Category: creativity

HOW TO WIN AN IPA EFFECTIVENESS AWARD (IN 24 SIMPLE STEPS)

Tom Roach, multiple Gold IPA Effectiveness Award winner and head of effectiveness at BBH, the IPA’s Effectiveness Company of the year 2018, gives some simple, practical tips on how to succeed in advertising’s most rigorous effectiveness awards. Writing an IPA Effectiveness Awards entry is probably the hardest thing you can do in advertising. 4000 people have climbed Everest. But only about...

FAME FACTORY: STRATEGY IS TIMELESS BUT EXECUTION MUST BE TIMELY.

Earlier this year I went to Bucharest to attend the tech conference icee.fest. I saw some fairly breathtaking presentations from production companies Happy Finish and Hammerhead, on the capabilities of VR, AR and AI. If you want to see how this tech is impacting creativity (as opposed to just hear these buzzwords being thrown around the ad industry…) I’d recommend you go...

FORGET ‘MANIFESTOS’. BRAND ADS SHOULD BE AS SHORT AS POSSIBLE.

For some time brands have broadcast lengthy ‘manifestos’ to differentiate themselves from the competition when perhaps less is more, writes Lucian Trestler, Strategy Director at BBH and Editor of BBH Labs. I’ve got a few problems with brand ‘manifesto’ ads. With a couple of notable exceptions, they are just strategy set to a mood film. They over explain something that...

IGNORE ‘BEST PRACTICE’ AND MAKE COMMUNICATIONS HARDER TO UNDERSTAND

Many brands try to cut-through the cacophony of communication by deliberately asking as little as possible from their intended recipient. John Harrison, Managing Partner at BBH London, argues that the most effective communications are those that force people to make a mental leap. It is sometimes said that there are only two types of people in this world: Those unable...