Ban (the deodorant) is trying out citizen marketing with a viral twist by inviting people to write captions for photos in its “Ban It” campaign. Winning slogans will be featured in a future ad campaign.
The hoped-for virality is that friends will tell friends about their content creation. (My contribution in the picture at left is strictly from a scientific viewpoint.)
This campaign is a good start for getting customers involved with a product that’s rather utilitarian, especially for mass-market goods. I’m sure KAO Brands finds it immensely challenging to develop relationships with its end-customers, as do all consumer packaged goods manufacturers.
Ban The Tired Old Tricks
I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. Today—after working for seven agencies in five states—I am head of brand strategy and creative direction at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.