There’s an effective tactical ad for Artline pens in the S section of Sydney’s Sun-Herald today – but I wonder if the Movember charity will really get the benefit.
It’s a simple idea – buried within the social section is a right hand page that follows the same fonts and layout as editorial pages – except all of the people featured have had moustaches doodled onto their faces.
Only then do you realise it’s an ad for Artline to tie in with Movember with the message “You can make every month Movember” (You can click on the image to see it larger).
It was a clever joke, which certainly worked for me as a reader.
Normally pages designed to fool the reader that they’re reading real editorial are frowned upon. ( The word “Advertisement” in the top right hand corner doesn’t cover it when the rest of the design is so close.)
So I’m making a couple of assumptions: First that somebody on the editorial team got to approve it rather than having it slipped past them. I’m guessing they provided more leeway than usual because it ties in with a good cause such as Movember which focuses on men’s health issues.
And second that Artline is sponsoring Movember in some way, as the reader would certainly assume. (Mind you, they don’t seem to appear on the Movember website as a sponsor – we’ll try to get clarification of that come Monday).
(Update: A spokesman for Movember tells me: We have no relationship with Fineline and knew nothing of the planned advert.” She points out there have been occasions where other brands have incorporated mos into advertising and made a voluntary donation.)
My guess is that the agency behind the ads is BCM Sydney, which previously created a series of topical executions for the brand.
Regardless of the behind-the-scenes story, it’s a very effective newspaper ad.