Wieden + Kennedy Doesn’t Do Drive-To-Retail, Not Even For Target

Who are these ads speaking to? Seriously, I’d like to know.
Technically speaking, the spots are well made. My problem is with the strategy. I don’t see Target shoppers connecting with these spots, and I don’t understand the need to remind Target shoppers what products are available in the store, particularly when the products in question are merely theater props. This feels like just another “clever for clever’s sake” campaign, and who does that serve? Not the client. And not the client’s customers.



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.