Google remakes classic ads with modern twist

  • Advertising
  • March 12, 2012
  • StopPress Team
Google remakes classic ads with modern twist

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.

Head on over to Project Re: Brief to see more, although only two are up so far, and click here for behind-the-scenes stuff.

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

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Whittaker's divides the court of public opinion – but all for a good cause

  • Advertising
  • February 22, 2019
  • Caitlin Salter
Whittaker's divides the court of public opinion – but all for a good cause

On Monday, Whittaker’s launched its latest novelty chocolate-lolly mash up with a chocolatey answer to retro bakesale treat coconut ice. The Coconut Ice Surprise chocolate has a twist though, 20c from each block goes to Plunket – a charity which New Zealanders agree is a worthy cause. However, to relate the chocolate to the charity, Whittaker's has built the campaign around baby gender reveal parties, causing a backlash from the public who argue gender norms have expanded beyond blue for boys and pink for girls.

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