This year, digital advertising turns 18, and it's come a long way since the blinking banner ads of the early web. Google is a huge part of that today, of course, so it's not surprising that the company has taken it upon itself to remix four iconic ad campaigns from the 1960s and 70s from Alka-Seltzer, Avis, Coca-Cola and Volvo.
It corralled the legends who made the original ads to come out of retirement to rethink their original brief, this time, using the full range of technological tools at their disposal – the Coke ad, for example, enables users to actually ‘buy the world a Coke’ from their computer or phone, and connect with someone on the other side of the world. Users can select a location, attach a personal video or text message, and then watch as the Coke is delivered to a specially-designed vending machine on the other side of the world. The receivers at the machine can then send a thank you message back to the sender, right from the vending machine.
Fancy a quick stroll down nostalgia lane?
Youtube Video I'd Like to Buy the World a Coke Commercial - 1971
Youtube Video AlkaSeltzer I Can't Believe I Ate The Whole Thing - 1972