It's been quite some time since we've wagged our tongue over the most popular ad babe of all time, Britney Spears. As you may recall, she's done work for Candies, Pepsi, a Japanese tea brand, she's worked with the NFL and, of course, she's promoted all kinds of her own branded products.
Now she's back promoting a line of lingerie, the new Intimate Britney Spears Anemone Collection. In a new ad she can be seen frolicking about wearing the lingerie and cooing such nonsensical gibberish as, "I am the dramatic beauty of a city at night" and "Moonlight silhouettes the curves of my body. And the sharp vines of thin black strings that keep the dash of daring mesh and scalloped edges where they belong."
That said, the woman has had a lot of ups and downs in her life, a lot of drama and, no doubt, a lot of sadness. So, hey, if she can leverage her fame into lines of fragrance and lingerie, all the more power to her.
Smart brands realize they need experts to help them craft advertising programs that resonate with their customer base, deliver ROI and make the cash register ring. An agency provides an unbiased, 50,000 foot view of the media landscape and can choose what's right for the brand in a media agnostic manner.
This differs from, shall we say, a less-than-smart brand that decides to work directly with individual media outlets. If a brand follows this path and decides to work directly with a media outlet, they are going to end up with a biased media recommendation because this resource is not going to offer an unbiased, 50,000 foot recommendation. They are going to offer only what's in their portfolio. And that's not in the best interest of the brand.
Remember Honda Cog? That Rube Goldberg exercise in amazement? Many brands paid homage to that stunt. Well. here's one more.
Japanese optics brand au Hikari has worked up its own two minutes of awesome except the whole thing is powered by light. You know, the way you can use a magnifying glass to burn paper? Well, apparently, there's a lot more fun you can have with light.
Give the video a watch.
Last year, the 3% Conference held its inaugural event. In various ways, the conference came at the fact that just 3% of creative directors are women. I was there and it was an insightful, educational experience.
Sadly, I can't make this year's conference but there is good news to share. The conference may have to change its name because women now make up 11% of all creative directors.