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1insightsWhat they areSay hello.Talk about how this presentation was written in a hurry as some sort of foil for the possibility that it’s all crap!And what they’re not
2Generally, ‘Insights’ is just a horribly misused word! Along with ‘Brand’ and ‘Strategy’Start with a good rant about misused words and the abundance of buzzwords in marketing - usually to the obfuscation of any real meaning.Try to remember to use the word “obfuscation” in particular.
3consumer insights cultural insights future insights product insights brand insightsmarket insightsTalk generally about insights - the multitude of different types that exist - the fact that this list may not even be exhaustive and definitely contains some areas that don’t make for particularly good insights.At least, not that I’ve seen to date. But, you never know…Reference some real examples that are coming later - like the Crispin Porter Burger King stuff that rides the wave of anti- metrosexual eating.And, the Got Milk work from Goodby Silverstein that found an insight in the relationship between Milk and other foods.Maybe mention the need for some friction - that Milk exists out of the negative - that finding some of these insights requires that you push against the usual patterns of behaviour. This could come later, though!purchase insightsusage insightsowner insights
4Why insights are important Strong insights often lead to great work. Not all the time, but enough to make them worthwhileMaybe admit that at the outset the author was going to rubbish insights as passe - the thing of yesteryear. But, upon reflection and a bit of digging, it became clear that the real problem isn’t that they’re no long useful - it’s that so many ads don’t actually contain real insights and we’ve spent so much time talking about them that they’ve become part of marketing language.They’re oft talked about, but rarely found.Much as we’d like to pretend that it all came from planners, it probably didn’t - in reality, a lot of the time it’s the creatives who inject the insight. That’s part of the process of creating work. And, more often than not, the account team were responsible for making a leap of thinking that exposed a real insight.However you find them, though, they are definitely worth having. When you look around, you’ll find that a lot of really great work has a great insight at the heart of it.
5Idea Insight Sony - Balls Guinness - Noitulove Honda - WhatIf? Honda - CogBudweiser - WhassupOrange Film BoardFox Sports NetNike - TagSubservient ChickenAppleIkea - LampHonda - WhatIf?Honda - GrrBit of a last-minute thought - what have the main Cannes winners had - insights or not?And the answer’s pretty clear - very few are insight-based.Doesn’t mean that insights are useless - just be careful not to think they’re the only route to a great ad.
6in•sight |'in¡sït|Noun The capacity to gain an accurate and deep intuitive understanding of a person or thingThe interesting bits being accurate - although that sounds pretty obvious.But, Intuitive - and I think that is important, because it’s not about rational thinking and slavish research.You need to find something that strikes a chord with people - it’s a gut-felt response we’re looking for, and not a head nod.
7in•sight•ful |in-sahyt-fuhl| Adjective Characterised by or displaying insight; perceptiveEqually, and the only reason I pulled this in as well - there needs to be a degree of ‘perceptive’ in there.Something that is perceptive, can’t be too obvious - it can’t just be an observation - which is a key distinction.
8Diageo’s definitionAn insight is a penetrating observation about consumer behaviour that can be applied to unlock growthYet more words!Probably the most interesting thing about this is that it’s one of so many definitions that exist - and, to be honest, I just chose this one because Herve told it to me and it was really rational.It feels like the minute you talk about it this mechanically that you lose some of the sauce you’re looking for.
9Stuff WCRS planners said, when asked… “A new Point of View that’s immediately recognisable”“An insight is NOT an observation - it explains why, rather than just observing that people do something”“It must be cause AND effect - insights prompt effect”Naturally, talking to people we know here produced far more interesting results.Particularly the last one, from Jo, which is kind of an insight in itself.“Insights... They’re things that other people think of, then you immediately wish you had”
10insight Disruption Observation Talk about Chiat and HHCL and disruption - finding conventions and breaking themTalk about general insights being less disruptive, but equally potent. The need to actually find something with a point (or a point of view). Wang on for while about creativity and insights - the fact that some ads have great insights and yet are rubbish (like AA which weﾕll look at later) and maybe P&G falls into this camp - although you have to admire ﾒLove Dirtﾓ because that was actually great.Observation
11My Opinion (as of yesterday) An insight is a revelation that produces great work (there should be a degree of “Fuck me. I never thought of it like that!”)We know that we’re avoiding a trap here - which is that our “insight” is just an observation and maybe not even a particularly astute one.So, for me, the important word is “revelation” - the need for something that changes our opinion… and that can be done in many different ways, but is definitely a key part of the best communications.
