With what some days seems like hundreds of e-mags and marketing news emails going into my inbox in the morning, I admit this headline really caught my eye. Probably the mention of coffee while sorting through emails at 8:10 am, but that’s not really the point.
These are some seriously SIMPLE BUT CREATIVE ideas! Ideas that cross over all media from social, to outdoor, to guerrilla marketing. What makes them so compelling is the true simplicity of the concepts and delivery of the ideas. Check these out, and see if they inspire you to “K.I.S.S.” as much as they have me! And enjoy that first cup of coffee…
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Ok, if you haven’t seen it already, Dove’s “Real Beauty Sketches” campaign has completely gone viral: The YouTube video has over 9 million views at the time I wrote this, has attracted responses from several major media outlets, and been shared several thousand times on social media websites. Not only that but it has inspired a parody of the original version, which itself has gone viral.
In a nutshell, Dove recruited several women from a variety of ages, ethnicity and backgrounds to participate in a new campaign. The spot features an FBI forensic artist sketching these women, which he can not see, by the way in which they describe themselves physically. Then strangers were brought in to describe those same women who had been sketched earlier. The two sketches are then hung side by side, resulting in stark contrast. The concept is that women are simply too critical of themselves. Hence, the tagline: “YOU are more beautiful than you think!”
After viewing it, I for one am not surprised that it went viral so fast. It’s a perfect combination of true emotion and honest insight and really pulls at the heart of the consumer. I love seeing marketing efforts get honest buzz amongst the public that goes beyond traditional advertising trade publications! Kudos for taking such risks Dove.
Published on Apr 14, 2013
“Join the conversation at: #WeAreBeautiful
Watch the whole experience at: http://dove.com/realbeautysketches
Women are their own worst beauty critics. Only 4% of women around the world consider themselves beautiful. At Dove, we are committed to creating a world where beauty is a source of confidence, not anxiety. So, we decided to conduct a compelling social experiment that explores how women view their own beauty in contrast to what others see.
And don’t forget: YOU are more beautiful than you think!”
Have a look at the ad yourself, if you haven’t seen it already! Dove Real Beauty Sketches
We’d love to hear your thoughts on the spot.
Many businesses are figuring out how to capitalize using all the social media avenues open to them. Honda created a very cool Pinterest campaign for one of it’s models that had a great twist to engage consumers and build their brand. Check out the full article by Marketing Magazine.
What inspires you?! When I’m feeling uninspired, unmotivated or need some creative energy, I look for inspiration anywhere I can find it. I’m loving Entrepreneur’s new Inspiration Station topic board, where you can share inspiring ideas with others in an organized and visual way. Check out this inspiring quote from Barbara Corcoran to help inspire you, and go ahead sign up for board and start clipping items that inspire you!
“Whenever I feel stuck, I get up from my desk and go outside. I’ve never had a really creative idea sitting at my desk. I’ve found all the big ideas that make a sizable difference in my business when I’m playing outside. Fun is always good for business! Whenever I conduct my business as usual, it results in usual business. But when I take the time and put in the energy to plan something fun for myself and my company outside of the office, it always results in extraordinary business!” — Shark Tank investor and real estate mogul, Barbara Corcoran @whatsinspiring
As I have been helping my soon-to-be college freshman explore the incredible breadth of college majors focusing on marketing and public relations available to her, I have seen firsthand how diversified this industry is in the digital age we now operate in. Just 10 years ago, Public Relations was more of an add-on to the main strategy but now has top billing in any solid tactical plan with the inclusion of all forms of social media and search engine opportunities.
Managing communications between a business and its audience is the traditional definition of Public Relations. And that perfectly describes how social media and SEO function in this brave new world of marketing.
The drawback however, is content-overload; sometimes companies are more focused on having constant ‘marketing touches’ to their audience and they ignore whether that message is relevant. And that is where the ‘old school’ teaching of Public Relations comes back into play – evaluate the message, rank its relevance to the audience, decide which media channel is appropriate, and examine if it even has any positive impact on the organization’s marketing presence.
“Content is king” has always been and will continue to be true, but managing all that content in a memorable, actionable and meaningful way is an art form in itself, and puts Public Relations smack in the driver’s seat.
I must say, the new MySpace design is gorgeous! But is it enough to make a come back? Or too little, too late? Check out AdWeek’s latest “Tweets out video showing redesign” by Rebecca Cullers, take on Timberlake, as he tries to bring sexy back to MySpace.
The new look is geared towards the creative networks, such as photographers, filmakers, designers and musicians especially. We’d love to hear what you think! Are you going to jump over to the new.myspace.com and get your invite on?
Interesting article on how we have moved from the “early days” of blog entries, to shorter Facebook posts, to even shorter Tweets, and now, basically no words with social media sites like Pinterest and Instagram. The question poses an interesting advertising conundrum of communicating a brand relying on the visual image rather than the written word. Curious to see how this evolves in the next few years.
Thanks to AdWeek for putting together this little feature of “The 20 Most-Watched Ads Ever on YouTube” This set is sure to inspire your creative juices, and you may be surprised at what made the list. How could you not love BBDO’s “Pepsi Generation” campaign spot from ’84 with MJ, reunited Jackson Five and the young MJ impersonator (soon to becomre Carlton Banks on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air! Nice throwback. Enjoy your Monday, happy clicking!
Do you know your WWW history? Even if you think you do, this is worth checking out! Happy Clicking!