If you’ve ever really dealt with big brand advertising from a media perspective you know it’s hard to advertise low interest brands on the Internet. a lot harder than advertising than on TV. it’s hard because most of the big consumer brands were forged in the TV medium. they were probably low interest but very necessary products. And TV gave them the perfect opportunity to carpet bomb consumers’ consciousness and “brand” their brand directly onto the cerebral cortex of the nation. all it took was money. easy!
so perhaps not unsurprisingly, a lot of these brands now find themselves in a bit of a technological pickle. TV, their ice floe, is melting. And the Internet — the medium that doesn’t require advertising for its existence thank you very much — doesn’t love them. Because they’ve never really had to care if people loved them or not. they just cared about market share. they cared about themselves. which was perfectly reasonable. the system was what it was. TV facilitated their rise. TV wasn’t interactive. and selling things is hard enough without having to factor love and other intangibles into the equation.
these times require a different skill set for both advertisers and agencies. things have gotten a lot more complicated. and these brands suddenly have to reinvent themselves in lots of new ways. looking back it was so easy: approve one-sided messaging, ad agency creates it, run it, sit back and practice your golf swing/ tennis serve.
TV was the perfect system for creating big brands in a big country. It’s still very much with us (the superbowl. beat that Internet! snap.) and will be for a very long time. but its no longer the decisive force it once was in our culture. and to an extent its worth to advertisers was based on the insanely broad reach it had. but increasingly no longer has.
Change is good!*
*if by good you really mean a pain in the ass that eventually yields a positive result and is therefore totally worth it.