Why Are You Addicted to the UPS Whiteboard Ads?
When do you know your ad has surpassed "marketing tactic" status and has become a pop-culture icon? When SNL makes fun of you, of course!
In 2007, UPS launched a 34 million dollar campaign, called the UPS Whiteboard. With TiVo stopping power, the whiteboard artist, Andy Azula, seems to have a knack for entrancing all people that watch these ads, getting the message across in a very memorable "goal-oriented" fashion.
So what's the process?
UPS understood they offered an oil-tanker full of great resources, but had no clue how to communicate all these ideas to their target market, and at the same time keep brand consistency. Enter the Martin Agency. Their solution? A whiteboard, a brown marker and a "man in a lady wig." (Watch the SNL clip and you'll understand) So, why is the Whiteboard campaign so effective?
The Whiteboard Ads combine three elements. Narrative, Illustration and Simplicity. The ads are quite easy to understand and follow, which is a big part of the success; but they also use a "hidden" tactic.
The Hidden Tactic:
Intentional, or accidental, UPS and the Martin Agency have taken your brain hostage. With a whiteboard setup typically found in learning environments, your mind interprets the ad as a "learning opportunity." It is also helpful that the very concept being illustrated (literally) is also audibly communicated to you at the same time. In other words, all areas of your noggin are lighting up with delight, therefore you are more likely to recall this experience. (See BusinessWeek's findings on this)
The Goal-Oriented Result!
By exercising what we believe is a great example of "Goal-Oriented" Design, UPS has taken you to school and they are confident you learned your lesson. Can you easily recall many of the major selling points of UPS service months after seeing the ad?
How about at your company? Are you using pretty designs or goal-oriented designs?
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