TV Commercials

Ikea 365 Web/TV Commercials.

This is really pretty astounding when you think about it. Ikea is producing 365 commercials with a new one being posted every day on the Ikea website over the course of the year. I don’t care if they batched these into groups and shot them all back to back, that is a ton of work. I love the idea of what Ikea is doing here. They have produced a series of commercials that drive customers back to the site, and introduce a new product every day of the year.

The idea was developed and produced by Lemz, where they created 365 unique “In Store” TV ads and then shot up to 15 a day in stages in order make sure they could stay ahead of the curve with editing and post production. Along with the ads being presented daily on the website, a number of the spots will also appear on TV throughout the year.

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Client: IKEA.
Creative director: Remco Marinus
Copywriter: Robin Stam, Monique Gerritsen.
Art-director: Luiz Risi, Daniel te Lindert, Wendy Deun, Sanne Leendertse, Marloes Scheffers, Cynthia Tiebosch.
Strategic planner: Joost van de Loo.
Production company: Cake.
Director: Albert-Jan van Rees, Paul Ruven.

Apple vs Windows, Advertising, and Put It To Bed Please.

saupload_mac_pcHave you seen the new Apple VS PC ads? I am personally getting tired of these TV spots, (and yes I am an Apple fanboy.)  It’s like flogging a dead horse. I think the current campaign is rolling on 3 years now.

Furthermore, I am kind of surprised. The apple brand has always thrived on the overarching  concept of an understated confidence; which is visible in the industrial design of their products, the usability, user experience and so on. In a way the current TV spots are for Apple followers not people they are trying to convert from the Windows OS. They read like “Wow, do I feel superior, I have a Mac at home and after I watch that ad  all is good: you have understated what brand confidence and a cult like following (or what else do you call people waiting in line 24 hours at the Apple store for a new product launch?)

So what is going on with Apple’s advertising in terms of persuading non Apple users? I mean constantly reminding people of how another brand goofs up is not exactly reflective of self-confidence. In fact, it makes Apple  look like it is threatened by how  Windows7 could actually be a real competitor to OSX. What’s more, in the eyes of a non Apple user, it might seem pretentious and it could even keep me from trying a Mac out of spite. (note the success of CPB’s latest “I’m a PC campaign. Yes fanboys it’s been a huge success.) While I’m not one of those people, I can see why people don’t use Macs because I felt the brand was too arrogant, or that I didn’t want to be part of a specific sect.

Let’s get something straight. I think Apple makes great products. Thank you Apple. I’ve been a user since my Color Classic, from the ancient days of yore. But please do us all a favor and, stop advertising, or change your approach. Your current ads have jumped the shark.First off you don’t need to advertise OSX and the computer hardware, and b) it doesn’t help your brand perception with non Apple owners. c) you can find other ways to reward your followers and expand your client base other than to spend it on ads that alienate potential users.