Brands are often reluctant to use humor despite its ability to convey a message both tastefully and effectively.
Humorous ads tend to stick with consumers much better than traditional, non-humorous advertising. And although there is no guarantee it is definitely worth a shot this holiday season.
The logic is pretty simple if you think about it. The holidays revolve around laughter and cheer. When an advertisement makes you laugh, you’re prompted to share it with family and friends so that they too can get a kick out of it. This concept of “share-ability” helps a brand spread their message and extend campaign’s overall reach. Humor elevates both the humanness and authenticity of an ad. In turn, audience members identify more easily with the brand.
Brands usually grow their ad spend budget during the holiday season due to the influx of shoppers perusing the web. So the holidays are a perfect time to dabble with humor, even if it is for the first time.
Pou-Pourri aired their,“You’ve Been Doing the Holidays All Wrong,” campaign during last year’s holiday season. Comic JP Sears and Pou-Pourri regular, Bethany Woodruff were the perfect, red-haired duo for the ad. In it, they touch on common woes of gift-giving like spending money on a gift someone may end up hating. The ad suggests you stop stressing over what holiday shopping and give Pou-Pourri as a gift. It’s the perfect gift for everyone on your list or at least, “if they are human and they poop,” Woodruff exclaims.
Humor is beneficial on all platforms, not just television – Chick-fil-A’s billboards are an iconic signage example. Although some find the humor to be a bit cheesy, it is a marketing tactic that has withstood the test of time.
It’s important to keep in mind that humor can be damaging to your brand if you do not use it with caution. Steer clear of anything that has the potential to be offensive. This sort of humor can be detrimental to your brand. A good rule of thumb is to avoid the insulting and racy remarks entirely. Politically driven humor will also likely fall flat during the holidays.
Sometimes, CMO’s hesitate to use humor out of fear that their brand will be taken less seriously. This simply is not true, as long as it is properly executed. Humor will provide a refreshing brand detour from the monotony of non-humorous campaigns. And now that your brand is a lot less dull, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the heightened appeal and even better, more business!
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