The Musings Of An Opinionated Sod [Help Me Grow!]


The Danger Of Marketing Inflation …

First it was advertising award entries.

Then it was Linkedin descriptions.

Now we are entering a new dawn … the dawn of the Kickstarter write up.

What am I talking about?

The age of ‘reality fiction’.

You know what I mean … where things people write are exaggerated to the edge of reality.

From the print ad that ‘changed how society looked at the World forever’.

To the ‘account executive’ who claims to have run the biggest, most profitable, most creative account in the agencies history. [But is still an AE]

To the watch – WATCH!!! – that claims it’s a rebel, despite the fact it is exactly like every other watch ever bloody made.

Seriously, some of this stuff is more fantastical than Harry Potter, which begs the question whether the role of marketing – whether it’s your work, your product or yourself – is now a help or a hindrance to achieving ambitions and goals?

It is for this reason that the brands I like – and I trust – are always aware of the difference between truth and marketing truth.

If I was in charge of ad awards, Linkedin and Kickstarter, I’d be encouraging the people who use their services to take note of that fact or they may find themselves without a business in the blink of an eye.


29 Comments so far
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I agree with you Robert. Kickstarter is terrible for overselling hardsell. Haven’t they heard of the boy who cried wolf?

Comment by George

Don’t blame kickstarter, planners started it.

Comment by DH

Actually creative directors started it, have you never watched Mad Men?

Comment by Bazza

the only reason youre protecting planners is because you get the thick fucks to write all your fucking presentations.

Comment by andy@cynic

But I will say that now the world is connected, it makes even less sense to big yourself up because you’ll be found out.

Comment by DH

Rob has managed it. At least with Dan Wieden.

Comment by Bazza

Dan doesn’t count. He’s too old to give a shit.

Comment by DH

hes had 5 years to realise his fucking mistake and hes done nothing about it so he deserves all he fucking gets.

Comment by andy@cynic

i fucking hate kickstarter. and anyone who flogs their shit on it. and anyone who buys shit from it. they think theyre cutting fucking edge but theyre just a bunch of fuckheads who live on their own with only their fucking cat for company and they hate them more than cats hate everyfuckingthing as well.

Comment by andy@cynic

Tell me how you really feel.

Comment by Rob

I agree with you but I find it interesting you are ridiculing Kickstarter when I would bet you are their #1 customer.

Comment by Pete

You know what Pete, you’re right … I have bought a lot of stuff on Kickstarter, but given I’ve either been underwhelmed by the final product or frustrated by paying but still not getting the goods, I won’t be doing it again. Or – to be more honest – I’ll be trying to remind myself to not be doing it again.

Comment by Rob

you not buying tat is like trump not buying wives. fucking impossible.

Comment by andy@cynic

IMHO, the watches are quite nice and really rather good value for money. And what’s wrong with the copy? It’s about as exaggerated as most of the crap you see brands using to sell their product. Or am I missing the point of your rant?

Comment by Ambrish Bandalkul

hey ambrish, want to buy a glass of water from me. only the fucking baddest of bad asses have it. yours for $100

Comment by andy@cynic

I agree Ambrish … contrived, cliched rubbish. Which is why a lot of advertising alienates rather than attracts.

Comment by Rob

Correct me if I’m wrong but didn’t W+K resurrect the art of inflated copy through the Isaiah Mustafa Old Spice campaign?..

Comment by TajdarOC

Except one is tongue in cheek and the other is trying to be absolutely serious. Kind of a major difference there.

Comment by Rob

Trouble is, you guys opened the floodgates without there being any guidelines to what is and isn’t acceptable… and in a world where Trump can become a US president, that’s playing with fire…

The world was fine with descriptive, unimaginative copy before you guys came and mucked it all up for errrybody. Hell, given enough time, I can probably link and credit W+K’s radical ideology to the rise of superfluous celebutants like the Kardashians, Amy Childs and half the conspiracy theorists churning out YouTube videos by the hour!

Comment by TajdarOC

So you’re blaming Wieden that their advertising didn’t come with a set of brand guidelines? You live on a very interesting planet TadjarOC.

Comment by George

@George, it gets very boring on the regular one, plus people down there aren’t that good at ‘sensing the tone’…. case in point.

Comment by TajdarOC

oi campbell, you have a troll. its been fucking ages since youve had one. he/she/it isn’t a very good one but beggars cant be fucking choosers can they.

Comment by andy@cynic

I think Tajdaroc is joking but if not, maybe he could offer Dan Wieden some tips on how to write great ads.

Comment by Pete

That logic makes tajdar a brexit supporter.

Comment by DH

“The hour hand is shaped like a large arrow, while the minute hand is straight. You’ll never mix them up and you’ll instantly know exactly what time it is.”

Because mixing up the hands on your watch is actually a problem? For whom?

Comment by LuoAnLai

“Reviewed by Top Gear”. Now there’s a testimonial for a watch.

Comment by Marcus

Hello Marcus. It has been a while. I hope all is very well with you.

Comment by George

Like old times.

Comment by DH

Hello George. All is well with me. I hope all is well with you and yours.

Comment by Marcus




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