We’ve all seen the Old Spice “Man Your Man Could Smell Like” campaign. But depending on who you ask, you’ll get any number of opinions. It increased sales. It didn’t increase sales, the coupons that ran simultaneously did. It was effective. It wasn’t effective. It was truly viral. It wasn’t a real viral effort. And so on.
Many of us look at the ad as a template for success. We want our ads to be overwhelmingly funny. We want to have our social marketing make people laugh hysterically. But your products probably aren’t made for hairy armpits.
I agree with the idea that this campaign shouldn’t be looked at a template for success. Because you can’t duplicate the elements that made it so original and so funny. But frankly, there are way too many products out there being advertising with a tonality that’s as serious as a heart attack.
Advertising takes itself, and the products it sells, way too seriously. And if a little levity can be brought into the selling cycle, I think we all benefit. But, like someone once said, “Dying is easy. Comedy is hard.”