Meerkat campaign is creative and memorable
Those living outside UK may be unaware of an extremely effective current TV advertising campaign featuring meerkats. The adverts promote insurance comparison service ComparetheMarket.com and feature meerkat ‘Aleksandr Orlov’ (supposedly a rich Russian business person) with strong Russian accent.
The adverts are based on the fictional supposition that many people are mistakenly going to his dating website ComparetheMeerkat.com looking for insurance advice and he wishes to correct this stupid error and point them to the real ComparetheMarket.com site. He signs off from his corrective advice with the word simples, which has already entered British English as a witticism. There is even a back story – how his ancestors fought against enormous odds to reach Russia. The concept is sheer creative genius.
The company has been wise enough to create various spin-off clips, imagined interviews with Alexandr, a Facebook fan page (700,000 fans!), Twitter feed, etc. Drill into the spoof meerkat site for a number of videos, including supposed out-takes from filming, which you can also find at Youtube, along with tribute clips. Aleksandr has a considerable cult following online.
Why do you think this campaign is so effective? Can we learn anything from it for creative communication and effective evangelism? Add your comments below. (If you want to know more about God’s good news, visit PowertoChange.com.)
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