12Judging your insight…Will people get it? Is it something new? Is it simple enough? Can you support it? Will it effect change?Talk about how maybe it doesn’t need a definition anyway - after all, nobody has an agreed definition, so maybe it’s because it’s a bit more complex than that.In which case, maybe we’re better off using a set of questions to see whether we’ve got a good ‘un…
13Is it still interesting? Write it on a blank sheet of paper, with no supporting wordsIs it still interesting?For me, one of the best tests of anything that you think is a breakthrough, an idea or an insight is to write it on a piece of paper - on its own and make sure that itﾕs large type in the middle of lots of white space. Then judge it - can it stand the test of brevityﾉ No supportﾉ All that. Do you still feel proud?
14To be fair, good insights are usually hard to find… How to find insights…To be fair, good insights are usually hard to find…I don’t think I can really tell you how to find them, since it involves some inspiration and some degree of looking at a problem in a way that nobody has before - otherwise, it won’t be fresh enough to be an insight.So, instead, I thought I’d touch on a couple of things I think then use examples - nice cop out!
15Research ≠ Insights First off, I want to be vitriolic about research. It’s not that I don’t think we should do it, it’s just that I think it’s become a crutch for everyone.And, as such, it no longer produces the magic we’re looking for.Unless you do something weird with it.Take business people out to dinner. Or go on field trips with consumers.Basically, do something different with them if you want to find a different answer.AND MAKE SURE you know what you’re asking - always go in with a new hypothesis to test. Otherwise, you’ll probably find what everyone else discovered 5 years ago.
16(research being one tool for discovery) Discovery » Insights(research being one tool for discovery)Discovery isn’t exactly the revolutionary term I was looking for, but it will have to do - since I couldn’t think of anything else last night at 8pm.But, if you’re thinking about exploring and discovering, then you’re at least thinking bigger than research.And, the research will need to live up to more in itself.So, go discover. And make it a big old trip so it’s got a good chance of digging up something new...
17Don’t pretend it’s an insight when it’s not! (you’ll only get found out)Finally, and I know this is a bit of a side point - don’t kid yourself that you’ve got a great insight when you don’t.There’s nothing worse than pretending.Because it probably means that you won’t find another part of your brief or strategy to upweight instead.After all, the insight isn’t everything!
18Some examples...Right, time for some examples. And some ads to keep you awake!Hopefully these will give you some ideas beyond the obvious for finding an insight as well as be ads that you haven’t seen.In the hope of keeping it interesting, I’ve purposefully gone with a majority of US ads. Also, mention the Rob T. dig about being “West Coast” proud!The main point is to show different ways that people FOUND these insights, though - so don’t just watch the ads.
19Burger King Crispin Porter & Bogusky Employed a social scientist Employed a social scientist to make a bigger cultural observation about what people are eating and why, revealing a dissatisfaction amongst men...
21California Milk Board Goodby Silverstein & Partners Used a deprivation studyGoodby Silverstein & PartnersObserved that Milk was best with food... then they used a deprivation study to find the insight...
23Talked to the phone operators, instead of just customers The AAHHCLTalked to the phone operators, instead of just customersHHCLSaw that AA members talked about how friendly the AA repairmen were (hence the previous ads). But, when they talked to the phone operators, they found a far more provocative insightﾉ that people are in a real panic when they call - they are in an ﾒemergencyﾓ and not looking for a friendly face so much as a saviour.Cue ﾒ4th emergency serviceﾓ ad - Not on adcritic, nor on YouTube - Iﾕll try to get a link later on.But, I was shocked to see the ad wasnﾕt as great as the insight - I remembered it as being one of the great ones, but it isnﾕt - itﾕs a bit straight and not HHCL-like at all. Oh well.
25Found an insight within comments from the CEO EDSFallonFound an insight within comments from the CEOFallonNobody understood or particularly cared about IT outsourcing until it was brought to life in a different way. An insight they found within a comment from the CEO...An ad that opened the door for a company that nobody understood nor saw reason to meet with. It even got mentioned by Bill Clinton, so it got a presidential seal of approval!
27HP iPod Goodby Silverstein & Partners Delved into people’s playlists Delving into people’s playlists, they found that the mash up of music was far greater than you’d ever expect - Bach next to U2, Interpol, Eminem, Willie Nelson and so on...This insight enabled us to do something with a brief that seemed impossible: to co-exist with the iPod ads without looking totally lame!
