Ad Review: Captain Obvious

Some people have asked why we do ad reviews.  The answer is simple: You can learn about marketing and find new ideas for your business by analyzing what is working.  With that said, enjoy Captian Obvious.

The Product: Hotels.com

How they are Marketing: Humorous character-based ads.

Target: Families (this specific video).

Quick Run Through: Captain Obvious meets guests in a room that looks like something from a horror movie.  He points out the ‘obvious’ about the room and suggests they should have used Hotels.com to get ‘real’ reviews instead of lies.

Ninja Trick: Humor always works when it is done in good taste.  This humor focuses on the fears that families have when traveling.  Every parent wants to stay in a safe environment for their kids and save money.  Why not use a horror scene to take the situation to the extreme and make it funny.

Message: Hotels.com is a safe place to hear reviews from actual people.

Marketing Idea(s):

  • Extremes: Start a problem your company solves or a need your customer has.  What would happen if you take it to an extreme?  Could it be funny or serious?  Remember to evoke emotion.
  • Humor: Find the humor in what you do and be playful with your message.
  • Character: If it fits for your company, create a character ‘archetype’ that can repreesnt your message.  Think beyond celebrity endorsement and create a character.  For example: Flo from Progressive, Ronald McDonald, Jack from Jack in the box,  the lizard from Geico, the Pilsbury Dough boy,  or the cows from Chik-fil-a. Find your voice and find your character.

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