Tuesday, July 06, 2010

HKET fan page

Ask yourself as a FB user or a user of any social media : under what circumstances would you share a page, a video or any news ? Either you find it useful or funny for others to enjoy. So in this case, if you don't find the HKET page useful, you just won't share it. Would such lucky draw boost the number of people sharing the page ? Some people may be attracted but I suspect most of us won't really bother. Try paying people to become a fan of your page ? You will need to pay more. LOL

Monday, June 28, 2010

LION ZACT smoke stain removing toothpaste

It's quite a laugh with the play of words and the old 賭聖 movie. It's not a sophisticated kind of humour but it catches your attention and makes you remember. Positioned specifically to smokers, this smoke stain removing toothpaste has been around for ages. Compared with whitening toothpaste, the potential market size is much smaller. Yet the bigger whitening market is occupied by bigger brands like Colgate and Darlie. Smaller brand can still have a chance to succeed by occupying a specific niche.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Kimberly Clark print ad

Tissue paper, like many other FMCG products, is a saturated market. Brands are competing for market share while there is literal no market growth. Kleenex, Andrex and Scott are the first comers that developed the category. Yet over the years, their shares are eaten up by other cheaper alternative brands. Why ? First the category is generic in the sense that there is minimal product differences among different brands. Second, the more well-known brands did not invest much in marketing communications. Now it's all too late. Will consumers buy more of these three brands because it is a famous international company that produce them ? It gets consumers more confused in a way. What are the differences among the three brands ?

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Nestea print ad

Let me use textbook theories to explain the intention behind this consecutive ads. Print advertising is an one-way non-personal communications. It's not easy to grab people's attention and reader involvement is low in the communication with print ad. So we need to think of a good way to involve and engage the readers better : give them an IQ test. Better still, if the IQ test is related to our product, we can do the selling at the same time. Prefect thinking but the result like this is more like a self-talking piece. I consider myself educated and got some IQ.... I still can't understand the questions and answers.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Support the 2012 constitutional package !

Will you be more inclined to support the 2012 constitutional package after watching this ad ? It just provokes more criticisms. Advocacy advertising is an two-edge sword and it's not easy to handle. When done badly, it would only work against you. Advertising is considered not so credible and using advertising to advocate an issue would easily attract more rejections and cynicism. Our government should learn more from the political advertising in countries like the US and the UK . They have one common characteristic, that is, emotional appeal.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

芬達 Fanta Da咩"火羅"!

What does it mean by Da咩"火羅" ? Da咩 is Japanese meaning No/Stop. "火羅" is Cantonese slang meaning embarrassment. So the ad is trying to say you are smart drinking Fanta and there is no more embarrassment. Yes yes yes you are clever enough to understand what Da咩"火羅" means and there is no need for me to explain. This was exactly what I had in mind when I heard the radio ad of Fanta explaining what Da咩"火羅" means ! The ad is intended to create some kind of new buzzword for the young in the hope that it will be a 潮語 among them. Yet it is feared that this new buzzword is not understood. So an radio ad is produced to explain. Who planned all these ? The adult marketers. Buzz is not created by advertising. It tells in your face. It's not quite the way of communications to the young.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

PCCW Wi-Fi promotion

PCCW Wi-Fi is offering 2-month free trial of its hotspot Wi-Fi service. Don't get too excited about it. First, only users of mobile phone can enjoy this free trial. Why ? Data volumes used by mobile phones are usually smaller than computers. So it would be safe to offer free trial to mobile phone users only. Even if many people try it for free at the same time, the network wouldn't be overloaded so that the speed experience is maintained. Another catch is that the ad trumpets about the 100M speed. Yet in fact it's only available at certain hotspots only... how much longer can telco kid consumers with small prints ? I wonder.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Supor ad

When I saw this ad, I said to myself I must be getting old and dumb. I didn't understand this clever ad. It's selling non-stick pan alright but there is a creative idea which I found it hard to understand. I tried look at it closely, turn it upside down and even flipped a few pages of the magazine to look for follow-up explanation, presumably it's a teaser. None... I managed to figure it out after spending some more time on it... know what it's about ?

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Heineken Italy Case Study

Thanks to a friend who sent me this. This video only lasts 5 minutes or so. It's worth the time to watch it and think it over. Everyone is talking about the importance of social media in marketing communications. It's free and it can reach the younger generation. Is it simply about posting your TVC onto YouTube ? And you expect people to send and share it ? If it's not creative or anything funny, people would not share it at all. Heineken here is a good example. You may call it a PR stunt, with the use of internet to spread it out.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


得力素, Detrox, is such a long forgotten brand name. It was a glucose drink at the start and later diversified into lemon candy with glucose in the middle, said to be healthy (because of the Vitamin C) and give you the energy (because of the glucose). Now it re-appears as a candy that gives you brain energy after so many years. Does the positioning sound familiar ? It's like the candy version of Lucozade. Will that sell ? Maybe. If consumers buy on the brain energy positioning of Lucozade, there may be room for a brain energy candy which is more convenient. Yet it will takes a lot of resources and commitment to build/re-build such a brand.