Making Ads Suck Less (Or Why Brands Should be More Like Bill Murray)


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Originally typecast early in his career, Bill Murray has blossomed into one of the most respected and versatile comedic talents in the world today. Along the way, he's developed a passionate and dedicated following due in part to an attribute of consistent unpredictability. Simply put, the Bill Murray brand has reached legendary status, and brands would be wise to learn from this. Rather than relying on re-hashing old ideas into new ones or patterning your advertising off of what competitors are already doing, brands should develop their own sense of unpredictability and work that into their overarching strategy. This talk focuses on some good examples of brands gone awesome and how going with your gut can sometimes change the world.

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Making Ads Suck Less (Or Why Brands Should be More Like Bill Murray)

  1. 1. So who is this guy? Mike Cole – Sales & Strategy @ reddit
  2. 2. Making Ads Suck Less (or why brands should be more like Bill Murray)
  3. 3. Bill Murray’s Transformation 1980 1988 1996 2004 2012
  4. 4. Consistent Unpredictability He knows his “brand” allows flexibility. He has a gut reaction to a situation. He responds to the situation the only way he knows how (his brand voice). He does not pass up an opportunity to do something awesome.
  5. 5. The Bill Murray Brand “No one’s ever going to believe you.” Frat Party Dish Washer Karaoke Enthusiast 1-800-Bill-Murray DJing with Wu Tang
  6. 6. Brands can’t afford to shy away from doing something awesome Everything you do in life is essentially an ad (whether or not you show up to a party drunk or if you’re a huge brand that donates 250k to charity.) People react a certain way when you do things in life. Brands should have an “awesome shit” budget. Seriously. It’s not real-time. It’s not experimental. It’s not emerging media. It’s a larger, but simpler idea than that. The key is being able to recognize a unique set of circumstances that compliment who your brand is, and reacting to those circumstances.
  7. 7. Nike: Something awesome, just do it. The shoe we’ve all wanted for 25 years: $10,000 Inspired by one man’s love of rainbow, sugary goodness: $1,300
  8. 8. Spirit Air: Relevancy, F*ck Yeah! Timely responses to current, and the occasional controversial event Stepping outside of their comfort zone IS their comfort zone Real time relevance
  9. 9. Fathead: Turning crisis into opportunity
  10. 10. ...and then going above and beyond
  11. 11. Oreo: Advancing the human race It was incredibly clunky, high pressured, and a logistical nightmare A bunch of decision makers in the same room at the same time preparing for the unknown When it happened they recognized the opportunity and reacted And every brand/agency in America went to work the next morning and said “How can we do that?”
  12. 12. Conspiracy theorize this, bitch.
  13. 13. But what would Bill Murray do? Bill Murray would light a cigarette in the face of the unknown. Embrace going outside of your comfort zone. If you know your brand you can take the leap. Bill Murray wouldn’t stress out about it. There are successes and failures in any endeavor, the question is “Hey man, did I make my point?” Bill Murray would keep it simple. Is it awesome? Cool let’s figure it out. Is this kind of lame? Let’s move on.
  14. 14. Oh, and one last thing Chicken McNuggets are made using USDA inspected boneless white breast meat chicken. McDonald’s does not use the process known as mechanically separated chicken, nor do Chicken McNuggets ever at any point, look like this photo. Chicken McNuggets are made from real, quality ingredients and prepared by trusted suppliers that must adhere to not only all food safety laws and regulations, but also our high standards. There is no secret to what's in Chicken McNuggets, the ingredients are already easily found on our website including USDA-inspected white meat chicken and a crunchy tempura batter.
  15. 15. Thanks for coming. XOXO Mike