Despite how much I wanted it to be real, it turns out that this screen grab is fake. But trying to verify its authenticity reveals an interesting comparison of corporate run Twitter accounts.
I started by looking at the Cottonelle Twitter feed which reveals a boring one-way broadcast of corporate written marketing messages. It’s as boring as their product. No mention of this screengrab, though you can see the actual tweet that kicks off the war.
This is an interesting look at the ingrained problems that advertisers have with reaching their audience on Facebook. Essentially if you pay to promote your page on Facebook, you’re going to end up with a largely diluted audience of disengaged followers. You’ll then need to pay Facebook again to promote your post in order to reach your real audience.
Sometimes I see ads and I wonder what the pitch meeting looked like. This ad for Volvo is pretty fantastic, but for the life of me I can’t figure out why. It’s such an odd collection of elements, especially when you consider the likely audience for the ad:
Gold Volvo Trucks
Jean-Claude Van Damme doing the splits
An aircraft runway in the desert, at sunset
I’m not sure what the audience for these Volvo trucks is like, but I can only imagine that the client demanded an ad designed to go viral. Still, I enjoy the ad. It’s got a certain grace to it.
I keep seeing QR codes everywhere, but I’ve never ever seen anyone stop to use one. Just think, that marketer could have done something interesting instead of putting a QR code there.
The thing that stuck in my head about his explanation of branding is the notion that the audience has so little room in their memory for your brand, that you had better distill your core values – things that your brand believes and will never stop believing – into a concise message that you apply consistently.
Some of the other rules of advertising he lays out, Apple would go on to break in the next 15 years (or so). The famous “I’m a Mac” campaign was devoted entirely to talking about Apple’s rival, Windows.