29A Creative Director reminiscing VolkswagenArnold, BostonA Creative Director reminiscingEveryone shows cabrios/convertibles in the sunshine.Until Arnold did this night spot - which brought to life the hidden joy of a night drive.All because the creative director, Lance Jensen, had a different view of convertibles from his own college years. His comment: “Everyone thinks beach and sun, but at night it’s like you’re in a space ship.”Personally, I love this - it nails that secret joy of having a convertible - driving when itﾕs warm and night (not something youﾕll get to do often in the UK, admittedly) is sheer magic. And itﾕs totally different - even the idea that the kids were more responsible, more taken with the mood than a party.
31Game Show Network Chiat Day, San Francisco A group outing that inspired the campaignAnother agency to take a slightly different perspective. Chiat Day.Who took the whole team out to the studios of Game Show Network for a day initiation.And spotted something that research probably never would.The fun isn’t in taking part - it’s in knowing the answer when the idiot in the chair has frozen in fear!I spent ages looking for ﾒMarsupialﾓ but I couldnﾕt find it. Then I found ﾒBotulismﾓ on visit4info - click here, but I canﾕt see it on YouTubeﾉ Iﾕll look and try to find it later, too. Itﾕs that great ad with people shouting ﾒBotulism!ﾓ at the screen with increased intensity - until the dim-witted contestant is seen saying ﾒsalmonella?ﾓ - endline: You know you know.
33Proof that insights aren’t always the answer Two final examples...Proof that insights aren’t always the answerI thought Iﾕd finish with a couple of examples that mixed it up - one that shows a great ad that isnﾕt based on an insight - but with the APG paper that talks about the insight in detailﾉ then one that we could debate as a group as to whether it had an insight or notﾉ
34British Airways Saatchi & Saatchi Great ad - no insight! I found this in an old APG paper from you can only assume that people were more lax on ‘insights’ in those days!I thought we’d look at it because it’s a prime example of a product fact wrapped up as a insight for no good reason.After all, it’s a great brand, a great product fact and a great ad.
35Insights are often unrecognised fundamental human truths. Can’t argue with that, can you?So begins the section on “insight” from the Saatchi & Saatchi’s APG paper for British Airways in
36The emotional insight: The central nerve that runs through people's emotional attitudes to flying is that it brings people, families and loved ones together.Then you see this.Where’s the insight?After all, this isn’t exactly new news!
37The ‘size’ insight:Having excavated all the data and figures on British Airways, we felt that the most compelling 'megafact' about it was still that BA is chosen by more flyers internationally than any other airline - 25 million passengers, of all nationalities, fly with BA each year.And this!Yet again - not an insight in sight.Good product fact, though.
38It is often said that creativity is the result of two previously unrelated thoughts crashing together.We combined these two emotional and rational insights and got a potential contradiction in terms. A 'caring megafact', so to speak.British Airways brings 25 million people to other people all around the world every year.Bold claims, beautifully written, but totally devoid of actual insight.Look at the ad, though - another great one.Didn’t need to be an insight - they should have just been honest and said that they found a really compelling product nugget.
39And, this paper refers directly to the ﾒFaceﾓ ad that British Airways launched in December and it ran for 4 years. It was that good. It still looks good today (although that Australian beer one kind of trounces it with the humorous take on the same idea!).I still maintain thatﾕs a great ad. Itﾕs just not an insight!
40Lovely observation, or great insight? Boots SuncareMotherLovely observation, or great insight?This came up when we were talking about this in the planning meeting last week.We quickly decided that it was a great example of an ad with an observation, but not an insight.But then, maybe not - the insight is that we go crazy for the sun in the UK - “every second counts”Dunno - but it’s definitely closer than BA was!
41Maybe ﾒThe British Summerﾉ Blink and youﾕll miss itﾓ is the real insight?
42Finally, don’t get too hung up on them Many insights are creative rather than strategicMany great ads contain ideas but not insightsAnd, then I began to wind it up. Enough is enough. So, I finished by trying to reiterate that we shouldnﾕt get obsessed with insights - thatﾕs probably why they get claimed so often when there isnﾕt one. You donﾕt have to have an insight, nor do you have to have anything else in the brief. Except a thought - something that opens a door for the creative teams. Something that sparks a new thought. Something that is interesting, exciting, new, or just so brutally simple that itﾕs the easiest thing in the world to write around.And, personally, I donﾕt think itﾕs even about finding one thing - the more the merrier. But, thatﾕs another debateﾉJust make sure your briefs are really clear and contain something that is useful to creatives!
43insightsThe EndSo I finished with this slide, because it looked colourful. You know, like Russellﾕs presentations, although itﾕs still just typed!Thanks!