Category Archives: Advertising

German insurer offends Maori culture

The German insurance provider ARAG  has used the traditional Haka warrior dance of New Zealand’s Maori, fueling hefty criticism in social media. Criticism on ARAG’s YouTube channel (check the comments below the video) as well as later on on Facebook and Twitter labelled the ad as inappropriate cultural appropriation, some even claimed it to be evidence for “typical”… Read More »

How Dove ruined its image by offending its most loyal fans

“Discover how we reaffirmed our commitment to beauty confidence with 6 exclusive bottles, that celebrate bodies of all shapes and sizes.” This was the starting point for Dove’s latest campaign in the UK. But while Dove (part of Unilever) in the past had become everybody’s darling in the branding and marketing society, this campaign eventually backfired – offending… Read More »

Loading your Brand with Emotions & Politics – Heineken vs Pepsi

If you closely follow the advertising world you might have seen the shit-storm that overcame Pepsi earlier this month following the launch over a campaign that meant to align Pepsi with the political #resistance movement in the US. The PR disaster for Pepsi evolved out of a on only half-hearted approach to political themes – as there really is no political… Read More »

Sex sells (not as good as you think)!

Two researchers of Ohio State University have conducted a meta-analysis on research on the effect of sex and crime in advertisement. They come to a surprising conclusion – against the common sense notion of “Sex sells”: “As intensity of sexual ad content increased, memory, attitudes, and buying intentions decreased.” They found that as the emotional intensity of marketing… Read More »