13 February, 2008

Was Andre Agassi Right?

Those who remember Canon’s campaign featuring the tennis world's answer to Patrick Swayze would recall the slogan “Image Is Everything.” Now, we wouldn’t go so far as to say image is everything. I’m a firm believer that no matter how brilliant the creative is, your poop cone idea may never get the market penetration you’re looking for.

But whether you’re selling goods, services or the seriousness of your local law enforcement, image can be pretty important.

Take a look at the following, and tell me I’m wrong:

This image says, “Stop what you’re doing, young scallywag, or I’ll tell you to stop again in my Outside Voice.”

This one says, “If I don’t hit you with the first shot, I’m probably not going to chase you.”

And this picture of Peruvian anti-riot police says, “Do what we say, or we’ll blow up Alderaan.”

In some cases, image does make a difference. Those guys look like the Kevlar Knights of the I’m Gonna Kick Your Ass Table.

Now take a look at some products for which image pretty much is everything

Axe body spray, with a campaign that essentially says, "Use Axe, and you will attract women," has been hugely successful. But it’s just spray deodorant, the fumes on which many a prepubescent chump has choked on in middle school locker rooms across the country. However, call it a “body spray,” pump up its image, and suddenly new life has been breathed into an old product. Tag body spray by Gillette adopted the same strategy.

Gatorade refers to their new G2 as an “off-field hydrator.” It’s really just low-calorie juice. But Pepsi labels the product as Gatorade and uses sports stars like Derek Jeter and Peyton Manning to build a brand image. Whatever happened to hydrating with WATER? But water is another culprit. People will pay $3.99 for a bottle of Fiji water, which tastes no better than $1.19 Aquafina, which tastes no better than tap water, simply because Fiji has an image that it's better than less expensive faucet-derived water.

The next big thing: Darth Water.

Trust me.

Previously in law enforcement: kids dig teddy bears.

Captain Awesome, Project Specialist

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5 others 'fessed up:

Anonymous,  February 14, 2008 at 10:31 AM  

Captain Awesome-

Alderaan has 2 a's at the end...


Rock on.... \m/

Captain Awesome,  February 14, 2008 at 10:41 AM  

Argh! I said to myself to look that up and totally forgot. Thanks for the tip. The problem has been rectified. And look for Darth Water in all Imperial grocery stores come mid-March.

Kate February 14, 2008 at 3:45 PM  

Fuji water tastes WAY BETTER than Aquafina, which is WAY BETTER than tap. Makes me question where your taste buds reside.....

M.M.McDermott February 14, 2008 at 3:55 PM  

You'll have to excuse the Cap'n. He drinks the rainwater from the agency's downspouts.

Captain Awesome,  February 15, 2008 at 2:04 PM  

See Kate, you've been brainwashed by brand imaging as well. Thank you for prooving my genius. Or maybe you just have nasty tap water.

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