There’s a lot of talk about native advertising and content marketing. It has been so for a long while. Benefits are presented on regular basis. I am sure it is efficient, I can read the numbers. But it requires that your target audience are able to stand those self-prententious stories and that they are stupid enough to believe everything you tell them on a bought space.

But if you even suspect that your audience have humor and whits, you might reconsider the native/storytelling -strategy. People that can think for themselves usually want to keep it that way – and humor will be the safe passage to their heart (and wallet).

Therefore, make sure to KNOW your audience. Not as birthdates, genders and ZIP-codes. Know them as human beings. Use your empathy and put yourself in their position. Find the right knowledge before you start. And go from there.

In a study done by 24-Gruppen in Sweden it has been said that 85% of the men in the age between 16 and 24 had adblockers installed on their browser. At the same time Instagram introduces ads and at least in Sweden the responsible of that initiative claims that “people are not tired of advertising per se, they are just tired of irrelevant advertising.” By that we are suppose to understand that all we have to do is relevant ads.

But the whole idea of advertising is to be one step ahead of the customer. To show something that he or she haven’t thought of. Wether that is the idea itself or what it sells, doesn’t matter. Good advertising makes itself relevant. We didn’t know that Red Bull could give us wings before they surprised us with that fact. And how relevant was Old Spice before the man who smells like a man should smell like told us that everything is possible? And what American man in the early 60′s knew that to think small was the new black, until an ugly German car told them so?

Relevant advertising is just information. The need is already awake inside the customer and now it is down to best value for money. Basic marketing my friends.

So skip the engineering with trying to figure out when to reach who with what. They are all tired to pieces to skip you in the flow and to hunt that X in the corner that gives them back their screen. Surprise them! Engage them! Be there first. Be the one.

Make yourself relevant.

“Let me tell you about the Volkswagen campaign. When we were awarded with the account the first thing we did was to spend much time in the factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. We spent days talking to engineers, production men. executives, workers on the assembly line. We matched side by side with the molten metal that hardened into the engine, and kept going until every part was finally in its place. We watched fńĪnally as a man climbed behind the steering wheel, pumped the first life into the newborn “Bug” and drove it. We were immersed in the making of a Volkswagen and we knew what our theme had to be. We knew what distinguished this car. We knew what we had to tell the American public. We had to say; “This is an honest car.” This was our selling proposition. We had seen the quality of materials that were used. We had seen the almost incredible precautions taken to avoid mistakes. We had seen the costly system of inspection that turned back cars that would never had been turned down by the consumer. We had seen the impressive effńĪency that resulted in such a an unbelievable low price for such a quality product, We had seen the pride of the craftsmanship in the worker that made him exceed even the high standards set for him. Yes, this was an honest car. We had found our selling proposition.” //Bill Bernbach, DDB

A brand is a promise that takes decades to build. And will be demolished in seconds.

IKEA Singapore couldn’t stop them selves in mocking with Apple and their new stylus. As an advertiser I agree…it’s hilarious. But an a brand strategist I cry.

Yes you get halfway, both Attention and Interest in AIDA. But who actually gets the Desire and the Action? Well, the one your’e talking about of course. The more you mock them, the happier they get. Apple is the strongest brand in the world. When they release a few updates and a couple of new items the world is listening. When IKEA reveals a new sofa, who cares?

The lesson learned here is simple. If you by any way compare yourself with another the one(s) who listening will getscurious and want to find out about that other you’re talking about. The other one gets the interest. And the action will be directed in that direction.

This is basic. Surely someone at IKEA knows this. Why pay for supporting another brand than your own?

“The media world is in shock” it says, as Apple declares that ad-blockers will be integrated in the Safari web-browser on the iOS 9.

Well, what could be more natural? Media, media agencies and ad agencies have all been putting their creativity on how to take over my screen. A strategy used by porn sites in the 90′s. ¬†If they instead knew how to engage the user a ad-blocker wouldn’t have been necessary. Now it is. It really is.

Even as an advitiser I don’t like ads that takes over my screen. I chase that “X” that closes the window – and I tell you…I don’t see the logo of that ad while doing that. I don’t get the message. I just get pissed off. Certainly ads like that should be blocked.

I have been quite critical over the path that Volvo took for their brand. The premium performance path was just not just open in my mind. I wasn’t alone. Without any doubt H√•kan Samuelsson has directed tho whole organization to an empty spot in the car buyers mind,¬†the smart premium car. The new XC90 has a quite classic Volvo design and was launched with only four cylinder engines. Even though I believe BMW has lower ecological footprint while building their cars and their engines are probably “cleaner” than Volvo’s, perception is almost averting as it comes to brand equity. Volvo probably has more cylinders up their sleeves – but still. A luxury SUV with an friendly attitude towards the environment and people. Yes, that will work..