Executing the Creative: Perspective Its the creative principles that matter o Good writing o Effective visuals The world in which ads exist has changed o Media and technology o Economic environment o Social environment
The Creative Team and the Creative Brief Creative Brief
Copywriters and Art Directors Copywriting is the process of expressing the value and benefits a brand has to offer. A Creative Brief is the guide used in the copywriting process that specifies the message elements of advertising copy.
Copywriting for Print Ads: The Headline Purposes: Get attention Gives news about the brand Emphasizes brand claims Gives advice to the reader Selects targeted prospects Stimulates curiosity Establishes tone and emotion Identifies the brand
Copywriting for Print Ads: Subhead: Appears above or below Headline Reinforce the headline Include important information and communicated in the headline Communicate key selling points or information quickly Stimulate more complete reading of the whole ad The longer the body copy, the more appropriate is the use of subheads
How does this ad follow all the guidelines for subheads? Created in house by Svetlana Electron Devices. Creative Director Jerri Batres; Photographer Jared Cassidy.
Copywriting for Print Ads: The Body Copy Techniques Straight-line copy Dialogue Testimonial Narrative Direct response copy
Copywriting for Print Ads: The Body Copy Guidelines Use present tense Use singular nouns and verbs Use active verbs Use familiar words and phrases Vary sentence and paragraph length Involve the reader Provide support for the unbelievable Avoid clichés and superlatives
Copywriting for Broadcast Advertising Different opportunities due to sight and sound Inherent limitations… o Broadcast ads offer a fleeting message o Broadcast employs more sensory devices which can ad or detract from consumers understanding of the message
Writing Radio Copy Radio listeners are not active. Radio has been called verbal wallpaper Radio can be the theater of the mind Formats: o Music o Dialog o Announcement o Celebrity announcer
Writing Radio Copy Guidelines Get attention/get to the point! Use common familiar language Use short words and sentences Stimulate the imagination Repeat the brand name Stress the main selling points Use sound and music carefully Tailor the copy to the time, place, and specific audience
Writing Copy for Television/Video Can create a mood Opportunity to demonstrate with action Words should not stand aloneuse visuals/special effects Precisely coordinate audio/visual Storyboard is the roadmap
Writing Television Copy Guidelines Use the video Support the video Coordinate the audio with the video Entertain but sell the brand Be flexible Use copy judiciously Reflect the brands personality and image Build campaigns
Copywriting for Digital/Interactive Media Hybrid of print and broadcast copy Audience has different meaning in digital o More incentive to read o Much of the copy is direct response o Audience may interact with ad o Print and broadcast recommendations for copywriting apply to digital
Copywriting Approaches to Digital/Interactive Advertising Long-copy landing page Short-copy landing page Long-copy email Teaser email copy Pop-up/pop-under copy Social media copy
Slogans/Taglines Short phrases used to… o Increase memorability o Help establish an image, identity or position for a brand or organization Good slogans can… o Be an integral part of brands image o Act as shorthand identification for the brand o Provide information about the brands benefits
Common Mistakes in Copywriting Vagueness Wordiness Triteness Bad taste –Attention getting, but simple minded Laundry lists of features Creativity for creativitys sake
Art Direction The Evolution from Words to Pictures Improved technology for better illustration Digital media allow frequent rotation of visuals Brand values communicated better with visuals Visuals can be protected legally Visuals are more globally portable than words across cultures Visuals allow placing the brand in a social context
Illustration Definition The actual drawing, painting, photography, or computer-generated art in the ad. Purposes: Attract attention of the target audience Make the brand heroic Communicate brand features or benefits Create a mood, feeling or image Stimulate reading of the body copy Create a desire social context for the brand
Illustrations can place the brand in a social context. Courtesy Sketchers USA, Inc.
Illustration Formats How the brand will appear as part of the illustration Formats include: o Emphasizing the social context or meaning of the product o More abstract formats Must be consistent with the copy/creative strategy
Design (and plan behind the structure) for the aesthetic and stylistic aspects of a print/digital advertisement. Is the Structure ….
Principles of Design Balance (Formal): Symmetrical presentation of elements
Art Direction and Production in Digital/Interactive Media Cyberspace is its own medium The audience is not passive At present, it is closer to print than TV o Streaming and RSS are improvements Revision can be nearly instantaneous Persuasive content versus entertainment is a challenge Consumer generated content (CGC) is making its way into cyberspace
Art Direction and Production in Radio Highlights the role of the copywriter Other members of creative typically not involvedmore tech people involved Process begins with soliciting bids Next step is casting talent –Announcer –Music talent Final prep and production = sound studio –Fact sheet ad –Live script ad
Art Direction in Television Advertising TV has changed the face of advertising TV is about moving visuals It can leave impressions, set moods, tell stories It can get consumers to notice the brand TV production is complex, with many people and requires tremendous organizational skills
The Creative Team in Television Advertising Agency Participants: Creative Director (CD) Art Director (AD) Copywriter Account Executive (AE) Producer Production Company Participants: Director Producer Production Manager Camera Department Art Department Editors
Creative Guidelines for Television Advertising Use an attention-getting/relevant opening Emphasize the visual Coordinate the audio with the visual Persuade as well as entertain Show the brand
Production Process for Television Advertising Preproduction: How creative can be brought to life Multiple activities that occur prior to filming the commercial Production (shoot) Activities that occur during filming Postproduction Activities that occur after filming to ready the commercial
Preproduction Process for Television Advertising Creation of a production timetable Selection of location, sets, and cast Production/Shoot
Production Process Filming the commercial, or the shoot The shoot involves large numbers of diverse people: o Creative performers o Trained technicians o Skilled laborers Sets often feature tension and spontaneity Typical national commercial costs $100,000 to $500,000
Postproduction Process Directors rough cut Digital editing Audio edit Master, dubs, and distribution