These Outdoor Ads Made Adland Pee Its Pants With Excitement!

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There are some outdoor campaigns that may have your lips stirring into a smile as you pass them, and then are some that just make you stop dead in your tracks and go ‘wow’.

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These ones remain, giving you little butterflies of excitement when you spy them, and they reside in your mind long after the campaign has ended.

Such as jamballs – thick strawberry jam encased within a gluttonous doughnut hug – which was the weakness for Mike Barry, creative director at The White Agency, in an outdoor campaign.

The out-of-home ad that brought him to a standstill was one for Krispy Kreme’s Jamballs on a bus shelter near a 7-Eleven convenience store.

Why was he like a kid in a candy store over it?

“Mainly because I love doughnuts,” he said. “But also, I enjoyed the delicious violence.”

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“I was surprised that showing me exactly what I don’t want to happen when I eat a jamball made me want a jamball really badly, but that’s what happened. Sometimes I’m not as deep as I think I am and I guess this was one of those times,” he added.

“I was concerned this ad had begun something in me it wouldn’t be able to finish, but when I eventually and reluctantly pulled my gaze away from the poster I was suddenly looking across the street at the local 7-Eleven. Good outdoor placement meant a jamball was easy to find, buy and #jamstagram, all within a few quick jaywalks.”

In a potentially less diabetic-inducing move, executive ideas director at Tongue, Jonathan Pease, found a lovely bit of nostalgia at a Lego bridge.

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“It’s a really clever use of an outdoor space that subtly puts the brand in there and makes it very memorable and worth talking about,” he said.

To him, the mark of a great outdoor campaign is one that is “worthy of pointing a camera at and talking about later” and something that uses the least amount of words possible.

Similarly, other outdoor campaigns that have Pease salivating involve McDonald’s turning a zebra crossing into a carton of its fries…


…Nestle’s ‘Hand of God’…


…and the leap for the ball across the road for a soccer player.


Bruce Jeffreys, founder of GoGet and part-time bus driver sees a lot of ads during his forays driving around the streets. And it’s Internet service provider iiNet’s outdoor ads that have been getting him excited.

“What I think has been overwhelmingly successful for so many years has been iiNet’s use of outdoor,” he said. “I know it’s a bit boring, but they actually have nailed outdoor with simple, strong messaging.”

Many of iiNet’s outdoor ads involve this “dorky” guy…

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For Joe Copely, managing director of outdoor media company Posterscope, the latest UK-based out-of-home campaign for Microsoft Cortana, the Microsoft phone’s personal assistant, has him pretty enthused.

“It’s not so much that I particularly like the creative, but I LOVE that it is contextually relevant for every single ‘poster’ that it runs on, at any moment in time,” he said.

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The campaign had Microsoft creating nearly 10,000 versions of the same ad to showcase at different locations around the UK.

The campaign was a coup in the outdoor space as it was “a blend of useful and relevant content with a simple, but very strong illustration or reminder of the product benefits”, said Copely.

“That’s a lot to squeeze into a relatively short ‘engagement’, but they have nailed it.”