A brand is a person’s gut feeling about a product, service, or company. Advertising Concept Book (Second Edition) by Pete Barry citing Marty Neumeier

Set the scene quickly. Unless there’s a reason to keep the listener guessing where the commercial is taking place, set the scene as quickly as you can (it will help the listener to imagine the situation straight away,… Read More

If you have to say that a melamine kitchen table is 100% scratch resistant, why not have the sound of someone tap-dancing on them in rough boots to prove your point? Advertising Concept Book (Second Edition) by Pete Barry… Read More

Sound can be grand, subtle, complex, obscure, comical, spine chilling, or emotive. Think about how a particular sound of an old song can make you feel; how it can transport you to a precise moment in time. Advertising… Read More

Long copy ads can be great. Even if a customer doesn’t read every word, it looks like the company has a lot to say. Advertising Concept Book (Second Edition) by Pete Barry citing Ken Muir

The final twist. The approach of ‘sending a person in one way then pulling the rug from under them’ is a perfect, popular technique in TV commercials. In fact, it’ a tried and tested method. Advertising Concept Book… Read More

You may be required to position a new brand, or reposition a dying one. Both tasks require that you define what the brand is. Advertising Concept Book (Second Edition) by Pete Barry

A mnemonic is a ‘memory aid’ that helps people to remember your product or campaign. These can be visual, audio, or both using a memorable voice, or even a simple sound effect or jingle. Advertising Concept Book (Second… Read More

Start with a press ad, then blow it up… and it’s a poster! Stick it in an envelope…and it’s direct mail! Film it… and it’s a TV ad! Animate it… and it’s interactive!… Advertising Concept Book (Second Edition) by… Read More

If a sound exists, it can be easily recorded, re-created, or imitated in the studio. And don’t forget about audio mnemonics (memory aids like jingles and voice overs), which can help to brand a product or campaign. Advertising… Read More

When an idea is translated into more than one form of communication or media it’s known as ‘integrated.’ In other words, it’s not just a big idea that translates within one creative area, it’s a big idea realized… Read More

The flavor of the month will date a commercial quickly, and generally over-used actors might not make your commercial sound distinguishable. Use a voice that’s memorable, but don’t just think of the obvious actors: it will help to… Read More

Whatever medium you are working in, try to involve the consumer as much as possible. Advertising Concept Book (Second Edition) by Pete Barry

Every time you come across a long or fancy word in your writing, spend 15 to 30 seconds to think of a one-syllable version. Advertising Concept Book (Second Edition) by Pete Barry

It’s not that words like ‘went’ or ‘cut’ are particularly boring, but they do miss the opportunity to describe how someone/someething went or cut. For example: Went: slid, bounced, waddled, jetted… Cut: hack, dissect, bite, saw… Note, too,… Read More

At the very least, compare and contrast by taking any words like ‘great’ and ‘tasty’ out (of your copy) before putting them back in. As a definite rule, honest humanity beats phony every time. Advertising Concept Book (Second… Read More

In general, use plain, simple, familiar spoken English. The only time to include a long or little known word is when absolute precision of meaning is vital. And if the audience doesn’t know the word, what’s the point… Read More

Using, facts, statistics, demonstrations, and quotes within an ad help to create a more convincing argument for the client. More so than opinion. Whether used within the body copy or elsewhere, these create an important sense of objectivity,… Read More

Whatever tone you choose, the more you can make your copy sound like one person talking to another, the better. This helps to disarm and engage the reader. Perhaps pick a friend, neighbor, or relative who might be… Read More