It's not very often that I take up a war metaphor. I'm a lover, not a fighter. However, when it comes to advertising, a strategic campaign is far better than random act. We might initially think of campaign as more of a political term, but it has it's origins in military use. An advertising campaign isn't like a political race; it's not a competition. An advertising campaign is war. That might sound harsh coming from a pacifist, but I think that the intended meaning of the word campaign might help us to better understand good advertising.
On September 1, 2015, Google rolled out its new logo. It was the biggest change to their logo in 15 years. The response was ... underwhelming. The New Yorker released an article explaining Why You Hate Google's New Logo and Fortune released an article explaining why a meh response is actually good. Many designers have admitted that it is cleaner and more modern (which is not necessarily good) but still question the value of keeping it multi-colored. I have stayed out of it for a little while, but only long enough to gather my thoughts. I have for you now the real reason why you hate Google's new logo and the real reason a meh response is actually good!
Symbols have been all the rage lately, haven't they? A symbol of a woman will be on the $10 bill. A symbol of the Confederacy will not be flying in South Carolina. (Or will it? I can't keep up.) A symbol of the rainbow has taken over facebook profiles pictures. And soon the symbol of America will be affixed to nearly every home. With all of this talk about symbols, it's good to know that everyone has a firm grasp on what symbols are and are not. Oh, wait—they don't. Not to worry, I am here to help. Let's talk about what symbols are, how they are good/bad, how to use them for business and maybe get just a little bit political.