A recent marketing text I was reading, “Creative Strategy In
Advertising” 10th Edition, by Bonnie L. Drewniany, and A. Jerome
Jewler, reminded advertising students that when it came to Baby Boomers, the way to sell them -- was to tell them. These 74 million strong are more MGM than
Going through the stories of the internet to coordinate that
thinking with the latest articles, I
came upon not an advertising story but a product story that defined the 15
Biggest Baby Boomer Brands (try saying that five times fast) that defined the
Ironically, while looking
the items over, I remembered how many of them were sold (and continue to be
sold) not with quick cuts and loud music but real stories within their (TV)
ads. As noted on the site
Levi’s: Around since the 1850s but defining the 1950s and
beyond – Levi’s is a true American classic. Not a story here, but an anthem for
the latest generation – a little more MTV in the Go Forth campaign
Volkswagen: The beloved Beetle and two of the most beloved
storylines ever told about the ugly little car in 60 seconds – Doyle Dane Bernbach’s
and “snow plow”
Pepsi: For the younger generation and meant to be the young
person’s alternative beverage. Before it was pulled off the air
due to the
controversial music video that debuted after it, Madonna’s Like a Prayer got a
thanks to Pepsi.
Clairol: Before hair color was as easy to change as nail
polish (and had many of the same colors as well), women didn’t want anyone to
know their dying secrets. The boomer is right in the middle – too young to hide
the color activity and too mature to go with a Pantone(r) green tint. As evidenced
in the infamous “Does She or Doesn’t She?” commercial,
only her hairdresser really knows for sure.
Like boomers themselves, these products have grown, prospered, revamped and revitalized to meet the millennium years as well as the needs of the latest generation. They are old familiar friends no matter how many years since they've arrived.
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