting personalities are NBA stars it makes it even more enjoyable (for me anyway!). I can’t help but love what Pepsi Max have done with the Uncle Drew series (Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavs).  I saw the first one many months ago and they have just released the second chapter (with Kevin Love of the Timberwolves and Legendary Celtic Bill Russell). No doubt there will be more to come.  Now this is content well worth sharing! Here are the 2 vids below:

1) Here’s the first chapter  from earlier on in the year. 15 million views can’t be wrong =)

2) And the latest one just released with Uncle Drew and Wes…


Marketing Battleship: Seth Godin V Guy Kawasaki

Seth Godin a highly successful author, marketing expert and entrepreneur.  He founded Yoyodyne, one of the first online marketing companies, which was acquired by Yahoo in 1998. Marketing approach = emphasises the idea of building communities and delivering value – rather than pursuing people / business with marketing tricks.

His Blog:
His Twitter: @ThisIsSethsBlog

Guy Kawasaki
was one of the Apple employees originally responsible for marketing the Macintosh in 1984, now a best selling author with books like Rich Dad Poor Dad. Marketing approach =  recognising the potential in creating an audience that is not merely interested in a product, but one that is dedicated to it.

His Blog:
His Twitter: @GuyKawasaki

Who do you want in your corner? Lets get ready to rumbbbbbbbbbbble! Round 1. Fight!

By Killer Infographics: Infographic Design

The Power of Story Telling

I’ve worked on a few projects with a company called Seven Stories whose work is all about “bringing compelling stories to life”. They do some fantastic work and really help simplify the complexity and build s story. Working with them introduced me to the power that story telling can have on people and organisations.

As marketers, one of our roles is to tell stories. Really you ask? Think of when you had to sell an idea to your boss. Maybe it was selling the idea of a rebranding project, a creative concept on the latest ad campaign, or maybe a website redesign. Come to think of it, whether we are in marketing or not we all have to tell stories one way or another in the workplace. And as we move up the Corporate ladder, I think it’s all about telling stories to convince staff, shareholders, and the market of the journey you are taking them on. Q-How did Steve Jobs introduce the iPhone and iPad to the market? A-He had a compelling story to tell.


In business, a lot of our story telling is done by rational approaches: hard facts, numbers, return on investment. There’s nothing wrong with that, in fact, that’s how economies function. However, when you tap into the emotional side of things, that’s when you connect, when people remember you, and where you can make a difference. I guess that’s what movie directors are always trying to do in making the next Hollywood blockbuster. That’s not to say you should be coming up with a movie script each time you do a presentation to your boss in the workplace. But it is beneficial when you are selling the idea to try and think about what story you are trying to tell.

What was widely considered one of the more successful/popular Superbowl XLVI commercials recently (even though I loved the funny ones-see my post on 2012 Superbowl Ads)? It was the Clint Eastwood Chrysler commercial. Why? Because it told you a story. It took people on a journey. And it was a memorable one because it connected with people’s emotional side instead of the rational side which would otherwise just talk about the car’s features. Over 5 million YouTube views can’t be wrong!

It’s that “a-ha” moment that you want to cultivate. But it’s not just the end that’s important, it’s how you construct your story from start to finish. So when you do your next idea pitch, think about the story you want to tell. How can you connect with the audience to make it memorable like Mr W below…

2012 Superbowl Ads

Yes there was a game played between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots yesterday which the Giants won 21-17. But apart from that, there’s always eyes on analysing and dissecting the TV ads during one of the most watched events on TV.


So here are some of the the 2012 Superbowl ads. At $3.5m for a 30 second spot in front of over 111 million people, you can be sure measuring Return On Ivestment (ROI) will be critical for those marketers and advertising agencies out there. How to measure? Pre and post Superbowl brand tracking studies, social media mentions, and sales over the short term and long term will all have been discussed as core metrics to determine success. From products ranging from chocolate to beer to cars to charity, success metrics will vary.

Many integrated call to action into their ads with social media playing a big part. put together an interesting analysis of the what took place in social media during the game, halftime and the ad breaks via BlueFin Labs who specialise in Social TV analytics.

But here are 5 of my favourites below. And yes, it’s always the funny ones that get me =)

1. M&Ms: “Just my Shell” – You can never beat dancing M&Ms!

2. Volkswagon: “The Dog Strikes Back” – If you are a Star Wars fan you will love this one.

3. Chevy: “Happy Grad” – Apparently this was a contest entry. Not bad. Very entertaining.

4. Doritos: “Man’s Best Friend” – Every year they come up with some gems. This one is yet another

5. Bud Light: “Rescue Dog” – HERE WE GO! Or is that WE-GO?