Celebrities repel consumers, but advertisers still love them

Craig Briggs (pictured), MD at Brandimage Asia, says using celebrities in ads is a great idea, but only if the communications idea is the real hero.
Celebrities repel consumers, but advertisers still love them…
A recent poll by Reader’s Digest magazine found that consumers find celebrity advertising ineffective.
For Asian marketers, this must serve as a shock, since so many brands across the region rely on celebrities to hawk their products. This over-reliance on celebrities to gain consumer attention is an increasingly flawed method of advertising.

Celebrities can be tremendously effective and a worthy association and investment, if they are used properly. The problem is, that in the overwhelming majority of such advertising, the celebrities supplant the ideas in the commercial.


Craig Briggs (pictured), MD at Brandimage Asia, says using celebrities in ads is a great idea, but only if the communications idea is the real hero.

Celebrities repel consumers, but advertisers still love them

A recent poll by Reader’s Digest magazine found that consumers find celebrity advertising ineffective.

For Asian marketers, this must serve as a shock, since so many brands across the region rely on celebrities to hawk their products. This over-reliance on celebrities to gain consumer attention is an increasingly flawed method of advertising.

Celebrities can be tremendously effective and a worthy association and investment, if they are used properly. The problem is, that in the overwhelming majority of such advertising, the celebrities supplant the ideas in the commercial. Leer más “Celebrities repel consumers, but advertisers still love them”

Sponsorship Should Not Be A Random Act

Somewhere inside the Istanbul headquarters of Turkish Airlines there must be a very large wall. And on that wall are plastered random images of people and organisations that all have two things in common. First, they have absolutely no association with Turkey or its national airline.

Second, they are extremely expensive. I have not seen the wall, but one would imagine an arbitrary assortment of movie stars, supermodels and famous sporting clubs. Written across the top of this wall a large banner probably reads “Turkish Airlines Potential Sponsorship Partners”.

Then, it seems, once a year Turkish Airlines embarks on “marketing planning” by inviting its chairman, Hamdi Topcu, to put on the ceremonial blindfold, stand 20 feet from the wall and throw the all-important Turkish Airlines “Dart of Truth”. The airlines marketing team then rush to the wall to discover who or what they will recruit for the coming year’s sponsorship strategy.


480_3521881726_81006444eb Somewhere inside the Istanbul headquarters of Turkish Airlines there must be a very large wall. And on that wall are plastered random images of people and organisations that all have two things in common. First, they have absolutely no association with Turkey or its national airline.

Second, they are extremely expensive. I have not seen the wall, but one would imagine an arbitrary assortment of movie stars, supermodels and famous sporting clubs. Written across the top of this wall a large banner probably reads “Turkish Airlines Potential Sponsorship Partners”.

Then, it seems, once a year Turkish Airlines embarks on “marketing planning” by inviting its chairman, Hamdi Topcu, to put on the ceremonial blindfold, stand 20 feet from the wall and throw the all-important Turkish Airlines “Dart of Truth”. The airlines marketing team then rush to the wall to discover who or what they will recruit for the coming year’s sponsorship strategy. Leer más “Sponsorship Should Not Be A Random Act”