It’s been a while since a simple print ad has stopped me in my tracks. But the big black & white image of Taylor Swift promoting her new Reputation album really caught my attention. Wait, a big blaring advertisement for a new record on the side of a UPS truck? On the side of every UPS truck? That’s a bit odd. Which is exactly why it has had such an impact.
Not surprisingly, Swift and her marketing team tied their ubiquitous print ad to a sophisticated online promotion/contest around the artist’s upcoming tour. But they hooked us with a good old-fashioned, strategically and surprisingly placed print ad.
Actually, that approach isn’t so new. Back in 1925, the Burma-Shave company began advertising their “brushless” shaving cream with signs placed along the nation’s highways. After driving by five consecutive, rhyming signs, motorists were hit with the punch line, always containing the product name, on sign number six. Sales went through the roof.Read More