July was full of new advertisements, some better than others. While the regular car, clothing and beer ads hit our screens, so did some ads that hit a bit harder with a deeper message. These ads take the cake for being the best of July, as not only are they aesthetically-pleasing and attention-grabbing, but the messages they portray are important and well said.
GoldieBlox is a children’s multimedia company that challenges gender stereotypes with the world’s first girl engineer character. GoldieBlox not only creates inspiring toys, but ads as well. In their latest ad campaign, #BeLikeHer, the ad highlights inspirational women throughout the past year that young girls can look up to. The fun, inspirational ad is one of the best ads of July for obvious reasons.
P&G- “The Talk”
P&G’s latest campaign, ‘My Black Is Beautiful,’ is an attempt to start stronger conversations about racism and discrimination. The ad is so effective because the intimate conversations the parents and their children are sharing about racism show the hard conversations that are necessary due to discrimination. The eye-opening ad is hopefully successful in starting conversations and opening peoples’ eyes to racial biases.
Twitter: ‘#SheInspiresMe: Denice Frohman Sets the Stage’
Twitter released a video campaign this month called #SheInspiresMe. The video showcases Poet Denice Frohman performing her poem on inspiring women. The ad only runs a minute long, but is effective in showing an array of women posing during the powerful poem. Quick and effective, much like an Apple ad.
Prego: Welcome To The Family | First-Generation College Students
Prego released this touching ad right in time for students who are getting ready for their first year of college. Seeing as some first-generation college students may not have the same support system as others, they tend to feel more alone than their peers. Prego welcomed first-generation college students from San Diego to a ‘family’ dinner to bring them together with fellow students to share a meal and to become a new college family.
Björn Borg: ‘Borg Open – Tennis Across Borders’
With Donald Trump’s infamous promise to build a wall between USA and Mexico, there have been mixed opinions from both countries. Björn Borg’s ad is wondering why nations are separating when they could be learning from each other instead. They created a tennis match on the border to represent an open world where sports can unite, rather than divide, people.
The first day of summer has come and gone and ad agencies are showing off their excitement with summer ads. These ads feature everything that reminds you of summer: the beach, the heat and the long, carefree days. However, our favourite ads that welcomed summer this year aren’t just the ones that present the dog daze of summer, but the ones that go a bit deeper. Whether it’s bringing a social issue to light or creating the nostalgic feeling of summer days when you were a kid, these ads have a good way of making you excited for summer 2017.
PlayStation: “Sunshine Day”
PlayStation’s summer 2017 commercial opens with stereotypical shots of a summer day, but the ad quickly shows that there is no where to be found in the pool, eating ice cream or playing outdoor sports. Instead everyone is inside huddled around a PlayStation playing a video game. This funny ad is completed with ‘It’s A Sunshine Day’ by The Brady Bunch playing in the background. This short ad is effective in welcoming summer, while also showing that PlayStation days don’t end just because of warm weather.
Canon: “365 Days of Summer”
Canon is on one of our “5 best” lists again and it’s no surprise with their #liveforthestory campaign. This ad revolves around Zoë Kravitz’s summer story and the ad is beautifully done. Narrated by Zoë, the ad reads as a love letter to summer. The ad plays as a tiny window into her summer and it resembles all of the best moments of summer: hot days, long nights, friends, love, happiness and the ability to make new stories. Canon is asking everyone to share their story with the #liveforthestory to win a 365-day trip around the world.
Malibu Rum: “Human Party Animals”
Malibu Rum released an entire series of commercials to promote the upcoming summer season. Their approach was to create a mini series of funny commercials along with another series addressing an environmental issue. “The Epic Beach Run #BecauseSummer” is the series of commercials featuring Instagram star, The Fat Jewish. These short ads are merely funny commercials aimed at promoting the rum while focusing on summer. The second series the company released is ‘Party Animals Hero #HumanPartyAnimals,’ which is the company’s call to action to help preserve sea turtles’ habitat this summer. The informative ad asks its viewers to share #HumanPartyAnimals picture this summer and Malibu will donate $5 per picture to @earthwatch to help save sea turtles.
