Category Archives: US Presidential 2008

Plumbing and Politics

obama and plumberNo, you’re eyes don’t decieve you.  This is the most tenuous bastardisation of Obama’s campaign yet.  The advertisement for plumbing, guttering and decay repair (amongst others) came through my front door this morning.  It is particularly amusing given the deployment of ‘Joe the Plumber’ by John McCain as an example of how Obama’s economic policies would be to the detriment of small business.

David Cameron has aluded to the tedium of the every political party, business, man and his dog trying to learn the lessons of Obama’s success.  That having been said, on Thursday night I went to a really good event featuring Matthew McGregor (of Blue State Digital) and Tom Miller on the very subject of learning online lessons from across the pond, hosted by Compass.

They rightly highlighted that a central aim of political communication via the internet is to provoke an action from the reciever.  Be it to donate money, time or simply to pass it on to a friend.  The concept of advertising  – political or not – being an active process is not a new one.  But few organisations have genuinely internalised the fact that the internet enables immediate reaction and that therefore a siginificant part of any online message should be prompting such an instant response.

If you’ve reached this post via a search engine and are looking for a West London handyman, I’d hate for your first visit to be a disappointment:

West London Handyman, political chit-chat not included.

West London Handyman, political chit-chat not included.

Best Political Adverts of the 2008 Presidential Election

US pollster Mark Penn conducted a survey of politico’s for some ‘readers awards’ for the 2008 US Presidential election.  The winners were decided on the basis of  475 votes cast by the subscribers of Politics Magazine.  Here are the tv political advertisements that won gold, silver and bronze in the catergory of Best TV Spot of 2008 in the US Presidential Election: 

 1st – Hilary Clinton, 3 a.m

2nd – Barack Obama, Moment

3rd – John McCain, Celebrity

When Brands and Politicians Combine

A pick of the best recent brand advertisments that use politicians in their communication.  Not political advertising as such, more like advertising with politicians.  First up, Ben and Jerry’s jump on the Obama brand bandwagon (thanks to Adam for this one):

Ben and Jerry's take on 'Yes we can'

Ben and Jerry's take on 'Yes we can'

 

On the day that George Bush left office, Veet (a hair removal product) placed this advertisment in the Metro to say goodbye:

Great copy and brilliant media planning.

Great copy and brilliant media planning.

Virgin Active try to lighten up Westminster:

It'll take more than a treadmill or two to lighten up Westminster

It'll take more than a treadmill or two to lighten up Westminster

Who’d win in an election, Obama or Spiderman?

Obama v.s Spiderman

Obama v.s Spiderman

This is not political advertising as this edition of the comic was commissioned by Marvel not Obama’s team. 

 

However, this is an example of what many advertising agencies are starting to think about with regards to their brands.  As people become more difficult to reach through traditional means, making creative, fictional content which people will actively pursue (that features the brand in some respect at the core) will become an increasingly desirable avenue for advertisers (including political parties).

 

For example of a production agency who are doing just this sort of work for brands check out www.upset.tv

The dominance of the irrational

Political campaign guru Evan Tracey has compiled a playlist of videos and analysis from throughout the Obama vs McCain campaign that is well worth a look at.

The above video came from Tracey’s playlist and is an example of the sort of emotive advertising, that I mentioned earlier in the week, was badly needed in UK political communication. Brian Donahue just a wrote a very interesting piece on political advertising and emotion that is definitely worth checking out if you’re interested in this stuff, the crux of this thoughts are that:

“Emotional appeals almost always trump rational appeals when attempting to gain political support or create negative views about an opponent. Voters are more apt to create positive or negative feelings about an issue or candidate through emotions and sentiments rather than rational or logical arguments”