A clever example of using existing content re-purposed to create a TV ad.
The ad, commissioned by ARN, the Australian Radio Network, features audio from previous interviews by Kyle and Jackie-O. Lip synced to the audio and shot in a stylish “studio” set, but keeping the content at the heart of the message.
This is an ad that shows that the “biggest stars talk to us”. And whilst the red carpet visuals may be a little over simplistic, it’s a simple message delivered with visual flair.
What it does show is that shooting a commercial for a radio station in an actual radio studio may not cut it these days – but take the key ingredients – the talent, the branded microphones and a nice clear logo – and you are half way there.
One man brand.
Takes the mickey out of himself in the new promo for his new radio show on BBC 1Xtra.
A clever idea – simply executed. And it’s all about him. Brilliant. Just goes to show that simple ideas work the best.
So Radio 2 have created another brilliantly conceived, yet simple TV ad to showcase what the station is all about.
There have been many attempts to create compelling TV ads for radio stations and radio shows. Some worked and some didn’t. Coming myself from a commercial background, the only one recently for my old station Capital 95.8 that I feel worked was the one we created to launch Johnny Vaughan’s breakfast show. It showed him dancing all over London to a version of “Maybe it’s because I’m a Londoner”. This was fairly big budget and designed to create an affinity between Johnny, Capital and London.
This new Radio 2 ad is a mash up of songs they play on the station; Blondie’s ‘Atomic’, David Bowie’s ‘Sound and Vision’ , James Brown’s ‘Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag’, plus Run DMC’s ‘Walk This Way’ and KT Tuntstall ‘Black Horse and the Cherry Tree’.
To me, you get hooked in by the clever cutting of the music, plus visually how the video clips are cut and recut, as if to mimic sampling of the songs.
The ad features many of the stations star names including Jonathan Ross, Russel Brand and Chris Evans (though no Wogan).
The clever part will be to see how they extend this message this time. I’d expect the clip (now available on You Tube) to be a viral success. They are running a version on air which includes the musical soundtrack, cut together with audio clips from all the shows – taking the idea in a different direction, but making it work on the radio station. Not quite sure how it would translate into print…talking bus shelters anyone?