Movie Poster-Style Ads Tell A Story, Sadly The Real Story Isn’t Ready For Prime Time

There are no winners in war. Yet, to come out ahead, you need to capture more than enemy strongholds, you need to reach the hearts and minds of the people. That’s why soldier-marketer, Lt. Col. Allen McCormick, is deploying the marketing expertise he gained at Procter & Gamble to “target” Afghan citizens with ads, not bombs.
“The [U.S.] military does two of three things well — they know who they want to reach and what they want to say, but they don’t know how to say it,” said Mr. McCormick, who is chief of information operations and psychological operations (PSYOP) for the U.S.’s combined joint task force in eastern Afghanistan.
[via Ad Age]



About David Burn

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 at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.