Coca-Cola: “Guess My Name- Coca-Cola Summer”
Coca-Cola never fails to miss out of producing great summer commercials. One of their summer ads this year brings back their bottles with names. The ad is short, sweet and reeks of summer with the summer heat, the local pool and young love. Simply asking to share an ice-cold Coke to help answer summer’s most important questions- like the name of your crush- the ad is successful is promoting summer and Coke’s name bottles.
In 2016 alone, $493 billion was spent on advertising globally. It isn’t a surprise that advertising is a multi-billion-dollar industry when you take into consideration just how many adverts you see in a single day. In 2015, digital marketing experts estimated that Americans were exposed to 4,000 to 10,000 ads everyday. With the exponential growth of social media, smart phones and digital marketing in the past two years, it’s safe to say that the number of ads we are exposed to daily has only increased.
Because of the mass amount of advertisements we take in everyday, it takes a creative ad to be effective enough to stand out from the rest. So far this year there have been majorly successful ad campaigns, like AXE’s newest campaign, to huge advertising flops…yes, Pepsi, we’re talking about you. The month of May was no exception as we saw thousands of ads, some better than the rest. To be considered one of the best of the month, the ad must be memorable, elicit an emotional response, be aesthetically pleasing, have excellent music and, of course, shine positive light on the brand.
These are our choices for the best five ads from May:
1. “Live for the Story” – Canon
It’s no surprise that a company whose main job is to create top line camera equipment has the ability to create visually-appealing advertisements. However, Canon’s last campaign, ‘Live for the Story,’ is even better than what’s expected. The campaigns motto is “your world grows with each story you have, so live for the story,” which is paired alongside video ads of people living life to the fullest. The ads represent freedom, creativity, art, happiness and love, all alongside a catchy song and stunning visuals. The video is apart of a bigger campaign, ‘Summer for 365 days,’ which asks its audience to share their summer story on Instagram for a chance to win a trip around the world.
2. “#ThankATeacher” – California Lottery
The California Lottery works with schools and teachers across California to support the local education system. Their latest campaign, ‘Back to the Start,’ is about sending native Californians back to their elementary schools to thank their former teachers. This ad shows Venus Williams going back to school to express her gratitude to her first grade teacher. The ad shows a touching moment between former student and teacher; one that is relatable for anyone who has had a remarkable teacher. The ad is successful in drawing attention to the education system and the lottery’s #ThankATeacher campaign.
3. “Recalculating” – Jeep
Jeep’s ad that came out at the beginning of the month held its ground as one of the best of the entire month. Focusing on promoting their new 2017 Compass as a way to guide you, the ad follows people as their lives move in different, new and fast directions. It’s an inspiring ad that encourages people to find new paths and discover new realizations of the world and of themselves, all with the help of the compass guiding you. It’s an interesting take on a car commercial that sends an inspiring message about embracing change.
4. “The Human Billboard” – Le CRAN
Le Conseil Representatif des Associations Noires (le CRAN) is an anti-racism organization in France that published this ad in May to combat the country’s racism problems ahead of the election. After collecting racist insults online, from interviews and through audio testimonials, the ad follows Le CRAN covering a young man’s body in the insults and sending him into the streets. This real-life experiment shows the reactions of the public while the man hands out pamphlets with more information on them. This ad is not only a successful video campaign, but was successful in bringing attention to an ongoing social issue.
5. “Together #WePlayStrong” – Union of European Football Association (UEFA)
Although this ad was released on the last day of May, it made our list of one of the best ads of the month. The visuals, music, production and direction of the video are all very impressive, but another reason why it’s one of the best ads we saw last month? It is the first ever Pan-European campaign aimed at girls that promotes women’s soccer, which alone makes the ad worth watching. The ad is powerful, inspiring and full of encouragement for girls to play soccer.
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