Self-Promo Ad Bypasses Quirky, Arrives at Haywire

Tribal DDB bought a full page ad in the May issue of Creativity. It’s a long copy ad full of dense prose that leads nowhere. Which, given the clincher, is clearly the point: Nobody Forwards Print
Oddly, this message comes inside the new Creativity, a magazine that has upgraded it’s packaging considerably with this latest issue. Stranger yet that Tribal DDB would leave this clue in the text:
Said clue leads to the video embedded above. Which in turn leads to Size Monkey, a site I know nothing about.
So, where are we? Creativity has a new look and feel. Tribal DDB used the occasion of the redesign to lampoon the print medium and long copy ads. I think. Perhaps there’s something else happening here, something I’m too dense to get.



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.